Parents of Frank Hobbs Elementary

Your school, your community.

Welcome Back!

FIRST PARENT MEETING WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 26th

Everyone’s welcome to the parent meeting, which takes place in the school library at 6pm on Wednesday, September 26th. We hope you can make it!

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HELP NEEDED!

If you’re interested in helping on the executive this year, please ask for more information at the parent meeting in September. We have at least two vacant positions, the Fundraising Coordinator, and the Frank Hobbs VCPAC Representative. You can also check out the role descriptions by following the link on this website to the PAC constitution (click on ABOUT PAC on the link above).

The role of fundraising coordinator is a fun one – and is a way to meet others, share ideas and help create some fun events at the school.

The other vacant exec position is that of VCPAC rep. This is a great role for someone who is interested in knowing more about conversations about education that are taking place at the District level. You would have the chance to attend monthly VCPAC meetings, to communicate with our parents about what is being talked about at the district, vote on behalf of the parents at Frank Hobbs, and ensure our school is heard in important issues. More information can be found on the VCAPAC website, or email us at frankhobbs.pac@vcpac.ca with questions if you’re interested.

A position on the exec means that you would get chance to meet with other exec members, share ideas, and have tonnes of fun too – the group usually meet every month or two, usually in an evening, to review the upcoming plans, and discuss ideas for ways to help the school. These are really rewarding ways to get involved.

Elections for all of the vacant PAC exec positions will take place in September. Please join us at the parent meeting to learn more about these roles, to meet other parents, and to learn about the plans for this school year!

There are other ways of getting involved too, that don’t require you to meet with other parents out of school. Of special mention here is the need for a new Garden Time coordinator, to lead a group of keen students and have fun in the native garden at lunch times, usually one lunch time each week. There’s no one to help in the garden this year so far, which makes for a whole bunch of disappointed children.

At the moment, we have NO Garden Time and NO Swim Club at the school this year.

These parent-run programs do not have coordinators in place, and cannot run without volunteers. Garden Time is usually one lunch time, and Swim Club is one afternoon after school. PLEASE consider helping out! If we have no coordinators for these two programs, we will not run them this school year.

Other empty volunteer positions for this year:

– Webpage Coordinator (updating this website as information is available – easy job to do at home)

– Healthy Lunch Coordinator (mostly emailing other parents to ensure volunteers are at school for deliveries and making sure orders are placed once a month)

– Newsletter Coordinator (another creative job that can be done from home – putting together the monthly PAC news on an electronic ‘flyer’)

– Fruit and Vegetable Coordinator (once a month at the school – this is a fun one to do with another person at the school and is a great way of supporting the classrooms. You can bring any younger children you have to help too!)

– CRD Active and Safe Route to School Coordinator

Please come to the September meeting or email us at frankhobbs.pac@vcpac.ca if you are interested in finding out more.

Frank Hobbs parents are on Facebook! Check out the Frank Hobbs Elementary PAC FB page and send us a ‘Like’ when you get a moment!

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PLAYGROUND UPDATE

After a busy summer at Frank Hobbs, the students at Frank Hobbs got to enjoy the new playground with the start of school. There are more changes planned to the site over the next weeks, but the main equipment is open for all, and already being tested to the full!

Thanks to the creative talents of Sandscript Designs, and skilled local artist Sarah Jim, we now have some beautiful petroglyphs on the rocks around the playground….here’s a photo of the Sandscript team (and their beautiful little four legged assistant!) after they completed the work on site in August.

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BRAND NEW! ACTIVE AND SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOL

We’re excited to be part of the Active and Safe Routes to School 2018-19 program. This program encourages, motivates and supports children and their families to safely walk, bike or roll to and from school.

This year, parents and guardians will be invited to complete an on-line survey and attend a neighbourhood walkabout. The program will identify active transportation challenges near the school to inform future street improvements. A Best Routes map will share our students’ favourite routes to get to school by bike or foot.

Active travel is a great way to support your child’s increased physical activity. Students that get more physical activity are more creative, better able to solve problems and have longer attention spans during school. They are also less likely to have depression and anxiety.

The Active and Safe Routes to School program is funded by the District of Saanich and delivered by the Capital Regional District. For more information contact Jennifer Cox our Vice Principal or Kate Berniaz the program manager at kberniaz@crd.bc.ca or 250-360-3240.

PLEASE KEEP SHOPPING AT PEPPERS!

When you shop at Peppers, please don’t forget to tell the cashier that you want to put your total onto a gift card for Frank Hobbs when paying for your groceries.  You can also pre-purchase gift cards at the till.  5% of your total amount will then go straight to the school…..it’s that easy!

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More information on the Peppers partnership can be found here.

Any questions? Please e-mail us at frankhobbs.pac@vcpac.ca

You can also check the Sponsors page for more information.

5% of your sale will be donated directly to the school. You can pre-pay for cards, or simply ask that all your sale be put on a gift card for Frank Hobbs when paying at the till.

Finn & Izzy

For every pair of regularly priced shoes (retailing at $40 or above), Finn and Izzy on Oak Bay Avenue will donate $5 back to Frank Hobbs.

 

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