Many of us were involved in the discussions with EPSB last year about the potential replacement K-9 school. At the May 2014 Parent Council meeting, we decided we needed to hear more from our parents as a community. What did others feel and think about this potential project? Are our views as a Parent Council the views of the parents as a whole? What information can we give to EPSB to show our position going forward?
To attempt to gather this information, several volunteers developed a survey. We provided paper copies of the survey to every student to take home. We also posted it on School Zone. An email was also sent out to 50+ members of the Parent Council email notification list. Thank you to everyone who helped prepare and distribute the survey.
We received, through paper and web, 85 individual responses from parents. THANK YOU for the fantastic response.The most resounding feedback: parents love VP and are in no hurry to leave.
Here are the results:
How was your first month? Figure out your new schedule? Keeping up with that SchoolZone? Did you hear about the bottle drive Saturday, Oct 4? I hear many of you came out to help with the flyers; that’s so great!
Our first Parent Council meeting covered a lot of ground (we have minutes if you want details – check the bulletin board across from the office or email us atVPparents@gmail.com to get a copy), but I want to take a moment to highlight how well our Fine Arts night did last year. If you’re new to school, this is a really a special event, where parents, teachers and students come together to create a unique Virginia Park experience. I’m happy to announce we raised over $10,000!
That’ll go a long way to our Artist in Residence program. This year we’re going to have Debra Bryan join us. If you haven’t googled her name yet, please do; she’s got some great plans to leave a lasting impression. We discussed getting the Foresters back (they made the lovely park benches last year), bringing in a Milk Program, and scheduling our first Hot Lunch. We’re off to a great start; hope it’ll be a wonderful year!
Sincerely, Kris Loranger (grade 4 dad; vice-president)
Friday, June 6 2014 5:30-8:30pm
Family-friendly event to support our arts core program. Outdoor carnival, BBQ, student art for sale, silent and live auctions.
All money raised goes towards our unique Arts Core programming, including wonderful Artist-in-Residence experiences, Art Workshop day, and art related field trips.
Musical Artist, Peter Puffin is in our school for his residency right now. Classroom visits are welcome and the students are putting on their creative hats to come up with songs and lyrics that are unique to each grade. We enjoyed a wonderful welcome assembly with the children (and grownups) getting in on the fun with fantastic costumes! The wrap up assembly will be held this Friday, Oct. 18, in the afternoon. Time: (to be announced)
Enjoy this little excerpt from the assembly :) musical snippet
Welcome to all parents of students at Virginia Park School!
As parents of Virginia Park School, we fundraise to pay for many of the activities our children experience through the school year – field trips to art galleries, museums, plays, festivals, and concerts.
We meet at 6:30 pm on the third Tuesday of every month. Childcare is provided. Please join us for our next meeting on October 15 at the school.
In particular, we support two unique experiences:
• Music Arts Drama Dance (MADD) Day – a series of workshops at the school.
• Artist in Residence – professional artists come to the school for one to two weeks and work with the students.
How will you help this year?