We would like to invite all parents to come out for the final PAC Meeting of the year. The President of the Victoria Confederation of PACs will be in attendance at the meeting to share the initiatives planned for the PACS for next year. Most exciting is the February Conference that is being planned, with keynote speaker Gordon Neufield, coauthor of "Hold on to Your Kids. As well, a representative from the Pita Pit will be at the PAC meeting to share information about healthy lunch options for next year. Hope to see you there!
A belated thank you to all of the parents who contributed to the Staff Appreciation Luncheon on May 30th.
And a special thanks to the creative lunch planner Jacquelin Green who always goes the extra mile to make the Rogers Staff feel honoured at the luncheon.
Mural artist, Joanne Thomson has started painting the mural! She is mentoring two former Rogers students, Bryn and Ryan, on the art of mural painting. Joanne welcomes adult volunteers to come out to help. If you are able to dedicate an hour or more to help paint, please email Joanne to set up a time: email@example.com
Rogers Students to Paint
Our students will each have the wonderful opportunity to put some paint on the mural on Monday, May 27th, if it's not raining.
There is one more fundraiser for the mural. The PAC and Mural Committee are sponsoring a raffle. Tickets will be on sale at the school office until June 3rd and after school outside by the mural at the raffle table.
For more information about the mural project, see the Rogers Mural Project blog at: http://rogersmuralproject.blogspot.ca/
Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/RogersMural
Rogers students with Aboriginal ancestry spent an afternoon hiking Charlie's Trail at Royal Roads with Mark Albany, School District 61 Aboriginal Educator. Students learned many interesting facts and uses of plants and animals in the local forest. Thanks to our parent volunteers and our volunteer from England, Hannah for coming on the hike!
Purchase your raffle tickets now! Raffle tickets can be purchased at Rogers Elementary front office, by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org and at community locations TBA. Tickets will be sold until June 3, 2013. Draw date: June 4, 2013 3pm at Rogers School. Winners will be posted on this Blog after the draw.
Support the Rogers Mural with a purchase of raffle tickets: $2 per ticket (of 1000 tickets) for the following prizes:
Original matted painting by Joanne Thomson
Original matted painting by Joanne Thomson
Everything Pan by Krona value $120
Donated by Owen Richman/ Ventures International Products Ltd
Pizza Baking Package value $73
Donated by Owen Richman/ Ventures International Products Ltd
Pizza baking stone (40.5 cm x 35.5 cm)
Grip-ez Pizza cutter
Sterling Silver Earrings value $40 each
By artist Joanne Thomson
$25 gift certificate from Bird of Paradise Pub
Original art cards by Joanne Thomson
Tickets may be sold and purchased only in British Columbia
The International Day Against Homophobia, held on May 17 every year, is a rallying event offering an opportunity for people to get together and reach out to one another. Fondation Émergence promotes, mainly on a pan-Canadian level, the International Day Against Homophobia and encourages organisations and individuals to highlight this event in their environment.
For more information: http://www.homophobiaday.org/
Christmas Hill Toonie Hike 2013
Hiking in our school neighborhood helps to promote Daily Physical Activity (DPA).
Students at Rogers school will hike Christmas Hill during the weeks of May 6th to 16th to help fundraise for the mural on the front of our school. While on the toonie hike, students will learn about the Garry oak ecosystem on the Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary. The future mural will be a representation of the Garry oak ecosystem on Christmas Hill so the students will be making a connection between the ecosystem and the future mural. Students will be drawing or writing about discoveries they make while on their hike and these will be posted beside our Mural Timeline in the school for everyone to see.
If you would like to make a donation it would be much appreciated.
PLEASE have donations returned to the office by May 16th.
For each Toonie collected the student will receive a draw ballot:Class Prize: Pizza Lunch 1st Prize: iPod Touch Secondary prizes: Summer fun toys
At least once per week, the student Green Team members at Rogers empty the classroom and school recycling from the Power Towers into the main Recycling Station recepticles. We have recently purchased a more compact recycling station.
We are so proud of the recycling at Rogers!
We would like to invite all parents of upcoming kindergarten students to our Kindergarten Parent Information Night. This will be held on Wednesday, May 15th from 6:00 to 7:00 pm in the Rogers Elementary School library. The Kindergarten Parent Information Night will provide you with information about the school, kindergarten and the Parent Advisory Council, as well as providing an opportunity to meet some of the Rogers staff and to ask questions that you have about kindergarten. Looking forward to meeting our new kindergarten parents soon!
Kindergarten Student School Visit
We would like all newly registered kindergarten students to attend a school visit for 45 minutes. This will be held on Thursday, May 16th in the Rogers Elementary School library. The school visit will include about 12-15 children in each group. It will give your child a chance to meet some other students, some of our teachers and it will provide us with an opportunity to get to know your child. We will have a school tour for the parents while the children are busy in the library. We will inform you of your child’s school visit time with an invitation that will come in the mail. Looking forward to meeting our new kindergarten students soon!
The staff at Rogers had a very productive Pro-D on April 26th. The morning consisted of a JumpMath presentation for K to grade 3 staff and 10 guests while the grade 4/5 staff took in some technology learning and Science in Action resource review. The afternoon was a trip outdoors. Come join the staff at Rogers on an afternoon with Science in Action in our own back yard.
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With Earth Day coming up this week, we are going to recognize Earth Day at Rogers by wearing GREEN on Monday, April 22nd.
Also, we encourage everyone to act GREEN all day. Some ideas:
1. Ride bike or walk to school (or walk up the hill).
2. Bring a litterless lunch. (Compost and recycle).
3. Bring a water bottle.
4. Turn lights off for one hour in the afternoon.
5. No garbage use all day.
The Green Team says: "It's keen to keep the Earth clean by being green!"
At Rogers, we just received the first computer access station for students with visual needs in our District. The access station has a 32 inch screen, magnification features, enlarged fonts, applications to assist with word recognition and a visually enhanced keyboard. We thank Daphne Hitchcock, the teacher for students with visual needs who arranged for the access station at Rogers!
Rogers is taking part in the Tim Horton's Community Clean Up on the afternoon of Thursday, April 18th. Find out more here: http://vancouverisland.ctvnews.ca/events/community-clean-up
There will be 3 practices per week + DEAR practice. Runners will meet on the gym stairs wearing proper running attire & appropriate running shoes. Students are expected to attend each at least two practices per week to reach optimal fitness and in order to participate in the meets. Attendance will be taken at all practices. Only students who take part in at least two practices per week will be entitled to go to meets, unless there is an excused absence from a parent.
Practices:1. Tuesdays at 8:10 am
2. Wednesdays at 12:10
3. Thursdays at 8:10 am
4. Students have Drop Everything & Run on Tuesdays at 2:30 pm as a practice
Parents are responsible for making transportation & supervision arrangements for their child for each meet. Meets begin promptly at 3:45 pm. Race order starts with grade 3 girls, grade 3 boys, grade 4 girls, grade 4 boys, grade 5 girls and finishes with grade 5 boys. Parking is often congested so please arrive early.1. Monday, April 15th at Lambrick Park
2. Monday, April 22nd at Clover Point
3. Monday, April 29th at Lambrick Park
4. Monday, May 6th at Clover Point
Go Rogers Go!
The kindergarten classes and the grade ones and twos are preparing for the two daytime assemblies of "The Adventures of Ging Gong the Cat".
Hope to see our families and friends in the audience for either the 9:30 am assembly or the 1:30 pm assembly on Friday, April 5th!
Expect to have the tickets come home with your child on Wednesday.
Students with Aboriginal ancestry from three schools had a Field Trip together. The eighteen grade 2 to 5 students from Campus View, Frank Hobbes and Rogers Elementary took in the Imax film, The Great Lakes, which involved a look into many ways to preserve endangered species and care for the natural environment despite modern day burdens on our planet.
As well, students enjoyed some time together going through an information scavenger hunt at the BC Museum's First Peoples Gallery.
It was a wonderful opportunity for students to bond with peers in other schools as well as learning more about their cultural history and the connecting importance of the natural environment.
We will soon be starting the process of placing students in classes for next year. Any parents wishing to have input on the placement of their child are asked to submit their requests in writing or email to Ms. Trofimuk before FRIDAY, APRIL 26th. We discourage requesting specific teachers, but ask instead that you provide input on what you believe would be the best environment for your child. Parent input will be considered, but we cannot guarantee your request will be met. Parent placement requests are typically not as easily considered after the above deadline.
Staff puts a great deal of time and thought into each child’s placement. We meet in teams to place students, with specific information about each child. We use a wide variety of criteria to build heterogeneous and diverse classes that balance and stimulate learning. These criteria include, but are not limited to:
- Academic Achievement and Development
- Learning Style
- Work Habits
- Social/Behavioral Needs
- Maturity Level
- Gender balance in the class
- Level of Independence/Support Needs
- Class Size Limits
While teacher assignments are tentatively developed by the month of May, assignments are still uncertain at this time of year due to changing enrolment. Teacher assignments will not be finalized until September.
WE WILL START SCHOOL CONFIGURATIONS FOR 2013/2014 AFTER SPRING BREAK — IF YOU ARE MOVING PLEASE LET US KNOW. Thank you!
For the next few weeks, the staff at Rogers will be handing students little yellow pieces of paper that say, "Catching a Student Caring". A student will receive this piece of paper if s/he was seen doing something that was caring in some way. The idea behind this system is to acknowledge positive behaviours happening in our school.
Students bring their yellow "Catching a Student Caring" to the office. Five of these papers will be drawn per day and read on the announcements. All of the papers will be hung on the beautiful bulletin board in the main hallway.
The Positive Behaviour Support approach that is used at Rogers suggests that for every constructive comment that is made to a child, there should be 5 positive comments made. This is known as the "5 to 1 ratio".