Science World Future Science Leaders: $475. Over the course of the year, students will
meet weekly to be mentored in numerous areas, including Biology, forensics,
mathematics, technology, engineering, earth and ocean sciences, physics, life
sciences and chemistry. The information night is Friday, June 22 from 6:30 to 7:30 at Science World. Application forms are available online: http://www.scienceworld.ca/futurescienceleaders
Things to do for the community
Teachers’ strike: a Note
On Monday, the teachers at Point Grey will join all other teachers across BC in a three day strike. Although the school will be open for the other employees and the administrators, teachers will not be in their classrooms but will be outside the school in protest.
I vividly remember the last strike, in 2005, when my youngest son and I spent a little time walking the picket line with teachers at our school. What I remember was how hard it was on the teachers. All of them lost 2 weeks’ pay, whether or not they voted for the strike. Most of them fervently wished that they could be in the classroom with their students, instead, even when they felt that the strike was important to public education.
Some school communities were terribly divided after the job action. But our community came through it well; people were gentle with each other. One thing that I remember was that parents and students stopped by to chat with teachers, wish them well, and even to bring them treats. Teachers remember that to this day.
I hope that this time, we will come through it just as well. Our school has been incredibly lucky because teachers at Point Grey have dedicated themselves to figuring out how to keep things going for students as much as possible during the job action. Our students have had excellent support and even some enrichment opportunities like field trips, and the PAC has been lucky to have regular reports from a teacher rep, Ms. Inglis. If you have to experience a job action, I think Point Grey is the best place to be.
Please remember our teachers and their constant efforts for
our children, and visit them on the protest line. Bring them cookies, fruit, or
just a smile. If you’re driving by, stop and talk – or honk and wave. If you
can’t come to the school, send them a supportive email. If you have questions, just ask.
Maureen Bayless (PAC co-chair)
Do you have 5 minutes to help us plan for next year? Please
take our survey by clicking here.
The PAC is looking ahead to next year. We’ve had a big growth spurt this year and have accomplished many things, and now we have lots of energy to carry forward. Every parent and guardian is automatically a member of the PAC, so please help the PAC executive support the school in ways that are meaningful to you.
PAC Meeting: There will be no PAC meeting in March. The next PAC meeting will be Tuesday, April 17th at 7 PM in the staff room. That's a meeting that you won't want to miss because our guest speaker will be Barb Ohori, a parent representative from F.O.R.C.E. for Kids' Mental Health. This is a non-profit organization funded through the Ministry of Children, Health and Family Development. What makes F.O.R.C.E. special is that it's parents helping parents. Barb will talk about supporting children and families with mental health issues -- anxiety in particular. All welcome!
Our next PAC meeting will be Tuesday, February 21st at
7 PM in the staff room. Please come so that you can hear the student council’s
exciting plans for a community event. As well, we will have reports from Irfan
Sheikh (principal) and a teacher rep, letting us know what’s going on in the
school as well as updating us on the job action. Everyone is welcome!
Canadian Expectations for Teens: February 15, from 6:30 to 8 PM at Point Grey.
This workshop is for
Chinese and Korean parents to discuss:
The talented students in this photo are
on Point Grey’s Improv team. The team is made up of seven Gr. 10, 11 and
12 students. They made it to the Semi Finals and placed second in their
heat. They also had a lot of fun!
Grade 7 Parent Information: Thank you to Esther Kwok for taking such great notes during our Grade 7 parent information evening. Are you curious about what school will be like for your children in Gr. 8? View Esther’s notes here.
Course Planning: Would you like to know the choices your child has for next year? Course Planning information is on the school's website here.
AP Course Information:
Attention Grade 11 Students: If you are entertaining the notion of taking AP Psychology next year and would like to know a bit about what the course entails, then come to Room 213 during lunch either on Monday 13th or Wednesday 15th of February. Bring your lunch and your curiosity.
AP ENGLISH LIT and ENGLISH LIT 12
Course information will be given to all students interested in these classes in Room 314 on Tuesday, Feb 14th and Thursday, Feb. 16th at lunch time. All Grade 11’s (AP Lit) and Grade 10’s and 11’s (Eng. Lit 12) should attend.
WESTON YOUTH INNOVATION
www.ontariosciencecentre.ca/innovationaward/ | Application Deadline: February 29, 2012
Presented annually by the Ontario Science Centre, the award was created to encourage and recognize young Canadian innovators. It provides students aged 14 to 18 a unique vehicle to share their ideas and get the word out to a much larger audience. In addition to cash and other prizes, the winner’s work will be featured in a professional animation on display in the Weston Family Innovation Centre at the Ontario Science Centre in Toronto.
Wednesday, February 29, 2012 is Pink Shirt Day. Take a stand against bullying -- wear a pink shirt!
Haida Carver: Clarence Mills
Location: Granville Island, Ocean Artworks Vancouver, BC
Date: Friday, February 24, 11 a.m. – Sunday, February 26, 2012, 4 p.m.
Watch Haida carver Clarence Mills as he transforms logs into monumental totem poles and works of art. Free.
Location: Granville Island, Vancouver, BC
Date: Friday, February 24 – Sunday, February 26, 2012, 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Some of the best BC Woodworkers exhibiting their work, sharing techniques and exploring new frontiers in the wood world. An exhibit of cabinets and wood sculptures, accompanied by presentations and hands-on demonstrations. Free.
Ri Channel: The place for cool science videos, blogs, podcasts, and classic Sagan movies. On Valentine's Day, learn about heart transplants! All for free, and all amazing, right here: http://richannel.org/
Canada-Wide Virtual Science Fair. This outstanding, free science fair is in its twelfth year now. Students from across Canada in kindergarten through Gr. 12 design their own projects and put them online, where they are viewed and evaluated by some amazing judges. There are cash prizes and certificates, but the best part is that students get to show off to the world what they’re really excited about. Apply by March 20th and submit your project by April 30th. For more information, email Larry Oberg: email@example.com
Location: Vancouver Convention Centre, Vancouver, BC
Date: Saturday, February 18, 2012 - Sunday, February 19, 2012, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Visit Family Science Days during the Annual Meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Browse interactive tabletop exhibits, learn about cool science jobs, and have your questions answered by experts convened by AAAS! This FREE event is open to all, but organized especially for students in grade levels 6 to 12. At Family Science Days, you will be able to:
Canadian Expectations for Teens: This workshop is for Chinese and Korean parents to discuss:
Point Grey wins the CANley Cup! (food bank)
Congratulations to Point Grey Secondary! With an astounding total of 86,560 cans, the school came in first in the entire district. The CANley Cup trophy will be showcased in Point Grey’s school premises until the competition next year!
Lord Byng Secondary booked their spot in second place with 47,408 cans and Eric Hamber followed in third place with 27,997 cans. Johh Oliver brought in an awesome 17,820 and Gladstone was right behind with 15, 790. Congratulations and thank you to the 16 schools that participated in this valuable competition. You can read the full account on the Vancouver District Student Council's website.
Mathematics Contest Dates at Point Grey:
Gr.8: CNML Feb. 21,Gauss May 16
Gr. 9:Pascal Feb 23
Gr. 10: Cayley Feb 23
Gr. 11: Fermat Feb 23
Gr. 12: AMC Feb 7, AIME (Invitational) Feb 28, Euclid April 11
All Family Science Days events will take place on Saturday and Sunday, 18-19 February at the Vancouver Convention Centre in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
This community science showcase—featuring hands-on demonstrations and other family and kid-friendly activities—shines a spotlight on a broad range of educators working to promote an interest in science among the general public. For more information -- there's so much that couldn't fit into this newsletter -- check out their website: http://www.aaas.org/meetings/program/fsd/
TECH TREK – These Saturday workshops (Jan. 21, March 3, March 31) offered by the UBC Dept. of Computer Science, are a fantastic opportunity to learn from exciting guest speakers, presentations and hands-on activities (programming, robot building, designing games). Available to all high school students, and costing only $10.00 (!), you will need to register early to assure your participation. Visit the website, http://www.tech, for more info. and to register.
Toyota Earth Day Scholarship: Toyota Canada and the Toyota Canada Foundation in partnership with Earth Day
Canada established the Toyota Earth Day Scholarship Program to help cultivate
and nurture environmental leadership.
The Toyota Earth Day Scholarship grants 20 awards of $5000 each annually for the first year of post-secondary full-time studies in Canada. The application deadline is January 31, 2012. For more information visit the Toyota Earth Day website.
Free, Fun events (Thank you to Eugene Sayson for this information. You can find his entire list here.)
Public Ice Skating at Robson Square until February 29! (weather permitting)
Sunday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-9 p.m., Friday-Saturday, 9 a.m.-11 p.m.
Skating is freeif you bring your own skates; otherwise, rentals are available (skate rentals $4, helmets $2). A concession stand, with snacks and warm drinks, is also available at the rink.
Location: Alma VanDusen & Peter Kaye Rooms, Lower Level, Central Library, 350 W. Georgia St.
Date: Wednesday, January 11, 2012, 7 p.m.-8:30 p.m.
Come hear about forgotten Chinatowns and stories about growing up Chinese in Vancouver and in Mexico. Meet authors Rebeca Lau, Chad Reimer, and Larry Wong and learn more about the new book series Gold Mountain Stories. Free
Location: Vancouver Film School, 88 East Pender St., Vancouver, BC
Date: Sunday, January 22, 2012, 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
On Sunday, January 22, 2012, the acclaimed one-year Game Design program at Vancouver Film School throws its doors open, welcoming you into its halls to learn about Game Design, meet Head of Department Dave Warfield and a faculty of respected game industry pros, play games, and have fun. At this free Open House, you will:
• Enjoy a meet-and-greet with Head of Department and game industry veteran Dave Warfield
• Take sample Game Design classes (Game theory, game art, storytelling, designing in Unity and more....)
• Get a chance to see and play student games and meet their creators
• Experience an interactive display of blockbuster games graduates have helped create
Free, but early online pre-registration required
Introducing... James Joyce, PAC chair
Did you know that James volunteered to be PAC chair here at Point Grey while his son was still in Gr. 7? Yes, he put his hand up at the spring AGM, and we grabbed him! This is his second year as chair at Point Grey. But when he's not helping out with parent events or attending his son's hockey games, he has a most interesting job: driving movie sets and even movie stars around BC! (Kevin Costner, for example.) This photo is from the set of an upcoming blockbuster movie: That's James' truck, and he drove everything to the site and set it up.
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Depressed? Anxious? Do you think that you might be depressed, but you aren't sure? This website (Mindcheck.ca) was designed with teens and young adults aged 13 to 25 in mind. It’s a website where young people can check out how they’re feeling and get connected to support early and quickly. It offers education materials, confidential screening tools (quizzes) for five conditions - depression, anxiety, stress, alcohol and drug use, and psychosis. The website provides links to self-help websites and information on how to access community services. It also includes sections for families and friends, and professionals who work with teens and young adults.
UBC Physics and Astronomy: WOW Welcome Orientation for Women.
January 5, 2012.
If so, then physics and astronomy could be the right program for you. Join us at the WOW orientation - Welcome Orientation for Women - to learn more about the programs UBC Physics & Astronomy has to offer! Write firstname.lastname@example.org
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The PAC is hosting a fabulous, fun-filled fundraiser for the whole family (and friends and neighbours, too):
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2
Thursday, Dec. 1 at 6:30 PM
Tickets are available from any student council member or by E-Mail to email@example.com. If still available, tickets will also be sold at the door.
What are we fundraising for? Every year, the PAC fundraises in order to buy things from
the Teachers’ Wish List. This year, the wish list is over $75,000 – and that’s
the short list! These are not luxuries.
They include things like callipers for the new Math 10 curriculum, a computer
for the Graphic Arts program (where 9 of the computers are too old to be
repaired or used), current maps, repairs to volleyball and badminton nets that
have become dangerous, ESL resources, and
a technology cart that can be shared by all the classrooms in the school. Every department and program will benefit.
You can view the wish list on our PAC website. Vote on the list at our extraordinary PAC meeting: December 5th at 7 PM in the staff room.
As parents, we should help out as much as possible. Please help by coming to our Harry Potter movie night or simply writing a cheque for the PAC and leaving it in the office. So far this year, we have raised less than $5,000. Please help us help our school. Bring your family to the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 movie night at Oakridge on December 1st. What a great way to get to know other people in our school community, too!Pac meeting: The next PAC meeting will be Tuesday, November 15 at 7 PM in the staff room. Everyone is invited!
Parent Event Organizer: The PAC could use a hand arranging for guest speakers who would like to come to PAC meetings. Are you interested in doing that? Please let us know: firstname.lastname@example.org