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Weekly Newsletter
Hi everyone,

Someone very kindly pointed out to me that it is now four Fridays until Christmas - how time has flown since school began in September. There are still however a number of events and activities to be held before Christmas finally arrives, such as the Scholastic Book Fair, the Christmas concert, the annual Giving Tree and, new this year, a Gingerbread House Raffle.

Our long awaited School Directory is also now complete with thanks to Tanya Scott, Pam Hoffman, Rebecca Telfer and Lucy Cayuela. It  will  be delivered next week to each class  and handed out to the youngest in each family. To manage printing costs only one book is allocated per household. If you do not receive one, a limited number of copies will be available at the front desk. 

Our Shop for Carisbrooke program, which can be accessed through the CPAC website, runs throughout the year with various items for sale. These online shops include Magazine Sales, Carisbrooke Spirit Wear, Lavish and Lime and the label company Stuck on You. These are great fundraisers for the school as, for every purchase made, the CPAC receives a portion of the funds. Carisbrooke Spirit Wear currently has a winter clothing sale which runs until the 28th of November. 

Remember this week is our first Scholastic Book Fair of the year,  which will run from Monday to Thursday and is held in the school library. There are still a couple of afterschool volunteer spots available, if you think you can volunteer please click here. 


Upcoming important dates

Nov. 24-27 @ school library

Dec 10 @ Centennial Theatre
This Week

Mon. Nov. 24
Scholastic Book Fair @ School Library
8:15 - 8:50; 12:05 - 12:55; 3:00  - 4:00

Tues. Nov. 25
FULL Choir Practice Gr. 4-7@8 a.m. sharp
Scholastic Book Fair @ School Library
8:15 - 8:50; 12:05 - 12:55; 3:00  - 4:00

Wed. Nov. 26
Scholastic Book Fair @ School Library
8:15 - 8:50; 12:05 - 12:55; 2:00  - 3:00

Thurs. Nov. 27

FULL Choir Practice Gr. 4-7@8 a.m. sharp
Scholastic Book Fair @ School Library
8:15 - 8:50; 12:05 - 12:55; 3:00  - 3:30

Fri. Nov. 28
School Photo retake
Friday lunchtime activities (Lunch)


cpac news
Friday Lunchtime Activities
Our Friday lunchtime activities are up and running thanks to Rebecca Telfer and a host of volunteers. The library is open on Fridays during lunch for students who wish to escape the cold, rainy weather and play boards games with their friends. 

Coffee with the PAC
Thank you to everyone who joined the PAC for an informal coffee on Friday morning. The PAC offers these coffees twice a year as an alternative to the full CPAC evening meetings, which occur four times a year. It is an opportunity to meet exec members and chat about various PAC activities. Younger siblings are very welcome. 

Comments from our Crossing Guard.
Of all the CPAC activities, none have a higher daily profile than our Crossing Guards. Our Crossing Guards volunteer in the rain, snow and sun and we all see them if we are near the school in the morning, and we notice if they are not there. Rain, like we had this week, makes the roads outside the school even more hazardous for our children and has shown how important it is to ensure they are aware of standard road rules and can deal with the unexpected - crossing at the crosswalk and looking before they walk.

This is a comment from one of our crossing guards this week. 

"Watch for the crossing guard's directions, they need to monitor both the cars movements and the pedestrians and it is their job to manage the flow of traffic through the crosswalk"


school news
Carisbrooke Elementary
Please note that the choir times have changed for the next two weeks. FULL (grades 4 - 7) choir practice on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 8:00 in the music room.

Christmas Concert information check school website for consent forms and concert costumes and use this link to buy tickets on line starting tomorrow, Monday, Nov. 24.


A reminder that the Grade 6 Immunizations are happening on the 27th Nov. Any Grade 7 who missed their immunizations last year can attend as well

Shipyards Christmas Market
Fri Nov, 28 5 pm to 9 pm, 
Sat Nov 29 12 pm to 8 pm Sun Nov 30 
5 pm to 9 pm.There will be over 50 Local Artisans Food Trucks, Live music and an outdoor light display. Shipyards Market, Lonsdale Quay. 

Seasonal Festivals
Dundarave Christmas Festival

Nov 29 12 pm to 6 pm. There will be free concerts in the Festivals Longhouse and the Dundarave Nativitiy Pavilion. The Christmas Trees will be on display as part of the Dundarave Festival of Lights

Peak of Christmas on Grouse Mountain
 Nov 28 to Dec 24 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Experience the magic of the Christmas Season on Grouse Mountain.
Visit Santa’s Workshop, meet reindeer, skate the outdoor rink, snowshoe hike, take a sleigh ride through our the alpine forest and visit the Gingerbread Village, showcasing gingerbread houses constructed by talented bakery and pastry artists.

High-Light Festival
Nov 28 7 pm. The holiday Hi-Light Festival at Park & Tilford Gardens is a majestic festival of lights with over 50,000 lights on display. The light display will come on daily at 4:30 pm from November 28 to December 31st.

Canyon Lights

Nov 29th 4:00 pm to 9 pm. This includes a scavenger hunt for children, gingerbread cookie decorating, sing-along carols with the Christmas Band, and glass blowing demonstrations with Malcolm Macfadyen. Your Canyon Lights Tickets are valid all day, so come early and enjoy the park in the daylight hours. Then stay for the light display and holiday activities from 4 pm to 9 pm daily. Capilano Suspension Bridge Park - 3735 Capilano Road, North Vancouver

District Library Fundraiser
Join us for the arrival of our official history book, Fifty with a
Fabulous Future
, written by 
Dave Obee, author of the
award-winning look back at libraries throughout British Columbia
The launch will be at 7:30pm, Saturday, December 6,
at the Lynn Valley Main Library, 1277 Lynn Valley Road, North Vancouver.

Tickets are just $50 - which includes a copy of the book (value $30), a chance to chat with Dave and Meet Adrian Raeside who contributed the original cartoons to the book. Tickets are available at any NVDPL branch as well as online at

Provincial Report on Public Libraries
A report containing recommendations to government regarding public libraries have just been released that may be of interest to you. It is the Select Standing Commitee on Finance and Government Services report on their Budget 2015 Consultations.  Earlier this fall the Committee held province-wide public consultations  on next year's provincial budget. The comments of public libraries were highlighted in the report on page 21, and for the third year in a row, the Committee recommended that the government "restore the separate library line item in the Ministry of Education budget for public libraries, and commit to stable, ongoing funding."

The report is available here; the paragraph on public libraries can be found on page 21 and the recommendation is on page 25.

BCCPAC Fall Conference

Nov 21. Join us remotely - LearnNow BC has partnered with BCCPAC to bring a taste of the conference to you.  Rod Allen's session 21st Century/BC Education Plan at 11 am and Gary Anaka's The Teenage Brain at 2:30 pm will be streamed live to your personal device.

Session Links (session will open up 15 minutes prior to the start):
        Friday morning 11am 21st Century/BC Education Plan with Rod Allen
        21st Century/BC Education Plan
        Friday Afternoon 2:30pm The Teenage Brain with Gary Anaka
        The Teenage Brain
If you have any questions, please contact BCCPAC at

Library connection. 
School District information and links.

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