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Weekly Newsletter
Hi everyone,
First week of December with a touch of snow for fun - need I say more! To kick off our festive season, this week the CPAC is launching a new fundraiser. an Amazing gingerbread house with a "Frozen theme" will be on view  outside the front office from Monday onwards. Raffle tickets ($2) can be purchased before (8:30 to 9:00) and after (2:45 to 3:15) school on Thursday and Friday next week.  However, not only do you get a chance to win this house (as a Carisbrooke Parent) you are also automatically entered to win another gingerbead house (tickets are open to the community) which can be seen at Sprout Organic Market, 700 East 7th St. North Van (in Queensbury Village as the foot of Grand Boulevard) which will have a "Winter Wonderland" theme. Proceeds from the sale of the raffle tickets for both houses will go to Carisbrooke PAC. 

Our FUNLUNCH order form for Jan to March is now open. Please complete your orders by the 12th December.

Traffic outside our school is an ongoing concern. We are located in a residential area, however we have all seen the changes with the traffic and number of cars on the North Shore over the past few years. We would like the areas around our school and the roads our children take to get to school to be as safe as they can possibly be.  The Provincial Government is seeking public input as they develop a transportation plan for the next 10 years. Please follow this link to the BC on the Move website, and take the survey. This  is a once in ten years opportunity, don't miss it. More details below. 

Our school participates in the BC Nutritional Fruit and Veg Program thanks the organization of Ms Campbell and parent volunteers headed up by Judith Nitsch. What this means is that approximately once a month each child will receive a piece of fruit or veg as a sampler to expose children to healthy eating. Thank you to the volunteer team for the distribution of apples last Thursday. 

Upcoming important dates

House  on display outside front office

Dec 9 (Tuesday)

Dec 10 @ Centennial Theatre
This Week

Mon. Dec. 1 
Gingerbread House Fundraiser starts

Tues. Dec. 2 
FULL Choir Practice Gr. 4-7@8 a.m. sharp

Wed. Dec. 3 
NO FUN LUNCH this week
FUN LUNCH Next week TUESDAY (9th Dec)

Thurs. Dec. 4 
FULL Choir Practice Gr. 4-7@8 a.m. sharp
Gingerbread House raffle tickets on sale

Fri. Dec. 5
Friday lunchtime activities (Lunch)
Gingerbread House raffle tickets on sale


cpac news
Gingerbread House Raffle
As mentioned above raffle tickets ($2.00) for the Gingerbread house can be purchase in the morning (8:30 to 9:00 a.m.) and in the afternoon (2:45 to 3:15 p.m.) from Thursday and Friday next week. The draw for the Carisbrooke Gingerbread house will be on December 15 and raffle of the Community Gingerbread house is on December 21. The house will be on display outside during these times. At other times it can be seen opposite the front office. 

Fun Lunch
The order forms for the next fun lunch period are now online. Please note that there is NO FUN LUNCH this week and the FUN LUNCH for next week will be on the Tuesday (9th Dec) due to the Christmas Concert.

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

Poinsettias Delivery
Poinsettia pickup will now be at 3 pm on Monday 1 Dec. 

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.

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

"Please be aware that there is no crossing guard currently after school and be extra vigilant"


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.
The number of tickets available is currenlty Limited so if you wish to purchase,
please do so as soon as possible.
Also please ensure that you have signed the relevant transportation consent form. 

Once again, Carisbrooke will be offering students in Grades 3 - 7 the opportunity to take part in after school ski and snowboarding lessons on 
Grouse Mountain.
  Our sessions will be Tuesday, 

February: 3/10/17/24, 2015. For more information click here


Seasonal Festivals & Markets

Christmas as Lonsdale Quay Market,
From Dec 1 daily 12 - 5 pm.
Lonsdale Quay Market is gearing up for a busy and spirited Christmas, filled with exciting activities, live festive music, kids crafts, and of course, visits from the big man with the beard—Santa Claus

Shipyards Christmas Market
Dec 5 12-9pm, Dec 6 12 - 8pm. There will be over 50 Local Artisans Food Trucks, Live music and an outdoor light display. Shipyards Market, Lonsdale Quay. 

Dundarave Christmas Festival
The Christmas Trees are 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
Hi-Light Festival at Park & Tilford Gardens. The light display will come on daily at 4:30 pm from November 28 to December 31st.

Canyon Lights

Light display and holiday activities from 4 pm to 9 pm daily. Capilano Suspension Bridge Park - 3735 Capilano Road, North Vancouver

Christmas Theatre

A Few of my Favourite Things! Celebrate the Season with music and song. Special guest appearance by Jay Brazeau fresh from his USA Tour of The Wizard of OZ. A chorus of Tap Dancing Elves! A Sing along! Your favourite requests and those special songs that touch your heart! Presentation Theatre, Dec 11,-14,18 &21. 7:30 in the evening or 2pm matinee

Vancouver Symphony Orchestra presents A Traditional ChristmasMetro Vancouver’s most beloved Holiday music tradition plays to sold out houses in South Delta, Burnaby, the North Shore, Surrey, and downtown Vancouver! Get your tickets very early. Centennial Theatre, Fri, Dec 19th 4:00 and 7:30

District/Province Events

District Library Fundraiser: 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 available at any NVDPL branch as well as online at

Provincial Government Transportation Survey. 
The BC Government is in the midst of writing their 10 year Transportation Plan and are looking for your feedback Consider using the comment section of the survey to ask that money be allocted to improving safety around our schools, by providing crosswalks, sidewalk letdowns at intersections, traffic calming, more signage, better lighting on roads and in all traffic planning to consider road access for all ages and abilities. 
1. BC needs a provincial active transportation plan (as NS, ON, QC have): a provincial walking, cycling, and rolling strategy.
2. BC needs to fund and dedicate human resources to implement the provincial strategy.
3. Pedestrians-first approach (active transportation and safe routes) should be the top priority.
The Canadian Red Cross First Aid Courses
Emergency Child Care First Aid & CPR/AED is a one-day course for parents and caregivers of children covering skills needed to recognize, prevent and respond to airway, breathing and circulation emergencies. The course covers first aid for respiratory and cardiac arrest, sudden medical emergencies, childhood illnesses, head and spine injuries, wound care and poisons. Cost: $90 (includes manual and certification). Course:Saturday, December 6; 9:00 am – 5:00 pm @ St. Stephen’s United Church, 7025 Granville Street in Vancouver. Info/registration: 604-988-8835 or email

Red Cross goes on the road in 2015! If you have 10 or more people who want to learn either Emergency Child Care or Emergency First Aid, we'll teach the course at your facility. And if you have 14 or more youth who want to become a Babysitter, we'll teach the Babysitting course on-site. For more information or to book your group, please contact Susan Cowan at 604-988-8835 or by email at

Library connection. 
School District information and links.

Carson Graham Secondary.  
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