Halloween Spooktacular Movie Night

You are invited!

Spooktacular Poster 2018

 

Volunteers are needed for the PAC’s Halloween Spooktacular Family Movie Night on FridayOctober 26th.
Please, email the event organizer yonibremner.pac@gmail.com if you can help with:
– making rice crispy squares and delivering them to the school before 3pm
– setting up the gymnasium at 3pm (children welcome)
– preparing concession food at 3pm (children welcome)
– selling food tickets 5:15-6pm & 7-7:15pm
– working the concession 5:15-6pm & 7-7:15pm
– helping with the costume parade 7-7:15pm
Also!….
The PAC is happy to be holding its first Costume Swap during the Family Movie Night.  Please, drop off your donations of lightly used children’s costumes to the office before FridayOctober 26th.   After the event, any remaining costumes will be donated to the 1Up Victoria Single Parent Resource Center  http://singleparentvictoria.ca/inkind-donations/
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Thank-you for being such a supportive community for our children!
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Walk & Wheel Week 2018

walk wheel2.jpgOur school is participating in the 2018 Walk & Wheel to School Week

We will be celebrating active travel all week! October 1 – 5, 2018.

Students who walk or wheel (bus, bike, scoot or skate) all or part way to/from school, will get a sticker to put on our school trip tracking poster. Come by the front entrance (or in the foyer if it’s raining) to add your sticker.

At the end of the week, we will send a picture of our poster to the Capital Regional District (CRD) to show off our active travelling and a chance to win prizes!

Here are some ways you can get involved:

  • Participate in a walking school bus or bike train
  • If driving, ‘Drive to Five’- we recommend parking at the Archie Browning Centre and walking the 5 minutes to school
  • Are you social media savvy? Help us promote walking and wheeling: #CRDWalkWheel. Last year Macaulay won a prize for the most social media coverage!

For more information about the campaign visit www.crdwalkwheel.ca

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PAC Lunches

Macaulay PAC Lunches of 2018/2019 are scheduled as follows:

  1. October 5 – Subway
  2. November 2 – Subway
  3. December 7 – Pizza
  4. January 11 – Subway
  5. February 1 – Pizza
  6. March 1 – Subway
  7. April 5 – Pizza
  8. May 3 – Subway
  9. June 7 – Pizza

**Please note:
• Both paper and online order deadlines will be due noon the Saturday before the scheduled lunch, any orders past this date will NOT be accepted.
• Any orders that are in the HotLunches program and are unpaid will NOT be ordered, there will be a reminder email sent out 2 days before the order deadline if you have payment owing.
• No monetary refunds will be given, consider it a donation to the PAC.
• In the case that your child does not get their paid lunch in class, please speak to them prior about coming to an adult. We can see who ordered and if they were missed we have spare lunches, so they don’t go without their paid lunch.

You can choose to order one lunch at a time, or you can order all scheduled lunches at once. Online ordering begins on September 22nd.

Those of you who are already signed up just need to go to the website and sign in and order! Paper order forms will still be available in the office in the weeks leading up to each lunch if you prefer to order this way. Paper orders can go to the office or to the classroom teacher and payment can be made with exact cash or cheque payable to Macaulay PAC.

Here’s how to get started if you are new to the program:
• Go to http://macaulay.hotlunches.net
• Click on “Click Here to Register”
• Enter Access Code: MHL
• Complete the rest of the registration form. (Including your email address will ensure you receive reminder emails)
• Click the “Register Now” button at the bottom
• Follow the instructions to add each child in your family who attends Ecole Macaulay
• Once your child(ren) are registered, click on “Orders”
• Proceed to order hot lunch for your child(ren)

PayPal:
You can either pay with a credit card as a PayPal guest (Visa, Mastercard or Amex), or set up your own PayPal account.
Should you experience any issues with your PayPal account, you must contact PayPal directly to solve the issue.

Please contact macaulaypac.hotlunches@gmail.com with any questions. We also need volunteers for these days to help hand out lunches if you are available!!!

Adopt A School Program

We’re thrilled to announce that our school is taking part in the 2018 online Adopt a School program! From September 15 to October 7, our school will be working to raise funds in support of our library.

100% of all online donations directed to our school will go towards supporting our students and school library! However, our school has not been adopted by an Indigo, Chapters or Coles store this year, so donations made in-store will not go to our school.

There are three ways that you can support our school during Adopt a School:
1. Book Bonus: For every two books you donate to our school online, the Love of Reading Foundation will donate a bonus book, up to 100 books!*

2. Tell a Story, Give a Story: Every time you post a story to our Adopt a School profile, the Love of Reading Foundation will donate one book in support of our school library, up to 20 books!

3. Adopt a School Story Contest: “Heart” your favourite story to help us win big! The five most-loved stories in each province will be entered into a random draw for a chance to win* a grand prize of a $2,500 Indigo eGiftcard to purchase books! The remaining four top “hearted” schools in each province will win a $500 Indigo eGiftcard to purchase books.

Our school is going to receive every dollar raised to support our library and a 30% discount off books when we shop at Indigo, Chapters and Coles using program donations.
Please visit adoptaschool.indigo.ca from September 15 to October 7 to show your support for our library!

I look forward to surprising the staff and children at École Macaulay Elementary with all the new library books this year!

https://adoptaschool.indigo.ca/eng/schools/2271

Sincerely,
Joanna Mangan, Macaulay Teacher Librarian

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Introducing the 2018/2019 PAC Executive

PAC Overview 
The Parent Advisory Committee (PAC) are parents supporting education and community at Macaulay. All parents, caregivers and guardians are welcome to get involved!

Meetings
PAC Meetings are held on the second Thursday of each month in the school’s library. Childminding is provided. Meetings run from 6:30 – 8:00 pm.

 Mission
The PAC’s mission is to support, encourage and improve the quality of education through the provision of volunteer services, financial support and organized activities that will enhance and enrich the academic, physical, and social development of our children.

Description
The PAC envisions a school environment, based on constructive parent/teacher collaboration, that provides the highest standard of education, instills pride, values our students’ unique gifts, and recognizes their achievements. The purposes of the society are:

  • To provide a forum to advise the principal and staff on parents’ views on any matter relating to the school – programs, policies, plans, and activities.
  • To promote parent interest and involvement in school activities and student’s education.
  • To develop collaborative decision-making processes with the school’s administration and staff on matters pertaining to the PAC.
  • To build strong communication links between parents and staff.
  • To inform parents on school issues and promote ongoing parent education.
  • To represent the views of parents in an effective and positive manner.
  • To assist parents in accessing the most from the education system and provide information on processes available to parents and children.
  • On request, to assist the School Planning Council in carrying out its function in accordance with the School Act.

2018/19 Macaulay PAC Executive

  • President: Josh Hylden
  • Vice President: Yoni Bremner
  • Past President: Krista Moffett
  • Secretary: TJ Schur
  • Treasurer: Janaya Honka
  • Fundraising Coordinator: Sherri Dixon
  • VCPAC Representative: Megan Weston
  • Members at Large: Erin Kinrade, Kirsten Lee-Straub, Cynthia Barco & Andreia Rockwell
  • Arts & Culture Committee Chair: Tabitha Rutherford
  • Emergency Preparedness Lead: Kirsten Andersen
  • Greening Committee Lead: Erin Kinrade
  • Social Media Coordinator: Sarah Patterson
How to reach the PAC:

E-mail us: macaulaypac@gmail.com
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Welcome New Families & Welcome Back

Welcome New Families and Welcome Back

from the École Macaulay Elementary School Parent Advisory Council

Bienvenue aux nouvelles familles et bienvenue tout le monde

du conseil consultatif des parents de l’École Macaulay

 

Welcome Back! Ice Cream Social!

Bon retour à l’École Macaulay/Rencontre amicale avec de la crème glacée!

On September 20th there will be a Welcome Back Ice Cream Social and Open House starting at 5pm.  It is a great opportunity to meet the teachers, view the classrooms and mingle with all the Macaulay Families.   With 475 students registered for the 2018-2019 school year, this will surely be a fun event. More info to come!

 

Get involved!

Voulez-vous vous impliquer?

Our PAC meetings are the 2nd Thursday of each month at 6:30pm.  Please, come on September 13th to the school library. Free childminding is available on the second floor in classroom 6.  Aside from discussing current and upcoming events, we will be voting on the 2018/2019 budget. Please, take a look at the proposed budget on the website below and bring your questions to the meeting or email macaulaypac@gmail.com.

 

Who we are!

À propos de nous!

The Parent Advisory Council (PAC) is made up of volunteers supporting education and community at Macaulay.  All parents, caregivers and guardians are welcome to get involved! Any amount of time that you can contribute, no matter how small, is helpful.  Whether it’s helping with event set-up, organizing or volunteering during an event, financial donations, baking, completing our Parent Survey or simply attending monthly PAC meetings – it all really helps.  PAC efforts contribute to school pride and a welcoming community for our children.

Our PAC Executive is once again larger than in previous years with 9 members going into the 2018/2019 school year.  We currently have two executive Member at Large positions open and one Arts and Culture committee lead position open.  If you are interested, we are accepting nominations and will vote for each position on September 13th. (Information about these positions is available on the website below or email macaulaypac@gmail.com with your specific questions).

Please, visit and follow the PAC website https://macaulaypac.wordpress.com/  for updates and the latest PAC information.

 

What we do!

Voici ce que nous faisons!

The PAC has an annual operating budget of $70,000, some of which is generated internally by various PAC activities throughout the year.  Through highly successful PAC fundraising, we have been able to fund many events and initiatives, including:

  • School-wide theatrical performances and individual arts & drama instruction in classes
  • Special holiday performances and guests:  Magician, Science Venture, Mimes
  • Crossing guard salaries, class field trips, classroom supplies and technology
  • $500 yearly allowance to each teacher
  • Extra financial support is open to all staff twice a year
  • Funding for Grade 3 swimming lessons
  • Funding Grade 5 First Aid course
  • Outdoor equipment for morning and lunch hour recesses, Lego for Lego Club
  • A new fountain and water bottle filling station
  • Financial support to Macaulay families in need
  • Greening and garden bed improvements
  • School Events – Family Movie Nights, Welcome Back Event, Parent Education Nights
  • School Lunches
  • Financial donations to local non-profit organizations
  • New gymnasium equipment
  • Specialized sensory items for the learning support room (ie. Cocoon swing, fidgets etc)

Other larger projects undertaken:

  • Pathway across the field, Kindergarten Playground, School-wide Ceramic Tile Project
  • Outdoor classroom and Native Plant Garden
  • Inventory and purchase of supplies for the emergency tanker

 

Cheers to another fun and exciting year ahead!

Nous avons hâte de s’amuser et d’avoir une excellente année!

Your École Macaulay PAC Executive:

Josh Hylden – President

Yoni Bremner – Vice President

Krista Moffett – Past President

Janaya Honka – Treasurer

TJ Schur – Secretary

Megan Weston – VCPAC

Sherri Dixon – Fundraising

Erin Kinrade – Member at Large and Greening Committee Lead

Kirsten Lee-Straub – Member at Large

Let’s Get “PAC” to School

It’s hard to believe that the school year isn’t over yet and already we are talking about back to school supply shopping. The PAC has partnered with Monk Office to bring the families of Macaulay an easy way to shop for school supplies while supporting a local company.

Did you know that buying school supplies online through Monk is a fundraising program? Last year our rebate cheque was $526.00! Monk provides school supplies at better than retail price and donates 10% of online sales of school supply kits back to Macaulay!

SHOP EARLY TO FUNDRAISE

To make your life easier, we have pre-built kits containing all suggested items on your child’s supply lists.  No need to stress about finding a “½ interlined ½ plain notebook” – if it’s on the list, it’s in the kit! The optional items can also be added.

ORDERING

  1. Visit monk.ca and enter your PAC Code: 2E7BFF on the SHOP page
  2. Select your child’s grade from the drop down (to see what is in the kit click the “View kits contents” button)
  3. Enter the child’s first and last name (name is required to label the kit)
  4. Add optional items, if desired to your cart
  5. During checkout, pay with Visa or MasterCard and choose free school delivery (supplies will be delivered to the student on the first day of school), free in-store pickup, or home delivery

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The deadline for ordering is July 23rd.

School supply lists for the 2018-2019 school year are available here.

Questions? Visit bts.monk.ca/FAQ or contact Caitlin McKenzie, your Education Specialist,
at 250-414-3356 or PAC@monk.ca

 

 

Annual General Meeting

Our next PAC meeting is on May 10, from 6:30 to 8:00 pm in the school library. Free child-minding is provided.

For this meeting Karen and Tim will be presenting on the topic of technology in our schools.

The May meeting is also our Annual General Meeting, which we will hold after their presentation. As part of the AGM we will be filling our Executive positions for the next school year, which are open to any Macaulay parent or guardian. Nominations are put forward at the AGM and if there is more than one person put forward for a position we will vote (by secret ballot). If you know you are interested in a position please advise via email to macaulaypac@gmail.com as this will assist us in making preparations for the AGM.

The following positions are open:
– Chair

– Vice Chair
– Secretary
– Treasurer
– Fundraising Coordinator
– VCPAC Representative
– Members at Large (four positions)

For information about the duties of each position, please contact the macaulaypac@gmail.com.

Contributing to the PAC is a great way to connect with other parents and school staff, and be a part of your child’s experience at Macaulay. We encourage everyone to attend our May meeting, regardless of whether you are interested in an Executive position.

Walk-A-Thon Update 4

A huge thank you to all of the fundraisers for the Macaulay PAC annual Walk-A-Thon.

As of Monday May 7th we have raised a record breaking total of $23,433.18.

Mme Green Grade 5 class is in first place with $2,560.20.

In second place is Mr. Racansky’s Grade 4/5 class with $1,885.80 in pledges.

M Graoui’s grade 4 is rocking third place with $1,632.85 in pledges.

We have added a few more names to our top fundraisers who have all raised more than $250. Thank you to the following students for working hard to get those pledges:

  • Mya Nicholson (Mme Campbell)
  • Hendrix Singh (Ms. Graham-Pasquale)
  • Griffin Murphy (M Alain)
  • Liam Rice (Mme Green)
  • Ella Egan (Mme Green)
  • Lara Samousevitch (Mme Rempel)
  • Tijan Tunkara (Wilson)
  • Amy Fox (M Alain)
  • Mila Langejan (Ms Rocheleau)
  • Sam Weston (Mme Campbell)
  • Zoey Weston (Mme Koch)
  • Kiera (Mme Koch)
  • Annabelle (Mrs. K)
  • Angel (Mrs.Wu)
  • Casey (Mrs.Botteau)
  • Isa (Mme Green)
  • Chloe (Mme Lundgren)
  • Graham (Mr. Racansky)

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