Just keep swimming…

The Esquimalt Firefighters Charitable Foundation has generously donated $2500 to the Macaulay PAC to support both our swim club and our Grade 3 swimming lessons for the 2017/2018 school year. A cheque presentation was held during Wednesday’s assembly with members from the Foundation and the firefighting duty crew. We are grateful for their support, and we look forward to partnering with them again in the future.

The Macaulay swim club has been running for the past two years, and is open to all grades and all levels. Registration information will be going out in September for the 2017/2018 year.

Concerns Regarding School Space and Class Composition 2017-2018

Macaulay Parents and Guardians,

As some of you have heard, Macaulay is adding three new divisions (classes) for next year, bringing the total to 23 divisions. We currently have 20. This increase is due in part to the recent Supreme Court ruling allowing teachers to negotiate class size and composition, and also due to increased enrollment. The student population is going from 430 to 450. This has raised some concerns that we feel should be shared with all parents to make sure they are aware of how these changes impact our children.

To accommodate these three new divisions, space needs to be made in the school. The StrongStart and Learning Support classrooms will be moved out of their existing classrooms into our existing portables, freeing up two classrooms. This will have an impact on these two programs, as well as the West Coast Kids out-of-school care that currently operates in one of the portables. West Coast Kids will have to share the portable with the Learning Support classroom.

The third classroom will be made available by dismantling the computer lab. The computer lab will become a “mobile” lab consisting of tablets as opposed to actual computers. A mobile computer lab is less than ideal: instruction time will likely be reduced due to having to move from class to class and hand out devices, and mobile devices do not provide the same kind of technical exposure and longitudinal learning that an account-based computer lab provides. The school administration is working to find solutions around this issue, however it is uncertain what the final outcome will be and the PAC is advocating for the addition of another portable at the school to help solve this problem.

The other major concern is the proposed composition and size of the intermediate classes. Grade 4 and 5 English students will have a class size of 20 students with several children needing extra help in each class. The Grade 4 French students will be divided into 3 classes – one with 28 students and the remaining eight students will be divided into two Grade 3/4 splits, each with four Grade 4 students. This is not an ideal learning environment for our children and the PAC is advocating for more EA time for the school to help support our student body and teachers, as well as a more sensible class composition for the Grade 3 and Grade 4 students.

Here is a letter written by the PAC Executive for more details. Also this is a letter the teachers have written with their concerns.

Please note the administration at Macaulay is doing their best given the current circumstances around physical space and class size/composition. If you have concerns around these issues it would be most helpful if you address your concerns via email/letter or in person at the District level.

What you can do:
– Talk to your child’s classroom teacher to educate yourself on the issues
– Talk to other parents at the school to make sure they are aware of the issues
– Write a letter or email to the following people outlining your concerns for your child and/or the school:

— Edith Loring-Kuhanga (District Board Chair): eloring@sd61.bc.ca

— Jordan Watters (School Trustee for Esquimalt): jwatters@sd61.bc.ca

— Piet Langstraat (Superintendent of Schools): plangstraat@sd61.bc.ca
— Shelley Green (Deputy Superintendent, Esquimalt and Spectrum School Families): sgreen@sd61.bc.ca


School District Address: 556 Boleskine Rd, Victoria, BC V8Z 1E8

Thank you,

Macaulay PAC Executive

Wastewater Treatment Project

The Macaulay PAC would like to advise parents that we have a PAC representative attending the Wastewater Treatment Project Esquimalt Liaison Committee meetings. These meetings will be once per month and any concerns around construction traffic may be sent to the macaulaypac@gmail.com account so they can be brought to the liaison committee meetings.
For more information about the Wastewater Treatment Project please visit: https://www.crd.bc.ca/project/wastewater-treatment-project
Information about the project, including general information about construction activities, can be found here: https://www.crd.bc.ca/docs/default-source/Wastewater-Planning-2014/crd_wtp_april_boards_20170404.pdf?sfvrsn=db283dca_2
A communications plan is being put in place to provide information to the public on construction activities. We will provide more information as it is made available.

Walk-A-Thon Update 6

Friday’s walk-a-thon was a HUGE success, thank you to everyone who helped out, and thank you for supporting your children in their fundraising endeavors. We don’t have final totals yet, but we have surpassed our $18,000 goal and we will be over $20,000. That’s pretty amazing. Once we have all the forms in we’ll post our final results.

On that note, please make sure all pledge forms are turned in by end of school tomorrow May 16. We will be ordering incentive prizes this week and we don’t want any students to miss out.

Also, there was a form turned in with no student name or teacher on it. The total was $103. If this total rings a bell, please let me know.

Stay tuned for final results!

Walk-A-Thon Friday May 12 

$11,690.40 is the Walk-A-Thon total to date!!!! 

Tomorrow Friday May 12 at approximately 1:15 is when the walkathon begins. Parents are welcome to join in on the fun and walk or run laps with the kids.

Top Class: Mme. Gabrielle with $1,749.302nd: Mme. Senko with $1422.00
3rd: Mr. Racansky with $1068.50

New members of the +$250 club include:

A huge thank you to all of the hardworking students, teachers and parents for promoting this event on behalf of Macaulay.

Walk-A-Thon Update 5

The Walk-A-Thon is only days away and the children of Macaulay have been hard at work. The total raised to date is $8,092.35!!

Top Class: Mme Senko with $1,122
2nd: Mr Racansky with $1,068.50
3rd: Ms. Lelonde with $780.65

New +250 fundraisers:

Well done Macaulay students!

Walk-A- Thon Update 4

We are one week away from the 2017 Walk-A-Thon! The total pledges to date are $4989.65.
Top Class: Mr. Racansky with $1048.50
2nd: Mme. Gabrielle with $597.50
3rd: Ms. Bottineau with $550
Students with pledges over $250:
We have some excellent fundraisers at Macaulay! Way to go kids (and parents) 😉

Walk-A-Thon Update 3

The pledge sheets have been filtering in, we now have 26 forms returned for a total of $3,725.40! Amazing!

There is a tie for the highest fundraising total between Colin in Mr.Racansky’s class and Angel in Ms.Bottineau’s class. Way to to Colin and Angel, they each brought in pledge sheets for $550.00.

Highest class total is Mr. Racansky’s class with $707.50.

Second place is Ms. Bottineau with $550.

Third place is Mme Senko with $497.

Thank you to all of the students that have turned in forms so far, it’s an awesome start.

We are looking for a few parents/guardians to help out with the walk-a-thon next Friday (May 12), to help stamp kids’ hands as they go around the school, encourage and walk with the kids and to hand out treats afterward. Younger siblings are welcome.

If you are able to help on Friday afternoon from around 12:30 to 2:30, or for part of that time, please email macaulaypac@gmail.com.

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