Follow-up: Concerns Regarding School Space & Class Composition 2017-2018

Thank you to the 30 plus parents/guardians that wrote letters to the school district and or Jordan Watters (Our school trustee). If you would like to know more about how the changes to the legislation dictating class size will impact your child and the education of children at Macaulay for the 2017-2018 school year please attend the meeting on Monday June 19th from 6:30-7:30 pm in the school gym.

Karen MacEwan (Principal) and Tim McCreesh (Vice-Principal) are holding an information evening to discuss how the restored teachers contract language will impact class sizes and class composition  for the upcoming school year. As well as the impact of the addition of three new English divisions (classrooms) and the lack of class room space to accommodate the new divisions.

computer cartAs you may already know Macaulay is scheduled to close the computer lab classroom at the end of this month in favour of a mobile lab, consisting of laptops/Ipads. In addition the two existing portables will be fully utilized all day with shared programs in both spaces.

While the average class size is going down some classes will need to be split into two grades with as few as 4 children from one grade, with the balance of another grade forming a full classroom. The addition of three additional classes also places a demand on library, gym, music, and computer time. If any of these issues are a concern then please join us for the meeting on Monday June 19th from 6:30-7:30 at Macaulay.

For more information about what the issues are please read through the letters that were sent on behalf of the teachers and the PAC to the school district. In addition here is the first post on the subject.


Meet the PAC 2017-2018

Please join us in welcoming a number of new people to the PAC for the 2017/2018 school year. We are excited to have all of the executive positions filled for the coming year, and all but one committee lead role filled. If you are interested in heading the Arts & Culture Committee please email

Microsoft Word - New Pac 2017 2018

Wondering what a PAC is? Here is a little more information.

New PAC for 2017-2018

VCPAC Award and the award goes to….

Months ago the Macaulay PAC asked for nominations for various awards presented at the May VCPAC Awards ceremony.

There were two winners from the Macaulay community, please join us in congratulating;

Norm Tandberg (our esteemed crossing guard) was honored for his years of service within the Esquimalt family of schools, as well as his efforts in setting up breakfast programs in schools and his involvement with the VCPAC.

Lisa Hoskins was presented with a certificate of merit for her work on bringing the arts to Macaulay. Lisa heads the Arts and Culture committee for the PAC and was responsible for the coordination of the tile project last school year as well as the organization of the various artist workshops and presentations.

Congratulations to Norm and Lisa and thank you for your dedication to Macaulay.


Thank you!!

Last Friday evening there was a small fire at Macaulay Elementary. The fire started after school hours in a self-contained heating unit. Thankfully no children were at the school, and no one was harmed. The fire was contained to one classroom and the adjoining hallway. A big thank you to the Esquimalt Fire Department for quickly extinguishing the fire and to the janitorial staff who smelled the smoke and acted quickly.

Unfortunately, Mme.Lundgren lost all of her teaching supplies. The teachers at Macaulay have pooled resources to help the grade 1 class and Monk Office also stepped up to offer a generous gift card to Mme.Lundgren to help restock her classroom.

When the gift card was presented to Madame this morning she already had some items in mind, and mentioned buying paint and art supplies. The PAC would like to thank Monk for their generous donation, and community participation. It is comforting to know that when the unexpected happens the community responds in positive ways.

Toy Drive Update

Months ago the PAC asked for toy donations from the Macaulay community. We got an overwhelming amount of donations. Eight tables full of puzzles, blocks, cars, duplo, costumes, puppets and various other excellent learning toys.

Yesterday, the teachers got a chance to “shop” for new toys. I can’t tell you how many times the teachers said “thank you” and I would like to extend the THANK YOU on to the Macaulay community.

Not only were the teachers happy about the new toys, here are some pictures of the kids hard at play this morning.

PAC Meeting June 8th

Our last PAC meeting of this school year is June 8 at 6:30 pm in the school library.

Free child-minding is available. We will be providing budget and committee updates, and discussing upcoming events. All parents and guardians are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Please direct any questions to

Walk-A-Thon Final Update

Thank you to all of the children, and parents of Macaulay for raising $21,719.27 in pledges. This is an amazing amount which will go a long way to enrich the education at Macaulay. We would also like to thank the Esquimalt Farmer’s Market and Esquimalt Recreation for their generous donations toward our incentive prizes.

Incentive prizes were delivered to teachers on Friday June 2nd, so if they have not already come home expect them tomorrow.

The top three classes were:

  • Mme Gabrielle with $2,158.35
  • Mme Senko with $1,894.80
  • M Poulain with $1,718.05

The top three classes with the highest student participation were:

  • Mme Gabrielle with 77%
  • M Poulain and Mme Rocheleau with 65%
  • Ms Lelonde was not far behind with almost 64%

Top fundraisers:

  • Primary 1st: Angel Vautour with $550 
  • Primary 2nd: Sam Weston with $497 
  • Intermediate 1st: Colin Vautour with $550 
  • Intermediate 2nd: Zaiden Wilton with $319.55  

Students who raised $250 or more included:

  • Ahriya Ostrander
  • Amy Fox
  • Angel Vautour
  • Annabelle Burke
  • Averi Dixon-Liddle
  • Charlotte Moysey
  • Chase Dixon-Liddle
  • Colin Vautour
  • Griffin Murphy
  • Isabel Reeves (with help from her sister Chloe Reeves)
  • Jonah Johnson
  • Julia Macpherson
  • Kai Rygnestad-Coney
  • Marissa Crawford
  • Matilda Sigg-Hazlitt
  • Mattie Dick
  • Micah Leggett
  • Mya Nicholson
  • Sam Weston
  • Tristan Nerheim
  • Zaiden Wilton

The bike was won by Charlotte Moysey who raised $270.

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.

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