Last Updated: June 28, 2018
The Renfrew Elementary School Parent Advisory Council (Renfrew PAC) is a group of parents who are working together to fundraise for our kids' activities, provide helpful information sessions for parents and provide money to buy computers, equipment and any other educational tools that will enrich the experience of the students of the school. All parents and guardians of Renfrew students are welcome to join us. The school is located in Vancouver at Rupert Street and East 22nd Avenue.
Welcome to the 2018-19 school year! Here is a summary of some important dates coming up. First off, our first PAC meeting will be on September 24th at 6:00 PM in the school library. It's a great chance to hear about school events, ask questions and meet the school principal and/or vic principal. All parents and guardians are welcome to attend.
This year, hot lunches will start on September 25th. The hot lunch program lets you have a break from preparing lunch while your kids get a delicious, healthy lunch at school. Coming up on September 28th is the Terry Fox Run. Parents and guardians are invited to run with their kids. We're also excited to announce there will be a pumpkin patch event at the school in late October.
Have a Great Summer!
The PAC would like to thank all the Renfrew staff and volunteers for another great year at the school We hope everyone has a wonderful summer!
Popcorn Sale on Jun 14
Our last popcorn sale will on June 14th at recess. Each bag will be $1.
Teacher and Staff Appreciation Lunch on Jun 6
This is our chance to say thank-you to all our wonderful Renfrew teachers and support staff. We welcome donations of food (home made or bought) for our Appreciation Lunch anytime from morning to drop off.
Modeling Clay Sale May 30-31
For just $2 per package, you can purchase modeling clay after school on May 30th and at lunch on May 31st. The sale will be located just outside the main office.
PAC Annual General Meeting and Election on May 29 at 6:30 pm
Our AGM will be held on May 29th. We will be electing our new PAC Executive. Any parent or guardian of a student is welcome to join the Executive regardless of how many meetings you have attended or if you are new to the school. You can learn more about the various duties of each of the positions here. Free babysitting will be available for anyone at the meeting.
PAC Meeting April 17 at 6:30 pm
A reminder that there will be a PAC meeting this April 17th in the school library. Free babysitting is provided. All parents and guardians are welcome. If you have difficulty finding an unlocked door, please go to the door closest to the office.
Reminder Renfrew Spring Plant Fundraiser
Just in time for Mother’s Day! Renfrew PAC is having a plant fundraiser! We have beautiful Hanging Baskets, Outdoor Patio Planters, Herbs, Veggies, and more to be purchased. All supplied by Devry Greenhouses.
Final orders are due April 25. Please return order forms with payments to the box just outside of the main office. Make cheques payable to Renfrew SCA.
For online orders visit renfrew.growingsmilesfundraising.com. Pick up will be May 8.
The PAC has been able to help the school cover costs with recent programs such as dance, Saleema Noon’s Body Science, home reading bags, field trips and more. Thank you to all families for your continued support with Renfrew PAC fundraising initiatives.
PAC Meeting Minutes Posted for February 22
Please view the minutes here. Some highlights include:
- Montessori offers have gone out for 20 K spots. Enrollment has also increased and there will be 2 neighbourhood K classes too for a total of 3 K classes.
- Looking into a gardening water system.
- Looking into ideas for a fall wellness fair
- Sports Day on May 17th
Saleema Noon Workshop for Parents on Apr 10
Saleema Noon is a group that focuses on sexual health for children and teens with age appropriate information. Parents will get the opportunity on April 10th to ask questions about the program in advance of the students participating the following 2 days in Body Science Workshops.
West Coast Seeds Orders Due Mar 7
There's still time to get your orders in for West Coast Seeds. The PAC is selling a variety of seed options including vegetables, herbs and flowers! Cash or cheque orders only please. Simply fill out the form linked below and make your cheque payable to Renfrew SCA and then drop your order in the labeled box just outside the main office. Seed orders will be distributed when we return from Spring Break. If you have any questions, please contact us.
Minutes from the Jan 23 Meeting Posted
Some highlights include:
- With the school's student learning grant, the school purchased iPads, novel sets, resource kits, a robotics kit, indigenous resources and DVDs
- Neighbourhood enrollment is up to 55
- Ms. Kawaguchi has retired. Joanne Lambert will be replacing her. We have Monica Moody from Alberta to the end of the school year.
- The PAC raised the following recently: hot lunches $700, $200 popcorn sales, $515 poinsettia sale, $4165 direct donation drive
- Possible manure sale, fitness fundraiser and spring bbq/social
View the full minutes here.
Book Fair Volunteers Needed (30 min to 1 hour shifts)
The school will be hosting a Scholastic Book Fair on Feb 6-8. The vice-principal is looking for volunteers in particular for shifts from around 8:20 am to 9:00 am. If you have time, please contact the school at (604) 713-4851.
Popcorn Day on Feb 16
We'll be having another popcorn day on Friday, February 16th at recess provided by Kernels. The cost will be $1 per bag. We bought way more this time as it was so popular last sale.
PAC Meeting on Jan 23
A reminder that our first PAC meeting of 2018 will be held on Tuesday, January 23rd at 6:30 at the school. Free babysitting is provided. All parents and guardians are welcome to attend.
PAC Meeting - Nov 14
The meeting minutes have been posted for our November 14 PAC meeting. Highlights include:
- Kindergarten registration now open
- Student council selling moustaches for prostate cancer awareness
- Body Science Workshops by Saleema Noon will be held on April 9, 11 and 12
- The school will be receiving $32 per student from a government grant
- The school received $800 for the book fair
- The PAC raised $445 for our apple fundraiser
- The Pumpkin Patch event earned $355.60
- The Direct Donation drive raised $3899.72 (Thanks for your donations!)
Winter Fundraiser - Poinsettias for Sale
The winter fundraiser is well under way! This holiday season we have wonderful poinsettias in red, pink and white to be purchased, as well as tropical planters and wreaths.
Thank you to all families who support the Renfrew PAC and its fundraising initiatives. All funds raised go back to helping Renfrew students. To receive your wonderful holiday poinsettia complete your order form and return it with your payment to the box at the school office (Cheques payable to Renfrew SCA).
Please visit renfrew.growingsmilesfundraising.com to place online orders. Orders are due by November 29. Poinsettia pick-up date has been set for December 12.
Popcorn Day - Nov 17
Delicious butter salt popcorn from Kernels will be on sale at recess for just $1 per bag. Limit of 1 bag per person until the line up is cleared up.
Direct Donation Drive - All of Oct
It is that time of year where the Renfrew PAC is initiating its Direct Donation Drive. Last year, the Direct Donation Drive was a huge success. From now until October 31, 2017 we are looking to you again to reach our goals to make this fundraiser a success.
Learn how to donate to the direct donation drive here.
PAC Meeting - Sept 28
The first PAC meeting of the school year was held at the school. Minutes have been posted here. Some highlights include:
- Renfrew will host a pumpkin patch for all grades
- Foundation Skills Assessments (FSA) will be from Oct 2 to Nov 10 for gr. 4 and gr. 7
- New Student Council to be created with 2 representatives from each classroom
- Scholastic Book Fair from Oct 2 to Oct 6 (Volunteers needed, contact the school)
- Grad hoodies on sale
- Selma Noon (Sexual Health Education) has been budgeted
- New York Foods hot lunch program starts on Sep 29 on Fridays $7.50
- Fundraising: Popcorn Day (once a month), Direct Donation (Feb) and Movie Night (n/a)
All parents and guardians are encouraged to attend PAC meetings. Free babysitting is provided as well as snacks and drinks. It's a great opportunity to meet other parents, the principal and the vice principal. You also get to have a say in how the PAC's funds will be used for at the school. If you have any questions about the school, this is also a great chance to ask them at the meeting.
Parent Coffee and Tea - Sept 7
We invite parents, grandparents and guardians of Renfrew students for a coffee, tea and snacks in the multi-purpose room from 8:30 to 10:00 am on September 7. This is a great chance to meet some members of the PAC executive as well as other parents, etc. too. In particular, if you're new to the school, it's a great opportunity to ask questions and find out what the PAC has planned.
2017-18 PAC Exec (updated Oct 2):
Chair: Angela G., Maya T.
Treasurer: Lina L.
Secretary : Gina P.
Funding Chair: Angela C.
Communications: Emily H.
Member-At-Large: Susie Q., Rachel C.
DPAC Representative: vacant
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