First PAC Meeting of 2020/21

A warm welcome to all our new families and a warm welcome back to everyone else. Our first PAC meeting of the year will take place Wednesday, September 30 at 6pm via Zoom. Please see the agenda below and watch your email for the Zoom information.

Of note is the election of a new executive. The executive provides leadership and manages affairs of the McBride PAC and its activities, including fundraising. Members of the executive represent and are responsible to the entire parent body that makes up the PAC. Positions include:

·      Chair
·      Secretary
·      Treasurer
·      Intermediate Rep
·      Primary Rep

If you are interested in being on the executive, please attend. All parents are members of the PAC and can attend any meeting and vote regardless of whether they are on the executive. We hope to see you there!

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IF YOUR CHILD IS NO LONGER AT MCBRIDE, please unsubscribe by sending us an email to mcbrideelementary@gmail.com.

September 30, 2020 Agenda
•           Chair’s Update & Annual Report
•           Treasurer’s Update
•           Principal’s Update
•           Budget items, including classroom funds
•           Election for executive
•           Other new business

PAC Fundraising Initiatives

With our traditional fundraising activities up in the air because of COVID-19, the PAC wanted to share with you a few other fundraising initiatives. Please support these if you are able. Your participation will ensure we can continue to support school activities and assist with the purchase of classroom supplies. 

Indigo FUNdraising Program

McBride has joined the Indigo FUNdraiser Program. 15% of eligible purchases made by McBride community families over the next year will be donated to the McBride PAC. Please visit https://indigofundraising.flipgive.com/teams/243294-sir-richard-mcbride-pac to learn more. 

Mabel’s Labels

Thinking of ordering some Mabel’s Labels? You can support McBride Elementary in the process. Simply click on the “Support a Fundraiser” button on their website and search for Sir Richard McBride School PAC (Vancouver). We make 20% commission on all sales. 

Learn more and order at https://mabelslabels.ca

Recycling with Return It Express

McBride has a Return-It Express account and we invite everyone to use it. Simply return your empties and recycling to a Return-It Express kiosk and your deposit money will be deposited into the McBride PAC account. Instructions are included below. 

  1. Collect your empties – juice boxes, glass bottles, aluminum cans, and plastic bottles and jugs – into clear plastic bags.
  2. Go to any Return-It Express location
  3. Log in their kiosk with account number 6047134971 and print the label(s). Please note that the account number is also the school’s phone number. 
  4. Put label(s) on your bags and leave them on the depot.
  5. Return-It will sort and count containers and refund deposit money to the PAC account. 

New School Fundraiser – Recycling with Return-It Express

With our traditional fundraising events on hold because of COVID-19, the PAC is looking for new ways to raise money and ensure we can continue supporting school activities and assisting with classroom supplies. We have set up a Return-It Express account and invite you to use it. Simply return your empties and recycling to a Return-It Express kiosk and your deposit money will be deposited into the McBride PAC account. Instructions are included below. Please don’t hesitate to contact the McBride PAC if you have any questions. 

Thank you in advance for supporting McBride Elementary. 

  1. Collect your empties – juice boxes, glass bottles, aluminum cans, and plastic bottles and jugs – into clear plastic bags.
  2. Go to any Return-It Express location
  3. Log in their kiosk with account number 6047134971 and print the label(s). Please note that the account number is also the school’s phone number. 
  4. Put label(s) on your bags and leave them on the depot.
  5. Return-It will sort and count containers and refund deposit money to PAC account. 

PAC Meeting Tonight!

A quick reminder that our June PAC Meeting is tonight – Wednesday, June 17th at a NEW TIME – 6:30pm. Join us to learn more about PAC initiatives and school activities. The June Agenda can be viewed HERE. May Meeting Minutes can be viewed HERE. This is our last PAC Meeting of the year.

Zoom Address: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83578485291?pwd=T2I3aFZrRlhselB1NXBFdVIraGZiUT09

Meeting ID and Password: Emailed to parents in June Newsletter

Please contact the PAC directly at mcbrideelementary@gmail.com if you have any questions.

Next PAC Meeting is June 17th.

Please join us via Zoom on Wednesday, June 17th at a NEW TIME – 6:30pm. Join us to learn more about PAC initiatives and school activities. The June Agenda can be viewed HERE. May Meeting Minutes can be viewed HERE

Zoom Address: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83578485291?pwd=T2I3aFZrRlhselB1NXBFdVIraGZiUT09

Meeting ID and Password: Emailed to parents in June Newsletter

Please contact the PAC directly at mcbrideelementary@gmail.com if you have any questions. 

Reminder! May Zoom PAC Meeting

We are excited to be back in action. 

Our May PAC meeting will take place via Zoom on Wednesday, May 13th at 6pm. Join us to learn more about PAC initiatives and school activities. The May Agenda can be viewed HERE. March Meeting Minutes can be viewed HERE

Zoom Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85903253513?pwd=aks0YWhweU92ZlYySXZQUjkrbnpHdz09

Meeting ID: 859 0325 3513

Password: Emailed to parents

Please contact the PAC directly at mcbrideelementary@gmail.com if you have any questions. 

VSB COVID-19 Updates

This morning Vancouver School Board Superintendent of Schools, Suzanne Hoffman, sent an email update to families about what to expect next week as we all adapt to the limitations resulting from COVID-19.

The VSB has posted the letter and other COVID-19 updates and information to the Vancouver School Board website. Please view their COVID-19 News page HERE. They are also sharing news and information via Twitter – @VSB39

In addition, on March 25th the BC Ministry of Education compiled and posted a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on Continuity of Learning. You can view the PDF HERE.

We hope you are all safe and well and hanging in there. We promise to share news as we can.

COVID-19 and the McBride Community

As you may be aware, the Ministry of Education announced that schools across BC will close indefinitely in an attempt to slow down and control the spread of COVID-19. As a result, we will be suspending all McBride PAC activities including PAC meetings, hot lunch, school fundraising, and our Summer Carnival. We are disappointed but know this is the right decision to ensure everyone stays healthy and to ensure our finances are in good shape moving into the 2020/2021 school year. 

We are hopeful the school will open quickly and our children will be back in class sooner rather than later. We are hopeful the Vancouver School Board will move forward with our new playground as scheduled. However, the situation is unprecedented and things are changing quickly. We just don’t know what to expect. We promise to share updates as we learn what is going on.  

While classroom lessons are suspended it is expected that schools will implement a variety of measures to ensure continued learning for students. Details will be shared by the Vancouver School Board as they becomes available. We promise to share news and information with you as we learn more. 

We want to thank you for your contributions and support to date. What a year! You are an amazing community. Let’s continue to work together and support each other in these uncertain times. And let’s look forward to celebrating our school, playground and community as soon as we are able. 

We would also like to take this opportunity to encourage you, if you have the means, to support the local businesses both in our neighbourhood and across the city. Many of these businesses rely on income made during spring breaks, spring activities, and lunch sales, and they provide invaluable services to our school and our community. If you are one of these businesses and are adapting your business to respond to COVID-19 please feel free to let us know, and we will share these initiatives on our Facebook page. 

Sincerely,
McBride PAC Executive 

Reminder! PAC Meeting Wednesday

Join us tomorrow – Wednesday, March 11th at 6:00pm – for the March PAC meeting. This is your opportunity to learn more about PAC initiatives and school activities including the Principal’s update, playground upgrades, the Summer Carnival and more. Meetings are held in the school library and childcare is provided. We hope to see you there.

Please review the March Agenda and February Meeting Minutes in advance of the meeting. In an effort to be more environmentally responsible, we will not print copies of the minutes. Please bring your own.

Join us! The Rock ‘N’ Beau Dance Party is tomorrow!

Bring the whole family and prepare to have a blast at our first ever Rock ‘N’ Beau Dance Party. Join us in the gym. The beats drop at 6pm tomorrow – Friday, March 6th – and the music won’t stop…..until 8pm. 

The cost is $5/child and includes a photo booth, face painting and more. Adults are free. The McBride PAC concession will be open selling pizza, drinks and goodies. All proceeds will go to the McBride PAC. 

Rock ‘N’ Beau Parties are safe, inclusive and fun dance parties for the whole family. Host and DJ Rachel Beau will lead the fun. Don’t miss it!