Tuesday, February 28

Staff Appreciation Luncheon - How can you help?

The date has been set and planning for the Annual Staff Luncheon - organized this year by Dickens Parents, Megan Crouch and Jacqui Thomas - is underway. 

Handouts will also be sent home in backpacks soon. If you'd like to assist with any of the listed items, contact Megan or Jacqui - see details here: 


Head Lice Treatment

If you need Hair Lice Treatment info at any stage throughout the year, it's here on our PAC Blog. You are welcome to share this info with parents and guardians from other schools too.

Information from HealthLinkBC

English: https://goo.gl/C5nHkw

French: https://goo.gl/OU5wEO

Chinese: https://goo.gl/4StmyL

Vietnamese: https://goo.gl/1NVakP

Punjabi: https://goo.gl/8gqtg1

Spanish: https://goo.gl/aFzLaa






Here are two YouTube demo's on how to look for & treat head lice that may be helpful:

Video showing how to look for lice and nits:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bwwNwzZuv-g

Video showing wet-combing method:

The Sky's No Limit, Girls Fly Too - hosted at Abbottsford International Airport

Event Dates: March 11 & 12, 9am to 5:30pm

Aiming to inspire future female leaders in Aviation, Aerospace, Marine and Defence this event features a free helicopter ride for female first-time fliers. Flights are popular but the organizer is releasing them in batches so book fast! 

There are also free activities, aircraft to explore and hands-on displays for the whole familythe event is open to the public with no registration required to attend. However, registration is required for eligible females to fly. 


See more details at


Thursday, February 23

We Need More Volunteers for the Dance & Social!

Can you volunteer at the Hop ’n Nosh?


When: Thursday, March 2
What: 1 hour of your time

Details: 
1 x Tuck Shop Volunteer 7:30 – 8:30pm
3 x Tear Down Volunteers from 8:45  9:30 pm

Contact Christy with your availability: christy@ctpost.ca

Looking forward to another great night!
Christy & Vira




Delicious Recipes & Other Notes from Amanda Cook

If you missed the fabulous presentation by holistic nutritionist Amanda Cook, you don't have to miss out! 


Here are some Superb Recipes & Notes, and a fun-filled Scavenger Hunt, all focused on healthy eating  click on the links below:

1) Use these Strategies for Creating Healthy Eaters - includes Recipes

2) Enjoy the Vegetable Scavenger Hunt 



3) Guests at the presentation were able to sample the above-pictured 5 Mushroom Blender Latte 

Wednesday, February 15

My Tween and Me Parenting Program - hosted at Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House

Discover the full potential of your relationship with your pre-teen (7 – 12 years).

Dates: February 16 – March 30, 2017 (8 sessions)
When: Thursdays (and one Tuesday) from 5:30 – 7:30 pm
Where: Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House, 800 East Broadway, Vancouver

For more info and to register, contact Carmen at ccontreras@mpnh.org or 604-879-8208



Tuesday, February 7

Seeking a New Lead for SPRING FLING's Silent Auction

The Silent Auction at SPRING FLING generates more than 50% of the funds raised for the Dickens Main & Annex schools. 

It’s a pretty important role, and could be a great resumé booster as well as a fun opportunity to connect with other parents! Will you lead it?

This lead role could be split to share the responsibilities, and would be supported by a team of Dickens' parent/guardian volunteers.

It entails the following:

Manage Donations
  • Solicit donations based on last year's contact list
  • Collect/Catalogue/Store donations at the school
  • Wrap [some items—can be done as a wrapping party with parent volunteers]
  • Value and set minimum bids [there's a nifty spreadsheet you'll be given by last year's stellar Silent Auction Lead—it will do the calculations for you]

Manage the Event
  • Setup on the Day of the SPRING FLING
  • Bidding/Payment/Security [with support from the PAC Treasurer]

Manage the Wrap Up
  • Distribution of items to winning bidders not picked up on the event day
  • Draft and distribute Thank You letters to donors [can use last year’s letter as a template]

Average time commitment is 3 to 6 hours per week from now through to the event. It then gets very busy during the final two weeks leading up to SPRING FLING and the day of the event: Thursday, June 1, 2017

If you would like to volunteer as the Lead for Silent Auctions or need more info about this role, email dickens.spring.fling@gmail.com OR contact Tamara Shand at tamara@thepackwoods.net

Thank you.

Winteruption Hop 'n Nosh - Family Dance & Social

Come to HOP...come to NOSH! A reminder to come dance, snack and celebrate with your kids & friends at the 4th Annual Hop 'n Nosh!

The NEW DJ this year promises to ROCK THE GYM! 

Bring a Sweet or Savoury Snack (Finger Food) to share as well as some Loonies for the TUCK SHOP - don’t miss the fun!



Understanding Anger & Aggression in Children/Youth - Presentation at South Vancouver Youth Centre by Dr. Vanessa Lapointe

R.S.V.P. your attendance by email to liz.irving.vancouver@gmail.com or call 604.878.3400. For more information and topics go to forcesociety.com/in-the-know



PAC Exec Meeting - Jan 2017

Jan 9 2017 Minutes: https://goo.gl/ucdL4o
  

Wednesday, February 1

An Invitation to Dickens' Families & their Neighbours

A group of Dickens Community households are applying to be a Green Bloc Neighbourhood:


If the application is accepted, we would be one of four neighbourhoods across the City of Vancouver to take part in what looks to be a fun, green program in 2017.

Green Bloc aims to connect like-minded folks who are interested in finding innovative, creative and resident-focused ways to reduce their ecological footprints.

This is your chance to take action and do something for our environment—not only in your own home, but as part of a well-supported collective.

Any homes within an 8-block radius of the Charles Dickens Elementary or Sunnyside Park, would qualify to participate in this initiative: If you are interested in joining or if you have any questions, contact Dickens parent Jessica Woolliams at jeswooll@gmail.com


More info about Vancouver’s Green Bloc project can be seen at https://www.evergreen.ca/our-impact/cityworks/city-building/project-green-bloc/

Creating Healthy Eaters for Life