Gr. 6 Emergency Release

Gr. 6 Emergency Release

Dear Gr. 6 Parents,

As part of every school’s responsibility to prepare for a possible emergency, St. Edmund’s Elementary has been busy preparing supplies, as well as practicing emergency response procedures. One crucial aspect to this is practicing our emergency release plan.

To practice this plan, we have selected the families of grade 6 (and their siblings) to participate in an emergency release drill. This drill will take place at 2 pm on Friday, June 23rd.

Parents of Grade 6 students will arrive at 2 pm and pick up their children (Grade 6 and their siblings) through the same procedure that would be used during an emergency. The selected students will assemble behind the emergency container in the school playground. Parents, or those designated as alternates on the student release forms, are to pick up their child/children by reporting to the student release coordinator’s table and signing out their child/children. Please remember your photo identification – there may be volunteers checking your forms and they may not recognize you. Once the release forms are completed and signed, their child/children will be called and released to them for departure.

We do understand that this drill may be an inconvenience to some, as it means picking up your child somewhat earlier than you would have ordinarily. We ask for your patience and support as we work through this essential process. If this were a true emergency, the whole school would be involved and wait times would be even longer. If you have any questions or problems related to this drill, please contact me through the school office. As always, thank you for your kind patience and support.

Gr. 6 Entrepreneur Project!

Gr. 6 Entrepreneur Project!

Over the past month, the Grade 6 students worked on something a little more ambitious and meaningful than the typical school project. Their first step was to come up with a product that they believed would appeal to their fellow students (which was the easy, creative part)! The more difficult steps followed: 1) Figuring out how to make the product, 2) Discovering how to mass produce their idea (or at least make several of them to supply student demand), and 3) Submitting a business plan to their parents to fund the production! Luckily, the Grade 6 parents were kind enough to fund their son or daughter’s business venture (but if all went well, that load would be repaid). The results were impressive. Personally, I purchased a cell phone charger that was made from a D-cell battery, a metal cough-drop box, and a few electrical components. During the day of the product fair, there was a whole buzz around the school that emanated from the Grade 6 classroom (much like an Apple Store at a mall). It’s safe to say the project was a complete success, with several groups selling out of their product. What is going to happen to the profits? Well, that was where the Gr. 6 students impressed most of all. They researched various charities and decided to donate to Covenant House. Excellent work! One of the Gr. 6 students (Mia Riddell) wrote an account of the experience here:

In the days leading up to the big sale, my class and I were both nervous and excited to sell the projects we’d been working so hard on. For a few weeks, we had been making products to sell to the kids of our school to raise money for the charity Covenant House. There were many unique products that my classmates made, my friend Lauren sold little stuffed animals with her brother, there were bookmarks, portable chargers (Mr. Field’s favorite), bracelets and soaps!

Mrs. Deutscher (our teacher) gave us the assignment as the second part of a previous project, which was picking a charity to support (which ended up being Covenant House)! She told us to think of a product that we could “mass produce” and that would be a big hit with the kids! Eliana (my partner) and I were not sure of a product right away but after looking at one of my younger sister’s art projects we had our product, the TP Doll! After weeks of prepping our handiwork, we were eager to start selling, making the last few finishing touches. The day to test the market had finally arrived!

When I first found out we were sponsoring Covenant House with the money from the sale, I was really excited because we often overlook the people who live around us, and I’m always happy when I can help people in local areas. I’m really glad that my class had the opportunity to take part in such an exciting and interesting project! I really enjoyed that warm feeling after I sold my products, it really does feel good to give!

Pat Hamilton

Pat Hamilton

Surrounded by family and friends, Pat passed away on Friday, March 10, at Lions Gate Hospital, after a lengthy illness. Pat was born in Belfast, Ireland, to Brigid (nee Campbell) and Robert Hamilton. She left Belfast during what she called “The Troubles”, and had many stories about life in Northern Ireland in her youth. Pat was educated in Catholic schools in Belfast, and attended Queen’s University there, where she got her Bachelor’s degree in scholastic philosophy. She taught at St. Dominic’s Girls School in Belfast before coming to British Columbia in August of 1973 to teach as a volunteer at Prince George College for three years, her first co-ed teaching experience. Pat moved to North Vancouver in June of 1976 and began teaching at St. Edmund’s Elementary School that September, eventually becoming Principal there. While in that position, she pursued a Master’s degree in Education Administration at the University of Oregon in Eugene during her summer breaks. During her career as teacher and school administrator, Pat was passionately committed to providing every child with the best possible education, regardless of their background or ability. She will be remembered by St. Edmund’s alumni for her love of teaching mathematics, and her favourite reminders that “Your reach should exceed your grasp”, “God is in the details”, and “It’s not rocket science”. Always the teacher, Pat enjoyed sharing her in-depth knowledge of history, particularly as it pertained to Ireland. She retired from teaching in June, 2006, but always had a soft spot in her heart for St. Edmund’s School and Parish. Despite having met many health challenges, from serious childhood illness to severe injuries due to a catastrophic automobile accident, Pat enjoyed life fully. She loved to spend time with her many friends, travelled extensively, enjoyed the theatre, music and art, and was an avid reader. Pat was predeceased by her parents Brigid and Robert and her brother Rory (Bernadette). She is survived by her brothers Richard (Jackie) and Sean (Angela) and their families, cousins Richard MacDonald and Peg (Norman) McCormick and their families, and Rory’s family. Pat will be dearly missed by her family and friends.