December 2nd, 2013

Calendar of Events

December 3rd: Explorations Session 2 Starts
December 5th: Intermediate Report Card Writing Day – No school for students in Grades 4-7
December 6th: Primary Report Card Writing Day – No school for students in Kindergarten to Grade 3
December 6th: Volleyball Tournament at Edgewood Elementary
December 6th: Pink Day in Remembrance of Kallie Hinton (please wear pink) Dance at Lunch for all students
December 13th: Heather Park Christmas Themed Evening Dance for Grades 4-7
December 18th: Report Cards Home
December 19th: PAC Evening Winter Celebration
December 20th: School Sing-along and Santa Visit

*Every Friday: Heather Park T-Shirt Day

The next newsletter will be December 16, 2013.

Hallway Traffic

An important notice was posted to the website and send home with students in Pod A today regarding hallway traffic in the school before 2:25pm. Please read this notice and assist us in helping students remain focused and on task so everyone can make the most of learning time while at school.


The first round of Explorations ended last week. There was a great article in The Prince George Free Press on Friday November 29th. Check it out! This Tuesday students will be starting in new remedial, enrichment, or life skills/art/recreation classes. We look forward to an exciting six weeks for Round 2!

Pink Day

On December 6, we will celebrate the life of our friend Kallie Hinton. Kallie passed away two years ago, leaving her legacy of hope and determination to live fully. We will honor her memory by wearing pink and having a dance in the gym at lunch. Kallie loved music and being with people having fun. Please wear pink and come ready to dance and smile and remember how Kallie brings out the best in all of us!

Heather Park Evening Dance

The dance on November 22nd was a huge hit! Students came and danced to the DJ’s music, enjoyed the lights, visited the concession, and won prizes!
We will be holding another dance on December 13th from 7 to 9pm in the Multi-Purpose Room. This is a Christmas Themed Dance. Please come accessorized to celebrate the holiday season. The doors will open at 7pm. Students need to be picked up at 9pm. The dance will be open to all students in Grades 4-7 who attend Heather Park. Students from other schools and students not in Grades 4-7 will not be admitted.
The cost of admission is $8 per student, which will still also include a water and a candy bag. You may pre-pay at the office, or pay at the door the night of the dance. Come out and have some fun, enjoy the DJ, visit the concession, and win some prizes!

Dress for the Weather

The weather in Prince George is unpredictable! Please remember to dress for the weather. This includes snow pants, mitts, hats, coats, and boots. Sliding is often allowed at our school, but only for those students wearing snow pants. In days only occur when the temperature is below -17 degrees Celsius, or there is drastic weather.
Positive Behaviour Support
In an effort to maintain positive behavior at Heather Park, we are focusing on ways to maintain healthy relationships. Ms. Callaghan will be offering ad hock small groups at various times throughout the year that will focus on friendships, and your child may be included. If you do not want your child to be included in this please let the school know.

Heather Park PAC Winter Holiday Celebration

Family, staff, students, and loved ones are invited to come and have a meal (potluck) and enjoy the festivities on Thursday December 19, 2013 from 5:30-8:00pm. Dinner is from 5:30-6:30pm with movies and activities to follow.
The PAC is using VolunteerSpot to organize who is bringing what to the Winter Holiday Celebration potluck.
Please sign up for what food item you would like to bring to the potluck – here’s how it works in 3 easy steps:

1. Click this link to go to our invitation page on VolunteerSpot:
2. Enter your email address: (You will NOT need to register an account on VolunteerSpot)
3. Sign up! Choose your spots – VolunteerSpot will send you an automated confirmation and reminders. Easy!

Note: VolunteerSpot does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact me and I can sign you up manually
This information will also be on the HP PAC website ( and a quick link to the sign up page.

Next PAC Meeting

The next PAC Meeting is January 18, 2014 at 6:45pm. Start out the New Year and check out a PAC meeting!! There will be discussions on topics of interest in the school and curriculum, and a chance to ask the principals and the teacher rep questions. The Public Health nurse will also be attending the meeting. If you have a topic that you would like the nurse to speak to, please let Gina know at

Thank you to everyone who has spent time volunteering in the school this month. Your time and energy makes a difference.
French Canadian Association Event: Noah’s Arc
There will be a Christmas Celebration at Noah’s Arc on Sunday December 8th from 1pm-3pm for the community. This activity is open to whoever would like to participate but the Christmas music in the barn, the songs on the sleigh rides and Santa will be in French. Tickets can be purchased until December 5th. For more information please call 250-561-2565 or email