New website feature – Principal’s Weekly Message to Teachers

As a PAC, we are excited to publish on this website the weekly message from the Principal to the teachers. This information is not parent-specific – it is written for TEACHERS – but is interesting and informative for parents as well.

November 15, 2010

Winter has finally arrived, and with it comes the promise of new challenges on our school grounds. As always, please remind our students to wear appropriate outside clothing, and to do their best to stay off muddy areas. Dan will continue to work with Property Maintenance to try and solve the problem of the muddy pathway that runs from the blacktop, past the corner of the field, to the tether balls. Continue reading

Around the Schools

Around the Schools is regularly submitted to the Prince George Citizen, and generally published. We will be posting the entire submission on this website on a regular basis. Thank you to Nadine Trifunovich Allen and Dan Watt for writing it!

École Heather Park Elementary School had its first Leadership event of the year, with a “Jersey Day”. Students wore their favorite sports jersey to show some school spirit. Some classes had 95-98% participation! To top the afternoon off, we hosted a volleyball play day. Co-ed teams from Glenview and Hart Highlands came to participate in this non-competitive event.

Gr. 7 student, Olivia M is the winner of the recent mascot design at École Heather Park Elementary School. We are now the HEROES. We now have another school-wide contest to decide what virtues H.E.R.O.E.S. will stand for. Our thanks to all students and Tracy Christensen from the PAC for their hard work on this activity.

Bus Loop Times

Use of the bus loop is allowed for general traffic before 8am and after 3:15pm on school days. 

Between 8am and 3:15pm, only school buses, emergency, school district, or vehicles with a Disabled Persons’ Parking Permit should be using the bus loop.

Thank you for your attention to this safety issue.

Newsletter – November 15th

Newsletters should have been distributed to all students by now, either electronically or by paper. Please let us know if you haven’t received a copy!  2010 November 15 Newsletter version 2.

Important Dates

  • There is a report card writing day for intermediate students (grades 4 to 7) on Friday, November 26th. Primary report card writing day (grades K to 3) is Monday, November 29th.
  • We are planning a movie night on November 26th – a G rated movie will be shown in the multipurpose room at 7pm, reasonable prices, watch for more information coming home soon.
  • Primary hot lunch day (pizza!) on Friday, November 26th. Watch for forms coming home soon.
  • Next PAC meeting is Wednesday, December 8th.
  • French Immersion teachers are holding a parent meeting Wednesday, November 17th, 6:30 – 7:30 in the library.  This is to discuss ways in which we can continue to strengthen the programme in the Hart. Childcare and goodies will be provided! (CANCELED DUE TO WEATHER)

Volunteer Requests
We’d like to make as big of a positive impact as possible by focusing our current limited resources on wide games –a game which can be played outside, can be started quickly, and requires minimum resources, i.e. soccer ball, traffic cones.  One or two volunteers wearing orange vests can facilitate these activities.
Volunteers will be provided with basic equipment as well as information such as how to deal with conflict on the playground, and ideas for some common playground games.

PAC Business

  • A big thank you to our volunteers who helped with the intermediate hot lunch day, safe start, playground surveying, and much more!
  • Minutes from the November 10th meeting are available on the website.
  • The website is the place for the most up to date information about the PAC and school. Email updates are available, so that you don’t have to keep checking for updates.
  • The website also has information about various resources for dealing with the school system – for example, a parent guide for advocating for your child, information on individual education plans, and the district’s guide to resolving problems. Check the Resources tab, or the school office.
  • And thank you to Tracy Christensen, who had been serving on the PAC executive. She has had to step down from this commitment, but will continue to volunteer in the school.

School Newsletter – November 15, 2010

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Unapproved minutes, November 10, 2010 General Meeting

Wednesday November 10, 2010
Lab Room 2023
Attendance:  19 parents
Call to Order: 7:02pm
1. Minutes
-motion to accept by Yvonne, 2nd by Sarah

2. Introductions
-Sally welcomes everyone, thanks them for their attendance, starts the room introductions

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Recess Committee Report to PAC meeting

The Recess committee is asking for parent volunteers for assistance in providing students with some structured activities outside during recess and lunch. 

Significant positive impact can be made immediately by focusing our current limited resources on wide games – game which can be played outside (primary students on the field beside the playground and intermediate students on the soccer field), can be started quickly, and require minimum resources, ie soccer ball, traffic cones.  One or two volunteers wearing orange vests can facilitate these activities.  (These volunteers will also give the perception of more supervision.) An announcement will be made to students before recess and lunch to let them know which grades are invited to participate in an organized activity that day.

Clubs that require special expertise, tools, rooms, equipment, etc. should be a focus after we have made progress on these “wide” games.

A schedule has been drafted so that parents can sign up and see which time slots need volunteers. Please contact Yvonne Parkinson, our volunteer coordinator, for more information on this, at, or Tracey Sullivan at

Steve Fleck has offered to facilitate a Volunteer Meeting for anyone remotely interested in volunteering on Monday, November 15th at 9am in the staff room. He will be available to answer questions and provide a hand out with information such as how to deal with conflict on the playground, as well as some common playground games.