Just in time for Spring, we are very excited to announce that our school is hosting a Community Bike Swap on Sunday April 13th 12:00-3:00pm at Ecole Robb Road as a fundraising event for our school's potential legacy projects such as the school garden, outdoor classroom or covered bike shelter.
It is free admission to the bike swap! Bikes and related bike gear (trailers, parts, bike clothing etc) to be sold can be registered at our school gym on Saturday 12th from 3:00-6:00pm or Sunday April 13th from 9:00-11:30am. Each bike/item will have a $1 registration fee and 15% consignment fee up to the first $1500. The sale will run from 12:00-3:00pm Sunday April 13th. Unsold bike/gear pick up and payment pick up for sold gear will be Sunday April 13th from 5:00-6:00pm.
We are excited about this event as it provides a great opportunity for not only our Ecole Robb Road families, but our whole community to grab some pre-loved bikes and clear out bikes that they may not be using any more. The bike swap also promotes our efforts to encourage Active School Travel. So, please dig through your garage for any bikes or gear that you would like to sell, as the bigger our inventory the better! We will have everything from kids bikes, road bikes, mountain bikes, cruiser bikes, run bikes, parts, trailers, bike clothing, and bike shoes and more!
Please consider contributing some of your time, energy and enthusiasm that weekend, as many volunteers will be required to ensure a successful event. Volunteers are required in many different roles (including bike rack set up and take down, door people, sales people, til people etc) from Saturday afternoon until Sunday at 6:00. Please contact Lauren Lan at LAN_LAUREN@YAHOO.CA or 941-4290 if you can help out at all, even if just for an hour.
We look forward to seeing you at the Bike Swap!
Thanks for the Calendar Input - The School Board has approved the proposed calendar for next year. Go to http://www.sd71.bc.ca/2014-2015-calendar.php to have a look.
Ecole Robb Road a national finalist in $20 000 outdoor classroom contest.
Ecole Robb Road has long been proud of the work done in its new garden by the Garden Club, and in particular by the club’s teacher leader, Katie Leith-Mills. Working with a parent, Natasha Taylor, a variety of projects has happened in the two years since the garden was moved to its permanent fenced location. A desire to do more with students outside was expressed, and a need to have students study and learn in the outdoor environment was identified. A number of grants and contests were researched to help supplement funds from both the school and the PAC. One such contest is the Majesta Trees of Knowledge contest. An application was submitted, a video of children explaining why they like to learn outside was created, and last week Ecole Robb Road learned that they had been selected as one of ten finalists across Canada to receive a $20 000 outdoor classroom in the Majesta Trees of Knowledge contest. They are the only school on Vancouver Island to be chosen, and the only public school in British Columbia to make the final round.
As one of ten finalists, they need votes from the public to earn top spot and win the $20,000 outdoor classroom. Canadians over the age of six can vote daily, and those over the age of 19 can enter to win $10,000 from MAJESTA by visiting majestatreesofknowledge.ca from April 7 to May 5, 2014.
The Trees of Knowledge competition was launched in 2011 by MAJESTA, in partnership with Tree Canada and Focus on Forests, to help teachers and students experience the benefits of being outdoors. Each year through Trees of Knowledge one Canadian school is awarded a complete, customized outdoor classroom, valued at $20,000. Additional prizes are also awarded to the schools that finish 2nd, 3rd and 4th and for the school that has the most creative idea to rallying support.
The announcement was just made last week, and the team at Ecole Robb Road has lots of planning to do to make the most of this incredible opportunity. More details will be shared with the community through press releases, this website and the school’s Facebook page.
Please see below for additional information: volunteer request and outdoor classroom project poster.
Mr. Coats has been setting out the little orange person with the reminder that the staff parking lot is not intended as a drop off or pick up area. He has been placing it just in front of the six foot post that has a sign on it that says "Staff Parking Only - Not for drop off or pick up." We have had emails from parents about near misses as cars try to leave the back parking lot just as the students are being released. Please do not use the lots on either side of the school. Also, a reminder that there is one spot in front of the bike racks reserved for those who require handicapped parking.
Allowing us to teach...
A great big thank you to all the parents that are supporting us in moving students towards independence, and for keeping the hours of instruction free from disruptions. Please do not visit your child's class during the day, unless pre-arranged with your child's teacher. Homework, lunches, indoor shoes, and lattés can be dropped at the office, and then we will call them down at an appropriate break.
We are in need of some help at the Where Abouts program. Please let the office know if you are available and willing to help out on Thursdays - Thanks!