December 2023 CPE Newsletter

Dec 01, 2023

Principal’s Message:
By now most of you have heard that Mrs. Tammy Tomm will take on the role of temporary, Acting Principal at CPE while I spend some time at Revelstoke Secondary School. Mrs. Tomm is presently teaching at Begbie View Elementary school, but she is very familiar with the students, the parents, and the culture of our school. Mrs. Tomm was a teacher here for ten years, she knows many of the children, and often took on the principal role when I was absent. Mrs. Tomm will spend some time with me during a transition period in early December; in fact, some of you have already seen her in the hallways and out on the school grounds. Welcome Mrs. Tomm!

Mr. Pfeiffer

Purdy’s Chocolate – Ready for Pick up

Purdy’s orders are ready for pick up at the school office. Thank you to the PAC for all their hard work with fundraisers, so the students at CPE can benefit with books, crafts, hot lunches, gym equipment and so much more. We are grateful. Enjoy!

CPE’s Holiday Craft Fair – Dec 14th

Exciting News! CPE PAC is hosting the annual Holiday Craft Fair on Thursday, December 14th. This is a special event during school hours, that allows children to purchase small items to give to their family or friends during the holiday season. The craft items provided will be priced and sold to students of CPE anywhere from $0.25-$5.00. We like to ask all CPE families if they are willing to donate 6 items to be sold at the craft fair. Items can be store bought or homemade. Please no baked goods. If you’re able to contribute, we ask that you please hand in items to the office on Monday Dec 11th or before. Thank you!

Learning Updates – Dec 15th

Teachers are busy preparing (“report cards”). Learning Updates for each student will be sent home on Friday, Dec. 15th.

Ms. Molly

Congratulations to Ms. Molly Barrett who had a bouncin’ baby girl on Dec. 5th. Mom and baby – Karsyn Grace Barrett are doing well! 😊

Next Hot lunch – Dec 19th

Next hot lunch at CPE will be Dec 19th and we’ll be serving Chicken stir fry with rice, there will be vegetarian and gluten free options available as well. Please connect on the parent Facebook page if you’re able to volunteer to help serve that day at lunch.

Winter Holiday Concert – Wednesday Dec 20th

This year’s whole school Winter Holiday concert will take place on Wednesday Dec 20th.

  • 1:15 pm Dress Rehearsal – open to grandparents, friends, relatives
  • 6:30 pm Show – doors open at 6pm – parents and siblings only

CPE Food Drive

This year CPE is helping to organize a food drive. To that end families are invited to collect the following and drop them off on Wednesday Dec 20th at our Winter Holiday Concert:

  • Nonperishable food items
  • Gift cards
  • New, unwrapped gifts for a variety of ages
  • Monetary contributions

If you happen to forget on Wednesday, we’ll accept donations of these items up until Friday, Dec 22nd.

Screen Smart – Scavenger Hunt – Dec 21st

Revelstoke Screen Smart has organized the “Revelstoke Screen Free Scavenger Hunt – Winter Edition”. The scavenger hunt runs from Dec 1st to Dec 21st. The Scavenger checklist has already been sent home, if you need a new one – pick one up at the office. Once completed hand it into the office by Dec 21st. Prizes will be drawn on Friday, Dec 22nd.

Gr 6/7 Basketball

The Gr 6/7 basketball season is in full swing. Practices run after school from 2:30-3:30 pm every Mon & Wed for the boys and every Tue & Thurs for the girls. Thank you very much to our volunteer coaches Mr. Mackenzie, and Ms. Kerluck!

Krafty Kids Group

Art, cooking, crafting, board games and more for students in Grade 4-7 every Monday at lunch time and every Thursday after school 2:30 to 4 pm. Thank you, Jackie and Phoebe, from the Revelstoke Women’s’ Shelter for coordinating this fun group.

Spirit Day – PJ Day with whole school Waffle Breakfast – Friday Dec 22nd

Our next Spirit Day in on Friday Dec 22nd a whole school PJ, with waffle breakfast Day!

District Winter Sports Activities

  • Gr 4’s will be Nordic skiing at Mount McPherson in January. Dates to be determined.
  • Gr 6’s will be Ski/snowboarding at Revelstoke Mountain Resort on Jan 17, 24 & 31st
  • Gr 3s will be Ski/snowboarding at Revelstoke Mountain Resort on Feb 7, 14 & 22nd
  • Gr 1s will be Skating at the Revelstoke Forum on Feb 6, 8, & 13th
  • Permission forms will be coming home soon.
  • (SAS) After School Cross Country Skiing Activity

Students in Grade 4-7 have the opportunity to participate in the after school Nordic Skiing at Mt. MacPherson XC ski trails in January. These are informal, fun sessions and not lessons. All equipment and passes are provided free in partnership with the Nordic Ski Club. Transportation will be by school bus and the program will run from 2:40 to 4:30 pm. Thank you to Ms. Holmes for sponsoring this activity which will run Thursdays from January 12th to February 9th. Permission forms will be available from the office at the beginning of January.

SD19 Indigenous Education focus for December

Tanshi, this December we are grateful for Arts Revelstoke and the Art Galleries installations that provide our community with so many opportunities to interact with progressive, socially-conscious art. This month many classes are touring the Art Galleries with featured stops to highlight the works of Ric Gendron’s – Coming Home, Delrée Demonts – The Matriarch Origin of the Jingle Dance, and Zuzana Rhias – Flight of Light Raven Steals the Light. Each of these works explores a facet of Indigenous histories, cultures and stories.

PAC – Parent Advisory Council

Next PAC Meeting: Tuesday Dec 12th 6:30pm

The CPE PAC is a very well organized and important part of our school helping to make school fun for our kids. For example, our PAC helps to organize monthly hot lunches for our students – something our students really, really enjoy! PAC meetings are held the 2nd Tuesday of every month at 6:30 pm in our school library. Babysitting for younger children is available for free at PAC meetings. These meetings are open to all CPE parents. You can email the PAC president for more information on how to get involved. The next PAC meeting will be on December 12th.

Spirit Days

Month Day Event
DEC Fri Dec 22 PJ Day
JAN Fri Jan 19 Beach Day
FEB Wed Feb 14 Red, White, Pink Day & Dance
MAR Fri Mar 15 Crazy Hair or Hat Day
APR Fri Apr 19 Backwards, Inside Out Day
MAY Thu May 2 Star Wars, Book, Movie, Game Character Day
MAY Fri May 24 Parent, Career Day
JUNE Fri June 14 Decades Day

Dates to Remember

Date Event
December 4th Purdy’s orders ready for pick up
December 11th Craft Fair items Due
December 12th PAC Meeting
December 15th Progress Profiles go home
December 14th Holiday Student Craft Fair
December 15th CP Holiday Train
December 20th CPE Holiday Concert
December 22nd Spirit Day – PJ Day, School breakfast
Dec 23rd to Jan 7th Christmas Holidays
January 8th First Day Back

Winter Break

Last day of school is on Friday Dec 22nd. School reopens on Monday January 8th.

Student Surveys

In the coming months there are two important, province-wide surveys that some students will be completing at CPE. Results of these surveys are used to help guide our school forward by identifying areas of strength and illuminating areas that we need to work on and develop. The first survey is the Middle Years Development Index (MDI) which is a survey that students in grades 5 will complete in January or February. Students are asked survey questions that focus on their overall well-being and include questions about their eating habits, screen time, and extra-curricular activities. The second survey is called the Student Learning Survey. This survey will be administered later in the spring to students in grade 4 and grade 7 is also done province wide. There is even a parent and school staff section of the Student Learning Survey, and it affords the opportunity for all stakeholders to give their input on the strengths of CPE and where our school can improve. Thanks so much for supporting these surveys in the coming months.

Craft Fair Donations Drop Off on December 11, 2023.

CPB’s holiday craft fair is only one week away! Please be sure to drop off your donations to Columbia Park Elementary School on Monday, December 11, 2023.

Education Savings Grant

The BC Government is giving out $1200 grants for future education and training to children born in 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017. Please have a look at the letter at the end of this newsletter for further details on this awesome opportunity.

Download the form here:

From our CPE family to yours a Happy Holiday Season to all