>> Kate Wallace
It certainly has been a busy fall at George Jay Elementary. Our annual Halloween Party was a blast—we had a phenomenal bake sale. Some great games were loaned from Central Baptist Church, Coast Capital’s Leadership Group also helped out, and the Vic High Dance Troupe entertained us. Thanks to our community supporters and parent volunteers!
We held a beautiful Remembrance Day ceremony. Families were invited and the children’s choir sang. We had a veteran come to speak to us about the importance of remembering the soldiers who fought for our freedom. I am so proud of our wonderful children who really paid attention and were respectful throughout the event. Thank you, children.
We also received news that the Victoria School Board has approved George Jay as a French Immersion school, starting with one kindergarten class in 2014. We are thrilled that Fernwood families now have the option of taking part in the French Immersion program and staying close to home.
Now, we’re gearing up for our Holiday Emporium. This is annual event allows children to purchase gifts for their families for only $1 per item. In tough economic times like these, it can be very difficult for families to afford gifts for everyone. This event allows children to feel like they are contributing to their family’s holiday time. If you have any new (or lightly used) products that are in good condition and are willing to donate to this great cause, please drop them at the school at 1118 Princess Avenue. Donations will be accepted between December 2 and 17 only. Remember, the kids are buying gifts for their entire families, so we’re looking for more than just toys. ‘Dad stuff’ is always very welcome!
Finally, George Jay is looking for volunteer readers. We have many new immigrant children in our school, so our teachers rely on volunteers to join us and help our children learn to read. If you can spare one hour each week and would love to share the joys of literacy with children, please call 250-385-3381.
Wishing you a wonderful holiday season, and many happy returns!