Dear Gilmore Families,
We are concerned about dangerous driving around the school area and our children are at risk of being injured. The snowy weather is predicted to return this week which means the wintery conditions on the roads surrounding the school will continue. In an effort to keep our children safe, we recommend you allow for extra travel time from home to school and park a block away from Gilmore and walk your children to school. This will reduce the congestion of cars around the school and allow for a safer arrival at school for our children.
- Please have your children use the crosswalks.
- Please do not allow your children to dart across the road.
- Please do not block the crosswalks with your cars.
- Please do not double park.
- Please do not allow your children to walk between parked cars.
We are ALL responsible for the safety of ALL of our children.
Gilmore Community School
Gilmore Community would like to thank everyone for their participation in last week’s Jingle Bell Walk. Thanks to you, we collected 32 large garbage bags full of winter clothing and over 1,000 non-perishable food items. These items will go directly to Burnaby families in need at a very important time of year.Thank you to everyone in the neighbourhood who donated, thank you to the students who braved the inclement weather, thanks to the numerous parent volunteers, and a huge thank you to Mr. Morton for bringing this memorable event to Gilmore. We’re looking forward to doing it again next year!
Divisions 6 and 15 are excited to be helping the Burnaby Christmas Bureau in its Be An Angel program this holiday season. Starting today (Wednesday, November 30th), until Monday December 12th, we will be collecting new, unwrapped Christmas gifts on behalf of the Bureau (for the most part, this means gifts of toys, but can also include things such as gift cards and toiletry sets for teenagers). The Bureau will then distribute these gifts to less-fortunate Burnaby families. Donating is as easy as 1, 2, 3:
- Select a tag from one of our “Angel Trees” – There is a tree in front of the office, and another in front of Ms. Soychuke’s class. Take a tag off the tree; on that card will be a gender and an age of a child in need that you can purchase a gift for.
- Bring a new, unwrapped present back to the same tree – If you are not sure what is appropriate for that age/gender, each tree has a “wish list” on it with suggestions for appropriate gifts. Please leave the present under the tree, with the tag you took off the tree securely attached.
- Let us do the rest! – Divisions 6 and 15, with the assistance of the Community Office, will gather the presents, turn them over to the Burnaby Christmas Bureau, and the Bureau will ensure your donation makes it into the hands of a child in need this Christmas.
You may also notice some special yellow tags on both trees. These tags are for presents that will be collected not for the Bureau, but by our Community Office. Presents marked with these tags will go specifically to families in need in the surrounding neighbourhood.
Thanks in advance for your spirit of generosity and giving during this time of year. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Mr. Anchor or Ms. Soychuke, or Ms. Dahl/Mr. Greenwood at the Community Office.
This year’s Jingle Bell Walk is a food and winter clothing drive involving the community surrounding Gilmore and Rosser Schools.
Next week, all students from Grades K – 7 will be distributing flyers door to door throughout the neighbourhood. These flyers will be soliciting donations of non-perishable food items and new or gently used winter clothing, and asking for the donors to leave the items out for us.
On the morning of Friday, December 2nd, Gilmore staff and students (with the assistance of over 50 parent volunteers!) will venture back out into the neighbourhood and collect all the donations that have been left out for us. These items will be returned to the school, sorted, and given to the appropriate agencies to distribute to the less fortunate and those in need.