Garibaldi Students Attend Word on the Street

Garibaldi Students Attend Word on the Street

The Garibaldi student body was represented at the Word on the Street Festival in downtown Vancouver Sunday. The festival celebrates all things concerned with literacy and more. The director of the Partners in Education program, of which Garibaldi is one of the locations, Jeam Rasmussen, manned the Family Literacy tent along with program facilitators Nik and Wendy.

You can read more about the festival at this link:

Free-range kids

I grew up in the suburbs of Toronto in the 70's. At that time, we walked to school with our friends right from kindergarten. We played on the street, in the parks without adult supervision. The general rule was to come home for meals and be back inside by the time the streetlights turned on.

Somewhere in the last 30 years this totally changed. But not because it's less safe. There have been highly publicized incidents of children abducted by strangers but this is very rare. We don't think twice about driving with our children even though this is far more likely to cause injury.

PROM YOUR ERA - Fundraising Event

Friday, September 18, 2009 at the Waldorf Hotel
1439 East Hastings Street

Doors Open at 8 PM.
All Profits go to fund the Garibaldi Playground
Featuring special guests "The Onward Voyageurs"
DJ Unknown, Prom Photos, Corsages, 50/50 & Prizes for Prom King and Queen

For more information contact
Tickets reserved and pick up at the door

B.C. cuts grants for parent groups in schools

[From the Vancouver Sun...]

Parent advisory councils in B.C. schools will receive only half as much money in gambling grants this year as they did last year, Education Minister Margaret MacDiarmid revealed Tuesday at an event intended to celebrate the start of a new school year.

That news, along with dire warnings from the Vancouver board of education that it’s facing a financial crisis this year, took the shine off a gathering at False Creek elementary, organized by the education ministry to promote the use of 2010 Winter Olympics educational materials in the classroom.

Playground Raising Event

Garibaldi Community “Building” Day!
1025 Slocan St., Vancouver, BC
9 am – 5 pm

Come out and help us build our new playground SATURDAY, AUGUST 29th

The day will involve

  • Assembly of our 2 new structures led by Habitat Systems
  • General Clean-up and Renewal of our grounds & Community/School Garden

30 Classic Games for Simple Outdoor Play


When I was a kid, we played outside with the other kids in the neighborhood with most of our free time. We also made the most of recess at school. We kept ourselves quite occupied without any of today’s modern technologies. Listed below are some no-tech games that you may have enjoyed as a kid. I sure did. Some can be done indoors. Some can be done by yourself or with just one friend. But most of them are best when done outside with a group of people. Also, most of these games can be changed or improved by making up your own rules. Use your imagination!


Pictures from the SOC-HOP Community Fundraiser for Garibaldi's Future Playground!

Pictures from the SOC-HOP Community Fundraiser for Garibaldi's Future Playground!

We raised $1,741.20 thanks to generous community donations and a successful silent auction thanks to all those that participated and stay tuned for another big fundraiser happening this summer!

All-day kindergarten ideal for children, Ontario report says

[from today's Globe and Mail...]

All-day kindergarten and seamless, school-centred childcare for four and five-year-olds are the recommendations of a proposed new education policy that could herald a sea change in Ontario's approach to child development, one that could become a national model.

After two years of study, former deputy minister of education Charles Pascal will on Monday release his long-awaited report on the province's early years education program.

Lolita at 5?

Here is a link to a Globe and Mail article about the sexualization of media aimed at 5-11 year-olds.

Click here to read the article

The Truth About Gangs

(Posted for Judy Venable of Partners in Education )

Hi Everyone,
Our Partners In Education Workshop Series continues with:

The Truth About Gangs
Facilitated by: Constable Adam Dhaliwal

Thursday, May 28
11:30 - 1pm
Canucks Family Education Centre, 2nd Floor
1655 Williams Street

Limited childcare available in Room 110, Britannia Secondary School
All workshops are free of charge, but registration is required if you will need childcare.
Please respond by email to or You may also call the CFEC office at 604.713-8266,
ext. 7110.

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