November 17, 2023

Important Dates

Nov. 23         GES Bantam Volleyball Team plays Cilaire.  Home game.

Dec. 2            Christmas Craft Fair.

Dec. 14          Christmas Concert at 1pm & 6pm

Dec 22           Last day of school before the Winter Break.

Jan 08           First day back after break


Winter Craft Fair

Cookie Walk

The Great GES Cookie Walk is coming soon. Please consider baking and donating 2 dozen home baked cookies (nut free) for us to sell  during the Winter Craft Fair on December 2nd.  Some seasonal cookie ideas are gingerbread, decorated sugar cookies, shortbread, oatmeal and chocolate chip. . This is a great way to volunteer for the school on your own time. Please ask grandparents and friends who love to bake to help too. Cookies can be dropped off on December 1st or 2nd at the school.

From the organizers of the Winter Craft Fair

We need your help!

Dear Parents and Caregivers – the biggest PAC school fundraiser is fast approaching. We have over 40 local vendors, the kids craft room and the cookie walk being developed BUT we need your support to make the SILENT AUCTION a success.

Please sign up to ask businesses for donations on the google sheet here, which has a list of businesses for you to connect with. Make sure to add your name to the one’s you will contact so we don’t double ask . If there is a business not on the list go ahead and add them!

Winter Concert

Save the date!!  On Thursday, December 14th our Winter Concert will be held twice on Thursday, December 14.  First performance is at 1pm and second performance is at 6pm.  We look forward to seeing everyone there!

NLPS Community Supports Fair

Student Support Fund

Could you use a helping hand with field trip fees? Clothing or shoes for your child?  We can help!  The Nanaimo-Ladysmith Schools Foundation has created a Student Support Fund that schools can access to help families with these types of needs.  Please contact Mr. D: if you feel a need.

Remembrance Day Assembly

Thank you to all the parents and veterans that attended our Remembrance Day assembly.  It was an enjoyable event made possible by the participation of our school choir, Grade 7 MC’s, and Grade 7 students who recited In Flanders Fields.  Commendations to Mrs. Boulton and Max Szeto for playing the trumpet and piano.


Our volleyball team has been practicing hard at recess under the coaching of Flynn McCreath.  Their serves and set-ups are looking stronger every day.  They are about to begin playing other teams in the district.  Here is their schedule:

Thursday. Nov. 23.  Home game vs. Cilaire

Thursday. Nov. 30. Home game vs. Park Ave.

Thursday. Dec. 07. Away game vs. Park Ave.

Thursday. Jan. 11. Away game vs. Rock City

***Playoffs will begin in the week of Jan. 15

Soaring Eagles

Congratulations to our “Soaring Eagles” of this week. Each of them won a prize for trying their best, getting better at something and/or doing the right thing.  They are: Natalie (Div. 07), Wesley (Div. 06), Rylyn (Div. 05), Sydney (Div. 04), Solly (Div. 03), Nolan (Div. 02), Ori (Div. 01).

Breakfast Club

Every morning from 8:15-8:40 simple breakfast foods will be served for students in our Multipurpose Room.  This does not cost anything and all students are welcome to drop in and grab a bite if they need.  Foods typically served are:  Cereal and milk, toasted bagels, cheese, fresh fruit.

***During the week of the Book Fair, Breakfast Club will be held in the gym.

Calling or Emailing in Absences

If your child will be absent, please call or email to let us know. The school phone number is 250-247-9342 and the secretary checks the messages before school every morning around 8:00.  Or, you can email about your child’s absence at:

***Please note that if you haven’t called in their absence or late-arrival, you will be called by the district’s automated call system to alert you that your child is absent.  This is a system used across the district.  Sometimes we have up to 20 absences a day so I’m sure you can understand our reliance upon an automated system as opposed to our secretary calling everyone individually.

CRC/Volunteer Info

Volunteers are very important to help ensure that field trips can happen.  Many parents wish to volunteer and are then disappointed to hear that they cannot because they have not completed a criminal record check through the district.  Here is a link to all the info you need to complete that important step and join in your child’s field trips!

Criminal Record Check Info


The PAC is hoping to see 2 parents from each class division join to achieve balanced representation.  Please consider joining.  The PAC chair this year is Jade Siebold who can be reached at:

Here are the dates/times and location of the PAC meetings up until December:

Fri November 24, 2023 4:00-6:00. GES Library

Fri December 22, 2023 4:00-6:00. GES Library