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Teachers’ Strike & Full Withdrawal of Services

FYI for anyone who may have missed getting this letter home:

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VSO $200 Money Tree

Second Bi-Annual VSO $200 Money Tree Raffle

$2 each or 3 for $5

Draw date April 2, 2012

Please support GRSS students when they come to your door.

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Scott Cobbe Appointed as Principal of Ray Watkins Elementary School


Chairperson Carol Donaldson of the Board of Education for Vancouver Island West School District 84 wishes, on behalf of the Board, to announce that Scott Cobbe has been appointed as Principal of Ray Watkins Elementary School, effective August 1, 2012. Mr. Cobbe will be replacing Jim MacPherson, who is retiring after six years of excellent service to students, parents and staff.

Mr. Cobbe began his career in Creston, BC teaching at both the elementary and secondary level. He has a wide variety of teaching experiences including gifted programs, alternate programs, Japanese, Advanced Placement English, and counselling.

Scott is currently Principal of Captain Meares Elementary Secondary School in Tahsis, a position he has held since 2010. Prior to his time in SD84, Scott served as Principal of Ashcroft Elementary, Ashcroft Secondary and Gold Trail Distributed Learning in SD74 (Gold Trail).

We all look forward to working with Scott in his new role as Principal of Ray Watkins Elementary School. Congratulations and welcome to your new community!

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Underage Parties: What Parents Should Know

You’re invited to the Birthday Party Program on February 29th at 7:00pm in the GRSS Library.  This night is sponsored by PAC and the RCMP.

Corporal Gus Papagiannis will be speaking on underage parties and what parents need to know.  The Birthday Party is a participant, interactive story that challenges and explores attitudes and beliefs about underage drinking and parties.

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Basketball Tournament Cancelled

The Buzz just got word that the GRSS Boys Basketball Tournament has been cancelled.  It will NOT be taking place this Fri and Sat.

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Revised Basketball Schedule

Please see below for the revised schedule for the GRSS Boy’s Basketball Tournament Feb 17/18.


Ray Watkins P.A.L.S. Program

Is your 4 year old entering Kindergarten next September?

Ray Watkins Elementary School and Mrs. Wilson would like to invite you and your child to a morning of learning, discovery, and fun on Wednesday, February 29th at 9:00am.  Snacks, information, and laughter provided.

Please call 283-2220 for more information or speak with Mrs. Wilson directly.

Hope to see you there.

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GRSS Boy’s Basketball Tournament

Gold River Secondary School Boy’s Basketball team is hosting the Single A North Island finals.

There will be 4 visiting teams:  Port Hardy Senior Secondary, North Island Senior Secondary (Port McNeill), Campbell River Christian School, and Dwight International (Shawnigan Lake).  There will be 10 games played starting Friday Feb 17th at noon and ending Saturday Feb 18th.

Check out the schedule and come out and support our boys. (Click to enlarge in new window)

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GRSS PAC Meeting Tonight

PAC MEETING – Wednesday, February 8th @ 7p.m. (re-scheduled from January 25th)

Revised Agenda!

P.A.C. AGENDA – REVISED – (NEW DATE)February 8th, 2012

1. Welcome/Call to order

2. Grade 12 Grad class request for ticket license (will do immediately – students may leave)

3. Adoption of minutes

4. Correspondence

5. Suggestion box

6. Trustee’s chance to speak (questions & answers)

7. Treasurer’s Report

8. Principal’s Report

a) Future presentation (RCMP) regarding anti-bullying, criminal harassment and parental consequences for underage drinking.

b) First Aid course for Grade 12

9. Old/Unfinished Business

10. New Business

a) It was brought to PAC’s attention and recommended that we look into changing the by-laws on who can vote on PAC decisions (Parents who work for the board vs the actual school etc)

11. Parental concerns/questions/comments

12. Date of next meeting: To be announced

13. Adjournment

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RWES PAC Important News

Via Miranda Hutchinson:

ATTENTION parents of children in Ray Watkins Elementary School:

As the President of the Parents Advisory Council, I will be attending the preliminary interviews of the candidates for the selection of Principal for RWES.

If you have any questions that you would like to have answered, please let me know by TOMORROW (Feb 8th) and we will submit them to the School Board.

This is an important selection process and we look forward to your contribution.

Please message me through Facebook, email me at lucky4buffAThotmailDOTcom or call 283-7336.

Thank you – Miranda

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