Our Mission Statement
At Nelson Elementary School, in cooperation
4850 Irmin Street, Burnaby, B.C., V5J 1Y2
with parents and community, we provide a Tel: 604 664-8784 Fax: 604 664-8834
respectful atmosphere that fosters responsibility,
honors diversity and inspires learners to reach Ms. K. Floyd - Principal
their individual potential as life long learners. Miss D. Sakic - Head Teacher
At Nelson School we value: Respect, Honesty, Mrs. J. Moss - Secretary
Responsibility, Caring, Inclusiveness
Bulletin #11 June Newsletter Distribution: May 29, 2009
The school website is www.nelson.sd41.bc.ca
At this time of year parents begin thinking about their child’s class placement for next year. Please know that our
staff members work together to thoughtfully place students in classes based on the number of teachers assigned to
our school by the District office.
When determining your child’s placement, a variety of factors are considered. For example: the number of
students in each class, a balance of boys and girls, academic and social strengths and needs, learning styles,
friendships and special interests. We use our professional judgment, existing data, and discussion as we create
classes, keeping in mind the considerations listed above. Staff who are part of the process include the principal,
current classroom teacher/s, next year’s classroom teacher/s at that particular grade level, support staff including
counsellor, learning support teacher and ESL teachers. It is the responsibility of the school staff to arrange classes
so that each student has a positive learning environment and teachers have a manageable teaching assignment.
Much thought and effort goes into the placement of each child.
As principal, I will consider written requests for class placements that describe the academic, social and/or
physical needs of the child. These must be submitted by Friday, June 5th. As always, classes will be finalized in
September. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me by email: Karen.firstname.lastname@example.org or by
phone at 604-664-8784.
School Goals 2009-2010
Goal: To improve the reading comprehension of all students K-7
During the last week of April, students in grades 1-7 participated in a school-wide reading and writing
assessment. This assessment focused on reading comprehension, finding the main ideas and supporting details in
a non-fiction text. The writing assessment focused on writing for meaning (including ideas and information, use
of detail and purpose for writing). Teachers have used this data to assess student progress and to plan for reading
and writing instruction. This data is also used as the staff and members of our School Planning Council write
Nelson’s School Plan for the 2009-2010 school year.
Comprehension is the reason for reading. When good readers comprehend what they read, they understand it and
can communicate their understanding to others. To support comprehension at home, parents can:
• Have their child predict what might happen next in the story.
• Ask who, what, where and why questions.
• Ask their child the topic before reading.
• Ask their child what the main message of the book might be and why.
Nelson continues to accept registrations from students starting Kindergarten in September, 2009. Children who
will be five years of age by December 31st of this year are eligible to enter Kindergarten in September. When
registering please bring the following to the school office:
Immigration documents, if applicable
Record of immunization
Proof of address, postal code, telephone number
Name and telephone number of an emergency contact person
Name and telephone number of the family doctor and dentist
Please pass along this information to any neighbours who do not have children already attending Nelson School,
but have a child who may be eligible to enter Kindergarten in the fall.
SPECIAL THANK YOU!!
Thanks to Mehdee Honardoust
from Grade 7 Division 2 and his
dad Mr. Honardoust for donating CyberBullying Presentation
500 microscope slides and 500
slide covers for our school science On Wednesday, May 13th, the Safe Online
lab. Outreach Society (Solos) presented:
Cyberbullying: The Always “On” Generation to
our grades 6 & 7’s. The focus of the presentation
was on youth facing bullying in the digital world
(including via email, IM or text messaging). The
presentation was an interactive multimedia
presentation created to provide our grade 6 & 7’s
with the information and tools to deal with online
exploitation. The main themes covered include:
awareness of the dangers of online use;
anonymity on the internet; permanency of images
Math Contests uploaded onto the internet; identity creation
online; older youth as role models for younger
Many students in grades 4-7 recently participated in the
students; promotion of open discussion of online
district sponsored Abel and Gauss Math Contests. These
use between adults and youth; safe use practices;
enrichment contests test mathematical and problem solving
and emerging trends in online youth culture
skills and we are very proud of our students' results.
Top 3 Scores – Gauss Grade 6 & 7
First Place: Emilio Wang Div. 1 Elementary Students Become Teachers
Second Place: Ryan Lu Div. 5 on Earth Day
Third Place: Drew Hopkins Div. 2 Miss Sakic’s grade 6 class has been actively
participating this year in BC Hydro’s Energy
Top Scorer – Abel Grade 4 & 5 Campaign. As part of the curriculum they
First Place: Ryan Lu Div. 5 developed posters for a “public Service
Tie for Second Place: Jonathan Lim Div. 5 Announcement Team Power Smart” contest to
Emily Mak Div. 4 share with others what they have learned.
Matthew Senior Div. 4 Contest judges were impressed with the
Zachery Wispinski Div. 6 leadership, creativity and initiative of students
Brendan Wong Div. 4 throughout C, and Nelson was one of thirteen
Wyman Wu Div. 7 provincial finalists. On Earth Day, Global TV
Third Place: Nicolo Wakelin visited the class to film demonstrations of their
best conservation and sustainability practices.
PROFESSIONAL DAY Are you moving?
Monday June 8th, 2009
NO SCHOOL If you know that you are moving over the
summer and will not be attending Nelson
Elementary School in September of 2009,
please send a note to your child’s teacher
or let the office know as soon as possible!!
Worm Day was Friday, May 1st. Here are some of the responses from students in
I felt the worms when the worms went on my hand. It gripped me using its bristles!
It made me feel hurt! When the worm went into the water, my group and I could see through the worm.
That made me feel sick! But still, it was an awesome worm day!
On May 1st, we had a weird and creepy day! I touched worms!
On worm day, Divisions 7 and 8, and of course, Ms. Watt’s class, were going to do experiments with red
wigglers. When I first saw those worms, I was really (and I mean REALLY) grossed out! I didn’t want
to touch, or even look, at those slimy creatures!
When I turned around, I saw that slimy creature in Zakeera’s hand and when I saw it, I screamed!
I wasn’t a worm ‘fan’!
One of the funny things that happened was when Andrea picked up one of the worms and put it on
Surat’s worm book. Guess what happened next? The worm ‘pooped’ on his book and I laughed. At the
end, we got a yummy, gummy worm. One of my favourite candies! Worm day was so fun!
Congratulations goes to Jasmine Manhas in Division 1! Jasmine entered a short
story in this year’s Canadian Schools Creative Writing Contest and her story was
chosen to be included in the top group of entries received this year! Jasmine’s story
will now go forward to the final competition to be judged in the Fall 2009. Way to
go Jasmine! Good luck in the Fall!
Invitation to Gr. 7 Band Student Parents
A celebration evening of Mr. Denroche’s gr. 7 band students accomplishments will
be held in Nelson’s gym on June 11th at 7pm. All gr. 7 band students will receive a
permission form and parent invitation this week. Hope to see you all there!
SPORTS AT NELSON
Grade 6/7 Basketball Intramural Competitions
Girl Group Winners Seina Kashima, Amie Morrison and Jasmine Manhas
**Champion – Jasmine Manhas
Boy Group Winners Naail Jovani, Toolwak Alkozai, Brandon Bird, Tyler Proctor, Ali Alkozai, Josh
**Champion – Naail Jovani
3 point Shooting
Girl House Representative
Gold – Grace Song Blue – Amie Morrison Red – Melissa Mosavi Green – Nadine Ku
**Champion – Amie Morrison
Boy House Representative
Gold – Tyler Proctor Blue – Kris Jun Red – Darthe Capellan Green – Stanley Su
**Champion – Tyler Proctor
2 Ball Competition
Girl Champions – Jasmine Manhas and Amie Morrison (Blue House)
Boy Champions – Stanley Su and Josh Lovendino (Green House)
BOWLERAMA 2009 CHAMPIONS LIST
Ms. Minnis Girl Runner – up Yamanik Cojti 73 Champion Krista Schuck 77
(A.M) Boy Runner – up Justin Cairns 93 Champion Adam Svanholm 130
Ms. Minnis Girl Runner – up Rachel Hanslip 60 Champion Demitra Koufou 77
(P.M) Boy Runner – up Edric Prado 107 Champion Besart Lala 126
Ms. Lentz Girl Runner – up Laini Glover 76 Champion Meghan Prenter 77
Boy Runner – up Reggie Waters 71 Champion Connor Propp 79
Ms. Mann Girl Runner – up Evens Wong 62 Champion Grace Wang 119
Boy Runner – up Eric Yang 95 Champion Daniel Huynh 123
Ms. Sam Girl Runner – up Alyssa Chang 69 Champion Richelle Bird 72
Boy Runner – up Atindra Sahu 62 Champion Milosh Ilic 86
Ms. Robert Girl Runner – up Jessie Miao 72 Champion Gwenna Williams 77
Boy Runner – up Steven Chin 48 Champion Denis Kovalenko 49
Ms. Watt Girl Runner – up Danalene Fernandez 82 Champion Elaine Lin 86
Boy Runner – up Tanish Kumar 73 Champion Jason Moore 77
Ms. Fraser Girl Runner – up Leila Alcuaz 60 Champion Rachel Le Beau 66
Boy Runner – up Jayden Cairns 59 Champion Tanner Schuck 73
Ms. Kimmie Girl Runner – up Calli Glover 67 Champion Larizel Sugue 72
Boy Runner – up Lucas Carter 86_ Champion Samuel Song111
Mr. Gurniak Girl Runner – up Navkiran Poonia 74_ Champion Jennifer Wu 74
Boy Runner – up Hadie Honardoust 81 Champion George Brar 93
Ms. Heighton Girl Runner – up Cherrianne Fernadez 94 Champion Naomi Hay 113
Boy Runner – up Michael Olah 74 Champion Josue Lala 77
Mr. Grant Girl Runner – up Sara Atoui 68 Champion Jillian Fung 78
Boy Runner – up Eric Yuan 63 Champion Nicolo Wakelin 79
NELSON ‘SPEED DEMON’ RACES
FIRST = 10 PTS SECOND= 7 PTS THIRD = 5PTS FOURTH = 3PTS
WINNERS _Angie Wakelin(Red) Anna Yun(Gold) Katherine Li (Blue) Danalene
WINNERS Ben Waters (Gold) Jayden Cairns (Green) Jonathan Hu (Gold) Richard Miao
WINNERS Celine Loriot (Green) Thivaya Nagaswaren (Red) Calli Glover (Gold) Jennifer
WINNERS Jike Gao (Blue) Hadie Honardoust (Gold) Dalvir Moore (Blue) Todor Baljak
WINNERS Naomi Hay (Gold) Yi Ming Wu (Green) Tea Situm (Gold) Telicia Willis
WINNERS Bailey De Vito (Gold) Steven Oropel (Red) Matthew Senior (Green) Nicolo Wakelin
WINNERS Karen Contreras (Red) Hanna Chen (Gold) Amie Morrison (Blue) Alona Besan
WINNERS Ryan Burns (Gold) Eric Yip (Gold) Lewis Zhang (Gold) Tyler Proctor
WINNERS Seina Kashima (Red) Jasmine Manhas (Blue) Kiana Wong (Green) Larissa Lo
WINNERS Darthe Capellan (Red) Sean Yeem (Blue) Ryuichi Chao Shimura (Gold) Gallen Lin
GRADE 7 Blue Gold Green Red
TRACK AND FIELD LEGION MEET
On Saturday May 23rd at sunny Confederation Park in Burnaby, selected Grade 6/7 students participated in the 42nd
annual Legion Track and Field Meet. Our athletes performed extremely well with many outstanding individual
performances. Once again, our students demonstrated excellent athleticism, determination, sportsmanship and Nelson
Spirit. Well Done!!
Special Congratulations to Kiana Wong for placing first in the girls shotput and discus and Seina Kashima for
placing first in the girls long jump.
Congratulations to the TEAM!
Seina Kashima, Jasmine Manhas, Cerliss Lo, Larissa Lo, Kiana Wong, Melissa Mosavi, Karen Contreras, Alona
Besan, Emilio Wang, Darthe Cappelan, Sean Yeem, Galllen Lin, Stanley Su, Kenny Ngo, Ryuichi Shiroma-Cho.
CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR NELSON TRACK TEAM
On Thursday May 7th, we had close to 100 track members participate in the all day meet at Swangard Stadium. We
had many outstanding finishes in all of the individual and relay races. Thank you to all parents, teachers, and coaches
who helped drive and came out to cheer on our athletes. Our school once again showed great sportsmanship and
enthusiasm which Nelson is famous for. Well Done!!
Special Congratulations to the Grade 4 Girls relay team for their ‘come from behind’ performance to win the girls
plaque. Angie Wakelin, Thiuiyia Nageswaran, Maryn Lum-Tung, Celine Loriot.
Grade 4 Girls: Calli Glover, Thiviya Nageswaran, Celine Loriot, Maryn Lum-Tung, Naomi Tran, Navkiran Poonia,
Mahdia Nasry, Angie Wakelin
Grade 4 Boys: Samuel Song, Surat Singh, Faisaan Lalani, Sash Ruban, Sahejvir Dhillon, Shane Gill, George Brar,
Tristan Chang, Joshua Hopley, Dalvir Moore, Harmendeep Brar
Grade 5 Girls: Tea Situm, Jillian Fung, Naomi Hay, Alexandra Zaborniak, Sara Atoui, Lizzie Morrison, Nicole Propp,
Telicia Willis , Jennifer Mukari, Tricia Drzewicki, Yi Ming, Grace Kim
Grade 5 Boys: Thinesh Nageswaran , Jonathon Lim, Steven Orepal, Jacob Hammond, Matthew Senior, Brendan
Wong, Justin Rai, Ryan Lu, Yianni Nicholinas, Taryn Combow, Anchor Tsia, Eric Yuan, Bailey Devito, Nicole
Wakelin, Raymond Ho
Grade 6 Girls: Amie Morrison, Alona Besan, Karen Contreras, Jennifer Ngo, Julie Dao, Giselle Dipasupil, Mimoza
Grade 6 Boys: Yasar Nasry, Vincent Kwong, Ryan Burns, Tyler Proctor, Sean Matheson, Jason Lee, Rajvir Moore,
Simon Lin, Oliver Wang, Montavi Kidd, Justin Ma, Benjamin Kim
Grade 7 Girls: Corliss Lo, Bronte Lim, Cecilia Wu, Jasmine Manhas, Seina Kashima, Grace Song, Wingshun Pang,
Emily Yang, Mamiko Wong, Kiana Wong, Parmjeet Seehra, Larissa Lo, Safira Lalani, Shanna Wang, Melissa
Mosavi, Nadine Ku
Grade 7 Boys: Elimio Wang, Darthe Dapellan, Nichoas Chen, Sean Yeam, Gallen Lin, Josh Lovendino, Ryuichi
Choo, Tariq Abulaban, Kenneth Ku, Kris Jung, Drew Hopkins, Marko Ilic, Teunis Takemori, Azad Hussein,
The Vancouver Sun Raise-a-Reader Grant
This year Nelson Library was one of the lucky recipients of The Vancouver
Sun’s 2008 Raise-a-Reader campaign. The $1,000 grant that we received
enabled us to purchase many new books for our school. We would like to say a
HUGE THANK-YOU to The Vancouver Sun for their generous support and
their part in promoting literacy in our school!
Many students have completed and handed in their 200 nights of Bookbeasts
reading sheets. Please note that the last day of reading is Sunday, May 31st. All
forms must be returned to Ms. Yan by Monday, June 1st. Thank you!
From our annual PAC election held in April these Executive positions remain vacant for the upcoming
term Sept. 2009 – August 2010:
PAC Chairperson, PAC Vice-Chairperson, Treasurer, Member-at-Large (0ne Position), District Member
If you are interested in volunteering for any of the above positions please contact the PAC Mailbox.
BULLETIN DRAW – Please fill in and return to the office
In order to be eligible for the gift certificate, please fill out the tear-off and return it to the school office
as soon as possible. The draw will take place at the month end Celebration of Learning Assembly.
I have received and read the Newsletter
Student’s Name:_______________________________ Division _______
CHECK OUT the Burnaby School District "community" section
on the district website where brief notices are regularly posted!
Burnaby Barracudas Summer Swimming & Water Polo Club
For all active swimmers ages 6 to 18 years wanting to push it to the next
level. The swim & water polo season starts at Bonsor Recreational Complex
and at various outdoor pools in May and progresses through to mid August/2009.
For more info visit www.burnabybarracudas.com/wordpress or email
Bike Camp for Kids (free)
Saturday, July 4 from 10 am to 2 pm at the Burnaby Bike Park on the Barnet Highway
For ages 8-16. Register at email@example.com
Summer Jam Day Camp
Located at South Burnaby United Church
June 29 – August 14
7 Fun-filled weeks for Children aged 5 – 12
Brochures with weekly descriptions available NOW!
Registration: June 1, 10, 12, 17, 24, 26 from 2:00 – 7:00 p.m. at the South Burnaby United Church Hall
For Information: Call Emily 778-232-5291
Or visit us at http://sites.google.com/site/summerjamdaycamp
Parking! Parking! Parking!
Just another friendly reminder that the west parking lots are for teachers and school staff use only.
The staff parking lots are not to be used as student drop off areas!! This area is very busy before
and after school with school district staff coming and going to meetings. The area on Irmin Street near
the crosswalk is not a drop off zone.
Please park on Jubilee, Rumble or Nelson, then walk your child to the school or to the safety patrol at
the crosswalk and our student safety patrol can help them cross safely to the school.