“Pedal power” rules at Lynn Valley schools

Did you notice a few extra two-wheelers around Lynn Valley this week? You weren’t imagining things.

IMG_2906Today wraps up Bike to School Week at Lynn Valley Elementary, a week that kicked off with 135 kids cycling to school with or without parents. They’ve been treated to energy snacks from local merchants, bike tune-ups from Lynn Valley Bikes, courses from Cycling BC, a visit from the RCMP Safety Bear and more fun activities, including a family bike ride in the Lower Seymour Conservation Reserve on Wednesday evening.

For photos and more details about the week and how it went, read the Lynn Valley Elementary School Parent Advisory Council post here.

Ross Road Elementary will be hosting its own Bike to School Week from May 26 to 30, so if you are driving please keep your eyes peeled for novice riders!


RNB Dance teaches more than meets the eye

RNB DanceA huge array of gleaming trophies sits on a ledge above the students warming up at the barre in RNB Dance’s Studio #2. But it isn’t the trophies that artistic director Hayley Walker is most proud of when she reflects upon the accomplishments of this dance school, now celebrating its 25-year-anniversary. It’s the family values that the dancers learn alongside their art.

“They don’t just come for the dance,” Hayley says when she’s asked why parents send their kids to the non-profit school. “They know that it takes a community to raise a child, and that we’re part of that community.”

RNB DanceThat means fostering bonds of friendship among the dancers, and creating an atmosphere that builds self-esteem, confidence and good manners, though means as varied as taking the competition team away on trips together or teaching the students how to avoid the misuse of social media. Above all, Hayley and her staff want the dancers to come away with positive memories they’ll keep for life.

She’s also proud of the growth the dance school has experienced since three women founded it a quarter century ago (whose combined surname initials, by the way, were RNB!) After teaching its first students in the YMCA facility on Hendry, RNB Dance and Theatre Arts successfully applied for the lease of their current premises on Mountain Highway, a municipally owned facility they moved into in September 1993.

The main studio is in fact the old Methodist church building that was skidded across the playing field from its original home on Institute Road some decades ago. While longtime Lynn Valley residents will remember taking ballet lessons from Miss Hunter in the studio almost 50 years ago, they may not recognize the bright, renovated facility that now houses 300 students, who take classes in ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary and hip hop. Some take dance for an hour a week; some committed dancers are training in the studio 25 hours over that same time.

RNB Dance studioHayley assures people that there are many entry points for dance, and that all kids are welcome, whether or not they started dance in early childhood. “Our teen classes have really grown,” she says. “Every year we need to put on a new teen beginner class.” She says there is a strong contingent of boys in the student population, too, which isn’t always the case in every school.

A good way to give dance a try is at the popular summer camps that are offered in July and August. The week-long camps offer a taste of a variety of dance genres, and different programs are available for kids four through 12. For more information on the summer programs, click here.

 UPDATE: Register for 2014 fall programs on the following dates:

Saturday, July 26th- 2-6pm,

Friday, August 1st – 4-8pm

Saturday, August 23rd – 2-6pm

Monday, August 25th – 4-8pm

Wednesday, August 27th – 4-8pm





Input on Argyle rebuild invited

A letter from North Vancouver’s Superintendent of Schools….

Dear Parents/Guardians/Residents in the Argyle Family of Schools Community:

On behalf of the Board of Education, I would like to invite you to attend an Argyle Family of Schools meeting on:

Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Doors open 6:30; Presentation 6:45; Discussion, Wrap-up by 9:00 p.m.
Argyle Secondary School Small Gym
1131 Frederick Road
North Vancouver BC

The North Vancouver School District is actively working towards a full replacement school project for Argyle Secondary School. As a parent/guardian of a student(s) attending school in the Argyle catchment area, and/or a resident living in the community, you have a vested interest in this project. The Board wants your support and input.

A new replacement school will be designed to provide a safe and enhanced learning environment for students and may incorporate additional community amenities. The meeting will include:

• Background information on the Argyle capital project
• A status update on the Board’s efforts to receive approval for a full replacement of Argyle
• Funding needed for the project
• Potential enhancements to the site (fields, parking, etc.) and building (area and functions)
• Opportunity to provide input and ask questions
• Next steps to move forward on the Argyle full replacement project.

The Board of Education has successfully completed full replacement projects at Sutherland (2008) and Carson Graham (2012) Secondary Schools. Now it’s Argyle’s turn! Please join us to be a part of the Argyle project.

Yours sincerely,

John Lewis
Superintendent of Schools

Learn about Argyle school redevelopment plan

The Lynn Valley Community Association is hosting an evening information session for local residents wanting to know more about the planned redevelopment of Argyle Secondary School.

The event will be held on Thursday, April 17 at 7 p.m. at the LV rec centre at the corner of Frederick and Mountain Hwy. All are welcome to attend.

In attendance will be provincial MLA Jane Thornthwaite,  Superintendent of Schools John Lewis, school trustees Franci Stratton and Lisa Bayne, DNV Councillor Robin Hicks, and federal MP Andrew Saxton.

Bring your questions and comments!


LV Elementary band hits new heights

Congratulations to the Lynn Valley Elementary Concert Band, and Jazz Band on a busy and successful year – it could even be described as “out of this world,” as you’ll read below!

The Concert Band achieved a gold award at the Kiwanis Concert Band Festival in Richmond, and gave a first class performance at the District Band and Strings Festival.

This year Lynn Valley had a large number of students accepted to the North Vancouver Honour Band. They had the incredible opportunity of being invited to play along with Chris Hadfield, Commander of the International Space Station, at Music Monday celebrations at Science World.

The Lynn Valley Jazz Band won the Most Inspiring Jazz Ensemble award at the Kiwanis Jazz Festival at Capilano University. One of the school’s band members also won Most Outstanding Soloist for the second year in a row at that festival.

The Jazz Band has been invited to play at the TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival on Saturday June 22nd 1pm at Robson Square.  This is a free venue and open to everyone. Please come down and cheer on this incredible band!

– Submitted by Lynn Valley Elementary School

Cousteau name graces LV French school

Last month, the The French International School of Vancouver (located in Lynn Valley’s former Fromme Elementary building) honoured the legacy of visionary Jacques-Yves Cousteau — the most celebrated French defender of marine ecology— by renaming itself The French International School Cousteau. The school has pledged to make environmental awareness a significant part of its ethos and curriculum.

The French International School Cousteau became the first French International School in the world to be granted official permission by the Cousteau Society to bear its name. An annex school, named Calypso in memory of Cousteau’s infamous ship, will also open its door in September 2013. Located in the South Granville area, this annex will offer a preschool program.

The French International School Cousteau has pledged to honor Cousteau’s passion for, and committment to, marine ecology through a partnership with the world-renowned Cousteau Society and Vancouver Aquarium, that will make marine ecology a major part of the school’s day-to-day curriculum. The French International School Cousteau will teach students the Cousteau philosophy— “To Know, To Love, To Protect.”

The Science and Environment Director of the Cousteau Society,  Tarik Chekchak, was on hand as an honoured guest at the March 14 inauguration at the Lynn Valley School. For more information about the rededication of the school, read their press release. To learn more about the school, visit its website here, or attend the school’s Open House on Tuesday, April 9, from 10 a.m. to noon.

LynnValleyLife would like to congratulate the French International School Cousteau on its rechristening. We’re glad to have you in the neighbourhood!

School registration deadline approaches

It’s time to think about September school entry, Moms and Dads! The North Vancouver School District Registration deadlines are here

You have until March 8 to ensure your child has priority for placement in their school of choice for September 2013. Look sharp – not long til the school bell rings!

(P.S. The bell shown was rung five times daily for 43 years at Lynn Valley Elementary. It’s now in the school lobby, along with an account of its interesting history!)

Register schoolkids before Dec. 21!

Here’s an important tip for parents of kids entering school in September 2013 – be sure to do it before Dec. 21st!

As long as a child is registered for a school before this date, he or she cannot be denied a placement in the school. However, if a child registers AFTER Dec 21 (even if they move into a house across the street from the school), the North Vancouver School District can redirect them to another school that has more open spaces.

Here are some other quick facts for new scholars:

A parent/guardian can register their child for kindergarten if, on or before
December 31st of that school year that child will have reached the age of five years. For example, for the 2013-2014 school year, the student must turn five prior to December 31, 2013.

Here’s where to register:

Central Registration Office
2121 Lonsdale Avenue, North Vancouver
Hours of operation:
8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. (Mon to Fri)

When to register:

Nov. 5 to Dec. 21, 2012

What to bring:

* Completed registration form (available at www.nvsd44.bc.ca)
* Proof of age and legal name (birth certificate or passport)
* Proof of residence (BC Hydro bill, purchase agreement, or tenancy
* If not born in Canada – Passport and Permanent Residence card or Canadian
Citizenship card

Please bring original documents. Staff at the Central Registration office
will make copies. All registration forms and related documents must be submitted in person to the Central Registration office.

Thanks, Cindy Lanctot, for all the info! For more school news and links to our Lynn Valley neighbourhood school websites, have a look at our Schools page.


CBC Almanac broadcasts live from Argyle

Listen up, Lynn Valley! CBC Radio will be broadcasting live from Argyle tomorrow (Wednesday) from noon to 1 p.m. Tune in to AM 690 to hear the Almanac show’s forum on the topic “What don’t adults get about bullying?” Gloria Macarenko from CBC TV will also be there so you’ll potentially see excerpts later on the 6pm news.

People have plenty of questions about the tragic incidents of bullying that hit the headlines. Chief among them is usually “How could anyone be so cruel?” Perhaps this local forum will help adults understand the psychology of bullying from a teen’s perspective.

FM listeners can turn to 88.1 on their dial. For full details, visit CBC Almanac.

Argyle Piper football victory recounted

Three hundred fans came out on Saturday afternoon to support the Argyle Pipers Senior Football team at their first home game in 31 years. All this Piper pride paid off as the boys in green racked up their first victory in the season, with a score of 36-0 against Eric Hamber Secondary of Vancouver.Here is a post-game wrap-up from co-coach Dave Heskin. Thanks to parent Doug Yip for the photos!

Personally my favourite part of the game was meeting Dave Backie, Argyle’s coach from 1981, who was so happy to be a part of our event. [Ed. note: The Backies are long-time Hoskins Road residents.]

It was also really exciting to see our Grade 12 running back [Stuart Bourne] score our first points of the season in the AA football ranks.

The success of this event was a testament to the hard work by our parent volunteers, staff supporters (teachers and administrators), coaches and especially the players, who really deserved this win.  We have been challenging them to get better as players and as a team each week, and the hard work paid off.

The timing is great as the team now heads into the final third of the season, with two big games against cross-town rivals Windsor and Carson Graham (on the next two consecutive Fridays at their fields). Then they round out the season vs. the #1 provincially ranked John Barsby of Nanaimo on their home field.

Thanks again, Lynn Valley, for all your support!

– Coach Dave Heskin