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December

Greater Vancouver Food Bank Group Volunteering

Thank you to everyone who came and helped out!

Our first Gilmore Community volunteer shift at the Greater Vancouver Food Bank head office warehouse (located at 8345 Winston Street in Burnaby) was a fun, productive and rewarding time. Not only did we sort through four massive bins of food, the morning also turned out to be a great opportunity to meet and work with a variety of Gilmore parents (from new Gilmore families with their first child in Kindergarten to long-timers with their youngest in Grade 7). We were told that our crew worked hard and is welcome back any time.

Getting involved is a great way to show your kids that you take an interest in their school and school community. We are securing future dates for Gilmore group volunteering shifts and will post these once confirmed. Please consider joining us on one or more of our future dates!

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December

Jingle Bell Walk & Food Drive

Gilmore’s 5th annual Jingle Bell Walk was held on Tuesday, December 1st and was a big success in so many ways. Our students – with their signs, bells and cheers – walked through the Heights community and around Seton Villa Retirement Centre, spreading cheer to our seniors and letting the community know about our upcoming food drive.

“I just wanted to say… today was the most fun we have had in a really, really long time here at Seton Villa. The residents were talking about it all day and how we got our own private parade!!! Thank you SO much for including us and for doing this, it was just what we needed to get into the holiday spirit.” ~ Alexis Zornio, Recreation Manager, Seton Villa

Carolers from Burnaby Family Life were stationed across the street from the entrance to Seton Villa and greatly added to the festivities!

We had a beautiful sunny day and seeing all of our students and teachers cheering, smiling and singing really showed how much everyone enjoyed this community outing.

With changes due to the District’s Covid-19 health and safety guidelines, instead of picking up food throughout the neighbourhood this year, we had the Jingle Bell Food Drive(thru) on Friday, December 4th at the school. The turnout was amazing and we were able to collect a significant amount of food (and donations!) to fill the community office’s emergency food cupboard. Way to go Gilmore Community! Your generosity is amazing and greatly appreciated.

We would like to thank all of our parent volunteers for coming out and helping at the Food Drive. We would also like to thank Ms. Longeau’s class for helping to sort and ‘shuttle’ the food into the school. Great job, everybody!

And lastly, we would like to give a big heartfelt thanks to Mr. Morton for starting this wonderful tradition and to all of the teachers and staff for taking time out of their teaching schedule to walk with the students and to ensure that this event was a tremendous success. We appreciate all of the work and energy you put in to making Gilmore such a fantastic school and learning environment. ~ Marcy McCabe & Teresa Zaitsoff, Gilmore Community Council Co-Chairs

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Community Connections Holidays

Seton Villa ~ Community Connections

We dropped off our first package of cards and decorations to Seton Villa this morning. What an amazing community we have! The crafts, cards and decorations are fabulous. Thank you, Gilmore families!?

We are making weekly drops so it’s not too late to contribute!

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Holidays

Countdown to the Holidays!

25 Activities to have some Fun as we head into the Holiday Season

Nov 24 Draw a picture or make a craft to send to seniors at Seton Villa
Nov 25 Submit a holiday recipe to share with the Gilmore community
Nov 26 Make a holiday ornament
Nov 27 Play a game with someone
Nov 28 Build a gingerbread house or fort
Nov 29 Complete a jigsaw puzzle
Nov 30 Make a holiday card
Dec 1 Donate a toy to the Angel Tree at Gilmore
Dec 2 Read a holiday book
Dec 3 Show us what you can make with popcorn and string
Dec 4 Donate a can of food to the Jingle Bell Walk Food Drive
Dec 5 Bake a holiday treat
Dec 6 Make a special hot chocolate and share the recipe
Dec 7 Sing a holiday song
Dec 8 Make a paper garland
Dec 9 Send photos of family members in festive or ‘ugly’ sweaters or PJs
Dec 10 Make homemade wrapping paper
Dec 11 Hang some candy canes
Dec 12 Make a snow angel (or leaf angel… lol)
Dec 13 Go for a walk and take a photo of lights or decorations
Dec 14 Decorate a cookie
Dec 15 Wrap a special present
Dec 16 Have a ‘snowball fight’ inside (e.g., socks, marshmallows, stuffies)
Dec 17 Take photo of decorations in your house (e.g., tree, garland, table)
Dec 18 Have a family dance party

Submit photos of your items to info@gilmorecouncil.ca or bring it by the Community Office so they can take a picture. Photos will be featured in our Gallery!

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Introduction

Welcome!

Welcome to the new website of Gilmore Community School’s Community Council (Gilmore Council, for short)!

During these crazy times of the Covid-19 pandemic, all of us are missing our regular in-school interactions with students, teachers, school staff and other parents. Our website is a work in progress but the Council Executive wanted to start using it right away to provide another avenue to share information and to connect our parents, students, teachers and school staff.

Our Council works in partnership with the Community Office and closely with the entire school and community to help enrich every student’s educational experience. This happens through various committees, events and fundraising activities – all of which are supported and run by dedicated volunteers! All of you are welcome and encouraged to share your thoughts and ideas at our regular Council meetings, to volunteer for one our committees (and at events – when we can have them again), or just send us an email with questions at info@gilmorecouncil.ca. We are all part of this wonderful school community and the Council Executive wants to welcome all of you to our new site! We look forward to showing you more as we develop it further.