McBride’s First Winter Market!

Hello Everyone,

With the holiday season nearly upon us, the PAC would like to invite all of you to participate in McBride’s first Winter Market!


The Winter Market will be taking place Thursday, Dec. 15th during school hours and will provide an opportunity for students
to purchase a gift for their friends and family. Gifts will range from $1 to $5.

We Need Gift Donations!

In order to pull off this amazing event at short notice, we need YOUR help donating and gathering lightly used and new gifts for the market.
Items may include:

  • Toys
  • Books
  • Jewellery
  • Clothes
  • School Supplies
  • Candles

Please note: Perishable/consumables or large items will not be accepted, as appropriate storage is limited.
Items may be dropped off starting Nov. 28th to Dec 13th between the hours of 8:30am to 9:00am M-F in a large bin by the main office.

Call for Volunteers!

Along with providing items for the market, we will also be in need of caring individuals to volunteer to:

  • Sort and price items
  • Assist with set up and break down
  • Help students with their purchases

ACTION:If you are available and would like to volunteer, please click the link and complete the sign-up form. We will be in touch ASAP.

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSf7YyxtxqhtTfpRIS2P02_O4NQ-PdJcZNIlMkoxa5r5eYRmvg/viewform

Thanks for all your support,

Your McBride PAC

Have You Seen the McBride PAC Parent Survey?

Hello Everyone,

My name is Newton Hoang, and along with Sherry Klassen, we would like to introduce ourselves as your McBride PAC Co-Chairs. Along with a fantastic PAC executive team, we hope to provide a space to engage and better understand your thoughts on how best we can support our school community this year.

Since being elected to our positions in September, we have tried our best as a team to brainstorm ideas on how best we can be of service. We reviewed past and present events/initiatives, spoke to the staff, and examined what other PACs are doing. 

While our observation yielded a wealth of information, we needed to engage with all of you to complete our task. YOUR thoughts, suggestions, and feedback will significantly inform our plans for this year and years to come. 

We have created a list of past, present, and potential events/initiatives on which we would like your feedback and any ideas on what you believe would enhance the school experience. 

COMPLETE THE SURVEY

Please click this link to complete a short five minute survey to capture your insights. 

Thank you for your time, and we look forward to engaging with all of you and your families. 

Purdy’s Holiday Fundraiser is Back!

Calling All Chocolate Lovers! 

The Purdy’s Chocolates fundraiser is back, just in time for the holidays and we need YOUR help!

Purchase some very sweet gifts for friends, family and yourself, and help raise money for the McBride school community. Did you know 25% of sales come back to the school and to our kids?

HOW TO GET INVOLVED:

Visit theMcBride campaign website https://fundraising.purdys.com/join.aspx/450189-97673 and sign-in as a returning customer or register as a new customer. Place your order by November 20th. After all orders are submitted, we’ll sort, distribute, and let you know when you can collect your goodies. Expect to pick up at the school on or around Dec 2nd! 

WHAT CAN I BUY?

You’ll find peppermint bark loaded with crushed candy. Mini Hedgehogs filled with creamy hazelnut. Santa’s Workshop Activity Boxes, complete with board game and treats and if chocolate is not your thing, there’s no-sugar added options, vegan SantasFruit Jellies and English toffees.  There’s something for everyone!

WHAT ARE THE PAC FUNDRAISING FOR?

Fundraisers like this one help the McBride PAC support a variety of school-based activities throughout the year including fine arts enrichment, Grade 6 and 7 camp, Red Cross Babysitting and Stay Safe Course subsidies, PE programming and more. It also provides funding for classroom supplies and enrichment, including library books. Keep an eye out for a PAC survey coming to parents soon so you can give your input on what activities you’d like to see us support in 2023/24.

Thank you EVERYONE for your contributions. Even if you can’t buy chocolates from us, it would mean the world if you could share this fundraiser link with your friends and family!

Happy chocolating!

First PAC Meeting of 2022/23 is September 28th!

Welcome back!

Please join us via Zoom on Wednesday, September 28th at 6:00pm for our first McBride Parent Advisory Committee (PAC) meeting of the new school year. Learn more about PAC initiatives, school activities and hear the Principal’s update. Please watch your email for the Zoom link, the agenda and a copy of the May 2022 meeting minutes.

This meeting will include the election of a new executive for the 2022/23 school year. The executive provides leadership and manages affairs of the McBride PAC and its activities. Positions include:

  • Co-Chairs
  • Secretary
  • Treasurer
  • Intermediate Rep
  • Primary Rep
  • Fundraising Committee

If you are interested in being on the executive, please attend. All parents are members of the PAC and can attend any meeting and vote regardless of whether they are on the executive. We hope to see you there!

The McBride PAC is the collective voice of families whose children attend Sir Richard McBride Elementary. All parents and guardians of students registered in the school are able to participate and are members of the PAC. Please contact the PAC directly at mcbrideelementary@gmail.com if you have any questions. We look forward to seeing you there.

Red Cross StaySafe! and Babysitters Courses are back!

We are pleased to announce that the Red Cross StaySafe! (for Grades 4&5) and Babysitting courses (for Grades 6&7) are back – taking place IN PERSON at the school during the April 25th Pro D. A description of each course is included below.

First Aid Hero – https://firstaidhero.com/ – has offered us an amazing price of $43/student. The McBride PAC is pleased to once again subsidize the courses, contributing $20 per student registration. Parents will be responsible for the remaining $23.

A registration form, including some additional information, is available HERE. Please complete this form and return it and payment to the PAC box in the office or any PAC Executive member by Thursday, April 21. Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions.

Red Cross StaySafe!

Course Do you want to feel confident knowing your child is responsible on their own and has the skills to deal safely with an emergency situation? Topics covered include first aid with lessons tough using active role-play. This is a fun and interactive session.

  • Grades 4 and 5
  • Monday, April 25th from 9:00am-3:00pm
  • $23/student

Red Cross Babysitting Course

So you want to be a babysitter? Or, your parents want you to take this course so they feel confident leaving you at home alone? Babysitting with First Aid Hero emphasizes learning through real life scenarios. information covered includes: Exploring the business of babysitting, creating safe environments, safely caring for ages 0-12, and first aid skills.

  • Grades 6 and 7
  • Monday, April 25th from 8:30am-3:30pm
  • $23/student

Art Cards are Ready to Order

We are pleased to share that your child’s Art Cards by Kids sample was finally sent home following an incredible supply chain delay. Please place your order by Thursday, March 3rd.

Art Cards by Kids is a fundraiser for the McBride PAC. Partial proceeds from the purchase of your child’s Art Card will be donated to the school, funding classroom supplies, special programming and more.

A big thank you to McBride families for participating and to teachers and school staff for making this PAC fundraiser possible.

Reminder! January PAC Meeting is this Wednesday.

Please join us via Zoom on Wednesday, January 26nd at 6:00pm for the first McBride Parent Advisory Committee (PAC) meeting of 2022. Learn more about PAC initiatives, school activities and hear the Principal’s update. Please watch your email for the January agenda, November minutes and Zoom links.


The McBride PAC is the collective voice of families whose children attend Sir Richard McBride Elementary. All parents and guardians of students registered in the school are able to participate and are members of the PAC. Please contact the PAC directly at mcbrideelementary@gmail.com if you have any questions. We look forward to seeing you there.

Tupper Secondary Grade 7 Parent Information Night (Virtual)

Wednesday, January 26th

6:30 PM – 7:30 PM

Sir Charles Tupper Secondary is hosting an information session for parents of students currently in grade 7, who are interested in the educational opportunities available at Tupper Secondary. The session is virtual. Please find the Microsoft Teams link below. 

https://teams.microsoft.com/l/meetup-join/19%3ameeting_OGRiNWIzNGEtNGI0NS00MGE4LTlhOWQtZWJiYzk1M2JiMDVj%40thread.v2/0?context=%7b%22Tid%22%3a%220b8a2e58-7b30-4a08-bab7-d75559e0e3a5%22%2c%22Oid%22%3a%22d9878321-9645-40c1-a697-58fff7f374ea%22%7d

Only a few more days to order your Purdys Chocolates!

A reminder to get your Purdys Chocolates orders in by November 29th.

IVisit https://fundraising.purdys.com/960744-89266 and register or log in as a returning customer. After you’ve signed in you can buy the amazing chocolates and invite your friends and family to join and support our fundraising campaign. 

Orders will be ready for pick up at the school on Monday, December 13th. 

Fundraisers like this one help the McBride PAC support a variety of school-based activities throughout the year including fine arts enrichment, Grade 6 and 7 camp, Red Cross Babysitting and Stay Safe Course subsidies, PE programming and more. It also provides funding for classroom supplies and enrichment, including library books. We could not do this without your support. Thank you.

Calling all Coaches!

School sports and teams are returning to action across the VSB. Unfortunately sometimes, for various reasons, school staff are unable to coach a team or sport. This is where you can help. If you are interested in coaching a McBride team please reach out to Lindsay Thompson at lthompson@vsb.bc.ca. Lindsay will provide some insight and walk you through the process of volunteering. Seasons are upcoming for basketball, badminton, and Track and Field.