RCG Community News (December 21, 2018)

December 21, 2018


How the Sangha Stole Christmas by Dr. Suess 

Every teacher Down in Whoschool liked Christmas a lot..

But the Sangha, who lived just north of Whoschool, did NOT!

The Sangha didn’t like Christmas! The whole season at RCG!

Now, please don’t ask why. No one knows what the reason to be?

It could be her office temperature wasn’t just right?

Perhaps, it’s that Bradford’s Christmas lights are too bright!

But we think the reason that’s most logically ironclad,

Is that she thinks the principal’s announcements and singing are totally bad!

Whatever the reason, the kids, admin or the teachers,

Sangha sat there, annoyed at this principal creature!

Staring out from her portable desk with a sour Sangha frown,

At all the excited kids and their principal acting like clowns,

For every Who at Whoschool were so happy and delighted

Thrilled their holidays were coming, they were all so excited!

“His announcements get longer and longer with holidays here!”

“The school may think they’re fun but they drain me of my cheer!”

So she sneered, with her her Sangha fingers nervously drumming,

“I’ll find some way to stop this singing and announcements from coming!”

For today, all the Who girls and all the Who boys,

Will arrive crazy at school so full of great joy,

And then! Oh the principal’s noise! Oh, his Noise!

Noise! Noise! Noise!

That’s one thing that bothered her! The noise!


Then all the Whos, the young and old, would listen to a Steunenberg Justin Beiber song,

And then Woelders might joke, or talk too way long!

About some boring thing like a gong going bong! Bong! Bong!

Then he’d mess up the birthdays, the day or the date,

Which was something the Sangha simply could not take!

And THEN he’d do something she liked least of all!

Every Who down in Whoschool, from the fives to the small,

Would go down to the gym together, with jingle bells ringing,

They’d stand hand-in-hand. And Woelders would start singing!

And he’d sing! And he’d sing! What a noise it will bring!


And the more the Sangha thought of this principal singing,

The more the Sangha thought, “I must stop this whole thing!”

“Why, for almost two years I’ve put up with it now!”

“I MUST stop these announcements and his singing! But HOW?

“Then she got an idea! An awful idea!THE SANGHA GOT A WONDERFUL, AWFUL IDEA!

“I know just what to do!” The Sangha said with a twinkle in her eye.

And she made funky socks, some tight pants and a skinny pink tie.

And she chuckled, and clucked, “What a sneaky Sangha thing to do!”

“With these pants and this tie, I’ll look just like a real principal too!”

“All I need is a short haircut…” The Sangha looked around.

But, since hairdressers are rare at schools there were none to be found.

Did that stop the Sangha? No! The Sangha simply said,

“I’ll design a haircut on an iPad and use the Cricut machine instead!

So, she called to Bradford and they both took some string of lights,

And they barged into Woelders’ office and tied him up tight!

THEN she emptied some boxes and some empty old sacks,

And they hid him in a K room disguised as some hoarded art supply stacks!

Then the Sangha said, “Giddap Bradford!” And they both giggled about,

How they would cut and rip all the network and phone cables out!

The PA system was now broken and a quiet filled the air.

“All the kids will soon thank us,” the Sangha and Bradford declared.

Then they waited until recess was over and at the first chance they had,

They spread some rumours that Woelders’ announcements were bad.

“We’re better off now that boring noise has stopped,” Sangha said at last

No one will find Woelders, until these Christmas events have passed.

Then they went to the gym where the Whoschool was clostered,

And no one suspected this Sangha was a principal imposter!

So there, Sangha stood as the Who students were a quiet standstill,

She promptly explained that the singalong was cancelled!

“There’ll be no more announcements from me coming over the air,

No more bad jokes, no dancing or comments about Bradfords hair!”

“These terrible announcements and this Holiday sing along,

Will forever, and ever, no longer go on!”

And the Sangha grabbed the piano, and she started to shove,

When she heard a small whimper, it came from below, not above.

She turned around fast, and she saw a small Who!

Little Jennifer Who, which of six Jens it was, she wasn’t sure who?

The Sangha had been caught by this tiny Who staff member,

Who’d figured out that this trick didn’t fit the spirit of December.

She stared at the Sangha and said, “Principal, why,”

“Why are you taking our announcements and sing along singing? WHY?” 

Her mouth hung open a minute or two, as remorse on her fell,

Then Jennifer Whos from Whoschool started singing Jingle Bells.

And then Sangha did hear a sound rising over the gym,

It started as a din. But suddenly was a harmoniously loud hymn!

But the sound wasn’t bad! Why, this sound sounded merry!

It couldn’t be so! But it WAS merry! VERY!

She stared down at Whoschool! The Sangha popped her eyes!

Then she shook! What she saw was a shocking surprise!

Every Who down in Whoschool the tall and the small,

Were singing! Without any regard for her phoney commandments at all!

She HADN’T stopped the singalong from coming!

IT CAME! Somehow or other, it came just the same!

And the Sangha, with her Sangha neck in that uncomfortable pink tie,  

Stood puzzling and puzzling: “How come they didn’t believe my little lie?”

“Maybe principal announcements,” she thought, “aren’t such a bore.”

“Maybe principals singing…perhaps…means a little bit more!”

And what happened then? Well…in Whoschool they say,

That the Sangha’s small heart Grew three sizes that day!

And the minute her heart didn’t feel quite so tight,

She revealed her true identity in that bright morning light,

And she brought back the principal! And he wasn’t harmed in the least!

And she, SHE HERSELF! The Sangha made the final announcement speech, 

“Merry Christmas RCG!

May your 2019 be as happy as it could be!”  

A Christmas Carol – RECAP

We are so thankful for all the support and positive reaction we received this week from the RCG community. “A Christmas Carol” – our first all school K-5 production – was from all accounts very successful. Over 1000 guests attended our 4 shows spread over 2 days this week. We are immensely thankful for all the hard work of our dedicated staff, especially Mrs. Weiss and Mrs. White, to: run auditions and rehearsals, train actors, practice and coordinate three choirs, build and paint sets, pull together costumes and props, source out someone to provide sound expertise and hundreds of other little details that go into a production like this. We are also thankful for our TWU student teachers who came back long after their semester was over to help with makeup and getting actors ready. PAC collected over $1000 in donations from the audience, which will be targeted toward future performance arts and music opportunities for students at RCG. 

We hope you all enjoyed the show and look forward to your increasing support of our community. 

For those who want to enjoy the story of Scrooge and his ghosts again, here’s a great podcast from the BBC https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03g64q4/episodes/downloads


The Reindeer Singers Returned! 

Traditions continue at RCG! Friday saw the return of the highly touted Reindeer Singers led by Mrs. Henrey on her o-bow and Mr. Gerbrandt on his uke! The singing was spectacular and accompanied by hundreds of RCG students! Great job singing those holiday tunes folks. 

Candy Cane Sales

The students and teachers of Divison 1 and 10 would like to thank our RCG community for supporting our Candycane sale. We wanted to raise money to provide clear drinking water in an underdeveloped country by purchasing gifts such as water purification kits and community based water solutions such as wells. Together as Grade 2 and 5 Buddy classes, our families generously donated over 900 candy canes for us to sell at this event! Our students worked together by making announcements, creating posters to place around the school and having different responsibilities to make the candy cane sale a success. We are so appreciative of our school community that visited our candy cane sale excited to buy a tasty treat in support of this great cause. We are thrilled to share that we exceeded our goal and raised $519 which will allow us to help provide clean water for many families! As teachers, we hope that our students will leave our classrooms as more caring and inspired individuals who feel empowered to make a positive difference in the lives of others. As we reflect on this event, it is evident that they have learned valuable lessons about generosity, compassion and working well with others.

PAC Pancake Breakfast

Thanks again to our amazing PAC volunteers. An army showed up last Friday to cook pancakes for over 500 students and staff. It is one of our most anticipated days of the year! We were also so thankful to enjoy the great decorating our parents provided around the school. Thanks! 


Kindergarten Registration

Langley School District Kindergarten Registration Opens Monday, January 21, 2019

All children who will be five years old by December 31, 2019 (children born in 2014) are eligible for the Kindergarten program beginning September 3, 2019.

Registration opens Monday, January 21, 2019 and will be open until noon Monday, April 1, 2019. All registration takes place at neighbourhood schools and is not available at the School Board Office. Registration is not available during spring break (March 18 to March 29).

The following documents are required at the time of registration:

  • Student Proof of Age (Birth Certificate or Passport).
  • Parents Proof of Canadian Citizenship or Permanent Resident Status (Canadian Birth Certificate, Canadian Citizenship Card, Canadian Passport, Secure Certificate of Indian Status (SCIS/Status Card), Permanent Resident card, Refugee documents from Immigration Canada), and
  • Parents Proof of residence (BC Driver’s License, utility bill or Mortgage Papers, Property Tax Notice,  Subject-free purchase agreement (move in date within 6 months). 

For more information and registration times please contact your catchment school.


Willoughby Slope Transition Committee Update – November 2018

The Willoughby Slope Transition Committee met Thursday, November 22nd to review the information gathered at the October meeting and to establish priorities. Under the headings ‘Student Safety’, ‘Transportation’, ‘Culture’, ‘Programming’, ‘Facilities’, and ‘Flexibility and Choice’, committee members ranked the importance of concerns to identify first steps and action items. With valuable input from the student representatives, the committee’s work is becoming more focused and continuing to move forward. The committee will meet again in mid-January. If you want to add your voice to the conversation, talk to your PAC, your school administrator or email feedback@sd35.bc.ca.

Thank you to the PAC, staff, students and administration who have volunteered for the team!

Free Ski Tickets in January 

Sasquatch Mountain Resort – formally Hemlock Resort – has provided us with 350 free tickets for skiing and snowboarding anytime after January 7. The tickets are valid for lift tickets for children 12 and under. If you would like to get some, you can pick up in the office when we re-open. 

Community News

Recreational Volleyball Starting

BC Youth VB House League is being created to offer opportunities to those who may not be selected, or who may not be able to commit to the scheduling requirements of club volleyball team.
The House League will provide the ability to continue training and competing.
Practices will be overseen and directed by:
Ritchie Mallari – former USports Assistant Coach, and former Women’s National Paralympic Volleyball Head Coach.
Ritchie will be assisted by club coaches, senior players, and/or adults looking to develop as a future coach.
Our house league will be done by registration.
No tryouts will be conducted for those who wish to play in our house league program.
When: Fridays starting January 11, 2019 to May 17, 2019            

(No sessions during Spring Break)
Where: HD Stafford Secondary School – 20441 Grade Crescent, Langley, BC
Time: Group 1 : 530pm – 630pm       |      Group 2  630pm – 730pm                  
To Register: Please go to our website: www.bcyouthvolleyball.ca

Rise Up Leadership Academy

Our program facilitates Young Entrepreneurs Learning Labs programming. We are excited to be providing evening classes for kids aged 7 to 12 at Alex Hope Elementary and we are hoping to get the word out to your parent community.

Would it be possible to post some information on a community board, drop off flyers to go home with notices or include us in an upcoming newsletter?

More About Us

In our programs kids learn how to build a business from start to finish while developing:

  • creativity
  • critical thinking
  • collaboration
  • presentation skills 

Winter session will begin Tuesday January 22nd and run over 10 weeks, not including spring break. Visit www.riseupleadershipacademy.com for more information. Register now and receive 25% off when you sign up before December 25th.


Merry Christmas Everyone! 

RC Garnett Demonstration School

7096 - 201 Street, Langley
BC, V2Y 3G7
Phone: 604-532-7814
Fax: 604-532-7629