Donations for the Spring Fair
Once again, the ever-popular “Grab Bag Bonanza” will be a part of this year’s Spring Fair. Also, new for this year’s Spring Fair, we will have a “Gift Basket Raffle.”

Gift Basket Raffle Donation Information:
Each classroom will be responsible for putting together a gift basket for the “Gift Basket Raffle” station. Families are encouraged to send donations based on the fun theme their child’s classroom has been assigned (see below for a list of themes). Starting Tuesday, May 9th, items for the gift baskets will be collected in bins placed in each classroom. Using the donations, each classroom will create a themed basket to raffle off at the Spring Fair. If you are able to use a connection to a member of the community, family, friend, or even yourself, we would be very grateful for any donations. Please feel free to work together for bigger items, or contact your class representative for ideas! If you plan to solicit donations from businesses please contact Kristie at to obtain a copy of the SVE PAC donation request letter.

Grab Bag Bonanza Donation Information:
The items donated for this station are used to create surprise grab bags that can be purchased at the Spring Fair. The items are put into numbered gift bags. At the fair children draw a number and get to keep the corresponding bag with a surprise gift inside. We are asking SVE families to kindly donate items in new or excellent-used condition for our Child Grab Bag Bonanza! Great motivation for a spring-cleaning!! Please note that this year the Bag Bonanza will be geared towards children only. Donations can be in the form of items or gift certificates that kids would like. Examples of grab bag items from previous Spring Fairs include: arts & craft materials, books, $5-$10 gift cards for stores (e.g., book, toy, food, or activity), water bottles, stickers, toys, games, T-shirts, children’s jewellery, sports equipment and more.  All Bag Bonanza donations can be dropped off in the office.  The children love this event!

Thank you so much in advance for helping to make this event fun for the children and a successful fundraiser for our school!

If you have any questions about the Grab Bag Bonanza or the Gift Basket Raffle, please contact Kristie Byer at

Gift Basket Themes by Division
Div 1 (Tregear/Piercy) – Gardening Essentials
Div 2 (Crawford) – lululemon Tree (class puts money into a Gift Card from lululemon)
Div 3 (Brookes) – Movie Night
Div 4 (Marley/Cech) – Go Green
Div 5 (Ross) – Book Club
Div 6 (Parlee) – Bath/Spa basket
Div 7 Mackie) – Picnic Basket
Div 8 (Horton) – Baking / Cooking Basket
Div 9 (Mead) – Arts and Crafts Basket
Div 10 (Roach) – Family Fun Night
Div 11 (Neves) – Coffee and Chocolate
Div 12 (George) – Lego Basket
Div 13 (Rossato) – Outside Summer Fun


Each year the PAC organizes several fundraisers, including school and community ‘fun’ events and product-fundraisers. The money we raise is used in a variety of ways to enhance every student’s school experience – from subsidizing Field Trips, Home Reading Books and specialized classroom materials to providing funds for various school-wide events and activities such as the purchase of new technology (iPads), the Artist-in-Residence Program and more recently, the Nature Play Perimeter Pathway Project

Fundraisers for 2016/2017 include:

We are excited to announce we have been approved once again for the 2016-2017school year to take part in the Thrifty’s Smile Card fundraiser. For every purchase made with a Strawberry Vale PAC Smile Card, 5% comes back to the PAC (up to a maximum of $2,500). The proceeds from this fundraiser goes to the purchase of Apple iPads for the students to use. With the proceeds from the 2016-2017 school year, we were able to purchase 3 new mini iPads!


  1. Pick up a Thrifty Foods Smile Card Fundraising Card from our Smile Card administrator.
  2. Bring the card with you to Thrifty Foods every time you go grocery shopping.
  3. Before you load your groceries at the till, ask the cashier to load any dollar amount on the card you like.
  4. *Important: Card load must take place before groceries are rung through. You can pay with cash, debit or credit card.
  5. Pay for your groceries with the Smile Card.
  6. When your card is running low, load it back up to continue supporting us.

THAT’S IT! 5% OF YOUR CARD LOAD WILL BE DONATED TO THE STRAWBERRY VALE PAC.    It all adds up and all you have to do is carry the card with you! Contact Brenda Knox at to pick up your card.  Please load up your cards right away and get shopping!  If you need extra cards to give to family and friends, please come to the school office.

“Books for Books” Fundraising Campaign
Thank you to all Strawberry Vale families for their support of the Entertainment Book fundraiser.  We had our best year ever for this fundraiser – well done!  We sold a total of 355 books, surpassing our school-wide goal of 300.  The net profit for this fundraiser is $4,248! Woot woot!!  The proceeds from this fundraiser are allocated to purchasing new books for every classroom.

The PAC would like to recognize the following classrooms and students, as well as announce the winners of the prizes, which were drawn at random:
Top Selling Division:  Division 5, selling 42 books
Second Top Selling Division:  Division 9, selling 38 books
Top Selling Student:  Our top selling student received a prize.  As well, 3 student names were drawn at random and they also received a prize!

And, since we surpassed our school-wide goal, the whole school will have an Extra-Long Recess one day in the upcoming coming weeks.   Well done, Strawberry Vale!  Thank you to everyone for their help and support for this annual PAC fundraiser.

Each January, a Bottle Drive and Tree Chipping event is held at the school between 11am and 2pm. Families and neighbours bring their bottles and undecorated Christmas trees to the school for recycling. Parent volunteers sort the bottles. Families dropping off their trees make a donation to have their trees chipped on-site. The money raised from this fundraiser is usually allocated to enhance nature/environmental education activities and outdoor beautification of the school such as the Nature Play Perimeter Pathway project.

New this year, we will be participating in one of the fundraisers offered through Victoria Royals Hockey. Stay tuned for more details.

Each April, families are sent an order form to purchase hanging flower baskets and bedding flowers (for Mother’s Day and/or for spring planting). The campaign usually runs for two weeks. The week before Mother’s Day, the flowers are delivered to the school and families pick up their orders.

Strawberry Vale School has a Co-Op number that any family can use when purchasing gas at any Co-Op location in Victoria. The number is #23650.