CPF Fall Membership Drive


Crafty Bonhommes at École Braemar’s school-wide “Carnaval” event, February 2016

Renew your membership! Ask others to join!

Remember 80% of your membership fee goes right back to our local chapter, CPF North Vancouver! That means more fun events in schools, more resources for parents, teachers and students, and more extra-curricular activities in French for our kids!

  • Join online (via CPF National’s website) or
  • Download a membership form here.


French Film Festival 2017, February 23

On February 23rd, students from all 7 French Immersion Elementary schools in the North Vancouver School District will be converging on Cineplex Cinemas Esplanade to take part in CPF North Vancouver’s annual French Film Festival! They will be viewing La guerre des tuques 3D a lively, animated remake of La guerre des tuques (The Dog Who Stopped the War), a beloved Québécois live-action film from 1984. A book of the same name was produced to accompany the original film. During Christmas holidays, the children of a small village in Québec split themselves into two groups and begin preparing a week-long snowball war. The rivalry opens up tension among group members, especially leaders Luc and Sophie. The colourful film of course is allegorical: Peace is tough and tedious; war is an easy solution.

Bon cinéma to Écoles Boundary, Braemar, Cleveland, Dorothy Lynas, Larson, Ross Road et Sherwood Park!


“Staying in French” Event, March 2 at École Ross Road

Canadian Parents for French & North Vancouver School District 44 present

Making the transition from Elementary to Secondary in French Immersion

DATE: Thursday March 2, 2017
TIME: 7:00 PM
PLACE: École Ross Road Elementary, 2875 Bushnell Place, North Vancouver

Come find out the benefits of continuing in French Immersion!

  • Everyone welcome, ideal for Grade 6 & 7 students in French Immersion and their families
  • Hear teachers, students and parents, including Jonathan Wilkinson, Member of Parliament for North Vancouver, talk about the benefits of French Immersion
  • Discover resources for supporting French-language learning


“Carnaval” at École Braemar Elementary School, February 6, 2017

In 2015, École Braemar hosted its very own “French-style Winter Carnaval.” It was the first large-scale French event on the North Shore to include both French Immersion and English students.


For its third year running, the entire school (487 students) came together on Monday, February 6, 2017 to celebrate bilingualism, learn about French Canadian culture, the rich history of the Québec Winter “Carnaval,” and to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday.

On the days leading up to the event, students prepared by learning French songs and practicing French words broadcast over the school PA system each morning. Activities on the actual day of the “Carnaval” included themed crafts, French bingo, singing, ice sculpting by Ice Décor, and even a flash mob inspired by Rendez-vous de la Francophonie’s contest that demonstrated love and passion for the Canadian Francophonie!

Plus, for this year, the “Bonhomme” mascot, as well as Christ Atkinson – Assistant Superintendent, NVSD, Lucas King – VP, Mountainside Secondary, Cst. Anthony Cameron – Liaison Officer, RCMP, Deneka Michaud – Communications Manager, NVSD attended our event to help us celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday.

Merci à tous et à toutes!

This event also tied in with French Immersion Celebration Week 2017:
“Once again in 2017, to celebrate our volunteers and the successes of French Immersion in BC & Yukon, Canadian Parents for French BC & Yukon is pleased to announce that the week of January 30 – February 5, 2017, will officially be recognized as French Immersion Celebration Week by both the Government of British Columbia and the Government of Yukon.”
— Canadian Parents for French, BC & Yukon Chapter
Read full news release here.

CPF North Van raises a toast to French Immersion Celebration Week 2017


On February 2nd, 2017, at its monthly chapter meeting, held at École Argyle Secondary, the CPF North Vancouver chapter raised a toast to its successes over the past year, and looked forward to upcoming events in its 2016-2017 calendar:

  • February 17, 2017: “French Immersion Survival Night” at École Cleveland
  • February 17, 2017: French Film Night at École Dorothy Lynas
  • February 23, 2017: French Film Festival at Esplanade Cinemas
  • March 2, 2017: “Staying in French” information evening at École Ross Road
  • April 11 & 12, 2017:  District Concours d’art oratoire competition at NVSD’s Education Services Centre

Details about all of these events to follow!


Merci, CPF British Columbia & Yukon Branch!

Each February, CPF BC & Yukon reimburses chapters up to $100 for appreciation activities hosted for its volunteers. This year, CPF North Vancouver used this thoughtful bursary to purchase delicious French pastries from the renowned Thierry Patisserie including macarons, madeleines & financiers. These tasty and beautiful creations, along with some non-alchoholic bubbly, were enjoyed by our deserving volunteer chapter reps who commit many hours of their own time organizing events in North Vancouver and sharing info about CPF and French-language learning. Bravo, CPF North Vancouver!

About French Immersion Celebration Week

To celebrate its volunteers and the successes of French Immersion in BC & Yukon, Canadian Parents for French BC & Yukon announced that the week of January 30 – February 5, 2017, is officially recognized as French Immersion Celebration Week by both the Government of British Columbia and the Government of Yukon. During this week (and month!) of celebration, CPF members organize events across the province to celebrate and share their achievements in French Immersion programs.

French Immersion Celebration Week links: