August 26, 2019
Dear Aya7ayulh Chet (Cultural Journeys) and Learning Expeditions Families,
This email is to officially welcome your family to the 2019-2020 school year at St’a7mes (Stawamus) School, home to Aya7ayulh Chet (Cultural Journeys) and Learning Expeditions! We hope your summer has gone well and that you are looking forward to the beginning of the new school year with us.
As announced at our year-end assembly last June, our collective school goal this year is “PERSEVERANCE” and we are really excited about supporting our kids in going deeper in their learning, collaborating, contributing, creating, and critical thinking skills.
Personally, I am VERY excited to be back for my 3rd year…and in a FULL-TIME capacity! Although sad to see the Sea to Sky Alternative School leave my portfolio, I am excited to be able to spend more time with our kids and staff up here at Stawamus on a daily basis. I feel truly honoured to be working with our wonderful students, dedicated staff, and supportive families for another year.
Please see below for some very important dates and information for school start-up!
Brayden Gordon – Principal
We are very lucky to have most of our staff returning this year, as well as some new people joining our team. Please see the full list of staff here:
Baker, Maureen – Aboriginal Support Worker
Carrie, Danielle – Special Education & Learning Support Teacher
Demchuk, Kristin – Librarian/ELL Teacher/Art Teacher
Fulber, Fil – Educational Assistant
Gordon, Brayden – Principal
Hamill, John – Aboriginal Support Worker (Learning Expeditions)
Lambert, Elise – Clerical Assistant (Sea to Sky Online)
Laurie, Gayle – Clerical Assistant
Lewis, Cynthia – Aboriginal Outreach Worker
Lowe, Katrina – Collaborative Support Teacher
Lunder, Brad – Educational Assistant
Lupton, Jenna – Primary/IntermediateTeacher
Mardon, Maija – Educational Assistant
Marreiros, Alicia – Educational Assistant
Minkus, Janaya – Intermediate Teacher & Special Education Teacher
Mulligan, Kathleen – Educational Assistant
Ormerod, Charlotte – Speech Language Pathologist
Parker, Larissa – Middle & Secondary Guidance Counsellor
Rapoport, Daniel – LEx Science/CLE/CLC/Food ScienceTeacher
Robbins, Brodie – LEx Humanities/CLE/CLC/PE Teacher
Scarth, Dawn – Educational Assistant
Turczyk, Kat – Elementary Counsellor
Van Oostdam, Matthew – Intermediate & Land-based Coordinator
West, Natalia – Primary Teacher
Williams, Charlene – Aboriginal Culture and Language Worker
*We are still in the process of hiring 2 teachers for Learning Expeditions.
Important First Day(s) of School Information for Gr. 1-12 students:
Tuesday, September 3rd: 9am-10am
Wednesday, September 4th: 9am-3pm
Kindergarten Gradual Entry Schedule:
Tuesday, Sept 3rd – (No Kindergarten)
Wednesday, Sept 4th – 9am to 10:30am
Thursday, Sept 5th – 9am-10:30am
Friday, Sept 6th – 9am-10:30am
Monday, Sept 9th – 9am-12pm
Tuesday, Sept 10th – 9am-12pm
Wednesday, Sept 11th – 9am-3pm (full day)
School Bus Information:
Our school bus service will be running on the first day of school.
School Bus information can be found at https://sd48seatosky.org/bus-routes/. All students should take their designated bus to Howe Sound Secondary (HSS), then transfer on to the Stawamus bus at the HSS bus loop (bus departs at 8:45am and returns at 3:15pm). There will be an Educational Assistant on site at HSS to ensure that all students transfer on/off the right buses.
First Day Package/Email:
Your child will be receiving a First Day Package that they will be bringing home for you to go through. You will also receive an email with links to our consent package. Please complete the consent forms by Friday, September 6th.
Cultural Journeys – we will once again purchasing the school supplies for your child at a cost of $30. This will enable teachers to bulk purchase and provide the specific supplies they need for the year. Please send your cash or cheque made out to Sea to Sky Learning Connections, for school supplies before Friday, September 6th.
Learning Expeditions – staff have requested that students BRING THEIR OWN school supplies for 2019/20 school year. Please see the attached list and the students are asked to have these school supplies by Friday, September 6th.
Class Placement & Assignments:
Class lists will be posted inside the main entrance and on the classroom doors on the first day of school. Please let your children know where to look on the first day. Staff and the office will be available to help any students who are unsure where to go.
In our school district and at our school, we have strong beliefs about creating learning environments that are safe, purposeful and powerful. In addition, we strongly believe that diversity in learning environments is a strength. That means that staff seriously consider all aspects of child development and build learning environments that maximize the diversity of strengths across classrooms.
Our staff began this process last spring and plan to have it finalized before the first day of school. If you have concerns about your child’s placement, please hold on to them for a couple of weeks. This gives you and your child time to settle into the class and iron out any challenges you may initially feel. If you are still concerned after two weeks, please contact Mr. Gordon directly and we will work with your family to see what needs to be done to support your child’s learning.
PAC & Parent Volunteers:
Parents are ALWAYS welcome in our buildings and consider joining us as a volunteer if you are able. Research clearly supports that when parents/guardians participate and are involved in their child’s education, there is a greater likelihood of success for their child. With that in mind, we invite you to become an active participant in our schools by volunteering, joining our Parent Advisory Council (PAC), and attending school events. Meetings are held on the second Wednesday of each month at 6:30pm in the Learning Expeditions classroom (except Dec & June). There will be a sign-up form in the opening package that your child will bring home on the first day of school if you are interested.
The first PAC event of the year is a welcome gathering on Tuesday, Sept. 3rd at Stawamus School from 9-10am, while students are getting settled in their classrooms. We will be providing light refreshments and a chance for families to connect or reconnect after the summer. We look forward to seeing all parents and guardians who are able to join us!
We are committed to using a variety of ways to communicate with families throughout the year, including our “Weekly Principal’s Message” from Mr. Gordon which provides important reminders, upcoming events, and learning updates (also posted on our school website seatoskylearningconnections.com), learning updates from teachers, our Cultural Journeys PAC Facebook page, and finally in our twitter feed at @S2SLearnConnect. We will also be sending a variety of surveys home this year to gather input and/or feedback on school and learning items.
Important Dates to Remember (Aug & Sept):
August 26-30, 2019: School Office open for new registrations
Tuesday September 3, 2019: First Day of School 9-10am & Parent Tea (in the gym). Assembly at 9:30am (all families welcome to attend)
Wednesday September 4, 2019: 1st “Full-Day” of school for Grades 1-12. Kindergarten (9am-10:30am).
Friday September 6, 2019: Consent Forms, School supplies & Fees due.
September 11, 2019: PAC Meeting at 6:30pm
September 12, 2019: Welcome Back BBQ at Stawamus at 5:00pm
September 25, 2019: Collaboration Day at Stawamus Early Dismissal 12:00 noon
September 26, 2019: Terry Fox Run at Stawamus 11am-12pm.
September 30, 2019: Orange Shirt Day
September 30, 2019: Student Photos