Weekly “E-Blast” – Sept 13, 2019

Dear Parents & Guardians,

The 2nd week of the school year is in the books! It was great to have all the students (including our new Kindies) for the whole week and to see so much amazing learning and team building!

Please see below from some important information about our school and upcoming events:

SCHOOL INFORMATION 

Terry Fox Assembly – Due to variable weather conditions and many students coming to school unprepared for the actual run, we have postponed to Terry Fox Run to Friday Sept 27 at 11am.

However, we still proceeded with a Terry Fox Assembly today and spoke to the kids about how Terry Fox “persevered” through the pain and suffering when running his Marathon Hope”.

We are also asking students to bring a “Tooney for Terry” ($2.00) over the next 2 weeks to help support cancer research. We will have a jar in the main office for anyone wanting to donate a “Tooney for Terry”.

Terry Fox

Brown Bag Lunch Pickup – We are still looking for volunteers to pick up lunches from Helping Hands on Tuesday or Thursday each week. If you are interested in helping out, please contact Gayle in the school office.

Wednesday “Jam Sessions” – starting next week, we will be having weekly “jam sessions” in the gymnasium on Wednesdays at lunch (12:00-12:45pm) with one of our parent volunteers and local musician, Reuben DeGroot. Please let your child know to bring their instruments if they are interested to join in (but no amplified instruments at this time).

COMMUNITY INFORMATION 

In The Know Session – will be held on Monday, September 23 from 6:00 – 8:00 at the Squamish Public Library.  Please find more information attached.

FamilySmart_InTheKnow_Poster_Squamish_September-23-2019

UNIVERSAL PRECAUTIONS

As mentioned in my last weekly “e-blast”, we would like to share some general universal precautions each week to ensure that everyone in our school community feels safe at all times.

This week, we would like to discuss the topic of  “Drugs Found on School Grounds”. Some of you may know that over the last week there has been drug paraphernalia found at Les Aiglon School and at Squamish Elementary (none have been found at our school). On both occasions, these items were discovered by an adult, and the RCMP was notified. As a precautionary measure, the RCMP will be upping their patrols around all schools.

Although we have NOT found items at our school, I have attached a great resources for talking to your child about needles. Our teachers will also be discussing this with their classes about what to do if they find needles, drugs etc. and how to answer some of the questions children may have. It is not a perfect resources but it is a jump off point.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions.

Teaching children about needle safety

SEPTEMBER EVENTS

WELCOME BACK BBQ  will be held on Monday, September 16th at 5:00pm. We will be providing hot dog and veggie dogs. Please bring a dish to share and plates and cutlery for your family. We look forward to seeing you there!

FAMILY GAMES NIGHT – The PAC is hosting the first family games night of the year on Friday, September 20th from 6:00 – 8:00pm to fundraise for a mural project. Entrance is free however, there will be a concession to purchase snacks and drinks. If you would like to drop your child off, you may do so for $10 each. We hope you can make it for this fun filled evening!

EARLY DISMISSAL- Students will be dismissed early at 12:00 noon on Wednesday, September 25th to facilitate a teacher collaboration day. Bus service will be offered with the exception of the Britannia route.

TERRY FOX RUN – The run portion of our Terry Fox Memorial will take place on Friday, September 27th at 11:00am. If you would like to help marshal the event, please contact Gayle in the school office.

STUDENT PHOTOS will take place on Monday, September 30 at 9:00am. Please note that this is also Orange Shirt Day and you may want your child to have a separate change of clothes.

ORANGE SHIRT DAY is a day when we honour the Indigenous children who were sent away to residential schools in Canada and learn more about the history of those school. Please join us on Monday, September 30th for an assembly at 11:00am.

Have a wonderful weekend,

Brayden Gordon – Principal