Weekly “E-Blast” for Sept 23-27, 2019

Dear St’a7mes School Families,

This email is to update you on what’s happening at St’a7mes School for September 23-27, 2019.


FAMILY GAMES NIGHT – The PAC hosted the first family games night of the year last Friday, September 20th from 6:00 – 8:00pm to fundraise for the school mural project. Big THANK YOU to PAC Chair Hilary Pink and all the other parents for such a great event!

GR. 6 IMMUNIZATION FORMS DUE – Students in gr. 6 received a consent form for immunizations this week. Please return the form by Monday, September 23rd.

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 feel free to join us on Monday, September 30th for an assembly at 11:00amand please encourage your child to WEAR AN ORANGE SHIRT.



GR. 6 IMMUNIZATIONS will take place on Wednesday, October 2nd at 9:30am.

PAC MEETING will be held on Wednesday, October 9th from 6:30pm – 7:30pm in the Learning Expeditions classroom.


Welcome to New Staff – We are very happy to announce 3 new staff memeber will be joining our school family tomorrow. Kye Fedor will be joining Matthew as the new teacher in the Gr 4-6 classroom (3 days per week). Jake Evoy and Sarah Reynolds will also be joining us tomorrow as new EA’s and will be working on both sides of the school. Please help me in welcoming Kye, Jake, and Sarah!

Fundraising Opportunity –You can now raise money for the school by donating your bottles to account number #405 at the local bottle depot.

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.


As we move into the school year, we are requesting that you periodically check your family to determine whether lice may be present and follow the recommended method as outlined in the information linked below. Please know that it is not uncommon for schools to receive reports from parents/guardians that head lice has been detected nor is it uncommon for schools to request preventative actions at home. If you find evidence of lice or nits, please inform the school and use the treatment options in the attachment below.

While head lice do not carry disease or cause harm, negative reactions to head lice can impact children’s self-esteem and result in their isolation from others. Reassure, comfort and support your child. Sharing facts and dispelling myths is a helpful approach.

Head lice are most common in school-aged children and are spread by close head-to-head contact. Head lice may be spread by sharing personal items. We suggest you discourage your child from sharing hats, helmets, scarves, hair ornaments, headphones, towels and hair brushes/combs with others. Once parents/guardians learn how to recognize head lice, regularly checking your own and your child’s head is the best prevention (Source: BC Ministry of Health/Vancouver Coastal Health).

If lice is reported in your child’s classroom you will receive a notice to inform you and to advise you to closely check your child to decrease the chance of spread.  Please note, our role here is to inform and educate.  We do not do head checks at school and although we will inform families if we are aware that their child has head lice and support treatment, we do not require students to go home for the reasons outlined above.

If you need further information, please contact me directly at bgordon@sd48.bc.ca. Thank you in advance for your cooperation with this matter.



Youth Centre News: A reminder that the LIFT program, an intro to weights and yoga for girls, is starting 3:45-4:45 this Friday at Storm Performance.  There are a few spots left so pick up your forms at the Youth Center or email teresa.berkholtz@sscs.ca.

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.

Fall 2019 Poster

Strengthening Families Workshop This FREE 10-week program is aimed at families with children aged between 6 – 11. It starts October 3rd until December 5th on Thursday evenings from 5:30pm – 8pm, and includes:

  • Dinner
  • Parents-only discussion group
  • Facilitated children’s group
  • Free childcare for children under 6yrs

Please find additional information on the attached flyer.



Hope you have a great weekend and see you tomorrow!

Brayden Gordon – Principal