Dear Parents & Guardians,
Please see important dates/events, school & community information below for the week of Sept 30 – Oct 4, 2019:
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 1:00pmand please encourage your child to WEAR AN ORANGE SHIRT
Gr. 6 IMMUNIZATIONS – Wednesday, October 2ndat 9:30am.
ALICE LAKE PLANTING – Matthew and Kye’s class will be going to Alice Lake to help plant a traditional garden on September 7thand 8th. Please ensure that your child dresses in warm and waterproof (if necessary) clothes, as they will be outside for the day.
GRAD PHOTOS – Grade 12 graduation portraits are scheduled from October 8 to 11, from 3:00 to 9:00 pm. Students must book their appointment time online at www.mountainwest.ca. Please book under Howe Sound Secondary. Spots fill up quickly so book early.
PAC MEETING – Wednesday, October 9th from 6:30pm – 7:30pm in the Learning Expeditions classroom.
THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY – Monday, October 14 and school is not in session.
FISH CAMP – Matthew/Kye’s class to the Fish Camp Tuesday, October 15th, Jenna’s class on Thursday, October 17th, and Natalia’s class on Friday, October 18th . Please ensure your child is dressed for the weather.
Climate Action Rally – Most of the students from Learning Expeditions, along with some students and parents from Cultural Journeys, attended the Climate Action Rally today in downtown Squamish. Students, staff, and parents all report an overall positive experience with tons of authentic and meaningful learning opportunities. Please see the attached photos!
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.
UNIVERSAL PRECAUTIONS (Fair Notice):
In emergency safety situations, all disciplines (ie. partner groups) have the ability to share information on a “need to know” basis as supported by case law, and expanded upon by privacy commissioners.
The Supreme Court of Canada (1998) has established legal precedent by ruling that in certain situations, the need to protect the greater student population supersedes the individual rights of the student. The ruling explicitly acknowledges that school officials must be able to act quickly and effectively to ensure the safety of the students and to prevent serious violations of the school rules.
It is important for all parties to engage in the process. However, if for some reason there is a reluctance to participate in the process by the threat maker or parent/guardian, the VTRA process will continue in order to promote a safe and caring learning environment.
Principals are to provide parents/guardians and students will be given “Fair Notice” each year through school communication systems, such as student agendas, parent newsletters and/or school websites. The “Fair Notice” outlines the threat assessment process and gives notice that parent/guardian/student permission is not required for the process to proceed.
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:
- Parents-only discussion group
- Facilitated children’s group
- Free childcare for children under 6yrs
Please find additional information on the attached flyer.
Thank you and have a wonderful weekend!
Brayden Gordon – Principal