Weekly “E-Blast” for Oct 7-11, 2019

Dear Parents & Guardians,

It was another great week here at St’a7mes School. Please see below for some important dates/events for the week of October 7-11, 2019:


ALICE LAKE PLANTING  Matthew and Kye’s class along with the Aboriginal Leadership students will be going to Alice Lake to help plant a traditional garden on October 7th and 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.

ABORIGINAL YOUTH COUNCIL MEETING  is on Thursday, October 24th from 9:00pm – 3:00pm at Howe Sound Secondary School.

PRO D DAY – is on Friday, October 25thSchool is not in session.


BUS RIDERSHIP – We have a large number of students riding our bus each day. In order to ensure that students get to and from school safely, we would appreciate if you communicate the following things to your children if they plan on riding the bus:

  • Please tell your child each day their afterschool plan. This will help your child get on the bus in a timely manner and will avoid panicked last minute phone calls to confirm plans.
  • The bus departs Stawamus School at 3:10pm. If your child misses this bus, they will need to find alternate transportation home.
  • Brad Lunder, one of our EA’s will walk our primary students to the bus stop. Your child can look for him by the front doors after school.
  • Fil Fulber, one of our EA’s will be at Howe Sound Secondary to assist students that need to transfer busses before and after school.
  • Students were sent home with the attached bus ridership form. Thank you to those of you that have already returned this form. If you have not returned this form, please do so as soon as possible.

If you feel that your child is not capable of remembering the items above, this could be an indication that they are not ready to ride the bus. Thank you for working with us to ensure student safety while using the bus.

School Bus – Student sign up

Gaga Ball Court – You will notice that we have a new Gaga Ball Arena on the school field. This was co-created by all our classes last year and was assembled last week by some students from the Alternative School. This is a great game for the students and the arena is full every day at recess and lunch. Please see the instructions here: https://www.gagacenter.com/nyc/about/what-is-gaga/.

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With so many new students at our little school this year, we have noticed a large increase in garbage in and around the school grounds. To help combat this problem, we assign a class each week to “school grounds clean-up” with gloves and garbage bags, and always remind kids not to pick up any sharp, dangerous, or suspicious times. This week’s class was the Gr 4-6 class and they did an incredible job of filling up 3 garbage bags (see the attached picture).

Also, please remind your students that they should not be eating on school grounds at any time and encourage them to bring “litterless lunches” with no packaging.

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IN THE KNOW “JUDGING OURSELVES-JUDGING OTHERS” – will be hosted at the Squamish Public Library on October 28th. Please find more information on the attached poster.


Have a wonderful weekend,

Brayden Gordon – Principal