Sea to Sky Alternative

“In everything we do, we believe that together, we can make a difference.”

Welcome to Sea to Sky Alternative School, part of Sea to Sky Learning Connections.

If we prioritize the growth of a safe learning culture at our school, then our influence on readiness (attendance & engagement) will increase.

Sea to Sky Alternative School includes: Day Program (located behind Howe Sound Secondary School), Squamish Outreach, and Northern Outreach (located at the Tz’sil Learning Center in Mt. Currie)


Welcome back!

August 28, 2018

Dear Sea to Sky Alternative & Northern Outreach Families,

This letter is to officially welcome your family to the 2018-2019 school year at Sea to Sky Alternative! We hope your summer has gone well and you are looking forward to the beginning of the new school year with us.

Personally, I am VERY excited to be Principal and feel honoured to work with our wonderful students, dedicated staff, and supportive families for another year. I look forward to our work together, as we support the entire Sea to Sky Learning Connections Learning Community.


Brayden Gordon – Principal


Staff Announcements:

As you may know, we two new teachers this year and we are very excited about all our staff. Please see the full list of staff here:

Brayden Gordon – Principal

Keith Gallant (new) – Vice Principal (SSA site)

Elise Lambert – Clerical Assistant

Gayle Laurie – Clerical Assistant

Mark Willmot – STEM Teacher (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)

Cory McRae (new) – Humanities & Collaborative Support Teacher

Zach De Jong (new) – Northern Outrreach Teacher

Larissa Parker – Counsellor, Learning Support, & Squamish Outreach Teacher

Iris Dineen – Youth Care Worker

Marnee Watson – Youth Care Worker

Important First Day(s) of School Information:

Sea to Sky Alternative (Squamish):

Tuesday, September 4th:  9am-11:00am (Student & Parent “Drop-in”)

Wednesday, September 5th: 9:00am-2:30pm (regular school hours are 9:00am to 2:30pm)

Northern Outreach Program (new Tz’sil Learning Center):

Wednesday, September 5th (9am-12pm drop-in)

Class Assignments:

Class lists and schedules will be provided to students by the end of the first week.

First Day Package:

Your child will be receiving a thick First Day Package that they will be bringing home for you to go through.  There will be many signatures required! Please do this on the first day and have your child return it to their teacher the second day.

School Supplies:

No need to go school supplies shopping this year, as we made a bulk purchase of school supplies for all students, and we will be asking all families to provide $30 per student for the use of these supplies. This money will be collected on the second day of school by classroom teachers and can be paid by cash or cheque made out to “Sea to Sky Learning Connections”.

PAC & Parent Volunteers:

Please know that you 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 at Stawamus (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 opportunity parents/guardians to meet with staff will be the first day of school from 9-11am in a “drop-in” manner. We will be providing light refreshments and a chance for families to connect or reconnect after the summer, and to let us know if you are interested in joining out PAC. 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 Updates” on our school website, learning updates from teachers, our facebook page Sea to Sky Learning Connections and our twitter feed @S2SLearnConnect.  We will also be sending a variety of surveys home this year to gather input and/or feedback on school and learning items.

School Calendar:

Please click here for all of our 2018/19 School Calendars.


Dates to Remember:

Monday August 27, 2018: School Office open for new registrations

Tuesday September 4, 2018: First Day of School 9am-11am for student & parent “Drop-in”

Wednesday September 5, 2018: 1st “Full-Day” of school. Start-Up Forms & School Supplies Fee Due

September 12, 2018: PAC Meeting at Stawamus at 6:30pm

September 20, 2018: Welcome Back BBQ at SSA at 5:00pm

September 26, 2018: Collaboration Day Early Dismissal at 11:55am

September 27, 2018: Terry Fox Run at Stawamus

September 28, 2018: Orange Shirt Day