Weekly Principal Updates

Dear Parents/Guardians,

As the school year comes to a close, I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of you for all your support over the past year. I have thoroughly enjoyed my first year at Principal at Cultural Journeys and Learning Expeditions and can’t wait for all the great learning for next year. We are fortunate to have ALL of our staff returning for next year and we have been very busy planning for a great year of learning and doing amazing things!

“End of Year” Reminders:

Last Day of School Tommorow! – Student will attend from 9-10am and the school bus will run on  its  usual route.

“Kindness” Assembly – We will be having a year-end assembly from  9:30-10am (all parents welcome). We have had numerous reports recently from students, staff, and parents that there has been an increased amount of negative and explicit language heard in our school community, so we thought we should end the year on a bright note with a “Kindness Activity” at the assembly. The purpose of this activity will be to highlight the importance of “kind and supportive” language for everyone in our school community, and to empower the students and staff to make change next September.

Report Cards – These will be sent home with your child tomorrow. Any students not at school will have their report cards mailed home.

 

Class Configuration for 2018/19 – Please note that the staff is already hard at work in creating classes for next year. We take a strength-based approach when looking at what is best for kids and what class/teacher would be the best fit. However, due to the fact that we will not know how many kids will be attending our schools next year, we cannot make any final decisions until the first week of school. I will be sending out another email in August with more information.

School Office Hours During the Summer – Please note that our school office will be open the first week of July (July 3-6th) and the last week of August (Aug 27-31) from 8:30am-3pm for any questions and/or for student registrations 8:30 am. We will not be receiving registrations between July 7th-Aug 26th, 2018. Also, the cut-off date for registration as per our school district enrolment policy will be Thursday, Aug 30 at 4:00 pm.

*Please note that the school district board office will not be accepting registrations over the summer.

First Day of SchoolTuesday, Sept 4th from 9-10am. School buses will be running usual  on the their routes.

September 2018 Gradual Entry Schedule: We are very excited to welcome ALL our kindergarten children into Lindsey’s class at Cultural Journeys and have developed the following gradual entry schedule for September:

Tuesday, Sept 4th – (No Kindergarten)

Wednesday, Sept 5th – 9am to 10:30am

Thursday, Sept 6th – 9am-10:30am

Friday, Sept 7th – (No Kindergarten)

Monday, Sept 10th – 9am-12pm

 Tuesday, Sept 11th – 9am-12pm

Wednesday, Sept 12th – 9am-3pm (full day)

 

Thank you again and we wish you all a safe and wonderful summer vacation!

Brayden Gordon – Principal

 

 

Dear Cultural Journeys and Learning Expeditions Families,

It is getting to be a very busy time of year. Please find below some important dates to keep in mind for the next few weeks:

JUNE 18 – 22

ULTIMATE FRISBEE will be taking place throughout the day on Monday, June 18th, for Learning Expeditions students.

CULTUS LAKE FIELD TRIP for Ms. Lowe’s class on Monday, June 18th from 9:00am – 7:00pm.

SCIENCE WORLD FIELD TRIP for Lindsey and Jenna’s classes on Monday, June 18th from 9:15am – 2:45pm.

FIRST NATIONS STORY TELLING – On Tuesday, June 19th from 9:30 – 11:00, Aboriginal Leadership students from Howe Sound Secondary will visit Cultural Journeys for storytelling.

GRADE 6 AND 12 GRAD CEREMONY is on Tuesday, June 19th from 11:30 – 12:00pm. Please join us to celebrate our grade 6 and 12 student’s accomplishments.

LEADERSHIP BBQ AND GAMES – The leadership class will be putting on a hot dog BBQ and games for the school onTuesday, June 19th from 12:00 – 3:00pm.

LEARNING EXPEDITIONS CAMPING AT ALICE LAKE on Thursday, June 21st at 9:00am to Friday, June 22nd at 2:00pm.

ABORIGINAL GAMES DAY FOR CULTURAL JOURNEYS is on Friday, June 22nd. Pizza hot lunch forms went home last week.  Please return these forms by Tuesday, June 19th. If you did not receive the hot lunch form, please find a digital copy attached.

Pizza day Sea to Sky Learning Connections[1][1]

JUNE 25 – 29

ENGLISH 12 PROVINCIAL EXAM will be written on Monday, June 25th from 9:00am – 11:00am.

NUMERACY ASSESSMENT EXAM will be written by all grade 10 and 11 students on Monday, June 25th  from 10:00am to 12:00 noon. This is a requirement for graduation.

ULTIMATE FRISBEE will be taking place throughout the day on Monday, June 25th, for all students.

PIT COOK will be taking place on Tuesday, June 26th  at Alice Lake from 9:30am to 3:00pm for Cultural Journeys students.

LEARNING EXPEDITIONS EXHIBITION NIGHT will be taking place on Tuesday, June 26th from 6:00 – 7:00pm.

PLAYLAND – Learning Expeditions and Ms. Lowe’s class will be going to Playland on Wednesday, June 27th from 9:15am – 3:45pm. Students will need to arrange their own rides home as the bus arrives back after the end of school.

SQUAMISH NATION STUDENT AWARDS are on Wednesday, June 27th from 5:30pm – 8:30pm. Invitations are sent from Totem Hall.

LAST DAY OF SCHOOL – is on Thursday, June 28th. Students will be dismissed at 10:00am. Reports cards will be handed out to students. Bussing will be provided.

COMMUNITY INFORMAITON

Please find below a link to a survey for Squamish residents, seeking community input on the renovation and expansion of the Brennan Park Rec Centre.

 https://squamish.ca/yourgovernment/projects-and-initiatives/re-create/.

Connect Parenting – you can now register for the Fall Connect Parenting series. Please find more information on the attached poster.

CONNECT Parenting Education Series MCFD sd48 Fall 2018 date TBD

Squamish Child Care Community Engagement will be held on Tuesday, June 19th from 4:00 – 6:00pm at Sea to Sky Community Service. Please find additional information on the attached poster.

Squamish Child Care Parent Engagement Poster V2 (2)[1]

Sincerely,

Brayden Gordon
Principal

JUNE 11-15, 2018

ULTIMATE FRISBEE will be taking place throughout the day on Monday, June 11th, for all students.

FURRY CREEK FIELD TRIP for Cultural Journeys on Tuesday, June 12th from 9:30am – 3:00pm.

ALICE LAKE PIT COOK is on Thursday, June 14th from 9am-3pm for all Cultural Journeys students and staff. Please contact your child’s teacher directly if you would like to attend.

MANDATORY REHERSAL FOR COMMENCEMENT is on Thursday, June 14th at 4:00pm and takes place at Brennan Park Recreation Centre.

SQUAMISH NATION ELEMENTARY AWARDS are on Thursday, June 14th from 5:00 – 7:30pm. Invitations will be sent from Totem Hall.

COMMENCEMENT 2018 is on Friday, June 15th at Brennan Park. Doors open at 6:00pm and the ceremony begins at 7:00pm.

PROM 2018 is on Saturday, June 16th. Time to shine is from 2:30 – 4:30pm at HSS. Busses will take students to the West Coast Railway Heritage Park at 4:30pm.

JUNE 18 – 22, 2018

ULTIMATE FRISBEE will be taking place throughout the day on Monday, June 18th, for Learning Expeditions students.

CULTUS LAKE FIELD TRIP for Ms. Lowe’s class on Monday, June 18th from 9:00am – 7:00pm.

SCIENCE WORLD FIELD TRIP for Lindsey and Jenna’s classes on Monday, June 18th from 9:15am – 2:45pm.

FIRST NATIONS STORY TELLING – On Tuesday, June 19th from 9:30 – 11:00, Aboriginal Leadership students from Howe Sound Secondary will visit Cultural Journeys for storytelling.

LEARNING EXPEDITIONS CAMPING AT ALICE LAKE on Thursday, June 21st at 9:00am to Friday, June 22nd at 2:00pm. Permission forms and detailed information will be sent home with students this week.

ABORIGINAL GAMES DAY FOR CULTURAL JOURNEYS is on Friday, June 22nd. Pizza hot lunch forms will be handed out to students today. Please return these forms by Friday, June 15th. If you do not receive the hot lunch form, please find a digital copy attached. Additional information will be sent home in next week’s update.

Pizza day Sea to Sky Learning Connections[1][1]

SCHOOL INFORMATION

Cultural Journeys “3 Year Review” Survey – Calling all Cultural Journeys Families!!! The school district is currently undergoing a 3-Year review of our program and is seeking input from all community partners. If you haven’t already done this, it would be greatly appreciated if you could take 3 minutes to complete the following survey:https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfkeYVqzRUNtJN7C4UP0B5fd0IqANu1vkHwErp7h69X6upZtw/viewform?usp=sf_link

Sincerely,

Brayden Gordon
Principal
Sea to Sky Learning Connections
604-892-5904

MAY 28 – JUNE 1

BIKE TO SCHOOL WEEK is from May 28 – June 1st. We encourage students to ride or walk to school during this week.

COLLABORATION DAY – is on Wednesday, May 30th. Students will be DISMISSED EARLY at 12:00pm. Bussing will be provided with the exception of the Britannia route.

LUCILE LAKE FIELD TRIP for Cultural Journeys 9:30am – 3:00pm on Friday, June 1st.

JUNE 4-8

ULTIMATE FRISBEE – We are very fortunate to have a certified Ultimate Frisbee coach coming into the school every Monday for 4 weeks to teach all students K-12. Please make sure your child comes prepared with proper footwear, hat, and a water bottle.

EXHIBITION OF LEARNING for Jenna and Ms. Lowe’s classes on Monday, June 4th from 5:00 – 7:00pm. Families are invited to join us in the gym as classes will be showcasing their learning.

SQUAMISH NATION HIGH SCHOOL AWARDS at Totem Hall on Tuesday, June 5th from3:30pm – 4:30pm. Students will receive invitations from Totem Hall.

NEXEN BEACH FIELD TRIP for Cultural Journeys from 9:30 – 3:00pm on Wednesday, June 6th.

GRADUATION CEREMONY AND FEAST FOR GRADE 6 AND 12’S  – Thursday, June 7th from 11:00am – 1:00pm.

FIRST NATIONS HIGHSCHOOL GRAD CEREMONY at the Squamish Valley Golf Course onThursday, June 7th from 5:00-7:00pm.

GRADE 4/5/6 DANCE is on Thursday, June 7th from 6:30-8:30pm in the Stawamus School Gym.

 SCHOOL INFORMATION

Cultural Journeys “3 Year Review” Survey – Calling all Cultural Journeys Families!!! The school district is currently undergoing a 3-Year review of our program and is seeking input from all community partners. If you haven’t already done this, it would be greatly appreciated if you could take 3 minutes to complete the following survey:https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfkeYVqzRUNtJN7C4UP0B5fd0IqANu1vkHwErp7h69X6upZtw/viewform?usp=sf_link

COMMUNITY INFORMATION

Raising Digitally Responsible Youth Seminar is taking place at Don Ross Middle School onJune 6th. If you are interested in this free event, please find registration information on the attached poster.

Sincerely,

Brayden Gordon

 

Please find below some important dates to keep in mind for the next few weeks:

MAY 14 – 18, 2018

SALMON HATCHERY FIELD TRIP for Ms. Lowe’s class on Tuesday, May 15th from 11:00am – 3:00pm.

SALMON HATCHERY FIELD TRIP for Lindsey and Jenna’s classes on Wednesday, May 16th from 9:00am – 3:00pm.

MAY 21 – 25

VICTORIA DAY HOLIDAY is on Monday, May 21st. School is not in session.

MASHITER CREEK FIELD TRIP for Ms. Lowe’s class on Tuesday, May 22nd from 11:00am – 3:00pm.

SPRING TLA’ASHEN will be taking place on Wednesday, May 23rd, starting at 5:00pm. Please bring a dish to share. We look forward to celebrating with you!

MASHISTER CREEK AND SQUAMISH VALLEY GOLF COURSE FIELD TRIP for Lindsey and Jenna’s classes on Friday, May 25th from 9:00am – 3:00pm.

 SCHOOL INFORMATION

Cultural Journeys “3 Year Review” Survey – Calling all Cultural Journeys Families!!! The school district is currently undergoing a 3-Year review of our program and is seeking input from all community partners. If you haven’t already done this, it would be greatly appreciated if you could take 3 minutes to complete the following survey:https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfkeYVqzRUNtJN7C4UP0B5fd0IqANu1vkHwErp7h69X6upZtw/viewform?usp=sf_link

COMMUNITY INFORMATION

Squamish Children’s Health Fair is on Saturday, May 26th. Please find more information on the attached poster. 2018 Children’s Health Fair Poster

Raising Digitally Responsible Youth Seminar is taking place at Don Ross Middle School on June 6th. If you are interested in this free event, please find registration information on the attached poster. Raising Digitally Responsible Youth

Sincerely,

Brayden Gordon
Principal

MAY 7 – 11, 2018

ALICE LAKE FIELD TRIP for Ms. Lowe’s class, on Tuesday, May 8th from 11:00am – 3:00pm.

ALICE LAKE FIELD TRIP for Jenna and Lindsey’s classes, on Wednesday, May 9th from 9:00am – 3:00pm.

PAC MEETINGplease join us on Wednesday, May 9th at 6:30pm in the Learning Expeditions classroom.

PRO D DAY is on Friday, May 11th. School is not in session.

MAY 14 – 18

SALMON HATCHERY FIELD TRIP for Ms. Lowe’s class on Tuesday, May 15th from 11:00am – 3:00pm.

SALMON HATCHERY FIELD TRIP for Lindsey and Jenna’s class on Wednesday, May 16th from 9:00am – 3:00pm.

 SCHOOL INFORMATION

Cultural Journeys “3 Year Review” Survey – Calling all Cultural Journeys Families!!! The school district is currently undergoing a 3-Year review of our program and is seeking input from all community partners. It would be greatly appreciated if you could take 3 minutes to complete the following survey: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfkeYVqzRUNtJN7C4UP0B5fd0IqANu1vkHwErp7h69X6upZtw/viewform?usp=sf_link

COMMUNITY INFORMATION

School Bus Safety –  Please find attached a message from the School Bus Garage. Please do not pass busses when red lights are flashing.

DO NOT PASS SCHOOL BUS[1]

Child and Youth Mental Health Day is on Monday, May 7th. Please see the attached poster for information on an event held at Brennan Park.

Mental Health Day Youth

In The Know Session on Tuesday, May 8th from 6:00 – 8:00pm at the Squamish Public Library. This month the talk is about video gaming, social media misuse and other related digital addictions. Please see information on how to RSVP for this event on the attached poster.

FamilySmart-ITK-Poster-Squamish-May-08-2018

Squamish Children’s Health Fair is on Saturday, May 26th. Please find more information on the attached poster.

2018 Children’s Health Fair Poster

Raising Digitally Responsible Youth Seminar is taking place at Don Ross Middle School on June 6th. If you are interested in this free event, please find registration information on the attached poster.

Raising Digitally Responsible Youth

Sincerely,

Brayden Gordon
Principal

APRIL 16 – 20

FIRE DRILL will be taking place on Monday, April 16that 11:50am.

VANCOUVER AQUARIUM AQUA VAN will be visiting the school on Tuesday, April 17th.

FIELD TRIP TO ALICE LAKE – On Tuesday, April 17th Ms. Lowe’s class will be going to Alice Lake from 11:00am – 3:00pm.

VANCOUVER ART GALLERY FIELD TRIP Learning Expeditionswill visit the Vancouver Art Galleryon Wednesday, April 18th from 9:15am – 2:00pm

STUDENT LED CONFERENCES AND EARLY DISMISSAL On Wednesday, April 18th students will be dismissed early at 2:00pm for Student Led Conferences. Bus service will be provided for all routes except for Britannia Beach. To book an appointment, please contact Gayle in the school office at 604-892-5904 or atglaurie@sd48.bc.ca.

TWIN DAY – On Thursday, April 19th, grab a friend and dress as twins!

CJ & LE PARENT INFORMATION SESSIONS We will be hosting 2 parent information sessions on Thursday, April 19th & Tuesday, April 24th from 6:30pm – 7:30pm in the school gym. These parent information sessions will give students/parents/guardians a clear overview of our programs and will allow parents to ask any questions they may have about the programs. We will also offer a school tour and a chance to hear from current teachers and students.

LIL’WAT CULTURAL CENTRE FIELD TRIP for all Cultural Journeys students on Friday, April 20th from 9:30am – 3:00pm.

REPORT CARDS will be sent home for all Learning Expeditions students on Friday, April 20th.

STAWAMUS MOVIE NIGHT Please join us to watch the movie COCO from 7:00 – 9:00pm on Friday, April 20th. Please find more information on the attached poster.

COCO movie night

APRIL 23-27

FIELD TRIP TO MAMQUAM RIVER – Ms. Lowe’s class will be going to the river from 11:00am to 3:00pm on Tuesday, April 24th.

CJ & LE PARENT INFORMATION SESSION – Tuesday April 24th from 6:30 to 7:30pm in the school gym.

STAWAMUS SCHOOL AND CLASS PHOTOS will be taking place on Wednesday, April 25th from 9:30am – 11:00am.

FIELD TRIP TO THE MAMQUAM RIVER – Lindsey and Jenna’s classes will be going to the river on Friday, April 27th from 9:00am – 3:00pm

24 HOUR DRUM will be held at Pemberton Secondary School on Friday, April 27 and will be attended by Aboriginal Leadership students.

COMMUNITY INFORMATION

“In the Know” sessions are for caregivers and parents caring for child/youth with mental health challenges. The next session will be held on April 17, 2018. May from 6-8pm @Squamish Public Library.

The topic will be “Talking to Youth about Substance Use” with Mary Anne Crabtree MSW and Alexandra Wilson MED.

The talk will focus on relationship building and how to navigate conversations with our teens around the topic of substance use.

Please RSVP to trudie.neubert@familysmart.ca

Tea and cookies will be provided.

Squamish Public Library After School Program starts on April 17th and is free to students ages 6-12. To register, please find more information attached.

Squamish Library After School Program

Welcome back! 

We hope you all had a restful break with family and friends. Please find below some important dates to keep in mind for the next few weeks:

APRIL 3 – 6th, 2018

NEW PICNIC TABLES AND RAMP (see attached picture) – We are VERY excited to have received two wonderful additions to our school over spring break. The carpentry students from HSS graciously built and installed two beautiful picnic tables near the main entrance. These tables are meant for students, families, and staff to use anytime and we encourage everyone to use them as often as possible. We also received a wonderful new access ramp at the main entrance that will allow for equal access for all students & family members. A new electronic door at the main entrance and accessible bathroom inside the school will be completed over the next few weeks. Huge thank you to the school district for making this happen for us.

tables & ramp

ESTUARY FIELD TRIP – on Wednesday, April 4th, Lindsey and Jenna’s classes will be going to the Squamish Estuary from 9:30am – 2:00pm.

APRIL 9-13

GRADE 6 – 2ND ROUND OF IMMUNIZATIONS will be held at 9:30am on Tuesday, April 11th.

ESTUARY FIELD TRIP – Ms. Lowe’s class will be going to the Squamish Estuary on Tuesday, April 10th from 11:15am – 3:00pm.

CHEAKAMUS CENTRE FIELD TRIPon Wednesday, April 11th, Lindsey and Jenna’s classes will be going to the Cheakamus Centre from 9:30am – 2:30pm.

PAC MEETING will be held on Wednesday, April 11th at 6:30pm in the Learning Expeditions classroom.

HOT LUNCH DAY is on Thursday, April 12th.

PRO D DAY is on Friday, April 13th and school is not in session.

COMMUNITY INFORMATION

Connect Parenting Education Series is taking place from April 3 to June 5, 2018. Please find information on the attached poster.

CONNECT Parenting Education Series MCFD sd48 Spring 2018[1]

Play Love Learn Early Childhood Development Conference is being held on April 13th and 14th. If you are interested in registering for this conference, please find more information attached.

Play Love Learn Coverence

Sincerely,

Brayden Gordon
Principal
Sea to Sky Learning Connections
604-892-5904

 

Happy Spring Break! 

Good Afternoon Cultural Journeys and Learning Expeditions Families,

I wanted to take a moment to wish all students, familes, and staff a wonderful Spring Break! The school will not be open from March 17, 2018 – April 2, 2018. We hope you all have a wonderful break and we look forward to seeing you when school reopens after the holiday on Tuesday April 3rd, 2018!

I have also included 2 resources that you may be interested in:

  1. SOGI Parent Brochure – Attached is a SOGI information parent brochure provide by the ministry.

SOGI+123_Parent+Brochure[1]

  1. Child Care Parent Survey – Through a partnership with the Putting Children First Initiative and the District of Squamish the parent/ guardian survey in the link below was designed to capture the child care needs of families in Squamish for children age 0-12 years of age.  The survey takes about 10 minutes and the information gained will be used to help our community advocate for more funding to support childcare in our community, and to guide our community in planning for our future childcare needs.

https://www.research.net/r/Squamish_ChildCare_Strategy_Parent_Survey

 

Once again, have a safe and wonderful Spring Break!

Regards,

Brayden Gordon – Principal, Sea to Sky Learning Connections

 

 

MARCH 12 – 16

SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS DUE for the 2018 school year.  Applications can be submitted to the HSS office before 4:00pm on Tuesday, March 13th. Please find the scholarship book at the following link: HSS 2018 Scholarship Book

PAC MEETING will take place on Wednesday, March 14th at 6:30pm in the Learning Expeditions classroom.

CULTURAL JOURNEYS VISIT THE MUSEUM OF ANTHROPOLOGY on Thursday, March 15th from 9:00am – 3:00pm.

CULTURAL JOURNEYS REPORT CARDS will be sent home with students on Friday, March 16th. 

LACROSSE will take place for all students on Friday, March 16th.

TALENT SHOW is on Friday, March 16th at 1:30pm. Come out and watch the students put on a show!

SPRING BREAK – School will not be in session for Spring break from March 19th – March 30th. School will reopen on Tuesday, April 3rd. 

PICNIC TABLES– as you may notice, there is some construction work going on outside the front of the school. We are lucky to be getting a few picnic tables constructed for us. This will be a great place for students and families to hang out!

COMMUNITY INFORMATION

“In The Know Session” will be held at the Squamish Public Library on Tuesday, March 13th. These sessions are designed for parents/caregivers of child/youth with mental health challenges. Please find more information on the attached poster.

FamilySmart-ITK-Poster-Squamish-Mar-13-2018[2]

How to Manage Stress and Anxiety Workshop will take place on March 14th and is presented by Big Brothers Big Sisters. Please help spread the word via email to anyone who may have teens who are interested in attending. Details and registration can be found on the Big Brothers Big Sisters website HERE.

Hilltop House Easter Egg Hunt will be taking place on Thursday, March 29th from 3:30pm – 5:00pm. Please find information on the attached poster.

Hill Top House Easter Egg Hunt

Connect Parenting Education Series is taking place from April 3 to June 5, 2018. Please find information on the attached poster.

CONNECT Parenting Education Series MCFD sd48 Spring 2018[1]

Play Love Learn Early Childhood Development Conference is being held on April 13th and 14th. If you are interested in registering for this conference, please find more information attached.

Play Love Learn Coverence

Sincerely,

Brayden Gordon – Principal

 

FEBRUARY 26 – MARCH 2

INTERMEDIATE 3 ON 3 CO ED BASKETBALL will take place on Tuesday, February 27th from 3:45 – 4:45pm at Brackendale Elementary.

PINK SHIRT DAY – On Wednesday, February 28th wear pink!  This year, Pink Shirt Day is encouraging everyone to combat cyberbullying by thinking twice before posting something negative, and instead using the internet to spread kindness – because we know that Nice Needs No Filter!

CRAZY HAIR DAY – Wear your hair wild and wacky on Thursday, March 1st!

HOT DOG DAY will take place on Thursday, March 1st.

LACROSSE will take place for all students on Friday, March 2nd. 

SKATING AT BRENNAN PARK – On Friday, March 2, at 12:00 noon Ms. Lowe’s class and the Learning Expeditions class will go to the skating rink. Please ensure that students are sent with warm clothing and skates if they have them. Skate rentals will be available for all students.

MARCH 5-9

ABORIGINAL LEADERSHIP MEETING – On Monday, March 5th Aboriginal Leadership students will go to Don Ross Middle School.

INTERMEDIATE 3 ON 3 CO ED BASKETBALL will take place on Tuesday, March 6th from 3:45 – 4:45pm at Stawamus Elementary. We will be playing Garibaldi Highlands Elementary.

“TAKE A STAND” ASSEMBLY – will take place at 10:30am on Wednesday, March 7th.  Ms. Lowe’s class and the Learning Expeditions class will learn about “Take a Stand” which is an amazing project opportunity for students in Gr 4-12 focused around Youth Conservation in our Community.

LACROSSE will take place for all students on Friday, March 9th.

FIRST NATIONS WORKSHOPS –  Throughout the week students in both Cultural Journeys and Learning Expeditions will be taking workshops from Meg Kurt and Delmar Williams. They will learn about bow shooting, outdoor survival, cordage, crafting things with leather and making traditional creams.

LOST AND FOUND – Our lost and found has been organized on two tables outside of the office. Please find a few photos of the lost and found attached. Please stop by or have your children check the lost and found for missing items. If items are not collected by Tuesday, March 6th, we will be donating them to Pearls.

 

COMMUNITY INFORMATION

Connect Parenting Education Series is taking place from April 3 to June 5, 2018. Please find information on the attached poster.

CONNECT Parenting Education Series MCFD sd48 Spring 2018[1]

How to Manage Stress and Anxiety Workshop is presented by Big Brothers Big Sisters and is open for registration. Please help spread the word via email to anyone who may have teens who are interested in attending.

Details and registration can be found on the Big Brothers Big Sisters website HERE

Sincerely,

Brayden Gordon – Principal

FEBRUARY 19-23

LOCKDOWN DRILL will take place on Monday, February 19th at 2:00pm. Please see the email sent by Mr. Gordon last Friday for more information.

SCHOLARSHIP ASSEMBLY will take place at 11:15am on Tuesday, February 20th at HSS.

SPIRIT OF LACROSSE will take place on February 20th, during the afternoon, for students in Kindergarten to Gr. 3.

INTERMEDIATE 3 ON 3 CO ED BASKETBALL will take place on Tuesday, February 20th from 3:45 – 4:45pm in the Stawamus School Gym vs Brackendale Elementary.

COLLABORATION DAY – On Wednesday, February 21st, students in both Cultural Journeys and Learning Expeditions will be dismissed early at 12:00 noon. Bussing will be provided with the exception of Britannia Beach.

HOT DOG DAY ORDERS DUE  on Thursday, February 22nd.

BANNOCK SALE will take place at lunch on Thursday, February 22nd. Students will be able to purchase bannock for $1.50 each from the Aboriginal Leadership Students, to support their visit to the Long House. Please see the poster attached. Bannock Sale

SKATING AT BRENNAN PARK – On Friday, February 23rd, at 11:45am Ms. Lindsey’s and Ms. Jenna’s classes will go to the skating rink. Please ensure that students are sent with warm clothing and skates if they have them. Skate rentals will be available for all students.

LACROSSE will take place for all students on Friday, February 23rd. 

 

FEBRUARY 26 – MARCH 2

PRO D DAY is on Monday, February 26th and school is not in session.

INTERMEDIATE 3 ON 3 CO ED BASKETBALL will take place on Tuesday, February 27th from 3:45 – 4:45pm at Brackendale Elementary.

HOT DOG DAY will take place on Thursday, March 1st. Order sheets were handed out to students last week and are due on Thursday, February 22nd.

LACROSSE will take place for all students on Friday, March 2nd. 

SKATING AT BRENNAN PARK – On Friday, March 2, at 12:00 noon Ms Lowe’s class and the Learning Expeditions class will go to the skating rink. Please ensure that students are sent with warm clothing and skates if they have them. Skate rentals will be available for all students.

LOST AND FOUND – Our lost and found is very full. Please stop by or have your children check the lost and found for missing items.

 

COMMUNITY INFORMATION

Howe Sound Minor Ball Registration is now open. Please find information on the attached poster.

Spring 2018 Baseball[3]

Connect Parenting Education Series is taking place from April 3 to June 5, 2018. Please find information on the attached poster.

CONNECT Parenting Education Series MCFD sd48 Spring 2018[1]

 

 

Sincerely,

 

Brayden Gordon

Principal

 

 

Please find below some important dates to keep in mind for Feb 12-23, 2018: 

FEBRUARY 12 – 16

AQUARIUM FIELD TRIP – on Tuesday, February 13th Ms. Lowe’s class will visit the Aquarium and see Fly Over Canada. Please ensure you child is at school by 9:00am so the class can leave on time. Students will return to the school at 7:00pm. Please ensure students have a ride home at this time.

INTERMEDIATE 3 ON 3 CO ED BASKETBALL will take place on Thursday, February 15th from 3:45 – 4:45pm at Squamish Elementary School.

PAC MEETING that was originally scheduled for Wednesday, February 14th has been cancelled. The next PAC meeting will take place on Wednesday, March 14th.

 

FEBRUARY 19-23

LOCKDOWN DRILL will take place on Monday, February 19th at 2:00pm. More information will be sent home later this week. 

SCHOLARSHIP ASSEMBLY will take place at 11:15am on Tuesday, February 20th at HSS. 

INTERMEDIATE 3 ON 3 CO ED BASKETBALL will take place on Tuesday, February 20th from 3:45 – 4:45pm in the Stawamus School Gym. 

COLLABORATION DAY – Students in both Cultural Journeys and Learning Expeditions will be dismissed early at 12:00 noon. Bussing will be provided with the exception of Britannia Beach. 

 

SKATING AT BRENNAN PARK – On Friday, February 23rd, at 11:45am Ms. Lindsey’s and Ms. Jenna’s classes will go to the skating rink. Please ensure that students are sent with warm clothing and skates if they have them. Skate rentals will be available for all students.

SCHOOL CLOTHING – We keep a number of clothing items at the school for students to use when required. At this time, we are running low on these clothes and are hoping that any clothing that has been sent home with students, can be sent back as soon as possible. Thanks!

 

COMMUNITY INFORMATION
Howe Sound Minor Ball Registration is now open. Please find information on the attached poster.

Connect Parenting Education Series is taking place from April 3 to June 5, 2018. Please find information on the attached poster. 

CONNECT Parenting Education Series MCFD sd48 Spring 2018[1]

 

Sincerely, 
Brayden Gordon
Principal
Sea to Sky Learning Connections
604-892-5904

 

Please find below some important dates to keep in mind for the next few weeks:

JANUARY 29-FEBRUARY 2

GRADE 6 ORIENTATION at Don Ross Middle School – Thursday, February 1st from 10:00 – 11:00am. Please remember to bring in your permission forms by Wednesday, January 31st. 
HOT LUNCH DAY is taking place on Thursday, February 1st. The order deadline was on Friday, January 26th.  
 
LEARNING EXPEDITIONS REPORT CARDS will be sent home on Thursday, February 1st. 

 

PRO D DAY is on Friday, February 2nd. School is not in session. 

FEBRUARY 5 – 9 
INTERMEDIATE 3 ON 3 CO ED BASKETBALL – The first game is on Tuesday, February 6th  from 3:30 – 4:30pm in the Stawamus gym and will be played against Mamquam. Practices will be on Wednesdays and Thursdays at lunch. Please bring in your permission forms. 
GRADE 12 ASSEMBLY is at HSS on Tuesday, February 6th at 12:40pm. 

 

COMMUNITY INFORMATION

“In The Know”  an education and network session is taking place on Tuesday, February 6th at the Squamish Public Library from 6:00pm – 8:00pm. Please see the attached poster for additional information.

 

Family Day Curling Open House is a free event that will be taking place on Monday, February 12th from 10:00am – 2:00pm at the Howe Sound Curling Club. Instructors will be on hand to teach the basics of the game. Please see the attached poster for additional information. Everyone is welcome!

family day curling poster

Family to Family Workshops are available starting in February, for those who are dealing with mental health issues. Please find more information on the attached poster. 

Family-to-Family Squamish poster 2018

Sincerely,

 Brayden Gordon
Principal

 

JANUARY 22-26

SCHOOL LEARNING PLAN PRESENTATION will take place on Wednesday, January 24th from 9:00-11:30am. Students, staff, and parents will be meeting with school board members in the school to visit all the classes and share all the amazing learning that is happening this year.

CHEAKAMUS CENTRE FIELD TRIP On Thursday, January 25th from 9:00am to 2:50pm Learning Expeditions and Ms. Lowe’s class will be visiting the centre.

SPIRIT DAY – FLASH BACK FRIDAY will take place on Friday, January 26th. Wear a costume from your favourite decade!

JANUARY 29-FEBRUARY 2

LEARNING EXPEDITIONS REPORT CARDS will be sent home on Thursday, February 1st.

PRO D DAY is on Friday, February 2nd. School is not in session. 

COMMUNITY INFORMATION

Family Day Curling Open House is a free event that will be taking place on Monday, February 12th from 10:00am – 2:00pm at the Howe Sound Curling Club. Instructors will be on hand to teach the basics of the game. Please see the attached poster for additional information. Everyone is welcome!

family day curling poster

Family to Family Workshops are available starting in February, for those who are dealing with mental health issues. Please find more information on the attached poster.

JANUARY 15- 19

 SCHOOL LEARNING PLAN MEETING – will take place on Monday, January 15th from 3:30-4:30pm. Any parents interested can attend. Please email Mr. Gordon (bgordon@sd48.bc.ca) directly if you are interested.  

PAC MEETING– Join us in the Learning Expeditions classroom at 6:30pm on Wednesday, January 17th

 JANUARY 22-26 

SCHOOL LEARNING PLAN MEETING –  will take place on Wednesday, January 24th from 9:00-11:30am. Students, staff, and parents will be meeting with school board members in the school to visit all the classes and share all the amazing learning that is happening this year.

CHEAKAMUS CENTRE FIELD TRIP – On Thursday, January 25th from 9:00am to 2:50pm Learning Expeditions and Ms. Lowe’s class will be visiting the centre. 

 SPIRIT DAY – FLASH BACK FRIDAY will take place on Friday, January 26th. Wear a costume from your favourite decade!

COMMUNITY INFORMATION

Family Day Curling Open House is a free event that will be taking place on Monday, February 12th from 10:00am – 2:00pm at the Howe Sound Curling Club. Instructors will be on hand to teach the basics of the game. Please see the attached poster for additional information. Everyone is welcome!

family day curling poster

 Family to Family Workshops are available starting in February, for those who are dealing with mental health issues. Please find more information on the attached poster. 

Family-to-Family Squamish poster 2018

 Sincerely,

 Brayden Gordon, Principal

Welcome Back and Happy New Year!

Happy New Year! We are happy to see all of our students back at school. We hope all of you had a relaxing holiday with family and friends. 

 Please find below some important dates to keep in mind for the next few weeks:

 JANUARY 8-12th

ABORIGINAL LEADERSHIP MEETING Wednesday, January 10th from 9am-3pm at Whistler Secondary.

PAC MEETINGDate changed from January 10th – January 17th.

 

 JANUARY 15- 19th

SCHOOL LEARNING PLAN MEETING  Monday Jan 15thfrom 3:30-4:30pm. Any parents interested can attend. Please email Mr. Gordon (bgordon@sd48.bc.ca) directly if you are interested.  

PAC MEETING – Join us in the Learning Expeditions classroom at 6:30pm on Wednesday, January 17th

COMMUNITY INFORMATIONFamily to Family Workshops are available starting in February, for those who are dealing with mental health issues. Please find more information on the attached poster. 

 Family-to-Family Squamish poster 2018

 

 Happy Holidays! 

Hi All,

 

As we wrap up the 2017 school year, we would like to wish all of you a very happy and safe holiday season and all the best for 2018!

We look forward to seeing all of you when school reopens on Monday, January 8, 2018.

Sincerely,

The Office Staff

Weekly Update for DECEMBER 4-15th, 2017:

Please find below some important dates to keep in mind for the next few weeks:

DECEMBER 4 – 8

MS. LINDSEY AND MS. JENNA’S CLASSES GO TO THE BRACKENDALE DIKE on Wednesday, December 6th from 10:00am – 2:00pm. Please ensure that your child wears warm, waterproof clothing and footwear and brings along a substantial lunch and snack. 

 DECEMBER 11-15

 GRAD PHOTO RETAKES AND GRAD GROUP PHOTOS AT HSS will take place on Monday, December 11th. If you would like to book group photos, please do so at the Howe Sound Secondary School office. Each group can be composed of up to 6 grads and costs $15.00 cash per grad, which is due when booking. Students will receive a digital copy of the photo. 

 WINTER TLA’ASHEN will be held on Wednesday, December 13th at 5:00pm. Please bring your family and a dish to share. We look forward to celebrating the holiday season with you!

 SCHOOL SURVEY REMINDER

 Please take 2 minutes to complete the following survey in regard to our School Learning Plan. The survey will be open until Wednesday Dec 6th for parent input.   

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeZgHOEOUj3-CeB3R1j7NiLNx-t5_WvU-DTA-IDkcFH33b1_g/viewform?usp=sf_link

SCHOOL DONATION REQUESTS

 WINTER GIFT SHOPPING EXPERIENCE – On Monday, Dec. 18 and Tuesday, Dec. 19 at lunch and after school (3:00-3:20pm), we will be hosting a Winter Gift Shopping Experience for the Students of Cultural Journeys and Learning Expeditions, in the library.

 We are requesting donations of lightly used and new items: accessories (jewellery, scarves, sun glasses) toys, books, and small household items (no clothing or shoes please). We will sell these items to the students for $1 per item. This will give students a chance to shop for Christmas gifts for their family and friends.

 We will offer gift wrapping; if you have extra gift wrap, bows, ribbons or gift tags, we would appreciate those donations as well.

 Donations can be dropped off in the school library the week of Dec. 11-15, or on Monday, December 18. Please make sure they are clearly marked as Winter Shopping Experience Donations and placed in the marked box in the library.

 If students are unable to pay for gifts, we will allow them to shop and pay us in smiles.

 TICKLE TRUNK – Cultural Journeys and Learning Expeditions are asking for costume and craft donations to start a “tickle trunk” to support dramatic arts at the school. Old costumes, funky accessories (jewelry, wigs, glasses etc.), or solid colour clothing would be much appreciated, as well as any extra crafting materials you might not be using (fabrics, feathers, cotton baton, etc.). There will be a donation box at the front of the school from now until December 22, 2017

 COMMUNITY INFORMATION:

 Community Christmas Care We will be collecting non perishable food items and new toys for families in need, in our community. Please drop off any donations to the wrapped box near the office by Friday, December 8th. 

 Family to Family Workshops are available starting in February, for those who are dealing with mental health issues. Please find more information on the attached poster. 

Sincerely,

 Brayden Gordon – Principal

Weekly Update for NOVEMBER 27 – DECEMBER 8, 2017:

Please find below some important dates to keep in mind for the next few weeks:

NOVEMBER 27 – DECEMBER 1

MS. LOWE’S CLASS FUN FAIR will be taking place from 5:30pm – 8:00pm on Tuesday, November 28th.  Everyone is welcome to come and enjoy a variety of games, arts and crafts, singing and dancing, a bake sale and cupcake walk. All proceeds will go to the Squamish Food Bank and the local SPCA.

DECEMBER 4 – 8

PRO D DAY is on Monday, December 4th. School is not in session. 

MS. LOWE’S CLASS FIELDTRIP TO SCIENCE WORLD on Tuesday, December 5th from 9:00am – 3:00pm.

MS. LINDSEY AND MS. JENNA’S CLASSES GO TO THE BRACKENDALE DIKEon Wednesday, December 6th from 10:00am – 2:00pm. Please ensure that your child wears warm, waterproof clothing and footwear and brings along a substantial lunch and snack.

SCHOOL DONATION REQUEST

Cultural Journeys and Learning Expeditions are asking for costume and craft donations to start a “tickle trunk” to support dramatic arts at the school. Old costumes, funky accessories (jewelry, wigs, glasses etc.), or solid colour clothing would be much appreciated, as well as any extra crafting materials you might not be using (fabrics, feathers, cotton baton, etc.). There will be a donation box at the front of the school from now until December 22, 2017.

COMMUNITY INFORMATION:

Community Christmas Care – We will be collecting non perishable food items and new toys for families in need, in our community. Please drop off any donations to the wrapped box near the office by Friday, December 8th. 

The Coast Salish Winter Gift Show  will be held on December 2nd and 3rd at Totem Hall. Please find more information on the attached poster.

Family to Family Workshops are available starting in February, for those who are dealing with mental health issues. Please find more information on the attached poster.

Sincerely,

Brayden Gordon – Principal

Weekly Update for NOVEMBER 13-24, 2017:

Please find below some important dates to keep in mind for the next few weeks: 

NOVEMBER 13 – 17:

COOKBOOK FUNDRAISER recipes are due on Wednesday, November 15th. Please email your recipes to Caitlyn at caitlynhowe@hotmail.com.

EARTHQUAKE DRILL – We will be having our first earthquake drill of the year on Wednesday, November 15th at 1:45pm. Teachers will be discussing with the children the importance of these drills and explaining what to do in the event of an earthquake. Please see the following website for more information: https://www.shakeout.org/dropcoverholdon/

SAFE N’ SOUND SQUAMISH COMMUNITY FORUM will take place on Wednesday, November 15th from 1:00-4:00pm at the Howe Sound Inn. Please find more information on the attached poster. 

EXHIBITION NIGHT will showcase the Learning Expeditions student’s projects and will be held on Thursday, November 16th from 6:00 – 8:00pm in the school gymAll families, staff, and friends are invited to attend.

 CULTURAL JOURNEYS REPORT CARDS will be sent home on Friday, November 17th.  Please note that only Ms. Lindsey’s class will be sending home report cards, as Ms. Jenna and Ms. Lowe’s classes are taking part in the Communicating Student Learning Pilot Program this year. If you would like additional information on this program, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s classroom teacher. 

 NOVEMBER 20-24:

 EARLY DISMISSAL/STUDENT LED CONFERENCES  Students will be dismissed at 2:00pm on Wednesday, November 22nd to facilitate Student Led Conferences, that will take place from 3:00- 6:00pm that afternoon. To book your conference, please contact Gayle in the school office at 604-892-5904 or by email at glaurie@sd48.bc.ca

 COMMUNITY INFORMATION:

The 15th Annual Squamish Valley Siyam Pow-Wow will be held on November 18th and 19th. Please find more information on the attached poster. 

The Coast Salish Winter Gift Show  will be held on December 2nd and 3rd at Totem Hall. Please find more information on the attached poster. 

Sincerely,

 Brayden Gordon – Principal

2017 POW-WOW POSTER final[2]

2017 Winter Gift Show[5]

SAFE N SOUND COMMUNITY FORUM (004)[1]

Weekly Update for NOVEMBER 6-17th, 2017:

NEUFELD FARMS FUNDRAISER DELIVERY takes place on Wednesday, November 8th at 4:30pm in the Stawamus School parking lot.

PAC MEETING Join us on Wednesday, November 8th at 6:30pm in the Learning Expeditions classroom.

STUDENT PHOTO RETAKES will take place at 9:30am on Thursday, November 9th. Please bring back your photo order form signed by your parent or guardian.

LEARNING EXPEDITIONS INTERIM REPORT CARDS  will be handed out to students on Thursday, November 9th.

PHOTO ORDERS DUE on Friday, November 10th. Orders can be placed online after this date.

REMEMBRANCE DAY ASSEMBLY will be held on Friday, November 10th at 11:00am. All families are welcome to join us. Poppies will be available to students by donation.

REMEMBRANCE DAY HOLIDAY Is on Monday, November 13th. School is not in session. Please note that this date was changed from November 10th which was indicated on our magnets. Once again, we apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

EXHIBITION NIGHT will showcase the Learning Expeditions student’s projects and will be held on Thursday, November 16th from 6:00 – 8:00pm. 

 

CULTURAL JOURNEYS REPORT CARDS will be sent home on Friday, November 17th. 

 

CHANGES TO THE NEW CURRICULUM GR. 10 – 12  – Please find attached a letter from the Ministry of Education outlining changes to the new curriculum for grade 10 – 12 students.

 

COMMUNITY EVENTS: 

SAFE N’ SOUND COMMUNITY FORUM will take place on November 15th from 1:00 – 4:00pm. Please find additional information on the attached poster.

LIBRARY AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAMS are offered FREE for students ages 5 – 12 starting November 14th. To register, please find additional information on the attached poster.

Sincerely,

Brayden Gordon

Principal

Sea to Sky Learning Connections

604-892-5904

Weekly Update for OCT 22 – Nov 3, 2017

We have a busy time ahead! Please find below some important dates to keep in mind for the next few weeks:

OCTOBER 22 – 27

FSA ASSESSMENTS – Click here to access the live website.

DRUM MAKING will be taking place in the Cultural Journeys’ classrooms this week. The schedule is as follows:

Ms. Lowe – Tuesday

Ms. Lindsey- Wednesday

Ms. Jenna – Thursday

ZERO HERO PRODUCTION will be preformed for Cultural Journeys’ students on Wednesday, October 25th at 11:00am.

COMMUNICATING STUDENT LEARNING PARENT INFORMATION MEETING will be held in Ms. Lowe’s classroom on Thursday, October 26th from 6:00-7:00pm, for parents of students in Ms. Lowe’s and Ms. Jenna’s classes.

STUDENT PHOTO DAY will take place on Friday, October 27th starting at 9:30am. Proofs will be sent home with students 1 to 2 weeks after the photo session along with order instructions.

LEARNING EXPEDITIONS TO ALICE LAKE on Friday, October 27th from 11:00am – 2:45pm. Please be prepared for the weather with appropriate clothing and footwear.

MOVIE NIGHT – Join us on Friday, October 27th from 6:30pm – 8:30pm to watch It’s a Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown. Please see the attached poster for more information. The PAC is looking for donations of baked items towards the concession. If you are able to make a contribution, please bring them to the gym before the movie.

NEUFELD FARMS FUNDRAISER ORDERS are due on Friday, October 27th.

OCTOBER 30 – NOVEMBER 3 

HALLOWEEN is on Tuesday, October 31st. Please come dressed up in your favourite “school appropriate” costume. Please do not bring any fake weapons and ensure that your costume does not include blood or gore. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Mr. Gordon.

LEARNING EXPEDITIONS TO ALICE LAKE on Thursday, November 2nd from 9:30am – 2:45pm. Please be prepared for the weather with appropriate clothing and footwear.

PRO D DAY is on Friday, November 3rd. School is not in session. 

COMMUNITY INFORMATION 
 
SQUAMISH EAGLE WATCH is looking for volunteers. If you are interested, please find more information on the attached document.
CURLING FOR KIDS – Registration for kids curling lessons is now available. Please find more information on the attached poster.

Sincerely,

 

Weekly Update for OCTOBER 16-27th, 2017

GRAD PHOTOS – taken at Howe Sound Secondary School from Monday, October 16th to Thursday, October 19th, from 3:30pm – 9:00pm each day. The first grad newsletter has been sent home and includes instructions on how to book grad photo appointments. If you require assistance, please do not hesitate to contact the school office and speak to Gayle or Elise.

WE DAY – A group of students from Ms. Lowe’s class and Learning Expeditions will be traveling to WE Day on Wednesday, October 18th. Field trip forms need to be returned by Tuesday, October 17. The bus will depart at 7:00am SHARP from Howe Sound Secondary and will return to HSS at 4:00pm. Students will need to make arrangements to get home from HSS as the school busses will have already departed for the day.

PRO D DAY is on Friday, October 20thSchool is not in session.

OCTOBER 22 – 27th, 2017

DRUM MAKING will be taking place in the Cultural Journeys’ classrooms this week. The schedule is as follows:

Ms. Lowe – Tuesday

Ms. Lindsey- Wednesday

Ms. Jenna – Thursday

ZERO HERO PRODUCTION will be preformed for Cultural Journeys’ students on Wednesday, October 25th at 11:00am.

COMMUNICATING STUDENT LEARNING PARENT INFORMATION MEETING will be held in Ms. Lowe’s classroom on Thursday, October 26th from 6:00-7:00pm, for parents of students in Ms. Lowe’s and Ms. Jenna’s classes.

STUDENT PHOTO DAY will take place on Friday, October 27th starting at 9:30am. Proofs will be sent home with students 1 to 2 weeks after the photo session along with order instructions.

LEARNING EXPEDITIONS TO ALICE LAKE on Friday, October 27th from 11:00am – 2:45pm. Please be prepared for the weather with appropriate clothing and footwear.

MOVIE NIGHT – Join us on Friday, October 27th from 6:30pm – 8:30pm to watch It’s a Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown. Please see the attached poster for more information.

Sincerely,

Brayden Gordon
Principal
Sea to Sky Learning Connections
604-892-5904

Weekly Update for Oct 2-11th, 2017

Happy Monday! I wanted to take a quick moment to thank all the families who came out to our Terry Fox Run and Orange Shirt Day assemblies. The students really enjoyed both events and I am proud of how respectful they were throughout the assemblies. I was especially proud of Ms. Lowe’s Grade 4-6’s for teaching the Learning Expeditions students some of the Squamish Nation songs in preparation for the assemblies. Great leadership!

As we move into October, more great learning is happening. Learning Expeditions students are fully engaged in their “How We Roll” Bike Project and can be heard talking about it in the hallways. They also enjoyed their “Art Walk” last week and will be reflecting on that this week with Kristin. Charlene Williams is visiting the classes on a regular basis, teaching about aboriginal culture and language (and the kids are loving it)! They will be starting their weekly “medicine walks” soon, so please make sure you have sent in all your field trip forms. Ms. Lowe’s class continue to make amazing progress in their Math centers and are working on “alliteration” this afternoon. I also had the pleasure in visiting Lindsey and Jenna’s classes today and found them really engaged in center time. So much authentic and engaging work is happening right now!

That’s all for now, please see below for some upcoming events over the next few weeks.

OCTOBER 2-6th, 2017:

MS. LOWE’S CLASS TO NEXAN BEACH on Tuesday, October 3rd from 12:00pm – 2:45pm. Please remember to wear the appropriate clothing a footwear.

FOUNDATION SKILLS ASSESSMENTS (FSA) – These provincial assessments will be administered between October 2 – November 10th. Although we will not be starting right away, we wanted to give all families notice in advance. We will contact parents directly once we know the exact date of class assessments. Please contact me directly if you have any questions or concerns.

OCTOBER 9-13th, 2017:

THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY is Monday, October 9th. School is not in session. We hope you all enjoy the long weekend!

SQUAMISH FIRE RESCUE will be giving a talk to Ms. Lindsey’s class about fire safety at 1:15pm on Tuesday, October 10th. They will also have an activity table set up on the playground at lunch to teach our older student about fire safety.

PAC MEETING Join us on Wednesday, October 11th at 6:30pm in the Learning Expeditions classroom for the October PAC meeting.

Sincerely,

Brayden Gordon – Principal

Weekly Update for Sept 25-29th, 2017

First of all, I wanted to announce some good news! Alicia Marreiros has re-joined our school community as an Educational Assistant and will be working in Jenna’s class. We are so happy to have Alicia back!

Also, lots of really cool learning is happening right now! Jen and Shaun have started the “Bike Project” in Learning Expeditions and the kids are really engaged in it. They are dismantling and investigating bikes ad bike parts in STEM and learning how to write persuasive letters in hopes of gaining more support from the community. Students in Ms. Lowe’s class have started their daily “Math Stations”…and are actually wanting more Math! Jenna is settling in well and the students are loving her “Friday Lotteries” and structured Lego time. And if you ever have time, please stop by Lindsey’s class in the morning when they do the welcome song. It is a truly touching experience!

Please see below for some upcoming events:

SEPTEMBER 25-29th, 2017:

Learning Expeditions ART WALK  Tuesday, September 26th (Senior Class) and Thursday September 28th (Junior Class) from 9:30 – 10:45am in Garibaldi Highlands.

EARLY DISMISSAL – Wednesday, September 27th – Students will be dismissed at 12:00pm on for a teacher collaboration day. Bussing will be provided.

TERRY FOX RUN –Thursday, September 28th from 11:00am to 12:00pm. This event will begin with a short assembly in the school gym, followed by the run starting at 11:30am. A small group of Learning Expedition students are going to be leading the assembly and have chosen $200 as our school goal for fundraising this year. Students will follow a course that is set up on the school grounds. If you would like to volunteer as a course marshal, please check in at the school office prior to 11:00am. Please remember to send a water bottle, running shoes and weather appropriate clothing with your child. If the weather is inclement, we will have the Cultural Journeys students only complete the run in the gym. .

ORANGE SHIRT DAY –  Friday, September 29th (assembly TBD) in recognition of the harm the residential school system did to children’s sense of self-esteem and well-being, and as an affirmation of our commitment to ensure that everyone around us matters. Please wear an orange shirt to support this important day! In preparation for Friday and to help the students understand the true meaning behind this day, Charlene Williams has collaborated closely with all classroom teachers and will be presenting on Residential Schools to each class throughout the week. More information regarding the assembly to come.

OCTOBER 2 – 6th, 2017

GRADE 6 IMMUNIZATIONS – will be administered at 10:00am on Monday by the public health nurses. Grade 6 forms were sent home last week.

Foundation Skills Assessments (FSA) – These provincial assessments will be administered between October 2 – November 10th. Although we will not be starting right away, we wanted to give all families notice in advance. We will contact parents directly once we know the exact date of class assessments. Please contact me directly if you have any questions or concerns.

COMMUNITY INFORMATION 

SQUAMISH ELEMENTARY BARN DANCE will be held on Friday, September 29th. For additional information, please see the poster attached.

Sincerely,

Brayden Gordon – Principal

Weekly Update for Sept 11-22nd, 2017

1) PAC MEETING – Join us for the first PAC meeting on Wednesday, September 13th at 6:30pm in the Learning Expeditions classroom.

2) WELCOME BBQ and Potlatch for Aya7ayulh Chet (Cultural Journeys) and Learning Expeditions – Bring the whole family and celebrate the start of the school year at the Welcome BBQ on Thursday, September 14th from 5pm – 8pm.

Future Dates:

  1. Terry Fox Assembly & Run – Thursday Sept 28th @ 11:15am
  2. Orange Shirt Day & Assembly – Friday Sept 29th (more information to come).

REMINDERS 

STUDENT INFORMATION PACKAGES are now overdue. Please send back all forms and the payment for student school supplies if you have not done so already.

COMMUNITY INFORMATION 

Please find attached a letter from Squamish Child and Youth Mental Health Services as they are offering a number of free groups and information nights. Notice for Schools and Parents 2017

 

Sincerely,

Brayden Gordon  – Principal

 

 

Welcome back!

August 28, 2017

Dear all Learning Connections Families,

This letter is to officially welcome your family to the 2017-2018 school year at Sea to Sky Learning Connections and to provide some information about school start-up.  We hope your summer has gone well and you are looking forward to the beginning of the new school year with us.

Important First Day(s) of School Information:

Cultural Journeys (Grades 1-6) and Learning Expeditions (Grades 7-12):

Tuesday September 5th:  9am-10am

Wednesday September 6th:  9am-3pm

Cultural Journeys (Kindergarten):

Thursday September 7th: 9-12pm

Friday September 8th: 9-12pm

Monday September 11th: 9am-3pm

Sea to Sky Alternative:

Tuesday September 5th:  9am-10:30pm

 

Class Assignments:

For Cultural Journeys, class lists will be posted inside the main entrance on the first day of school. For Learning Expeditions, class lists will be posted inside the classrooms on the first day of school. For Sea to Sky Alternative, class lists and schedules will be provided to students on the first day of school.

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”.

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 PAC event of the year is a welcome gathering on the first day of school at Stawamus from 9-10am, while students are getting settled in their classrooms. We will be providing light refreshments and a chance for families to connect or reconnect after the summer. We look forward to seeing all parents and guardians who are able to join us!

Communication:

We are committed to using a variety of ways to communicate with families throughout the year including our school website seatoskylearningconnections.com, learning updates from teachers, weekly email blasts from the office (which provides reminders of meeting dates and upcoming events), 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 Bus:

School Bus information can be found at www.sd48.org. Cultural Journeys and Learning Expeditions students should take the bus to HSS, then switch busses to the Stawamus bus at the HSS bus loop.

School Calendar:

Please click here for all of our 2017/18 School Calendars.

SD48 Welcome Back Letter:

Welcome Back School Opening Package

 

Personally, I am privileged to have the opportunity to begin my first year as Principal and feel honoured to work with our wonderful students, dedicated staff, and supportive families. I look forward to our work together, as we support the entire Sea to Sky Learning Connections Learning Community.

Sincerely,

Brayden Gordon – Principal

 

Dates to Remember:

August 28, 2017: School Office open for new registrations

September 5, 2017: First Day of School 9-10am

September 6, 2017: 1st “Full-Day” of school for Grades 1-12. Start-Up Forms & School Supplies Fee Due

September 7, 2017: 1st Day of Kindergarten at Cultural Journeys (9am-12pm)

September 8, 2017: “Learning Community Day” at Stawamus

September 13, 2017: PAC Meeting at Stawamus at 6:30pm

September 14, 2017: Welcome Back BBQ at Stawamus at 5:00pm

September 27, 2017: Collaboration Day at Stawamus Early Dismissal @ 11:45am

September 28, 2017: Terry Fox Run at Stawamus

September 29, 2017: Orange Shirt Day