Weekly Principal Updates

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

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2017 Winter Gift Show[5]

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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