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 20th. School 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.
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.
SQUAMISH ELEMENTARY BARN DANCE will be held on Friday, September 29th. For additional information, please see the poster attached.
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.
- Terry Fox Assembly & Run – Thursday Sept 28th @ 11:15am
- Orange Shirt Day & Assembly – Friday Sept 29th (more information to come).
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.
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
Brayden Gordon – Principal
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
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.
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”.
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!
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 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.
Please click here for all of our 2017/18 School Calendars.
SD48 Welcome Back Letter:
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.
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