Newsletter from Principal Mackenzie

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What Happening at SQES week of November 9th –  13th

Caring, Friendly and Safe….

Implementation day summary – This past Friday, Sea to Sky staff came together at Don Ross Middle School for the annual implementation day which was organized by the School district. It began with the aboriginal ways of knowing presentation which was incredibly moving yet hopeful. The first nation communities of Elders, Council members, Educators and Students shared their stories about the impact residential schools has had on their communities, families, and as individuals. The school community have been asked to be mindful of this impact as we work with the students and families of aboriginal heritage in our schools. The session ended with the students who were so courageous in sharing their stories and despite the challenges First Nations families have endured over the decades, are moving forward with intent and purpose to become leaders of their communities.

The day concluded with educators presenting projects they are working on with their students in their classrooms. Through a tuning project protocol, they received feedback on their projects. There were 40 projects presented and 4 of them were from our school. The day concluded with schools reviewing the new curriculum which will be implemented by next year. All in all a great day of learning.

Remembrance Day: Wednesday, November 11th is Remembrance day. Our ceremony is Tuesday, November 10th beginning at 10:50. With over 400 students in our school, the gym will be very crowded. However we still want to welcome parents but ask they enter from the back door. As well, if strollers could be left outside or in the foyer it will ensure there is more room for our parents. Mrs. Parker has organized the event and has put considerable thought and planning in ensuring that our school participates in this solemn event with respect and dignity. Thank you Mrs. Parker! Did you know that this year is the 100th anniversary of the poem “In Flanders Field”? The poem will be an integral part of the ceremony and I have included the poem below in the event you want to share the poem with your family before the ceremony.


Photos: Flyers distributed this Monday to every student, which will provide instructions on access and cost of the photos.  Any questions please contact me on Tuesday.

Powerwashing: This weekend, we have had the school powerwashed, so come Monday everyone will notice a school that will have sparkling windows and exterior!

Music program: At the last PAC meeting, the principal shared the proposed music program as outlined below:

  1. Band sessions for Gr 5/6 students during lunch. Mondays and Fridays – beginner session and 2nd year session
  2. Choir – two/three week sessions: prepare intermediate students for Christmas concert
  3. Choir – two/three week sessions: for primary students in spring
  4. Band and choir concert in spring

Choir – All students will participate in choir either before December (gr 5/6 students) or in the spring (gr K-2 and 3/4). The grade 5/6 students will begin the choir sessions the week of November 16th – 20th. All grade 5/6 students will participate in choir as it will  be during school time. There will be 3 sessions, 45 minutes in length and will perform at the Christmas concert.

*Application forms were distributed last week.  Over 30 students have submitted their forms. This Monday, the Band instructor from SAM, Adam Hill will be meeting with all the students to discuss the program and outline next steps.

 Christmas Concert/Winter concert:  Our Christmas/Winter concert will be held on Monday, December 14th (K-2) and Tuesday, December 15th (grades 3 – 6) from 6 to 7 pm. Teachers are just beginning to plan the event and we look forward to the evenings. We have done our best to coordinate the concerts so they do not entirely overlap with the other schools as we know a number of families have students enrolled in two or more schools.

Library Newsletter: – Please see the attached newsletter from our Teacher Librarian Leslie Drinovz. Oct 30 Library News- ÉSQE 2015

ROE (Roots of Empathy)

We are very proud to once again bring the Roots of Empathy program to Ecole Squamish Elementary. Roots of Empathy is an evidence-based classroom program that has shown significant effect in reducing levels of aggression among school children while raising social/emotional competence and increasing empathy. How is this accomplished? By having a mother and her baby visit the class 9 times throughout the year. We will be running the program in all four K/1 classes and in Mrs. Parker’s gr 5/6 class. We now have five babies! Mrs Mackenzie has started in all the classes except one which will begin in a couple of weeks. Stay tuned for some pretty cute pictures of the baby visits in the classrooms! Those little ones teach so much about empathy. For more information on the program please check out the website below:

What’s happening this week

Monday, November 9th :

  • Supervision: Verbeek and Farstad
  • Band program in the gym from 12 to 12:45
  • Students take home flyers re: photo access info

Tuesday, November 10th:

  • Supervision: Isaac/Miller and Castrillo
  • SBT meeting at 8:10
  • Remembrance day ceremony at 10:50  am

Wednesday, November 11th  :

  • Remembrance Day – School not in session

Thursday, November 12th:

  • Supervision: Gregoire and Johnstone
  • SBT meeting at 8:10

Friday, November 13th:

  • Supervision: Drinovz and Reed
  • Band program in gym from 12 to 12:45


What’s Happening events after November 15th

Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday: November 17th, 18th and 19th – Choir sessions with Gr 5/6 classes

Wednesday, November 18th

  • PAC meeting, at 9 am in the library



Enjoy the week,


Rose Mackenzie – Principal

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