What’s Happening at SQE week of Sept 10th to 14th

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Caring, Kind, Friendly and Safe…

Dear Parents and Guardians,

We have had a successful first week of school!  We have welcomed back the staff and students from last year as well as the new students and the new Kindergarteners. We are excited to start our journey of learning together.  Thank you so much!

Staffing memo:

We welcome the following staff joining us this year:

  • Sarah Hain – Vice Principal
  • Katie Jones – K/1 English
  • Megan Brant – 2 English
  • Andrew Georgy-Embree – 3/4 English
  • Andrea Paquette – K, 1,2 – Fr Imm
  • Renee Krantz – ELL
  • Alisha Combs – ELL
  • Heidi McClelland – Library
  • Marija Bonner – Learning Support
  • Jodie Petruzzellis – School Counselor
  • Carrie Strangway – School Psychologist

Classroom Placement Procedure message to the Parents

In our district, we have strong beliefs about creating safe, powerful and purposeful learning environments.  Additionally, we strongly believe that diversity in the learners is a strength.  That means that staff seriously consider all aspects of child development and building environments that maximize the diversity of strengths across classrooms. Our staff began this process last spring and completed this week.  If you have concerns about your child’s placement, pleas hold onto them for a couple of weeks.   This gives you and your child time to settle into the classroom and sort out any challenges you may feel.  If you are still concerned after two weeks, please contact Ms Cho directly and we will work with your family to see what needs to be done to support your child’s learning.

School Goals

The staff is examining and improving the school goals from last year (inclusion based on strength through diversity, visible learning, students involved and being able to verbalize about authentic and personalized learning) based on data provided by the MDI (Middle Development Instrument), EDI (Early Development Instrument), OurSchool Survey and the FSA (Foundations Skills Assessment).  There is a school committee working on the school goals.  We are looking for parent collaboration.  If you are interested being part of the committee, please contact Ms Cho.

Bell Schedule

                                      Warning bell

8:55 am                       School starts

10:35  – 10:50              Recess

10:50                          Class

12:05  – 1 pm               Lunch

(40 min play first, 15 min eat)

1:00                             Class

3:00                             Dismissal

Please do your best to be punctual.  If you are late, please check in at the office.

Parent Volunteers/Visitors to the school

If you are a parent volunteer or a visitor to the school, please check in at the office first.

School Fee

School fee for supplies is $40 per student.  Cash or cheque can be brought to the classroom teacher.


Parent volunteers are needed for picking up and distributing lunches once a week.  If you are able to help, please sign up in the office.


Students with skinny /no lunches –  we have milk, veggies, fruits, granola bars, cheese sticks and sandwiches available starting Monday.  Thank you to Helping Hands for their support.

Forest access

The students are welcome in the forest provided that they are accompanied by their teachers.  During recess and lunch, they are not allowed in the forest.  Also, we don’t want them going on the trails because we can’t see them.

Terry Fox Run and Assembly

Ms Verbeek and the Leadership students are busy planning the Terry Fox run assembly and run planned for Friday. The theme of the assembly is Perseverance.  Families are welcome to join in on the run.

Welcome BBQ

Mark the date in your calendar! The welcome BBQ is scheduled for Thurs, Sept 20th from 6 pm to 8 pm. The school will provide the hamburgers, hotdogs and veggie burgers.  The families are asked to bring a side dish to share.  Everyone is welcome!

PAC (Parent Advisory Council)

The PAC will be holding the first meeting on Monday, Sept 17th at 6 pm in the library. It is a great way to network with other parents and working with the staff.  There are number of volunteer opportunities from being a PAC executive member and numerous fundraising events. There will be baby-sitting available.  Everyone is welcome!

Criminal Records Check

If you want to volunteer for fieldtrips, you will need an up to date Criminal Records Check. The results will be sent to our office in 1-2 weeks.

Please register online free of charge:    https://justice.gov.bc.ca/eCRC/home.htm

Access code is 5ZG9W9RNZ9

Christmas Rummage Sale

The school has just started but the PAC is thinking Christmas!  While everyone is reorganizing and going through and getting rid of old things, please keep in mind that we will need lots of donations for the Christmas Rummage Sale.  The children will have a chance to buy gifts for their family members at the Rummage Sale at super low prices!


Registration for soccer ages U6 – U12 is still open for the upcoming fall and winter 2018/19 season!  Details on the programs and how to register can be found on our website at http://www.squamishsoccer.ca Early bird pricing is in effect until September 30, 2018 so make sure you REGISTER NOW! If you have any questions or need further information, please email admin@squamishsoccer.ca


Follow us on Twitter @SQELearning

Mon, Sept 10th

  • All Ks 9 am to 11 am – bring a light and healthy snack and indoor running shoes

Tues, Sept 11th

  • Full Day Kindergarten

Wed, Sept 12th

Thurs, Sept 13th

  • Welcome Assembly – 11 am

Fri, Sept 14th  

  • Terry Fox run Assembly – Perseverance – 1:00 pm
  • Terry Fox run – 1:30 pm


Enjoy the weekend!

Ji Ai Cho, Principal, ESQES

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