What’s happening on the week of Sept 9 to 13

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What’s Happening at SQE week of Sept 9th to 13th

Caring, Kind, Friendly and Safe…

Dear Parents/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 staff, students and the new Kindergarteners. We are excited to start our journey of learning together.

Staffing memo:

We welcome the following staff joining us this year:

  • Barbara Busalacchi – Vice Principal
  • Catherine Flamank – K/1 English
  • Laura Pender – 1/2 English
  • Sarah McQueen & Kim Benson – 1/2 English
  • Jesse Hackett– 3/4 English
  • Andreea Petre – K/1 Fr Imm
  • Andrea Paquette – 5/6 – Fr Imm
  • Charles –Ulysse Latour-Levasseur – teaching partner for Geneen Lazar & Jenn Rolufs (until the return of a maternity leave)
  • Jeremy Blumel – Collaborative Support Teacher
  • Amanda Manke – ELL (medical leave coverage)
  • Katie Morris – Learning Support
  • Raelene Antonios – Library/ELL

Classroom Placement Procedure

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

If our school community contributes to an inclusive and powerful learning environment, then our students will feel an increased sense of belonging and engagement.

Students will develop as healthy individuals who contribute to the community by taking ownership of their actions and learning.

Bell Schedule

            8:50 am                       Warning bell

            8:55                             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.

School Fee

School fee for supplies is $40 per student.  Please pay online


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.

Outdoor Classroom progress report

We are very excited that the work on the Outdoor Classroom has started!  We passed inspection by the engineer and the District of Squamish. We will be scheduling the pouring of the concrete.  Thank you to BOSA for the concrete donation.

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.

Kids in the Halls

During recess and lunch, we are expecting the students to be outside playing.  Please do not hang out in the halls or in the lobby.

Gaga Ball Rules

All Players start with one hand touching a wall of the pit.  When the ball enters the pit, the players scream “Ga” for the first bounce, “Ga” for second bounce and “Ball” on the third bounce.  Once the ball is in play, any player can hit the ball with an open or closed hand. If a ball touches a player below the knee (even if the player hits himself or herself), he or she is out and leaves the pit.  If a player is hit above the knees, the play continues. If a ball is caught on a fly, the player who hit the ball towards them, they are out. Using the walls of the octagon to aid in jumping is legal as long as the player does not sit on the ledge of the octagon.  Players cannot hold the ball.

Welcome BBQ

Mark the date in your calendar! The welcome BBQ is scheduled for Thurs, Sept 19th 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 at Squamish Elementary is a great way to be involved in your child’s school experience. Come work with a fun, active, passionate and collaborative team of parents. You can contribute however much or little time as you want/can. It is a very welcoming group and we love having new members. We meet monthly for a few hours. Join us September 26th at 6pm in the school library for our first meeting of the year. Childcare is provided. We hope to see you there. Feel free to message if you have any questions.

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!


Follow us on Twitter @SQELearning

Announcers:  Rian and Alyssa

Office Monitors: Bhavnoor and Faith

Mon, Sept 9

  • Kindergarten – 9:15 am to noon

Tues, Sept 10

  • Full Day Kindergarten

Wed, Sept 11

Thurs, Sept 12

  • Welcome Assembly – 11 am

Fri, Sept 13

  • First Clan meeting – 11 am

Enjoy the weekend!

Ji Ai Cho


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