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Please be advised that we are a public school and we do not conduct private tours of our school for new registration in either the French or English programs.

Parent information sessions for Squamish area Kindergarten and Grade 1 French Immersion will be held in the Eagle Eye Community Theatre on Wednesday January 17, 2018 at 7:00 pm.   Actual Early French Immersion registration is on January 23 to 26th, 2018, from 8:30 am to 3:30 p.m.

English program registration can be done at any time.

There will be an English and French Kindergarten Orientations beginning on April 10, 2018,  more details to follow.

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Kindergarten Registration for 2018-19

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Elementary Schools in Squamish, Whistler & Pemberton are welcoming Kindergarten registrations:

January 23 – 26, 2018 – 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Kindergarten in School District No. 48 offers exciting opportunities to learn through play.  Your child’s play allows them to develop their core literacy skills through competency based explorations, and having fun!

English Kindergarten:

Parents/Guardians must register at their home school, present original birth certificates to verify that children will be 5 years of age on or before December 31, 2018, provide CARE Card and confirmation of residence at time of registration. Registration forms are available on the main page of our website or at your home school.

Cultural Journeys

Cultural Journeys at Stawamus is a Program of Choice that will be accepting kindergarten registrations for kindergarten students across the district.

Parents/Guardians must register at Stawamus School, present original birth certificates to verify that children will be 5 years old on or before December 31, 2018, provide CARE Card and confirmation of residence at time of registration. Registration forms are available on the main page of our website or at Stawamus. For more information about this program, please contact Principal Brayden Gordon at bgordon@sd48.bc.ca.

Squamish Elementary and Garibaldi Highlands Elementary Schools are welcoming Kindergarten and Grade 1 registrations for Early French Immersion in September 2018. As a first step, parents must register at their French Immersion catchment school. Children currently in English Kindergarten wishing to enroll in Early French Immersion for Grade 1 in September 2018, may also register at this time at their French Immersion catchment area school. Further details on French Immersion catchment area schools can be found on School District No. 48 website – www.sd48seatosky.org/

French Immersion Kindergarten:

Parents/Guardians must register at their French Immersion catchment school (Squamish Elementary School or Garibaldi Highlands Elementary School), present original birth certificates to verify that children will be 5 years old on or before December 31, 2018, provide CARE Card and confirmation of residence at time of registration. Registration forms are available on the main page of our website or your French Immersion catchment school.

French Immersion Grade One:

Parents/ Guardians must register at their French Immersion catchment school (Squamish Elementary School or Garibaldi Highlands Elementary School), present original birth certificates to verify that children will be 6 years old on or before December 31, 2018, provide CARE Card, and confirmation of residence at time of registration. Registration forms are available on the main page of our website or at your French Immersion catchment area school.

Parent information sessions for Squamish area Kindergarten and Grade 1 French Immersion will be held in the Eagle Eye Community Theatre on Wednesday January 17, 2018 at 7:00 pm.

** Please note that Late French Immersion for Grade 5 entry in Whistler and Pemberton will take place on February 23, 2018 at 8:00 am. Look for upcoming ads and information sessions.

Please note all programs of choice (Early French Immersion & Cultural Journeys) registrations will temporarily be placed on a waitlist until availability of space is confirmed at each site. As this is a program of choice students will be accepted on a first come first served basis.

We look forward to meeting you, your child and your family.

 

January 2018

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What’s Happening at ÉSQE week of January 8th – 12th

Caring, Friendly and Safe…

Dear Parents, Guardians and Caregivers,

Welcome back everyone and Happy New Year! I hope you had a lovely, restful break and were able to spend lots of quality time with family and friends. We look forward in seeing your children and the focus on engaged learning.

Change can come when you least expect it, and as a result effective immediately, Lynne Bouchard our vice principal, has been appointed acting principal until at least the spring to Valleycliffe Elementary School. She will miss the students, staff and parents and we will certainly miss her but wish her the best at her new school. They are very fortunate to have her! Although we will not be replacing Lynne’s position with another vice principal, we are in the process of hiring a teacher to take on her teaching time. I will keep the parents and staff abreast of any staffing updates. I know you all like me wish Lynne all the best in her new appointment.

Drop-Off, Pick-Up, and Parking Reminders: Thank you everyone for your support in adhering to the guidelines as outlined below.

Upon return from the holidaybreak, here are six key expectations   to read and follow when dropping off, picking up or parking at École Squamish Elementary School. Adhering to the expectations is particularly important with the recent snow Squamish has received this past week!   1.  USE COMMON SENSE – Ask yourself am I being caring, friendly and safe when dropping off, picking up and parking at the school. Part of being a school community is following the school values as articulated in our code of conduct for students and mission/vision statement.   2.  YELLOW CURBS – There is no parking along yellow curbs that are painted yellow. This includes no parking at any time in the roundabout. Please park your car in a parking space especially if you come early.   3.  LICENSE PLATE and VEHICLE MAKE – your vehicle and license plate may be taken down and given to Mrs. Mackenzie if you are not caring, friendly or safe in our school parking lot. You may be called into the principal’s office for a cup of coffee (she makes really good coffee) to discuss your actions in the parking lot. Or the principal may come out and have a chat with you right in the parking lot. She may even bring you a cup of coffee!!! Point here is there may be a discussion about your actions in the parking lot. Refer back to #1 – use common sense.   4.  BE EFFICIENT – for older children in particular be quick and efficient when dropping off or picking up your children.   5.  STAY IN YOUR VEHICLE – unless they are primary students. Older students are able to go to their classes unattended.   6.  ROUNDABOUT CLOSED AT PICK UP – beginning Tuesday, December 5th the roundabout will be closed after school for pick up in order to ensure a smoother flow of traffic.

BOKS: The Breakfast program has asked that BOKS students bring an extra snack during BOKS days on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The Breakfast program has found that more students attend the breakfast program on the BOKS days and the spike in food consumption on those days taxes the program. We appreciate your support on this matter. Thank you.

What’s Happening in the Library in the New Year

Our teacher librarian Raelene Antonios had emailed staff before the holidays sharing how impressed she was with the little amount of lost  or misplaced library books.  She thanked the staff in supporting the students to take good care of and being responsible in returning their books. We want to thank you as well – I am sure a number of you were looking for books underneath the bed, in the back of their bedroom closet or in the bottom of your child’s backpack!  Thank you again.

Literacy week is January 22nd – 26th so stay tuned for more information on this from the library in our first week back!

From December’s newsletter…

The Reading Link Challenge books have arrived!  Grade 4-6 students who have opted to participate will have from now until March to read at least 1 of the 6 novels!  The goal is to retain as much information as possible from the books because comprehension questions will be asked at the competition! The titles this year are: Masterpiece, Fish in a Tree, The Mask that Sang, After Peaches, Phineas L. MacGuire Erupts, and The Incredible Twisting Arm.  Happy Reading!

Thank you to all the wonderful students who are part of the Library, whether they are a special Library helper or being a respectful Library patron, I am so impressed with the SQE students’ love of reading and learning!

Raelene Antonios Teacher Librarian

Dressing for the weather! Time to get out the rain gear and winter clothing, especially for those little ones who just love those puddles and make snow forts! We want to thank our parents and caregivers in  packing rain gear and extra clothing for their children. If families have any extra cold weather gear, boots, or clothing that their children have outgrown we sure would appreciate the donations. Some of our Kindergarten students have so much fun outside they need to change two or three times in a day and we run out of dry clothing! Donations can be dropped off at the office.

Thanks in advance everyone.

What’s happening this week – January 8th – 12th

Monday, Jan 8th:

  • Supervision: Parker and Parker
  • Castrillo and Wilson: X Country skiing

Tuesday, Jan 9th:

  • Supervision: Lapp and Farstad
  • BOKS – 8:00 – 8:50 am
  • Popcorn Day
  • Lhotak and Dion: X Country skiing

Wednesday, Jan 10th:

  • Supervision: Regnier and Busschaert
  • Staff meeting

Thursday, Jan 11th:

  • Supervision: Lhotak and Garlock
  • BOKS 8:00 – 8:50
  • Big Brothers/Big Sisters in the library at 2:00 pm

Friday, Jan 12th:

  • Supervision: Lapp and Gregorie
  • Glee club at lunch

 

What’s Happening the Week After and Beyond

Tuesday, January 16th

  • Lhotak and Garlock: Skating
  • Kindergarten: Vision, Hearing and Dental screening

Wednesday, January 17th

  • Earthquake Drill: 2:45 pm
  • Early FI (K and gr 1) information meeting for parents: Eagle Eye Theatre at 7 pm

Thursday, January 18th

  • Kindergarten: Vision, Hearing and Dental Screening continued…
  • Rose at Leadership meeting in Whistler
  • PAC meeting at 6 pm in the library (all parents/caregivers welcomed and babysitting provided)

 

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Enjoy the week,

Sincerely,

Rose Mackenzie – Principal

November

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Dear SQE community,

October ended with a flurry of activities and events such as Cross country, Fit for Life, Zero Heroes performance on recycling, Wildlife BC and Owl Sanctuary presentations, Book Author presentations, and Halloween. It is hard to believe we are already in November. Early in November we had a fabulous presentation “screenagers” with debrief activities for reflection on November 2nd and a follow up parent presentation later in the day, with over 60 parents, youth  and facilitators attending on a cold and blustery evening.

Our community of teachers are amazing. They are continuously creating engaging learning opportunities for our students. We see cross-curricular classes coming together with common purpose and multiage learning opportunities. Teachers appreciated meeting and getting to know parents, guardians and caregivers in October at our early dismissal days.

Coming soon is our major assembly on November 10th commemorating Remembrance day. Lest we forget…

A reminder our PAC meets once a month and the next meeting is Thursday, November 16th at 6 pm. ESQE PAC are a energetic and hardworking group of parents who are devoted to every student’s success and wellbeing in our school. Please check the minutes from the last meeting in October.

I send out weekly newsletters to all parents via email. If you have not receive one and wish to please contact Mrs. Plathan mplathan@sd48.bc.ca to be added to our list.

Sincerely,

Rose MacKenzie

Principal

 

 

 

 

Summer Contact and September Start Up Information

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Dear Parents and Caregivers,

Welcome Back everyone! We hope you had a restful summer and look forward in seeing everyone next week.

Please read the attached information below outlining the first week of school. If you have any questions or comments, you can contact the principal Rose Mackenzie on her cell at 604 815 9199 or via email at rmackenzie@sd48.bc.ca

First Week of School link: First-week-of-school email to parents

Sincerely,

Rose Mackenzie

Principal

L’Ecole Squamish Elementary School