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)



Enjoy the week,


Rose Mackenzie – Principal


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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.


Rose MacKenzie






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


Rose Mackenzie


L’Ecole Squamish Elementary School





Bike to Work/School Week.

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Dear Parents and Caregivers,

I forgot to mention in my weekly email that it is Bike to Work/School Week. thank you uber PAC chair Johanna Proudfoot for the reminder!

Please see  the link below for more info and cycling tips.


Just an FYI, I reminded all the grade 5/6 students about bike safety last week among other things which I will email tomorrow – ie. wearning a helment and walkng your bike across the street. Please remind your child as well and we will continue to remind students as they ride their bike to and from school.

Thank you in supproting this worthwhile initiative. Our school staff has a team and many of them will be riding to work as well. Alas,  a bit difficult for me as I commute from West Vancourver but I will there in spirit!

Enjoy the sunshine today and see you next week.



What’s Happening at ÉSQE week of May 29th – June 2nd

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Music concert for K/1 and 1/2 students: The Adventures of Ging Gong the Cat.

·       The K/1 and 1/2 classes present, The Adventures of Ging Gong the Cat. Ging Gong goes on a musical journey and meets up with a variety of composer friends and explores their famous masterworks. The show is under 40 min. long, with each class presenting two songs by famous composers. Join our adventure on Tuesday, May 30 at 2:00 PM on the Squamish Elementary stage. Parents, Caregivers, and families are welcomed!

Hot Lunch Orders due June 1st :  The next hot lunch day will be during Sports Day on June 23rd.

Image result for announcingAnnouncing our “If You Know Squamish You Know…” event from 1:30  – 7:00 pm on Thursday, June 1st. Drop in 1:30—7 p.m. This event is tied in with our Canada 150 Project and the teachers have been working with their students to make it more localized and mindful of the indigenous community. The Students will demonstrate through a variety of media what they have learned about Squamish in the past, and present.

Mountain Bike team: Practices are Thursday after school and please note that the bike race schedule held at DRSS on Tuesdays has changed. Please see info below:

With the change of the District Track Meet to May 31 and June 1, the mountain bike race schedule for after school races at Don Ross Middle School will be: The next two bike races are June 6th and June 13th. These races are open to students in grades 3 to 7 whose parents have signed waivers to participate. They typically start around 3:45 pm and are finished by 5:30 or sooner. We rely on parent volunteers to transport their children and their bikes to the meets. There are plenty of opportunities for parent volunteers to hand out ribbons, and act as marshals, “rabbits” or “sweeps”.

Thank you Mr. Parker for running the Mountain Bike team!

District Track Meet May 31st and June 1st : The meet is open to students grades 4 to 7 and includes: long jump, shot put, high jump, 4X100m relay as well as 100m, 200m, and 800m running races. Thank you to the staff that have volunteered to assist Mr. Parker in running practices and attending the track meet.

Early and Late French Immersion registration/English Kindergarten registration:

Registration for all three programs is now open. Please contact the school if you wish to register. The French Immersion programs are on a first come first serve basis and students may be put on a waitlist.

For English Kindergarten, parents/caregivers must register at their home school and the following documentation is required: original birth certificate verifying your child will be 5 years of age on or before December 31, 2017, CARE card and confirmation of residence. Thank you and looking forward in meeting your child!