Back to School

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Hello everyone. 

Intermediate student school supply lists are available on this website under Things You Need to Know.  For the primary students, we are going to ask for $35 ($30 for Kindies) and we will purchase the supplies for you.  The $35 will include a Squamish Elementary School Planner.

Intermediate students are asked to bring $5 for the planner, please and thank you!

We will be in touch with new kindergarten families in mid-August regarding the first week of school.

Have an Awesome August!

Farewell Assembly June 25th, 2014

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Special thanks to all of the parents for making our Farewell Assembly happen for our grade 6 and 7 students. Well done!

Mrs. Paxton’s Words on June 25th
This has been an interesting year, hasn’t it?
Expect the unexpected, is what I kept telling the teachers.
It has been a year of change and new challenges. Some of them exciting, some kind of daunting.
For some people, change is terrifying. For others it is energizing.
One thing I know for sure is that change is inevitable and the more resilient and confident you are, the more you will be able to adapt and adjust, riding the wave like a surfer.
To that end, I’ve made a short list of things I would have liked my 12 year old self to know.
1. Don’t take things personally. As Eleanor Roosevelt said, “No one can make you feel inferior without your permission.”
2. Don’t take yourself too seriously. Find your funny bone. Exercise your imagination. Life’s too short to worry about things that are out of your control. We all do it. But try to do it less.
3. If you’re feeling afraid, fake courage! I do this all the time. Don’t let fear stand in your way. Don’t let fear win. Because there really is very little to be afraid of.
4. Know that you are loved. And because you are loved, those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind. That’s a funny way of saying that not everybody’s opinion counts. See rule #1.
5. And finally, Always be a little kinder than necessary. Did you know that it was JM Barrie who said that, the author of Peter Pan? He also said, every time a child says, I don’t believe in fairies, there is a fairy somewhere that falls down dead….
But I think “be a little kinder than necessary” is a pretty good idea.
So as we say farewell, I hope you will leave Squamish Elementary just a little smarter, braver, and kinder person. Walk into Don Ross with confidence and pride. Come back and visit, but maybe not while our classes are still in session on Friday afternoon. And lastly, remember where you came from: Squamish Elementary, where we care about each other, we care about ourselves, and we care about our school.

Kindergarten and K/1 French Immersion

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Dear Families:

Over the summer, we will be planning what the first week of school will look like for your children.  We are very pleased to announce that the K/1 French Immersion teachers will be  Nadine Marcil, Geneen Lazar, and Micheline Gregoire.

Our English K/1 teachers will be Tammy Lapointe and a new teacher, to be determined.

We will be in touch in August to let you know about the first week of school.  Please feel free to email me with any questions you have over the summer.


Margaret Paxton

Year End Letter

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Letter to Parents and Guardians:

June 27, 2014

Dear Parent/Guardians,

In a letter dated June 23, 2014, Superintendent, Lisa McCullough indicated that the typical year-end reporting processes will not occur this year due to the current labour dispute. In our district, some teachers had completed Report Cards prior to the teacher walk-out and students in their classes will be receiving a complete or condensed version of a Report Card. However, many teachers in our district were not able to submit their Report Cards prior to this job action and, as such, no formal year-end achievement information is available at this time for their students.

You are receiving this letter because we are not able to provide you with your child’s year-end achievement information, at this time. However, please note that your child has been promoted to the next grade level. Year-end progress information for your child for this school year will be provided to you, in some format, as soon as possible following resolution of the labour dispute.

Once again, we all regret that this year was not able to end on a more positive note. We are hopeful that some resolution to this dispute will happen over the summer.
I wish you and your family a safe and enjoyable summer break.


Margaret Paxton

Margaret Paxton

No School… Wednesday, June 25th

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There will be no school until further notice due to the Teachers’ Strike.

Please see the attached letter from the Superintendent regarding report cards.

SD48 June 23 2014 Letter to Parents
Band students: If you wish to return your instruments, please take them to the Tom Lee location on Capilano Road in North Vancouver by July 31st. See attached letter from Tom Lee Music:
Squamish Rental Return June 25th 2014

If you have questions, please feel free to call the school as Mrs. Paxton and Mrs.Reed are in the office.