Squamish Elementary Communicator » October 22nd, 2021

October 22nd, 2021

Outdoor Recess and Lunch At ESQE
We have outdoor recess and lunch. As such, appropriate weather clothing will be essential moving towards winter. This includes a good rain jacket and boots. You may also
consider rain pants, toque, gloves, etc. We want all our children comfortable being outside. In the event of an extreme weather warning from Environment Canada, we will likely call an indoor recess and lunch. If you need support in getting the weather gear, please talk to Ms. Cho.
Vancouver Sun Adopt a School Grant

Our school applied for the Vancouver Sun Adopt a School Grant and was awarded the grant. This money is to support vulnerable families with food and clothing for the children. Please contact Ms. Cho if you need support.
Mon, Oct 18
  • We Scare Hunger campaign starts
Tues, Oct 19
Wed, Oct 20
  • Early dismissal – 2 pm
  • Parent Teacher Conference3
Thurs, Oct 21
  • Hot lunch
  • Early dismissal – 2 pm
  • Parent Teacher Conference
    - Cross country meet at GHE - afterschool
Fri, Oct 22
  • Pro-D day
Enjoy the long weekend!
Ji Ai Cho
We Scare Hunger
We scare hunger
ESQE is collecting non-perishable food for Squamish Food Bank again. Please bring your donations to the school until Oct 29th. We thank you for your generosity.
Early Dismissal and Parent Teacher Conference

On Oct 20 and 21, the students will be dismissed at 2 pm so that we can accommodate the Parent Teacher Conference. 
To sign up for parent teacher conferences click here
*Each school year you need to re register*
How to register
The brain’s neural pathways strengthen when the learner experiences increasing levels of intrinsic motivation to actively participate in learning. Emotions affect brain responses and memory formation.
Mme. Paquette's class has begun learning about human biology. In this lesson the students are collaborating with each other to show what they already know about the human body. Some of the students got creative and added what they thought might be inside themselves. 
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      Body         body


Ms. Keller's Grade 2/3 class has "Wilderness Wednesday"


Children greatly benefit developmentally from being outdoors. Outdoor education and play support emotional, behavioral and intellectual development. Studies have shown that students who learn outdoors develop: a sense of self, independence, confidence, creativity, decision-making and problem-solving skills, empathy towards others, motor skills, self-discipline and initiative.


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Office Monitors: Dean DS, Mika B

Announcers: Carla W, Saige W

PAC e-mail
Click here for the PAC Linktree where you can find access to all ESQE PAC fundraisers and events! 
Hot lunch

The PAC is setting up the Hot lunch System. All Hot lunches must be ordered online. There will not be paper forms. Each month there will be a Hot Lunch available for ordering, each month is a new menu. Also on the hot lunch ordering system are Nesters gift cards, spirit wear will be available later this fall that support the school PAC. 


Our first Hot Lunch is October 21st. Orders are due October 8th. We are currently recruiting volunteers to do deliveries once a month (feel free to email julesadventures@hotmail.com for more details or if you can help). 


*Each school year you need to re register*


Here’s how to get started…Go to Squamish Hot Lunches (please type in the address) squamish.hotlunches.net


  *   Click on “Click Here to Register” (last year’s accounts have been deleted so you will need to register fresh for this year)

  *   Enter Access Code SHL

  *   Complete the rest of the registration form. (Including your email address will ensure you receive reminder emails about hot lunch order deadlines, and your child’s hot lunch order for the upcoming week)

  *   Click the “Register Now” button at the bottom

  *   Follow the instructions to add each child in your family who attends Squamish Elementary School

  *   Once your child(ren) are registered, click on “Orders”

  *   Proceed to order hot lunch for your child(ren)



We accept hot lunch order payments through PayPal using the online system, , however, if you wish to pay by cheque or cash you will click the Print Remittance Form button and bring that form into the school with your cheque or cash.  You can either pay with a credit card as a PayPal guest (Visa, MasterCard or Amex), or set up your own PayPal account.


The hot lunch online order system requires a small amount of setup time at the beginning as you must register each child you have attending our school prior to ordering hot lunch. Once the initial setup process is complete, your hot lunch orders for the remainder of the year should be quick and simple. 


**Please Note: Should you experience any issues with your PayPal account, you must contact PayPal directly to solve the issue.



Julie Miller (she/her) 


Neufeld Farms Fundraiser

Order frozen meat, appetizers, entrees and desserts through our Neufeld Farms fundraiser.
Stock up your freezer and pantry while supporting enrichment activities at the school. Fill in
order forms and return by October 21, 2021. There are now 3 ways to pay:
• E-transfer to Squamishoutdoor@gmail.com (This is our preferred method for payment.
Please e-transfer if you can. In the comments section, please specify it is a Neufeld order and
include the name that is on the order form so we can easily match orders to payments.)
• Cheques payable to Squamish Elementary PAC
• Cash
Pick up date for Neufeld Farms foods is Thursday, November 4, 2021 3:00- 4:30 at the school.
You must have somebody there to pick up your frozen food!


Neufeld farms


Fresh to you Fundraiser

This form should be coming home to you soon!

Fresh to you


Reading Link Challenge
It’s that time of year again! We are collaborating with the Squamish Public Library for the Reading Link Challenge. The books will be ready beginning of December, and the competition will take place in March. The competition is for grade 4-6 students. Thank you to Ms. Antonios and the classroom teachers for this opportunity.
Book to Movie Club
Grade 3 and 4 students, you are invited to join the Book to Movie Club! This fall we will be reading Fantastic Mr. Fox by Roald Dahl. Each student who wishes to participate will need to read up to certain chapters in the book and meet in the Library on Tuesdays at lunch hour. When the book is finished, we will end with a viewing of the movie in the Library one day after school! It will cost $8 to purchase your copy of the book, and if you already have a copy, that’s great too! Our first meeting for those interested will be Tuesday, Oct 12th at lunch hour. 
Ms. Antonios  works super hard making our library a collaborative and beautiful space. Check out some of the cool things she has been doing with the students everyday by following our library page on Instagram!
Library Instagram
Cross Country with Mr. Parker
Practices will be at lunch on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 12:05 to 12:30. It is open to students in grades 3 to 6.
Meets are tentatively scheduled to take place on Thursdays.
- October 21st at Garibaldi Highlands Elementary
- October 28th at Signal Hill Elementary (in Pemberton)
- November 4th at Myrtle Philip Community School (in Whistler)
- November 10th at Squamish Elementary

Announcing Mental Health and Wellness Blog4 Blankets

Last Friday  a new Mental Health and Wellness blog was launched for parents and guardians.  So far Jeff Maynard (Principal of Mamquam Elementary) and Karen Sanger (Principal of Brackendale Elementary) have received lots of positive feedback from families in Squamish. It is the hope that by sharing current research and practice from leaders in the field of child and youth mental health, that our whole community will be engaged in supporting mental wellness and building resiliency and in our children.  


Monique Gray Smith’s work titled “The Ripple Effect of Resiliency"  and her work around the 4 Blankets of Resilience is a framework that has been adopted by our school district for creating cross-curricular learning activities that draw on these 4 protective blankets:

  • Self - Who am I?  What are my strengths and gifts? Who are my ancestors?
  • Family - Who provides me with support and guidance? Who do I help lift up?
  • Community - Who is in my community? What joys come from engaging in and contributing to my community? What communities do I belong to?
  • Culture - What are my connections to land and culture and language? What are my traditions and celebrations? How do I enjoy time outdoors?
Ms. Lowe's art class artist of the week is Cora Kyle! This was a multi class project that included several steps and a variety of techniques. 
First of all we painted Kandinsky style concentric circles on our paper plates, next we added patterns onto our circles, then we cut notches into our plates and strung them with yarn like a weaving loom, finally we chose different textured pieces of yarn to weave onto our plate "loom". 
What I loved so much about Cora's piece is that she took care to choose thinner yarn and weave it loosely so that you can still see her beautiful painting underneath the fibers.
You can see Cora's work as well as the rest of the class's on the bulletin board at the entrance of the school Thank you for your hard work Cora!
A Reminder for COVID 19 - The Hierarchy for Infection Prevention and Exposure Control
Measures for Communicable Disease
1. Public health Measures – vaccination, Provincial Health Officer orders, testing and
contact tracing
2. Environmental Measures – ventilation and cleaning/disinfecting
3. Administrative Measures – space arrangement, visitor protocols, transportation
4. Personal Measures – daily health check, staying home when sick, hand hygiene,
respiratory etiquette
5. Personal Protective Equipment – masks for staff and students in K and up

Head lice are spread most commonly by direct head-to-head (hair-to-hair) contact. However, much less frequently they are spread by sharing clothing or belongings onto which lice have crawled or nits attached to shed hairs may have fallen. The risk of getting infested by a louse that has fallen onto a carpet or furniture is very small. Head lice survive less than 1–2 days if they fall off a person and cannot feed; nits cannot hatch and usually die within a week if they are not kept at the same temperature as that found close to the scalp.

The following are steps that can be taken to help prevent and control the spread of head lice:

  • Avoid head-to-head (hair-to-hair) contact during play and other activities at home, school, and elsewhere (sports activities, playground, slumber parties, camp).
  • Do not share clothing such as hats, scarves, coats, sports uniforms, hair ribbons, or barrettes.
  • Do not share combs, brushes, or towels. Disinfest combs and brushes used by an infested person by soaking them in hot water (at least 130°F) for 5–10 minutes.
  • Do not lie on beds, couches, pillows, carpets, or stuffed animals that have recently been in contact with an infested person.
  • Machine wash and dry clothing, bed linens, and other items that an infested person wore or used during the 2 days before treatment using the hot water (130°F) laundry cycle and the high heat drying cycle. Clothing and items that are not washable can be dry-cleaned OR sealed in a plastic bag and stored for 2 weeks.
  • Vacuum the floor and furniture, particularly where the infested person sat or lay. However, spending much time and money on housecleaning activities is not necessary to avoid reinfestation by lice or nits that may have fallen off the head or crawled onto furniture or clothing.
  • Do not use fumigant sprays or fogs; they are not necessary to control head lice and can be toxic if inhaled or absorbed through the skin.

To help control a head lice outbreak in a community, school, or camp, children can be taught to avoid activities that may spread head lice.