End of the Year: Happy Summer
I hope everyone has a magical and sunny summer full of fun and relaxation. It has been a pleasure to spend my days with all of you this year. I couldn't have asked for a more supportive and loving community to be a part of. Thank you to the PAC for doing all that you do, from running popcorn days and hot lunches, to organizing Missoula and Dance in schools. Everything you do is above and beyond and we are so grateful. Thank you to all of our families for being so supportive and helpful. I even had two parents here all week last week and three days this week helping us build furniture and clean out storage areas! Thank you Paula and Pennie for being carpenters for a week, and Anna for doing some heavy lifting. Thank you to the staff for being the best you can every single day. Thank you to the students for making all of our lives better. We are here because and for you.
"All I know is that my life is better when I assume that people are doing their best. It keeps me out of judgement and lets me focus on what is, and not what should or could be." Brene Brown
Have a wonderful summer holiday!
See you all Monday.
A few final notes for the summer:
Summative reports can be accessed through the MyEd parent portal until July 13th. If you have difficulty accessing the report online, please request a paper copy to be mailed home. To view this point of progress on the parent portal please follow this link to the MyEd Portal.
Watch these tutorials for an introduction to the family portal, collecting report cards with a computer, and collecting report cards with a mobile device.
More information to come on school supplies. This will be communicated in August.
Kindergarten Gradual Entry
information on how kindergarten gradual entry it’s set up will also be communicated in August.
If you move during the summer please leave a message for Bianca at [email protected]
September 6th school reopens at 8:47am , dismissal at 10am.
As of August 1st your contact for the school will be Ms Hain (your new Principal), if anything urgent comes up before August 22nd, please contact the School Board Office.
A Message From Sarah Hain
Hello ESQE Families!
It is my pleasure to introduce myself as the new Principal of ESQE in the Fall. For those of you that remember, ESQE is a familiar place to me as I was the Vice Principal four years ago. I am thrilled to be coming back to work with the students, staff and families! I am looking forward to getting to know the school and community again soon. For the last three years I have been the Principal at Valleycliffe Elementary and part of our school district’s Instructional Leadership Team. I am very passionate about instructional practice and working as a team to best support the students.
I hope you have a wonderful summer full of fun and relaxation! I will see you in the Fall!
Sarah Hain (she, her, hers)
More COVID-19 Information
If you travelled outside of Canada, including to the US or Mexico, please carefully review the Vancouver Coastal Health International Travel and School document attached and posted on our website. There are specific measures for students and staff who travelled abroad that may apply to your family.
Our shared commitment to do what is needed to keep our school community safe gives me confidence that our students will feel safe, nurtured, and excited to be back at school. Again, I wish to thank you in advance for your ongoing support.
Children ages 5-12 have been approved to be vaccinated against Covid-19 if you are looking for more information on the topic this document covers pretty much everything.
Immunization of Children Information.
Click here for the PAC Linktree where you can find access to all ESQE PAC fundraisers and events!
Our next Hot Lunch will be Friday, May 20th and orders must be in by May 6th. We are still currently recruiting volunteers to do deliveries once a month (feel free to email [email protected] 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)
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!
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?
Measures for Communicable Disease
1. Public health Measures – vaccination, Provincial Health Officer orders, testing and
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,
5. Personal Protective Equipment – masks optional 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.
We are still asking all parents and guardians to NOT park at the roundabout. It is a safety issue as the children are going in between cars to get picked up there. Please park your vehicle and walk over to pick up your child. Please be kind to our staff members whoa re monitoring the roundabout, their job is to consider the safety of the children. Thank you for you cooperation.