Squamish Elementary Communicator » December 6th, 2021

December 6th, 2021

Caring, Kind, Friendly and Safe…
Dear Parents and Guardians,
COVID 19 Daily Health Check
Please do NOT send your children to school if they exhibit:
 Headache, muscle ache, fatigue
 Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea
 Sore throat, coughing, runny nose
Please seek COVID testing if there are ANY of these symptoms. We want everyone to be safe at school.
COVID 19 Update: Immunization of Children 5 to 11
Please follow the link for more information from the MC Ministry of Health and BCCDC:
For registration to get your child vaccinated, please go to:
Travel Outside of Country
If you are travelling overseas (including the US) and if your child is not double-vaccinated, there
is a requirement for self-isolation for 14 days after return. Your child should not be at school
during this time.
Report Cards and CSL (Communicating Student Learning) Pilot
For those classes reporting out to parents with the Report Cards, the first term reports will be
published through MyEd on Dec 6th. If you do not have access to a computer, please request a
paper copy from your teacher. For those classes reporting using CSL, the Point of Progress
Report will be published any time before Jan 15th

Christmas Toy and Food Drive
We are asking you to bring new unwrapped toys and non-perishable food for our community
until Dec 15th. Our goal is to collect a 1000 items! The winning class will be treated to a pizza
party. Thank you for your generosity.

Elf Workshop
Students will have the opportunity to buy gifts for $1 each for their immediate family on Mon,
Dec 6. Thank you to the parent volunteers for making this event so special!

Winter Concert
In lieu of the Winter Concert, each class will be sending home a virtual presentation on the last
week of school before the holidays for you to enjoy.

A Book for Every Child
For Dec, the students of Ms Parker and Mr. Dion will get a book to take home to read.

Board Game Club
The Board Game Club is starting up on Wed for Gr. 3 to 6 students. Thank you to Mr. Hackett
for sponsoring.

Report Cards and CSL (Communicating Student Learning) Pilot
For those classes reporting out to parents with the Report Cards, the first term reports will be
published through MyEd on Dec 6th. If you do not have access to a computer, please request a 
paper copy from your teacher. For those classes reporting using CSL, the Point of Progress
Report will be published any time before Jan 15th
Writing Day
Thank you to the staff and big buddies for a successful writing day for the primary classes. We
are looking forward to the Intermediate Writing Day on Dec 10th. They will be writing to the
community partners thanking for their hard work.

Book Fair
Thank you to Ms Antonios and the staff for making the Book Fair a success.
Office Monitors: Aya K, Galieye H
Announcers: Scarlett H, Halle W

Follow us on Twitter @SQELearning

Mon, De 6
 Report cards published on MyEd
 Elf Workshop Gift Sale
 Christmas Toy and Food Drive continues

Tues, Dec 7
 Physical Literacy Project – some primary classes
 Drumming group – 2 pm

Wed, Dec 8
 Board Game Club – lunch in Mr. Hackett’s classroom

Thurs, Dec 9

Fri, Dec 10
 Writing Day for Intermediate classes

Enjoy the weekend!
Ji Ai Cho

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. 

A Book for Every Child
For December, the students of Ms. Parker and Mr Dion will get a book to read
at home.
Office Monitors: Zeffe H, Alexis H
Announcers: Kate M, Sola L
Primary writing day was a huge success!!! Watching the intermediate students helping their primary buddies was so sweet. Everyone had a list of who they wanted to make cards for and all the children enjoyed writing and decorating for their special someone's it was magical to watch. I also loved seeing the personal touches each classroom teacher added to make this day magical for their students. All of the primary students (and teachers) wore their pjs, in Mr Hackett and Ms Busschaert's class the students had hot chocolate, in Mme Goldman's class each child got to choose a special piece of "bling" to add to their cards, and in Mme Eade's class there was a beautiful huge wreath stamp to add onto the back of the envelope after it was sealed. Ms Keller, Ms Koscher, and Mr Hackett's class all addressed their letters to Santa and they will be going in the mail so that they get to him on time. This event was magical to say the least. I feel so privileged to have been able to experience all that went on with writing day here today. 
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 next Hot Lunch is December 17th.  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) 


Library in the Mornings
The Library is open for students to exchange books before school from 8:30 until the bell. Please be sure to use the undercover area doors. The Library is also open, starting next week, for daily book exchange from 9 9:30. Teachers can send students to the Library during that time each day to exchange books if they would like.
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.
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

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?
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.


Safety at the Roundabout
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.