Squamish Elementary Communicator » January 2023

January 2023

Happy Friday ESQE Families,
We are well on our way into Term 2 and excited for the learning ahead! Please keep an eye on communication home from your child’s teacher(s), weekly emails from the office and our monthly newsletters so you can keep up to date with all things ESQE.

Check out the action-packed newsletter below and have a wonderful weekend! 
Sarah Hain
ESQE Principal


Affordability Fund
We are reaching out to families about our affordability fund that has been provided by the Ministry of Education and Childcare to support families that may be having difficulty with the rising costs of living due to global inflation.

We ask that regardless if you have reached out previously, you fill out the form below.

Due to the volume of requests, we don’t want to miss anyone through email, therefore we have created the following form to be completed: https://forms.gle/PL4mPhsruYDRjV2M6
Important Upcoming Dates
  • Feb 1st Fire Drill 
  • Feb 6th Professional Development Day - School Closed to students
  • Feb 13th Popcorn Day ($1 for Popcorn!)
  • Feb 14th PAC Meeting 6:30pm Library 
  • Feb 16th Earthquake Drill 
  • Feb 20th Family Day STAT Holiday - School closed 
  • Feb 22nd Pink Shirt Day
  • Feb 24th Hot Lunch 
  • Please send your child to school with appropriate clothing and shoes for the weather. 
  • We have a busy parking lot during drop off and pick up. Please remember to drive safe, do not idle in the round about, please park in the school parking lot during morning drop off and afternoon pick up. 
  • If you to pick up your child/children early from school, please email [email protected] this allows us to have students ready and at the office.
Showcasing Student Learning!
In January, Students in Mme. Koscher's K/1 class became reading buddies with Mme. Petre's grade 2/3 class. The reading buddies have been meeting three times a week to read together and practice letter sounds. This collaboration is building literacy skills and confidence. 
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Check out all of the exciting things happening in Ms. Keller's grade 2/3 class! They have worked as a team to help keep our forested area and school grounds clean, worked collaboratively to design and build structures, and created beautiful representations of our local Squamish landscape through the exploration of watercolor painting. 
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Literacy Week at ESQE!
Our amazing librarian Mrs. Antonios planned an exceptional literacy week for us this year! We had our first kindergarten and grade 1 evening story time (the first in many years!), dress as a character day, a school wide drop everything and read, as well as family literacy bingo! Thanks so much Mrs. Antonios!
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Community News & Events
Babysitter Training
Is your child interested in being a babysitter? Check out this local babysitting course running Sunday February 12th!
For Families: A Conversation About Eating Disorders
This is a free, virtual event, and will be offered on five different dates throughout the month of February. Registration is required and registration information can be found on the attached poster.
Consent and Gender-Based Violence Training
Training and Education for parents/caregivers with children in grades 5-12 

The Ministry of Education has added a new “consent and gender-based violence” focus area to the erase strategy.  As part of our on-going work through erase, we are pleased to announce that we have NEW student and parent/caregiver sessions coming up in the next month! In these sessions, we will explore the topic of consent, and the dynamics of gender-based violence.  Find out more here erase-training-schedule.pdf (gov.bc.ca) 
Want to Register?
The following are dates for  "Establishing Respectful Relationships and Consent in our Communities" - Student and Parent Session (best suited for grade 8-12 & families)
PAC - Parent Advisory Council
Upcoming Events 
  • Popcorn Day Feb 13th, bring $1 for popcorn!
Interested in getting involved or learning more about the PAC, feel free to join us at 6:30pm Tuesday Feb 14th in our school library for the February PAC meeting!
This is a wonderful way to connect with parents, share ideas and hear about upcoming events and fundraisers!
lunar new year
Lunar New Year
Lunar New Year was celebrated on January 22nd! It is a 15 day celebration that is also known as the "Spring Festival".
Each Lunar new year represents a different animal, this year is the year of the Rabbit! Happy Lunar New Year everyone!
Happy Birthday to our students with January Birthdays!!