Squamish Elementary Communicator » March 2023

March 2023

Happy last day of March ESQE Families! 
Welcome back! We hope you had a restful and fun break with family and friends! This is an action packed newsletter so please take the time to read it to catch all that is happening as ESQE in the coming months!
We got a bit spoiled with some of that sunshine this week, but please encourage students to dress ready for any weather as we know the rain often comes quick and we spend parts of the day outside!
Sarah Hain
ESQE Principal
Important Upcoming Dates
  • April 3rd Popcorn Day 
  • April 3-6 ESQE Hosting Sound Kreation Dance!
  • April 7th Good Friday (School Closed)
  • April 10th Easter Monday (School closed)
  • April 11th PAC Meeting 6:30pm in the Library 
  • April 14th Hot Lunch Money Due
  • April17-21 Missoula Children Theatre 
  • April 26th Secretary Appreciation Day 
  • April 26th Grade 6 Immunizations 
  • April 27th Exhibition of Learning (2pm Early dismissal)
  • April 28th Hot Lunch Day
  • April 28th Spirit Day-Creative Hats!
We have a busy parking lot during drop off and pick up. We are recommending that you use the overflow parking lot at the end of the parking lot for older children to be dropped off and picked up at where they can safely come and go from the field.

Please remember to drive safe, and do not park in the round about or bus lane. 

Please park in the school parking lot during morning drop off and afternoon pick up, or walk/bike in.  
Parking Volunteers Needed: We are seeking a few parent volunteers available from 8:40-9:00pm & from 2:50-3:10pm to guide traffic in our round about and school parking lots. The role would be to encourage flow of traffic to the parking lot and give friendly reminders not to park in the round about area. If you are interested, please email our clerical at [email protected] .
Communication with Staff
If you need to connect with a classroom teacher our Admin Team  (Ms. Hain & Ms. Dalzell), we kindly ask that you email the teacher directly, the clerical at [email protected] , or the admin team to set up a time to meet.

If you intend on calling, we ask that you call outside of instructional hours to speak with your childs's teacher as we want to limit interruptions to classrooms.

If there is a change in your child's pick up time or other info needed to be passed on throughout the day, Ms. Velasco can deliver the message to the class.  

This does NOT apply if it is an emergency, you can connect in whatever way you need in this case!

Thank you so much to all the teachers that worked so hard to plan this years Carnaval Events. Students created their own Carnaval masks, enjoyed ice cream, and an outside Course du Carnaval with Bon Homme. dd  d

Showcasing Student Learning!
Mrs. Lapointes kindergartens and grade 1 students were busy this month! They worked collaboratively designing and creating traps to catch a Leprechaun! They learned about changes in matter as they investigated Leprechaun clues, they flew to Ireland and visited the Blarney Stone, and even had a St. Patty's Day Feast!

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Way to go ESQE Basketball team!
Thank you so much to Mrs. Mazur & Mr. Dion for coaching this years basketball team! bbbb  bb2
ESQE Learning Plan
This month we had members of the PAC, School Board, and District Leadership Team came to ESQE to learn about our School Learning plan and see our students in action! Check out our Superintendent, Mr. Nicholson, hanging out with our students! Thank you to our amazing staff and students for showcasing all the wonderful things we do here at ESQE!

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PAC - Parent Advisory Council!
Upcoming Dates!
  • April 3rd Popcorn Day! $1 Per bag
  • April 4th Purdys Chocolate & Happy Hippo Sales Afterschool in the Foyer
  • April 11th PAC Meeting at 6:30 in the Library! Parents/Guardians welcome!
  • April 17th - 21st! 
  • April 22nd Two Show Times!
  • This year theme, Jungle Book!
  • Tryouts will be announced shortly! 
ESQE Spring Carnival
  • May 26th 3:00 - 7:00pm
  • Volunteers Needed to help run the booths!
  • Find out more at upcoming PAC meeting!
Upcoming FamilySmart Events!
  • MoreHelp for the Hard Times Workshop & ITK Event: Please find poster here for our April/May Help for the Hard Times Workshop series. These workshops are for parents or caregivers supporting a child who has been to the ER or admitted to the hospital due to their mental health.
  • Understanding, Supporting, and Connecting with Teens with Depression: This April 'In the Know' event is virtual, free, and offered five times throughout the month of April for easier accessibility. Register at www.familysmart.ca/events  More information can be found on the poster here

  • FamilySmart Online Event for Parents and Caring Adults with Dr. Ross Greene: On Thursday, May 4th for National Child and Youth Mental Health Day, Dr. Ross Greene will speak about how Collaborative and Proactive Solutions can help us show our kids we care about them. Register at www.familysmart.ca/events More information can be found on the poster here
Youth Activism Opportunity 

Check this out!

Youth Climate Activism Award: Announcing the British Columbia-wide Youth Climate Activism Award 2023, open to your students in any grade. Nicknamed the ‘Greta award’, it requires applicants to demonstrate devotion to taking meaningful steps towards improving the outlook for our planet with respect to climate change.


It’s a simple idea, but it’s a big idea: shine a light so that teenagers can see the positive efforts their friends are making. Shine a light so that adults, communities and politicians can see these young spirits on fire. The submission must take the form of a film of up to 5 minutes or a 500-word essay, or a combination of text and photo essay that shares the applicant’s passion and commitment to their climate activism. Submissions are received online through our website during the application period, which begins Earth Day on April 22, 2023, and closes on May 18, 2023. Cash awards are as follows: $1000 for students 14 to 19 years of age; $500 for students under 14.



Evans Lake Day Camp
Youth Triathlon!
Happy March Birthdays!d