Squamish Elementary Communicator » April 2023

April 2023

Happy Friday ESQE Families!

We hope you get to enjoy some well-deserved sunshine this weekend! We had some very excited students this week as they prepared and put on our ESQE Celebration of Learning! Students shared a variety of projects for all of our families to enjoy. A big thank you to our staff and students for planning, organizing, and sharing all of the great learning happening at ESQE!


Important Upcoming Dates
  • May 1st Popcorn Day
  • May 5th Professional Development Day - Schools Closed to students
  • May 10th Fire Drill 
  • May 12th Hot Lunch Money Due
  • May 18th Grade 3 Immunizations 
  • May 22nd Victoria Day Schools Closed
  • May 24th Class Photo Day
  • May 25th Outdoor Classroom Blessing Ceremony 11:00 - 12:00pm
  • May 26th Hot Lunch Day
  • May 26th Spirit Day - Stuffed Animal day!
  • May 26th Spring Carnival 
Parking Notice 
ddWe are hoping more families can take advantage of the overflow gravel parking lot for drop off and pick up to avoid congestion at the front of the school. If you can make a new plan with your child to use the overflow parking lot rather than the round-about, emergency lanes, the bus lane, etc., we would really appreciate it. Students can easily access a safe route on to the field by the overflow to gain access to our front playground. Please leave the main entrance free and accessible to those that need that access. We are also looking for volunteers still to help support a kind and safe parking lot flow before and after school. Please email [email protected] if you would like to volunteer.
Thank you for working with us as we continue to find ways to make the flow of traffic run more smoothly.
Sea 2 Sky Allies - All Gender Youth Clothing Swap!
We are excited to announce our very first ALL GENDERS CLOTHING SWAP for youth & young adults taking place in the Howe Sound Secondary School Multi Purpose Room on Sunday, May 7th from 1 to 4 pm. We are looking for volunteers to help us from 11:30 am to 5 pm the day of, as well as for the following needs/wants/desires to make our event super successful!
  • Clothing/Accessories collection boxes in schools. We are looking for clothes to fit ages12-24.
  • People to help display clothing by size & style on May 7th, and to bag all remaining clothing at the end of the day to be donated to Pearl’s Value & Vintage.
  • New and unopened product donations (i.e. make up, hair care, toiletries).
  • Financial donations to help us in purchasing binders, bras, breast forms, and gafs, as well as for name & gender change documentation fees, for those unable to afford them.
ESQE will be collecting donations in bins by the office. 
ESQE 2023 Learning Exhibition!
Wow, what an incredible evening, showcasing the student learning taking place at ESQE. Thank you to the tremendous efforts of our staff that organized this event and consistently support our students in their learning adventure.
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ESQE April Adventures!

Mr. Castrillos grade 2/3 class has been up to some pretty amazing things this month! They embraced their inner scientist, completing experiments, embraced their inner gardener at the Squamish Can Farm, and even acted as a teacher to their little buddies, teaching them how to skip! 

Mme. Hryhirchuks grade 5/6 class ventured over to Howe Sound for some Easter baking in cooking class! 
Our lovely ESQE Library hosted writer Paul Shore. Students participated in a live audio broadcast and writers workshop, all sponsored by the Whistler Writers Festival. Thank you Mrs. Antonios, for organizing this!
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Congrats to "The Shades" who won this years ESQE Reading Link Challenge. They came 1st out of 20 teams, answering 27/30 questions correctly! Big congratulations to "The Shades" who represented ESQE at the district wide Reading Link Challenge this year and tied for second place! Well done!
LST Adaptive Bike Fair
With the support of our district Occupational Therapist we were able to host an adaptive bike fair. Giving students an opportunity who cannot access a typical bike, to try biking! The smiles say it all!
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Sound Kreations!
We were super fortunate to have Sound Kreations come to SQE this year. Students in all grades had the opportunity to learn some awesome Hip Hop Dances. ESQE sure can dance!
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A huge thank you to our PAC for organizing this years Missoula extravaganza! As well as a huge shout out and congratulations to all the students who participated - this type of event takes a lot of hard work and dedication. Well done everyone!
posterUpcoming Family Smart Events
Help for the Hard Times Workshop and 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.
Family Smart 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. More information can be found on the poster attached here. 
For Parents - A message for the RCMP
Sextortion on the Rise: In the past three months, Sea to Sky RCMP has noticed an increase in sextortion reports to Police, specifically targeting our male youth. Sea to Sky RCMP wants to bring awareness to this topic and encourage parents to have conversations with their children about online activity.

Online safety tips for parents and caregivers of elementary school-age children can be found on the Common Sense Media website - click here
PAC - Parent Advisory Council
Upcoming Dates
  • PAC would like to thank everyone for helping, creating, supporting and performing in Missoula this past weekend. We were extremely proud of the hard work all the students did, from acting to directing to making goodies for the bake sale, to helping with set up and tear down. Thank you!
  • The Spring Carnival is Friday, May 26 from 3 to 7pm. We need volunteers to help make this happen. Please check with our Facebook page next week to find the sign up link for volunteering for a booth or bake sale contribution.
  • Popcorn Day is Monday! Please bring $1 if your child would like popcorn.
  • Got an idea? Opinion? We want to hear from you! We are currently working on our 2023-24 budget. Help us decide what experiences to include for your child(ren) by filling out this 7 minute survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/H2JQQ5T
  • Our next PAC meeting is Tuesday, May 9 at 6:30 pm in the library. Please come join and tell us what you'd like for next year - whether it's hot lunch idea or a school dance or a different musical theatre organization.
Happy April Birthdays!