Squamish Elementary Communicator » October 2023

October 2023

Happy Friday ESQE Families!


It is hard to believe we are moving into November next week! It has been a great start with classes creating routines, getting to know the new learners and jumping into some exciting learning! 


A few shout outs are in order! Thank you to our Cross Country coaches for getting our students running, our PAC for their appreciation day goodies, also ongoing fundraising, and the leadership students for preparing for our in-school Halloween dance!


We hope everyone has a fun & spooky Halloween (see below for school expectations and safety tips)!



Ms. Hain 



Coming Up! November Collaboration Afternoon

We have our November 1st Collaboration afternoon coming up next Wednesday. If you have not had a chance to review or download our school calendar we encourage you to see it here


The calendar provides all the dates of school in session and when it is not (ex. Holidays, professional development, collab days).


Here is more information on what collaboration time looks like:

  • Time to work with others on staff on our school goals (our focus in on literacy and collaboration)
  • Opportunity to share resources and expertise
  • Plan literacy programming that meets the diverse needs of our classes
  • Review data from previous year and ongoing to plan forward in student learning
  • Assess and support each other in collaboration to better understand where our students are at
  • Opportunity to plan together for the potential to co-teach, work as a team outside of the collaboration days
  • Note: these days are different to professional learning days as the focus is on working together as a team to work towards our school goals. Working collaboratively not only supports a positive team approach to problem solving and planning for our students, it also allows us thoughtful time to work together on common trends we are seeing and time to adjust our learning tasks to meet the needs of our students. 
kHalloween Safety and Success at ESQE 
 On October 31st children are invited to wear their Halloween costumes at school. Please connect with your classroom teacher on specific activities for the day. 
Notes for the whole school on successful Halloween fun!
With respect to Halloween costumes, we ask that all accessories such as swords, wands, or brooms remain at home. Anything that resembles a weapon should stay at home.
If a full facemask is part of a costume, please have a conversation with your child on when it is appropriate to wear the mask. (i.e. when it does not interfere with learning activities, in hallways when not part of a Halloween activity so that the child is recognizable, throughout the school)
Please be respectful of the age range at our school when it comes to scary costumes, we want it to be fun for everyone!
Consider costumes that are going to be comfortable for a day at school and pack other clothes to change into, should the costume become uncomfortable or too hot to wear.
We go outside rain or shine, so make sure your 
child has appropriate gear for outdoor activities.
Important Note: We believe that student conduct shall meet the needs of individuals in a way that works for them, for the school, and promotes a climate of respect as defined by the B.C. Human Rights Code. Therefore, costumes must not display any statement, sign, symbol, emblem or other representation that shows intolerance, indicates discrimination, or an intention to discriminate on the basis of an individuals or a groups race, colour, ancestry, place of origin, religion, family status, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, gender identity or expression, dress, or other perceived differences. 
Finally, one reminder from WildSafe BC, please bring carved pumpkins indoors at night and minimize the number of house that these animals attractants are available as snacks for our furry neighbors. 

For those of you who participate in Halloween, thank you in advance for your cooperation!
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Halloween Hop
The leadership students are organizing a Halloween Hop for our students during the school day. The grade 6's have been busy choreographing dances to teach our primary students, and we cannot wait to see their dance moves!
This is also a fundraiser to send our grade 6 students to camp this year! There will be a raffle prize for students, a photo booth, and popcorn for sale! Students are welcome to bring $1-$2 to contribute to the event on Halloween.
This is a student and staff event only to accommodate all of the students.
It should be a spooky good time!

  • For any absences or yhearly pick-ups: please email [email protected] as this is more efficient than calling in. 
  • Please send your child to school with appropriate clothing and shoes for the weather, the rain is here!!
  • Please remember to send a water bottle with your child 
  • We still need your help to keep our students and staff save in our parking lot. Please find a proper spot to park and do not park or idle in the bus loop or round about.
  • If you're child is sick, please keep them at home. 
Upcoming Dates
  • Oct 31st Halloween Day (Students permitted to wear costumes. No Masks or weapons)
  • Nov 1st Collaboration Day Early Dismissal at 12:05
  • Nov 2nd Neufeld Farms Order Pick Up
  • Nov 3rd Popcorn Day (please bring $1)
  • Nov 7th PAC Meeting, 6:30pm in the Library 
  • Nov 9th Individual Photo Retake Day
  • Nov 10th Hot Lunch Orders Day
  • Nov 11th Remembrance Day
  • Nov 11th PAC Sea to Sky Artisan Market 
  • Nov 12th Diwali 
  • Nov 13th Remembrance Day Stat, School Closed 
  • Nov 20th SSTA Professional Development Day - School closed to students
  • Nov 24th Hot Lunch Day
  • Nov 24th Spirit Day - 80s Day!

Celebrating ESQE

Mr. Georgy-Embrees' class has been busy this month! They had a chance to learn how to play Rugby, took on Ms. Dalzells' "Name that Expectation" Challenge, and worked together to practice their math skills!


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Our students in grade 2-6 have been exploring and learning skills in LACROSSE.

From September 25 - October 6th, as we observed Orange Shirt Day and Truth & Reconciliation Day, the students engaged in meaningful learning about the history of the game. Lacrosse was created and has been played for almost 1000 years by Indigenous peoples all across North America. Its intention was to act as a ceremonial way of healing, to make peace amongst nations, and of course, to have fun! When settlers arrived, the game was adopted and renamed "lacrosse", though many nations had their own name for the game. Today, lacrosse is the official national sport of Canada, though many are not familiar with its origins. As we continue to embark on the journey of bringing truth to and reconciling the history of Indigenous Peoples in Canada, we are honoured to be able to play this great game that was shared with the world. Check out this video to learn more!


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Our school has amazing student leaders! Thank you so much Mme Paquette, for working with our grade 6 students as they are embracing their role as school leaders. They have hosted "We Scare Hunger" to collect non-perishable food items for Helping Hands! 

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Its the time of the season for PUMPKINS!! What a beautiful October we have been having! Our teachers are taking advantage of these sunny days to take their students to our local farms and pumpkin patches! What an adventure for these students!

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Well that was a HOOT! Mrs. Lapointe's class has been exploring the topic of owls! They even had a chance to dissect owl pellets, how cool is that! 


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Wow, way to go ESQE! Thank you so much to Mrs. Morris, Ms. Mazur, Mme. Paquette, and Mr. Georgy-Embree for coaching this years cross country team. Our students practiced weekly, and competed against schools throughout the Sea to Sky Corridor, rain or shine! Way to go everyone! 

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ESQE Scholastic Book Fair

Thank you so much to Mr. Hackett for organizing this falls Scholastic Book fair! There was an exciting buzz in the air as students explored new books!



Communicating Student Learning 

Wow, it was so wonderful to see so many families able to come for conferences last week. Below is information for parents and caregivers about descriptive feedback. 


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PAC Update
  • Our PAC has been busy this year! They have already hosted a Halloween Costume Swap, have the "Art Card" and "Veggie Fundraisers" happening!
  • Nov 11th they will be hosting their 3rd annual Sea to Sky Artisan Market! Right here at ESQE! Come check out local AND student artists!
  • Their next meeting will be on Tuesday Nov 7th, at 6:30 in the library! There are babysitters! So come on by to hear what's going on!
Community Information
Canada Dental Benefit for Children Under 12: Please help raise awareness for the Canada Dental Benefit. The first benefit period was a success, with 50% of eligible children in British Columbia, 34260, receiving the benefit. That is something to smile about !
The second and final benefit period will help cover dental care costs between July, 2023, to June 30, 2024, and it is important that all eligible families know about the benefit and how to apply. Even families who applied during the first benefit period can re-apply for the final benefit period. Check this out for more information!
Happy Birthday To Ms. Lapointe's Class!
And to all our October Birthdays!