Weekly Update November 14-17

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Good Evening Families and Caregivers,

There are so many amazing projects underway at GHE. If you are thinking about getting your child involved in BOKS, please let us know. Starting the day with physical activity in a fun setting helps set children up for success throughout the day.

Did you know that there is a team of parents and teachers exploring the options for an outdoor classroom and garden? We are exploring ways to support learning outside the classroom that incorporate elements of nature and authentic learning tasks. Again, if you are interested in working with us, please connect with myself or the PAC.

Next week we will be presenting our School Improvement Plan to the Board and Senior Staff. The SIP is a plan we use to guide our decision making and is based on data collected over time (Report card data, FSA scores, surveys, School Wide Writes and more). Our SIP this year is aligned with the work that has been done over the last two years at GHE.

Here is our Theory of Action for the 2017-2018 School Year:

If the staff, students and parents at Garibaldi Highlands Elementary School develop a school framework that includes:

  • Frequent and targeted learning opportunities that support Self-Regulation (tools/strategies)
  • the building of common language around self-assessment, reflection and self-regulation
  • a collaborative to project based learning, inquiry, and problem based learning

Then, our students will be able to confidently communicate:

  • How they select appropriate tools and strategies to manage powerful emotions & challenging situations
  • reflect, assess, and communicate their readiness to learn as well as how their learning is contributing to their personal growth and their school and larger community
  • their learning in relation to our GHE learner profile and our Pathways to Learning Education plan

If you are interested in learning more, or would like to provide feedback, please let me know.

Reminders and Information

Whenever possible, please walk/bike to school to help us cut down on traffic congestion and when you are picking up, please refrain from idling your vehicle.

Connecting with PAC – Facebook Page

Volunteers needed for the Craft Fair – Sign up

PAC Movie Night – November 24th

Report Cards go home – November 27th

If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact me!


Mme B


Weekly Update October 23-27

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Dear Families and Caregivers,

Another week has come to a close with incredible sunshine and warm weather! Our week began with an engaging presentation called Zero Heroes. Students learned about reducing waste and protecting the planet. Halloween is just around the corner and many classes have been preparing special Halloween projects. Mrs. Griffin’s students have been building Halloween displays with haunted houses throughout the school. Mme Dufresne’s students have been busy preparing and practicing Halloween plays and many classes visited the West Coast Railway Heritage to pick up their pumpkins.

Upcoming Events and Reminders:

BOKS – Wednesday, November 1st will be the next BOKS session. We are very fortunate to have been able to hire a coach to lead the program but we still need parent volunteers who will actively participate during the morning sessions. There will be no need to lead, just play, have fun and enjoy being physically active with our students!

Halloween – Tuesday, October 31st we will have 2 Halloween parades in the gym in the morning. Classes are signing up with their buddy classes to participate. Please remember that students are not permitted to bring any accessory that looks like a weapon. We also caution against bringing important accessories as it isn’t uncommon for things to go missing during the day. We recommend that students (especially younger ones) bring a change of clothes so they may change throughout the day. Finally, as we are in a K-6 school, sometimes our younger students become afraid, especially if students are wearing masks. If the classroom teacher has allowed masks in the classroom, students will be asked to leave their masks off when playing outside during short and long recess.

Hot Lunch– Thursday, November 2nd

Implementation Day – Friday, November 3rd is our District Implementation Day and school is not in session.


Have a wonderful weekend with family and friends.



Mme B

GHE October 16-19

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Good Evening Parents and Caregivers,

I would like to start off by thanking the parents and students who organized the Halloween Dance last night. Thank you Mieke and dad DJs Sean and Matt for putting on such an amazing event. The GHE community is so supportive and inclusive – not to mention a lot of fun! This week, I also had the pleasure of taking 21 of our Grade 6 student leaders to We Day. Our team will now work with our school population to support local and global initiatives to raise awareness on issues that students really care about. Our school also participated in the Great ShakeOut on Thursday. Students debriefed the drill in class with their teachers but if you have a chance to discuss the event, especially with younger children, please take the time to do so.

Important Reminders

Drop-off and Pick-up

I know that most of you are well aware of how challenging our parking and drop-off/pick-up situation is. We are an expanding neighborhood school and with the weather turning, I have to reiterate the importance of safety. Please remember that the loop is for drop-off and pick-up only. Whenever possible, please pull your vehicle up as far as you can in order to keep the flow of traffic going. If you are able to continue to walk or ride bikes, even as the weather turns, we would appreciate you continuing with that routine. Ultimately, we must ensure that all of our students arrive safety and we count on our families to help us with that.

Dogs on School Property

The Dogs on School Property Policy has now been passed. Please take a look at the language used. As a school community, we are able to develop our own plan, with the Policy as a foundation, to work together to ensure that all of our families feel supported. As always, safety is our number one priority so please keep your dogs leashed and clean up after them. Please do not bring aggressive dogs on property and never leave your dog unattended.

Upcoming Events and Reminders

  • GHE Craft Fair is Thursday, November 30th.

Adult tables for GHE parents only are now available until November 3rd.  After that the tables will be open to the public.  The cost of tables is $27.00 ea. until November 17th.  After that the cost goes to $30.00 ea. Student tables will be available again this year.  The cost will be $5.00 for half a table and tables will be on a first come – first serve basis. A parent must be present at the table with the student for the duration of the event. Registration forms can be picked up and dropped off at the office.

  • The BOKS program starts on October 25th


Have a wonderful weekend!

Mme B

GHE October 10-13

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Good Evening Parents and Caregivers,

This week, students in Mme Dufrense class did an art lesson with an artist in residence (Mme Dufrense’s mom!). Mr. Parlsoe and Mr. Matheson both had QUEST university students in their classes teaching DNA extraction from bananas. Mme Jacob’s students have been creating art work while learning different sounds. The theme this week was Halloween. Hands on learning took place in many classes this week with sewing projects in Mme Maskell’s class and super hero capes in Mme Iredale’s class. Many classes wrapped up the week with STEM challenges including the chain challenge in Mrs. Newell’s class and the marshmallow challenge in Mr. Matheson’s class.

Upcoming events and information:

We Day for grade 6 students – October 18th

Halloween Dance – Oct 19th

Pro D Day – Oct 20th

PAC Meeting – Oct 27th

Breakfast Club – breakfast club is starting next week and will run on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at 8:30.  Volunteers are needed!

Hot Lunch – Nov 2nd

Pro D Day – Nov 3rd

Photo Retake – Nov 9th


Wishing you a restful weekend with family and friends.



Mme B

GHE October 2-6

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Dear Families and Caregivers,

The week leading up to Thanksgiving has been full of excitement and learning. Students in Mrs. Parsloe’s class worked in teams to make delicious cranberry bread and Mrs. Pettingill’s class made a beautiful apple crumble with apples from our Fruit and vegetable program. If you have a chance to visit our school, make sure you check out how students in Mrs. Bowden and Mrs. Babuin’s class have changed Fixed Mindsets to Growth Mindsets. Our week wrapped up with many fun crafts and activities including a Thanksgiving Flash Mob performed by Mrs. Kindree and Mrs. Heikoop’s students.

A special THANK YOU to all the parent organizers and student volunteers who helped run the first hot lunch of the year.

As mentioned on Monday, we kept our forest closed for the week after the cougar sighting in the Garibaldi Highlands area. There were no new alerts posted by Wildsafe BC or sightings so we will reopen our forest Tuesday, October 10th (unless we receive another alert). If you have a chance, I encourage you to visit the Wildsfe BC website for great resources and tips.


Upcoming events and information:

  • The Squamish Fire Department will be visiting Kindergarten classes on October 10th
  • The next x-country meet is October 12th in Whistler


I hope you have a relaxing long weekend with family and friends.


Mme B

GHE September 25-29

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Farewell September! Another wonderful week at GHE has come and gone. It’s hard to believe we went from preparing the daffodil garden under a blue sky with Mrs. Kindree and Mrs. Heikoop’s class to jumping in puddles at recess today. This week, students in Mr. Parsloe and Mr. Matheson’s classes prepared and presented the Routine Rally to our Primary Students. Students learned about expected behaviors inside and outside the school in a fun and interactive way. The Scholastic Book Fair was a great success as was the Potluck and Meet the Teacher evening. Thank you to PAC and families for all of your support. We ended our week honouring survivors of Residential School by coming together in circle, reading stories, doing art projects and other activities.

Additional Information:

Dogs on property: At this time, our school district’s draft policy states that “all dogs must be kept on a leash, tether, or other suitable device, and under the immediate care and control of a competent person. In the event a dog defecates on school district property, the competent person in control of the dog must immediately remove and dispose of the feces in a sanitary manner.”


At this time, we ask that you do not leave your dog unattended and that you keep your dog on a leash. We have had some concerns about dogs urinating on or close to play equipment and dogs fighting. I ask that you please respect our draft policy and help make our school grounds safe for all students and families. We will continue to work with our PAC on this policy and any changes that might occur once the policy has passed.


Water: I have been in contact with the School Board Office today regarding the safety of our drinking water. GHE tested well below the maximum allowable levels for lead in May of this year. Regardless of this, Vancouver Coastal Health has asked that any school in their region that tests below the maximum allowable levels still flush taps weekly. The water in the classrooms is potable but we are encouraging our students to use the fill station located in the hall.


Upcoming Events and Information:


  • Photo day is Monday, October 2nd
  • Our first Fire Drill will be Thursday, October 5th at 10:15 am
  • Our first Hot Lunch is Friday, October 6th


As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact me directly.


Have a wonderful weekend!




Mme B

Best Routes to GHE

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Please take a look at this document created by HASTe (Hub for Active School Travel).

Best Routes to School