Happy Summer!!

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Dear Families and Caregivers,

Thank you for a wonderful school year! We hope you enjoy the summer months and we look forward to seeing everyone back in September.

We will also be sending you a school supplies essentials list. These are all of the supplies that will be needed for the first few weeks in September. Once your child has been placed in their new class, you will receive a classroom specific list of supplies. We are hoping that you will be able to collect the essential items from things you have in your home already and the classroom specific lists will be less expensive, have only the items your child will need, and you will be able to order them online beginning on Friday, September 7th. This is a new process we are undertaking with the goal of reusing materials, ordering less and saving our families money.

When we return in September, our focus will be on building a strong community in which every student and family belongs. This theme is becoming more and more important as our school community grows.

“First Week” – September 4-7th, 2017 (Grades 1-6)

Tuesday September 4th, 2017 – First day of school for Grades 1-6 (8:50-10am)

  • First bell is at 8:50am and students will be dismissed 10am.
  • All returning students in Grades 1-6 will report to previous year’s classroom.
  • All newly registered students in Grade 1-6 will check in at main office and then report to gymnasium.

Wednesday September 5th, 2017 – Full day for Grade 1-6.

Kindergarten “First Week” Schedule:

Families have been emailed with information regarding their child’s schedule for gradual entry into Kindergarten.  If you have not received this email please contact Mrs. Sweeney at ssweeney@sd48.bc.ca, our office will re-open August 27th.

Registration During Summer Hours:

Please note that is you are registering a child at Garibaldi Highlands, you may do so beginning August 27th, on site at the school. The School Board Office will not be accepting student registrations during the summer.

Important Documents

AP501.2 Appendix 1 Student Registration Form

AP604.3 Acceptable Use of Information & Communications Technology APPENDIX 1

AP604.3 Acceptable Use of Information & Communications Technology APPENDIX 2

SD48 Consent for Access from Outside Media

Generic Supply List gr 1-6

Generic Supply List for English Kindergarten

Generic Supply List French Kindergarten

Weekly Update May 28 – June 1

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Dear Families and Caregivers,

Happy June 1st!

I would like to extend a huge thank you to all of the families who attended our Market last night. The Entrepreneur Project has been such a success thanks to the hard work and enthusiasm of our students, families and teachers. Last night I saw so many students who were so proud of what their classes had accomplished!

Today, many of our Intermediate classes presented their Science Projects. Students worked through the Scientific Method, testing their hypothesis and collecting data. Students created well organized presentation boards, showing their learning in a variety of ways. I saw some pretty creative projects today including: What material generates more static electricity? What happens to an egg soaked in different liquids? What are the pH levels of different candies? A student even created his own coded game!

Upcoming Events and Information:

June 5th – Kindie Visits (English K and half EFI) 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm

June 6th – District Track Meet

June 7th – Lego Competition


Have a wonderful weekend!


Mme B

iGirl in Squamish this Summer

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Please take a look at this opportunity for girls ages 9-12 this summer!

iGirl Poster Squamish 2018

Weekly Update May 22-25

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Dear Families and Caregivers,

We had a few exciting field trips this week. Our students in grades 4 and 5 spent Thursday morning at the Squamish Public Works Yard. They were greeted by an amazing team that shared the inner workings of Squamish and the services that keep our town running smoothly. It was very engaging and informative and the students really enjoyed the experience. Our grade 6 students returned today from a 3 day camp adventure at Camp Summit. They were tired but the trip was a great success with many team building activities, fun games and skill building challenges.


Upcoming events and information:

May 28th – Think of Me Campaign

May 30th – Grade 6 band to Brackendale Elementary

May 31st – Open House Gallery 5:30 – 7:30

June 1st – Grade 4/5 Science Fair


Thank you to the parents who organized and participated in the Spring Fling tonight! It was awesome to see all of the students (and parents) dressed up in their rockstar gear!

Have a wonderful weekend,



Mme B

Weekly Update May 14th – 18th

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Dear Families and Caregivers,

Thank you for all of your support this week for the various entrepreneurial projects. All of our classes have been working so hard to contribute to our fundraising efforts. We are looking forward to a celebration of our achievements at the end of this month.


Upcoming events and reminders

May 23, 24, 25 – Grade 6 students at Camp Summit

May 25- PAC mtg at 9:00 am


Have a wonderful May Long Weekend!


Mme B

Mental Health Awareness

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Here is some information on an upcoming community event!

Mental Health Day Child 2018

Sexual Health Resources

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Here is a short list of books that may help families engage in conversations on topics related to sexual health.

For K-3 students:

Boys, Girls & Body Science: A first book about facts of life – Meg Hickling

What’s the Big Secret?: Talking about sex with girls and Boys – Laurie Krasny Brown

Who Has What?: All about girls’ bodies and boys’ bodies – Robie H. Harris

What Makes a Baby? – Cory Silverberg

It’s NOT the Stork! A book about girls, boys, babies, bodies, families and friends – Robie H. Harris

Amazing You! Getting smart about your private parts – Gail Saltz

Where Willy Went… The big story of a little sperm! – Nicholas Allan

For 4-7 students

Hair in Funny Places – Babette Cole

Ready, Set Grow! A “what’s happening to my body?” book for younger boys – Lynda Madaras

The What’s Happening to My Body? Book for girls: Revised Edition – Lynda Madaras

My Body, My Self for Girls: The what’s happening to my body?” Workbook – Lynda Madaras

My Body, My Self for Boys: The what’s happening to my body?” Workbook – Lynda Madaras

What’s Going on Down There? Answers to questions boys find hard to ask – Karen Gravelle

The Period Book: Everything you don’t want to ask (but need to know) – Karen & Jennifer Gravelle

It’s Perfectly Normal: Changing bodies, growing up, sex, and sexual health – Robie H. Harris

The Care and Keeping of You: The body book for younger girls, revised edition – Valorie Schaefer

Puberty Girl & Puberty Boy – Geoff Price

2014 Sexual Health Resources for Schools (updated 05/2017) VSB Social Responsibility & Diversity Team