Weekly update March 12th-16th

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Good Afternoon Families and Caregivers,

We hope you have a wonderful Spring Break, it’s hard to believe it’s already here! As we begin to plan for the 2018-2019 school year, we would appreciate knowing about any changes you may be planning. If you are moving out of our School District or planning on switching to our English program, please notify us as soon as possible, our school continues to grow and this information will help us better plan for the next school year.


Upcoming events and important information

April 3rd – First Day back

April 5th – Hot Lunch

April 16th or 17th – Ask-able Parent with Kristen from Options for Sexual Health. We will set the date upon return from Spring Break. This will be an evening parent event and it is well worth it!!


Have a wonderful break.


Mme B

Weekly Update March 5th to 9th

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Good Afternoon Families and Caregivers,

We are beginning to see some signs of Spring! Classes are starting to plan and prepare garden projects, all students participated in a workshop presented by Michael Allen, Sea to Sky Corridor’s resident bear expert, and we’ve been able to enjoy other games and activities outside in the sun!

Our week began with a beautiful presentation by Red Sky Theatre called Mistatim. The students were captivated by the energetic and vibrant tale of friendship and trust through the taming of a wild house. Follow the link to learn more about this powerful story!

We also had the pleasure of having Dr. Kelly in several of our Primary classes this week to learn about our bodies.

This afternoon our Grades 5/6 basketball players headed to DRM for a wrap up celebration of their accomplishments. A huge thank you to Mr. Parsloe and Mr. Matheson for organizing the games!

We look forward to seeing families at our Student Led Conferences next week. Don’t forget, we have early dismissal on Wednesday, March 14th and Thursday, March 15th at 2:00 pm.

Have a wonderful weekend!


Mme B

Weekly Update February 26 – March 2

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Dear Families and Caregivers,

Our week began with amazing professional development opportunities for staff. Shelley Moore started us off on Monday with a keynote on Diversity and Inclusion in the classroom, sharing many anecdotes about creating learning and learning environments that are accessible to all students. Acknowledging the importance of diversity and inclusion was an appropriate theme this week as we celebrated Pink Shirt Day on Wednesday, February 28th. We had 2 wonderful assemblies organized by our Grade 6 students. They shared the history of Pink Shirt Day, the importance of inclusion at school and some strategies to use when children are feeling unsafe. We are so thankful for the leadership of our older GHE students!

Upcoming Events and Important Information

March 14/15 – Student Led Conferences, early dismissal at 2:00 pm both days

March 16 – Last day of school before Spring Break


Have a wonderful weekend!


Mme B

Weekly Update January 29 – February 2

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Dear Families and Caregivers,

Happy Groundhog Day! I heard that there were conflicting predictions on whether or not we will have an extra 6 weeks of Winter. I guess time will tell!

Professional Learning at Garibaldi Highlands Elementary

Today, our staff came together to learn more about anxiety with the help of a clinician from Child and Youth Mental Health in Squamish. We explored concepts of normal anxiety and problematic anxiety. We also discussed strategies and resources that are available to both schools and families. We shared strategies we’ve used in the classroom and discussed how we could continue to support families and students, especially those who are transitioning into elementary (in Kindergarten) and those who are moving on (Middle School).

Anxiety BC

Family Smart

Kelty Mental Health

We also had a workshop on ADHA lead by Mrs. Hardjono and Mrs. Manzini. We looked specifically at self-regulation strategies and tools that also fit nicely with the learning we did on anxiety. This learning also directly supports our School Improvement Plan.

These days are so important to our own continued learning as professionals and the work that we do often translates directly to our classrooms and our students. Our team did an amazing job of organizing this meaningful learning for all of us!

Upcoming Events and Reminders

  • If you know anyone who hasn’t yet registered for Kindergarten for the 2018/2019 school year, please encourage them to do so. This helps us tremendously in our planning and decision making. If you are moving out of our school and haven’t yet told us, please connect with the office as soon as you can.

Have a wonderful weekend.

Mme B

Weekly Update January 22-26

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Dear Families and Caregivers,

Happy Friday! Another amazing week at GHE has come and gone. Our intermediate students took part this week in an assembly to celebrate the outstanding Take a Stand Projects that were completed by Intermediate students last year. Many of our current and former students were recognized for various projects around conservation. Please click here if you’d like to learn more about this amazing initiative.

After an exciting project launch last week with parent presenter Eric Pateman, our classes are now busy brainstorming creative ways to turn their $100 into $500 dollars in an effort to raise funds to build schools is Mexico. The objective of this project is to see students work together to make a difference in the world while encouraging them to develop their entrepreneurial skills. We are grateful for the support from Mr. Pateman and we are so excited to see the progress!

Thank you for your continued support and please contact us if you have any questions or concerns.


Mme B


Weekly Update January 8-12, 2018

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Happy New Year et Bonne Annee!

It has been a great start to 2018 and we are so happy to be back! There have been so many exciting things happening already. In Mrs. Parsloe and Mrs. Bowden’s classes, students have been exploring precepts inspired by the novel Wonder. Students focused on kindness and making a positive impact on the world. In Mrs. Pettingill’s class, students have begun a new theme on Names and will be exploring this theme through story. In Mrs. Harwood’s class, students continue to explore letter sounds through actions and songs. Several classes have begun an inquiry project on Housing or Transportation in Squamish. This is a project that schools throughout our School District will be participating in. We are looking forward to sharing more about the learning that will be happening through this authentic project.


Upcoming dates and important reminders

  • There will be a French Immersion Parent meeting on January 17th at 7:00 pm at the Eagle Eye Theatre. This meeting is for Kindergarten and Grade 1 families.
  • PAC meeting on January 19th
  • Kindergarten Registration on January 23rd
  • A red crazy carpet was lost this week. If you have a red crazy carpet with a different child’s name on it, please return to the school

Sliding – Unless we receive significant snowfall this weekend, the sliding hill will be closed until further notice. Please do not send sleds to school unless we get a decent amount of snow coverage over the weekend. Today we had students sliding in mud and now we have exposed rocks, concrete and ice.

We hope you have a wonderful weekend.


Mme B


Winter Concerts at GHE

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Dear Families and Caregivers,

Our Winter Concerts begin this Tuesday!  Here is a reminder of the dates each class is performing.  Please note that there will be a performance on all three days at 1:30 pm and 6:30 pm.

To ensure the audience size meets the fire code for the gym, we remind everyone that we ask only immediate family members and grandparents to attend. We are asking that you limit those attending to 3 people per family. We appreciate your support in making sure that we have 3 fun and safe nights!

December 19th December 20th December 21st
Mrs. Griffin

Mrs. Newell

Mme Dufresne (Mme Kezakimana)

Mrs. Lovell/Heikoop

Mme Elston (Mme Benoit)

Mme Poisson

Mme Maskell

Mrs. Pettingill

Mme. Prescott

Mme. Hardjono

Mrs. Harwood

Ms. Hartviksen

Mme. Jacobs

Mme. Moore

Mrs. Barlas

Mrs. Mah

Mme. Iredale

Mr. Matheson

Mr. Parsloe

Mrs. Parsloe

Mrs. Bowden

Mr. Lum

We are looking forward to seeing the children perform this week!


Mme B