February PAC News!

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Good morning!

Here is some information from the PAC about some upcoming events and opportunities for parents to get involved in!

Missoula – Missoula auditions are set to start on Monday February 27th after school at 3:10pm. Auditions last 2 hours so your child needs to stay for the whole audition. Unfortunately there may not be enough spots for every child in the show, so please speak to your child before they audition to explain that they may not make it in this time but that they can try next year.
At 5:10pm when the audition is done, some of the children will need dinner and then will stay for a 2 hour rehearsal and some children will go home. Please be prepared to feed your child dinner after the audition in case they need to stay.
The full schedule will be given out Monday after the audition. Contact arndrea@gmail.com if you have any questions.

Playground Committee – The PAC in November 2016 voted to raise funds for another playground at GHE to accommodate the amount of children we now have at the school.
The PAC is looking for parents to join this committee and someone to spearhead the committee. This project would include looking for quotes, applying for grants, and updating the school on the progress of the playground. Please email Darnell Waite if you would like to join this committee. It will begin in the spring. darnellwaite@mac.com

Garden Club – We are looking for a few parents who might like to start and help with a garden club after school in the spring. Please email arndrea@gmail.com if you are interested.

Chess Club – We are looking for a few parents who might like to start ad help create an after school or lunch time chess club. Please email arndrea@gmail.com if you are interested.

Dr. Lysyshyn presentation for parents at Don Ross Middle School
When: Feb. 27th for Squamish at Don Ross
Time: Presentations will begin at 6:45pm
What: Health of Students in the Sea to Sky School District
Dr. Mark Lysyshyn works for Vancouver Coastal Health as the Medical Health Officer responsible for the North Shore and Sea to Sky Corridor. He is also the School Medical Officer for the Sea to Sky School District. In this presentation Dr. Lysyshyn will go over what we know about health status, healthy development and health behaviours of students and their families in the Sea to Sky School District.

Seeking Parent Input for School Calendars!

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Dear GHE Families,

Please find attached our draft school calendars for the next 3 school years.

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If you have feedback on the school calendars, please email me at plorette@sd48.bc.ca and it will be shared with the Board of Education at their March 8th meeting.

Sincerely,

Paul Lorette

Principal.

“Beware of Ice” and other news!

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Dear Parents,

We have had several concerns expressed about the ice around the school as it has been an unusual winter with snow and cold temperatures persisting longer than usual.  Our grounds department are doing their best to remove what ice they can from all school sites in the district.  The front of the school has had most of the ice removed.  The path from Perth has improved and will be sanded again.  The most problematic at the moment is the path from the Boulevard as the lower field is covered in  a thick layer of ice and then there is the hill to navigate.  The grounds crew is here today and will try to improve the path on the lower field from the Boulevard.  It may be inconvenient but the best option at this time is entering from the front of the school, followed by the entrance from Perth.  The forecast is for more snow this weekend and cold temperatures next week.  Please use extreme caution if you are walking around icy areas.

Thank you,

Paul Lorette – Principal

 

CHILDHOOD ANXIETY PRESENTATION – Wednesday, February 8th  7:00 – 8:00 pm.  Everyone is welcome to attend this free speaker series.  The presentation by Melissa Warren will discuss what is normal anxiety vs. anxiety.  Parents will learn about anxiety in children and hear Melissa give some insights on ways to support anxious children at home and in the classroom.

 

MISSOULA CHILDREN’S THEATRE – the PAC has organized Missoula Children’s Theatre to come and work with our students to present the show Peter and Wendy.  This is a great opportunity for students to get a taste of musical theatre!  Practice for this show will be February 27th – March 3rd with the show being on Saturday, March 4th.

 

The PAC is still looking for accommodations for the two actor/teachers.  They need 2 rooms (they do not need to be in the same house) for these actors. The actors are in charge of their own food and meals, they just need a place to stay for 7 nights. If anyone has a room that they would be willing to offer up for that week, we would greatly appreciate it. Please email arndrea@gmail.com if you can help out.

 

COMFORT KITS – information was emailed home about student comfort kits.   Ziploc bags will be sent home next week to put your child’s supplies in.

 

TALENT SHOW – the PAC is organizing their annual talent show for students!  Auditions will take place on March 13th & 14th at 12:05 in the music room.

 

GHE PAC Speaker Series – “Childhood Anxiety”

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The PAC has organized a special presentation on childhood anxiety.

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When: Wednesday February 8th

Where: GHE Multipurpose Room

Time: Seating will open at 6:30 and the presentation will begin at 7pm – 8pm. Child minding will be provided. Everyone is welcome to this FREE speaker series.

What is normal anxiety vs. anxiety where intervention is needed? Please join us on Wednesday February 8th to listen and learn about anxiety in our children and hear Melissa Warren give some insights on ways we can support anxious children at home and in the classroom.

Melissa Warren has a Master of Arts (MA) in Counselling Psychology. She has practiced for the past 10 years with Child and Youth Mental Health (CYMH), a specialized service within the Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD). As a mental health therapist, Melissa works with children under the age of 19 who are dealing with wide range of mental health issues, including anxiety, depression, ADHD, trauma and behaviour difficulties. She also has specialized training in Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) to work with those who struggle with self-harm and suicidal thinking. Melissa has lived in Squamish for 3.5 years and has two wonderful children who attend GHE in the French Immersion program.

 

Emergency Preparedness “COMFORT KITS” 

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Garibaldi Highlands Elementary School PAC

Guidelines for Parents

Dear Parents/ Guardians:

In thinking about unexpected events that may occur and cause an extended or unexpected stay at the school for your child, as a PAC we are asking for your cooperation in creating your child’s “Comfort Kit”.

This COMFORT KIT will provide some short-term supplies and reassurance to your child in the event of a disaster.

Going forward your child’s COMFORT KIT will be returned to you in June to be replenished and returned to school in September.

Next week, each student will receive a Ziploc bag to put all of their comfort items in. The comfort items must fit inside the provided Ziploc bag and be returned to the school by February 17, 2017. There is a poster board in the main hallway showing examples of what you could put and fit inside the Ziploc for your child.

  • Medication (if required)
  • Family photo(s)
  • 1 – Letter of reassurance to comfort your child
  • 1 – Game or small book
  • 1- Rain cover or emergency foil blanket
  • 1 – wipes/Kleenex
  • 1 – Small comfort item (deck of playing cards, mini chess or checkers, small stuffie)
  • 2 – compact and nutritious snacks (fruit bars, granola bars etc.) that has expiry date of at least June 2017
  • 1 – Juice box

Thank you for your assistance.

The GHE PAC

 

CALLING ALL PARENTS AND GRANDPARENTS!

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“Nobody can do for little children what grandparents do.

Grandparents sort of sprinkle stardust over the lives of little children.” – Alex Haley

 To kick off the new year at GHE, we invite you to participate in something new!

The GHE PAC is putting a call out, far and wide, to parents and especially grandparents who may have a special skill or talent they would enjoy sharing with the children of GHE. Whether it be chess, gardening, wood whittling, or knitting, we would love to have you working alongside our students sharing your skills and wisdom! 

If you are interested in volunteering some time either during school hours, recess breaks or after school, please respond to erin.higginbottom@gmail.com letting us know the days and times you are available on a weekly or monthly basis.

We looking forward to hearing from you!

Kindergarten Registration!

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KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION FOR THE 2017-2018 SCHOOL YEAR

Elementary Schools in Squamish, Whistler & Pemberton are welcoming Kindergarten registrations:

January 24 – 27, 2017 – 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Kindergarten in School District No. 48 offers exciting opportunities to learn through play. Your child’s play allows them to develop their core literacy skills through competency based explorations, and having fun!

English Kindergarten:

Parents/Guardians must register at their home school, present original birth certificates to verify that children will be 5 years of age on or before December 31, 2017, provide CARE Card and confirmation of residence at time of registration. Registration forms are available on the main page of our website or at your home school.

Cultural Journeys

Cultural Journeys at Stawamus is a Program of Choice that will be accepting kindergarten registrations for kindergarten students across the district. Parents/Guardians must register at Stawamus School, present original birth certificates to verify that children will be 5 years old on or before December 31,  2017, provide CARE Card and confirmation of residence at time of registration. Registration forms are available on the main page of our website or at Stawamus. For more information about this program, please contact Principal Ryan Massey at rmassey@sd48.bc.ca.

 

Squamish Early French Immersion Program

(Kindergarten and Grade One)

Squamish Elementary and Garibaldi Highlands Elementary Schools are welcoming Kindergarten and Grade 1 registrations for Early French Immersion in September 2017. As a first step, parents must register at their French Immersion catchment school. Children currently in English Kindergarten wishing to enroll in Early French Immersion for Grade 1 in September 2017, may also register at this time at their French Immersion catchment area school. Further details on French Immersion catchment area schools can be found on School District No. 48 website – www.sd48seatosky.org/

French Immersion Kindergarten:

Parents/Guardians must register at their French Immersion catchment school (Squamish Elementary School or Garibaldi Highlands Elementary School), present original birth certificates to verify that children will be 5 years old on or before December 31, 2017, provide CARE Card and confirmation of residence at time of registration. Registration forms are available on the main page of our website or your French Immersion catchment school.

French Immersion Grade One:

Parents/ Guardians must register at their French Immersion catchment school (Squamish Elementary School or Garibaldi Highlands Elementary School), present original birth certificates to verify that children will be 6 years old on or before December 31, 2017, provide CARE Card, and confirmation of residence at time of registration. Registration forms are available on the main page of our website or at your French Immersion catchment area school.

Parent information sessions for Squamish area Kindergarten and Grade 1 French Immersion will be held in the Eagle Eye Community Theatre on January 18, 2017 at 7:00 pm.

** Please note that Late French Immersion for Grade 5 entry in Squamish, Whistler and Pemberton will take place on February 24, 2017 at 8:00 am. Look for upcoming ads and information sessions.  Please note all programs of choice (Early French Immersion & Cultural Journeys) registrations will temporarily be placed on a waitlist until availability of space is confirmed at each site. As this is a program of choice students will be accepted on a first come first served basis.

Thank you!

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