An October Message

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We are honored to be learning on the traditional territory of the Skwxwu7mesh Uxwumixw (Squamish Nation)

GHE Cross Country Team 

Congratulations to all of our GHE cross country runners for doing such a great job this year. Also, thank you to Mrs. Parsloe & Ms. Wylie for coaching. Go Cougars!

XC team 2016.JPG

Terry Fox Run – $7000 raised by our students!

We are so excited about our year ahead!  So much has happened already in our school.  September saw a very successful Terry Fox run where our student showed great community leadership by leading an assembly and by raising almost $7000 for cancer research.  This must be a record for Garibaldi Highlands!  Our theme of belonging carried on throughout September and we are proud of the work our students did around building common language.

“Belonging” Update

We have had some feedback from a couple of families that some children are having some social challenges on the playground, finding groups to play with, etc.  We are going to have our student leaders plan some activities during break times to provide more options for children looking for activities.  We appreciate the feedback so that we can continue to improve our school for all our children.

Class Projects Update

K/1 fall project:  “How Changing Seasons Affect our Local Plants and Animals”

“The Best Part of Me” Project. Mr. Gordon’s intermediate class.

The Annual Halloween Dance is coming up on October 20th between 6.30 pm and 8.30 pm


We would like to remind parents that events like this are run by volunteers and can only work if we keep the following in mind:

  • Parental participation is required (please be there or have a responsible adult look after your child)
  • Please prevent your child from going outside during the dance (we don’t want them to run into a bear)
  • To have you picture taken at the Photo Booth, Parental consent is required as we will be loading the pictures on our GHE Facebook page.
  • Please come prepared with lose change.
  • We would appreciate baked goods that we can sell at the concession stand. Please drop of on October 20th.
  • On the day of the dance at 3 pm, we welcome decorators of all ages to transform the gym into a Spooky dance Hall!

HOT LUNCH IN DECEMBER – Please note that the hot lunch date is December 1st

Another year of Learning!

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We are honored to be learning on the traditional territory of the Skwxwu7mesh Uxwumixw (Squamish Nation)



Belonging at GHE

This week, all classes spent some time talking about what it means to “Belong” at Garibaldi Highlands.  At our opening assembly, each class shared their thinking about belonging and we recorded their thoughts and generated the following graphic with our students’ words: (Check more photos from our opening week theme on our “Life at GHE” page)


We would encourage our families to talk about this with your child and see what they learned about belonging at school today.

Mme Maskil’s class present their ideas on “Belonging”



“Let us find a way to belong to this time and place together.  Our future, and well being of all our children, rests with the kind of relationships we build today.”

Chief Robert Joseph


We are very pleased to be welcoming new staff to our school.  The following teachers are joining our staff:

Karen Wylie                        Intermediate Teacher

Elizabeth Elston                Early French Immersion Teacher

Amy Iredale                       Early French Immersion Teacher

Laura Hardjono                 Early French Immersion Teacher

Michelle Wada                  Learner Support

Learner Support               TBA



School Opening

  • On Tuesday, September 6 and for the remainder of the week, returning students will report to their same class from last year. New students to the school will gather in the gymnasium and will be provided with a temporary classroom placement.  Students are dismissed at 10:00 am and Wednesday, September 7th will be a full day with 3:00 pm dismissal.
  • All students will be placed in their new classes on the morning of Friday, Sept 9.
  • We will be contacting parents of grade 1 students on Thursday to let them know which classroom their children will be in on Friday afternoon for pick up. All parents are encouraged to plan a meeting place with their parents for pick up on Friday after school.
  • We are not able to take parent requests for classroom placement as our population is too large to be able to accommodate requests equitably and fairly. We thank you for your support and understanding.



Kindergarten orientation will take place on Thursday, September 8. French immersion orientation is in the morning and English Kindergarten will be in the afternoon.  Parents have been notified regarding your specific time slot for your child.  The orientation will be 45 minutes.  Parents do not need to stay on site during this time and there is no parent meeting planned during the orientation.  More specific information is being sent to all Kindergarten parents regarding orientation.

First Day – Monday September 12th (9-11am OR 1-3pm)

All the parents were emailed on Friday to confirm if their visit was in the am or pm. Kindergarten students coming in the morning were asked to bring a snack and water bottle and to dress for the weather as they will be going outside for recess.

First Full Day – Tuesday, September 13th will be a full day from 9am-3pm.





Happy Summer and See You in September!

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All of us here at GHE would like to thank everyone in our learning community for a great 2015-2016 school year.

First of all, we would like to thank all the students. You worked really hard this year and should be proud of yourselves. Now go and enjoy your summer. Play hard, run fast, bike your hearts out, and don’t forget to sleep in!

Secondly, a special thank you to all the parents, guardians, and family members for your support this year. Thank you for raising and supporting such amazing children so we can teach them…and so they can teach us!

Finally, we would like to thank the teachers and staff for a great year. It is crystal clear how hard you work and how much you care about all of these kids. It’s what makes GHE such a special place to be a part of.

In looking ahead to the first week of school in September 2016, our school-wide theme will be “Belonging and Building our GHE Community”. We are looking forward to engaging all of our students and families in building our new GHE Code of Conduct.

School Opening – September 2016

Tuesday September 6th, 2016 – 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 years classroom.
  • All newly registered students in Grade 1-6 will check in at main office and then report to gymnasium.

Wednesday September 7th, 2016 – Full day for Grade 1-6.

Monday September 12th, 2016 – Half day for all Kindergarten students.

Tuesday September 13th, 2016 – Full day for all Kindergarten students.

Have a great summer and see you in September!

GHE student in the news!

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Grade 3 student, Shahmeer Singh, made the news by writing a letter to our local newspaper on what it being “Proud to be Canadian”. Way to go, Shahmeer!

Squamish Chief – Proud to be Canadian

The picture below is Shahmeer playing “O’Canada” on his tabla for the talent show.


Last Week of School!

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Happy last Monday of the school year!

Just a couple of reminders as we finish another great school year:

PARENT APPRECIATION TEA – the staff would like to welcome all parents to a “Thank You Tea” on Wednesday June 29th from 9:00 – 10:00 am in the school gym.

LAST DAY OF SCHOOL – the last day of school for students is Wednesday, June 29th and students will be dismissed at 10:00 am.  Report cards will be given to students at that time.  Students have started bringing home their school supplies, work etc., please send an extra bag with your child to carry their items home.

SCHOOL SUPPLIES – If you are ordering your supplies from Staples all orders must be received by June 30th.  I have attached a copy of the supply lists including the information to order supplies from Staples.

2016-2017 SCHOOL CALENDAR– this calendar has already been emailed out, but thought I would send it again!

LOST & FOUND – all items left at the end of the week will be donated

BREAKFAST CLUB – the Breakfast Club is now finished for this school year.  Thank you to the Rotary Club and all the volunteers who make this program work in our school!


The Week Ahead – June 16, 2016

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TALENT SHOW – the talent show was yesterday!  A huge congratulations to all the students for their amazing work and also a BIG thank you to Christy Defranco and Traci Stevens for organizing this event!  (check out the “Life at GHE” top tab for pictures)

SCHOOL SUPPLIES – School supply lists were emailed out early this week!  Parents with students going into grade 2 -6 can purchase their own school supplies or order them on line at the Staples website staplesschooltools.caPlease note that any online orders must be completed by FRIDAY, JUNE 30TH and will be delivered to the school the first week of classes. 

FIELD TRIP – Mrs. Parsloe’s class is off to Bowen Island on Friday!

I-RIDE – students in grades 3 – 6 will be participating in this next week!  Please make sure you have completed your waiver online.  Students should bring their bikes and helmets.  If you do not have a bike one will be provided!

BAND CONCERT – on Monday, June 20th there will be a band concert at 2:00 and one at 7:00

 REPORT CARDS – We have a number of students leaving early on summer holidays.  Please note that report cards will not be handed out early.  If you would like your child’s report card mailed to you please leave a stamp, self-addressed envelope with your child’s teacher.   

 LEARNING EXPEDITION’S EXHIBITION – Everyone is invited to see what the Learning Expeditions Class working out of Stawamus Elementary has been working on!  Come to their open house on June 20th from 5 – 7 pm in the Stawamus gym.  Refreshments and entertainment will be provided by the students. 

LOST & FOUND – Remember to check out the lost and found items!  Any items left will be donated to a charity.


Sports Day 2016!

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Sports Day 2016 was a HUGE success thanks to all the amazing parents & teachers who helped organize the event.  Although a little bit rainy (or maybe a lot), the students persevered and had a great time. Congratulations to the Black & White “Pandas” for taking the trophy this year. Blue will be training hard for next year, so watch out!