The Week Ahead – May 24 to 27, 2016

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Good morning!

This is a short, but busy week!


  • Mountain Bike practice – 3:15 – 4:30pm
  • Talent Show meeting – all performers will meet in the gym at lunch today to confirm their participation in the event and also for any students that are interested in helping with props.  This is just a reminder that there will be two shows on June 16th.  One show will be from 12:05 – 1:00 and one show will be at 6:30 pm.  Please note that these will be two separate shows, and that there will be different performers at each of these shows.  If you really need to have your child perform at a certain time please email Christy at or Traci at   Please know that they cannot guarantee your request, but will try very hard to accommodate it!



    • AGENDA: Teachers presenting on project based learning and final sanctioning of funding initiatives and requests.
  • CAMP SUMMIT  – the grade 6 students are off on their year-end trip and will return to the school on Friday
  • DISTRICT TRACK MEET – this is the first day of the track meet!  The meet will take place at Don Ross Secondary from 3:30 – 6:30



  • DISTRICT TRACK MEET – this is the second day of the track meet!  The meet will take place at Don Ross Secondary from 3:30 – 6:30
  • Newell & Lowe’s class  to Cultural Journeys school



  • Grade 6 students return from Camp Summit
  • French Immersion classes go to Camp Summit
  • Mah’s class goes to Mamquam Elementary


GHE “Art & Passion Project” Showcase

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Thank you to all the parents and families for joining is on Wednesday May 18th for our GHE “Art & Passion Project”. The students worked really hard on all their projects and the teachers did a great job of helping display all their work. We are so proud of our GHE community!!!

The Week Ahead – May 11, 2016

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Here is the news for the week!

Class Photos – Thursday, May 12th

Lego Competition – Thursday, May 12th!  Doors open at 7:00 & competition starts at 7:15  sharp.

Pro D Day – Friday, May 13th is a Pro D Day so classes will not be in session

BOKS – there will be no BOKS on Friday as it is a Pro D Day.  See everyone on Tuesday!

COIN WAR – On May 16th, 17th, and 18th, our GHE Leadership students are going to be hosting a Coin War.  This is how it works. Each division will have a container labeled with their class name outside the office.  Only Quarters, Loonies and Toonies will be collected.  Quarters will be counted as 1 point for the class container they are in and Loonies will be counted as 5 points.  Toonies will be 10 points against the class container they are in.  Start thinking strategy! The class with the most points will win and the winning class will be announced on Friday afternoon.  Let the games begin!  The money raised will be donated to the We Day Foundation’s initiative to provide safe drinking water to all citizens of our planet.

Art Showcase – May 18th  6:30 – 8:30 pm



It has been a  busy week in the library.  We have had author visits from Nora Ryan, Ann Alma (talking about her latest kids’ gardening book) and Ashely Spires(Chocolate Lily author/illustrator.)  The kids have really enjoyed these valuable and inspirational visits.  Thank you again to our PAC for their funding of these events!


Ready Set Learn!

On Monday we had a Ready, Set, Learn event in the library for preschoolers and parents.  We read books, drew pictures, cut shapes and modelled with plasticene.   Our focus was on fine motor skills.  We will have another session on Mon. June 13 from 2:00-3:00.  We hope to see you there.

GHE Bike Rodeo! 

Thank you to the Squamish Rotary, Squamish RCMP, Lisa Manzini, and all the Grade 5/6 students for helping out with this year’s Bike Rodeo. It was a great time had by all!




“New” Newsletter – April 30, 2016

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News from the Admin Team

Happy weekend to our GHE community! We have had some feedback regarding how our school communicates with our parents. We have made some enhancements to our website this year to include more educational content and have had some positive feedback. However, we recognize that the way people interact with information on their various devices is constantly changing.

For this reason, we are going to try changing our weekly newsletter format from an attached PDF document to an email with bulleted items. The email will begin with school updates from our administration, highlights from the current week, and information about the upcoming week.

We recognize that effective communication is an important part of a successful school community and we hope these changes will better meet the needs of our students and families.

 GHE Learning Showcase

This year the GHE Art Show is being expanded to include not only student Art, but also to other areas of student learning.

We have re-scheduled our Spring Learning Showcase to Wednesday May 18, 2016 from 6:30pm-8:00pm. The format for this event will be in the form of a “Gallery Walk” where families will be encouraged to walk around the entire school to see everyone’s work. Each classroom will display student work in the hallway. Some class will be showcasing their favorite Art project while some classes may choose to showcase a project, or both. Some of our Grade 5 & 6 students will be showcasing their yearlong Passion Projects throughout the school and part of their project will be to answer the questions:  What are you learning? How is it going? and where to next with your learning?

We look forward to seeing you there!



 This is to let all parents know that students are not permitted to use electronic devices such as phones at school, unless they have permission from their teacher and the use is related to their learning in their classroom.



Friday, April 29th

 -Local author Nora Ryan will presenting her latest book, “Pihoqahiak- A Polar Bears’ Story” to the grade 5/6 classes.  Inspired by real life events, it is the fictional account of one polar bear’s life in captivity.

 Current Library themes and displays- Spring, Chocolate Lily, Poetry Month, Mother’s Day

 GHE Red Cedar voting  favourites- The Swallow by C. Cotter and If… by D. Smith.  All students are now welcome to check out these club books. 


Congratulations to Ben Prozny & Riley Fenton.  They are the winners of the grocery receipt draw.  Please remember to bring in your receipts from Craig’s Independent Grocery (previously Extra Foods)! 


BOKS – The BOKS program is a huge success!  If your child has brought home a BOKS bracelet can you please return it to the office.


DARE Grad – The grade 6 students in Mr. Gordon’s class will have their DARE grad on Tuesday, May 10th  at 2:00 pm (all parents welcome)



May 5 – hot lunch

May 9 – author visit

May 10 – bike rodeo

May 11 – author visit

May 12 – class photos



New Picnic Benches at GHE!

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Our GHE community received 4 brand new picnic benches today courtesy of Howe Sound Secondary teacher Graham Carson and his team of amazing students. The team worked hard for 2 days and the tables are now in place for everyone in our community to enjoy. Thank you, Graham!


GHE “Buddy Bench” Winners!

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Congratulations to Grade 5/6 students Eliza Smith, Alex Austen, and Kaitlyn Bell for winning the GHE “Buddy Bench” Design Contest.

The girls drafted the bench design (with measurements), created a model, estimated the cost of building it, and chose a specific location. Intermediates students voted on the benches last week and picked theirs! They are now preparing to build the actual bench and are hoping to have it ready by the spring. Way to go girls!

All the designs are located in our school foyer. Please come and have a look at all the cool designs!

buddy bench


Ready, Set, Learn!

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This is to confirm that Ready Set Learn for the Squamish Schools will be on Friday March 11th from 10-12 at the Squamish Public Library. Please see below for more information.


Ready Set Learn