April, 2015

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April is shaping up to be a busy Month at our school.  This month, on April 22, come and join us for our annual Art Show.  Our gymnasium will become an art gallery from 6:00pm to 8:00pm.  This annual event is a great opportunity to show of the wonderful artistic talents of our students.

Mrs. Galley’s class is transforming the Mike Weeks Trail into a wheelchair accessible trail to better reflect the inclusive nature of our school.  We are excited about this project.  The date has been changed to Monday, April 20.

As you may have read in a recent newsletter, our school is planning to build a Maker Space for September of 2015.  This will be a space where students can tinker with materials, simple electronics, robotics, etc and create and innovate.  Maker spaces in schools is a relatively new concept and I am attaching a couple of videos for you to get an idea of what they are all about.

Finally, an IB update for you.  I will be sending out an information package about the IB program to all parents and there will be an online survey using survey monkey to provide all parents an opportunity to give us some feedback.  We have also organized a tour of a public IB school in West Vancouver and will be able to take about 6 parents from our School planning council and PAC.  Our next information evening will be scheduled soon and we plan to have the parents who attend the tour, provide a description of the visit at the presentation.

Maker Space Videos:

March 2015

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Leading up to spring break, we are preparing to send home our March report cards and to welcome you to our Parent Teacher/Student Led Conferences.  As reported in the last newsletter, some of our staff are holding student led conferences which is a great way to involve students in presenting learning to parents.  If your child is involved in a student led conference and you would like to have an individual conference with your child’s teacher, please contact the teacher to make arrangements for an interview.

Our grade four students held a very successful First Nations Potlatch on Friday, March 13.  It was a great presentation of learning with singing, dancing, drumming and story telling.  Congratulations to our grade 4 students.

A reminder that early dismissal will be March 18 and 19 and the school closes for spring break on Friday, March 20.  School will re-open on Tuesday, April 7.

February, 2015

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Our school currently exploring the International Baccalaureate Program as a potential program direction for our school.  After our first successful parent information evening, we are planning a second for Thursday, March 5 at 7:00 PM.  We will explore the educational opportunities in the International Baccalaureate Program (Primary Years Program).  We have also added an information page to our website for you to review.

A big thank you to our PAC for sponsoring the “Askable Parent” workshop on reproductive health.  It was very well attended and proved to be quite entertaining as well as informative!

A reminder that we are currently accepting registrations for the 2015-2016 school year.

January 2015

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Note:  There was an error on our refrigerator magnets regarding spring break dates.  Please note that the last day of school before spring break is March 20, 2015 and schools will be closed until Tuesday, April 7 2015.

A big thank you to our PAC and to the almost 50 parents who came out on a rainy Thursday evening to learn about how to support numeracy learning for students.  The session with Carole Fullerton, sponsored by our PAC was fun, entertaining and loaded with great ideas to support student’s math learning.  It was so successful that we will likely do it again in the fall.  Be sure to check out Carole’s blog for information on how to support your child’s math learning

Kindergarten and Early Immersion Registration:

There will be an information session for parents who live in the Brackendale, Mamquam and Garibaldi Highlands Elementary communities at Garibaldi Highlands School on Wednesday, January 21 beginning at 7:00 in the multi purpose room.

Registration will open at 8:00 am on Tuesday, January 27.  Registration and Freedom of Information Forms (Form 1, Form 2, Form 3, Form 4) are available here for download.  Spaces in the immersion program are first come first serve and space may be limited.

December, 2014

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It has been a very festive week at our school. Walking through the halls and visiting classrooms, the sights and smells of the holidays are everywhere and the children are working hard to prepare for their concerts next week. We had an excellent PAC meeting on Tuesday evening this week with some excellent discussion focusing on education and our PAC’s fundraising goals. PAC is a wonderful way to be involved in your child’s school.   Also, congratulations to the PAC for another very successful Craft Fair. What a great family event.   A big shout out to everyone who were able to help make it happen.


Our teachers and students have been working very had getting ready for our school Christmas concerts!

TUESDAY, DEC. 16th—Grade 2—6 students will present The Polar Express. There will be a dress rehearsal at 1:30 pm and an evening performance at 6:45 pm.

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 17th—Kindergarten and grade 1 students will have their concert. There will be a dress rehearsal at 1:30 pm and an evening concert at 6:45 pm.




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It is always interesting how quickly our focus changes with the changing of the months.  Now that Halloween is over, we are quickly re-focusing on the themes of next month and a half and there are some big events to look forward too including our annual Christmas Craft Fair, and of course our holiday concerts.  On Wednesday, Nov 12 we will be holding our special Remembrance Day Assembly.  Parents are welcome to attend and it will begin at 11:00 am.

This week, on Thursday, the fire department will be here to make a presentation on fire safety to all students in grades 1-3.  This will take place in the gymnasium.  You can expect your child to be asking some questions about your family’s plans for a fire emergency.  Kindergarten students will have their own presentation at a later date.

This Friday, Nov 7, all teachers, principals and most support staff will be attending a special learning session on our district’s education plan, Pathways to Learning.  Schools are closed on Nov 10, and Nov 11.

Have a great week!


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October 30:

A beautiful Halloween clay project completed by the students in Mme Brenna’s classroom today.  A wonderful collaborative and creative effort by the students!


Congratulations to Garibaldi Highlands students!  We raised over $4000 for cancer research at our annual Terry Fox Run.  A great accomplishment.

It has been a busy October at Garibaldi Highlands Elementary.  Last week we held a very successful Terry Fox Run.  Students gathered together for a special assembly where student leaders taught us a little about Terry Fox and his goal to find a cure for Cancer.  Our students had a good run/walk and we are still counting our donations!  Earlier in the week, we held our “meet the teacher’ event and book fair, along with a GHE potluck dinner.  It was very well attended, there was delicious food and it was a nice community event.

Next week, 23 of our student leaders will be heading to Vancouver to take part in WE DAY.  The students will come back motivated to take on projects to help those in need.

  • Thursday, October 23 is individual photo day.  Don’t forget your big smiles!
  • Friday, October 24 is a Provincial Professional Development day and there will be no school for students.