Good Evening Parents and Caregivers,
This week, students in Mme Dufrense class did an art lesson with an artist in residence (Mme Dufrense’s mom!). Mr. Parlsoe and Mr. Matheson both had QUEST university students in their classes teaching DNA extraction from bananas. Mme Jacob’s students have been creating art work while learning different sounds. The theme this week was Halloween. Hands on learning took place in many classes this week with sewing projects in Mme Maskell’s class and super hero capes in Mme Iredale’s class. Many classes wrapped up the week with STEM challenges including the chain challenge in Mrs. Newell’s class and the marshmallow challenge in Mr. Matheson’s class.
Upcoming events and information:
We Day for grade 6 students – October 18th
Halloween Dance – Oct 19th
Pro D Day – Oct 20th
PAC Meeting – Oct 27th
Breakfast Club – breakfast club is starting next week and will run on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at 8:30. Volunteers are needed!
Hot Lunch – Nov 2nd
Pro D Day – Nov 3rd
Photo Retake – Nov 9th
Wishing you a restful weekend with family and friends.
Dear Families and Caregivers,
The week leading up to Thanksgiving has been full of excitement and learning. Students in Mrs. Parsloe’s class worked in teams to make delicious cranberry bread and Mrs. Pettingill’s class made a beautiful apple crumble with apples from our Fruit and vegetable program. If you have a chance to visit our school, make sure you check out how students in Mrs. Bowden and Mrs. Babuin’s class have changed Fixed Mindsets to Growth Mindsets. Our week wrapped up with many fun crafts and activities including a Thanksgiving Flash Mob performed by Mrs. Kindree and Mrs. Heikoop’s students.
A special THANK YOU to all the parent organizers and student volunteers who helped run the first hot lunch of the year.
As mentioned on Monday, we kept our forest closed for the week after the cougar sighting in the Garibaldi Highlands area. There were no new alerts posted by Wildsafe BC or sightings so we will reopen our forest Tuesday, October 10th (unless we receive another alert). If you have a chance, I encourage you to visit the Wildsfe BC website for great resources and tips.
Upcoming events and information:
- The Squamish Fire Department will be visiting Kindergarten classes on October 10th
- The next x-country meet is October 12th in Whistler
I hope you have a relaxing long weekend with family and friends.
Farewell September! Another wonderful week at GHE has come and gone. It’s hard to believe we went from preparing the daffodil garden under a blue sky with Mrs. Kindree and Mrs. Heikoop’s class to jumping in puddles at recess today. This week, students in Mr. Parsloe and Mr. Matheson’s classes prepared and presented the Routine Rally to our Primary Students. Students learned about expected behaviors inside and outside the school in a fun and interactive way. The Scholastic Book Fair was a great success as was the Potluck and Meet the Teacher evening. Thank you to PAC and families for all of your support. We ended our week honouring survivors of Residential School by coming together in circle, reading stories, doing art projects and other activities.
Dogs on property: At this time, our school district’s draft policy states that “all dogs must be kept on a leash, tether, or other suitable device, and under the immediate care and control of a competent person. In the event a dog defecates on school district property, the competent person in control of the dog must immediately remove and dispose of the feces in a sanitary manner.”
At this time, we ask that you do not leave your dog unattended and that you keep your dog on a leash. We have had some concerns about dogs urinating on or close to play equipment and dogs fighting. I ask that you please respect our draft policy and help make our school grounds safe for all students and families. We will continue to work with our PAC on this policy and any changes that might occur once the policy has passed.
Water: I have been in contact with the School Board Office today regarding the safety of our drinking water. GHE tested well below the maximum allowable levels for lead in May of this year. Regardless of this, Vancouver Coastal Health has asked that any school in their region that tests below the maximum allowable levels still flush taps weekly. The water in the classrooms is potable but we are encouraging our students to use the fill station located in the hall.
Upcoming Events and Information:
- Photo day is Monday, October 2nd
- Our first Fire Drill will be Thursday, October 5th at 10:15 am
- Our first Hot Lunch is Friday, October 6th
As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact me directly.
Have a wonderful weekend!
GHE Update – September 18-22
Another week has flown by at GHE! Although the cougar sightings on Sunday and Monday seemed to occupy a lot our time, there was so much more going on!
- Mrs. Parsloe’s class tallied up the funds raised for Terry Fox and we raised over $6000.00!
- Mme Hardjorno and her kindies shared story time with their parents
- Mme Dufresne and her grade 4 students sewed their own beautiful pillows
- Genius Hour in Mr. Matheson’s class has started many amazing projects from a submarine to a website on how to make your own Halloween costumes
- We now have not one but two student newspapers on the go. One newspaper is being designed from Primary and the other for Intermediate. A number of very keen students have been meeting to develop their plans, including comics, jokes, stories, colouring contests with some work being completed in French. The first issue for both papers will be released on October 9th
- We continue to talk about safe play outside during both short and long recess. We would appreciate you taking some time to discuss safety with your child and what each of us is responsible for in order to keep GHE a safe place for EVERY student.
A reminder that the Potluck and Parent Teacher night is Wednesday, September 27th. The potluck is from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm and teachers will be available to meet in their classrooms from 7:00 pm to 7:30 pm.
The Scholastic Book fair will be open on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday next week.
Have a wonderful weekend!
Principal – Garibaldi Highlands Elementary
GHE update for September 11-15th, 2017
Good evening Families and Caregivers,
We’ve had another wonderful week at GHE! I’ve had the opportunity to see students buddy reading, others working collaboratively to solve math equations and a small but mighty group of Grade 5s who are working to get a student newspaper going. Classes continue to discuss community and belonging and I’ve seen many moments when our students demonstrated how they care for one another.
I’d like to say a massive THANK YOU to Claire Parsloe and her students for organizing another successful Terry Fox assembly. Thank you also to Emma Moses and all of our course marshals who kept us safe and motivated today.
Important dates and events:
- Verification forms are being sent home need to be updated and returned as soon as possible.
- The PAC meeting has been rescheduled to September 29th
- Our Book Fair will be open on September 26 to 28th
- September 28th is Meet the Teacher
- Orange shirt day is on September 29th.
Have a wonderful weekend!
Thank you to all the families, caregivers, staff and students for making our first week at GHE such a positive one.
- Mr. Matheson and I held assemblies with our Primary and Intermediate students and began the week with a theme so many of our students already knew – “Belonging”. We challenged the students to think about what they could do to make sure everyone felt like they belonged. We also told them about one very important word – “YET”. If you haven’t seen The Power of Yet, it’s a great message to share with your children.
- So many exciting things were happening in classes this week: students were filming “Welcome to GHE” videos for new students, classes were meeting in circle to discuss important issues, the library was open for reading and many took advantage. Many different rotations were occurring in different classes and I had the pleasure of visiting with many students.
- Next Friday students will participate in Terry Fox (more info to follow)
I hope you have a relaxing weekend and I look forward to seeing everyone Monday morning.