Weekly Update January 29 – February 2

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Dear Families and Caregivers,

Happy Groundhog Day! I heard that there were conflicting predictions on whether or not we will have an extra 6 weeks of Winter. I guess time will tell!

Professional Learning at Garibaldi Highlands Elementary

Today, our staff came together to learn more about anxiety with the help of a clinician from Child and Youth Mental Health in Squamish. We explored concepts of normal anxiety and problematic anxiety. We also discussed strategies and resources that are available to both schools and families. We shared strategies we’ve used in the classroom and discussed how we could continue to support families and students, especially those who are transitioning into elementary (in Kindergarten) and those who are moving on (Middle School).

Anxiety BC

Family Smart

Kelty Mental Health

We also had a workshop on ADHA lead by Mrs. Hardjono and Mrs. Manzini. We looked specifically at self-regulation strategies and tools that also fit nicely with the learning we did on anxiety. This learning also directly supports our School Improvement Plan.

These days are so important to our own continued learning as professionals and the work that we do often translates directly to our classrooms and our students. Our team did an amazing job of organizing this meaningful learning for all of us!

Upcoming Events and Reminders

  • If you know anyone who hasn’t yet registered for Kindergarten for the 2018/2019 school year, please encourage them to do so. This helps us tremendously in our planning and decision making. If you are moving out of our school and haven’t yet told us, please connect with the office as soon as you can.

Have a wonderful weekend.

Mme B

Weekly Update January 22-26

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Dear Families and Caregivers,

Happy Friday! Another amazing week at GHE has come and gone. Our intermediate students took part this week in an assembly to celebrate the outstanding Take a Stand Projects that were completed by Intermediate students last year. Many of our current and former students were recognized for various projects around conservation. Please click here if you’d like to learn more about this amazing initiative.

After an exciting project launch last week with parent presenter Eric Pateman, our classes are now busy brainstorming creative ways to turn their $100 into $500 dollars in an effort to raise funds to build schools is Mexico. The objective of this project is to see students work together to make a difference in the world while encouraging them to develop their entrepreneurial skills. We are grateful for the support from Mr. Pateman and we are so excited to see the progress!

Thank you for your continued support and please contact us if you have any questions or concerns.


Mme B


Weekly Update January 8-12, 2018

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Happy New Year et Bonne Annee!

It has been a great start to 2018 and we are so happy to be back! There have been so many exciting things happening already. In Mrs. Parsloe and Mrs. Bowden’s classes, students have been exploring precepts inspired by the novel Wonder. Students focused on kindness and making a positive impact on the world. In Mrs. Pettingill’s class, students have begun a new theme on Names and will be exploring this theme through story. In Mrs. Harwood’s class, students continue to explore letter sounds through actions and songs. Several classes have begun an inquiry project on Housing or Transportation in Squamish. This is a project that schools throughout our School District will be participating in. We are looking forward to sharing more about the learning that will be happening through this authentic project.


Upcoming dates and important reminders

  • There will be a French Immersion Parent meeting on January 17th at 7:00 pm at the Eagle Eye Theatre. This meeting is for Kindergarten and Grade 1 families.
  • PAC meeting on January 19th
  • Kindergarten Registration on January 23rd
  • A red crazy carpet was lost this week. If you have a red crazy carpet with a different child’s name on it, please return to the school

Sliding – Unless we receive significant snowfall this weekend, the sliding hill will be closed until further notice. Please do not send sleds to school unless we get a decent amount of snow coverage over the weekend. Today we had students sliding in mud and now we have exposed rocks, concrete and ice.

We hope you have a wonderful weekend.


Mme B


Winter Concerts at GHE

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Dear Families and Caregivers,

Our Winter Concerts begin this Tuesday!  Here is a reminder of the dates each class is performing.  Please note that there will be a performance on all three days at 1:30 pm and 6:30 pm.

To ensure the audience size meets the fire code for the gym, we remind everyone that we ask only immediate family members and grandparents to attend. We are asking that you limit those attending to 3 people per family. We appreciate your support in making sure that we have 3 fun and safe nights!

December 19th December 20th December 21st
Mrs. Griffin

Mrs. Newell

Mme Dufresne (Mme Kezakimana)

Mrs. Lovell/Heikoop

Mme Elston (Mme Benoit)

Mme Poisson

Mme Maskell

Mrs. Pettingill

Mme. Prescott

Mme. Hardjono

Mrs. Harwood

Ms. Hartviksen

Mme. Jacobs

Mme. Moore

Mrs. Barlas

Mrs. Mah

Mme. Iredale

Mr. Matheson

Mr. Parsloe

Mrs. Parsloe

Mrs. Bowden

Mr. Lum

We are looking forward to seeing the children perform this week!


Mme B

Weekly Update November 14-17

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Good Evening Families and Caregivers,

There are so many amazing projects underway at GHE. If you are thinking about getting your child involved in BOKS, please let us know. Starting the day with physical activity in a fun setting helps set children up for success throughout the day.

Did you know that there is a team of parents and teachers exploring the options for an outdoor classroom and garden? We are exploring ways to support learning outside the classroom that incorporate elements of nature and authentic learning tasks. Again, if you are interested in working with us, please connect with myself or the PAC.

Next week we will be presenting our School Improvement Plan to the Board and Senior Staff. The SIP is a plan we use to guide our decision making and is based on data collected over time (Report card data, FSA scores, surveys, School Wide Writes and more). Our SIP this year is aligned with the work that has been done over the last two years at GHE.

Here is our Theory of Action for the 2017-2018 School Year:

If the staff, students and parents at Garibaldi Highlands Elementary School develop a school framework that includes:

  • Frequent and targeted learning opportunities that support Self-Regulation (tools/strategies)
  • the building of common language around self-assessment, reflection and self-regulation
  • a collaborative to project based learning, inquiry, and problem based learning

Then, our students will be able to confidently communicate:

  • How they select appropriate tools and strategies to manage powerful emotions & challenging situations
  • reflect, assess, and communicate their readiness to learn as well as how their learning is contributing to their personal growth and their school and larger community
  • their learning in relation to our GHE learner profile and our Pathways to Learning Education plan

If you are interested in learning more, or would like to provide feedback, please let me know.

Reminders and Information

Whenever possible, please walk/bike to school to help us cut down on traffic congestion and when you are picking up, please refrain from idling your vehicle.

Connecting with PAC – Facebook Page

Volunteers needed for the Craft Fair – Sign up

PAC Movie Night – November 24th

Report Cards go home – November 27th

If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact me!


Mme B

Weekly Update October 23-27

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Dear Families and Caregivers,

Another week has come to a close with incredible sunshine and warm weather! Our week began with an engaging presentation called Zero Heroes. Students learned about reducing waste and protecting the planet. Halloween is just around the corner and many classes have been preparing special Halloween projects. Mrs. Griffin’s students have been building Halloween displays with haunted houses throughout the school. Mme Dufresne’s students have been busy preparing and practicing Halloween plays and many classes visited the West Coast Railway Heritage to pick up their pumpkins.

Upcoming Events and Reminders:

BOKS – Wednesday, November 1st will be the next BOKS session. We are very fortunate to have been able to hire a coach to lead the program but we still need parent volunteers who will actively participate during the morning sessions. There will be no need to lead, just play, have fun and enjoy being physically active with our students!

Halloween – Tuesday, October 31st we will have 2 Halloween parades in the gym in the morning. Classes are signing up with their buddy classes to participate. Please remember that students are not permitted to bring any accessory that looks like a weapon. We also caution against bringing important accessories as it isn’t uncommon for things to go missing during the day. We recommend that students (especially younger ones) bring a change of clothes so they may change throughout the day. Finally, as we are in a K-6 school, sometimes our younger students become afraid, especially if students are wearing masks. If the classroom teacher has allowed masks in the classroom, students will be asked to leave their masks off when playing outside during short and long recess.

Hot Lunch– Thursday, November 2nd

Implementation Day – Friday, November 3rd is our District Implementation Day and school is not in session.


Have a wonderful weekend with family and friends.



Mme B

GHE October 16-19

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Good Evening Parents and Caregivers,

I would like to start off by thanking the parents and students who organized the Halloween Dance last night. Thank you Mieke and dad DJs Sean and Matt for putting on such an amazing event. The GHE community is so supportive and inclusive – not to mention a lot of fun! This week, I also had the pleasure of taking 21 of our Grade 6 student leaders to We Day. Our team will now work with our school population to support local and global initiatives to raise awareness on issues that students really care about. Our school also participated in the Great ShakeOut on Thursday. Students debriefed the drill in class with their teachers but if you have a chance to discuss the event, especially with younger children, please take the time to do so.

Important Reminders

Drop-off and Pick-up

I know that most of you are well aware of how challenging our parking and drop-off/pick-up situation is. We are an expanding neighborhood school and with the weather turning, I have to reiterate the importance of safety. Please remember that the loop is for drop-off and pick-up only. Whenever possible, please pull your vehicle up as far as you can in order to keep the flow of traffic going. If you are able to continue to walk or ride bikes, even as the weather turns, we would appreciate you continuing with that routine. Ultimately, we must ensure that all of our students arrive safety and we count on our families to help us with that.

Dogs on School Property

The Dogs on School Property Policy has now been passed. Please take a look at the language used. As a school community, we are able to develop our own plan, with the Policy as a foundation, to work together to ensure that all of our families feel supported. As always, safety is our number one priority so please keep your dogs leashed and clean up after them. Please do not bring aggressive dogs on property and never leave your dog unattended.

Upcoming Events and Reminders

  • GHE Craft Fair is Thursday, November 30th.

Adult tables for GHE parents only are now available until November 3rd.  After that the tables will be open to the public.  The cost of tables is $27.00 ea. until November 17th.  After that the cost goes to $30.00 ea. Student tables will be available again this year.  The cost will be $5.00 for half a table and tables will be on a first come – first serve basis. A parent must be present at the table with the student for the duration of the event. Registration forms can be picked up and dropped off at the office.

  • The BOKS program starts on October 25th


Have a wonderful weekend!

Mme B