Weekly Update » May 20, 2022

May 20, 2022



Hello Everyone –


Finding Joy and Gratitude


I don’t know about you, but many of us here at the school have been surprised in the morning this week to have sunshine, and then surprised about our surprise – because . . . Isn’t it usually sunny and warm this time of year?   And while the rain can be cozy and get us in the mood for hunkering down and enjoying a good book, a warm sweater, comfort food and a snuggle; sometimes it can also make us feel stuck in a rut and give us a case of the blahs.


This long weekend may you find Joy and Gratitude, and not just because of the weather.  Gratitude is an important practice that cultivates Joy.  It’s a mindful practice we teach the students at St’a7mes in order to support their mental health; and it also may  be a practice that coincides with your family’s way of being. 


Gratitude is something we must do on purpose. We can build it into our daily routines to ensure that it happens. Below are some suggestions from Brene Brown’s podcast ‘Finding Joy and Gratitude’.  To hear an excerpt, click the picture below to access a You Tube clip with Brene speaking to the research and wisdom behind this practice.

(If link doesn't work, please copy and paste https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2IjSHUc7TXM into a web browser).


1/ Keep a Gratitude Journal

2/ 1234 – set an alarm at 12:34 pm and stop to be grateful for something

3/ Say a gratitude at a meal time or as part of a wake up, or going to bed ritual

4/ Text a video clip of to a friend expressing a gratitude for that friend.  



St’a7mes Students – next week if you bring to the office a note or a video clip of your friend expressing gratitude and appreciation for your friendship, we will use it as a ‘student of the week’ nomination for you and your friend. 


Have a wonderfully joyful long weekend,


  • Alysa


Joy and Gratitude




Resources for Families to Access Supports and Information on Anxiety


Anxiety Canada: anxietycanada.com

Kelty Mental Health: Home | Kelty Mental Health

Child Mind Institute: childmind.org/healthyminds/students (videos for children, middle school and high school).

Child Anxiety Network: childanxiety.net

Centre for Clinical Interventions: cci.health.wa.gov.au

EASE Program: EASE Online – Healthy Minds BC (gov.bc.ca) (This resource is being used in the schools and will provide consistency between home and school when managing anxiety, check out the specific resources for parents).

Mindshift (Free App)


Book: Invisible String

Book: The Kissing Hand

Book: Sitting Still like a Frog (order from Odin books)


School anxiety and attendance challenges (Kelty mental health): https://keltymentalhealth.ca/school-attendance-webinars


Confident Parents Thriving kids: welcome.cmhacptk.ca (This is a great starting point for parents who need more support in learning and helping their children with anxiety: Note: there are two programs -  anxiety and behavioural (this one requires a doctor referral).




Monday, May 23 is Victoria Day

Please notice, that school is not in session on Monday, May 23.

We wish everyone a safe and relaxing long weekend


Victoria Day



Khloe Godin  - This week honoured. Thank you for being so awesome!
Khloe Godin

Squamish Helping Hands-Under One Roof and the Squamish Rotary Club are collaborating to relaunch the Recycling Bicycle Program.  Our premier event this spring is a Kids Bike Drive. June 4th , 10:00 am – 4:00 pm, behind the Library by the garden boxes.
What is Recycle Bicycle?
The Recycle Bicycle Program was created in 2007 with the simple idea of fixing donated bicycles and providing them to locals in need.  Although the flow of bikes has slowed down through the COVID years, hundreds of bikes have been donated, repaired and given to those in need. Through this Kids Bike Drive we will collecting, repairing and distributing bikes to kids and families in need throughout Squamish.
How can you help?
•    Do you have a Kids bike that isn’t being ridden, you can donate.  Between 10:00 am – 12:00 pm. June 4th.
• Are you Handy? Come Join our Team of staff and volunteers to help clean and repair bikes. Between 11:00 am – 4:00 pm. Please contact [email protected] and we will find a role so you can contribute.
Need a bike?
•    Ride ready kid’s bikes can be picked-up by families in-need from 2:00 – 4:00 pm and a waiting list will be created if there is high demand.
For more information see the attached flyer and Poster.



Please see below great poster of pre-teen dance for youth soccer fundraiser that will be happening in June to kick off the summer. 

Squamish Valley Recreation Team will be hosting as chaperones on site. Music, concession, and just great fun to kick off the summer.

Please feel free to contact Shawnna Apodaca (604-849-1305) if you have any questions.


Preteen Dance



We were thrilled to secure a grant to allow our students to participate in a track and field program on Mondays and Wednesdays for the month of May. The program will finish with a track and field Mini Olympics on June 3rd. 



Our PAC has set up an account at the recycling depot, located at 38927 Queens Way #15, Squamish. If you would like to support PAC fundraising initiatives, please drop off your recyclables and have the proceeds put on our account # 604-892-5904. Thank you in advance for your support. 





Dear Families,

Class photos were sent home this week. If you would like to purchase extras or one of our entire school please find instructions and information below:

STWSCH21DIV1 (code for students from division 01 - Ms. Lindsey)

STWSCH21DIV2 (code for students from division 02 - Ms. Kye)

STWSCH21DIV3 (code for students from division 03 - Ms. Jenna)

STWSCH21DIV4 (code for students from division 04 - Ms. Kathleen )

STWSCH21DIV5 (code for students from division 05 - Brodie)

STWSCH21PAN (code for whole school panorama photo)


  • Visit myorder.mountainwest.ca
  • Enter your email and the code given above.
  • Select the class image you prefer and "Add to favorites".
  • Click on "Products" and click on "Sheets".
  • Select the product you wish to purchase, select the class group image from your favorites, and add it to your cart.
  • Click on "Cart" to pay.

Printed copies will be shipped to customers' home.

Please contact Mountain West Studios for any assistance, Contact number 1.888.644.4494, email [email protected]



Dear Parents,

Please notice that the 2 parking spots with the signs 'SD48 ICT DEPT', are reserved parking for our ICT department. Please avoid parking there.

Thank yo for your understanding.



Please be sure to stop by our main entrance to look for lost and found items. Any items left at the end of the school year will be donated to charity.

Thank you!

Lost and found