June 3, 2022
Here we are in June and we continue to be out and about!
Out and about on the land -
Today was the St’a7mes School Track Meet! Congratulations to all the students who participated “rain or shine” in today’s events. A big thank you to Ms. Kye and Sea to Sky Athletics for finding the funding and providing the training and experience for our students.
Out and about on the water -
The Spakwus, Sxwi7shn, Yu7 Yus, and Malhal Jrs joined Auntie Aggie, Uncle Shlomish, Jonis, Missy and Winona at Alice Lake for some big days. Shlomish shared stories of paddeling with Yu7 Yus, and students who have graduated also came to help out and share the knowledge and skills. Huy chexw to all!
Out and about with our identity -
We have learned from Monique Grey Smith that having a strong sense of self is the core blanket in her model of the four blankets of resilience. Developing the self, acknowledging our stories and our individual gifts is one of the foundational concepts to the learning plan of St’a7mes school.
This month we will be celebrating Pride and Diversity at our school. We have some events and learning activities planned. Our ‘Diversity and Allies” group is meeting and planning for some education and awareness initiatives, as well as hosting a Diversity Festival for our school on June 28th. There will be more information to follow as the students develop their plans.
As mentioned in previous newsletters, Jodie Petruzzellis (a counsellor and health teacher with our district) has been with us the past few Fridays as an additional teacher to our team. She brings expertise in developmentally appropriate teaching about sexual health. The younger classes have been focused on hygiene, body parts, privacy and consent, while the older classes have moved into topics of puberty, gender identity, consent, intercourse, STIs and barriers.
You may anticipate that your children will be coming home and wanting to have conversations about what they are learning at school. Parental support is the #1 determining factor of LGbTq2S+ and non-binary children’s well being.
Parent’s Magazine makes the following recommendations for supporting your children:
1. Believe your children and provide judgment free space
2. Create an open, respectful environment in the home
3. Introduce them to diverse media with good representation
4. Encourage them to make friends in the LBGTQ2S+ community
5. Encourage therapy and support groups for you and your child.
Below we have included links some resources for families to guide and inform conversations about gender identity and sexuality:
https://www.saleemanoon.com/resources/smart-things-to-say/ - PDF attached
Have a wonderful weekend,
EXPRESS RETURN IT RECYCLING
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.
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.
RECYCLE AND BICYCLE
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.
SENSORY PROCESSING & SELF REGULATION PRESENTATION
Valleycliffe Elementary is offering another great parent/caregiver presentation for you this June! Please join them on Wednesday, June 15th from 6:30pm to 8pm in the Valleycliffe Elementary Gym. The theme for this month's presentation is on sensory processing and self-regulation in collaboration with Kelly Clark from Flourish and Thrive.
You will learn how sensory processing relates to self-regulation and strategies to support your child. We require everyone to register to keep an eye on numbers and for planning purposes.
You register using this link: https://forms.gle/LNAfRtvbzZYQwvLp8
PRE TEEN DANCE
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.