Weekly Update » September 16, 2022

September 16, 2022



All We Have to Give...


Hello St’a7mes Families,  


It was so wonderful to see many of you at our Welcome Back Barbeque last night. It was good for us to be together. The salmon was delish! Chen Kwen Mantumi to Neil Baker who caught and supplied us with the fish. The care you put into your work, nourished not only our bodies, but also our sense of community. It was nourishing for us to all sit around the table together and share a meal together. We build strength in our community and security for our children when we come together like this.  

Salmon camp is an important part of the seasonal calendar and the cultural learning that our kids do at our school. The kids learn about the salmon cycle and the impact of the salmon on their environment and the species that share their ecosystem. The salmon are a great metaphor for us to show us that each of us bring a gift and play a role that contributes and has an impact on our community.  


Our Parent Advisory Council had its first meeting this Tuesday after school. The focus of the meeting was on increasing parent engagement. The Parent Advisory Council serves the school community in so many ways. It is so important to us to have the parent voice at our school. The Parent Advisory Council would like to make meetings accessible. We would like to know: Is there something that is keeping you from coming to PAC Meetings? If you’d like to come to the PAC meetings, is there something that would make it easier or possible for you to be there? Please email me at [email protected] and I will forward your feedback to the PAC.  


Students participated in the Terry Fox Run today putting action to our values:  

We come from good people. At ST’a7mes school we use our strengths to support one another; we are all connected. We show kindness, treat others with dignity and respect. We care for people in need.  We are connected to and we represent our family, ancestors, and community. We work with exertion and diligence. 

What a great week we’ve had! 



Please remember next Monday, Sept 19th, is a day when school will not be in session for the National Day of Mourning.  


Also, a reminder that the school grounds are a “no wheels zone”. Skateboards, Bikes and Wheely shoes, when used with a helmet are great ways to get to and from school, but need to be put away during the school day.  


Most Sincerely,  


Alysa Patching, Principal.  






- This week Leah Baker was honoured. Thank you for being so awesome!



Bus Passes were handed out to students today, encased in a clear luggage tag. We have affixed all Cultural Journeys students passes to their backpacks. Students are able to scan their passes through the luggage tag. Students will require a pass to ride the bus starting on Tuesday, September 20th. 


Please note that St’a7mes students are eligible for courtesy ridership (with exception of families living in Valleycliffe ). Please follow the link to complete the bus registration form, if you have not done so already and your child plans on taking the bus: https://www.sd48seatosky.org/apps/pages/schoolbus .Please note that it will take 2-3 business days for students to receive their passes after registration. 





This year, we will be once again using the School Cash Online program to collect signatures for our annual consent forms, and pay for school fees, and other items throughout the year. Please take a few minutes to register for this program on the School Cash Online website if you have not done so in previous years. Please find more information below:


The Sea to Sky School District # 48 is using School Cash Online as an easy to use, safe and convenient way for parents and guardians to sign forms and pay for their children’s school fees, such as field trips and yearbooks. Powered by Canadian firm KEV Group, School Cash Online strictly adheres to Canada’s privacy and anti-spam legislation and meets the latest industry standards for payment security. Any Canadian data collected is held on Canadian servers.


Please note:
School Cash Online will now be the preferred method of settling school fees and signing district consent forms. All parents will be encouraged to use this system. During our transition to online payment, parents will still be able to pay by cheque, made out to St’a7mes School, or cash, if they wish and sign paper consent forms.


How online payment works:

All school fees and consent forms applicable to a particular student will be posted on SD 48’s School Cash Online website. Once registered, parents can choose to purchase the items/activities or sign the consent forms. Parents will be notified via email whenever their child has a new school event requiring payment/signature.


How to register:

You can register by visiting SD 48’s School Cash Online website. Your child’s/children’s first name, last name and birth date are required for registration.  Once registered, an email notification will be sent when items become available for purchase online. Click here for more details on how to register. 


We have ordered school supplies in bulk for the students this year. We are requesting that families pay $35 to “School Cash Online”. If you would prefer to pay cash or cheque, made out to St'a7mes School, you can submit payment to the school office

We will once again be offering the backpack buddies program. The first packages will be handed out on Friday, September 23rd. Each week students will be sent home with a food package, containing food that is easy to prepare. If you would like to opt out of the program, please contact the school office at 604-892-5904 or email [email protected]


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. 






We’re running another Connect Parenting Series – it’s a 10 week program for caregivers that focuses on learning about teen behaviour, attachment, and all the ins and outs of parenting during these interesting stages of development! 


It will run Sept 27, 10 weeks, Tuesdays 6-730pm. In-person in Squamish, location TBD.  Caregivers only.


Be in touch to learn more about Connect and or to register (604-892-1400).