Weekly Update » November 3, 2023

November 3, 2023



We can be Heroes! 

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 needWe are connected to and we represent our family, ancestors, and community. We work with exertion and diligence 


Ha7lh Skwayel Families 

Halloween! Salmon Camp! Pajama day! Wow! What a week we’ve had. Students are learning that they can be in charge, take initiative and have an impact that benefits other people and the environment.  

LEX students worked with our school counsellor Kat Turczyk to set up an awesome haunted house for our Halloween day. Students paraded around the gym in costumes and won prizes for Funniest, Scariest, Best Group and Most Creative.  

Sxwi7shen and LEX students were at the Baker family fish camp this week. On Tuesday we were able to witness some catches, on Wednesday there was a day with no catches, and this is like life, isn’t it? How lucky we are to be able to get outside and do this learning on the land, learning how to be heroes and have reciprocal relationships with the elements around us, 


Partners in the Learning; Family Homework and reminders from the Principal 


Engaging in Learning Conversations with our Kids: 

How amazing it is that we live in this territory!  

In Robin Wall Kimmerer’s book Braiding Sweetgrass Kimmerer writes, “all of our flourishing is mutual” (166). We must honor the interconnectedness of nature and recognize that humans are responsible for contributing to and bettering the world.  

Ask your child about their ideas from their experiences this week when it comes to taking care of the land and letting the land take care of us. How do you promote a mutually flourishing relationship with your family and nature? Create a plan with your kids about giving back to nature, while also recognizing and giving gratitude for the gifts Nature gives us.   


Fall Back occurs this weekend on Sunday, November 5th. Please remember to turn your clocks back one hour.

Outside Attire Much of our learning happens out on the landPlease make sure your child is prepared with weather appropriate clothing, footwear.  

PAC Meeting – The next PAC meeting will happen on Thursday, November 16th, 3:15pm in the Library. We would like to hear your voice and have your support. It’d be lovely to have you there.  

Backpack Buddies – Please let us know if your family is in need of support with groceries and we can add you to our back pack buddies program. 


As you go into this weekend, I hope you have rich and playful conversations with your child about their learning.  


Most Sincerely,  


Alysa Patching, Principal. 


We will be having our school and class photos on November 7th starting at 9:15am. Please note that we will not be having retakes at the school this year. Students will bring home an ID card on photo day with login information required for ordering. When the photos have been uploaded and are ready for ordering you will receive an email from the school. 

Proud2Be from Family Services of the North Shore - free virtual event on Saturday November 4th for families looking for information on Legal Name Changes, Trans and Gender Marker ID


Information can be found here: website

Registration can be found here: eventbrite registration


DONATIONS - We will be accepting donations of new toys, non perishable food or cash at the school office from December 1 - 8th. 

Community Christmas Care's 2023 Hamper Program Application is now available! Please find a link below to the application form. The deadline to submit applications is Friday November 17th. Late Applications will not be processed. 


Applications can be picked up in several places, including the St'a7mes School Office, at most Squamish churches, Under One Roof, Sea to Sky Community Services and the Women's Center. The application is also attached below, and can be printed, filled out, and dropped off. 


Applications can be dropped off at the St'a7mes School office, Squamish Churches, Under One Roof, Sea to Sky Community Services or the Women's Center.