Weekly Update » November 24, 2023

November 24, 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 




           ( Wan -ow - hw -s) 

I carry myself in a good way. 

Treat (someone) with respect: believe (someone); honour (someone).verb (t) 


(Chin -chin - st - why) 

Together we hold each other upWe stand and work together. 

Uphold one another; support one another. Verb (i) 



Perform (something) with all one’s might  


Ha7lh Skwayel Families 

We can be Heros! 

Another Short and Mighty Week of learning.  


LEX students went to the Salmon Hatchery this morning. Auntie Char was here with Roxy to practice songs and gifts with the Spakwus for our upcoming Sl’a7shen. Yu Yus have been processing Salmon with Matthew.   


You’ll see in the pictures students from the Sxwi7shen class using our new space we’ve created on our Stage for activities that support a “Sensory Diet” and proprioception developmentThis space was informed by our school Occupational Therapist and Physical Therapist to help us create a universal space that meets the needs of many of our diverse students while also benefiting all the others.  Classes have been using this space in morning warm up exercises as well as break times, and gym classes.   




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

Engaging in Learning Conversations with our Kids: 

Our children have all sorts of sensory needs as they grow and develop. Proprioception refers to the sensory system where children are able to navigate where their body is in space. Introreception refers to the sensory system where children are able to connect with signals in their body that tell them about hunger, pain, temperature, thirst, fatigue, etc.   

Ask your kids:  

What kinds of activities to they enjoy about our new stage Proprioception Training Space? Do they like the activities that apply pressure to the body  - the big ball station? Do they like the trampoline section – repetitive pressure sensation through the feet up to the body? Do they like the chin up station – the feeling of gravity pulling on their body and using their strength to resist that pressure?  

Where do you see your child seeking sensory regulation in their play and interactions? Can they replicate some of the activities we do at school in your home and in their daily routines?  


A note from our PAC


Parent Advocacy Training – Level One 


Are you compassionate and willing to help people? Do you know how to find accurate information? Do you understand how policies, procedures and processes are implemented? Do you feel the need to speak up when others don’t? These are just a few of the skills needed to be a parent advocate. Parent advocates are parents in the district that have been trained to assist other parents navigate an issue or situation at school that may require additional support. Parent advocates volunteer their time to help ensure our children and youth are treated fairly with dignity and respect, allowed to express their views, and participate in decisions that affect them. 


Parent Advocacy Training – Level One will provide an overview of what Advocacy is, and isn’t, as well as review the code of conduct and confidentiality clause. We will also work through a few common scenarios often affecting families in your school district.  


Monday January 29th 9:30am-12:30pm over zoom.  


Please register at [email protected] 


We need 2-3 parents to represent our school!  


Outside AttireIt’s getting cold! 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 at 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. 

Act Alive – Our Tuesday Act Alive program continues provide activity at lunch for our students. Students are learning the madrigal song from Encanto. They will be preforming their song to the school community in early December. Stay tuned for more details.  

As you go into this weekend, I hope you have rich and playful conversations with your child about their learning, and that you are able to connect with your kids around your family’s values, and enjoy our environment with all your senses!  

Most Sincerely,  

Alysa Patching, Principal. 





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