Weekly Update » January 19, 2024

January 19, 2024



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 

What a snowy week it’s been. Thank you all for persevering through this weather and making routine and education your priority. Students have been practicing Timit – working with all of one’s might in their studies this week. We are two weeks into our PBIS programming and our students are rocking it! They have done a wonderful job of digging in and putting their best foot forward to show our school values.  


We have lots of events happening at the school this month and some field trips coming up.  

Work BC will be coming this Monday Jan 22nd to run their program “Find Your Fit” for our older classes. This program sets up hands- on stations that connect with different careers and are designed to create interest and direction for jobs in the future.   CJ classes will be going Ice Skating. We’ve been invited to join ValleycliffE Elementary for a day of learning with Ocean Wise in February 


January 26th is a professional day and school will not be in sessionOn January 30th we will be having our PAC Meeting from 4:30 – 5:30.  Please come to share your ideas about our school learning plan, our playground and thoughts for planning for next year.   


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

Many students at our school have diverse abilities. Parents wonder how they can connect with others to best advocate for our children. Please see the information below about the upcoming Parent Advocacy Group Meeting. Char Williams has also organized a parent group in connection with Squamish Nation Education.

Have a wonderful weekend. Stay warm out there.  

Most Sincerely,  

Alysa Patching, Principal. 



 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! 






Consent forms were handed out to students this week. Grade 9 immunizations will take place on February 2nd. Please ensure to send your signed consent form back to the school by January 25th. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact public health at the number on the consent form.