Weekly Update » January 25, 2024

January 25, 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 

Even though it’s been a short week, we’ve had a great week of learning experiences this week.  On Monday we had a visit from Work BC for their “Find Your Fit” Program.  Stations with hands-on problem-solving activities were set up around the gym with information about careers associated with those skills. Students from the Spakwus, Sxwi7shen, and Yu7 Yus classes went skating Monday afternoon.  

Students in Mixalh classes have started a unit about learning on the brainThe Jrs. Classes have been building models in math to make sense of algebraic equations.   

Believe it or not we are already starting to think about next yearKindergarten registration opened this week. If you know someone who would like to register for our Cultural Journeys program please forward them to our registration page that can be found here.  

If you know your family is planning on registering at Howe Sound Secondary or Don Ross Middle School next year please email Gayle at the office [email protected] to update us with your family’s plansWe will be hosting a family night coming up in February for students who will be entering the graduation years program (those entering gr 10 (gr 9s this year) - grade 12)This will be a time to share important information about the courses needed for graduation. This session will inform you and your child about the steps and decisions you will make for their education in the next coming months.  More details and information will be sent directly to your email and require an RSVP response.  

Tomorrow our teaching staff will be taking a day in liu for the professional development they did this summer. EAs, CUPE staff and I will be involved with learning sessions around the district.   

January 26th is a professional day and school will not be in session.   

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. 

February 2nd Grade 9 Immunizations 

February 8th Safer Schools Together Parent Presentation 6-8pm: Social Media Awareness, Digital Citizenship and Cyberbullying 

February 15th  St’a7mes Grad Years Planning Dinner for parents and students (Invitations to come out to Grade 9 and 10 students)  

February 16th Professional Day 

February 19th Family Day  


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

Please continue to send your child with appropriate clothing for playing and learning outside in this weather.  

Have a wonderful weekend. Stay warm out there.  

Most Sincerely,  

Alysa Patching, Principal. 

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! 






Grade 9 immunizations will take place on February 2nd. If you haven't sent back your consent forms, please do so as soon as possible. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact public health at the number on the consent form.