Weekly Update » February 5, 2024

February 5, 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 

Lots of great learning was happening around the school last week. Kids were immersed in sensory play on the playground. Mother nature provided us with just enough rain to create the perfect consistency of mud for squishing around in. Students have created “mini-worlds or biospheres with the elements they are finding on the out in the school yardInside students are learning Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Sníchim (Squamish language). Maureen has been teaching the names of animals and has provided various games and art activities for learning the languageStudents in the Spakwus class have started learning about the Herring and have created “Shell Phones” to call Harriet the Herring. Laura and Matthew created a puppet show to introduce the species that Harriet encounters in her ecosystem.   

Today the Yew Yews class is out at HSS for the play of Alice.   

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 next week Feb 15 from 6-7:30 for students who will be entering the graduation years program: those entering gr 10 (gr 9s this year) - grade 12This 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. 

Up and coming dates:  

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) 6 – 7:30 pm.  

February 16th Professional Day 

February 19th Family Day  

February 20th Safer Schools Cyber Safety student presentation.  


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.  

Many students and staff have been out sick with the stomach flu that has been going around over the past couple of weeksThis is a reminder that if your child is experiencing symptoms to please keep them homeAlso please make sure your family is diligent in practicing handwashing to prevent the spread of the virus.  Some of our families are vulnerable when it comes to their health and we want to make sure we are taking care of each other by taking good care of ourselves. Thank you.  

Have a wonderful week.

Most Sincerely,  

Alysa Patching, Principal.