Weekly Update » February 9, 2024

February 9, 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 


Highlights of the robust learning that happened at the school this week:  

You’ll notice Artwork from the Sxwi7shen class featured in the pictures below. Students have been learning about the style of Ted Harrison, and the celebration of Lunar New Year, which begins tonight. Harriet the Herring continues to visit the classes and has been writing letters to introduce the learning of her return to Howe Sound. On the playground we are discovering Wildlife emerging for spring. Little inchworms have provided entertainment and learning for us. Student have found “perfect sticks” and braided grasses on the grounds. A group of students have initiated a side learning quest of creating a movie (including a trailer) about a creature named Gus.  On Monday the Yew Yews class enjoyed the play of Alice at HSS.  LEX students completed First Aid Training.  

Something very exciting happened this week! We filled our ceder tree with the medicine of our school: Wanaxws, Chen chen Stway, and Timit! Students have been focused on demonstrating our values in action. It has truly been medicine for us all – students are willful and intentional about living out these values. The spotlight on behaviors has shifted and illuminated the best of who we are. And . . . .next week we celebrate! On Monday we will be having a donut and hot chocolate party in each classroom.  

Thinking and Planning ahead -   

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 6:00-8:30 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.  Information is coming home tonight via paper notice requires an RSVP response. 

Up and coming dates:  

February 15th  St’a7mes Grad Years Planning Dinner for parents and students (Invitations to come out to Grade 9 and 10 students) 6:00 – 8:00 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. 



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