Weekly Update » May 3, 2024

May 3, 2024



We can be Heros! 

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  


Welcome Guests -  

This week we welcomed many guests to our schoolHeather Androsoff (District Principal of Early Learning) came to work with me on The Student Voices Project.  Kids participated in conversation and hands on activities to tell us how they want to feel at school and how they want others to feelWe did a lot of great stations including an art play station with painting and mini easels, small world play, loose parts pictures, paint pens and wooden figurines.   

Later in the week Krissy Appel and Kristy Crnkovich, principals from the Surrey School District came to our school to see the good work we were doing here and what they might bring back to learn from in creating decolonized programming in their district.   

Carvers in Residence! We’ve welcomed Matthew and Liam Baker onsite to carve the canoe that will be positioned at the new waterfront park here in Squamish.   

Out and about 

LEX students visited HSS’s farm program as part of their Ethno botany projectThis field trip with inform future work that they will be doing here on campusStudents are creating artwork inspired by learning outdoorsStudents in the Sxwi7shen class have studied symmetry with beetles, point of view and optical illusions Students created art inspired by Lupin season.   Spakwus classes have been cooking up Elderflower cordial, and collecting Dandelions for various epicurious endeavors.   

Coming Dates -  

Monday May 6 – Mixalh, LEX students go to Evans Lake 

Tuesday May 7, Wednesday May 8 - Next week we go to xwayxwaychey Porteau Cove. Yew Yews and Sxwi7shen will go on Tuesday May 7th and Mixalh and Spakwus will go the 8th.   

Thursday  May 9th Kim Sadrha, Director of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (my direct supervisor) is here to conduct interviews with the school community for my annual performance review   

Friday May 10th – Pro-D day, School is not in session.  


We have a lot to look forward to! I hope you have a restful weekend so that we all can bring our best energy to enjoy all the learning adventure ahead next week.  

 Most Sincerely,  

Alysa Patching, Principal.