Weekly Update » May 17, 2024

May 17, 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  

Ha7lh Skwayel Families,

What a wonderful couple of weeks of learning we have had. LEX was at Evans Lake camp for a day of outdoor activities. All classes spent two beautiful days learning about local marine life at Porteau Cove. This Tuesday we had the rotary bike rodeo at our school. The CSA gardening organization has been on campus with our LEX groups to revitalize our gardens.  

As you may have heard, I have been newly appointed for the 2024 -2025 school year to Brackendale Elementary SchoolI am very grateful to announce that Cory Hartling, former principal of Don Ross,  and most recently involved in a district role working in restorative circle processes, will be taking on the role as principal here at St’a7mes.   

This is an exciting time for our school community. All is coming full circle as Cory has been connected with St’a7mes since the inception of the Cultural Journeys and Learning Expeditions Programs in 2016We are confident that Cory will bring a wealth of experience, dedication, and new perspectives to our schoolCory has worked in collaboration with supporting several of our students over the past couple years, and you may recognize him as a familiar face as he has been a family member and witness at many of our school ceremonies.   

Cory is committed to fostering an inclusive and supportive learning environment for all students. He is excited to work with our staff to continue enhancing student engagement in a vibrant learning environment. Beyond his professional accomplishments, Cory is known for his great sense of humor, being approachable and deeply invested in building strong relationships with students, parents, and staffHe believes that collaboration and open communication are key to a successful school community. 

I am excited about the future of St’a7mes School under his leadership. Please join us in welcoming Cory to our community at [email protected] 

Thank you for your continued support and involvement in our school. I will continue to support the school community in the role as principal until July 31, 2024, and will bring all my teachings and my relations from my time here into my new role at Brackendale Elementary SchoolMany of our families and connections attend the school and I am thrilled to still be connected with our family and our work.   

Upcoming Dates -  

Monday May 20th – Victoria Day Holiday, School is not in session.  

Wednesday May 22, and Thursday May 23rd – District Track Meet at Don Ross Middle 

Thursday May 23rd – LEX to Alice Lake 

Friday May 24th – Indigenous Leadership goes to 24hr drum.  

We have a lot to look forward to! I hope you have a restful weekend rich with connection with friends and family 

 Most Sincerely,  

Alysa Patching, Principal. 



We are excited to announce that our LEx Leadership Class is hosting another Neufeld Farms Fundraiser. The money raised will go towards creating our LEx film project. 


Orders are due by June 3rd and the pick up is scheduled for June 11th at 4:00pm at the School.

Please click on the link below to access the fundraiser. Please note that payment is by credit card only. 

Neufeld Farms Order Form

Thank you in advance for your support!

The LEx Leadership Class 


Summer Camps Registration Now Open!!

Summer Camp Registration!

Hi Parents, (scroll down for Whistler)


Registration is now open for our summer camps!


Grades are determined by what grade they will be in September.


Here's the Summer Schedule:


Camp 1: July 8 - 12 Co-Ed 9-1PM Gr. 4-12 @Howe Sound Secondary

·        Skill development first half, and games competition second half


Camp 2: July 15-19 All Girls 9-1PM Gr. 4-12 @Howe Sound Secondary

·        Skill development first half, and games competition second half

·        Limited spots so sign up early


Camp 3: July 15-19 9-11AM Future Stars Gr. 3-5 @Howe Sound Secondary

·        Skills and fun competition 9-10:30

·        30 minutes games / snack outside


Camp 4: July 15-19 Elite Summer Runs (Gr. 8-12 invite only) 11-1PM @Howe Sound Secondary

·        Intense scrimmages with coaches teaching team focused decision making skills

·        Can only sign up if you've been invited or currently play on our travel teams in Gr. 8 - 11


Camp 5: July 22 - 26 Co-Ed 9-1PM Gr. 4-12 @Howe Sound Secondary

·        Skill development first half, and games competition second half


Possibly will add one more game style camp Aug. 26-30th depending if we get the gym confirmation.


We have a package deal if you sign up for 2 camps you can get a discount.


We expect our summer camps to fill up as we have limited space in the High School gyms. Sign up ASAP to avoid missing out!


Summer Camps Registration!

Financial Support Options!