June 25, 2021
Dear Brackendale Families,
This is the final BRE Friday Communicator of the 2020-2021 School Year – a year unlike any that we have experienced before. While I reflect on the successes of this year, including navigating a worldwide pandemic, I first wish to thank you, our parents, caregivers and students for being supportive, caring, flexible and resilient! Our incredible year of learning was possible because of your contributions and our exceptional BRE staff.
This year we are pleased to provide a gift of literacy for each child in our school, largely due to a generous donation (220 books!) from First Book Canada, a national non-profit, in partnership with Nelson.
Your child will also receive a class photo specifically created by your teacher.
Report cards go home on Tuesday, June 29th. Report cards will also be published to the family portal on the 29th and will available through July 15th. You may also pick up report cards when the school office reopens on August 30th.
The end of June also marks the start of new journeys. To families and staff leaving us, we wish you well. To our Grade 6 students, congratulations - you are off to middle school! To our much-loved school clerical assistant, Mrs. Hackett, we wish you a blissful retirement! On behalf of everyone at BRE, I wish all of you a delightful, safe summer and wonderful new adventures in the years ahead.
Be kind and share your gifts where ever you may go!
National Indigenous Peoples’ Day – June 21st
National Indigenous Peoples Day is a day for all Canadians to recognize and celebrate the unique heritage, diverse cultures and outstanding contributions of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples. We celebrated with Roxy Lewis, our Indigenous culture teacher. Roxy led us in many songs, games, and dances. A favorite story she told is about KalKaliilh, the ogress who captures disobedient children and carries them off in an enormous basket. In classrooms, teachers and students celebrated with art, stories, games, and shared understanding of the culture and contributions of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples
In order to make this possible and to support our efforts to reduce, re-use and recycle, your child's remaining individual supplies will be retained at school this summer to be replenished when the new supplies arrive. This has allowed us to reduce the cost per student by $3 despite the increased costs from our suppliers.
By reducing and reusing resources, we can reduce our environmental impact and pass cost savings on to families. If you have participated in the previous PAC school supply program, you will realize an average savings of $15/child on the standard school supply pack.
Ordering is easy - if your child is presently attending Brackendale Elementary you can access the Cash Online portal at https://sd48seatosky.schoolcashonline.com/Registration/Profile. Students new to the school will be able to access the portal in early September.
Health and Safety Highlight - Ticks in British Columbia - (The following information is provided by healthlinkbc.ca)
Most ticks do not carry diseases, and most tick bites do not cause serious health problems. But it is important to avoid and check for ticks, and to remove a tick as soon as you find it.
How to avoid tick bites
- Learn where ticks and deer that carry ticks are most commonly found and avoid those areas if possible.
- When working or playing in grassy or wooded areas, wear a hat, a long-sleeved shirt, and long pants with the legs tucked into your socks.
- Use insect repellents, such as products with DEET.
- Clear leaves, brush, tall grasses, woodpiles, and stone fences from around your house and the edges of your yard or garden. This may help reduce ticks and the rodents that the ticks depend on.
Checking for ticks
- When you come in from outdoors, check all over your body for ticks, including your groin, head, and underarms. Comb your hair with a fine-toothed comb, or have someone check your scalp.
- Check your clothing and outdoor gear. Remove any ticks you find. Then put your clothing in a clothes dryer on high heat for 1 hour to kill any ticks that might remain.
- Check your pets for ticks after they have been outdoors.
- Check your children daily for ticks, especially during the summer months.
Just a friendly reminder to please also check for any books or magazines that were signed out from the last school year that may be in your home tucked away under a sofa or on your shelf.
Summer break is just around the corner and your children are invited to join the Squamish Public Library Summer Reading Club beginning June 30th. Check it out here.
Hunter from Mrs. Stroh's class, Darcy from Ms. Mowbray's class , Marlow from Mr. Fieldhouse' class and Max from Ms. Jorgensen's class. Congratulations to these eager readers who completed the BRE Ten Book Challenge!
Many thanks from the Brackendale PAC to our Brackendale families for being such a supportive community. A special thanks to Boston Pizza for making pizza day affordable for families, and going the extra mile by sorting and labeling for our school.