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​Dear ESR Families,

Fifteen more school days until Winter Break! Wow, where did the time go, and are we really one-third of the way through the school year? On Thursday evening we hosted the first term parent conferences, and it was so amazing to see parents in our building again! We were happy to see you and can't wait to welcome you to our next event, which will be our Winter Concert. 

Thank you to hot lunch volunteers who prepared and delivered hot dogs, popcorn, and other items to students for hot lunch today. They are an amazing crew. And speaking of hot lunch, the site is open for ordering now through December 4th. Late orders cannot be accommodated, so if you plan to order, please do it before the deadline.

Next Monday is Dress as Your Favourite Artist Day! Students who don't have a costume are welcome to bring in a picture of their favourite art piece, or maybe an art piece they are proud of and would like to share. Students can dress up as artists, musicians, singers, actors, and are invited to bring a loonie for our local food bank. 

Photo Retakes will happen on Tuesday, November 29th. ​

Rotary Carol Festival. The festival will take place next Wednesday, November 13th at 7:00 pm at the Clarke Theatre. We are asking students to wear Christmas colours and Santa hats if they wish, and as always, admission is by donation to the Christmas bureau. Please bring students to the cafeteria (turn left when you enter the main doors) where they can leave their coats. We will meet them there and take them into the theatre. The Primary choir will start the show and parents will have the opportunity to take their young children home right afterwards if they choose. In past years students waited in the gym until their time to perform and then waited in the gym until the show was over. If you would like to have your little one perform but are worried about a late bedtime, you can take them right after their performance. If you have older children who will sing with the intermediate choir, your little one can join you in your seat instead of returning to their 'choir row' seat. Students will be seated at the front of the theatre in 'choir order' until they exit the stage after their songs. See you there!

The hot lunch site will be open for ordering from next Tuesday, November 22nd to Sunday, December 4th for January and February. 

On December 1st, Divisions 1 & 2 and the PAC will sponsor a Winter Wonderland! We will be in need of extension cords, power bars, lights, and Christmas inflatables. Please let us know if you have any we can borrow. 

Our Winter Concert will take place this year on December 13th (odd divisions) and 14th (even divisions) and will be our first 'normal' Winter concert since the beginning of the pandemic.  Please see below for costuming:

Div. 1 & 2 "Ode To Joy"  Orff instruments - red and green (no dresses or skirts as they are sitting on the stage)
Div. 3 & 4 "Reindeer Rap" - reindeer antlers, Santa hats, red and green
Div. 5 & 6 "Carol of the Bells" Flashlight routine - all black
Div. 7 & 10 "Winter fun" - mittens, scarves, toques
Div. 8 & 9 "Jingle Bells" Chimes - Concert dress (Black bottoms, white tops)
Div. 11 & 12 "Holiday Lights" singing and flashlights - red and green
Div. 13 & 14 "Blitzen's Boogie" Antlers, red and green
Div. 15 & 16 "Hip Hop Elves" elf costumes and sunglasses and bling






SCHOOL FEES - Notices for overdue fees will be included in your child's report card next week. Please take care of any outstanding school fees on your child's account through cash-online.

​Auditions are now underway for 'Doo Wop Wed Riding Hood' and will continue next week. This 1950s style musical theatre production is a hilarious twist on Little Red Riding Hood and includes such characters as the Big Bad Wolf (Elvis style, no less), Grandmother, and Little Red's sisters Big Green Riding Hood and M​edium Purple Riding Hood; and of course, Gerald and Oswald, who are (respectively) the front and back halves of a dragon. *Not to worry if your child is away - auditions will continue until all students have been assigned a part. 

Winter Concert - Mark your calendars for our Winter Concert which will take place on December 13th and 14th. Odd Divisions on December 13th, and even Divisions on December 14th. There will be two performances. We ask that grandparents and extended family members come to watch the afternoon performance at 1:00 pm. The evening performance for parents will be at 6:30 pm. Admission is a donation to the local food bank. 

Next week at a glance:

Monday 28 - Dress as Your Favourite Artist Day

                       Divisions 3 & 5 - Skating

                       Basketball practice  after school

Tuesday 29 - Photo Retakes

                       Band 12:05​

Wednesday 30 -Basketball Practice - 7:15 am

                            Fiddle Club 12:05    ​

Thursday 1 - Band 12:05​

Friday 2  Divisions 11 & 12 - Eco Dairy

                 Divisions 4 & 6 - Ice Skating

Have a wonderful weekend!

Parking Lot - Please do not park along the yellow curb line! It is against the law in British Columbia, even in school parking lots. *There have been times an ambulance has had to wait while cars were moved out of the way - every moment in an emergency counts, so please stop long enough to drop off or pick your child and then pull away. Do not sit and wait for them to exit their classroom at the end of the day or for them to enter the building in the morning. We know it can be busy at drop off and pickup time, so you may wish to schedule drop off or pick up 5 minutes earlier or later. ​*There is supervision outside starting at 8:15 in the morning and until 2:38 in the afternoon to watch students.​ 

Please remember that ESR is a nut-free zone - we have students who are severely allergic to tree nuts and peanuts, so items like Nutella can be dangerous for others. There are nut-free peanut butter and Nutella options out there for those who love a great PBJ or Nutella sandwich for lunch - I know I do! Thank you for helping us keep students safe :)

In addition to emails and the Eagle News for parents, you can also subscribe to our school calendar. Important dates can be found on the district and school websites, the Eagle News, and the parent Facebook Page. You can also see the district calendar in your child's planner. 

Facebook - For those families who are new and who have access to Facebook, there is a page for ESR parents that you can join. The group posts relevant information and will update with the Eagle News as well as school district messages and other notices. You can request to join the group here:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/630266870328153
Please remember that there is a $20.00 arts programming fee for each student which will be due by October 1st. This fee helps sustain our integrated arts program by supporting our artists-in-residence, arts training for teachers, and other aspects of our program. The fee will be payable through cash online. 

Staying Safe - ​Please, please, do not send your child to school sick. If they are fevered, headachy, or are having stomach pains, they should stay home. If your little ones have vomited the night before, they must stay home the next day. ​​

​Important note! It is important to remember that students who are sick need to stay home. Stuffy nose, combined with fever and green nasal discharge (yuck!) are signs of infection and can spread at school. We have several students in our building who are immune-compromised who can become seriously ill when exposed to illness. If you child throws up at home, please keep them at home for an additional 24 hours until they are feeling well. 

We also have several students in our school who are severely allergic to peanuts and tree nuts. ESR is a nut-free zone and we appreciate your support and cooperation in saving snacks and foods that contain those items for after school. If you child eats peanut butter or other nut foods before school, please make sure their hands and faces are washed and free of traces of nuts. Some classrooms have students who are allergic to other substances and parents are asked to consider classroom allergies when sending lunches and snacks to school. In that case, you will receive a letter from the classroom teachers to let you know which food sensitivities may be an issue in your child's class. ​

* Remember that you can subscribe to our school calendar which can help keep you up to date on events and activities. You can find the calendar on the main page of our school website. 


From the Office

Early Pickup
If you are coming to the school before usual dismissal, please notify your child's teacher as well as the office in advance. Miss Amy will page your son/daughter and have them waiting inside the school at the front doors. Please pull up to the front of the school and we will send your child out to meet you.
School Cash Online
We are not accepting cash/cheques in the office. If you need help signing on to the School Cash online system, please stop by the Office. 

Absences

If your son/daughter will be away, please call and let Miss Amy know 604-826-2834 or email her at amy.masuch@mpsd.ca

Afternoon Pickup

Please arrange play dates and pickup location with your child before school. End of day is a very busy time in the office - it may not be possible to get pickup messages to all students, so please make sure your child knows in advance where to meet you at the end of the day.

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Volunteer Forms (1 Page) need to be completed every year & returned to the Office (you can fill them out & print them out from ESR's website or you can get a copy from the Office to fill out & return).

Criminal Record Checks are now done online on the ESR Website:

  • Please go to the Parents (Top Tab)
  • Volunteer Forms (Side Tab)
  • Got to the bottom and click the CRC Link
  • Write down the Access Code before you click the actual CRC Form Link to complete your Criminal Record Check (CRC remain effective for 5 years and there is no cost associated with the check).

PAC News

We are very grateful for our dedicated PAC here at ESR for all the hard work they do to benefit students. There are many ways you can become involved. If you are able to assist the PAC in any way - hot lunch, fundraising, etc., please contact them via email at esrichardspac@gmail.com   If you have questions regarding any fundraisers, events, etc. that are sponsored by PAC please email them directly for a quicker response.

Thank you to those parents helping with hot lunch! We couldn't have hot lunches without volunteers, and we appreciate everyone who comes to help. 

You can also check out the  latest PAC news and events at  https://www.facebook.com/groups/630266870328153/  

General Information
Homestay Families Wanted 

Mission Public Schools International Program is accepting applications for nurturing homestay families who want to provide a caring home for our elementary age students. Please clink the link below to apply online or you can email kim.hunter@mpsd.caif you have any questions. 

http://www.studyinmission.ca/become-a-host-family.