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Dear ESR Families,

Happy Friday! Our Terry Fox Run was a huge success again this year. The rain held off and students had a great day. We raised over $500.00 for cancer research; thank you for your support! Some parents have asked if their child can bring a 'toonie for Terry' on Monday, and the answer is yes please! We will add to the funds received.

Please read and make any necessary changes to the student verification forms that were sent home with your child. Be sure to sign and return to your child's teacher as soon as possible. 

Friday, September 20th is a district Professional Development Day. There is no school for students; however, on this school goals day teachers will begin working on targeting curriculum for the Spring Celebration of Learning Through the Arts. Artists in residence will begin working with teachers and students in January, and we want to be ready.  Also on Friday, Steven Andrews will help us learn about students in our care who experience anxiety and how to best support them. Last year Mr. Andrews taught students and staff about the Bully Back Off program and how we can empower students in becoming assertive and dealing with bullying. Students also learned how to differentiate between what is bullying and what is not.   At ESR we are teaching students to to our B.E.S.T. when dealing with conflict in peer situations. Ask your child(ren) about the B.E.S.T. strategies they are learning about at school. 

Preparation for our Spring Celebration of Learning Through the Arts is also beginning this month! On September 23rd our artists in residence, Katie Cresswell and Boris Sichon will meet with teachers to begin the process of planning for the event. This year students will demonstrate their understanding of curricular material through movement and music on the stage within the theme of TIME. 

I wish to thank the PAC for their work on putting together our hot lunch program. This year we had some difficulty with payment part of the order, but it is not up and running! You can register, order, and pay through the hot lunch site.  Something new this year is the opportunity to donate while filling out your hot lunch order. Our arts based curriculum program can be costly, and we realize it is not always possible to support fundraisers throughout the year. We also realized that many parents cannot donate their time. This year, it will be possible to make a small donation in the amount of $1.00, $2.00, or $5.00 each time you place an order for hot lunch if you wish. Please remember that there will be no late orders - deadlines are firm. 

If you are able, please join us this coming Thursday morning for our  annual Mug & Muffin, where you have the opportunity to come and tour our school, meet your child's teacher, and enjoy a cup of coffee and a muffin - on us! Each student in our school will complete a self-portrait which will grace our hallway bulletin boards. Come in and say hi! The Mug & Muffin event takes place from 7:45 - 8:30 am. Please bring  your own mug. 

Please see the schedule below for next week:

September

16 It's Monday! Wear your Spirit Wear!

19 Mug & Muffin - 7:45 - 8:30 am - bring a mug, have a coffee, and muffin, and meet your child's teacher - don't forget to admire the self-portraits in the hallways!

20 District Professional Development Day - No School

Please remember each week to scroll down and see the PAC news which is updated every week as new items are added. There you will find information on hot lunch, silent auction, and more! Each week our hard-working PAC sends updates about upcoming events, fundraisers, and monthly meeting dates.

Please also 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

Changes in Bus drop off - If your son/daughter is to be dropped off at a different location, you must notify the bus garage, not the school office. Drivers can only operate on the information they have been provided with by our transportation office. 

 Early Pickup  If you are coming to the school before usual dismissal, please park and  come into the office. Miss Amy will page your son/daughter. It is unnecessary to call to let your children know you are in the parking lot - they will see you as you circle 'the loop' and will meet you. 

School Cash Online. We are not accepting cash/cheques in the office. If you need help signing on to the 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

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.

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 fammilies who want to proide a caring home for our elementary age students. Please clink the link below to apply online or you can emil kim.hunter@mpsd.caif you have any questions. 

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