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Gosh, time flies! We are heading into a very exciting week. On Monday, teachers will meet with Boris Sichon and the folks from Triumph Acrobatics to discuss incorporating circus arts (movement) and music into targeted curriculum so that students will be able to demonstrate curricular understanding through the arts. 'Everywhere Wonder, Magic in Everything' is the theme for this year, and the stage performance is sure to be spectacular! 

Monday is Provincial Drop Everything and Read Day, and from 12:50 - 1:10 we will all pick up a book and engage in reading. I invite all family members who are able to pick up a book wherever you are and read as well, and share with your children after school or work to discuss what you read during that time. 

Monday is also the day that Grade 6 students who have brought immunization consent forms will receive their vaccinations (NOT COVID). If you prefer that your child is vaccinated at the health clinic or doctor's office you will be able to make an appointment AFTER vaccination clinics in all schools are complete. *Please note that Fraser Health will be reaching out to all families who do not return consent forms to school*

Hallowe'en is next weekend, and as always we have some exciting, Hallowe'en-related events and activities. Before I mention them, I would like to let you know that the Student Council will be sponsoring our spirit day, which is to dress up in costume and bring a donation for the local food bank. I spoke will all students in assemblies this week about hunger in our community and how we can help. In days gone by we used to recommend bringing non-perishable food items to school, but because the food bank can procure more food for more families with money, we now encourage cash donations. We will be collecting all week and funds will be dropped off at the food bank on Friday. Thank your helping us support families who need help by donating to our Hallowe'en for Hunger Food Drive.

**​Important note regarding Hallowe'en costumes. As always, please do not send your children with full-face masks, accessories that are meant to represent weapons, or costumes that feature blood and/or gore. This is frightening for. younger students and we want all children to enjoy the excitement of the day. In the assemblies, we talked about how it might be possible to decorate a mask to complement a costume, since we are wearing a form of mask anyways these days. If your child wears a full-face mask they may be very disappointed that they can't wear it during the parade, so please don't send them. It is not fair for students who leave those costume pieces at home to see others wearing them in school. **This is more important than ever this year given the increased levels of anxiety. Our Hallowe'en Parade will take place in the gym, first Odd divisions and then Even divisions in order to meet our current safety plan guidelines. Unfortunately we are unable to invite families in this year to watch due to the capacity limit in the gym. 

Pumpkin-Carving Contest β€‹- This much-loved event is back again this year, and we are so excited! Students are invited to carve a pumpkin and bring it to school on Friday. There will be 6 categories to enter - Scary, funny, celebrity, classic, family-carved, and other. The winners from each category will win a free movie pass! Judging will take place on Friday at lunch and the winners will be announced that afternoon. Please send carved pumpkins to the front lobby and make sure that they are taken home at the end of the day. **We will not be able to 'save' forgotten pumpkins after school.​

Spirit Wear is coming! Please order on your Childs hot lunch site. The orders are due in on October 29th.
*Please note there is no size 16 available.
** There will be no exchanges or refunds for our spirit wear. Please make sure to order the correct size according to the charts.**
The company we are using is Western Athletics

Please check out the sizing guide here:

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You can also use the following guides to help determined which size you need. 

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Please make sure your child has indoor shoes and appropriate clothing for inclement weather. Raincoats and waterproof boots are necessary items of clothing for West Coast fall, winter, and spring weather. 

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 - β€‹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. β€‹

Parent Volunteers: We are very excited to be able to welcome parents into school again this year. You must have completed your criminal record check, and volunteers are strongly encouraged to have been vaccinated.

Parents who enter the building must sign in and use the hand sanitizer dispenser in the front lobby. You are also asked to make an appointment to meet with myself, Mrs. Hennessy our vice-principal, or your child's teacher. 

​Important note! We 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. 

Best wishes,

Sharon

Upcoming Dates/Week at a Glance

October

Monday 25 Spirit Day - wear your spirit wear!
                     Drop Everything and Read
                     Primary Interims will come home this week
                     Grade 6 Immunizations
                     Hallowe'en for Hunger Food Drive Begins

Tuesday 26 

Wednesday 27  Basketball Practice - 7:15 am
                             Intermediate Fiddle Club
     
Thursday 28 Basketball Game - Hatzic Elementary - 2:30 - 4:30 

Friday 29 Pumpkin-Carving Contest
                  Hallowe'en Parade
                 Final Day of Hallowe'en for Hunger Food Drive
     
  

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. 

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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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Criminal Record Checks are now done online.

Please go to the Parents (Tob Tab) & Volunteer Forms (Side Tab) 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 emil kim.hunter@mpsd.caif you have any questions. 

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