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Hello, ESR Families! It was great to see so many of you at our Parent/Teacher conference evening; thank you for giving your child(ren) the opportunity to show off their learning, their classroom, and their school! On behalf of the staff here at ESR, I wish to express our gratitude for the dinner provided by parents on the conference night. It was so appreciated (and delicious!). Thank you so much - it was most kind and thoughtful, and we are very grateful. 

As we move into Spring Break, I am already thinking of the many events and activities that are coming up here at school during the final term. The most important event we have each year at ESR is the Spring Celebration of Learning Through the Arts. It is an event that showcases what an arts based curriculum really means, whether we are presenting in our classrooms or on the stage. Teachers begin preparing for this event on the very first day of school, and it is expected that all students participate. Our performances this year will be on May 7th (odd divisions) and May 8th (even divisions), and our first ever student art sale will take place on both days during morning and evening performances. I will send out a schedule of performance times by the end of April. Stay tuned also for more information on other planned events, such as Track and Field, and 'Hey Ho, Pinnochio!'. Tickets will be available for this musical theatre production which the whole family will enjoy! In the meantime, I want to wish you all a very happy, healthy, and restful Spring Break. See you April 1st! Please note: as items come up over the next two weeks they will be added to the Eagle News. 

Passion Fair Students are asked to bring their completed Genius Hour projects back on Monday, April 1st. On Friday, April 5th we invite you to attend our annual Passion Fair, where all Genius Hour projects will be displayed. The primary Fair is from 9:00 - 10:00 am, and the intermediate Fair from 1:00 - 2:00 pm. This event generates a great deal of excitement each year and the hallways will be buzzing as students present their learning about their chosen topic which they researched during Term 2. 

On April 4th, Mission School District and DPAC will present 'The Big Picture - Rethinking Dyslexia'. This should prove to be a very informative event. The poster can be found here:

The Big Picture - Rethinking Dyxlexia.pdf

Entrepreneur Fair -  ESR recognizes that we have students with many talents and abilities. Some of these students even make saleable items such as bracelets, drawings, origami, slime, etc. Often these students do not know how to go about selling their items or even thought that it was possible. We would like to have a craft/makers fair for students to sell to other students. This will highlight our many talented students as well as support our economy and community curricular competencies. This will be for intermediate student crafters and makers only and to be sold to other students. If your child is interested in participating in this event please have them bring an example of what they make to school on Monday, April 8th. They will then show their items to a jury of teachers. The Entrepreneur Fair itself will take place during a lunch hour in April. Stay tuned for more information!

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. Thank you to Miss Amy for the March calendar which you can print off and use at home. You can find it here:

March 2019 Calendar.pdf

Thank you to families who have brought in picture frames for our art sale! We are still in need of frames in various sizes, and we will be collecting picture frames for students' artwork until May. We are looking for frames in all sizes, up to 11" by 17". If you have old frames at home or see great deals while browsing thrift stores, we would be grateful for any that you may be able to donate. Thank you in advance! 

Week of April 1 - 5

1 It's Monday - wear your Spirit Wear or school colours

1 Little Readers - 8:45 - 9:30 - Library

1 Band - 12:05 - Music Room

1 Hey Ho, Pinnochio  - 2:30 - 4:00 - gym

2 Handbell  Ensemble - 7:30 

4 Tone Chime Choir -7:30 

4 Band 12:05 - Gym Lobby

From the Office

Parking Lot - Please note: There have been some dangerous driving incidents in our parking lot lately, particularly last week when a family who was walking to school was nearly struck by a car.  You may notice some police vehicles in the area when we return to school - they will be there to ensure the safety of our students and families. We are all in a hurry to get to work in the morning or to get home after school, but an accident happens in the blink of an eye - please respect our school zone, our students, other drivers, and people whose homes are near our school. Taking a little extra time can save a life!

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. 

We are looking for prizes for the upcoming online auction in April. This is an enormous fundraiser and we are looking for item donations. Please let us know if you have anything you can donate.

Keep an eye out for catalogues for fundraisers for West Coast Seeds and Epicure! These catalogues will be handed out to the kids. 

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/  

The next PAC meeting is Tuesday, March 12th  at 7:00 pm in the library.

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.