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​​​​​Happy Weekend, ESR Families!

Thank you to our fruit and vegetable volunteers who delivered apples to our students yesterday!  It's great that we are able to participate in that program. Next Friday our Hot Lunch will be from Bear Country Bakery, and I can't wait!

As you may be aware, the guidelines for self-isolation and exposure notifications have changed this week. Students may attend school if they are showing no symptoms, even if other family members in the home have tested positive. We are no longer receiving notifications of exposure, which is why no self-monitor or self-isolation letters have been sent to families. 

Hopefully in the next few weeks we can start working with guest speakers and artists again at school. We've been at the edge of this so many times I hesitate to speculate, but we are ever hopeful that very soon things will pick up again. The last two weeks several classes have taken buses on field studies and it was great to see students experiencing those activities and boarding school buses for out-of-classroom experiences. Please keep in mind that there are still restrictions in place that we must observe and have no control over at the school, or even district level. One is the wearing of masks on buses and when working with artist/speakers/workshop facilitators. Please make sure your children are aware that during those activities (short periods of time) they will wear masks. 

On that note, please make your children come to school with at least two masks each day. We do have masks available again at school for when students forget, but we would respectfully ask that families do not rely completely on the school to supply masks, or we will run out very quickly. Please send some with your children.

Next Friday, January 28th, our Student Council is Sponsoring a Spirit Day, and we are inviting students to dress as their favourite super hero! They are also invited to bring a twoonie for our inclusive playground! 

Finally, have a wonderful weekend! It's great to see sunshine this morning :)


Afternoon Pickup - There is an increasing number of phone calls to the office after 1:30 each day for messages regarding changes to after school pickup. Please make arrangements with your children before they come to school in the morning, unless an emergency during the day changes pickup plans. It is not always possible to get to those calls or get messages to students before dismissal. 

​Please see the attached flyer from Mission Community Services regarding programs for families and children:

Erly Yrs Res Jan-March 2022 Mission (002).pdf

Please also see information regarding the 'In the Know' session for families with children experiencing mental health challenges:

January 26th Mission ItK.pdf

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. ​

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! 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. 

Best wishes,

Sharon

Upcoming Dates/Week at a Glance

January

Monday 24 It's Monday - Wear your spirit wear!
                     Reading Link Challenge - 12:20 Library
                     Volleyball 2:30 - 3:30

Tuesday 25 Drawing club - 12:20
                     Floor Hockey - 12:20

Wednesday 26 Fiddle Club - 12:05 - Music Room
                           Lego club - 12:20 - Gym
                           Volleyball - 2:30

Thursday 27 Rainbow Spectrum Club 12:20
                       Floor Hockey - 12:20 
                       
Friday 28 ​ Spirit Day - Dress as Your Favourite Super Hero! 
                   Hot Lunch - Bear Country Bakery
                   Board Game Cafe - 12:20
​                   Volleyball - 12:20

                      
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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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 email kim.hunter@mpsd.caif you have any questions. 

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