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Hello, ESR Families!

I have the most amazing news to share with you this week! As you may know, our school received the Exemplary School Designation from the Arts Schools Network five years ago which expires at the end of this month. I am thrilled to let you know that we have just received official notification this week that our new application has been reviewed, and we have once again received the Exemplary School Designation for 2023 - 2028. That's ten years of exemplary status, and I want to take a moment to acknowledge the dedication, commitment, and hard work by ESR staff which has resulted in this distinction. Watch for the press release in the local paper, and the updated information on our school website. The award will be presented at the Arts Schools Network in Birmingham, Alabama, in October. Wow!

Shout out to Cast and Crew of 'Doo Wop Wed Widing Hood' who sang, danced, and acted their way through a 1950's Fairy Tale on Wednesday Evening. They were amazing and it was a stellar performance! Thank you also to Mrs. Chapman, Mrs. Chalke, and Mrs. Nenn for being staff sponsors for our Musical Theatre Troupe, to Ryan Schmidt for building our stunning props, and to Polly Betterton for sewing costumes! 

The District SOGI Team recently held a Pride Poster Contest, and all students in the Mission School District were invited to participate, with prizes being awarded for elementary, middle, and high school categories. Two of our very own students here at ESR worked together to create a poster that won the elementary level, and we couldn't be more proud! Congratulations to Kaylie Forrest and ​Mio Imai who each won at $25.00 gift card. The posters will be displayed at the School District Booth at Fraser Valley Pride on July 29th, and we will have a copy for our school lobby. Check it out below:

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Fasten your seat belts, it's going to be a busy ride for the next four weeks as we race toward the end of the school year. There are so many exciting things happening it's hard to keep track! Next Monday, Around the World Yoyo Entertainment will present to ESR students on social responsibility and yoyos. Yes, yoyos! There will be two assemblies; intermediate students at 1:00 pm, and primary students at 1:40. Students will be able to purchase yoyos all week long, and 10 percent of all sales will be donated to our school. Prices begin at $10.00 per yoyo and there are several models. Unfortunately the document/price list will not open so I'll send it along as soon as I receive another. Yoyos will be on sale beginning Tuesday. I can't wait to get mine!​

***Message from PAC: June.13th is our BIG PAC Meeting were we will be voting in next year's PAC members. All positions are up for the taking. If you are interested or have any questions please feel free to email Marie Walker or Kayte Hammond at 

**Grade 6 Parents, at the end of each year we include a baby picture slide show into our year end assembly. Please send me a digital baby photo of your child by May 31st so that we can begin working on the slide show.

 Week at a glance:

Monday 5 It's Monday - wear your spirit wear!

                   Div. 13 & 14 to Kilby

                   Around the World Yoyo Assembly - Afternoon

Tuesday 6 Band​ 12:05

Wednesday 7 Fiddle Club 12:05

Thursday 8 Band 12:05​

Friday 9 Div. 15 & 16 Greater Vancouver Zoo

               Hot Lunch - Panago

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:
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. 


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

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   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  

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.