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Edwin S Richards wins award!

Hello, ESR Families! As you know, last year we were awarded the 'Exemplary School Designation' by the Arts Schools Network for 2018 - 2023. We are thrilled to announce that Just last week on May 15th we were notified that we have just been awarded  the Arts Schools Network (ASN) 2019 Arts Integration Award. ASN, the nation's largest professional membership organization of specialized arts schools, presents this award 'to a school that has demonstrated leadership in bringing arts integration strategies into the curriculum. This school will have demonstrated an outstanding record of supporting such approaches as: dedicating resources to bringing in outside professional teaching artists to complement the work of staff arts specialists, who team-teach with other core curriculum teachers across content area; who support professional development on arts integration for teachers; who write arts-integration into school improvement plans, and who are committed to implementing arts-integrated curriculum across different grade levels'. I wish to acknowledge the staff here at ESR, for their dedication, commitment, and passion; Parents, for your support and encouragement and for choosing ESR for your children; PAC, for their consistent support and efforts in supporting the integrated arts philosophy by funding arts Pro D for teachers and for raising funds for our school; and students, for their enthusiasm and willingness to learn. We love our school! Congratulations!

New theme for next year As I mentioned last week, discussion was underway for a new theme for next year. It is my pleasure to announce that our artists in residence, Boris Sichon (music) and Triumph Acrobatics (movement) will collaborate with teachers and students to present you with a cirque du soleil style stage performance within the theme of TIME.
We are already imagining the possibilities of what we can do with the theme.  It's going to be a great show!

Hey, Ho, Pinnochio! 
Our Musical Theatre Production this year will take place on June 6th at 6:30 pm. Our cast and chorus are busy rehearsing and tickets will be offered for sale soon! A rehearsal schedule outlining extra practices will be send home with cast and chorus members next Tuesday. For those parents/grandparents who have offered to lend a hand, I would like to hold a parent meeting this Thursday after the rehearsal at 4 pm, to discuss props, makeup, etc. 

Please remember that deadlines for Grade 6 Baby Photos and class placement requests are due by May 24th. 

Summer will be here before you know it, and the Mission Leisure Centre has some exciting things planned for your kids! Please see the attached flyer below:

2019 - Summer Fun Flyer.pdf

And check out the info below about exciting events at the Mission Library:

May & June 2019 events:

 Lego Club

Tuesdays, May 7-Aug 27, 3-4:15 pm

We provide the LEGO, you bring your imagination! Come play, create, and experiment.

 Cubetto Launch

Thursday, May 30, 10:30-11:30 am

It is never too early to begin learning logic and coding! Cubetto is a friendly wooden robot that teaches children the basics of computer programming through stories and activities. Registration required.

 Tech-up with Ozobots

Friday, June 7, 3:30-4:30pm

Introducing the Ozobot, the cutest little robot in town! Come to the Mission Library and up your STEAM skills at or Ozobot program. Registration Required. For ages 10+.

 Storytime: Fun in the Garden

Thursday, June 13, 3:30-4pm

Introduce children to the love of books and language with Storytime! Storytimes prepare children to learn to read. This special Storytime includes a craft. All supplies are provided, but registration is required.

 National Indigenous Peoples Day Storytime 

Thursday, June 20, 10:30-11 am

Drop by for a themed storytime at Mission Library! Children and caregivers will enjoy interactive stories, songs, rhymes, and more. Storytime prepares children to learn to read. In cooperation with Aboriginal Family Place.

 Playground Playtime

Friday, June 21, 3:30-4:30 pm

Come to the Playground. Meet Cubetto, tech-up with Ozobots, our pocket-sized robot, drive Sphero around the library, or build a masterpiece with Magformers, Keva Planks and LEGO. There's something for everyone! 

 Summer Reading Club Kick-Off

Saturday, June 22, 1-4pm

Kick off your summer with a party celebrating reading! Join us for games, activities and fun. It's a one-stop shop to sign up for all of our Summer Reading clubs, including preschoolers, kids, teens and adults.

 Fraser Valley Regional Library – Mission Library

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Please also  see the attached May calendar Miss Amy has created:

May 2019 Calendar.pdf

Student Placement for next year - I have had some questions regarding student placement for next year. There are many factors taken into account when classes are arranged, which takes place in June. We place students according to academic and social needs, learning styles, and other unique needs. Sometimes parents also request a teacher because their child's older siblings were in that class and the family feels a connection to that teacher. If you wish to send a request for your son/daughter for next year, please send it to me no later than May 24th. **Please note - while we take all parent requests into account, we cannot guarantee that all requests will be accommodated, due to many factors such as staffing changes etc.  If you have already send a request please re-send directly to me before May 24th.

Bussing for next year -  Please see the important message below regarding bussing for next year:

Bus Registration for 2019 - 2020

Families are advised that Bus Registration for the 2019-20 school year will run from May 1st through June 30th, 2019. To ride a district school bus, all new and returning riders must complete a registration form each year.

Registration may be initiated by using our on-line bus registration form.  This can be accessed at and clicking on the 'Transportation' link on the Home page.

The Transportation office will be closed between July 1st and August 22nd, 2019.  However, on-line registrations may still be submitted throughout July and August.

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. 

Week of MAY 20 - 24

20 Victoria Day - No School

21 Handbell Ensemble - 7:30 am - music room

22 Aboriginal Family of Schools Dinner

23 Tone Chime Choir - 7:30 am - music room

23 Hey Ho, Pinnochio! Rehearsal 2:30 - 4:00 - Parent meeting at 4:00 

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   If you have questions regarding any fundraisers, events, etc. that are sponsored by PAC please email them directly for a quicker response. 

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  

The next PAC meeting is Tuesday, May 14th at 7:00 pm

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.