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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ Dear ESR Families,

Thank you for your support with the Young Entrepreneur Fair! We had some very happy vendors and customers at the end of the day. 

On Tuesday evening, our Theatre students are excited to be performing 'The Time Machine' at 6:30 pm. Tickets are on sale through cash online for $5.00 each - children four and under are free. ​ Come and join us for this sci-fi production with a steampunk flair - see you there!

There is only one more week for our Read-a-Thon. We are raising funds for Social/Emotional and mindfulness activities in and around our school. Students are asking families to sponsor them for time spent reading (family and friends only - no door-to-door solicitations, please!). On the 31st students will be invited to dress as their favourite book character and you are invited to come between 11:45 - 2:15 There will be prizes for participation. β€‹β€‹

Remember that the Neufeld food fundraiser is currently running and closes on Monday May 27th. Get your orders in with the link below by Monday! Pick up is June 3rd at 5:30-you much be able to pick up as we do not have storage space. Payments can be credit, cheque, or cash. 

No change can be given for cash orders. β€‹β€‹

***Please remember that you must be able to pick up the order on June 3rd at 5:30, we cannot store any orders at school.***​

As we approach the end of the school year, we can expect more sunshine and warmer temperatures. Please make sure your children have a water bottle and sunscreen. Also, a reminder that playground accidents increase when students wear flip flops to school, as they slip easily on the equipment and even on wet grass. All students are required to wear proper indoor shoes inside and for gym class. 

*Grade 6 Baby Photos - Each year we present a slide show of Grade 6 students at the year end certificate ceremony and again at the last day assembly. Please send me a baby picture of your child by May 31st so they can be included in the year end slide show. 

If you missed the SOGI Mythbusters presentation at the Clarke Theatre, you can access it here:SOGI Myth Busters (1).pdf
**The $20.00 Arts Programming Fee was due by September 30th and is payable through cash online. This fee is used to support our arts based curriculum program. β€‹

Please remember that there is NO PARKING along any yellow line in our parking lot area. You will be asked to drive through and do a loop if your child is not standing at the yellow line.  We have also had several telephone calls about drivers stopping on the crosswalk on Cade Barr. R​emember that it is difficult to see little ones, so please observe the speed zone and refrain from parking on the crosswalk. Thank you.

Due to an increasing number of serious allergies to sesame and sesame oil products, we are revising our nut-free policy to include sesame. This is a tricky one, because sesame products can be found in odd places, such as Lip Smacker lip glosses, some Aveeno products such as hand lotions, and shampoos, deodorants, and hair conditioners. It is also found in seaweed snacks, sushi, hummus, and sprinkled on breads and buns. As you are aware, we also have students in our school with serious allergies to peanuts and all tree nuts. Exposure to sesame/sesame oil products and nuts can be a matter of life or death for some students, so we ask that families who enjoy those foods to please have them before or after school. If students eat them before school, please have them wash their hands before leaving home. Thank you so much for helping us keep our students safe! 

Absences - When your child is going to be absent, please notify the office either by telephone or email. β€‹

Current House Team Points:​

Shakespeare (red)             Beethoven (Blue)                     Pickford (yellow)                  Odjig (green)                  

376                                             430                                             391                                        395                      

Next Week and FYI's


Monday 27 It's Monday - Wear your Spirit Day!

                  Div. 13 & 14 to Kilby Historic Site 9:00 - 2:10 pm

Tuesday 28  Band​​

                    The Time Machine - 6:30

 Wednesday 29 Fiddle Club

                            Touch Football practice after school

Thursday 30 Band​

                    Touch Football 3:00 - 5:00 pm - Heritage Park Middle School

Friday 31 Hot Lunch - Booster Juice & Popcorn

                Read - a Thon Ends - Dress as Your Favourite Character Day - Favourite Book presentations 1:45 - 2:15 pm


 β€‹PAC Committee:

Co-Presidents Marie Walker and Kayte Hammond

Secretary Stephanie Scott

Treasurer Celine Dauphney

DPAC Representative Sheneal Anthony

Members at Large Adam, Steffich, Kirstin Heise, Carrie Biero, and Renay Holzapfel

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 - 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€‹β€‹

​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. β€‹

* 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


Edwin S. Richards Arts Based Curriculum School

Sibling Kindergarten Registration

December 1 – 22, 2023

9:00 am - 2:30 pm

Front Lobby of School


βœ“ Children born in 2019 are eligible for Kindergarten in 2024-2025.

βœ“ Proof of age is required at time of registration: I.E. Birth Certificate, Passport, Permanent Residence Card, BC Services Card (Photo Version Only), Aboriginal Status Card, Certificate of Citizenship or Immigration Canada document. Please Note: The BC Care Card is not acceptable proof of age.

βœ“ Proof of Residency in BC:

β€’  Parent's Care Card (not student's) / Parent's BC Services Card (not student's) /

    Driver's License / Municipal Tax Bill / Rental Agreement or Utility Bill

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.