QQS Updates Mar 2016
Dear Parents, Guardians, Friends and Family,
Hello friends and family! As we see the seasons changing from Winter to Spring it is nice to see our days getting longer and warmer!
We had our Jump Rope for Heart kick off on February 17th, 2016. It was nice to have Regan Grill School Programs Coordinator from the Heart and Stroke Foundation come to our school and tell us all about the Jump Rope for Heart fundraiser. Our children are enthusiastic about doing this very rewarding program. So if you see our children with their Jump Rope for Heart fundraiser envelopes please support their genuine efforts.
Our staff and some of our students have had a chance to do a guided tour of the new SFN Recreation Centre! It is such a beautiful building! We are excited about being able to do our Physical Education classes at the new SFN Recreation Centre. Once we have all of our waiver forms in, we can start to do our gym classes.
Report card day is on Friday, March 11th, 2016. We look forward to seeing all of our Parents/Guardians in order to discuss the progress of your beautiful children. Please remember that there is NO SCHOOL for the children on report card day.
Spring Break starts on Monday, March 14th, 2016 and goes until Monday, March 28th, 2016. We are encouraging all of our students to continue to read aloud to their parents during their Spring Break. They are encouraged to sign a book out of their Classroom Library if they need a book to read during Spring Break.
I hope that you all have a wonderful Spring Break and we will see all of the beautiful children back at QQS on Tuesday, March 29th, 2016.
Huy ch’ qa,
Roxanne Harris, Principal
Coast Salish Paddles
Coast Salish paddles are used for many different things and are very sacred. First, is that they come in many different shapes and sizes and are also used for transportation and racing. But long ago Coast Salish people used paddles for hunting and fishing, sometimes they were used for anchors to tie canoes so they didn’t float away and they also used them as weapons. The tip of a paddle is very sacred because, the tip is where the water first hits the paddle. Second, not all paddles are used for transportation or for paddling; some small decorative paddles are sewn on sacred regalia such as paddle jackets, and some people put them on beautiful native dresses.
Paddles have been around for thousands of years and long ago they were 4 ft. long and the blades were shaped like a leaf. But today not all paddles are shaped like a leaf or 4 ft. long they are shorter and smaller. Most paddles are made of some type of cedar which is also very sacred wood. Third, some paddles are not for paddling they are given to people for very important things, then they can hang them on their walls. Also people paint beautiful native designs on them and raffle or sell them to people. There are many different types of paddles, all shapes and sizes, and I hope I can make my own paddle to race with some day.
By Julienne Wyse-Seward, Grade 7, QQS