QQS Updates Sept 2016
Dear Snuneymuxw First Nation Musimuxw, Parents/Guardians, Friends & Students,
I’ skwayul Snuneymuxw Mustimuxw, parents, guardians, friends and family. My name is Roxanne Harris; I am from Stz’uminus First Nation. My parents are George & Sylvia Harris. I have two daughters Jasmine and Chelsea. When I think about my job as the Principal of QQS I always keep in mind how I would want my own daughters to be educated and treated as students. When I make decisions on behalf of your children, I think about my children and proceed with much care and thoughtfulness.
I feel very privileged to say that this will be my second year as Principal of Qwam Qwum Stulwixwulh Community School, and I am thrilled at the opportunity to engage in the educational process together. The elementary years are critical times of development for students and families alike, and I look forward to working with all of you to make this year successful. I am a lifelong educator who brings a firm commitment to students and families as well as a love of learning and problem solving.
Our staff is committed to working with students and their families as a team. The rigorous curriculum that we offer at QQS follows the Ministry of Education guidelines. Our goal is to see each child succeed!
Our school has identified that our “Greatest Area of Need” is our attendance again this year. We feel that if the students are in their desks everyday, we can in turn teach the beautiful children the curriculum as we have planned. Please have a look at our NEW “Mystery Attendance Contest” which will help us reach our goal of having students at school 90% of the time or better for all of our students at QQS for the 2016/2017 school year.
Research shows that parental involvement in a child’s education benefits the child. These benefits are higher levels of academic achievement, positive attitudes, and greater maturity and responsibility. Because the benefits are so solid, I urge you to take part as much as possible in the life of our school. It does take an entire village to raise a child.
We welcome all our families back to another exciting, challenging year. Always contact your child’s teacher first with any concerns you may have. Please know that I am available to meet with you in person or talk to you over the telephone to discuss any concerns you may have. As the instructional leader of this school I am responsible for all decisions made in the best interest of your children. I look forward to a great year and to meeting all our children and their families.
Our first Professional Development Days will be on Thursday, September 29th and Friday September 30th, 2016. So please make arrangements for childcare for your children for these two days.
Our QQS Team for the 2016/2017 School Year:
Principal: Roxanne Harris
Teacher Preschool: Bex Manson
Teacher Grades K/1: Sarah Chickite
Teacher Grades 2/3: Lisa Rodgers
Teacher Grades 3/4/5: Gina Mae Harris
Teacher Grade 6/7: Peter Boon
Teacher Student Support/Special Education: Lauren Rainone
Culture & Language Teacher/Education Assistant: Gary Smith
Education Assistant: Mitch Stuart
Education Assistant: Jennifer Wyse
Education Assistant: Mona Dorman
Education Assistant: Bridget White
Education Assistant: Megan
Education Assistant (on-call): Julia Magrath
Receptionist: Chenoa Point
Custodian: Earl Manson
Bus Driver: Willie Elliott
I always have an open door policy. So please come and see me when you get a chance! I would love to meet all of the community members, parents, friends and family! My goal is to make this year a successful one for all!
Yours in Education,
Roxanne Harris, Principal
Uy’skweyul Snuneymuxw First Nation Mustimuxw,
It is AWSOME to be back at QQS again this year! We are looking forward to a fun filled year with lots of new learning going on in every classroom!
The QQS staff have been working hard to understand the needs of the school. What we do know for sure is that we need to work on attendance and getting to school on time. So, the QQS Staff have identified “ATTENDANCE” as our “Greatest Area of Need” and so we are going to continue with the attendance contests again this year!
“MYSTERY ATTENDANCE CONTEST”
· ALL QQS students are entered!
· Our first contest runs from Monday, September 19th, 2016 to Monday, October 24th, 2016!
· QQS students are expected to attend everyday on time (8:40am to 2:30pm) Except on Mondays we have early dismissal at 1:30pm.
· In this contest students MUST not miss more than 2 days.
· School starts at 8:40am SHARP! If they walk in at 8:41am they are late!
· Lates: what if my child is late for school? Three lates will be equivalent to one day missed.
· Early departures: if a child leaves early three or more times this will be equivalent to one day missed.
· Excused absences (example: Doctor or Dentist appointments) parents MUST PHONE IN BEFORE SCHOOL STARTS AT 8:40am to report that their son/daughter won’t be at school because of an appointment or illness.
· SAFE ARRIVALS: Please ensure that you sign your child in upon their arrival so that we know that they have arrived at school safely.
· SAFE DEPARTURES: Please sign your child at the front desk, so that we know who they are leaving with. This also helps us with our bus run at the end of the day. We also need to make sure we know who is in our school at all times in the event of an emergency.
Now that you know the rules of the contest, you must be wondering what is the prize right?
We will be taking the students who have successfully made it to school and have NOT missed or more than 2 days of school & on time between Monday, September 19th, 2016 to Monday, October 24th, 2016 on a VERY SPECIAL “MYSTERY” TRIP! The QQS BEST attenders will be going on a super exciting “MYSTERY” trip!
Who: All of the QQS students who attend school and miss less than 2 days of school between Monday, September 19th, 2016 to Monday, October 24th, 2016.
What: QQS Attendance Contest
Where: “MYSTERY” LOCATION! We will announce the location closer to the date!
When: The trip will be on TUESDAY, OCTOBER 25th & Wednesday, October 26th, 2016. We will be going on 2 different days because of the number of students that we have in our school this year we will need to go in 2 groups.
Why: We want ALL of our students to be here at QQS everyday!
We need your help parents, guardians, sisters, brothers, aunts, uncles, friends & relatives! Please help us get all of our children to school every day and on time!
It does take a community to raise a child! Please help us out Snuneymuxw First Nation Community!
My name is Miss Sarah and I am the kindergarten and grade 1 teacher. I graduated from Vancouver Island University with a Bachelor of Education. This will be my first year teaching at Qwam Qwum Stuwixwulh.
I am from the We Wai Kai Nation. I was born in Campbell River, British Columbia where I grew up training, competing, and teaching dance. I taught two weeks of Hip Hop dance camp at the Snuneymuxw gym this summer.
I am so excited to explore, learn, and grow with our class this school year. We have had a strong start to September with an amazing group of eager students. During the month of September, we will be assessing the students to place in them in the appropriate reading and math groups to ensure a successful year of learning. We are going to have so much fun together! Sarah Chickite.
Hello, my name is Lauren Rainone and I am the new Student Support Teacher.
My husband and I grew up and live in Ladysmith and we have an 11 month old baby girl and a dog. I have been teaching for 8 years and previously worked in Cowichan School District, Ditidaht and Penelakut communities.
I will be at the school Tuesdays and Thursdays .
I am very excited to meet all the students and families and I am happy to support the students and staff with their school programs.
Uy’Skweyul Siem Sye’yu from Gina-Mae Harris
It is a great honour to be working in Snuneymuxw territory this school year! I have completed my Bachelor of Education Degree at Vancouver Island University. Prior to attending university, I worked in the social work area, and more recently as an Education Assistant for a few years.
I am from Stzuminus First Nation. My late grand-parents are Steve/Dora Sampson, and Lawrence/Irene Harris. My wonderful parents are Ray Harris and Diana Sampson. I have 3 beautiful children, two adult ladies, one teenage son and five wonderful grandchildren. My siblings are all dear to me!
I am so grateful to have this opportunity to be here this school year! We are going to enjoy a safe and wonderful learning environment. I look forward to the students putting in their best efforts and creating a year full of wonderful memories! I am exciting to be working with such a great group of people and certainly enjoy the language and culture programs! Please feel free to call me at the school if you have any questions or concerns.