*Important* Message from Superintendent of Schools

*Important* Message from Superintendent of Schools

Dear Squamish Area Parents,

I am writing to you about our Squamish area schools this morning to let you know about school for today.

Our staff has been monitoring the updates on the fire at the Squamish Terminals overnight. Our air intake vents at our schools were off as of 3:00 pm yesterday and were remotely accessed last evening to ensure they would not open this morning. We have also had staff out checking on schools and the air quality at each of them since very early this morning. As well, the BC Air Quality website is reporting that Squamish’s air quality is currently at a 2 which indicates a low health risk. Their prediction for later in the day is that it will rise to a 3 which remains in the low risk category. It further states that at low risk levels citizens may proceed with outdoor activities. It goes on to predict that air quality levels will shift to a 4 this evening returning the air quality to a moderate risk as it was late last evening.

Our staff has also had discussions with the District of Squamish who report that there is a low health risk currently across Squamish and that we may see the fire worsen as the tide goes out and the winds shift again. With this in mind, their staff are predicting that later today we may see the air quality reduced to a moderate risk level again.

Given that the air quality currently indicates a low health risk and that we are able to take the precaution of keeping students inside for the day, our schools will remain open.

Parents may want to monitor the air quality in Squamish at bcairquality.ca which provides an indicator of particulates in the air as of the top of each hour. If any parents opt to pick up their children early or have them remain home please do remember to contact the school office.

Your school principal will be in discussions with our district staff throughout the day and our district staff will be monitoring air quality in consultation with the District of Squamish.

Thank you,

Lisa McCullough

“Learning Expeditions” Public Meeting – TONIGHT! (Tuesday, April 14)

Tuesday April 14, 2015 at 7pm at the Sea to Sky School Board Office 

Program of Choice: Learning Expeditions Information Evening


The Board of Education has passed motions to discontinue Stawamus Elementary School in its current instructional configuration, and to place the new District Programs of Choice:  Cultural Journeys (kindergarden to grade 6) and Learning Expeditions (grade seven to twelve) at the Stawamus Elementary School site under the administration of Sea to Sky Learning Connections.

On Tuesday, April 14, 2015, at 7pm at the Sea to Sky School Board Office, School District No. 48 will be presenting the Learning Expeditions Program of Choice.  Members of the Sea to Sky community are invited to join us to learn more about this district-wide program.

At this public meeting, Principal of Sea to Sky Learning Connections, Ryan Massey, will discuss the Learning Expeditions Program.  Defined by its unique model of flexible, project-based learning in a high tech environment, Learning Expeditions will be inclusive of students in grade seven to twelve.

We welcome all questions related to this program and look forward to welcoming you to the public information meeting. For more information about this program, visit our website at www.seatoskylearningconnections.com

Band Concert Videos

Want to check out the latest songs from Don Ross Secondary School Bands?  Go to our Don Ross Secondary School Youtube Channel and check out the videos of our Bands under the direction of Ms. Julie Wallace.

Parent Teacher Conferences

Grade 8 & 9

Parent Teacher Conferences will be taking place Thursday, March 19th from 3:00 – 4:30 and 6:00 – 7:30 PM.  The format will be the same for Grade 8 & 9 classes.  Teachers will be stationed throughout the gym.  No appointments are necessary.

Grade 7

Grade 7 parents can book an appointment with their child’s homeroom teacher  online.  See the following links.

Booking Parent Teacher Appointments Online

On-line Appointment Bookings – Parent Instructions

To see your son / daughter’s Elective Teachers please go to the gymnasium.  No Appointment Necessary.

March Newsletter

Check out this month’s DRS Newsletter.

Gr. 8 & 9 Course Selection for 2015-2016

Course Selection sheets were handed out yesterday for Grade 7 & 8 students moving to Grade 8 & 9 in 2015-16 school year.

Course selection booklets can be found under the About menu at the top of the page or from this direct link.

Students should spend some time going over their choices with their parents before handing it back in.

Once completed, please return course selections forms to the office by Wednesday March 4th, 2015.

DRSS SOCCER ACADEMY and HOCKEY ACADEMY Registration opens this week!

Dear Parents and Guardians,

This message is a reminder that we will be accepting registrations for our Don Ross Secondary Soccer Academy and Hockey Academy this week on the following dates and times:

Soccer Academy – Wednesday, February 25th @  8am

Hockey Academy – Thursday, February 26th @  8am

Registration forms can be downloaded below. Please note that enrollment space is limited and all registrations will be accepted on a first come first serve basis.  (Students currently enrolled in our Soccer Academy will receive preference over students enrolling for the first time.)

Please note also that each registration form must be submitted directly by the student or parent/guardian and that multiple or group registrations will not be accepted.

Please do not hesitate to contact me by phone at 604-898-3671 ext. 123 or email  at npascuzzi@sd48.bc.ca  if you have any questions or concerns regarding the information outlined above.

Thank you,

Nick Pascuzzi


Don Ross Soccer registration form

Don Ross Hockey registration form


Hours & Info

Office Hours: 8 am - 4 pm
Lunch: 12:09pm - 12:50pm

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