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Glenbrook Middle School Entrepreneurial Fair

Glenbrook Middle School are having an Entrepreneurial Fair – please see the message below we received from their PAC.

Our third annual Glenbrook Middle School Entrepreneurial Fair is coming up Thurs Feb. 21st from 6:30 to 9 pm in the Glenbrook Gym. Last year we had over 40 middle school students showing off their creativity and business savvy selling everything from homemade cupcakes to lawn ornaments. We are hoping that you could help us by publicizing our event to the Howay community. It is a great night out to shop for a little treat and grab some pizza and it is kid friendly of course!

Free Family Day events in New Westminster

The City of New Westminster organizes the largest free event in the Lower Mainland; All City Parks & Recreation facilities along with the Anvil Centre and River Market will be offering Family Day fun for free! Anvil Centre’s Family Fun Zone will feature Science World on the Road, Magician Peter Rooke, Nintendo games, photo booth fun, crafts and much more. The City’s Parks & Recreation facilities will be offering a variety of activities including swimming, fitness classes, skating, arts and crafts and entertainment.

Please see the link below (to the City of New Westminster’s website) for more information.

Parent Education Nights – Feb, Mar 2019

DPAC has given us information on two upcoming Parent Education Nights that may be of interest to you. Please see the information below provided from them.

The first parent education event (sponsored by the EGMS PAC) is Wednesday, FEB 6th at Glenbrook Middle School. Please see invitation below which will be of particular interest to parents of middle schoolers as it will focus on cannabis and vaping.

The second parent education event is also focused on vaping and will be held on Tuesday, March 5th at the Justice Institute. This PNO sponsored event will feature Ingrid Tyler, who is a Medical Health Officer with Fraser Heath. The presentation will be 40 minutes with time for Questions & Answers at the end. Watch for more information and flyers to be posted soon.

Dear FRMS & QMS Parents & Guardians,

The EGMS PAC cordially invites you to the upcoming EGMS-sponsored Education Night:
What Parents Should Know About Cannabis
DATE: Wednesday, February 6th, 2019
TIME: 7:00pm – 8:30pm
Karen Janzen is our invited presenter. She brings nearly twenty years of experience as New Westminster School District’s Prevention & Health Promotion Facilitator (which is a Fraser Health Substance Use Services contract).
This 90 minute presentation will cover a brief history of cannabis in BC as it relates to youth consumption, including youth access after legalization. It will examine how and why youth use cannabis, including vaping/Juuling. The talk will also probe what parents can do about it.

Please note, child minding will not be offered.

We hope that this trending topic is of interest to you and that you are able to make it


Please note the event at EGMS on Wednesday, February 6th is open to all parents and does NOT require sign up. The event on March 5th will require a sign up with Eventbrite as there are a limited number of seats at the Justice Institute. Information will come out soon regarding when registration is open.

Our suggestion: Attend both events! They are free, being held locally, have qualified speakers and are being offered to educate parents on a very important issue facing our children.

Mar 6, 2019 – Free ADHD seminar at Qayqayt Elementary

Dear Parents, Guardians, Caregivers and Teachers,

Please see the attached link to register for a FREE ADHD Seminar:

The term “ADHD” is becoming increasingly popular among school-aged children and adolescents, but it remains poorly understood and is often associated with stigma and judgment. The purpose of this talk is to help teachers and parents better understand ADHD as part of a bigger set of skills: executive functioning. These are the skills that help us organize, plan, prioritize and control our impulses, and they are key to a child’s success at school, at home, and among their peers. Let’s reduce the stigma and increase our knowledge of how attention and executive functioning works so we can better support our kids and set them up for success!

Dr. Kimberley Da Silva is a Registered Psychologist who works primarily with children and adolescents. The main focus of her clinical practice is providing psychological assessment and treatment to children, adolescents, and their parents. You can find her at the North Shore Stress & Anxiety Clinic.

Could the following describe your child or a child in your life?

Starts one task and gets distracted, then doesn’t ever finish the original task.
Can solve a math problem one way but gets stuck when asked to solve it using another method.
Focuses on the least important thing you said.
Often mixes up assignments and doesn’t bring home the books and handouts needed to complete the work.
Has a desk full of loose papers and pencil stubs. But her schoolwork folder and pencil box are empty.
Panics when rules or routines are challenged, like going out to dinner instead of ordering in because it’s Friday and that’s pizza night.
Struggles to find the right information in a word problem to come up with an equation.

Sticks with a plan even when it’s clear that the plan isn’t working

We encourage everyone to take this opportunity to learn more about Executive Functionging / ADHD.
March 6, 2019
Qayqayt Elementary School
85 Merivale Street, New Westminster
DOORS OPEN / SIGN IN at 7:00pm.
TALK to start at 7:15 SHARP
Child minding by registration (first come first serve). Contact
This event is sponsored by the Qayqayt PAC.

Bake Sale – thanks everyone!

Thank you for everybody’s contributions to the bake sale, whether you baked for us, bought our baked goods, or simply turned up to show your support! We did very well this year and everything we make helps us fund our school and community initiatives over the next year. F W Howay has some fabulous bakers!

ERASE website – updated resources for students, parents

Supporting Safe, Inclusive & Welcoming School Cultures

The revamped erase website (expect respect and a safe education) is now launched.

Part of a provincial strategy for creating safe, inclusive and welcoming school cultures that support student learning and well-being, this Ministry web portal was created following extensive consultation with students, parents and educators. 

The erase strategy has been expanded to address these complex issues and take a broader, cross-sector approach to: 

  • Improve information sharing within and between systems;
  • Increase student safety; and
  • Integrate mental health and sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI) supports with a specific focus on parents and classroom teachers

Key features:

  • Valuable information and resources for students, parents and educators on topics such as online safety, mental health and well-being, bullying and violence, substance use and SOGI.
  • An expanded Get Help section where students can access 24/7 phone and text lines as well as online chats if they, or someone they know, needs help.
  • Students can access the updated erase Report It tool to send a direct message to their school or school district’s safe school coordinator for immediate response. All information is private and confidential.

To help promote awareness and use of the site by students and families, there is a promotion section that contains electronic tools such as logos, images and buttons. Check it out.

We encourage you to visit the site and see the changes for yourself and to share the links broadly within your parent community.