SSE News

Important Dates:

October 19       Shake out - Earthquake drill

October 31       Halloween Read-In

November 5     Daylight Savings Ends – Fall Back

November 9     Remembrance Day Concert 11:15

November 13   Statutory Holiday – Remembrance

November 17   Pro D day – no school for students

November 29   Early Dismissal – 11:30 am 

December 20   Winter Concert - 6:30 pm

December 22   Winter Break begins January 8 Return from Winter Break

Check Calendar and Schedule to see future dates including vacation dates and statutory holidays.

Change and Resilience

Our transition into new classes went very smoothly, but times of transition can sometimes be challenging and stressful. Your child may be experiencing some sense of loss and disappointment with changes in the classroom. Perhaps they are missing a good buddy or they were hoping for a certain teacher. From my experience, it is helpful to listen deeply to your child's feelings and to encourage them to look at the new situation with a positive perspective. Parents modeling a positive outlook on a new situation will help your child build resilience, optimism and adaptability. 

SSE Counsellor
Whitney Walker our Music specialist is also on our SSE staff for any of our students' counselling needs. Mrs. Walker holds a Master's Degree in Counselling Psychology from the University of Calgary, and is a Registered Clinical Counsellor in the province of B.C. She has worked with adults in her private practice, and now works with children in our school district. If there are family or school issues your child is having difficulty dealing with and you feel it would be helpful for them to meet with Mrs. Walker, please let Shelly or your child's teacher know, and this information will be forwarded on. All counselling sessions are strictly confidential.

Play Box Launch 

Social/Emotional Learning at SSE

"Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all." 


The SSE community could not agree more and research backs up this ancient idea: "social-emotional competencies are a more significant determinant of academic attainment than IQ." -HealthSchools BC

 Our school community helps support the social and emotional development of our students in many ways. Here are just a few examples:

-Classroom meetings

-Roots of Empathy program

-Morning greetings

-WITS program

-BigBrothers/Sisters program

-Buddy Classes

-Sexual Health programs

-Mind Up program

-Outdoor learning



Parents contribute to our students' social/emotional development, too. Every positive connection a child makes, helps them feel safer and more secure in their environment. Here are just a few ways that parents are helping our students feel connected and happy at school:

-Meet and Greet food program

-Coaching teams

-Leading clubs

-Helping with RRR and the book fair

-Joining in school activities

-Helping with special events (dances, fun days, class parties, fieldtrips)

If you have questions about any of these programs, please ask Shelly or better yet come to the PAC meeting on Jan. 11th at 8:30 in the Library. 

Technology at SSE

Students are permitted to use technology for educational purposes only and only under the supervision of a staff member. We want our kids running and playing at recess and not plugged into electronics. Please keep devices at home unless your child’s teacher has agreed to having them in class.


Whole School Buddy Read 

Volleyball Action!


Change of Clothes

Rainy days are ahead. A reminder to please have a full change of clothing at school for your child.

Katharine's Grade 2/3 Class - Nature Art

School Schedule

8:19  First bell 

8:25                         Classes begin

10:00-10:25             Recess

12:00-12:46             Lunch Recess

3:15                         Dismissal

3:45                 Supervision ends


We have supervision from 8:00-3:45 each day. We do not have staff assigned to supervise students beyond those hours. 

Please arrange childcare if you need supervision outside these hours.

Click on the link to go to our Forms page and find copies of many other resources.





Most children don’t get enough vegetables and fruit each day. School-age children and youth need 5 to 8 servings of fruit and vegetables each day. 

Support your child to eat more vegetables and fruit: 

Eat vegetables and fruit together with your children. Children learn by watching you. 

Involve children in buying and preparing vegetables and fruit. Try cut up veggies and fruit such as cucumber slices, cherry tomatoes, cauliflower, oranges, apple, pear or kiwi with salad dressing or yogurt for dipping. 

Cut and serve them in many ways. Try vegetables and fruit cold, hot or right from the freezer. Frozen grapes or blueberries make a terrific snack. 

Offer vegetables and fruit at snack and meal times. It can take up to 20 times of offering the same food before a child will accept it. 

A child’s intake varies from day to day. Trust that a healthy child will meet their nutrient needs over time. 

Need fresh ideas? Check out 

For more information: 


Your local Public Health Unit 

HealthLinkBC and Dietitian Services or dial 8-1-1 and ask to speak to a Registered Dietitian (a free call) 

Dietitians of Canada 

Healthy Families BC 

We celebrated 75 years at SSE on June 22, 2016. See photos from the 1940’s at

No Peanuts, Shellfish or Latex at School

Please do not send peanuts, peanut butter or any peanut product to school.  Due to allergies of our students and staff, we also must prohibit shellfish and latex from our premises. Please use vigilance and be sure these products do not arrive with your child. These could cause life-threatening allergic reactions.

Safe Arrival
Please phone our Safe Arrival number 250-537-1397 or email the office if your child will be late or away. Please consider joining our volunteer team of callers. You would come to school one morning a week or be on call if one of our regular callers is away.

Dress Code
We have a very relaxed policy at SSE regarding student attire. Comfortable clothes that respect others and the learning environment is the rule. We expect students will come dressed for the weather (i.e. boots and coats on rainy days.)
Words on clothing should be respectful and not contain profanity or offensive language. Tops should meet bottoms and undergarments should be covered by outer garments. 
Thank you for your support!

SSE Parents Facebook group

This is a great link to keep up to date on news and events from our PAC. This is a closed group so you will have to ask a PAC member to invite you to join. (Parents of Kids at Salt Spring Elementary.)

WITS Program
We have adopted the WITS program at SSE. WITS is an acronym for Walk away, Ignore, Talk it out, Seek help. Wits mandate is to create responsive communities for the prevention of peer victimization. Read more at

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