Myrtle Philip Community School Communicator » December 2nd 2022

December 2nd 2022

Sleds and Snow Gear
It seems we have welcomed winter here at Myrtle Philip this week. With winter comes cold cold cold weather and mountains of beautiful snow. We have begun noticing a few things with the arrival of this winter wonderland, first of all many students are coming to school without proper winter gear. We all know that this isn't for lack of trying on their parents part, and I personally have tried to remind them that it does not look cool when you are freezing! Let's try and fight the fight to get kids wearing warm clothing and dressing for the weather. Secondly many students have begun bringing their own sleds to school. At Myrtle Philip we have a system for allowing students to use the hills to sled down. Not every grade gets to sled everyday and we will provide the sleds to students on the days their grade is permitted to use them. When sleds come from home accidents happen and children get hurt. Let's try and leave our personal crazy carpets and such at home from now on please. 
Next Week at a glance
December 5th-December 8th
Monday December 5th
Tuesday December 6th
Wednesday December 7th
  • Staff Meeting
Thursday December 8th
  • Trinkets and Treasures
Friday December 9th


Trinkets and Treasures

Trinkets and treasures, a WCSS fundraiser, is coming up Thursday December 8th. At this event each child will have time to shop for presents for their family members. 


On the day of the event please send your child to school with a pillow case or cloth bag that will be tied up with ribbons and will hold all the gifts for your family. Please also send $2 for each item your child will be purchasing. Each child can purchase one gift for each family member that lives in their house. 


For the event to run we need donated items. Item drop off will begin Thursday December 1st until Wednesday December 7th.


This year we will NOT be accepting any used clothes. Remember, please do not donate any broken items or items missing pieces. Items also need to be of a size that the child can carry it home after school. 


Favourite items for kids to gift to parents include:

  • Jewelry  
  • NEW ski/snowboard/bike gloves, socks, hats, toques, paraphernalia (think swag you may have been given that doesn’t fit you)
  • Board and card games
  • Knick-knacks

Favourite items for kids to gift to siblings:

  • Toys
  • Sparkly things 
  • Board games 
  • Trending items


Volunteers are needed to make this event run. We will need volunteers the afternoon and evening before to set up the “store”, volunteers during the event to help the students, and volunteers to tear down after school ends that day. 


Contact Dana Elliott, Trinkets and Treasurers Coordinator, if you have any questions. 

[email protected]




We would like to update you on the grant from the Ministry of Education and Childcare to make back-to-school more affordable for students and their families struggling with rising costs of living due to global inflation. We are mindful that many families in our community are struggling with the increased cost of living. We want every family to know that they are eligible for financial assistance through the Student & Family Affordability fund, no questions asked.


This one-time funding support (this year) will be allocated towards school-related expenses, including:

  1. School supplies
  2. Field Trip funds
  3. Family food security
  4. Basic necessities
  5. Clothing/footwear
  6. Other necessities

The funds will be available through gift cards from Nesters for foods and other supplies. We will also continue to support anyone who requires assistance with paying to participate in our hot lunch program. If you require support in one of the other above areas, feel free to inquire and we will do our best to accommodate on a case-by-case basis. 


If you would like to access the affordability fund, please let the office know by email to myself at [email protected] & share what you may need support for from the above list. Please be patient while we organize getting these gift cards and a system in place to support our families. If for whatever reason you have not heard back from me within a week, please re-send just in case it was missed. We don’t want any barriers for you to receive this support.


The School District is happy to announce that they are also partnering with local food banks to specifically support school food programs.  At Myrtle Philip we receive lunch items weekly from Whistler Community Services Society.  Thank you to the volunteers who make this program possible. 


Stay tuned for more creative ways to support our families.


EASE- Managing Worries and Anxiety at Home

Important Information for our Families
School Cash Online
All families should have received an email from School Cash Online to complete the following items:
  • Forms (G-Suite permission, Walking Field Trip, Media Consent, Canadian Anti-Spam Legislation) to fill in for your child as required by the school district;
  • Indigenous ancestry self identification forms
  • Agendas (K to grade 5)
Thank you for your prompt completion and payments!
  • All students who seek bus transportation are now required to register annually to receive a bus pass and to have a bus seat allocated to them. We encourage you to review District Policy 806 for more information about your child’s eligibility for school bus transportation. Here is the the registration form to register your child(ren) for the bus.
  • Passes have been issued to all eligible students who have registered to ride the bus for the 2022/2023 school year (lanyards have been ordered and will be distributed asap).
School News App
We have started to use the School News app by Edlio, an activity feed for consuming alerts, news, and events for participating schools. It’s a simple way to view the school’s news feeds and calendars, and also receive push notifications directly from us. It’s free to download to your iOS or Android phone and quick to set up:
  1. Go to the App Store or Google Play and search for “School News by Edlio” to install.
  2. Open the app and search for the school; tap “Add School.” If you have kids in other Edlio-powered schools, add them to the app too.
  3. Enable push notification by going to the Alerts tab and tapping “Enable Notifications.”
All of the news and events posted to our website are posted here for easy access. You can also add multiple Edlio-powered schools and/or districts to gather all news, events, and alerts in this one app. We’ll send push notifications out to keep you updated on urgent news.


Dropping off and picking up our children from school can be a stressful time. It is important that we make sure that they are getting to where they need to go safely. Here are the following parking guidelines for drop off and pick up. 
  1. When dropping off or picking up in the bus loop parents must remain IN THEIR CARS at all times. This means no helping little ones with seatbelts, backpacks, or walking them to their classrooms. It is integral for safety that while in the bus loop the driver is always in the vehicle and behind the wheel. 
  2. Parking in the bus loop is also prohibited. This is a quick drop off or pick up area. If you need to park please continue to the parking lot to do so. 
  3. Children are walking through the parking lot all the time, please slow down to ensure safety. 
  4. Please do not park your car anywhere that is not a designated parking space (this includes at the edges of the bus loop and the exit of the actual parking area). 
After School Supervision
After school students are supervised in the bus loop area by teachers until 2:45pm, and an EA until the second bus departs (around 2:55pm). When students have yet to be picked up by this point they are sent to the office to call their parents as there is no outside supervision anymore at that point. If for some reason you are unable to pick up your child by 2:55pm, please call the office to let us know so that we are aware of the situation and your child does not worry. 

Dogs on School Grounds

  • In the first few weeks of school we have lots of new little faces joining our school community. Many of our new small humans may be nervous around dogs. It is important that all dogs on school grounds be accompanied by an adult and be on a leash. We also ask that individuals bringing their dogs to drop off and pick up be mindful of the kindergarten entrance and try not to bring dogs into where the students are lining up and listening to morning instructions.