Myrtle Philip Community School Communicator 23/24 » March 7th 2024

March 7th 2024

P.A.W.S by Sam Smith
Congratulations to this week's PAWS ticket winners Yeva Wescott & Lockie White! 
Congratulations to last month's PAWS ticket winner! Owen Klassen

Hi Parents,

You are invited to the Open PAC meeting Wednesday March 13 at 6pm at the school.  

We will go over:

           -Events coming up including opportunities on how to help with May Day 

           -Bussing issues affecting families

           -School calendar clarity regarding pro-d days/early dismissal

           -Fundraising initiatives and feedback

We would love to have you join us to give feedback and share your ideas.  We are here to represent the parents so we need to hear from you. 



Next Week at a Glance
March 11th- March 15th 
Monday March 11th
Tuesday March 12th
  • Options for Sexual Health: Divisions 12,11, 9, 5, 3, 2
  • Division 2 walking field trip
Wednesday March 13th
  • Options for Sexual Health: Divisions 14, 10, 8, 6, 7, 1
  • Staff meeting @ 3pm in the Library
  • Open PAC meeting @ 6pm in the Library
Thursday March 14th
  • Physical Literacy: Divisions 14, 13, 12, 11, 9, 1
Friday March 15th
  • Weekly PAWS ticket draw
  • Spirit Day: Dress Bright
  • Intermediate dance 1pm
  • Last day before Spring Break
Saturday March 16th-Monday April 1st
  • Spring Break
Sunday March 17th
  • St. Patrick's Day Click here to learn more about St. Patrick's Day
Thursday March 21st
  • International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination: Click here to learn more about this day.
  • World Downs Syndrome Day: Click here to learn more about this day. 
Monday March 25th
  • Holi: Click here to learn more about Holi Festival of Colours
Sunday March 31st
  • National Indigenous Languages Day: Click here to learn more about the day.
  • International transgender day of visibility: Click here to learn more about the day.  
Friday March 29th- Monday April 1st
  • Easter : Good Friday, Easter Sunday, Easter Monday: Click here to learn more about Easter in Canada. 





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. 


Bikes On School Grounds
Here at Myrtle Philip we have a few rules regarding bikes on school property. These rules are intended to keep our students safe while on school grounds. All adults and children on school property during school time as well as during drop off and pick up must follow these following safety rules. 
All on duty staff will be expected to enforce these rules and it is expected that they be spoken to in a respectful manner when doing so. 
These rules are in place for all types of bikes at all times of the year. Types of bikes may include, but are not limited to standard bikes, e-bikes, bikes with chariots, skateboards, scooters, and anything else that may resemble a bike in any capacity. 
  1. Bikes MUST be walked at all times on school property, with the exception of the actual roadways in the parking lot and bike loop. There should never be anyone riding any sort of bike on a sidewalk, a walkway or a crosswalk for any reason. Bikes should be dismounted from at the bottom of the Valley Trail hill (in the parking lot area), and before the green garbage can in the bus loop area. 
  2. Bikes on the roadways MUST follow traffic laws and the flow of traffic. The bus loop must be entered on the same side a car would enter and ridden through in the same direction a car would go, and the parking lot should be ridden through in the same direction as cars drive.
  3. If a staff member asks you to dismount from your bike for any reason that staff member must be treated in a respectful manner and the direction must be followed.  
It is important that these rules be consistently followed in order to be permitted to continue riding a bike on school property. 
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.