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April 5th 2024

P.A.W.S by Sam Smith
Congratulations to this week's PAWS ticket winner! Alpen Stroud
Congratulations to last month's PAWS ticket winner! Ayda Livingstone

Sent on behalf of Dr. Alex Choi, Medical Health Officer, Vancouver Coastal Health.


  1. As many of you will know On Monday, April 8, 2024, a solar eclipse will occur when the Moon moves between the Sun and the Earth. In the VCH region, this event will be a partial eclipse, expected to start around 10:40am and end around 12:20pm. While it is dangerous to look at the sun anytime, the risk of harm is higher during a solar eclipse because we are more tempted to look, and some of our protective mechanisms that would make us turn away may be less effective due to lower light levels. Even during a partial eclipse, the sun’s intense radiation can cause severe damage to the eyes. It’s crucial to avoid looking directly at the sun during the eclipse, especially for children, as their eyes let in more light to the retina than adult eyes. Young children also may not fully understand the risks or be able to follow safety directives and may require more supervision.   

·         Avoid direct viewing: Never look directly at the eclipse under any circumstances.

·         Only use safe viewers: Only view the eclipse if you have safe viewers and filters that meet the international standard ISO 12312-2.

·         Avoid homemade filters: Do not use homemade filters, sunglasses, ski goggles, camera lenses, smoked glass, photographic film, or x-ray film by themselves or in combination with a binocular or telescope.

·         Pinhole projector: If you don’t have eclipse viewers that meet the international standard, create a pinhole projector and focus on the projected image, not the sun itself.

·         Always supervise children.


For more information, see:

Canadian Space Agency: How to safely watch a solar eclipse - Canadian Space Agency (

Canadian Association of Optometrists:

Student Project: How to Make a Pinhole Camera | NASA/JPL Edu

Next Week at a Glance
April 8th- April 12th 
Friday April 5th-Saturday April 13th
  • Passover. Click here to learn more about Passover. 
Sunday April 7th
  • World Health Day: Click here to learn more about World Health Day
Monday April 8th
  • Solar Eclipse: watch the eclipse live online here
Tuesday April 9th
  • Health and Safety Meeting
April 9th and 10th
  • Eid al-Fitr, end of the holy month of Ramadan: Click here to learn more about Eid al-Fitr
Wednesday April 10th
  • School Learning Plan Review: Click here to check out this year's updated School Learning Plan website        (this website can always be found on the Myrtle Philip School website under the families tab)
  • May Day Planning Meeting: 2pm Learning Services Room
Thursday April 11th
  • Reading link challenge finals 9am at the Whistler Public Library 
  • Physical Literacy: Division 2, 8, 10, 12, 13, 14 
Friday April 12th
  • !!!Spirit day: Wear Plaid!!!
  • Weekly PAWS ticket sticker draw


School Access Code: mpcs


Click here to volunteer for this session. 

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. 





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. Hot lunch
  5. Basic necessities
  6. Clothing/footwear
  7. 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.