Summer is here…

Another wonderful year at Mamquam! The last day at school was June 26th and reopens September 8th. If you wish to contact the school to register or have any further questions, the office is open Monday and Tuesday, July 6th and 7th. Thereafter please contact the school board office at 604 892 5228 to register your child or further queries.

in the meantime we hope you have a wonderful summer!

Kindergarten Registration has begun – Kindergarten Registration & Early French Immersion Registration Kindergarten in School District No. 48 offers exciting opportunities to learn through play. Your child’s play allows them to develop their core literacy skills through competency based explorations, and having fun! For registration information pertaining to Kindergarten registration for either the English program or the Early French Immersion program, go to our district website for more information and registration forms. Or better yet, drop by our school and ask for Mrs. Smiley our secretary who will take your questions and guide you through the registration process. Just make sure you bring your child’s birth certificate, care card, and proof of address (driver’s license). An added bonus is you will walk away with a smiley face yourself after meeting our secretary and staff at the school. We also would love to meet your son and daughter in person and put a face to the name on the registration form!

Arts Infusion Arts Infusion is an approach to learning and teaching that integrates the arts with other subject areas. We will be increasing our visual art skills with the help of our Art Starts Infusion teaching Artist, Andrea Klann and then we will be planning for hands-on ways to connect visual art with learning other subjects. We are in year three of a three year pilot project looking at whether arts integrations, or “Infusion”, will increase student engagement and help students be more excited about their own learning. To get a better idea of what arts integration looks like, here are some links you might want to check out! Check out our newsletter or weekly email for more information on what is happening this week at Mamquam. Enjoy the week, Rose MacKenzie Principal Mamquam Elementary

Week of December 15th to 19th, 2014

Concert performances Wednesday and Thursday afternoon and evening 1:30 and 7:00
Come and watch our students sing, dance and act about snowflakes! It is a one in a million show!

Friday is spirit day – wear your best red and green ensemble and most festive hat. Don’t forget it is also hot lunch day and in the afternoon we will be showing the students the movie “Frozen” and selling popcorn $1 a bag. All monies going towards the pay it forward fund for the Camp Summit trip for our intermediate students next fall.

Enjoy the week!

Week of 19th to 24th, 2014

Word of the Week (Virtue) is Responsibility:
Being responsible means others can trust you to do things with excellence. You accept accountability for your actions. When you make a mistake, you offer amends instead of excuses. Responsibility is the ability to respond ably and to make smart choices.

QSP Fundraiser is on now until October 23, 2014. Mamquam School # is 3702636 and the link to view the selection of magazine subscriptions is

WE day – gr. 6 students heading down to WE day event this Wednesday, October 22nd

Professional Development Day – Oct 24th: School not in session

Enjoy the week!

Week of October 13th to 17th, 2014

Here are the highlights for this week at Mamquam Elementary School:

School closed Monday, October 13th – Thanksgiving

Scholastic Book Fair – Ongoing this week, Tuesday and Wednesday. Please visit the incredible selection of books that will be on display in the library and stock up on your child’s winter reading! All proceeds go towards purchasing more books for the library, bringing in guest author speakers and other library events. Parent volunteers are still needed to assist in running and supervising the book fair. If you are able to help please check the sign up sheet on the board in the front school foyer or see Nicole Carothers our PAC scholastic coordinator.
Dates and times are:
Tuesday, October 14th: 8:30 – 9;00; 12:00 – 1:00; 3:00 – 3:30
Wednesday, October 15th: 8:30 – 9:00; 12:00 – 1:00

Camp Summit – Our 4,5,6 students along with their teachers are off to Camp Summit this coming Wednesday and Thursday, in order to participate in a number of teambuilding and leadership activities. We hope the weather holds out and they come back even more connected as a learning community! Can’t wait to hear about their time at the Camp.

Individual Student Photo Day – Friday, October 17th. We hope to see your son or daughter with their hair slicked back and all gussied up for the camera. But remember no GREEN as the background of the picture is green. Make sure your son or daughter comes with their best smile!

Week of October 6th to 10th at MQS

Few important happenings this week….

Tuesday, October 7th at 9 am in the library. Hope to see you there!

Thursday, October 9th – Scholastic Book Fair from 6:30 to 8:30  in the library AND Meet the Teacher Night from 7:00 to 8:00. Parents and caregivers will meet with the teachers from 7:00 to 7:30 followed by a meet and greet with the school principal and PAC chair in the gym.

More info on what is happening at Mamquam week of October 6th to 10th has been emailed to Parents and Caregivers. If you are not receiving the email please email Janet Smillie at OR go to the principal’s blog on this website and follow the link.

Transition back to school information

September 17, 2015

Please read the link below which provides the latest update and information from the Superintendent of Schools, Lisa McCullough, on next steps in the event the teacher contract tentatively settled on Tuesday is ratified this week.

SD48 Sept 17 2014 Letter to Parents

Further information will be forthcoming the next couple of days. Please call Rose Mackenzie, School Principal if you have any further queries at 604 898 3601 or email

Labour Dispute Update

We have received notice that a tentative deal has been struck between BCPSEA and the BCTF. Both parties are finalizing details and will be seeking member and board ratification over the next few days. We are currently working on a plan to begin instruction and will have further information to you as soon as possible.

Welcome to Mamquam Elementary School!

Dear Parents and Caregivers:

This letter from Superintendent Lisa McCullough contains the latest information regarding the ongoing labour negotiation and school opening. Sept 1, 2014 Letter to Parents Also see this letter sent three days prior. Aug 29 2014 Letter to Parents

This link will take you to the new BCParentInformation page which will provide you with bargaining news from the Province. The Parent Support menu link at the top of that page will take you through the $40/day application process.

Rose Mackenzie
Principal, Mamquam Elementary

Please check our website daily for information regarding school start up. We will endeavor to keep you informed in a timely manner via the website and emails home.

A letter was sent from the Superintendent of Schools this past Friday, August 22nd. In the event you did not receive the letter via email please see link

August 21 2014 Letter to Parents