Welcome Message from the PA President, Susan Ko

I’m tired, it’s 9pm, and I’m just back from the Junior School, having spent two hours helping to decorate the gym for this Saturday’s Barn Dance. However, the chance to write the first ever Parents’ Auxiliary blog is worth staying up for, and is a real treat! Ways of communicating have evolved, and we have decided to evolve with them. The blog will replace our Parent’s Auxiliary newsletter, which used to be published online every 2-3 months. The blog gives us the opportunity to promote and record our activities as they happen, and parents will have a chance to respond – opening up another channel for communications between the school community and the PA. I am looking forward to hearing from you all!

Upcoming PA events to look out for include the Barn Dance I mentioned earlier, at the Junior School, October 23rd, from 6 to 8:30pm. Tickets are available at the Junior school ($25 per family, or $8 per adult and $5 for students. Kids under 5 are free).

Then, there’s the third annual Quiz Night, held this year in the small gym at the Senior School on November 5th at 6pm. Test your skills against the elite SMUS staff!!! Prizes are awarded to the smartest table but you’ll be guaranteed a fun evening, even if you don’t win. Tickets are $40 per person, and can be booked by emailing the PA (paraux@smus.bc.ca) Hurry, it’s almost sold out!

The next fun event is Boarders without Borders, an opportunity for day students to bring a boarder or two over for dinner in order to build community between day students and boarding students. That event runs 5 to 8pm on Sunday, November 7th. Please email Shelley Austin (shelleya@shaw.ca) if you are interested in taking a boarder home.

Finally, our Christmas Gala will be held on Saturday, November 27th. Last year we had over 700 people attend, and it was a fabulous time for all, right from kindergarten students, to boarders, to parents and to staff. Great dancing, great silent auction, and a great way to celebrate the holidays!!! Look for more information in the next few weeks and if you’d like to join the committee or help out in any way, contact Liz Butterfield at butterfields@shaw.ca. Sign up early for this event, as it sells out fast.  I hope to see you there.

Our next Parents’ Auxiliary meeting will be held at the Crothall Boardroom on November 18th at 7pm. Come, and bring a friend. Find out how you can get involved and meet other SMUS parents. See you there!

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