Happy New Year!
Please see Weekly News below.
Week of January 14 – January 17, 2019
Please read below the calendar for more detailed information on events.
Please return home learning packages (K-2 Group)
Sarah Dakin (Learning Support Teacher here)
Kevin Flesher (Arts Teacher here)
PAC Meeting date changed to January 22 at 7pm at the Community Hall
Every Tuesday until March Break at lunchtime at the Healthcare Society starting January 22nd!
Where? The boardroom of the Hornby and Denman Community Health Care Society
When? Every Tuesday starting January 22nd from 12:30-1:30pm. Runs until March Break.
Who? Hornby parents and caregivers of children ages 0-12
What? A facilitated conversation on parenting issues, information, and strategies, led by Meredith and Mike.
Coffee and tea will be provided, please feel free to bring along your lunch and eat while we chat.
This group is “drop-in style” and registration is not required, however its helpful to know how many people to expect.
I look forward to seeing you there!
Hornby and Denman Community Health Care Society
The Courtenay and Area KidStart mentoring program provides positive adult mentors to children age 6+. If you or someone you know might be interested in volunteering right here on Hornby Island please see the attached poster.
Don’t forget to check in at the office when coming to school late, or dropping off forgotten items. It is important that children be accompanied adults when crossing the road between, be mindful of where the classes are at in their day when arriving to school late.
To ensure everyone’s safety, please remember to drive slowly anywhere near the Community Hall and school grounds. Be aware of the crosswalk at the pre-school bottle entrance.
Our Community School Learning Hub Model
Parents, learners, staff, and community are working together to co-create a learning model for Hornby Island Community School that incorporates blended learning with technology and community experiences/mentorships. Please visit our working website, https://sites.google.com/a/online.sd71.bc.ca/hornby-island/ for the most recent information.
Our Methods of Communication
At Hornby Island Community School we know that communication between school and home is of great importance to a child’s success at school. School teachers and other school staff share information frequently through the following pathways:
Weekly Notice: Sent out by email every Thursday to parents and staff. This is posted on our website at: http://www3.sd71.bc.ca/school/hornbyisland/Pages/default.aspx . Please be sure to check your email every Thursday as important information such as school field trips, meetings, etc. are posted and announced in these notices.
Student Safety School and community work together to ensure the safety and attendance of all students. Please take note of the following guidelines.
Peanut Allergy: A reminder that our school is a peanut-free area. We have a student at our school with a severe peanut allergy and we request you do not send any food containing peanuts in your child(ren)’s lunches. Tree nuts are okay, you can replace peanut butter with other nut butters. We thank you for your cooperation to help ensure Hornby School is a safe learning environment for all.
Please do not send sandwiches/food products containing peanut butter to school
Please do not send “may contain” peanut food items with any student (peanut allergy is anaphylactic/life threatening)
Please CLEARLY LABEL the package of your child’s sandwich/container if it has “Wow Butter” or “Sun Butter” or another substitute in it (adult supervisors and student class helpers need to be able to see this clearly at a glance because they look like a peanut butter sandwich and sometimes the kids don’t know if it is or not)
Please be aware we also have allergies/sensitivities to shellfish, kiwi, and apple; these items are ok to send to school this allergy is a sensitivity and not life threatening
Asthma: We have a child with serious flu/cold triggered asthma at our school. Catching a cold or flu may trigger serious asthmatic symptoms in this student causing a possible emergency with both short and long-term health consequences. Please keep your child at home to rest and recover if she/he is experiencing fever, coughing, sneezing, etc. that may impact this student and others.
Scent Free: We have learners and staff sensitive to scents. For the comfort of all, including those with allergies to scent, our school is scent free. Please refrain from wearing perfumes and oils in our school building.
Please inform the classroom teacher, and check in with the office when taking your child out of school during the day for appointments to ensure our attendance is correct in case of emergency.
If your child arrives after school has begun for the day please check in at the office before going to the classroom to ensure our attendance is correct in case of emergency; late slips are to be completed by students at the office upon their arrival. Arriving on time also helps to minimize disruptions to our learning environment.
We encourage learners to travel by bike to school as we believe it is an environmentally preferable method of travel and terrific exercise! All learners bringing bikes, skateboards, scooters, etc. are required to wear helmets while on school property during school hours (including half an hour before start time and half an hour after end time).
Learners are not permitted to use their bikes etc. during the school day without permission from school staff and parents. Use depends on the level of supervision available and the type of activity requested.
If plans are made for visits after school, please ensure we have a note indicating where a child should go and who with.
The school needs permission from a parent to release a child into the care of another adult. Arrangements should be made prior to the end of the school day and be in the form of written permission.
Students Leaving School Grounds
Without written permission from a parent or guardian, we are unable to grant students permission to leave school grounds as they are assumed in our care between the start and end times of our day. Please note that when students leave the school grounds they are not supervised by school staff unless it is a school-led event or field trip.
Riding the bus is a privilege. It is expected that students will be respectful of the rights of others and property of others when waiting at their bus stops and while riding the bus. Children who do not demonstrate responsible behavior may have their busing privileges removed. Our school Code of Conduct, as well as bus rules are expected to be followed during time on the bus.
It is important for student safety that all bus stop arrangements for pick up and drop off are communicated to the school and bus driver at the beginning of the school year. Children who are unsure of where to go will be returned to the school.
Young children should be escorted to their bus stop. If you do not intend to accompany your young child to or pick him or her up from the bus stop, or if there are any changes in your child’s bussing routine please inform the bus driver and the school’s office.
Bus supervisors (staff) and bus drivers cannot allow students to get off at an unregistered stop that is not approved by parent/guardian.
If your child is not taking the bus or is getting off at another stop please:
or put a note on the bus board outside the office window.
the earlier we have notice the better.
If there is a permanent change of address, change of bus stop, or your child is registered as occasional and will be taking the bus daily, etc. you will need to complete a new bus registration form and submit it to the school office.
School Closures, Power Outages, Ferry Cancellations
Our procedures for power outages and ferry cancellations that may affect regular operations of our school are as follows: if the power is out before school starts, the Principal/Vice Principal will contact the School District to make a decision on closing the school. If the school is to be closed we will begin the emergency phone tree call outs. If the power goes out during the day, we will make a decision based on information we receive about how long we will be without power. We may need to close the school. If this is to happen we will contact parents/guardians/emergency contacts. For this reason, and in the case of other emergencies, it is VERY important we have your verification forms with alternate emergency contacts. If School District #71 is closed due to weather conditions, Hornby School will also be closed unless otherwise stated. Again, the phone tree call out will be in effect and all efforts will be made to ensure call outs happen early in the morning. Please don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions or comments you may have.
If there are power outages we may not get through to your phone line; please be sure to listen to the local radio stations at 97.3 The Eagle and/or 98.9 The Goat, and if you can, check the School District website for notices on school closures at: http://www.sd71.bc.ca/Pages/default.aspx. Usually closures are announced prior to 6:30AM.
Please note: contact information we have on file is provided by parents at the beginning of the school year when you review and sign the student verification form; If there are any changes in contact information (i.e. phone, address, etc.) please notify the school as soon as possible so this can be updated in our system.
To help prevent the spread of head lice among children at school, we ask that you check your child’s head each week for the presence of head lice. The wet-combing technique is now recognized as the best method for detecting lice and their nits. If you detect head lice on your child, we ask that you treat for the lice immediately and notify the school so we can send a notice to other families to check their children. We will keep the information confidential.
Head lice are a nuisance, they do not carry disease and are not a health risk. For this reason, the school does not provide checks, nor will we isolate or stop children from attending school if they do have lice. Early detection and appropriate treatment will significantly limit the spread of head lice. We would appreciate each family taking the time to check heads regularly. Checking other members of the family is also a good idea. More information is available at https://www.healthlinkbc.ca/healthfiles/hfile06.stm or from the public health nurse at 250-331-8520. We also have parents and staff that are willing to help you if needed. Thank you for helping to prevent head lice from becoming a problem. Your cooperation is very much appreciated!
We are often asked if learners can bring “sweet treats” to school. Families have different approaches to nutrition and food. As we are a school environment, we ask that families send food items to support healthy living and learning. Occasionally, we will have treats at school as part of celebrations or activities. Similarly, if you would like to send something as part of a family celebration (birthday etc.) or other event please contact us ahead of time to make arrangements as we have several students with food allergies/sensitivities.
Volunteer Drivers and Criminal Record Checks for Volunteers
For those of you who plan on being a volunteer driver this year you will need to complete the Volunteer’s Driver form which will be sent home in the student packages this month. You will need the following:
Complete and sign the Volunteer Driver’s form
Provide a copy of your Driver’s License
A copy of insurance papers with proof that the vehicle has at least $1,000,000 in the third party liability insurance
For those volunteering regularly with our school, we require a criminal record check be completed. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to request our school code and link for the process.
Visitors School Sign-in/out For the purpose of safety in the instance of an emergency and security, please check in/out when entering and leaving the school:
Check in with the office prior to entering school
Sign in if staying longer than 15 minutes
In case of an emergency (fire, earthquake, etc.) staff and first responders need to know who is at school. Please be mindful in checking in and out so we are aware of your whereabouts. This is for your safety and for emergency crews who will be involved in rescue.
Signing in and out helps us be aware of who is in and out of the school for the safety and security of the students, staff and community members.
Thank you for your cooperation in helping us maintain a safe and secure environment for our students, staff and visitors. Please direct any questions to the front office.