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Feb 4 - 7 Weekly News!

January 31, 2019


Week of February 4 - 7, 2019 

Please see below the calendar, for more detailed information of events. 

Monday the 4th    


Please return home learning packages (K-2 Group) 


Afterschool Program Bandjam  

Tuesday the 5th   


Gr. 3 – 7 Field Trip to Tribune Bay Outdoor Ed Centre 


Parent Café at Hornby Health Building 



Wednesday the 6th   


Afterschool Program 




Thursday the 7th  


Kevin Flesher (Arts Teacher here) 




Gr. 3 – 7 Field Trip to Tribune Bay Outdoor Ed Centre Tuesday Feb. 5th  

On Tuesday afternoon the Intermediate class will travel to the Outdoor Ed Centre for an afternoon of programmed activitiesThe info and forms were sent home on TuesdayThe consent forms are needed by today, the January 31stThe bus will pick up the students at the Hall at 12:30, and they will be back at the Hall at 2:45 in time for dismissal. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to ask.  

From the PAC 

Hi folks - please see the attached minutes from last weeks meeting. Many thanks to those who were able to attend. 

As you will see in the minutes, we are working on planning a trip to Vancouver for grades 4-7 this May. Any parents who want to attend need to let Andrea ( know ASAP as there is limited space for volunteers. Volunteers will be expected to help with the planning of the trip. We are in need of male chaperones so any Dad's interested in joining us will be most welcomed. 

You will also see that we have a meeting schedule for SD71 senior staff on Feb. 12th. Please pass on any questions you might have to Andrea ahead of time. A report will be shared after the meeting. 

Happy New Year! 


Term 2 SPARK meetings 

Please book a SPARK meeting with your child’s teacher for Term 2. It can be done in person, through email or phone. Let us know what works best for you.  

Process for Communication of Concerns: 

If you have a concern, please do not hesitate to let us know! The sooner we know there is an issue, the sooner we can act on finding a positive way forward. Concerns about classroom lessons, activities, or programming should go first to the teacher. If a positive solution cannot be reached, it then comes to our Vice Principal. General concerns relating to school wide programming or events can come to the Vice Principal to be shared with all staff so we can work toward a solution. It is sometimes hard to bring things forward, but it is much harder to tackle an issue that has had time to grow than an issue that has just begun to surface. Working together to make things better in positive/peaceful ways is great modeling for our kids too :) 

Afterschool Programs this week 

Band Jam with Breagan 

Age group:  Grades 4 - 7 

Day of the week:  Monday  

Dates:  Feb. 4 and 11 


Watercolour Exploration with Jules and Rukhu 

Age group:  K - 3 

Day of the week:  Wednesday 

Dates: Feb. 6 and 13 


Hornby Recreation is offering a Karate Program  

Age Group: Gr. 3  7  

Day of the Week: Wednesday 

Dates: February 6, 13, 20 and 27 

Where: Joe King clubhouse 

The registration forms were sent home on Tuesday.  

Please contact Jade at Hornby Recreation for more details. 


Hornby Recreation has SKI Day's booked up at Mt. Washington!!!  



Registration is closed for Feb 8th , register in advance for March 1st  

Contact Jade Wilson at Hornby  

CAR POOLING is a great idea and RIDE SHARES as there are NO ferry subsidies. I can help with this if needed if you can’t connect with anyone.  

This is exciting. Bring on the snow!! ❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄ 

Community Paramedic scheduled events in February 

6th New Horizons Learn Hands Only CPR 2:30-3:30 

13th and 27th from 2:30-4:00pm at Helliwell park Walking Clinic. 

20th New Horizons Stroke Recognition 

Parent Café with Hornby Denman Health!  

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.   

Please email me at or call 250-898-0247 to register or for more information. 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! 

Meredith McEvoy, MSW RSW 


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,  for the most recent information.  

You can also contact (Vice Principal) for further 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: 

         Monthly Calendar of Events: A hard copy is sent home with each students It is also posted on our website   

         Weekly Notice: Sent out by email every Thursday to parents and staff. This is posted on our website at: . 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.  

Our methods of communication are in the Hornby Island Community School Handbook: You can find the handbook on our website at:  

Student Safety School and community work together to ensure the safety and attendance of all students. Please take note of the following guidelines. 

Allergy & Health Alerts 

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.  

Food Information: 

  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.  

Late Arrivals 

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.  

Plans with Friends 

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: 

         call the school prior to 2:30PM or email Alissa at  

         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: 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.  

Head Lice   

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  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! 

Snacks and Lunches 

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 

         Request Driver’s Abstract online:; email the abstract to:  

         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 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: 

Sign in: 

         Check in with the office prior to entering school 

         Sign in if staying longer than 15 minutes  

Sign out: 

         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.