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May 27 - 30 Weekly News!

May 23, 2019

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Week of May 27 - 30, 2019

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

Monday May 27th  

 

Please return home learning packages

(K-2 Group)

 

Tuesday May 28th     

 

Education Committee Mtg

 

Senior Class meetup at 3:15 to pack cars/check forms/drop off spending $

Wednesday May 29th       

 

 

 

 

Field Trip to Vancouver

 

 

 

 

   Thursday May 30th

 

Field trip to Courtenay/Comox-Meet 8:30 at the Hornby Ferry

 

Field Trip to Vancouver

 

Friday May 31

 

 

 

 

 

 

Field Trip to Vancouver Returns

 

Gym time in the Hall - If weather isn't cooperative

Monday May 27th  - 1pm to 3pm

Wednesday May 29th  – 1pm to 3pm

Education Committee Meeting visitors here - Tuesday, May 28th  

Hornby Island Community School will host the Education Committee Meeting. The Education Committee have their meetings at alternating schools, and this time they have chosen to visit Hornby and see our new modular school.

Senior Class heads out on their field trip - May 29 – 31, 2019

Important to remember to meet up at 3:15 on Tuesday, May 28 - to pack cars, check forms, and give chaperones spending $ so we're all set to go.

The itinerary is jam-packed with fun filled activities. If you have any questions regarding the trip, please don't hesitate to ask.

School Activity Day in Comox - Thursday, May 30th  

For Grades K-3 students, and those not attending Vancouver trip, we will travel to Comox on the school bus, and have a fun-filled day of activities including Marina Park, making Slime with Kelly Cat and Kay Bird Studios, a pizza party lunch, and gymnastics. The consent forms were sent home yesterday and it is also attached to the weekly news. Consent forms need to be back on Monday May 27th. We will need parent volunteers for the trip if you can go along with the group let us know.

Summer is coming and soon it will be time to return Library books.

… Please look in your houses, cars, under beds and in desks to find books that may be sneaky and trying to hide …

  • After May 30 books can only be signed out if nothing is overdue.
  • Last borrowing day is Tuesday June 18.
  • All books due on Wednesday June 19.

(Books can be borrowed for Summer Reading after that.)

 Thank you all for being such a delight to share books with. It has been quite the year!

Xxx  florette

Happy Reading!

2 more dates for Chow for Now! June 12 and 19th

It's our new name for School lunch together : )

Lunch will be $4 for each student.  We will need parent volunteers, the shift is 11:30 to 1:30, and involves prep, serving and clean up. Let us know if you would like to help out. Sign up sheets will be sent home closer to the time.

Next PAC Meeting June 12 @ 7pm in the Library childcare is available

Parent Craft Night! Monday June 3rd at 6:30pm to 8:30pm

Hosted by Hornby and Denman Community Health Care Society

I will bring in some materials to make collages and the idea is just to have fun exploring the art materials

while having some general and informal discussion about parenting issues you are facing, in the news, or anything parenting-related you would like to talk about in a group.  I'm going to plan childcare on an "as

needed" basis so please let me know if you would like to come and need childcare.

Collage, chat about parenting issues, relax! - Meredith

Notice from Island Health – Medical Health Officers      

Information for Students and Families

With the outbreak of measles in Vancouver, BC, families may be wondering what steps they can take to protect themselves from measles. Vaccination is the best method of protection. All school-age children and adults born in 1970 or later should have 2 doses of MMR vaccine for full protection. Most people born before 1970 are immune to measles because of past exposure or disease. Please take some time to check your vaccination records to see if you or your children need additional vaccination. Vaccination is available from physicians, pharmacists (for adults and children over 5 years), and public health units (for children). Call ahead to your healthcare provider to ensure that MMR is available at your appointment. More information about measles and MMR vaccine can be found at healthlinkbc.ca and immunizebc.ca.​

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.

You can also contact alissa.pratt@sd71.bc.ca (Vice Principal) for further information.

Hornby Island Community School – Code of Conduct https://sites.google.com/a/online.sd71.bc.ca/hornby-island-community-school-code-of-conduct/

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  http://www3.sd71.bc.ca/school/hornbyisland/Pages/default.aspx 

·         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.

Our methods of communication are in the Hornby Island Community School Handbook: You can find the handbook on our website at: http://www3.sd71.bc.ca/School/hornbyisland/schoolinfo/handbook201617/Documents/hornby_community_school%20handbook%202018-19.pdf

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:

ü  Please do not send sandwiches/food products containing peanut butter to school

ü  Please do not send "may contain" peanut food items with any student (peanut allergy is anaphylactic/life threatening)

ü  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)

ü  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.  

Appointments 

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. Arriving on time also helps to minimize disruptions to our learning environment.  

Bikes/Wheels

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.

Busing

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 alissa.pratt@sd71.bc.ca

·         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.

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 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!

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: https://onlinebusiness.icbc.com/clio/; email the abstract to: hornbyisland@sd71.bc.ca

·         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 hornbyisland@sd71.bc.ca 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.