Signal Hill Circular - February 12, 2021
Signal Hill Circular
for the week ended Friday February 12, 2021
We are honored to be living, working and playing on the traditional, unceded ancestral territories of the St'át'yemc Nation.
Message from SHE Admin
Upcoming Events - Check our website!
It looks as though our arctic winter weather is winding down. Next week’s temperatures are between 1 degree C and 4 degrees C. Thank you families as we appreciate all you do to ensure your children are dressed for the winter weather. Note that additions to snow pants, an extra pair of mittens and socks are helpful, as mittens or socks do not necessarily have a chance to dry between recess and lunch playtime. We want our students to be warm and dry! Students are having a blast building snow forts and riding our new crazy carpets– sledding down our small hills brings joy and laughter each recess and lunch!
A reminder that students do not attend school on Monday, February 15. Monday is BC's Family Day. A special day to spend time with immediate family and to connect safety with extended family as per the restrictions in BC's most recent Public Health Order. Stay safe everyone.
Did you know?:
Signal Hill Elementary has its own School News ap.. It’s a simple way to view SHE’s news feeds and calendars, and also receive push notifications directly from the school. Download the app from the App Store or Google Play (scan the QR code or search “School News by Edlio”). Install in minutes!.
Please note: If you visit our website, the event details can be clicked on to receive more information. You can get to our Upcoming Events on our website by clicking here or visiting https://www.sd48signalhill.org/
Feb 15 | Family Day - No School
Feb 17 | Carole Fullerton Zoom for SHE Primary Staff
FEB 18 | Admin Education Leadership meeting
Feb 22 | FSA (Grades 4 & 7)
Feb 23 | FSA (Grades 4 & 7)
Feb 24 | FSA (Grades 4 & 7)
Pink Shirt Day
Feb 25 | FSA (Grades 4 & 7)
Feb 26 | FSA (Grades 4 & 7)
VCH Information Bulletin
LATEST UPDATE – February 8, 2021
In an effort to keep our community partners connected, we are providing you with regular COVID-19 updates.
Ministry of Health Update
In Friday’s joint statement on B.C.’s COVID-19 response, Dr. Bonnie Henry, Provincial Health Officer, and Adrian Dix, Minister of Health, reported 471 new cases. The total number of people who have tested positive for COVID-19 in B.C. now stands at 69,716 since the start of the pandemic. Of the new cases, 108 people were in the Vancouver Coastal Health region.
Across the province, there have been six new COVID-19 related deaths, while 253 people are currently hospitalized, with 70 of these cases receiving treatment in ICU/critical care. The total number of individuals who have passed away due to COVID-19 is 1,246. There are now 4,423 active cases of COVID-19 across B.C. currently.
Since the start of immunizations, 149,564 vaccinations have been delivered in B.C. (not including today), with 10,366 of those being a second dose. More information and immunization data is available through this page: BCCDC
COVID-19 Modeling and Orders
Dr. Henry said she is keeping the current orders and restrictions on social gatherings and events in place to help us buy time until there is a better understanding of the variants and the vaccination program is on track. The current orders will be continually reviewed with a target set for the end of the month in the hopes of easing restrictions if things are going well. This could include return to the “safe six”, opening faith services and re-starting sports programs.
While reviewing the epidemiology models, Dr. Bonnie Henry says it is significant we have plateaued in terms of newly-identified COVID-19 cases and that we are slowly reducing transmission. The models show we are generally doing the right things to minimize transmission. The majority of those infected are not spreading the virus to others and the reproduction number in B.C. is below 1 right now. We have also seen a dramatic decrease of severe disease in our elders since the introduction of the vaccine. The modeling, which can be found here, tells us we are seeing encouraging signs in B.C.
Dr. Henry expressed concerns around the emergence of COVID-19 variants, which could causes cases to surge with an increase in social interactions. About 4,500 cases have been sequenced, identifying either the UK or the South African variant in 28 cases. Of the variant first identified in the UK, 14 cases relate to people who have traveled or were a close contacts of those who have traveled.
Of concern is the eight cases of the variant first detected in South Africa. In five of the cases, it is not known where the virus was acquired. Dr. Henry noted that we’re not seeing widespread variants in B.C. yet, but in order to have a better sense of where the province is, general and targeted surveillance is being stepped up. She said one or two super-spreader events can lead to a rapid spread of cases in B.C.
Enhanced safety measures for schools
The Province has introduced enhanced safety measures as it continues to strengthen health and safety plans in K-12 schools to keep students, teachers and staff safe during the pandemic. All middle and secondary students and K-12 staff will now be required to wear non-medical masks in all indoor areas, including when they are with their learning groups. The only exceptions are when:
Prior to these changes, masks were required for middle and secondary students and all K-12 staff in high-traffic areas, like hallways and outside of classrooms or learning groups when they could not safely distance from others. For elementary students, wearing masks indoors remain a personal choice. Guidelines have also been strengthened for physical education and music classes.
Funding has also been allocated for six regional rapid response teams, one for each health authority and one dedicated to support independent schools, with representatives from both school and provincial health staff. These teams, announced by the provincial health officer, will continue to improve the speed of school exposure investigations, so health authorities can inform school districts and families more quickly. If there has been a significant exposure event or an in-school transmission, rapid response teams will be deployed to conduct a review and make recommendations, if needed.
To support daily screening, a new K-12 health-checker app has been developed for students and their families and can be found at: https://www.k12dailycheck.gov.bc.ca. The app will allow people to answer simple questions every day. It will inform them if they can attend school or if they need to self-isolate and contact 811 to be screened for COVID-19. More information on the announcement can be found here.
COVID-19 in Whistler
All Whistler residents and potential visitors are asked to sustain their ongoing efforts to remain safe and to prevent community transmission of COVID-19. Public Health continues to identify a higher than average number of individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19 in this community.
From Jan. 26 to Feb. 2, VCH recorded 259 cases in Whistler. This is a total of 547 cases in Whistler from Jan. 1 to Feb. 2. The majority of cases continue to be identified in young people in their 20s and 30s who live, work and socialize together. To date, two of the cases have required brief hospitalization and no deaths have occurred. Almost all of the recent cases are associated with transmission occurring within households and social settings. Whistler experienced a similar increase in cases in November 2020, which resolved in early December.
According to contact tracing investigations, very little transmission has been linked to outdoor recreation areas such as Whistler and Blackcomb mountains.
VCH continues to strongly advise Whistler residents and potential visitors to follow Public Health guidance, including:
· Keep to your household bubbles and avoid social gatherings.
· Avoid all non-essential travel; visit your local mountains for winter and recreational activities.
· Stay home if you have any symptoms, however mild, and get tested if your symptoms are consistent with COVID-19.
· Practise physical distancing and wear a mask, if possible, if you cannot.
· Wash your hands often.
VCH remains grateful to Whistler community leaders for their ongoing support since the start of the pandemic. VCH is committed to ensuring prompt support and care for anyone who tests positive for COVID-19 in the Whistler community. Please click here for more information.
Anyone in the VCH region with cold, influenza or COVID-19-like symptoms, however mild, can now be assessed for and get a COVID-19 test. Contact your physician or nurse practitioner's office, or a local community collection centre to arrange for a test. Phone numbers and locations of collection centres can be found by visiting: http://www.bccdc.ca/health-info/diseases-conditions/covid-19/testing or by calling 8-1-1. For more information and latest updates on COVID-19, follow the BC Centre for Disease Control on Twitter @CDCofBC or visit the website: http://www.bccdc.ca/.
To find the Provincial Health Officer’s orders, visit:
To see a map of COVID-19 cases by local health area, visit: http://www.bccdc.ca/health-info/diseases-conditions/covid-19/data
For a listing of the community exposure events, go to: http://www.bccdc.ca/health-info/diseases-conditions/covid-19/public-exposures
For the latest medical updates, including case counts, prevention, risks and testing, visit: http://www.bccdc.ca/
For community engagement opportunities at VCH, see: http://cean.vch.ca/members/current-opportunities/
Emina Dervisevic (she, her)
Leader, Community Engagement
Vancouver Coastal Health
mobile 236 833 1364
I humbly acknowledge that I live and work on the traditional unceded homelands of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.
Universal Precautions - Pathways to Learning - Structures
Safe, purposeful, and powerful learning environments include important STRUCTURES which enhance core competency development, while also enhancing important protective factors and reducing known risk factors for children. We will continue to explore outdoor learning spaces, flexible settings, pro-social groupings, and flexible scheduling for students and teachers. ‘Collaborative Models of Support’ will bring teachers together for purposeful dialogue using data to plan invisible interventions within the classroom.
Physical Learning Environments are pathways to co-created flexible spaces and organizational systems which allow for student choice and the sensory needs of all learners. Students access a variety of materials, intentional learning spaces, seating arrangements, furniture options, technology, and universal supports in order to have what they need when they need it. They are able to choose calm, sensory responsive spaces embedded within the classroom and school. Student curiosity and risk taking is enhanced through movement, hands on learning, and exploration. They grow their knowledge, sense of place, and application of learning by spending time outside in the natural environment.
Groupings are pathways to provide students with diverse, flexible, prosocial, and developmentally appropriate learning environments that combat status differences. Students broaden their perspective, learn from and mentor others, have increased voice and choice, and deepen their learning through heterogeneous groupings, including multi-age classes. Students approach their learning from a place of strength and experience cognitive and social growth, while proceeding at their own pace. Students experience enhanced protective factors and reduced risk factors.
First Peoples Principles of Learning to guide us in our Mindset
Please join us for a two part Online Parent/Caregiver Workshop Series
co-sponsored by the Myrtle Philip and Signal Hill PACs
Parent/Caregiver Mental Health and Well-Being Workshop
February 24, 2021
6pm-8pm Online Workshop via Zoom
MSW, Registered Clinical Counsellor, Registered Clinical Social Social Worker
M.Ed, Registered Clinical Counsellor
Parenting in Another Culture Program 2020-2021
For families with children who are not familiar with Canadian School System
Info-Sessions facilitated by Amanda Walker from Capilano University.
5. Entering Kindergarten and Elementary School System
Wednesday February 24, 6 – 7pm (Whistler/Pemberton specific)
To register and to get a Zoom link, please contact Izumi Inoue at
Strengthening Families Program
Does your family experience:
The Strengthening Families Program can help.
This life-skills training program for families and their children (6-11yrs) helps:
This FREE 6-week program runs from Feb 11th – March 18th, Thursday evenings 7:30pm – 8:30pm, and includes:
To register visit www.sscs.ca/programs/strengthening-families-program
Or contact Olivia Bevan on 604 815 2177 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
Daily Health Check
Parent Advisory Committee
Hot Lunch Program
The next session of the PAC's Hot Lunch Fundraising Program (Spring 2020-2021) has started. Yesterday (Thursday, February 11) was the deadline for the first week's menu item (served Feb 17/18) - SUSHI! Orders are always due at the school by 3pm Thursday for paper orders and online by midnight. If you missed the first week, you can always order for the next, and the next, but the deadline is always Thursday end of day.
Thank you for understanding that orders without payment will not be delivered.
New this session is an option to help provide hot lunch for another student who may wish they could partake but isn't able to at this time due to the cost. Your contribution will go directly toward food cost alone (as compared to a small portion of the order of food items which goes toward fundraising initiatives). The goal is to continue to have a more inclusive school experience for everyone. If you want to participate, you can add that value to your orders on a weekly basis, or anytime during the session, as you will see on the order forms.
Please note that careful attention is paid by our volunteers when delivering food to the classrooms, as well as by the food vendors, and recommended safety measures are being followed.
HOW TO ORDER:
For any questions or concerns, please contact email@example.com
If you miss the deadline for this upcoming week, you can still order food through the session as it will continue when we return from winter break.
Thank you for supporting the Fundraising efforts of the PAC through hot lunch!
GRADE 7 GRAD CLASS HOODED SWEATSHIRT FUNDRAISER
Hello Signal Hill Families,
Before Christmas, the grade seven students did a grocery gift card sales fundraiser to earn money to put towards their graduation. One of the items that has been deemed important to this and past graduating classes is a hoody bearing their grad year, their names, and their school name on the back. The other students at Signal Hill have by now surely been seeing the hoodies sported proudly around the school in the past few weeks. Maybe you have too!?
As a continuation of their fundraising efforts, there are now iconic Signal Hill Elementary Hooded sweatshirts available for purchase for the rest of the school! They are being offered in Red, Pink, Royal Blue, Sport Grey, or Black in both youth and adult sizes (and in Orange in adult sizes only). You can choose from 2 eye-catching graphics for the back. A perfect gift for your student or teacher to show their school pride!
The goal of the fundraising is to ensure that every student has equal access to graduation celebrations regardless of economic situations as well as helping them to learn the costs associated with such events and how to create opportunities for themselves. The Grade seven students are responsible for fundraising the entire amount of the cost of their Class Graduation Hoodies, Yearbook and Graduation ceremony and any additional funds raised by the students will be donated to a legacy project benefiting all the students of Signal Hill. This will be their second fundraising effort of the year and hopefully they will also be able to do some other efforts such as a spring car wash, bottle drives and various other events through the end of June. It’s a bit tricky this year, as we all know! Your support is appreciated!
The sweatshirts are available for pre order only. They are $40 and they must be ordered online at https://signalhillpac.hotlunches.net by February 25th. We will attempt delivery to students before March break but cannot guarantee it. Otherwise, hoodies will be delivered (at the school) during the first week back to class.
If you have not already registered online for this website this year (must be done annually) here are the instructions:
1. Go to https://signalhillpac.hotlunches.net to register
2.On the home page, search for our school, create a new account and enter the school
access code SHE2020
3.Add students by name and class
4. Place your order.
5. Pay on-line using credit card via Bambora Or: Submit Cash or Cheque payments to the PAC mailbox by the library door with student’s order form attached.
Paper orders with attached payment will also be accepted in the PAC mailbox by the library door until February 25 at 3:00pm
If you have questions, please reach out to Tara at firstname.lastname@example.org
To see hoody samples and colors click here: https://signalhillpac.wordpress.com/ and then click on “See Hoody Samples”.
Scientists and Volcanos
Stop Motion Animators
Literacy Genius at Work
Mental Health & Well-Being
KID’S CORNER HEALTH AND FITNESS
“Always stay motivated. Never give up. Success will come eventually,” says Zen from Signal Hill Elementary school.
Meet Zen our kid’s expert on health and fitness! Zen is a Signal Hill student who excels in doing calisthenics. Calisthenics, he explains, are exercises that only use your bodyweight. For example, Zen can do an impressive 74 pushups in a row and can do pushups using one arm. However, his favourite exercises are leg exercises.
Did you know that gymnastics involves mostly calisthenic exercises?
Zen believes that exercise is a great way to stay healthy. He also believes it’s a good way to turn a bad mood into a good mood.
Here are some benefits for doing calisthenic or exercises.
1. What are the most pushups jumping jacks that you can do in 60 seconds?
2. What are some other calisthenic exercises that you can do at home?
Tip: Zen recommends doing knee pushups if regular pushups are difficult to do. He also recommends a healthy diet of protein and veggies.
Amhalhtś Be Kind Sois Gentil
Tulle Be Calm Sois Calm
Atsxentśut Be Safe Sois prudent