Signal Hill Circular - February 19, 2021
Signal Hill Circular
for the week ended Friday February 19, 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!
The bluebird days have put a smile on all our faces. The K/1 classes are having fun with our new shovel sleds made especially for early elementary students! Today we have a few classes cross country skiing at Whistler Olympic park. Know that COVID 19 safety protocols are followed during field trips.
Our COVID 19 safety protocols are closely monitored in the following way; our Health and Safety committee monitor our protocols and meet on a regular bases, the district Health and Safety have regular check ins with our school, all our staff members know our protocols and monitor each day, district senior staff regularly meet with Admin for safety check ins and updates, our Signal Hill Circular features aspects of our COVID 19 Exposure Plan each Friday and we take our guidance from the Provincial Health Officer, Minister of Education, and Medical Health Officer.
This week our staff members participated in two Zoom meetings with math guru, Carol Fullerton. Carol’s zoom sessions are fun as we learn together! See Learning Connection section. In April we are offering a parent/guardian session with Carol. At one time math made me a bit nervous, with Carol, I feel like a curious kid with a new confidence with math. Come join us in April!
Come Join Us March 3 for our PAC meeting on Zoom at 7:00.
Signal Hill PAC Zoom Meeting
Time: Mar 3, 2021 07:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)Join Zoom Meeting.
Click on the link to join us!
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 22 | FSA (Grades 4 & 7)
Feb 23 | FSA (Grades 4 & 7)
Feb 24 | FSA (Grades 4 & 7)
Feb 24 | Pink Shirt Day
Feb 25 | FSA (Grades 4 & 7)
Feb 26 | FSA (Grades 4 & 7)
Mar 3 | PAC Meeting
Mar 9 | Earthquake Drill
9:20 AM – 9:30 AM
Mar 10 | Public Board Meeting
6 PM (Zoom)
Mar 19 | Report Cards Home (Option 2 Classes)
VCH Information Bulletin
LATEST UPDATE – February 17, 2021
In an effort to keep our community partners connected, we are providing you with regular COVID-19 updates.
In yesterday’s joint statement on B.C.’s COVID-19 response, Dr. Bonnie Henry, Provincial Health Officer, and Adrian Dix, Minister of Health, reported 1,533 new cases during the long weekend.
The total number of people who have tested positive for COVID-19 in B.C. now stands at 74,283 since the start of the pandemic. Of the new cases, 392 people were in the Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) region.
Across the province, there were 26 new COVID-19 related deaths, while 231 people are currently hospitalized, with 74 of these cases receiving treatment in ICU/critical care. The total number of individuals who have passed away due to COVID-19 is 1,314. There are now 4,189 active cases of COVID-19 across B.C. currently.
Dr. Henry says the reproductive rate of the virus has risen above 1 in the last week in higher population areas in Fraser Health and VCH. She said this uptick can lead to very quick growth of the virus. It doesn’t take much for community spread to get out of hand, which is why our individual efforts are so important to break the chains of transmission.
Dr. Henry said if you have symptoms of COVID-19, it is important to stay home, stay away from others and arrange to get tested right away. Sticking with all of the precautions we have in place is needed until we reach that milestone of widespread community immunity through our immunization program.
Since the start of immunizations, 171,755 vaccinations have been delivered in B.C. (not including today), with 22,914 of those being a second dose.
Dr. Henry said deliveries of the Pfizer vaccine are resuming this week and some has already arrived. The focus is on second doses for those in long-term care, where the risk is greatest. Addressing questions about the impact of the delay of second doses, Dr. Henry said studies around the world are finding a delayed second dose is not adversely affecting immunity, and it may result in stronger immunity.
Health Minister Adrian Dix said that if the vaccines arrive on schedule, 10 per cent of B.C.’s population will be vaccinated by April. And Dr. Henry said mass vaccinations for seniors will begin in March and then the next age groups to start in April.
More information and immunization data is available through this page: BCCDC
The BC Centre for Disease Control has identified 60 cases of a COVID-19 variant of concern. Forty of these cases are associated with the variant first identified in the UK. There are 19 cases associated with the variant first identified in South Africa and one case with the variant first identified in Nigeria.
B.C. Extends State of Emergency
The Province of B.C. has formally extended the provincial state of emergency, allowing health and emergency management officials to continue to use extraordinary powers under the Emergency Program Act to support the COVID-19 pandemic response. The state of emergency is extended through the end of the day on March 2, 2021, to allow staff to take the necessary actions to keep British Columbians safe and manage immediate concerns and COVID-19 outbreaks.
Premier John Horgan said, “The beginning of our mass vaccination program is just weeks away, and health-care workers have already vaccinated virtually everyone in our long-term care system. We need to keep following public health orders, knowing they will keep us safe as we work to end the pandemic in B.C.”
Federal Government expands international travel restrictions
With new COVID-19 variant detections increasing in the country, the Government of Canada has announced additional testing and quarantine requirements for international travellers arriving to Canada’s air and land ports of entry. These new measures will help prevent variants of concern from reaccelerating the pandemic and making it more difficult to contain.
For travellers arriving to Canada by land, as of February 15, 2021, all travellers, with some exceptions, will be required to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test result taken in the United States within 72 hours of pre-arrival, or a positive test taken 14 to 90 days prior to arrival. In addition, as of February 22, 2021, travellers entering Canada at the land border will be required to take a COVID-19 test on arrival as well as toward the end of their 14-day quarantine.
All travellers arriving to Canada by air, as of February 22, 2021, with some exceptions, will be required to take a COVID-19 test when they arrive in Canada before exiting the airport, and another toward the end of their 14-day quarantine period. With limited exceptions, air travellers, will also be required to reserve, prior to departure to Canada, a 3-night stay in a government-authorized hotel. Travellers will be able to book their government-authorized stay starting February 18, 2021. These new measures are in addition to existing mandatory pre-boarding and health requirements for air travellers.
Finally, on February 22, 2021, all travellers, whether arriving by land or air will be required to submit their travel and contact information, including a suitable quarantine plan, electronically before crossing the border or boarding a flight.
The Government of Canada continues to strongly advise Canadians to cancel or postpone any non-essential travel, including vacation plans, outside Canada. Foreign nationals should likewise postpone or cancel travel plans to Canada. Now is not the time to travel. More information is available here.
Northeast Urgent & Primary Care Centre opens
The new Northeast Urgent and Primary Care Centre (UPCC) is now open to the public to provide appropriate urgent primary care services for the residents of Vancouver Northeast.
Located at 102-2788 East Hastings Street in Vancouver, the UPCC is open 365 days a year, Monday to Saturday from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The UPCC team includes family physicians, nurse practitioners and registered nurses. Rapid access to social work and mental health services are also available onsite. In addition, this will be the first VCH UPCC to provide access to Indigenous Elder support, which will be available on referral.
With the most urgent patients and clients seen first, people can go to the UPCC for conditions and services such as:
The Northeast UPCC will bring more health-care options into the community, making it easier to access care, receive follow-up care and connect to support services within the community. The UPCC is not intended to replace primary care providers as a person’s first point of contact for health concerns, nor will it replace emergency departments for life-threatening illnesses or injuries. Rather, it is intended to be an additional service in the community, wrapping services around the patients or clients to provide the right care at the right place.
To learn more about the UPCC and the community it serves, we have released a video highlighting the centre. For the official news release on the UPCC, please click this link. If you would like more information on UPCCs, please visit www.vch.ca/UPCC
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/
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.
Scheduling is a pathway to creating personalized, flexible, student-centered learning environments that begin with each student’s sense of belonging, choice, and requested supports. Students benefit from interdisciplinary approaches, peer and teacher mentorship, and a variety of spaces and groupings within the schedule. Longer chunks of time allow students to go deeper with their learning through exploration and inquiry, and to benefit from intentionally designed prosocial development.
Home and Community Partnerships are pathways which are essential for intergenerational connections and real world opportunities. A student’s understanding of one’s place within a broader context is enhanced by working with local community partners and protocols. Students focus on placed based learning to more deeply explore their identity and sense of self. Students access hands on experience and reflection by working with experts and elders. Local First Nation culture and language are embedded in all we do.
Learning Ucwalmicwts with First Voices.
Check out the Ucwalmicwts FirstVoices App. Ucwalmicwts is the language of the people of the Lil’wat Nation.
We are honored to be learning Ucwalmicwts from Kindergarten to grade 7 at Signal Hill. Kúkwstum̓ckacw to our language teachers who teach us.
The First Voices app lets you pick a random word, use flashcards that have a variety of topics, select a letter and see what words are associated with that letter. The best part is listening to the words and phases in Ucwalmicts!
Have fun sharing and learning these words and phases with your child plus learning from your child what they learnt from Heather and Elder Bikadi.
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
New App Simplifies Students‘ Daily Health Check
Thanks to a new app, it's easier than ever for your students or their parents to complete their daily health check each morning.
Developed in partnership with Public Health and the BC Centre for Disease Control, and a group of students, the K-12 daily health check website and mobile app help students and families make the best decisions on whether to attend school, stay home, or take other measures. Questions and answers are easy to understand and are based on current health guidelines. All content is written with the K-12 age group in mind.
As indicated in the Provincial COVID-19 Health Safety Guidelines for K-12 Settings, parents and caregivers should assess their children daily for illness before sending them to school. Please share the information about the new K-12 Health Check App with your students and families to make this process easier.
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 students’ 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”.
Learning Connections for our staff and students
Young mathematicians collaborating
Young mathematician thinking critically
The story of take aways with Pete the Cat | Pete the Cat helps us with take aways
This cat also helps with take aways
We are learning about prompts in Math
Start with the big idea first
Math: thinking about the process
Mental Health & Well-Being
Benefits of Meditation
Meet Carter – our kid expert on meditation! Carter is an energetic and happy kid who uses meditation to find peace and quiet while out on the neighborhood trails in Pemberton.
Carter is a grade 1 student who is inspiring other students and teachers to use meditation in their daily lives. We asked Carter about the benefits of meditation and he replied, “Meditation is great for all the zones of regulation.” When asked for more information, Carter stated, “meditation is good for the blue, green, yellow and red zones.” Thank you Carter for your advice and for helping our community members stay healthy!
Lil’wat Principle of Learning
A7xe7ul – valuing our own expertise and considering how it helps the entire community beyond ourselves. How do I contribute to the wellbeing of future people?
Amhalhtś Be Kind Sois Gentil
Tulle Be Calm Sois Calm
Atsxentśut Be Safe Sois prudent