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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! 

Dear Families,

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

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 1 | SSTA Professional Day - No School for Students

Mar 3 | PAC Meeting

Mar 9 | Earthquake Drill

9:20 AM – 9:30 AM

Mar 10 | Collaboration Day, Students Dismissed at 12:00

Mar 10 | Public Board Meeting

6 PM (Zoom) 

Mar 19 | Report Cards Home (Option 2 Classes)

Mar 22 | Spring Break - No School for Students

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. 

Ministry of Health Update

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.

  • Friday to Saturday – 452
  • Saturday to Sunday – 431
  • Sunday to Monday – 348
  • Monday to Tuesday – 302


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.


Vaccination Update

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 


COVID-19 Variants

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:


·         Sprains and strains

·         New or worsening pain

·         Cuts, wounds or skin conditions

·         Less serious child illness or injury

·         High Fever

·         Worsening chronic disease

·         Infections (chest, ear, urinary tract, etc.)

·         Social work services

·         Asthma attacks



·         Mental health services

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



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: 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:


Other Resources

To find the Provincial Health Officer’s orders, visit:

To see a map of COVID-19 cases by local health area, visit:

For a listing of the community exposure events, go to:


For the latest medical updates, including case counts, prevention, risks and testing, visit:


For community engagement opportunities at VCH, see:

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.  Kúkwstuckacw 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.

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Community Workshops

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 




Learning Objectives:  


  • Learn about what emotions contribute to caregiver burnout and how to proactively manage feelings of exhaustion during this period of prolonged stress. 
  • Introduce the practice of mindfulness (ability to witness our internal experience, non-judgmentally) and why this skill is the foundation of emotional literacy and self care.  
  • Come to understand the value of compassion and self compassion and how parents/caregivers can support a stance of acceptance and kindness within themselves and their family. 
Workshop Facilitators:  



Suli Ackhurst

MSW, Registered Clinical Counsellor, Registered Clinical Social Social Worker 

Marketa Nykl

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

[email protected]



Strengthening Families Program

 Does your family experience:

  • Miscommunication or misunderstanding
  • Hurt feelings
  • Anger
  • Trouble completing homework or chores
  • Behavior problems at school or home
  • Trouble being organized

The Strengthening Families Program can help.

This life-skills training program for families and their children (6-11yrs) helps:

Improve communication

  • Foster positive parenting practices
  • Improve school performance
  • Strengthen parent-child attachment

This FREE 6-week program runs from Feb 11th – March 18th, Thursday evenings 7:30pm – 8:30pm, and includes:

  • Parents-only workshop
  • Free family gift each week

To register visit

Or contact Olivia Bevan on 604 815 2177 or at [email protected]

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

Dear Families,

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.



  1. Go to to register if you haven't  already. (You need a new account each school year.)
  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 orders for the current session.
  5. Pay by:
    1. on-line using a credit or debit card via the Bambora system; or,
    2. Send Cash or Cheque with your child to deposit into the new cash box on the wall beside the library entrance.  Make sure the student’s name and class attached are well defined!


  1. Fill out attached paper order form with all current information
  2. Drop completed form (with name & payment) with your child to deposit into the new cash box on the wall beside the library entrance.

For any questions or concerns, please contact [email protected]

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!



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 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 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 [email protected]

To see hoody samples and colors click here: 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

1     Pet

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.y

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 Learning1

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