Signal Hill Circular - March 5, 2021
Signal Hill Circular
for the week ended Friday March 5, 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
It is amazing to think that we are in the month of March. Spring is around the corner. Our harvest garden is about to wake up. Our students will be busy preparing the garden for spring planting. Thank you to PAC, Ms. Lattimer and Ms. Adams, our 2020-21 caretakers / overseers of the garden!
Another shout out to our PAC for the successful application to WBFEF - Stewardship and Restoration of our Green Space! See the following WBFEF message to our PAC.
The WBFEF Selection Committee has approved the full funding that SHE PAC have requested of $18,782.48 for trees, irrigation and development of a school curriculum program by Stewardship Pemberton. We are very pleased that this will be an opportunity to grow the understanding and connection of Signal Hill Elementary students with the natural environment and their enjoyment of their outdoor surroundings.
Way to go PAC!
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Learning Connections for our staff and students
Knowing precisely what a student will need in order to be successful in an ever changing future will always require evolving understandings. However, we do know there are key competencies that will prepare any person to respond and adjust with flexibility and confidence during life’s journey. In order to support our students with the development of these competencies, our district is focused on higher order skills through a healthy, balanced approach.
- Core skills – communication, literacy, numeracy
- Personal responsibility, health and well-being, self-regulation, intrapersonal skills
- Personal and cultural identity, self advocacy, adaptability, resiliency, purpose, agency
- Curiosity, imagination, creativity
- Physical movement, technical, artistic, and digital skills
- Designing, developing, making something new
- Scanning, questioning, investigating, analyzing
- Inferencing, connecting, synthesizing
- Reasoned judgments, problem solving
- Social, environmental, and economic responsibility
- Advocacy for diversity and human rights
- Ethical reasoning, local and global citizenship, leadership
- Interpersonal skills, intellectual flexibility
- Learning from diverse perspectives and generations
- Building relationships, empathy, co-agency
Strengthening Families Program
Does your family experience:
- Miscommunication or misunderstanding
- Hurt feelings
- 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:
- 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 www.sscs.ca/programs/strengthening-families-programOr 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:
- Go to https://signalhillpac.hotlunches.net to register if you haven't already. (You need a new account each school year.)
- On the home page, search for our school, create a new account and enter the school access code SHE2020
- Add students by name and class
- Place your orders for the current session.
- Pay by:
- on-line using a credit or debit card via the Bambora system; or,
- 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!
- Fill out attached paper order form with all current information
- 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@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!
Mental Health & Well-Being
VCH Information Update
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.
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:
· 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 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/