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Signal Hill Circular - March 12, 2021

Signal Hill Circular

for the week ended Friday March 12, 2021

We are honored to be living, working and playing on the traditional, unceded ancestral territories of the St'át'yemc Nation.


Dear Signal Hill families,

At Signal Hill, we are myth/math busters! You know that age-old myth of ‘I am not good at math’; we are busting that myth open.  As you may know, our staff has been working with math guru, Carol Fullerton.   We are learning the many ways that math can be expressed.  As a result, our students are having a blast and are busting open that math myth. Our students are the mathematical geniuses leading the way! J  It is great to see the growth mindset of our students. The mindset that we are all mathematical geniuses.  Let us celebrate together this journey at SHE. Carol will be hosting a fun math zoom session for parents/ guardians in the spring. Carol will be sharing with families fun and interesting ways with math (not kidding!) Carol makes one feel comfortable and then empowered with math.  Stay tuned for the date! For more conversation, go to the Universal Precautions section for an excerpt from the piday website.

Signal Hill Administration

Rowan - Grade 5 Student

Rowan is one our helpful students who assist with projects around the school. In


 the picture, Rowan is helping place some new iPads into protective cases so we can get them safely into students' hands. Rowan's ability with projects extends beyond the walls of Signal Hill. Currently, Rowan is building a go-cart from an old ride-on lawn mower. He is extending the frame (moving the axle back) to make room for the engine and steering column. Rowan is going to unbolt the axle by extending the arm of the wrench with a metal pipe to increase the torque, move the axle back, rotate it, and get the metal bars moving out . Rowan has had the lawnmower for 4 years. He started the project by stripping pieces off the lawnmower (50 pounds of paneling, etc.) and taking the old engine out (which didn’t work). The new engine is coming from a large pressure washer. Rowan has a personal goal of completing the project by the summer of 2022.


Ziggy - Grade 4 Student


Ziggy helped us trial one of our two new Echelon bikes purchased for student use. Ziggy used the bike, along with an app, that took him on a tour through the Australian outback, weaving in and out of a wind-turbine farm. Ziggy always wanted to visit Australia! He ended up riding 11 Kilometers, burned over 110 calories and could be head sharing his progress throughout the Signal Hill hallways-he also commented that his happiness increased after the ride.





Mr. Gray's Class Works With a Growth Mindset:


Ms. Treadway's Class Exploring Chinese Horoscopes 'en Francais':


Collaboration Day
One of the student competencies embedded in our medicine wheel representing our SD48 common goal for educational excellence is to collaborate. mwCOLLABORATE (Emotional/Respectful Mind):
  • Interpersonal skills, intellectual flexibility
  • Learning from diverse perspectives and generations
  • Building relationships, empathy, co-agency
On Wednesday of this week our students were dismissed at 12:00pm to provide time for a Collaboration day.  Ending our valuable learning time with our students early provides our staff the time to collaborate, paving the way for rich, meaningful, purposeful and personalized learning experiences. Collaboration activities in which our staff participated included the following:
  • Virtual training on Clicker apps using SETBC trial iPads from the Inclusive Schools Initiative, aimed at providing inclusive technology and equipment to meet the diverse needs of our learners. Staff collaborated with each other and staff from SETBC to identify ways this inclusive technology can be used throughout the grade levels.
  • Virtual pro-social meetings where educators learn from each others’ diverse perspectives and build relationships, empathy and co-agency for learning and planning.
Ultimately, our Collaboration days are valuable for staff and students alike!
Conversations with math

The following is an except from the site piday:


Math is incredibly important in our lives and, without realizing it, we use mathematical concepts, as well as the skills we learn from doing math problems every day.  The laws of mathematics govern everything around us, and without a good understanding of them, one can encounter significant difficulties in life.

Math is all around us and helps us understand the world better. To live in a mathematically-driven world and not know math is like walking through an art museum with your eyes closed.  Learning and appreciating math can help you appreciate things that you would not otherwise notice about the world.  In reality, math is everywhere! Don’t believe me?  Read on for some examples of math in nature. Bees, masters of geometry, use hexagons to build their honeycombs.  The Fibonacci sequence, a famous sequence of numbers in mathematics, is found throughout nature: in pinecones, seashells, trees, flowers, and leaves.   


Math is a universal language. Sure, it’s mostly equations, numbers, and some Greek letters, but math is understood the same virtually all over the world (and who knows, maybe all over the universe)!  A math equation doesn’t need to be translated to another language to be understood by someone on the other side of the planet.  A mathematical law doesn’t change because someone has a different religion than you or speaks a different language from you.  2 + 2 = 4 in every single place on planet Earth.  Pretty cool! The universality of math is one of the many things that makes it such a powerful tool and, indeed, essential life skill.


In summary, math is not only important for success in life; it is all around us.  The laws of mathematics are evident throughout the world, including in nature, and the problem-solving skills obtained from completing math homework can help us tackle problems in other areas of life.  While many may complain that math is boring or complicated, the truth is that a life devoid of math means that we go around experiencing the world on a much less interesting level than we could.

To register visit or contact Olivia Bevan on 604 815 2177 or at [email protected]


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.

Hot Lunch Program

Dear Families,

The next session of the PAC's Hot Lunch Fundraising Program (Spring 2020-2021) has started. 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.

If you have a student at the school that would like to participate in the hot lunch program but have been constrained by the cost, we invite you to send a quick email to [email protected] with your student's name, class, grade, and whether they like to eat the following:


  • cheese pizza
  • pepperoni pizza
  • vegan pizza
  • trail dawg
  • veggie dawg
  • california roll
  • cucumber roll
  • edamame
  • chicken burrito
  • vegetarian burrito
  • sour cream
  • salsa
  • chicken soup
  • veggie soup
  • pork gyoza
  • veggie gyoza
  • miso soup
  • chocolate milk
  • white milk

In an effort to try to be inclusive to the most number of people, we can not guarantee that your student will receive every food item they like/desire each week, but an effort will be made to at least have Something arrive for any week that there is food that appeals to them.

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!

Bullying and Mental Health – Take the Pledge to End Bullying.

During the week of Pink, we took the time to reflect on bullying and explored ways to stand up to bullies. Signal Hill is united in taking the pledge to end bullying. We learned that we should:a

  • Ignore the bully
  • Tell a safe adult at school or at home
  • Use our words to tell the bully “STOP”
  • Take care of yourself (s7atśxantsutlhkácw)


Quick Facts

Bullying can have a negative impact on physical and mental health. It can cause feelings of sadness, anxiety and low mood. Bullying comes in many forms, and it is important to recognize that all types of bullying are harmful. 

Here are some examples of bullying that you should be aware of;

  1. Cyberbullying. Using the internet to spread gossip, lies and mean comments about        another person
  2. Verbal Bullying: Name calling/ and or using words to hurt someone’s feelings
  3. Physical Bullying: Hitting, kicking or pushing another person
  4. Exclusion Bullying: Purposely excluding someone from a group activity or forcing others to dislike another person.

Remember Signal Hill, only you can put a stop to bullying!

Provincial restrictions are in place to help stop the spread of COVID-19. Some restrictions are made by the Provincial Health Officer (PHO) under the Public Health Act and others are made under the Emergency Program Act (EPA). Most orders can be enforced by police and compliance and enforcement officials.
To view a full list of restrictions in place, please view the Government of British Columbia's Response to COVID-19.