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Signal Hill Circular - April 9, 2021

Signal Hill Circular

for the week ended Friday April 9, 2021

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

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Dear Signal Hill Families,
 
During our first week back from Spring Break, we have seen the full spectrum of Spring weather ranging from the warmth of blue bird days to the frigid cold of frost and snow storms. Our students remain resilient through it all, finding ways to enjoy and appreciate both our outdoor and indoor spaces at SHE.
 
The old adage of Spring bringing in a renewal and rebirth is very relevant to our students. We are currently planning for our Grade 7 students and their transition over to PSS. We are working with teachers and administrators from the high school to ensure our students have a sense of familiarity to the PSS way of being. Furthermore, we are now seeing action in our Harvest garden as the beds are being prepared for the Spring sowing and students are looking into procuring seeds and growing shoots.
 
Stay safe!
 
 
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FApplications are now open for the 2021 Student Art Award – please read on for important changes to the program.

Changes to the award process in 2021:

  • Due to the ongoing uncertainty and public health orders related to the COVID-19 pandemic, 2021 award recipients will be decided by representatives from each school. There will be no showcase or portfolio viewing facilitated by Arts Whistler in 2021.
  • Applications must be submitted by each student via the online portal. This allows Arts Whistler to still collect important information from each applicant.
  • After applications have closed I will email you a complete list of applications and suggested jury criteria so you can make your decision on who the award recipient will be from your school. The winner must be picked from this list of applicants provided.

See below for a timeline of important dates for the award jury process this year. If you school is unable to meet this timeline (below) or any of the points laid out above please let me know by Friday, April 9. This may mean that unfortunately your school cannot participate in the award this year.

  • May 9 | Student applications close at 5pm
  • May 10 | Imogen emails submitted applications to each school
  • May 10 - 18 | School (or school awards committee) chooses ONE winner for the award
  • May 19 | School emails Imogen the winners name
  • May 20 - 27 | AW makes arrangements for cheques, certificates and plaque engraving (if required)
  • June 1 - 4 | Cheques and certificates are delivered to each school

All this information, award eligibility, and the online application portal can be found: artswhistler.com/artists-look-here/grants-awards-bursaries

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.

Visit the PAC Pages here.

Dear Families,
The new hot lunch session is available to order. Forms are in teachers' mailboxes today so you can expect to receive them today or on Monday. Orders are due by end of day Thursday.

In February the menu for the Hot Lunch Fundraising Program began including an option to donate towards meals for students who haven’t been able, financially, to previously participate or, due to recent challenges, haven’t been able to continue to. It is taking some time to figure out the best system to get food to the students who need it…. So far, we have been adding hot lunch items to the fabulous fridge in the hall that is already being stocked with things like sandwiches, fruit, yogurt, cheese, bars, and milk through assistance from the food bank. Anyone in the school is welcome to the food in the fridge, and it has been seeing lots of use from folks who come either without any or without enough lunch/snacks to get them through a day of learning.

Sometimes though, you just want your child to receive a chocolate milk, slice of pizza, hot dog, burrito or sushi roll like other kids in their class when it gets delivered! For this next session, if you would like your student to be included in the program but aren’t able to cover the cost, we are going to try this: please order online as per the instructions below, or via the paper form that comes home with your student. If your paper form is returned without payment (to the PAC mailbox on the wall next to the library where all order forms go) we will know that you need it to be covered this session. If you order online and can’t pay, leave it unpaid and after a few weeks the hot lunch coordinators will take care of the account. Please make sure to include the important details of the student’s name, class, etc on the forms so that the food makes it to the right place!

The Parent Advisory Council (PAC – which each of you are automatically members of simply by having a student in the school, even if you never attend an official meeting!) is grateful for all the contributions to date and is looking forward to increasing the inclusiveness at Signal Hill.

  1. To order online:
    Go to https://signalhillpac.hotlunches.net to register (You need a new account each year.)
  2. On the home page, search for our school, create a new account, and enter the school access code which is currently SHE2020
  3. Add students by name and class
  4. Place your orders for the current session.
  5. All orders are due by Thursday of the week before the menu item is delivered. Order all at once for best efficiency. You can make changes online up to midnight the Thursday before.

Questions, concerns, suggestions? Email hotlunchsignalhill@gmail.com

How to support kids’ mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Be mindful of what your child sees or hears on television, radio, or online
  • Although it may be normal that screen time increases during these exceptional circumstances,
    it is important consider reducing the amount of screen time specifically focused on COVID-19.
  • Too much information or constantly following updates about the status of COVID-19 can increase anxiety.
  • Be aware that information intended for adults can cause anxiety or confusion, especially in young children.
 
Manage your own anxiety
  • If you are feeling anxious, take some time to manage your fears and take a few breaths before starting a conversation or answering your child’s questions.
  • Help your child sort through information on the internet
  • Some information, stories, social media posts may be misleading or based on inaccurate information. Take the time to look through the information together and discuss.
 
Maintain structure and routines
  • Make sure you are taking care of the basics just like you would during a spring break or summer vacation.
  • Structured days with regular mealtimes and bedtimes are an essential part of keeping kids happy and healthy.
    Planning daily walks can be a good way to create structure and ensure physical activity.
  • Overall, children do better when their activities are predictable and therefore, whenever possible, inform them about any change in routine ahead of time.
  • Know that children and teens often worry more about family and friends than themselves
    • For example, if children hear that older people are more likely to be seriously ill, they might worry about their grandparents. Letting them call or video chat with older relatives can help them feel reassured about loved ones. Also let them know that that if someone gets sick, health care workers will help take care of them.
 
Help your child feel in control when possible
  • Kids feel empowered when they know what to do to keep themselves safe.
  • Take any opportunity to let your child feel in control by making choices or taking steps to keep healthy.
  • Teach kids that staying healthy and having good hygiene habits can help them stay strong and well.
  • Explain that regular hand washing also helps stop viruses from spreading to others, but that now you are going to be extra careful and do it a little more often.
  • Although you want to help your child feel in control, it’s also necessary to set limits.
    • For example, you may encourage structured and unstructured time, as well as supervised and unsupervised time as appropriate.
 
Be a good role model to your children
  • Children learn most from what they see their parents/guardians do, therefore think of setting a good example of taking  care of your physical and mental health! For example, avoid catastrophizing.
  • If your child is overly focused on negative thoughts and outcomes, help them think in a more optimistic way.
    • For example, let them know that just because there is a risk that something will happen, does not necessarily mean it will.
If you are worried about someone’s mental health, call a mental health professional.
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