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Signal Hill Circular - May 28, 2021

Signal Hill Circular

for the week ended Friday May 28, 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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Message from SHE Admin
 
Dear Signal Hill Families,
 

This week our students visited the Pemberton Stewardship Nature Center, Britannia Mine Museum and Rope Runner Ariel Park. For the past few weeks, Ms. Los has been welcoming our students to the beehive on her property.  We are learning about beekeeping, pollination and bee collaboration!  

 

Bee Collaboration reminds us of the collaboration skills we are learning at Signal Hill with our School Learning Plan.  The following is our school goal. 

 

If we intentionally design for personally relevant and rigorous projects that embrace

Á7xe7ul, students will feel safe enough to collaborate and learn.

 

 

We believe the collaboration competency supported by the 4 blankets will lead to a confident learner.

 

Students will be;

Confident in who they are,

confident in sense of belonging and

confident as new knowledge gatherers.

 

Á7xe7ul - valuing our own expertise and considering how it helps the entire community beyond ourselves; to teach oneself; to prepare oneself for listening and learning  ~ Embracing my strengths/gifts and using them for the benefit of others-

 

The thinking behind collaboration is that it ‘involves the ability and disposition to consider the interdependence of people with each other and the natural environment; to contribute positively to one’s family, community, society and the environment; to resolve problems peacefully; to empathize with others and appreciate their perspectives;  and to create and

maintain healthy relationships’

 

Families please note that our Signal Hill Parent Advisory Council will have their Annul General Meeting June 9 at 7:00 pm. Come join the meeting to meet our families. Come and participate in the meeting or sit back and observe the meeting to view the great contributions PAC makes to the Signal Hill School Community.

Join Zoom Meeting
https://sd48-ca.zoom.us/j/63287396378?pwd=dkFVczVieEhwR2owT1pjY2YvQUxadz09

 

For grade 7 families, we have tentatively booked June 22 for a Celebration of Learning activity. More details to come!

 

Amhas ku swa7su | Meilleurs voeux | Good wishes

SHE Admin team
 
 
Host families
 
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Learning on the Land 
 
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Greek Mythology with Ms. Adams' class
 
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VCH Update 
 
The total number of people who have tested positive for COVID-19 in B.C. now stands at 143,264 since the start of the pandemic. There are 3,543 active cases of COVID-19 across B.C. currently. Across the province, there was seven new COVID-19 related deaths, while 286 people are currently hospitalized, with 88 of these cases receiving treatment in ICU/critical care. The total number of individuals who have passed away due to COVID-19 is 1,690.
 
Dr. Henry announced updated guidelines for indoor faith services resuming safely. The new guidelines include allowance for up to 50 people at indoor faith services with detailed COVID-19 safety plans in place. The changes include small funerals and baptisms, but not large weddings, which are still subject to the same restrictions as general indoor gatherings.
 
In the coming weeks, the province will be resuming the schedule for non-urgent surgeries in Metro Vancouver area hospitals. All five hospitals in VCH will be fully operational by June 7. Patients needing surgeries most will have their surgery first. This includes urgent surgeries, patients who have had their surgeries postponed, patients who waited more than twice the recommended wait time, and surgeries that do not require an overnight stay in hospital but that can be done outside the operating room.
 
COVID-19 Vaccine Update
 
Since the start of immunizations, 3,032,811 doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered in B.C. This equates to 65.8 per cent of adults 18 years of age or older or 62 per cent of all eligible people in B.C. 12 years and older. The province is moving the interval between vaccine doses to eight weeks from a maximum of 16 weeks. Roughly 400,000 people over the age of 70 and clinically extremely vulnerable people will start receiving their invitations today. Dr. Henry says the second-dose program is based on the same principles as the first dose. Those who are greatest risk will be at the top of the list for the second dose. That includes seniors and elders, Indigenous people, and people that have been identified as clinically extremely vulnerable.
 
Dr. Henry says the province is going to try to ensure everybody gets the second dose with the same product they had for their first dose. However, she cautioned that there have been some issues with the Moderna supply, and it could mean some people who received Moderna in one of the mass clinics or large community clinics, may be offered Pfizer for their second dose.
 
Updates to VCH’s Implementation of B.C.’s Immunization Plan
 
Currently, everyone aged 12 years and older (born in 2009 or earlier) is eligible to book their COVID-19 vaccine.

You are encouraged to register:
 online at: www.gov.bc.ca/getvaccinated
 by telephone at 1-833-838-2323
 or in person at any Service BC centre
 
VCH is also offering vaccinations for people aged 12 years and older (born in 2009 or earlier) by appointment- only at a new vaccination clinic at H.J. Cambie Secondary School (4151 Jacombs Road) in Richmond. The clinic will be open from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on various dates until June 5.
 
VCH encourages family, friends, neighbours and social services agencies to help get the word out to people aged 12 and older about registering to receive their COVID-19 vaccine.
 
 
Vancouver Coastal Health President and CEO Appointment
 
VCH’s Board of Directors is pleased to announce the appointment of Vivian Eliopoulos as President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of VCH, effective immediately.
 
During this unprecedented year, Vivian served as interim President and CEO. Her leadership helped to guide the organization through a global pandemic while ensuring exceptional patient care remains at the heart of everything the organization does.
 
VCH Open Board Meeting – Save the Date
 
Vancouver Coastal Health’s Board of Directors and senior leadership team invite you to its virtual Open Board
Forum. This meeting is dedicated to the residents of the Killarney neighbourhood, but open to all.
 
The virtual Open Board Forum is an opportunity to join a conversation with our board. The board chair and senior leaders will provide updates on COVID-19, the vaccine roll-out and available health services.
 
The meeting will stream online and we invite you to register and send questions in advance at
vch.ca/boardforum. We will send you a link to the Open Board Forum video stream before the meeting.
 
Testing
 
Anyone in the Vancouver Coastal Health 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/.
 
New Home Support Resource Pamphlet
VCH has recently developed some new resource material for home support services and how to access it. This information is available in various languages.
 
 
 

COVID-19 vaccine appointments 

Eligible people are encouraged to schedule an appointment to receive a free COVID-19 vaccine, by age group. Learn more about COVID-19 vaccines here.

Farm to School Spring Celebrationi 

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.

PAC AGM

Families please note that our Signal Hill Parent Advisory Council will have their Annul General Meeting June 9 at 7:00 pm. Come join the meeting to meet our families. Come and participate in the meeting or sit back and observe the meeting to view the great contributions PAC makes to the Signal Hill School Community.

Join Zoom Meeting
https://sd48-ca.zoom.us/j/63287396378?pwd=dkFVczVieEhwR2owT1pjY2YvQUxadz09

 
The final hot lunch session of this year is active now.
 
We could really use a couple more volunteers to help with delivering the food each week!
 
There is not a large "ahead of time" commitment.  We check in on Monday or Tuesday of each week to see who is available and go from there. 
 
It only takes approximately an hour of time on a Wednesday or Thursday (depending on the menu and your availability it could be less or a little bit more - whatever works!)  and by helping you can earn credits towards your child's hot lunch account. 
 
Please send an email to hotlunchsignalhill@gmail.com if you would like more information or are able to spare some time. The only requirements are that you have a criminal record check at the office and that you are ok to wear a mask for the duration.
 
If you haven't ordered yet but would like to:
 
  1. To order online:
    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 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.
  2. To order by paper:
    1. Contact hotlunchsignalhill@gmail.com for an emailed order form or phone the office for a printed one.
Questions, concerns, suggestions? Email hotlunchsignalhill@gmail.com
 

Train your brain to be more positive

 

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Our brains are wired to notice and remember the things that are wrong. It’s a survival mechanism that helped keep our cave-dwelling ancestors safe in a world where there were many physical threats. But in today’s comparatively safe world, this biological predisposition to focus on the negative contributes to stress and unhappiness.

 

While we can’t change our nature, we can train our brains to be more positive. This doesn’t mean putting on a smiley face and whistling a happy tune no matter what’s going on. You don’t have to ignore reality or pretend things are wonderful even when they’re not. But just as dwelling on negative things fuels unhappiness (and plays a big role in depression and anxiety), choosing to notice, appreciate, and anticipate goodness is a powerful happiness booster.

 

Express gratitude

Teaching yourself to become more grateful can make a huge difference in your overall happiness. The research shows that gratitude helps you experience more positive emotions, decrease depression, feel better about yourself, improve your relationships, and strengthen your immune system. A recent study revealed that gratitude even makes you smarter about how you spend your money. There are a number of simple exercises you can practice to increase and cultivate an attitude of gratitude.

Give sincere thanks to others. When someone goes above and beyond or does something to make your day easier, be quick to verbalize your thanks and appreciation. Not only will it make the person feel good, it will give you a happiness lift, too. It’s an instant reward to see how expressing gratitude makes a positive difference in someone else’s day. It makes you realize that we’re all connected and that what you do matters.

Keep a gratitude journal. It may sound cheesy, but writing down the good things that happened to you during the day really works. Research shows that keeping a gratitude journal is a powerful technique that instantly makes you feel happier, more connected to others, and genuinely appreciative.

Count your blessings. Make it a habit to regularly reflect on the things you have to be thankful for. Bring to mind all the good people, experiences, and things in your life, both now and in the past. Focus on the blessings both big and small, from the people who love you, to the roof over your head and the food on your table. You will soon see it’s a pretty long list.

Write a letter of gratitude. Think of someone who did something that changed your life for the better who you never properly thanked. Write a thoughtful letter of gratitude expressing what the person did, how it affected you, and what it still means to you. Then deliver the letter. Positive psychology expert Martin Seligman recommends reading the letter in person for the most dramatic increase in happiness.

 

Our brains are wired to notice and remember the things that are wrong. It’s a survival mechanism that helped keep our cave-dwelling ancestors safe in a world where there were many physical threats. But in today’s comparatively safe world, this biological predisposition to focus on the negative contributes to stress and unhappiness.

 

While we can’t change our nature, we can train our brains to be more positive. This doesn’t mean putting on a smiley face and whistling a happy tune no matter what’s going on. You don’t have to ignore reality or pretend things are wonderful even when they’re not. But just as dwelling on negative things fuels unhappiness (and plays a big role in depression and anxiety), choosing to notice, appreciate, and anticipate goodness is a powerful happiness booster.

 

Except from the online Well being & happiness help guide