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Signal Hill Circular - October 29th, 2021

Signal Hill Circular

for the week ending Friday, October 29, 2021

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


Dear Signal Hill Families,
We had a very exciting week at Signal Hill this week between our Harvest Soup Day on Wednesday, hosting a district Cross Country race at Nairn Falls on Thursday, and Halloween celebrations today. This morning we had some Halloween safety assemblies. Our intermediate students were joined by members of Pemberton Fire Rescue. Please ask your child what they learned today about being safe on Halloween.
Um’nay’lhminas i núkwa sk’ul’tsám’s lhelti lepcáltensa.
“The one who grew a garden is sharing some of the harvest.”
Harvest Soup Day was enjoyed by all students and staff today at Signal Hill. Randy Jones, from Mile One set up a large fire BBQ in the front of the school and made a wonderful vegetable soup from our gardens! Everyone was very happy and excited to watch the cooking in action and enjoy soup and a piece of bannock. Thanks so much to our volunteers for preparing a delicious meal. This took a lot of work from our whole community!
Cross Country Race
Despite the rain we had a lot of racers from all over our school district join us at Nairn Falls Campground for our Cross Country Race. Thanks to all the volunteers and a big well done for the athletes who competed!
Professional Development - What We Did
Pro-D days allow our teachers to improve their skills and learn new ones. Some of the learning our teachers took on last Friday:
  • "BC Teacher Librarians Association Conference – We Rise!"
  • "Computer Using Educators of British Columbia Conference"
  • "Reading and Thinking Across the Curriculum"
  • "Phun with Physics"
  • "Powerful Poetry"
  • "CUEBC: book creator, digital tools A-Z and One Drive tips"
  • "The Power of Play to Preserve Well-Being"
Important Dates for Next Week:

Tuesday, November 2nd - Picture Retake Day

Some examples of student work and activities around the school:
This week, Ms. Lattimer's class and Ms. Montie's class did a garbage clean-up around the school grounds with our K/1 classes and Andy Sward. He will be doing a school & community wide clean up on Nov. 2!! We will be inviting other classes and community members to join us.
Students in Ms. Siblock's class created "Haunted Houses" using some recycled materials:
As Halloween activities are being planned at this time, the Vancouver Coastal Health Rapid Response Team would like to share some COVID-19 related safety reminders/guidance for your schools. Please see here.
Salish Weave is a large private collection of contemporary Coast Salish art that weaves together the distinctive art form, designs and style of established and emerging artists. The collection stems from and mostly resides on traditional Coast Salish territories of British Columbia.
The Sea to Sky district is honoured to be included in the Salish Weave Education Program. The district has been gifted two box sets of original art for students to experience first hand. Lessons around art, history, math, social studies, English and more can be created around the Salish prints, which will be available for all schools to borrow throughout the year.
tsa7cw - glad, happy (phonetic- cha-hoo) 
tsa7cwmín - to be glad/ grateful and show love to somebody or something. (phonetic- cha-hoomeen)
wá7lhkan tsa7cw - I am happy
Farce ou friandise – trick or treat

COVID-19 Guidelines - Updated Oct 4th***

As of October 4th, all students and staff Kindergarten to Grade 7 are required to wear a mask indoors at Signal Hill.
There is also and updated daily health check. A reminder that all students, staff, and visitors should be completing this before coming to our school and staying home if they are sick.
The BC Ministry of Education and the BC Centre for Disease Control/BC Ministry of Health have issued updated Health and Safety Guidelines for the 2021/2022 school year. Information can be found here.
For your convenience, here are some of the key protocols we are implementing:

Health & Safety Protocols 2021-2022

We are committed to safety at Signal Hill Elementary and will be following these safety measures and protocols to keep everyone safe.



Continuing from Last Year

o   Daily Health Check

o   Stay home when feeling sick

o   Hand hygiene

o   Enhanced cleaning, disinfecting & ventilation

o   Respiratory Etiquette

o   Take learning outside

o   Reduce crowding and congestion

o   Case and Contact Management (as per VCH)

No Longer Recommended

o   Cohorts

o   Physical distancing of 2m

o   Give personal space instead

Mask Guidance

o   All K-7 Staff and visitors wear masks indoors

o   All K-7 Students wear masks indoors and on buses

o   Masks required for singing

NEW for 2021/22 School Year

o   Vaccination Availability

o   Extra-curricular activities and field trips may resume

o   Follow specific regional health measures as needed

o   Gatherings and events may resume as per PHO orders

o   Start with virtual or small groups

o   Community use may resume

o   Visitors, parents & guardians must make appointments

Drop-off and Pick-up (See School Map)

o   Avoid crowding & congestion

o   Consider wearing a mask

o   Be cognizant of everybody’s personal space

o   Say goodbye to children outside- They can do it!

Mental Health

o   Connection for staff and students important

o   Prioritize social and emotional learning, as well as academics

o   4 Blankets of Resilience

Recess & Lunch (Outdoors Everyday)

o   Increase social connection for students

o   Spread out

o   A and B schedules to increase space

o   Support mental health and well being

o   Maintain connections between staff and students

o   Provide abundant play and activity options

Pack In, Pack Out

o   Bring a water bottle (labelled)

o   Take home personal belongings each day