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Signal Hill Circular - September 16th, 2022

September 16th, 2022
September is a busy time at Signal Hill and our first full week was no exception! Kindergarteners enjoyed their first few full days of school, and classes enjoyed getting to know their new classmates and teachers. 
We made the right call postponing our Terry Fox Run this morning to this afternoon and had some sunny skies for most of the run! It was great to have M. Tremblay from école La Vallée lead an energetic warm-up! Merci!
Next week is a short week, but we are super excited to welcome NASA scientists Michael Paton and Morgan Cable to our school for a presentation about their robotics and exobiology experiments at Mt. Meager. This is a very special opportunity and we look forward to inspiring the next generation of scientists in Pemberton! 
It's pretty neat to see the Scholastic truck delivering the Scholastic Book Fair materials again! Please see below for more information.
Have a look at Winnie, Ms. Belyea's class dog enjoying some reading with two students.
And here's a picture of our resident robotics expert with his latest creation - a programmable "gauntlet"!
A Few Reminders for Parents and Students:
Parking is at a premium here at drop off and pick up times! Please do not park in the bus lanes, on the sides of the driveways or block other drivers. For safety reasons, do not park in the staff parking lot on the right when you drive onto the school property. Please do not do U turns in the parking lot! We ask that you pick up your child and leave immediately so others have a chance to park. For those who have primary students, you can park in the Tiyata Roundabout too! Thank you for your understanding. 😊
Hot Lunch
We sent home verification forms for parents to look over. Please make any corrections so we have all of your children’s information. If there are not any changes, please sign and send back with your children anyway! We are holding a contest – any forms that are returned by September 27th will be entered into a draw for a family dinner at Mile One!
Dogs are permitted on school grounds only with a leash and under the control of their person. Please do not tie up dogs on the school grounds and keep them with you on leash at all times. Please clean up after your dog. 😊 If your dog is nervous around children or crowds we ask that you keep them at home. Thank you for your understanding! 
News, Updates, and Reminders:
Scholastic Book Fair
We are hosting a Scholastic Book Fair September 27th - 29th as a fundraiser for our school library! All classes will have a time to visit the fair and shop. We will also have a Family Event on Wednesday the 28th from 3:30-5:30 for students to shop with their families. Stay tuned for more information!
We encourage you to go online to the link below to purchase your children’s school supplies!  We have purchased supplies for all of the students – Grades K to 3 (primary) cost $45 and Grades 4-7 (intermediate) cost $55. This is for the whole school year!
If you do not yet have an account, you can also set up your child’s account through the link below.
Please use the following link:
Thank you for taking the time to open an account and purchase your children’s supplies. Our district is trying to move to cashless and paperless systems as much possible!
You will be receiving emails from our Cash Online Program today to sign forms online that are required by the school district. We apologize if you receive more than one email, you will only need to sign in once to complete all of the forms.
These forms include the Walking Field Trip form (Off-Site Activity Consent for Local Low-Risk Day Trip), Self-Identification of Indigenous Ancestry (First Nations, Metis or Inuit) form, Annual Student Personal Information, Technology and Media in School Consent form, Canadian Anti-Spam Legislation Consent form and the G-Suite Consent form.
Please go to and sign the forms. If you have not yet set up an account, please open one. You can also take this opportunity to pay for your child’s school supplies if you have not yet.
Thank you for your patience and understanding while we set up our students and families for this school year!
Upcoming Important Dates:
Monday, September 19th - NO School - National Day of Mourning for the Queen
Wednesday, September 21st - Collaboration Day – Early dismissal at NOON for all students. The buses will leave the school at noon. All students are expected to go home as there will be no supervision.
Friday, September 23rd - Picture Day! Individual pictures will be held on this day. The retake day is on Thursday, November 10th
Monday, September 26th - Professional Day – NO School for students
Tuesday, September 27th to Thursday September 29th - Scholastic Book Fair – more information to follow – all classes will have an opportunity to shop at the book fair!
Thursday, September 29th - Signal Hill Orange Shirt Day
Friday, September 30th - NO School – National Day for Truth & Reconciliation
Truth and Reconciliation Month:
survivors flag
A reminder that as we are in Truth and Reconciliation month, leading up to September 30th, National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. Our staff and students will be learning, listening, and un-packing throughout the month. We will have our "Orange Shirt Day" on September 29th.
·     Please take the time to learn about the Survivors Flag, the symbolism and meaning of the art and the teachings represented in the flag here. You can see Signal Hill's Survivors Flag on display in our front foyer.
·     emhám: Join Arts Whistler and the Lílwat Nation’s Ts’zil Learning Centre every Thursday evening in September for Indigenous workshops, performances, music, knowledge sharing, and storytelling at the Maury Young Arts Centre. Don’t miss this weekly opportunity to build stronger relationships and share in Indigenous knowledge and foster greater understanding leading up to National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. More information can be found here.
Classroom Placements
Class placement is a thoughtful process that is not complete until early September when exact student populations and staff members are known. Our class placement process ensures that thoughtful consideration of each child’s social, emotional, and academic needs are aligned with the need to create balanced and effective learning environments. Honoring diversity is based on the principle that if differences are acknowledged and utilized in a positive way, it is a benefit to the quality of the teaching and learning environment for everyone. The creation of safe, purposeful, and powerful learning environments begins with Teacher Learning Teams creating group compositions rich in diversity.
The assignment of students to classes is decided by a team, which includes the child’s current teacher, possible teachers for the coming year, specialists such as the ELL and SPED/LST teachers, counsellor and the Principal.
This team takes into consideration all aspects of diversity, including the five areas of research-based child development: (1) aesthetic and artistic development, (2) emotional and social development, (3) intellectual development, (4) physical development and well-being, and (5) the development of social responsibility. The particular voice and choice of a student, the group dynamics, the size of the group, and the confidence of the teachers are among other important considerations when creating group composition.  This professional team considers each placement carefully as they create classes that include a variety of students who learn in a variety of ways. A balanced learning environment is always our end goal.  
In addition to individual circumstances, criteria considered in the placement process include:
Workable instructional groups: academic needs and strengths, teaching/learning styles and work habit.
Positive social groups: peer support, positive leaders and grade ratios in combined classes.
Our philosophy is to build balanced classes considering all aspects of student learning including the students’ general academic, social and emotional needs and abilities, as well as their capacity to collaborate, think critically, create and innovate, and self-regulate.
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FamilySmart Monthly Events: Every month, FamilySmart hosts online events for parents & caregivers who are parenting a child or youth with mental health and/or substance use challenge called “in the know.” We watch a video and share experiences and strategies that help in the hard moments and focus on strengthening our understanding and connection with our kids. For more information on this helpful resource, please click here.