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Signal Hill Circular - November 18th, 2022

November 18th, 2022
Another beautiful week under T'szil (Mt. Currie)! Our staff had a wonderful Implementation Professional Development Day where we learned along with our colleagues from the whole district about Compassionate Systems Leadership. In the afternoon, we spent time around a fire learning to make traditional plank drums and play Lahal. It was a lot of fun to explore Indigenous ways of knowing and being with our colleagues. We were also fortunate to have Math specialist Carole Fullerton join our staff for a whole day this week to demonstrate and teach progressive mathematics instruction and pedagogy. Carole has been a big part of our district's approach to numeracy.
A Few Reminders for Parents and Students:
Please leave your sleds at home. Thank you!
Dress for the Weather: The winter weather is here! Our school has outside breaks during lunch and recess every day, so please make sure your children are dressed for the weather. Snow boots and pants, gloves, toques, and extra changes of clothes are all recommended.
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. 😊
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:
Community Reading Helpers 

Signal Hill is looking for volunteers to read with students for an hour once a week on a regular basis. If you are interested or know others that may be interested, please contact Katherine Read [email protected]
You will need a criminal record check to volunteer at the school.
Signal Hill Elementary Parent Advisory Council Winter Fundraiser
We are selling FESTIVE PLANTS to raise money for Signal Hill Elementary's Sports Team Uniforms.  Plants are a great way to bring happiness to family and friends this holiday season while choosing to support a healthy fundraiser.
Orders due Friday November 18th. 
Order pick up is on Friday December 2nd from 3:00pm - 5:30pm
Pemberton Public Health will be offering catch-up immunizations to grade 3 students who may have missed their routine immunizations over the last couple of years, namely those who missed their Kindergarten vaccines or need to catch up on any other missed/delayed vaccines.
There are several catch up clinics booked throughout November at the health center.
Parents will be able to book appointments online through Jane App this year at the following link:
If you have questions about your child’s vaccination history you can call and speak to a public health nurse by calling 604 -894-6967. Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you would like any additional information.
The PAC at Signal Hill is pleased to be able to continue their fundraising efforts through the Hot Lunch Program that happens each week of the school year. If you would like to volunteer, have questions/concerns, or haven't participated in the past and need to know more, please email [email protected] or call Jenny at 604-935-7907. If you need a paper form, Jenny can help you as well or you can pick one up from the front office. If you are just looking to order online, go to: to register
(You need a new account each year.)
1. At the home page, search for our school, click on the “Click here to register” line in the box on the right side of your screen. 
    2. Fill out the form with YOUR details.  The access code is SHE2022
    3. Add students by name and class
    4. Place your orders for the current session.
TruEarth Fundraiser for Breakfast and Lunch programs
Signal Hill is fundraising for our breakfast and lunch program for our students! Check out the TruEarth products – free shipping, all eco-friendly and all packaging is completely recyclable! TruEarth is a Canadian company and the school receives 20% of all sales. If you are interested, please check out our online campaign at:
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:
Wednesday, November 23rd - Half Day Collaboration Day – NOON DISMISSAL FOR ALL STUDENTS
Friday, November 25th - Report Cards go home
Wednesday, November 30th - Parent / Teacher Conferences – NOON DISMALL FOR ALL STUDENTS
Please view this video from the provincial government about Professional Standard 9 (for teachers) - Truth and Reconciliation, Moving Forward Together:
Affordability Fund Update For Families
Dear Families,
We would like to update you on the grant from the Ministry of Education and Childcare to make back-to-school more affordable for students and their families struggling with rising costs of living due to global inflation. We are mindful that many families in our community are struggling with the increased cost of living. We want every family to know that they are eligible for financial assistance through the Student & Family Affordability fund, no questions asked.
This one-time funding support will be allocated towards school-related expenses, including: 
School/course supplies
Family food security (groceries)
Athletic wear (for school athletics)
PAC hot lunch
Basic necessities 

We are happy to announce that we will partner with our local food banks to specifically provide more food for school breakfast, lunch or snack programs to meet the growing needs of students. We will work with our PAC to continue the conversation on how to use this fund (within the above criteria) to best support those students and families experiencing financial hardship.

If you would like to access the affordability fund, please reach out to our office or a member of our administrative team, and we will be happy to assist you.

Take a Tour Through BC’s Redesigned Curriculum

Today we live in a state of constant change. It is a technology-rich world, where communication is instant and information is immediately accessible. The way we interact with each other personally, socially, and at work has changed forever. Knowledge is growing at exponential rates in many domains, creating new information and possibilities. This is the world our students are entering.

British Columbia’s new curriculum was redesigned to respond to this demanding world our students are entering, to develop new models, the Ministry consulted with experts in the field. They suggested that to prepare students for the future, the curriculum must be learner-centered and flexible.

All areas of learning are based on a ‘Know-Do-Understand’ model to support a concept-based competency-driven approach to learning. Three elements, the Content (Know), Curricular Competencies (Do), and Big Ideas (Understand) all work together to support deeper learning.

Core Competencies (Thinking, Communication, and Personal & Social) underpin the curricular competencies in all areas of learning. They are sets of proficiencies that all students need to develop in order to engage in their learning. Watch the video below to learn more.

British Columbia’s redesigned curriculum honours the ways in which students think, learn, and grow, and prepares them for a successful lifetime of learning where ongoing change is constant.
The BC Curriculum: info for parents

It can be hard for adults to know what to say or do to ease a child’s worries, especially during times of change and uncertainty. As the most important big people in their world, parents and caregivers can help children feel safer and soften the sharp edges of whatever is making their worries grow.

To help support learning across environments, EASE K–7 lessons have been adapted for use by parents and caregivers to help children manage worries and everyday anxiety at home.

Please have a look at this website and see some of the resources available:
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.