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Signal Hill Circular - December 2nd, 2022

December 2nd, 2022
If it wasn't before, Winter is certainly here now! A double reminder to please make sure your child is dressed for the weather! With temperatures reaching the double digit minuses, boots, gloves, toques, multiple layers, and snow pants are needed so our kids can enjoy the snow for all of our outside break times. With Winter Break on the horizon, and classes practicing for the winter concert, we really have been getting into the winter spirit here at Signal Hill! Speaking of winter spirit... join us tonight for a premier screening of a new Salomon ski movie, FEEL REAL! More information below.
We were so happy to have families join us for parent/teacher interviews this week. Please feel free to reach out to your child's teacher any time.
Students from Ms. Lattimer and Ms. Montie's K/1 classes dropped off their letters for Santa at the post-office yesterday! What do you think they asked for?
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! 
Students in Mme Treadway and Mme Madinier's class are learning about human biology. They made some great diagrams!
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Students in Ms. McMurray's class were creating their own "cupcake" recipes to represent diversity and inclusion:
Students in Ms. Weaver and Ms. Hahn's class played a game of "Jeopardy" to wrap up their social studies learning about different cultures around the world.
Students in Ms. Stratton and Ms. Cameron's class have been learning drumming and songs using our new plank drums with support from Tanina, one of our Indigenous Support Workers:
SOGI 123 for parents:
SOGI 1 2 3 Parent Resources were created in collaboration with BC Confederation of Parent Advisory Councils (BCCPAC) and the BC Ministry of Education to answer parent questions about what SOGI-inclusive education looks like in Canadian schools.
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.
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.