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Signal Hill Circular - December 9th, 2022

December 9th, 2022
craft fair
The countdown to Winter Break is truly on! Lots of exciting activities this week and next. On Monday, our intermediate students had their Winter Craft Fair! All of our classes had a chance to come down and shop for gifts for themselves and others. We were so impressed with all of the creative and high quality crafts! Students and staff have been working hard to prepare for the next week's Winter Concert! We can't wait to share what we have been working on in our first concert since 2019!
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Pemberton Fire Rescue awarded Mme Hamonic's class and Ms. Stratton and Ms. Nicholas's class a pizza party for submitting the most fire escape plans! Well done!
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! 
Check out this beautiful video starring one of our Indigenous Support Workers, Skícza7ul Heather Joseph, and her journey through Capilano University's programs at Ts̓zil. Heather teaches all of our Ucwalmícwts language classes. 
FamilySmarts' December In the Know Events 'ADHD - The Real Deal' There are multiple dates and times to choose from for easier accessibility. These events are free, but registration is required (registration information can be found on the poster linked below).
Please feel free to share this event poster far and wide with your families.
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.