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Signal Hill Circular - February 9th, 2024

February 9th, 2024
What's been happening at Signal Hill...
The weather continues to offer a lot of surprises!
We were fortunate to have class presentations from Michael Allen, a bear biologist who works in the Sea to Sky.
From Michael:
"It's been an interesting 30th field season with 19 grizzlies, 134 black bears, and 5 mountain lions captured (on 43 high resolution cameras) to follow seasonal behaviour. Presentations will help students understand bear/animal adaptation, competition amongst themselves, and sharing habitat with people.  And the continued impacts from extreme climate (drought) on berries, salmon, and bear survival. I'll go over why and where we see large carnivores (bears, lions, and wolves)  closer to people and how we should react during encounters with a predator vs. an omnivore."
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Mlle Hamonic's grade 6/7 students showing leadership skills by helping Ms Niet's grade 4/5 students play Blooket on celebrations around the world.
Ms. Hahn's class practicing their yoga crow pose.
Our weekly chess club has moved into a tournament! Who will be the Signal Hill Champion?
Ms. Lattimer and Ms. Bones' buddy classes created a beautiful art display to celebrate the Lunar New Year of the Dragon.
Ministry of Education and Child Care Information - Parent Sessions on Youth Substance Use - February 2024:The Ministry of Education and Child Care, in partnership with adolescent Clinical Psychologist, Dr. Hayley Watson, will be hosting free virtual sessions on youth substance use for parents/guardians, caregivers and caring adults. Dr. Watson will provide valuable insights, practical tips, and resources to equip participants with the tools needed to guide their children and youth toward making positive choices when it comes to substance use.


Key Takeaways for Participants:

  • Learn why children/teenagers are drawn to substances.
  • Understand what causes and maintains substance use disorder and needs.
  • Increase your child’s ability to make positive choices about substances.
  • Acquire practical conversation tools for discussing substances in the home.


Participants must register in advance due to limited capacity. Session dates are:


Please share within your community and email the Mental Health and Substance Use Branch at [email protected] with any questions.


Feeding Futures:


Feeding Futures is a commitment of the Provincial Government to ensure students are properly fed for learning to enhance positive academic and health outcomes. Beginning in Fall 2023, $214 million will be given to school districts throughout BC over three years to create or expand local school food programs. This new, ongoing program will support existing school-based programming while offering additional opportunities for students to access food at schools. Learn more here.



FamilySmart Upcoming Events:


For Families: A Conversation About Eating Disorders Please find a poster for February's 'In the Know' event For Families: A Conversation About Eating Disorders here. This is a free, virtual event, and will be held at five different dates and times throughout the month. Registration is required, and the direct link to register can be found here.

Help for Hard Times for Families: This is a reminder that the Help for the Hard Times workshop is offered three times each month, supporting families who have experienced mental health crises. Please see this poster for more information, and please feel free to share. The direct link to register can be found here.

Canada Dental Benefit for Children Under 12: Please help raise awareness for the Canada Dental Benefit. The first benefit period was a success, with 50% of eligible children in British Columbia—34,260—receiving the benefit. That’s something to smile about! 


The second and final benefit period will help cover dental care costs between July 1, 2023, to June 30, 2024, and it is important that all eligible families know about the benefit and how to apply. Even families who applied during the first benefit period can re-apply for the final benefit period. Please see this factsheet for more information.





Sea to Sky Safety Net is a hub of self-care tools and local resources to help connect Sea to Sky residents to mental health and substance use support services.
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.
EASE K–7 lessons have been adapted for use by parents and caregivers to help children manage worries and everyday anxiety at home.