Message from Signal Hill Administration

May 29, 2020

Dear Families,

We continue to prepare for the return of students on Monday June 1st. We have developed our safety plan which you can access here: SHE Exposure Control Plan re: COVID – 19. Please check your emails for prep sheets from both SD48 and Signal Hill to discuss with your student regarding at school safety safety, or access them here: SD48 and Signal Hill.

For families whose children are not returning to in class instruction, please refer to the links below in ‘Resources for Families’ for continuity of online learning.

Resources for Families

SD48 Learning Menu | Numeracy | Literacy | Curiosity and Wonder

District Online Learning Website

SHE Exposure Control Plan re: COVID – 19

Looking forward to expanding our continuity of learning options on June 1st!

Kúkwstum̓ckacw |Thank you | Merci

Roberta Kubik, Alysa Patching and Mario Tenisci

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Message Regarding Return to School

Dear Families,

Thank you for filling out the survey regarding return to school. Signal Hill Elementary staff are working hard in preparation for the June 1st return to school. Staff members will be contacting you letting you know what day(s) your child will be attending Signal Hill Elementary. Also, we wanted to inform you that school will begin at 8:45am. Our new school dismissal will be at 2:20pm. This reflects a reduction in time for our lunch schedule and recess break. We look forward to seeing students return to Signal Hill Elementary!

Roberta Kubik, Alysa Patching, Mario Tenisci

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Message from Signal Hill Administration

May 22, 2020

Dear Families,

Please check your emails as Signal Hill Administration sent out an important letter on Thursday afternoon including a survey asking for information regarding your child’s potential return to school. If you missed the email, the survey can be found here.

We have continued to prepare our school for return for in-class learning. As per our Health Authority’s letter (see COVID VCH Schools below), we want to reiterate that it is safe for our students to return to school given the measures we are implementing. We will be providing safety communication next week for you to go over with your children to prepare them for safety routines once back in the school. We are so excited to welcome our students back into Signal Hi

Resources for Families

Geneen Lazar has kindly shared this letter to parents about how to create a loose parts collection with children at home (see Creating Loose Parts Collection below). Children can find a wide variety of materials, also known as “loose parts, around their homes or outside in their neighborhoods. These materials can be used to inspire thinking, creating,storytelling, representing thinking and so much more. They can capture children’s curiosity, give free reign to their imagination and encourage creativity. 

Learning Activities to Put a Smile on your Face from the SHE Community

Division 19 is participating in the 30 Day Lego Challenge:

Join Division 19 in The 30 Day Lego Challenge! Here are the first 5 days to get you started. Are you up for the challenge?? 

Here is a video of Gage Atwater’s Lego Challenge Day 1 – he designed a roller coaster!

Heather Joseph has made 2 more TikToc Ucwalmicwts language videos!

Have a great weekend!

Kúkwstum̓ckacw |Thank you | Merci

Roberta Kubik, Alysa Patching and Mario Tenisci 

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Message from Signal Hill Administration

May 15, 2020

Dear Families,

As we look ahead to moving from Phase 5 to Phase 4 and Phase 3 of the BC Government’s Restart Plan, staff at Signal Hill have been focused on preparing our facility for return to in-class instruction based on enhanced safety protocols. We will continue to do our part to flatten the curve and, as a result, see relatively low infection rate numbers in BC.

British Columbia Centre for Disease Control: COVID-19 Survey

Your story, our future.

Public health and government leaders have made significant decisions impacting every aspect of our lives in recent weeks.  We want to hear from you as we plan to ease restrictions while keeping our citizens safe, especially those most vulnerable.

BC COVID-19 SPEAK: Your story, our future is a population health survey to understand citizen experiences, knowledge and actions during the COVID-19 pandemic. This survey is the first of several activities that will strengthen our pandemic response and our understanding of the impacts of COVID-19 to date (social, economic, mental wellness and community wellness). 

Visit this page to take the survey: www.bccdc.ca/covid19survey

About the survey

  • The survey is open to all British Columbians 18 years of age and older.
  • The survey takes 10-15 minutes and can be done online on any tablet, computer or mobile device.
  • The survey will be open until May 31
  • The online survey is available in English and Chinese, as well as a Punjabi survey translation guide

At the end of the survey, you will be asked about participating in two important initiatives:

  • A serology survey (blood testing) to help determine immunity across the population
  • Planning for future waves in which identifying, containing and tracing are substantially strengthened through technology tools to enable integrated and coordinated information sharing

Help the people in your life to participate:

If you know someone who may have difficulty accessing or using a computer, open the survey via the link above, give them a call, and go through all the questions, inputting their answers into the online survey on their behalf. We need your help to prepare for B.C.’s future, and every voice counts.

Participants without online access or needing language assistance can call 1-833-707-1900, seven days a week between 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Resources for Families

In an effort to help parents better understand Google Classroom, we’ve included new resources to our:

Learning Activities to Put a Smile on your Face from the SHE Community

Mrs. Montie’s class once again has kindly shared some of their learning from the week!

Lincoln (Deval) has been working hard on his phonics, sight words, and numeracy to get ready for Grade One!
Ellie (Malpus) has been working hard on her Math Magic Number equations! The “Magic Number” is the date number for each day (for example, May 6 – the magic number is 6). How many ways can you show the Magic Number? (equations, tally, dice, objects, pictures, ten frame, etc.).
Gage (Atwater) has been working on our theme project called “Rock Monster Friends.” The project entails: Reading the story, collecting rocks, making your rocks into Rock Monster Friends, and placing your rocks around the community to spread joy!

Rock Monster Website

Wishing you all a safe and happy Victoria Day long weekend,

Kúkwstum̓ckacw |Thank you | Merci

Roberta Kubik, Alysa Patching and Mario Tenisci 

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Message from Signal Hill Administration

May 8, 2020

Dear Families,

We are sure you have all seen the announcement from our Premier where he announced the provincial government is starting to change the parameters that were set in place to flatten the curve of infection rates in British Columbia (see announcement here). We also understand you have received a letter from our Superintendent of Schools outlining changing parameters through an education lens. This relaxing of parameters will include some return to in class instruction. With that in mind, we will be building plans and communicating these plans through the next couple of weeks as to what this will look like and how it will impact our community. 

Learning Activities to Put a Smile on your Face from the SHE Community

Mrs. Montie’s student Thai Ketjinda (and his younger sister, named Indy) shared 1 photo and 1 quick video based on their inquiry into science (force and motion) – How can we make objects move? Watch out for the caterpillars!

Play based learning at home
Force and motion in action

Our culture ISW Heather Joseph has made TikToc Ucwalmicwts language videos of days of the week and conversational greetings-check them out below:

One of our grades 3-4 teachers, Ms. Lattimer, created a video introducing ecosystems to her students-check out what she finds in pond water!

Ecosystems video part 1
Ecosystems video part 2

Wishing you all a safe and happy weekend,

Kúkwstum̓ckacw |Thank you | Merci

Roberta Kubik, Alysa Patching and Mario Tenisci 

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Message from Signal Hill Administration

May 1, 2020

Dear Families,

Happy first day of May! We as British Colombians continue to do our part to flatten the curve and we are benefiting through reduced infection rates. Good on all of us! At Signal Hill, we continue to slowly bring more students back into our school in support of our Essential Service Workers and students who may need special assistance.

We continue to follow safety protocols outlined by our Provincial Health Authority, including recommendations from the BC Centre for Disease Control which you can find here.

Learning Activities to Put a Smile on your Face from the SHE Community

Students in Mrs. Leverton’s class get physically active during a windy day. They respectfully found an area where they could practice physical distancing and simultaneously fly a kite!

Jack flying his kite

Amelia flying her kite

Joanie flying her kite

Students in Mrs. Montie’s class were tasked with finding evidence of nature in their communities during Earth Day last week.

Gage completed his Earth Day challenge of a Nature Scavenger Hunt in his community and here is the evidence of what he found.
Gage completed his Earth Day challenge of a Nature Scavenger Hunt in his community and here is the evidence of what he found.

Ms. Belyea is the next Signal Hill Youtube sensation with 134  views so far! 

Rock Art with Ms. Belyea   

Place Value with Ms. Belyea

Wishing you all a safe and happy weekend rain or shine!

Kúkwstum̓ckacw |Thank you | Merci

Roberta Kubik, Alysa Patching and Mario Tenisci

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Message from Signal Hill Administration

April 24, 2020

Dear Families,

As we finish our fourth week of learning since the suspension of in-class learning, we want to once again share our gratitude to our families and staff as we continue to navigate the new normal frontier of distance learning. We continue to value flexibility, perseverance and patience as we forge forward in our partnership of learning. We have been listening to questions and concerns raised by both staff and families over the last week. Below, you can find clarification on topics brought to our attention.

Expectations on Volume of Learning Activities: We are sensitive to the fact that every student, as well as every family has diverse needs. We are mindful of the diversity of these needs and are committed to ensuring you are not overwhelmed at this time. While it’s important for children to keep learning, there is no expectation that the pace and rigour of a normal school day be duplicated at home (MINISTRY OF EDUCATION, Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on Continuity of Learning, Link to Document, April 17, 2020, pg. 3). Through our partnership in learning, we are committed to promoting personalized learning to accommodate the diverse needs of our families. 

Grading/Report Cards: Teachers completed a grading period prior to spring break. As distance learning continues, teachers will provide assessment of, as and for learning which will be used, along with evidence and evaluation collected prior to spring break, in order to report out to families again in June (MINISTRY OF EDUCATION, Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on Continuity of Learning, Link to Document, April 17, 2020, pgs. 9-10)

Mental Health Resources:

Raising responsible digital citizens – A Safer Schools Together webinar where the parent presentation will focus on increasing your understanding and awareness of safety in the remote learning world. Being social is such an important part of your child’s growth and that has become much more difficult with ‘shelter in place’ orders in effect.

Parenting during COVID-19 – A recorded parent meeting with Whistler local clinical counsellor Greg MacDonnell to provide education and discussion for parents during COVID-19.

Wellness together Canada – Funded by Health Canada and supported by Patty Hajdu, the federal Minister of Health, Wellness Together Canada provides an online portal that allows Canadians to access self-assessments, self-directed e-mental health tools, peer support and live counselling by telephone, video and text.

Learning Activities to Put a Smile on your Face from the SHE Community

Diorama presented by Olivia Nash

Olivia loves learning about wild animals, and chose to learn about cougars. Olivia demonstrated her learning through a diorama.

Diorama presented by Matilda Salmon

Matilda enjoys learning about all the exciting things that live under the sea. Matilda demonstrated her learning through a diorama.

Tanina Williams

We are fortunate at Signal Hill to celebrate the languages of Ucwalmicwts, English, French and now some sign language.  Language is culture.  A wide-ranging cultural lens leads to a worldview perspective.  Join us in the video below as Tanina counts to 10 in Ucwalmicwts and American Sign Language.

Kúkwstum̓ckacw |Thank you | Merci

Roberta Kubik, Alysa Patching and Mario Tenisci

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