HICS Weekly News December 20 - January 9

Please see the back to school in Pajamuary News below.

 Week of January 6 – January 9, 2020
Please see below the calendar, for more detailed information of listed events.

HIES After School Programs – Winter 2020 (January to March)

Hello parents Cheryl and I are excited to offer After School Programs for the winter of 2020. For a calendar of offerings please follow this link. https://calendar.google.com/calendar?cid=aGllcy5jaGlsZHlvdXRoQGdtYWlsLmNvbQ 

Phone messages only 250-335-1085 Happy holidays.

Looking forward to seeing everyone in January. Thank you -Kim – hies.childyouth@gmail.com

Cooking with Joan Harris

Age group: Grade 3

Day: 3 sessions - Mondays Jan 13th, Jan 20th and Jan 27th

Time: 3pm – 4:30pm

Cost:  $30 - $40 Sliding scale

Location: JoKing Ball Park

Mentor: Joan Harris

Assistances: Cheryl and Kim

Joan will assist participants to create simple and delicious snacks and meals that they can make at home. Joan will also teach Food Safe practices (hygiene and safety). Cooking supplies and food provided.

Paper Mâché

Age group: Grades 2 and 4

Date: Tuesdays 5 sessions starting January 14th, 21st, 28th, February 4th and 11th

Time: 3pm – 4:30pm

Cost: $40 -$50 Sliding Scale

Location: Multi Purpose Room (school)

Mentors: Cheryl and Kim

Assistant: Jazz

Participants will create a paper mâché piggy bank.

Craft Play with Kim and Cheryl

Age group: Grade K and 1

Day: Wednesdays Jan 15th, Jan 22nd and Jan 29th3 sessions

Time: 3pm – 4:30pm

Cost: $30 - $40 Sliding scale

Location: Multi Purpose Room (school)

Mentors: Kim and Cheryl

Participants will create crafts and simple art projects

Painting with Cindy

Age group: Grade 4, 5, 6, 7 & 8

Day: Thursdays. 6 sessions January 23rd, 30th, February 6th, 13th, 20th & 27th

Time: 3pm – 4:30pm

Cost: $55 - $65 Sliding Scale

Location: Room to Grow

Mentor: Cindy Ackland

Assistants: Kim and Cheryl

In this class, participants will be introduced to technical skills of drawing and painting, balanced with playful exploration and development of artistic intuition. They will come away with small studies and one (maybe 2) complete 12X14 faux-batik paintings. Participants should come with a painting smock or old shirt that can get messy! We’ll be jumping into drawing and painting on the second class (Jan 30). Our theme will be oceans and bioregional diversity, beginning with herring and their importance to our ecology.

About Cindy

I am visual artist/educator with an M. Ed in Art Education, focusing on wellness through art making. It is my belief that art is both learned an intuited, and this guides the way that I learn, and the way that I teach. Learning through the lens of art making is enriching to our worldview and our sense of self. For me, art is not just a thing; it’s a lens, a way to frame/ filter world, and a way to engage with that world. This is what I strive to teach.

Radio Broadcasting

Age group: Grade 5, 6, 7 & 8

Day: Introduction to radio Monday February 3rd & 12th

Time: 3pm – 4:30pm

Cost: $30 - $40 Sliding scale

Location: JoKing and radio station

Mentors: Kim and Cheryl

The first two sessions of the radio program will offer specific information that will help young people learn about radio production. Participants will develop their own broadcast activities such as news casting, interviews, storytelling, music and discussion. They will learn about broadcasting rules and each participant will develop their own 20-minute show. 

Kid’s Radio Day – Tuesdays starting Feb 18th until March 10th

In groups of three, participants will host their own 20-minute radio show. We hope to continue a weekly kid’s radio show after spring break.




Story Stones and Earth Medicine

Age group: All ages

Day: 4 sessions – February 5th, 12th, 19th & 26th

Time: 3pm – 4:30pm

Cost:  $30 - $40 Sliding scale

Location: Multi Purpose Room (school)

Facilitator: Heather Royal (Youth and Indigenous Coordinator for HI Arts Council)

Assistances: Cheryl and Kim

Group discussion and learning around animals/plants through play to deepen children’s learning collectively. The series will use direct experience with nature, land-based teachings, dramatic arts, fine arts, expressive arts (story-telling & poetry), song, drumming and dance. Participants will learn how to lay stones in a traditional Medicine Wheel configuration. They will also learn how to ask and offer in return before taking. Preparing the stones with some clear gesso, stones that may get painted. Then we will share a guided drum journey (which children are very good at) and have them discover an animal or plant that is an ally for them.

Subsidies available on request

Food donated by the Hornby Island Co-op

Link to After School Programs Calendar


Please send in ASAP - Earthquake Comfort Kits

In case of a Natural Disaster we are asking families to prepare a small comfort kit for your child(ren) that will be stored in the emergency container here on the school grounds.

In a large Ziploc bag send to the office as soon as possible:

  • a photo and letter to comfort your child
  • small stuffy or toy

The school will continue to equip our Intermediate and Primary Base Camp rooms with emergency backpacks (first aid materials, supplies, food/water etc.).

Use of School Facilities – process for bookings

The Multi Modular, as well as our deck space and school field is available for bookings for activities or events. In order to ensure requirements for safety and security are met, we ask for bookings to occur at least 2 weeks prior to the start date. Please note that any bookings giving less than 3 days notice risk not being processed in time for the booking to take place.  Please visit the webpage http://hornbyisland.comoxvalleyschools.ca/apps/pages/index.jsp?uREC_ID=1064112&type=d&pREC_ID=1357587 for Community use of School application, and other relevant information related to school bookings.

Our Community School Learning Hub Model

Parents, learners, staff, and community are working together to co-create a learning model for Hornby Island Community School that incorporates blended learning with technology and community experiences/mentorships. Please visit our working website, http://hornbyisland.comoxvalleyschools.ca/  for the most recent information.

You can also contact alissa.pratt@sd71.bc.ca  (Vice Principal) for further information.

Hornby Island Community School – Code of Conduct http://hornbyisland.comoxvalleyschools.ca/apps/pages/index.jspuREC_ID=1064112&type=d&pREC_ID=1357581

Our Methods of Communication

At Hornby Island Community School, we know that communication between school and home is of great importance to a child’s success at school. School teachers and other school staff share infor­mation frequently through the following pathways:

      Monthly Calendar of Events: A hard copy is sent home with each student.  All events are also posted on our website homepage http://hornbyisland.comoxvalleyschools.ca/

      Weekly Notice: Sent out by email every Thursday to parents and staff. This is posted on our website at: http://hornbyisland.comoxvalleyschools.ca/ Please be sure to check your email every Thursday as important information such as school field trips, meetings, etc. are posted and announced in these notices. 

Our methods of communication are in the Hornby Island Community School Handbook: You can find the handbook on our website at: http://hornbyisland.comoxvalleyschools.ca/apps/pages/index.jsp?uREC_ID=1064112&type=d&pREC_ID=1357585

Student Safety

School and community work together to ensure the safety and attendance of all students. Please take note of the following guidelines.

Allergy & Health Alerts

Peanut Allergy: A reminder that our school is a peanut-free area. We have a student at our school with a severe peanut allergy and we request you do not send any food containing peanuts in your child(ren)’s lunches. Tree nuts are okay, you can replace peanut butter with other nut butters. We thank you for your cooperation to help ensure Hornby School is a safe learning environment for all.

Food Information:

Please do not send sandwiches/food products containing peanut butter to school

Please do not send “may contain” peanut food items with any student (peanut allergy is anaphylactic/life threatening)

Please CLEARLY LABEL the package of your child’s sandwich/container if it has “Wow Butter” or “Sun Butter” or another substitute in it (adult supervisors and student class helpers need to be able to see this clearly at a glance because they look like a peanut butter sandwich and sometimes the kids don’t know if it is or not)

Please be aware we also have allergies/sensitivities to shellfish, kiwi, and apple; these items are ok to send to school this allergy is a sensitivity and not life threatening 

Asthma: We have a child with serious flu/cold triggered asthma at our school. Catching a cold or flu may trigger serious asthmatic symptoms in this student causing a possible emergency with both short and long-term health consequences. Please keep your child at home to rest and recover if she/he is experiencing fever, coughing, sneezing, etc. that may impact this student and others.

Scent Free:  We have learners and staff sensitive to scents. For the comfort of all, including those with allergies to scent, our school is scent free. Please refrain from wearing perfumes and oils in our school building.  


Please inform the classroom teacher, then check in with the office when taking your child out of school during the day for appointments to ensure our attendance is correct in case of emergency.

Late Arrivals

If your child arrives after school has started, please check in at the office before going to the classroom to ensure our attendance is correct in case of emergency. Arriving on time also helps to minimize disruptions to our learning environment.  


We encourage learners to travel by bike to school as we believe it is an environmentally preferable method of travel and terrific exercise! All learners bringing bikes, skateboards, scooters, etc. are required to wear helmets while on school property during school hours (including half an hour before start time and half an hour after end time).

Learners are not permitted to use their bikes etc. during the school day without permission from school staff and parents. Use depends on the level of supervision available and the type of activity requested.

Plans with Friends

If plans are made for visits after school, please ensure we have a note indicating where a child should go and who with.

The school needs permission from a parent to release a child into the care of another adult. Arrangements should be made prior to the end of the school day and be in the form of written permission.

Students Leaving School Grounds

Without written permission from a parent or guardian, we are unable to grant students permission to leave school grounds as they are assumed in our care between the start and end times of our day


Riding the bus is a privilege. It is expected that students will be respectful of the rights of others and property of others when waiting at their bus stops and while riding the bus. Children who do not demonstrate responsible behavior may have their busing privileges removed. Our school Code of Conduct, as well as bus rules are expected to be followed during time on the bus.

It is important for student safety that all bus stop arrangements for pick up and drop off are communicated to the school and bus driver at the beginning of the school year. Children who are unsure of where to go will be returned to the school.

Young children should be escorted to their bus stop. If you do not intend to accompany your young child to or pick him or her up from the bus stop, or if there are any changes in your child’s bussing routine please inform the bus driver and the school’s office.

Bus supervisors (staff) and bus drivers cannot allow students to get off at an unregistered stop that is not approved by parent/guardian.

If your child is not taking the bus or is getting off at another stop please:

         call the school prior to 2:30PM or email Alissa at alissa.pratt@sd71.bc.ca

         or put a note on the bus board outside the office window.

         the earlier we have notice the better.

If there is a permanent change of address, change of bus stop, or your child is registered as occasional and will be taking the bus daily, etc. you will need to complete a new bus registration form and submit it to the school office.

School Closures, Power Outages, Ferry Cancellations

Our procedures for power outages and ferry cancellations that may affect regular operations of our school are as follows: if the power is out before school starts, the Principal/Vice Principal will contact the School District to make a decision on closing the school. If the school is to be closed we will begin the emergency phone tree call outs. If the power goes out during the day, we will make a decision based on information we receive about how long we will be without power. We may need to close the school. If this is to happen we will contact parents/guardians/emergency contacts. For this reason, and in the case of other emergencies, it is VERY important we have your verification forms with alternate emergency contacts. If School District #71 is closed due to weather conditions, Hornby School will also be closed unless otherwise stated. Again, the phone tree call out will be in effect and all efforts will be made to ensure call outs happen early in the morning. Please don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions or comments you may have.

If there are power outages we may not get through to your phone line; please be sure to listen to the local radio stations at 97.3 The Eagle and/or 98.9 The Goat, and if you can, check the School District website for notices on school closures at: https://www.comoxvalleyschools.ca/ . Usually closures are announced prior to 6:30AM.

Please note: contact information we have on file is provided by parents at the beginning of the school year when you review and sign the student verification form; If there are any changes in contact information  (i.e. phone, address, etc.) please notify the school as soon as possible so this can be updated in our system.

Head Lice 

To help prevent the spread of head lice among children at school, we ask that you check your child’s head each week for the presence of head lice. The wet-combing technique is now recognized as the best method for detecting lice and their nits. If you detect head lice on your child, we ask that you treat for the lice immediately and notify the school so we can send a notice to other families to check their children. We will keep the information confidential.

Head lice are a nuisance, they do not carry disease and are not a health risk. For this reason, the school does not provide checks, nor will we isolate or stop children from attending school if they do have lice. Early detection and appropriate treatment will significantly limit the spread of head lice. We would appreciate each family taking the time to check heads regularly. Checking other members of the family is also a good idea. More information is available at https://www.healthlinkbc.ca/healthfiles/hfile06.stm  or from the public health nurse at 250-331-8520. We also have parents and staff that are willing to help you if needed.  Thank you for helping to prevent head lice from becoming a problem. Your cooperation is very much appreciated!

Snacks and Lunches

We are often asked if learners can bring “sweet treats” to school. Families have different approaches to nutrition and food. As we are a school environment, we ask that families send food items to support healthy living and learning. Occasionally, we will have treats at school as part of celebrations or activities. Similarly, if you would like to send something as part of a family celebration (birthday etc.) or other event please contact us ahead of time to make arrangements as we have several students with food allergies/sensitivities. 

Thank you for your cooperation in helping us maintain a safe and secure environment for our students, staff and visitors. Please direct any questions to the front office.