Weekly News Feb 10 - 13

Week of February 10 - 13, 2020

Please see below the calendar, for more detailed information of listed events.


Monday Feb 10

Please return home learning K-7


Bridget here (School counsellor)


Tues Feb 11



Wed Feb 12

Library Book Exchange


Chow for Now


Ashley here (Teacher Librarian)


   Thurs Feb 13



Kevin here-Arts


Valentine’s Day and Friendship celebration


Wear red to school

New School Design! Check out the latest school design (please note many changes have already been suggested and feedback sent to the architect, Director of Operations, and Project Manager). We will continue to update our school website with information (check out the Rebuilding the School link on our website https://hornbyisland.comoxvalleyschools.ca/ )

Monday Feb 17 – Family Day – No School

Chow for Now! Feb 12, 26 and Mar 11

We are happy to be offering more Chow for Now lunches in collaboration with HIES! Students can make their own sandwich with fresh fruit on the side.

For everyone who signed up for the snow day chow for now, or has been away we can carry over the payment to the next lunch!

Form came home on Tuesday, if you didn’t receive it, it is also attached.

Valentine’s Day and Friendship Celebration February 13th

To celebrate all the people we care about in our school community we will share some time in the afternoon for some snacks and activities. Those who would like to give away Valentines will be able to do so at this time in the afternoon.

Wear red to school today as a continuation to themed Thursdays if you wish. 

Save the date - February 19th for a Field Trip to Courtenay

Details to be confirmed soon!! We will need Parent volunteers!

HIES Afterschool Programs

Registration for programs is finished, but here is the link to the schedule of events


Story Stones and Earth Medicine

Age group: All ages

Day: 4 sessions – February 12th & 26th, March 4th & 11th

Please note NO PROGRAM FEB 19th - School Field Trip

Time: 3pm – 4:30pm

Feb 12th We will take the bus from the school to Grassy.

Pick up at Grassy Point at 4:30 (bus permission required) Available at the office

Radio Broadcasting

The first class will be held on Monday February 10th at the Multi Purpose Room at the School.

Pick up February 10th at 4:30 at the school.

The next class will be held at the Radio Station, Tuesday February 18.

We will walk to the Ball Park from the school.

Please remember that pick up Feb 18th & 25th and March 3rd & 10th will be at 4:30 at the radio station

Community Events

Taylor’s Checkerspot Butterfly Recovery Project Update

Tuesday February 11 on Hornby Island

Wednesday February 12 on Denman Island

Please see the attached poster for more information

Professional Development Workshop – Inclusion Project

  1. Gender diversity & gender affirming care in early childhood – Feb 28th

Please see the attached posters for further details

HerringFest March 5 – 8   See the attached poster and schedule for more details.

Spring Break camp at Tribune Bay Outdoor Education Center

See the attached poster


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.