HICS Weekly News Nov 2 - 5


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

Happy pumpkin hunting and Halloween fun over the weekend!!!

Mon. Nov 2

Tuesday, Nov 3

Wed. Nov 4

Thurs. Nov 5


Return Home Learning activities.


New school tour (at lunch break)


Bridget here (School counsellor)


TJ here –Speech and Language Pathologist (SLP)


Please complete daily health check before sending your child to school.


Jacqueline Anderson here in afternoon – Early Learning Support Teacher


Cross Country Run – whole school (around running loop)


Beach Clean-up – Grades 4-7 field trip


Please complete daily health check before sending your child to school.


Library book exchange


Sarah here (Teacher Librarian)



Please complete daily health check before sending your child to school.


Kevin here (Arts)

Grade 6/7 Please bring painting clothes (clothes you are okay with getting stained)


Please complete daily health check before sending your child to school.

Alissa’ s note to families…  

Hi Everyone! We sure had a lot of fun this week in lead up to Halloween festivities and getting out and about to help with tree and daffodil planting! We also started our portraits for the tea-towel project. Please see information below –we are needing some ironing volunteers!

Tour of the New School - Monday Nov 2 at 12pm

 At 12pm on Monday, we will take groups of students over to have an up close look at the new school site. There was a consent form sent home on Monday, if you have not completed it you can find it attached. We will need it by Monday morning to allow students to go on the tour. Construction will be shut down over the lunch and the site supervisor will be leading the tours.

Beach clean up at Big Tribune Bay Gr 4 - 7 Tuesday Nov 3

The grades 4 – 7 students will participate in the Beach Clean up project. The students will take the bus with supervisors to the parking lot at Big Tribune Bay, then spend an hour cleaning up garbage off the beach. The Natural History Stewards will meet the group at the beach. If there are any parents who would like to accompany, please contact the school in advance. The bus will pick the students up at 2pm and bring them back to the school. The field trip consent forms with all of the details have been sent home today. We will need to have consent forms back on Monday, November 2.

Student Photos by Lifetouch - Proofs on their way
Photo day was a big success. In around 2 weeks we will have the proofs to send home, and along with the proofs you will have all of the info and codes you need to make your orders.

Remembrance Day  – Nov 10th , 2020

At 10:50am the entire school will attend an assembly in the covered shelter area. This will be a student and staff only event. 

Awesome Tea Towels with Student Self Portraits - (PAC Fundraiser)

We are working on our portraits this week. Jules has made a request for the future, that we will need to have ironing volunteers. If you are interested in helping with the ironing. Please contact Jules at julesplatt@gmail.com 

Note from PAC re: Hot Lunches/Chow for Now

Anyone interested in taking the food safe course online and helping out with hot lunches. Please contact Alexandra alexandralamont@live.ca

HIES: Afterschool Forest Play with Jala Klone

Space is limited – forms were sent home today.

Ages: Grades K-2

Dates: Thursday’s November 5, 12, 19, 26

HIES has 2 Job openings:


The Hornby Island Education Society is seeking a skilled, enthusiastic individual to join its team as our Community School Coordinator. This position is responsible on a day-to-day basis to the school community and Hornby Island Educational Society, HIES.

The Coordinator develops, coordinates, implements and facilitates community partnerships, programs and services that benefit all members of our diverse community. Programs developed and operated are intended to be consistent with the needs and interests expressed by the Hornby Island school community and the various recreation and social agencies working on Hornby within the policies of the HIES board. A key responsibility of the position is to increase, strengthen and diversify the Society’s funding sources. The coordinator works closely with the Child, Youth & Community School program committee. This is a 20 hour a week position August through May. This position could possibly be combined with the Literacy Outreach Coordinator position. Closing date for applications is November 4, 2020 at noon.                                     Please refer to our website for a complete job description: https://hornbyeducation.com



The Hornby Island Educational Society is seeking a part-time Literacy Outreach Coordinator to work in conjunction with a local Literacy Task Group to identify the Hornby community’s literacy needs, to facilitate collaboration among various groups and to create and implement a literacy plan.

The overall goal of the position is to facilitate, stabilize and sustain the literacy programming that results from collaborative community planning. This position is for 5 hours per week from September through May. This position could possibly be combined with the Community School Coordinator position.

Closing date for applications is November 4, 2020 at noon.

Please refer to our website for a complete job description: https://hornbyeducation.com

Vanier Students at Room to Grow on Thursdays

We are excited to be starting a new program with GP. Vanier to help support our secondary Hornby students. The program will operate on Thursdays 9-3 at Room to Grow with teacher, Casey Doss.

Vanier students will be a separate cohort. Vanier students (even if they are siblings of Hornby students) will be asked to remain with their program facilitator in their spaces for the day to limit cohort mixing/maintain physical distancing.  If traveling on the bus they will have a separate seating area and will wear masks as per First Student (bus) and SD#71 protocols.

Vanier students will have alternate break times from the K-7 students. We are looking forward to supporting this learning opportunity for our secondary students!


Riding the River Parent Group - On Zoom!

For Hornby and Denman Parents Together! Parent education and discussion

4 Mondays in November starting November 2nd, 2020

Two timeslots: Choose either 10-11am OR 7:30-8:30pm

Topics will be chosen by participants. For parents and caregivers of children age 0-12

Registration required

Questions or to register please contact meredith@hornbydenmanhealth.com

or 250.898.0247

Pick-ups and Drop-offs 

At this time, only School District #71 staff and students are authorized to be on the deck or in the modulars to help us maintain physical distancing and cleaning requirements. We have set up an area at the front entrance where you are able to pick-up resources or library books arranged in advance, or drop off completed work or books. Please use the sanitizer provided, and be sure to allow for physical distance if there are other people in the line. There are cones provided to ensure the proper space. Thank you for your understanding. 


SD71 continues to work on the website http://learn71.ca/ with many tools and links to help with learning at home.  

Use of School Facilities – The field and the covered shelter are available for Community Use. The Multi Mod and the Deck are currently not available for community bookings. See the website for the application as well as all of the details about how to book and the expectations during the usage times. https://hornbyisland.comoxvalleyschools.ca/apps/pages/index.jsp?uREC_ID=1064112&type=d&pREC_ID=1357587

Our Methods of Communication  

Now more than ever, the strength of our communication between home and school is pivotal to learner success. We will stay connected while apart by... 

  • Email Updates from Teachers regarding assignments and activities 
  • Blog Updates
  • 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.   
  • School WebsiteThe website will have the most up to date information and learning tools for familieshttp://hornbyisland.comoxvalleyschools.ca/  

 You can find the Student handbook on our website at: http://hornbyisland.comoxvalleyschools.ca/apps/pages/index.jsp?uREC_ID=1064112&type=d&pREC_ID=1357585 

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