HICS Weekly News Nov 16 - 19

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

Reminders:  Please model physical distancing during drop off and pick-up times. We also would appreciate the area in front of the bus being clear for us to bring students out safely. It also helps the drivers focus on their very important task.

Mon. Nov 16

Tuesday, Nov 17

Wed. Nov 18

Thurs. Nov 19


Return Home Learning activities.


Bridget here (School counsellor)


TJ here –Speech and Language Pathologist (SLP)


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


Run – whole school (around running loop)







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


Library book exchange


Sarah here (Teacher Librarian)

PAC Meeting @ 3:30pm

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! I hope you all had a reflective Remembrance Day and had the chance to get outside. We had our school Remembrance Day ceremony on Wednesday and the kids were a very respectful audience. There were also several of our older students that performed poems they had written and our younger group presented their poem “Poppy Poppy”. We finished up with a “Poppy Run” around our running loop. The older kids hid poppy stickers for the younger ones to find on their run.

Technology Scope and Sequence Committee

What? A committee of parents to assist students, teachers, and Administration in creating and communicating how technology is integrated into teaching and learning at our school. We will begin by learning more about our School District #71 scope and sequence http://learn71.ca/techskillsgrade/ and identifying gaps in knowledge, skills, and resources.

Why? This committee will represent stakeholder groups and the scope and sequence will provide a guide as we make future technology decisions.

When? We will meet virtually several times throughout the year.  Please email Alissa by Thursday, November 19th if you wish to be part of this committee. alissa.pratt@sd71.bc.ca 

Student Photos by Lifetouch – Orders will be sent on Monday
You can order all your photos online with the information provided with the photo proofs that were sent home this week. You can also drop your orders off at the school office, and we will send them in on your behalf. 

ISO: ON-Call Administrative Assistant at Hornby Island Elementary

Grade 12 education supplemented by completion of an office administration program certificate; typing speed of 50 wpm; proficient in Microsoft WORD, EXCEL, and relevant Microsoft Office Suite programs; minimum of two years of current clerical experience; experience in the use of relevant office equipment; meets the physical requirements of the position; ability to work independently and as a member of a team; excellent interpersonal and communication skills.

Please refer and apply to the posting at http://www.makeafuture.ca/

Employer: School District #71(Comox Valley)

Job code: 2929990

Hot Lunch on Thursday Nov 19 – forms sent home today and attached

We are happy to be offering a few hot soup and biscuit days as well as a few muffin days before the holiday break. Forage will be providing the meals and parent volunteers will serve them. The soups will be vegan with a dairy option to add in (i.e. Cheese, sour cream)

Please see the form for all the details. Orders must be in by Tuesday Nov 17th.

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

Next PAC Meeting – Wednesday November 18 at 3:30pm


Call to order

VP Report- Alissa 

Treasurers Report- Braea

School Zone- Alexandra

Field Trips-

Winter Faire/Wreaths- Alexandra

Chow for now- Braea/Alexandra

Room To Grow- Alexandra

Meeting Adjourn- 


PAC Fundraiser Wreath Making 

Sunday, November 29th 10-2pm School Deck

Hello families, we need you to help with one of our biggest fundraisers of the year. This year it will look a little different, as most things have these past few months. On Sunday November 29th 10am -2pm we will be making wreath bases that will be encouraged to take home to decorate and returned to sell for the fundraiser. All supplies will be provided for both base making and decorating, we just need your helping hands.

Bases and decorations will be provided for pick up if you are only able to take home to decorating. 

If you can help with base making and or decorating please email Alexandra Lamont for more info and to sign up for a time slot.  Thank you! alexandralamont@live.ca 

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

Hornby Island Educational Society AGM

Wednesday, November 25, 2020  3:30 – 5:00 @ The Hall 

You are invited to attend HIES 2020 AGM.

As the Hall can accommodate a limited number in accordance with Covid protocols, a Zoom option will be available. To preregister for the Zoom option, please email: hiesboard@gmail.com

A Special Resolution to amend HIES Constitution will be presented to the membership for approval. For details, please refer to our webpage: https://hornbyeducation.com 

Hornby Island Educational Society programs include:

Toddler drop-in, Afterschool programs, Teen nights, The Kitchen, School Renewal Committee,

Natural History Centre and Life Long Learning programs.

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 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.

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 throughout the year (i.e. phone, address, etc.) please notify the school as soon as possible so this can be updated in our system.

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