HICS Weekly News Nov 23 - 26

 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 23

Tuesday, Nov 24

Wed. Nov 25

Thurs. Nov 26


Return Home Learning activities.



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)


HIES AGM 3:30 -5pm

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


Muffins today


Kevin here (Arts)

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

Alissa’ s note to families…  

Hi Everyone! It was very exciting to have our “Chow for Now” - “Hot Lunch” return this week! Thank you to everyone helping us to make this happen!

We’re definitely into our wintery wet weather! Please ensure your child has a waterproof coat with hood/pants, boots/indoor shoes, and a change of clothes.

Student and Staff Health checks

Please find attached the Health check document from the School District to be able to refer to if your family is experiencing any symptoms of illness. As some regular illnesses will naturally travel through our school, it is important that we remain vigilant and follow protocols to keep everyone healthy and safe.

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 25th if you wish to be part of this committee. alissa.pratt@sd71.bc.ca 

Student Photos by Lifetouch – Place your orders online
You can order all your photos online with the information provided with the photo proofs that were sent home, make your orders as soon as possible. 

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

Muffins on Thursday Nov 26 – Still time to sign up

Form is attached


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 

Hornby Island Educational Society AGM

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

The HIES board invites you to attend our 2020 AGM

Either in person, at the Hall where full Covid protocols will be in place, or by Zoom.  To preregister, 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.

We invite you to join us for our 40th annual general meeting. Your support is appreciated.

 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

Holiday Hampers are happening and we need your help!

We are accepting financial donations and non-perishable food donations at The Co-op and Fords Cove. 

*Art supplies, paper, markers are needed.

Angel Tree will be different this year and we are looking for community members to sponsor a family or a child. (A few people could sponsor 1 family together) to purchase a few gifts for the children/family. If this is something that interests you please contact Jade.

Thank you for your generosity and support

To Receive a hamper sign up NOW with Jade jade@hornbydenmanhealth.com/ 250-335-9009

SEE ATTACHED POSTER Sponsored by Hornby Denman Health (HDCHCS)

Island Hearts Of Hope (replacing Santas Workshop)

Island Hearts of Hope was started in August of 2017  By Shellie Yates Smyrichinsky, Deb Muckle & Tamara Meggitt as a way to show their support to families during the fires that hit so hard that year. Since then we have grown and welcome Sumiko Playfair as well as Arielle Muckle to the team. Island Hearts of Hope assists with various projects within our community. This year, it was brought to our attention that due to COVID-19,  Santas Workshop, which began in 1958 as well as Secret Santa which has been helping with toys for approx 20 years will not be able to run their programs. Knowing how much they have supported families over the years,( over 1000 children last year alone )  We knew that this would mean a lot of children left without Christmas Especially with the current global pandemic.  We are pleased to be able to step in and help fill the gap. This however will take a true community to make it happen so that we will be able to collect and deliver gifts to families in need in a COVID safe manner.  Although this year will look very different from the years past, from the work that both Santas Workshop as well as Secret Santa have done,  we hope that  our efforts, along with the community, we will  bring Christmas toys to the kids of the Comox Valley. 

For More information 


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