HICS Weekly News Dec 14 - 17


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

Happy Holidays! Spirit week continues with wearing festive gear and we’ll be featuring some music this week with our new speaker!


Mon. Dec 14

Tuesday, Dec 15

Wed. Dec 16

Thurs. Dec 17


Return Home Learning activities.


Bridget here (School Counsellor)


TJ here (SLP)



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


Cross Country Run – whole school (running loop)


Craft Carousel 1 – 2:30



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


Library book exchange


Showcase of Learning (classes will show each other their learning from this term)

1 – 2pm

Student Learning Plans sent home

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


Kevin here (Arts)


Secret Santa Exchange

Last day of school


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

Alissa’ s note to families…  

We wish you a very happy and safe holiday! We will return on January 4th. Thank you to all for the support, care, and encouragement this term.


Craft Carousel – Tuesday December 15

We will have a craft afternoon on Tuesday afternoon where we will do several crafts and prepare for "Secret Santa" on Thursday. Secret Santa is something we do each year. The kids put some ideas of little things they might like onto stick notes, we draw names (within each class), and then we do an exchange on the last day of school before the holidays.


This year, since we haven't got to go on our usual field trip, we have decided that we have some funds to pick up little gifts rather than families sending things in. The kids can come and "shop" here for their secret buddy and put together their gifts. We also felt it was more COVID friendly than having everyone send things in from outside the school.


Showcase of Learning...

We are finding ways to share learning with you! Both classes now have ePortfolios set up and if you haven't already received an invite via email to view it keep checking! 


We are planning to post some of the kids' learning pieces from this term. They will also bring home some of their learning samples to share with you. We will send home an updated Student Learning Plan on Wednesday, December 16 as a communication of student learning for this term.


Secret Santa gift exchange and Last day of School – Thursday – Festival of fun and excitement for the holidays

We will have a wonderful day of festivities and celebrating the season together before  the break. Goodies and crafts and songs : )


Earthquake Comfort Kits

Noone wants to think about a disaster happening, but it is so important that we are prepared for one anyway. We have been preparing here at the school with water and food.

One of the important items for your child is some comfort from home, this is why we request a letter and a toy or stuffy from you, to be able to give that to your child in case of an Emergency.

Please over the holidays, write a letter and choose something to keep here at the school just in case. We will secure the items and disperse them only if need be. Thank you for your attention to this.


Student and Staff Health checks – Updated symptoms list

The Health check document from the School District will be updated after today.  Please refer to it if your child is experiencing any of the following symptoms of illness, and choose to stay home until they are recovered from any illness. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding through these difficult times.



Cough or worsening of chronic cough

Shortness of breath

Sore throat

Runny nose


Loss of sense of smell or taste



Loss of appetite

Nausea and vomiting

Muscle aches


Technology Scope and Sequence Committee

We will begin working on creating our scope and sequence in the upcoming weeks. There will be opportunities for parent feedback along the way.

Hot Lunch and Muffins will resume in the New Year

Anyone who had ordered  and missed getting muffins because of the cancelled chili, that dollar will rollover to the next muffin day

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



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


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

Will be open until filled

Holiday Hampers are happenning 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 


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