HICS Holiday News Dec 18 - Jan 3, 2021


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

Happy Holidays!

Have a relaxing and refreshing break, full of love and kindness.   
When we get back at it in 2021…


Mon. Jan 4

Tuesday, Jan 5

Wed. Jan 6

Thurs. Jan 7


Back to School



Return Home Learning activities.




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


Cross Country Run – whole school (running loop)




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


Library book exchange


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


First day of “PaJamuary” Wear pjs Thursdays in January if you wish!


Kevin here (Arts)



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 . 2021! We are looking forward to our upcoming Term 2 activities with all of you! Take care everyone!


Emergency Comfort Kits for students - Due Jan 7th

No one 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, food and supplies.

One of the important items for your child is some comfort from home, this is why we ask that you provide the following in a ziplock bag:

  •        A letter to comfort your child
  •        a photo
  •       small stuffy or toy

We will secure the items from year to year and disperse them only if need be. We will return the comfort pack to you when your child(ren) transfers to another school, or you request that you would like it returned to you at any time.


Update on the PAC tea towel fundraiser from Jules:

The awesome tea towels are being printed tomorrow - yay! They should be back here tomorrow night, and you’ll be able to pick up your orders at my place. There are two colours of towels; white and a fabulous fuchsia, which continues the spectrum of colour we’ve been working through. Please email me at julesplatt@gmail.com with the number of towels you’d like, and I’ll respond with an image so that you can choose the colour. Then you can e-transfer payment and I’ll put your order in a tote at the fork on my driveway, at 5525 Central Rd (3 drives from the Co-op, beside the Telus depot). I’ll email everyone who pre-ordered tea towels to confirm their orders. They’ll only be available to parents for a month to make sure that everyone has an opportunity to get what they want, and then if there are any left, we’ll sell them in the community. The funds will go towards extra resources and experiences for the school kids: win-win! Thank you!


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


Looking for volunteers for Aftershool Programs

HIES is looking for parents interested in volunteering to assist in or offer after school programs in the new year.  If interested please contact Nina at hies.communityschoolcoord@gmail.com or call 335-1085.



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 for Hornby

We are still accepting financial donations and non-perishable food donations at The Co-op and Fords Cove until December 20th.

Thank you for your generosity and support

It’s not too late to sign up to receive a hamper sign up NOW with Jade jade@hornbydenmanhealth.com/ 250-335-9009


Island Hearts Of Hope (replacing Santas Workshop)

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