HICS Weekly News Mar 15-18



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


Mon. Mar 15

Tuesday, Mar 16

Wed. Mar 17

Thurs. Mar 18

Please return Home Learning activities.


TJ here (SLP)



After School Program - Makerspace







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Tribune Bay Field trip Gr. 4-7

STEM day K-Gr. 3


Cross Country Run – whole school (running loop-if our field is dry enough!)


After School Program – Make a Musical Instrument


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Showcase of Learning


Primary class library book exchange


Sarah here (Teacher librarian)


After School Programs --Japanese Culture

-Basics of Gardening




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Learning summaries


Intermediate class Library book exchange


Chow for now-Muffins


Kevin here (Arts)



Last day of Classes

Happy Spring Break!



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Alissa’ s note to families…  

Hi Everyone! As we go into our last week before Spring Break we reflect on the great year we’ve had so far despite all of the challenges. The biggest gap remains having closer physical connections with our full school community and we are looking forward to that coming up on the horizon! Thank you for all of your support and encouragement so far through a difficult year. We so appreciate our time with your children. Thank you for sharing them with us!

Technology update: Amanda shared “The White Hatter” website with us at the PAC meeting. It is full of valuable information to help families navigate the digital world with topics such as online privacy, creating a positive digital footprint, and online safety. Check it out here: https://www.thewhitehatter.ca/  We return from Spring Break on April 6, 2021.


Chow for Now – Muffins on Thursday March 18

Big Thank you to PAC and Forage for sending us yummy food throughout this last term. We loved it.

Next Field trip to Tribune Bay Outdoor Education Centre March 16th   Grade 4 – 7 students and STEM Day K-3

Important note ***The date has been changed from Monday March 15th to Tuesday March 16th*** all other details remain the same

The older students will travel to the Outdoor Ed Centre to participate in some of the dynamic activities provided. The bus will take the students over to Tribune Bay at 9:15am and bring them back to the school at 2:45pm. Judi and Lisa will accompany the students. Please be sure to read the COVID 19 protocols from the Outdoor Ed Centre included in the consent package. Forms have already been submitted for this field trip. Please contact us if you have questions or would like to make changes to the consent form for your child.

Students will need to bring warm water-resistant clothing and footwear, please send some extra snacks and a water bottle as well.

Younger students will remain at the school for our third STEM activity day.

Hornby Ravens T-shirt order

We had awesome Teal Ravens T-shirts made last year for staff and students in the beginning of the pandemic, so we could still all feel connected and a part of the Hornby Island School Community. Let’s keep the spirit alive and show off our school spirit.

If families would like to order children’s or adult Ravens t-shirts, look for the order form attached and sent home in backpacks.

Comox Valley Schools is seeing feedback on the school calendar. View the draft calendars for the 2021-2024 school years and share your comments.



Registrations for the 2021-2022 school year are being accepted

Kindergarten and new students to the Hornby Island Community school can begin the registration process starting on February 1st. The process is now all online at https://www.comoxvalleyschools.ca/student-registration/ Please let us know if you need any help or access to a computer to be able to complete the registration process.

Please note that registering as soon as possible is helpful to the planning process for the year to come.  



The HIES / Kitchen team is checking in with you.

If delivery of a bimonthly food hamper would help you,

or if you know of a family who would welcome the service

to help through these dark days of winter, let us know.

We are here to help.

Call Susan 250 335-1629 or email:  hieskitchen@gmail.com 



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.

Afterschool programs

If you are needing to contact Nina O’Donnell for information about HIES programming, the phone number at Room to Grow is 250-335-1085 and email address is hies.communityschoolcoord@gmail.com


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. We are also asking for only preschool and school usage of the playground and field areas during school hours. Thank you for your understanding during this challenging time.


Use of School Facilities – The field and the covered shelter are currently unavailable for Community Use due to COVID 19 restrictions around gatherings. The Multi Mod and the Deck are currently also unavailable for community bookings.


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