Weekly News Apr 19 -22

Alissa’ s note to families… 
Hi Everyone, the warmth of the sun has hit and we are loving our outdoors time even more! Some news about next year to share! We will be planning to have 3 classes next year instead of our current 2! This is really exciting news to be able to offer more spaces in our school. I can’t commit to the what the grade ranges of each will be yet, or the staffing, but I will keep you all informed as we begin the process.

Congratulations to Florette, she was the successful applicant for our Library Clerk position and will continue in her role in the 2021-22 school year.

We began our body science unit this week and will continue next week. See more details below. The Ministry of Education Learning Survey is open until April 30th for your feedback. Our students grades 3-7, and staff will also participate. A notice about how to access the survey came home last week and the link to access the parent survey is here.... http://www.bced.gov.bc.ca/sat_survey/access.htm

Hornby Island Natural History Centre wants your ideas

We have prepared a short survey for the community about the Natural History Centre's reopening. The feedback of staff, parents, and students would be most valuable to our planning and really appreciated.  

The printed surveys can be put in the NH box at the Free Post in the Co-op by April 30th.

The survey is available at www.surveymonkey.com/r/Y6ZVZ7W

or on the NH website: www.hornbynaturalhistory.com

Many Thanks,

Tina Wai

Natural History Chairperson.


Body Health and Science continues this week
Our teachers will be using content developed with Dr. Claire Vanston as well as up to date and new recommended materials e.g. White Hatter Digital Safety Gr. 4-7. Our Body Science and Body Health/Safety unit will begin April 12, 2021 and will continue through the month.

If you would rather deliver this curriculum at home yourself instead of classroom delivery at school, we will excuse your child upon receiving the reverse consent form sent home with learning summaries. Please see attached if you need it.


Chow for Now April 22 - Muffins

We are excited for the spring phase of Chow for now, with Pizza coming from Hornby Island Pizzeria and Bakery, and Muffins coming from Lix. You can still sign up if you would like.

Make sure to specify about allergies or food sensitivities, as we will only order alternatives if we are aware in advance. Thank you to PAC parents for organizing and serving : )

Beyond Behaviours: When Is It More? What It Looks Like at Ages 4 - 8 

Here is the link to this month's video:  https://youtu.be/3wGdiHpXgII 

See the attached poster for further details.

When our kids are having a hard time, or we are seeing something for the first time, we might wonder what’s going on? In this video conversation, a parent and counsellor talk about the developmental stages of 4 to 8 year old children, what are typical behaviours, and how do we know when something more might be going on. This conversation is for all families and caregivers who feel like they are parenting in the deep end of the swimming pool or are just wondering what they can do when it feels like more.  


Cost: Free of Charge 

Date: April 27, 2021 at 4:30pm 

Registration Required: www.familysmart.ca/itk 

Watch a video with us and come together with other families for a facilitated discussion by FamilySmart Parent in Residence.  

All of our FamilySmart videos can be found on our FamilySmart youtube channel, https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCtxDztppjzIkpt8fYhUEihw or on the FamilySmart website, https://familysmart.ca/.od, and enjoyment. Take the challenge. Enter to win prizes.

"Differently Wired" Parent Group

Support and guided discussion for people who identify as parents or caregivers of "differently wired" kids ages 0-12 (i.e. living with ADHD, Autism Spectrum, Gifted, 2E, Developmental Difference, Diagnosed or Non-Diagnosed).

Thursdays 11am-12pm on Zoom for 6 Weeks starting April 15th

To register and/or for more info email meredith@hornbydenmanhealth.com or call 250-898-0247

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.



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