Weekly News May 3 - 6


Alissa’ s note to families… 
It was a busy week where the kids got to try out some new robotics resources as well as materials from our Learning Resource Centre with Sarah. Usually in May we focus on track and field and attend a couple of the track meet experiences in town. Like many things this year we have needed to adjust our plans! We will get out the hurdles and some of our other track and field resources throughout May so we continue to hone our skills for next year! The Ministry of Education Learning Survey is open until April 30th for your feedback. The link to access the parent survey is here.... http://www.bced.gov.bc.ca/sat_survey/access.htm

We will also complete a lockdown drill this week. For a reminder of the SD#71 Emergency Program please see here: https://www.comoxvalleyschools.ca/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/SchoolEmergencyProgramFeb2020.pdf

Read/Write session with Jane Rondow

We are pleased to welcome Jane to our school on May 3rd.  Jane is our district technology teacher.  She will be doing an interactive session with Andrea Flesher in the older class, where students will learn how to use technology to enhance their learning. This program is on all of our computers in the district and is easy to learn.  It can be an amazing tool for emerging readers and writers and it can help organize projects!  We will have loads of fun doing this and our hope is that these tools will become more second nature for anyone who needs them. 


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.

PAC Meeting

There is a PAC meeting via ZOOM on Tuesday May 4th, at 7pm.

Chow for Now May 5th – 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 : )


Ravens T-Shirts are in

T-shirts came last week and we still have lots left if you missed ordering one and you would still like one. They are $15 each, we have youth and adult sizes small to extra large. Contact Charmaine in the office if you would like to purchase.


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.

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 

HIES Lifelong Learning presents: What We Do When We Do Counselling

With Hornby and Denman Community Health Care Society Family Support Worker Meredith McEvoy Thursday, May 13th at 1:30pm on Zoom Pre-register at hieslifelonglearning@gmail.com  see attached poster

Hornby Island Community School – Code of Conduct http://hornbyisland.comoxvalleyschools.ca/apps/pages/index.jspuREC_ID=1064112&type=d&pREC_ID=1357581 

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.