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Cordova Bay Elementary Weekly Communication - Friday, September 17, 2021

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Cordova Bay Elementary Weekly Communication - Friday, September 17, 2021
by Tammy Cowley - Friday, 17 September 2021, 12:18 PM


September 24

Terry Fox Run – Children will recognize Terry’s achievements on Friday, September 24th.  See below on how you can donate to the Terry Fox Run.

September 27

Non-Instructional Day – Students do not attend school.

September 29

Orange Shirt Day – Don’t forget to wear ORANGE!

September 30

National Indigenous Peoples Day (STAT Holiday) – Students do not attend school.

October 11

Thanksgiving Day STAT Holiday – Students do not attend school.  Happy Thanksgiving!

October 12

Lifetouch Individual Student Photos

October 22

Non-Instructional Day – Students do not attend school



Communicable Disease Program Reminders:

  • Pick-up/Drop-off:  Thank you to parents for ensuring that there is no overcrowding at pick-up and drop-off.
  • Mobile Health Check APP:  Families are encouraged to download and use the mobile Health Check App daily which is found on the website.
  • Entering the School Building:  Thank you for calling the school office prior to entering the building and for only entering the building at the front door of the school. 
  • Wearing of Masks for Grade 4/5 Students:  May we suggest you send your child to school in a clean mask, and with a spare mask, that they are used to wearing.  
  • Mask Information:  The BC Centre for Disease Control provides information on the wearing of masks.  Some of the key messages are:
    • Masks have a role to play in preventing the spread of COVID-19, by helping to stop the spread of droplets from a person’s mouth and nose when talking, laughing, yelling or sneezing. 
    • Masks provide protection to the person wearing them and to those around them. 
    • Generally, school-age children can safely wear masks. 
    • Masks complement and build on the other safety measures in schools. They work best when everyone who can wear a mask is wearing one. 
    • Mask requirements in K-12 schools are similar to the requirements in other indoor public spac-es (e.g. shopping malls, grocery stores, recreation centres, public transit, etc).
    • Both the Order and the Guidelines allow exceptions for: A person who cannot tolerate wearing a mask for health or behavioural reasons; a person who is unable to put on or remove a mask without the assistance of another person 

IMPORTANT - Students with Life Threatening Conditions:  Parents who have a student with a life-threatening medical condition as asked to please check-in with the office to ensure that you have medical alert forms on file and that any medications/Epipens have been brought to the school. For children who need an Epipen, it is suggested that the office has one and that there is one for your child’s classroom.  

Reporting of Student Absences:  A friendly reminder for families to ensure that you contact the school Safe Arrival Line at 250-658-4002 if your child will be absent from school.  Please indicate your child’s first and last name and teacher.   If you’re child will be away for more than one day, please ensure that you call of all the days that your child will be away.  Thank you!

Student Start-Up Information & Verification Form Packages: Packages will be sent home this week and are due back to your child’s classroom teacher on Monday, September 22nd.   

School Volunteer Information:  Should you wish to volunteer in your child’s class or for a class field trip, you will need a current Criminal Record Check (CRC) on file with the Saanich School District.  All the information can be found on the district website.  IMPORTANT:  The CRC process can take four weeks or longer to process.  Don’t be disappointed… apply for your CRC has soon as possible!  CRCs are valid for 3 years.  If you are unsure if you have a valid CRC on file, please contact the school office. 

Class Open Houses:  We are pleased to let you know that teachers will be communicating with their class families to invite you to a Class Open House on either September 21 or 28.  Families will be provided with sign-up times to come to their class visit between the hours of 5:30 and 7:00 pm with safety procotols in place.  

Terry Fox Run:  Students will be recognizing Terry Fox on Friday, September 24th.  Donations can be made ONLINE to the Terry Fox Foundation.  Please visit:

There is no deadline for donations.

Lifetouch Photo Day:  Individual student photos will be taken by Lifetouch on Tuesday, October 12th.  After Picture Day, parents/guardians can order pictures on using your Portrait ID and Access Code which can be found on your Picture Day order form.  

The Power of Why, A Blog by the Superintendent of Saanich Schools:  “A New Year Begins – Along With Some Anxiety”

Insure My Kids:  The school district does not insure expenses for student injuries that happen on school grounds or during school activities.  You are responsible for these expenses as a parent or guardian.  However, the school district assists families to voluntarily purchase private accident insurance through the Reliable Life Insurance Company.  Brochures are no longer distributed to students in September however the information can be viewed on-line at


Classroom Representatives Needed:  Every classroom needs a Class Rep. It’s a great way to get involved and is an Essential Role to help ensure a successful year.  Class Rep Role:

  • Inform Parents of upcoming PAC events/fundraisers.
  • Coordinate Hot Lunch Volunteers (if we are able this year)
  • Coordinate class group gifts
  • Support Teacher with classroom events

Please consider this role and Email PAC if you are interested or have questions. 

Staying Connect to PAC:

  • Website:
  • Facebook: Cordova Bay Elementary PAC
  • Email: 
  • Weekly School Communication: PAC NEWS…..


Saanich Parks & Recreation:  Click HERE to read it online.

Veselka Ukrainian Dance Association:  Click HERE for more information on their dance classes.