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Weekly Communication - October 21, 2021

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Weekly Communication - October 21, 2021
by Tammy Cowley - Thursday, 21 October 2021, 1:51 PM


October 22

Non-Instructional Day – Students do not attend school

October 29

Children are invited to wear school-appropriate costumes for Halloween. More details to follow.

November 1

All School Pyjama Day!

November 7, 2:00 am

Daylight Savings – Don’t forget to set your clocks back 1 hour!

November 11

Remembrance Day (STAT Holiday) – Students do not attend school

November 12

Non-Instructional Day – Students do not attend school

November 16, 17, 18

Early Dismissal Days to accommodate Parent/Teacher Conferences.  Children will be dismissed 1 hour early at 1:48 pm.



Reminder:  NO School tomorrow, Friday, October 22.  It's a non-instructional day.

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:  All families are encouraged to continue doing a Daily Health Check for each child in the household and to follow the prompts provided by the Health Check. If the Health Check prompts you to stay home, contact a health care provider or call 8-1-1 about your symptoms and next steps. 
  • 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 K-5 Students:  May we suggest you send your child to school in a clean mask and with a spare mask.  
  • Mask Information:  The BC Centre for Disease Control  provides information on the wearing of Masks.

NEW Option for Reporting Your Child's Absence:  Parents are invited to use our new ATTENDANCE EMAIL to report that your child(ren) will be late or absent from school. Please continue to email your child’s teacher, but you can now also copy the school attendance email to report their absence:  The school Safe Arrival Telephone line, (250)-658-4002, is still available to use, but the attendance EMAIL is the preferred method of letting us know that your child(ren) will be away.   

Parent Volunteers Needed:  

  • Organization of New Emergency Bin 

With the growth in school population, we have ordered a second emergency bin to house our water containers and other important emergency equipment for staff and students. If you have experience with emergency preparedness and would like to share your expertise in supporting your PAC and school team in organizing the bins, please contact Monika Schultz at  Mrs. Schultz is a member of our school Joint and Health Safety Committee who will be leading this initiative.

  • Organization of Student Comfort Kits

Every year, families prepare a small comfort kit for their child(ren) to access in the event of a large-scale emergency, such as an earthquake. The student kits are housed at the school and would be used to calm students until a caregiver was able to pick up from the school (family pic, small stuffy, snack, etc). If you are interested in being part of the organization of the 21/22 kits, please contact Mrs. Tammy Cowley at

Thank you for considering these volunteer opportunities.

School Board Policies & Admin Procedures:  As communicated by Mrs. Heron at the October PAC meeting, our school weekly, Wednesday communication will highlight Board Policies and Admin Procedures of interest to parents. This week, Policy 16 - Appeals ByLaw, is being highlighted: 

The Board of Education generally encourages complaints and disputes to be dealt with at the point closest to where the dispute first arises.

If an employee’s decision is disputed or a complaint is made about an employee’s decision, the dispute or com-plaint is not resolved to the satisfaction of the student or the parent of the student affected, and the decision signifi-cantly affects the education, health or safety of the student, the Board of Education recognizes the right of a stu-dent and/or his or her parents (including guardians and persons acting in place of parents) to appeal to the Board.

If you wish to have more information regarding this policy or any of the admin. procedures, please do not hesitate to contact me at  

Sincerely, Mrs. Mary Lynn Heron

October Mental Health & Wellness Snapshot:  Get Outside and Get Moving Moving for Well-Being

Wet Weather Preparedness:  As we get more wet weather, families are asked to have their children dressed appropriately to go outside as most days children will go outdoors for their breaks.  Rubber boots, waterproof jackets and rain pants are suggested especially if your child likes to play in/near the puddles!  A full change of clothes in their backpacks is also helpful should they need to change.


Still in Need of Class Reps for Two Divisions:  Please consider as we need to fill this role asap.

  • DIV 12 Ms. Byrne-Jungen / Ms. Van Dyk
  • DIV 13 Ms. Simpson / Ms. Thornton

 Email PAC to get started:

Purdys - Christmas Fundraiser COMING IN NOVEMBER:  Watch out for our Purdys Holiday Fundraiser going live in early November. Shop Purdys online, join our campaign, order with our school code and we package it up and have it ready for pickup in December. (Details coming soon....)