Weekly Bulletin

In the interest of keeping you informed and involved, current and past bulletins will be posted. You can access the most Recent Bulletins HERE and see the last week's bulletin below.



SEPTEMBER 9th, 2022

Greetings Fulford Families,


☀️We had a wonderful first week back to school! We were happy to see all our students and welcome so many new friends! Please read this email thoroughly as it contains important information and reminders.


📝Today you will receive a package sent home with your children that you will need to review thoroughly and then return the completed forms school. Please note that your Emergency Release form should contain the names and phone numbers of people who are allowed to pick up your child after school and/or in the case of emergency. It is good to include people who have children at Fulford School, your children's friends’ parents as often these people are the ones that might be available to come or already coming in the case of an early dismissal or emergency.


🕛Early Dismissal for Tell Me About Your Child Interviews – September14th,

School will be dismissed at 12:00 next Wednesday, September 14th so that teachers can hold Tell Me About Your Child interviews with parents. Please contact your child’s teacher to arrange a meeting time. If you are unable to attend a meeting on that day, please arrange an alternate day and time to meet.


🔍Please see our website Fulford School website to access our school calendar Fulford School Calendar and other important information and links. Also, our school has a Facebook page which is different from the Parent FB page. The name of our page is Fulford Community Elementary School so please join this page. We will use this page as one of the ways to communicate important school related information and in the case of emergency when necessary.


📅We are very pleased to have our new, much larger school staffing process complete! With the many new team members, we will be holding a visioning meeting on the evening of September 22 to clarify what we want our Kindergarten to Grade 7 school to be. We will be looking for some parent involvement so please let Marie know if you are interested. We will also be asking for student input from the Grade 6 and 7 students to add their voice to the process.


👋Our new staff members are:

Teachers: Jessica Reveley in Grade 1, Amber Thompson in Grades 3-4, Logan Storrie in Grades 5-6, Geoff Fast Grades 6-7, Katie Brown as Librarian, and Linda McDaniel as LIST and Prep teacher.

Education Assistants: Amelia Bapty, Gabby Budden, Chelsea Burch, Julia Milner, Tina Mullen and Andrea Carr.

‍️

Terry Fox Run

We will have our annual Terry Fox School Run Thursday, September 15 from 2:30 – 3:00 pm on the school field, weather permitting. Students and staff will run or walk laps around the school field. Students are asked to bring a $1 or $2 coin (or more) as a donation to the Terry Fox Foundation by Thursday. Please make sure your child dresses appropriately for the weather and for running that day.


✔️Please consider joining our Parent Advisory Council (PAC). The PAC is a very important part of our school and the contribution that it makes to improve the quality of our programs and our students’ experience at school. The first PAC meeting of the year is at the school on September 14th at 8:15am. Please see the attached minutes from the last meeting.


⭐Some Reminders:

  • Please email the school AND your child’s teacher if your child is absent, preferably by 8:30. Indicate the reason for absence (i.e. due to illness, travel, etc.).


  • If your child has a change in after school transportation, please email or call the school before 2:45 so we can create a bus note for them and take them out of the bus line up.

  • All children, including the intermediate students in Grades 4-7, need both indoor and outdoor shoes. This is for safety and cleaning purposes, especially over the winter months. Every child needs a change of clothes at school.

  • If your child has a serious allergy or illness that requires the use of an EPI pen or other medication and you have not yet submitted the medical form completed by your doctor, please contact the school asap. This is the link to the medical form.

  • Southridge Road is largely a school zone – 30km/hour - so please observe the speed limit. The parking lot has an even slower speed limit – 10 km/hour. Drivers must always go extremely slow in the parking lot because there could children in there at any time. We have already seen people zooming up the road and in the parking lot. PLEASE SLOW DOWN for everyone’s safety!


👩‍🌾SCHOOL GARDEN

Weekly work parties will be resuming in the garden from 1:30 to 3 every Tuesday. Come and help out! There is a lot to do!


Have a great short weekend!


Thank you,

Rebecca Nygard

Administrative Assistant

fulford@sd64.org

T: (250)-653-9223 F: (250)-653-2090

Fulford Community Elementary School

203 South Ridge Drive, Salt Spring Island B.C. V8K 179


Mailing Address:

112 Rainbow Road, Salt Spring Island B.C. V8K 2K3


WEBSITE:

www.fulford.sd64.bc.ca


SEPTEMBER 15th, 2022

Greetings Fulford Families,


🌻We had another week of wonderful weather at school yet still seeing a lot of absences due to illness. Thank you to our school community for being so responsible and patient during this first wave of illness.


​🧡Thursday was Orange Shirt day at school. Please take some time to ask your child about their learning activities around this. It was great to see a sea of orange out on the playground. Friday was the second National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. Please see these links for some information about this important day.

National Day for Truth and Reconciliation - Canada.ca

How To Talk To Kids About The National Day For Truth And Reconciliation | Learning (cbc.ca)



📝Foundation Skills Assessment

Beginning in October, students in Grades 4 and 7 will participate in the Foundation Skills Assessment (FSA). The FSA is an annual province-wide assessment of students’ academic skills. There will be both online and written components of the assessment that will be conducted over several weeks between October 3 and November 10. Parents will receive their child’s scores and written booklets in November. Information from the FSA helps the school and district to identify strengths and stretches of our learners, and contributes to the formation of our school and district goals. For more information about FSAs, please see this link: FSA


🛑Visitor Procedures

Parents and other visitors are reminded that they must sign in and out when they are entering the school. The sign-in sheet is located on a clipboard on the table outside of the office.


⭐NEWS FROM OUR PAC⭐

  • A reminder that PAC is looking for food donations for Fulford School's Harvest Lunch. Please contact Clare at rareclare@gmail.com if you have items to donate. Food donations are due to Fulford Elementary by the end of the school day on Monday, October 3rd! That’s this Monday!!!

  • School Garden Meeting Thursday, Oct 6 at 2 pm at the garden after the harvest lunch!

  • If you are interested in participating in the school garden, please come to this meeting to figure out what, how, and when for this coming year. For more info contact Glen, glenmayne.wilson@gmail.com 250 653 4290

  • The next PAC meeting will be Wednesday, October 5th at 8:15am at the Outdoor Classroom

  • Thanksgiving Food Drive

In the spirit of celebrating harvest and thankfulness the PAC will be collecting non-perishable food items for Salt Spring Community Services. If you are able to participate, please send an item of non-perishable food with your child next week. There will be a box by the office for the donations.


Here is a list from Community Services:

ITEMS OF NEED FOR OUR LOCAL FOOD BANK

  • canned tuna, salmon, sardines, meat

  • canned fruit and vegetables including tomatoes

  • canned soups

  • canned chili, kidney beans, black beans, chick peas etc.

  • canned evaporated milk

  • tetra pack fruit juices, soy milk, almond breeze, rice dream

  • Ensure

  • coffee, tea, hot chocolate

  • oats, rice, sugar, flour

  • pasta

  • pasta sauce

  • jam, peanut butter

  • cereals (low sugar preferred)

  • gluten-free products

  • toothpaste, toothbrushes, shampoo, soap

  • diapers, baby food

Any other items gratefully accepted

Please see the attached poster from Community Services for services geared towards parents of Grade 7 and High School Students.


Have a great weekend!


Rebecca Nygard

Administrative Assistant

fulford@sd64.org

T: (250)-653-9223 F: (250)-653-2090

Fulford Community Elementary School

203 South Ridge Drive, Salt Spring Island B.C. V8K 179


Mailing Address:

112 Rainbow Road, Salt Spring Island B.C. V8K 2K3


WEBSITE:

www.fulford.sd64.bc.ca


SEPTEMBER 22, 2022

Dear Fulford Families,

🤧Fall has come in with a bang! Cold and flu season is upon us, and we’d like to remind families that students should remain home until symptoms of illness improve significantly and they are able to return to their regular activities, including running and playing. If there is still frequent coughing, please err on the side of caution and keep your children home. We had far too many students at school who needed to be sent home last week.


🕒Supervision is provided from 8 am to 3:15 pm each day. Please do not bring your child to school before 8 am or leave them at school after 3:15 pm unless you have made prior arrangements with your child’s teacher. Teachers will open the outside entrances at 8 am in the morning.


🧡The National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, on September 30, will be observed at school on Thursday, September 29 with Orange Shirt Day. Students and staff are invited to wear orange that day to show their support for survivors of residential schools. Prior to then, teachers will teach the students the meaning of Orange Shirt Day in developmentally appropriate ways.


🎼Fulford School Choir the Fulford Elementary School Choir will be starting on Wednesday, October 5th. Students in Grades 1 to 7 who would like to join will be rehearsing in the Multipurpose area outside the library between 11:30 and 12:00 on Wednesdays. The students will be preparing for our annual Winter Concert, as well as for our Remembrance Day Assembly. Students will be asked to wear a white top and either dark pants or a dark skirt for each performance. Choir will start up again in late February in preparation for several performances to be held in the spring, as well as a field trip. If your child would like to join the choir, please sign the form that was brought home and send it back to your child’s classroom teacher by no later than Monday, September 26th. Extra notices are located on the bulletin board across from the Music Room.


Garden Harvest Lunch


🍂🥕🌽PAC is leading the Garden Harvest Lunch this year, but each class will be preparing part of the food for the lunch. Classroom teachers will be looking for parents to help with food preparation during the week of October 3-6. Please let your child’s teacher know if you are able to help.


Attached to this email you will find the school’s Code of Conduct for you to review. If you have any questions, please contact Marie.



✔️If you haven’t yet done so, please make sure you complete the Criminal Record Check online if you would like to volunteer at the school or on field trips. See this link for the CRC process. The CRC is good for 5 years so most parents are up to date but new parents and others whose CRC has expired may need to do the CRC now. It takes a little while for the CRC to be returned to the district so please so it sooner than later before field trips and special events start happening.


📅Important Dates:

September 28th – Individual Photo Day

September 29th- Orange Shirt Day at School

October 6th - Garden Harvest Lunch from 12:40 to 1:40 at the school

Please see the attached minutes from the first PAC meeting last week.




Rebecca Nygard

Administrative Assistant

fulford@sd64.org

T: (250)-653-9223 F: (250)-653-2090

Fulford Community Elementary School

203 South Ridge Drive, Salt Spring Island B.C. V8K 179


Mailing Address:

112 Rainbow Road, Salt Spring Island B.C. V8K 2K3


WEBSITE:

www.fulford.sd64.bc.ca


SEPTEMBER 29th, 2022

Greetings Fulford Families,


🌻We had another week of wonderful weather at school yet still seeing a lot of absences due to illness. Thank you to our school community for being so responsible and patient during this first wave of illness.


​🧡Thursday was Orange Shirt day at school. Please take some time to ask your child about their learning activities around this. It was great to see a sea of orange out on the playground. Friday was the second National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. Please see these links for some information about this important day.

National Day for Truth and Reconciliation - Canada.ca

How To Talk To Kids About The National Day For Truth And Reconciliation | Learning (cbc.ca)



📝Foundation Skills Assessment

Beginning in October, students in Grades 4 and 7 will participate in the Foundation Skills Assessment (FSA). The FSA is an annual province-wide assessment of students’ academic skills. There will be both online and written components of the assessment that will be conducted over several weeks between October 3 and November 10. Parents will receive their child’s scores and written booklets in November. Information from the FSA helps the school and district to identify strengths and stretches of our learners, and contributes to the formation of our school and district goals. For more information about FSAs, please see this link: FSA


🛑Visitor Procedures

Parents and other visitors are reminded that they must sign in and out when they are entering the school. The sign-in sheet is located on a clipboard on the table outside of the office.


⭐NEWS FROM OUR PAC⭐

  • A reminder that PAC is looking for food donations for Fulford School's Harvest Lunch. Please contact Clare at rareclare@gmail.com if you have items to donate. Food donations are due to Fulford Elementary by the end of the school day on Monday, October 3rd! That’s this Monday!!!

  • School Garden Meeting Thursday, Oct 6 at 2 pm at the garden after the harvest lunch!

  • If you are interested in participating in the school garden, please come to this meeting to figure out what, how, and when for this coming year. For more info contact Glen, glenmayne.wilson@gmail.com 250 653 4290

  • The next PAC meeting will be Wednesday, October 5th at 8:15am at the Outdoor Classroom

  • Thanksgiving Food Drive

In the spirit of celebrating harvest and thankfulness the PAC will be collecting non-perishable food items for Salt Spring Community Services. If you are able to participate, please send an item of non-perishable food with your child next week. There will be a box by the office for the donations.


Here is a list from Community Services:

ITEMS OF NEED FOR OUR LOCAL FOOD BANK

  • canned tuna, salmon, sardines, meat

  • canned fruit and vegetables including tomatoes

  • canned soups

  • canned chili, kidney beans, black beans, chick peas etc.

  • canned evaporated milk

  • tetra pack fruit juices, soy milk, almond breeze, rice dream

  • Ensure

  • coffee, tea, hot chocolate

  • oats, rice, sugar, flour

  • pasta

  • pasta sauce

  • jam, peanut butter

  • cereals (low sugar preferred)

  • gluten-free products

  • toothpaste, toothbrushes, shampoo, soap

  • diapers, baby food

Any other items gratefully accepted

Please see the attached poster from Community Services for services geared towards parents of Grade 7 and High School Students.


Have a great weekend!


Rebecca Nygard

Administrative Assistant

fulford@sd64.org

T: (250)-653-9223 F: (250)-653-2090

Fulford Community Elementary School

203 South Ridge Drive, Salt Spring Island B.C. V8K 179


Mailing Address:

112 Rainbow Road, Salt Spring Island B.C. V8K 2K3


WEBSITE:

www.fulford.sd64.bc.ca


OCTOBER 6th, 2022

😀 Thank you to all the students, staff and volunteers who helped bring together this year’s Garden Harvest Lunch. It felt nice to gather and share a well-deserved meal. Thank you to Mrs. Van Riel and Jessica’s classes for the tasty applesauce, thank you to Ms. K and Ms. Thompson’s classes for the delicious apple crumble, and thank you to Ms. Bienias, Logan and Mr. Fast’s classes for the hearty soups. Photos are attached.

🦃Monday, October 10th is Thanksgiving so schools will be closed. School will be in session on Friday, October 14th to make up for the holiday Monday. We are grateful for having the opportunity to work in such a vibrant and close school community and we send our thanks to all our students and families at this time of Thanksgiving. We wish you all a wonderful, extra-long Thanksgiving weekend.


📢We have declared Friday, October 14th to be Pyjama Day at Fulford School. Students and staff are invited to wear their pyjamas to school that day.

📸 Photo retakes will be happening on Tuesday, November 1st.

📝Students who are in Grade 4 and 7 will soon be completing the Foundation Skills Assessment (FSA). The FSA is an annual assessment in which students in Grades 4 and 7 participate. It measures literacy and numeracy skills set out in the provincial curricula and is part of the overall assessment of learning program in the district and province. The FSA has both online and written components and the components will be spread out throughout the six-week assessment period. We will do a practice test online with the students in Grade 4 so that they have an idea of what to expect and they can learn how to navigate the assessment. Our students have been very successful in the FSA in past years, and they have enjoyed many aspects of the assessment process. For more information about the FSAs, please see this link: FSA. Some parents have returned the slip of paper from the BCTF requesting their child be excused from the FSAs. I am only allowed to excuse students for specific reasons and these reasons do not apply to most of the students who have returned these forms to the school. I will be contacting the parents who have requested their child be excused to discuss the reasons for the request. If you have any questions about the FSA, please contact Marie.


🏤 Seamless Day has a few spaces available for after school childcare for those students in Kindergarten, Grade 1 and Grade 2. This is Licensed childcare from after school until 5 O’clock. Families who are interested in accessing this program should email fulford@sd64.org for any further information.


👓 The Lions Vision Screening program has resumed and will take place next Wednesday. See the attached letter outlining the program and let us know if you do not wish for your child to be screened this year.

🚍 Many classes have started going on field trips again this month which is exciting! If you are interested in volunteering and are not sure if you have an up-to-date Criminal Record Check please contact the school at (fulford@sd64.org) and we will let you know the status of your criminal record check.


📗 Local author and Fulford parent Kim Woolcock is having a book launch for her new book, It’s Tough to be Tiny: The Secret Life of Small Creatures. Please see the attached flyer for the event which is being held at the community library on Friday October 21st.


Happy long weekend!


Administrative Assistant

fulford@sd64.org

T: (250)-653-9223 F: (250)-653-2090

Fulford Community Elementary School

203 South Ridge Drive, Salt Spring Island B.C. V8K 179


Mailing Address:

112 Rainbow Road, Salt Spring Island B.C. V8K 2K3


WEBSITE:

www.fulford.sd64.bc.ca



OCTOBER 14th, 2022

🥞 🚒 The week started off in a good way with a surprise pancake breakfast for staff and students, courtesy of the fire department. The students enjoyed pancakes before going to their classes. The fire volunteers then did fire safety presentations in each class before the first fire drill of the year. At recess many of the students enjoyed examining the fire truck and some got to sit in the driver’s seat.


🏀 After-school basketball with Natalie Meisner starts this coming Monday, October 17th and runs from 3:00pm to 4:30pm. Please bring proper gym sneakers and attire. Student permission slips must be returned in order to participate.


🚫 As of today, the door at the end of the hallway where Jessica, Ms. K’s and Ms. Bienias’ classes enter the building will be closed until further notice. The platform outside the door is being assessed for safety and will likely be rebuilt. In the meantime, Ms. K’s class will enter through the door in the covered play area, Ms .Bienias’s students will enter through the outside door to their classroom, and Jessica’s class will enter through the door nearest the former music room at the back of the school. The teachers will show the students their new enter and exit routines today. If you are dropping your children off, they can show you where their new entrance is on Monday.


🚌 Each class will have a bus safety presentation next week. This is provided annually to ensure students know proper safety procedures when travelling by bus. We will also have an earthquake drill on Thursday when we participate in the Great BC Shakeout. We will do our drill at 10:40 rather than 10:20 because 10:20 is during recess. Sometimes students get a bit anxious after safety drills because they imagine the possibility of a real emergency. Please talk with your children about the reason we do the drills: so that if there is ever a real emergency, we will know exactly what to do to keep everyone safe.


📑 There will be an early dismissal at noon on October 27 for parent-teacher conferences. This is a mid-term progress report meeting. Your child’s teacher will send out sign up documents for you to choose a time to meet. If you are unable to meet with your child’s teacher on October 27, you can arrange an alternate day to meet.


🍅 YOU SAY TOMATO... We say come and get them! Fulford’s greenhouse is overflowing with tomatoes. Please feel free to come and harvest what you’d like. They won’t last much longer, so if you have time this weekend, come on down.


💻The district is offering a Free Zoom Presentation on Childhood Anxiety: Empowering Strategies & Effective Supports - Building Resilience by Julie-Anne Richards, MA, RCC, CCC on Tuesday, October 25 from 6:30-8:00. 100% of funding is provided by the Eric Foundation.

Registration may be done directly with Eventbrite through the following link:

https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/free-virtual-presentation-on-childhood-anxiety-by-julie-anne-richards-tickets-430560216197

📝 Attached are the PAC meeting minutes from October 5th, 2022.


COMMUNITY EVENTS

Salt Spring Fire is ending fire prevention week with an OPEN HOUSE, complete with a visit from Sparky! Please see the attached poster for time and details.



Have a wonderful (albeit short) weekend everyone!


Happy long weekend!


Administrative Assistant

fulford@sd64.org

T: (250)-653-9223 F: (250)-653-2090

Fulford Community Elementary School

203 South Ridge Drive, Salt Spring Island B.C. V8K 179


Mailing Address:

112 Rainbow Road, Salt Spring Island B.C. V8K 2K3


WEBSITE:

www.fulford.sd64.bc.ca



OCTOBER 20th, 2022

Greetings Fulford Families,


🍁Despite the smoke, we had another beautiful week of sun at school. Please remember, when the RAIN starts next week, ensure your child has appropriate outdoor clothing and a pair of indoor shoes to change into. We go outside for recess rain or shine and we want to keep our floors as clean and dry as possible, so it doesn’t become a safety hazard.


🌩Please review the inclement weather procedures when you get a chance. https://www.fulford.sd64.bc.ca/snow-day-procedures When there is a weather-related emergency and possible changes to bus service or early dismissal and power outages, please be patient and wait for us to communicate with you through email first or phone. When these types of things happen, we need to have our phone lines free as we generally have a lot going on in the office to co-ordinate with the families of our 150 students.


🎃Hallowe’en is coming up! We will have a costume parade on Monday October 31st and students are encouraged to dress up with no weapons and no complete face masks. Please do not send your child to school with candy after the big day. Candy doesn’t make for the best brain food.


🌼Our next PAC Meeting is Wednesday November2, 2022 in the outdoor classroom at 8:15 am.

  • The School Garden weekly work afternoons are Thursdays from 1:30 - 3:00, weather permitting.


🕐We have an early dismissal for parent meetings on October 27. Teachers will connect with parents about setting up these meetings. School will be over at noon and buses will be running at that time as usual. If you are unable to meet with your child’s teacher next Thursday, please make arrangements to meet them on another day.

Community Events:

👻Ruckle Farm is hosting a Bone-Anza Halloween​ events on Sunday October 30th Follow the event link below for more information:

Ruckle Farms Spooktacular Event

OCTOBER 27th, 2022

Greetings Fulford Families,


🌧We finally welcomed the rain this week and felt the sudden turn to colder weather. Please remember to provide a change of clothing to be kept at school as we will see a lot of wet muddy pants from now until April.


🎃Hallowe’en is on Monday and we will be continuing our tradition of a whole school costume parade at 9:30 in the gym! Students are invited to dress up in costume for the day, but masks will only be permitted during the parade. Weapons should be left at home. Please reserve candy for at home if possible next week.


💨Now that colder weather is here and with it, wind, rain and eventually snow...please remember that in the case of any weather event during the school day that affects bus service, the school will contact parents via email or phone. Please refrain from phoning the office in these emergencies unless we have left you a message to call the school. We need to communicate with the families of 150 students keeping our phone lines free is important.


📸Photo retakes are on Tuesday Nov 1st. Photos will begin early in the morning so if you need photo retakes, please ensure your child is at school on time.


🤒Thank you for continuing to do your daily health check and keeping students home with any symptoms of illness. We need to be able contact parents in case a student is unwell at school. If you are not going to be reachable by phone or email during the day for an extended period of time, please let us know. We have had some students stuck downstairs not feeling well for a long time while waiting for parents to pick them up.


💲Our school relies on the fundraising efforts of parents in many ways. Please remember to stuff receipts in our box at Country Grocer as the school benefits greatly from this program!


👍Our next PAC meeting is on Wednesday November 2nd at 8:15 in the outdoor classroom; the agenda is attached. All parents are part of PAC and all parents are always welcome to attend the PAC meetings.


🍁Our Remembrance Day Assembly is on November 10th at 11am. Choir members will need to wear white (or light coloured) shirts with black pants or skirt for their performance.


Have a great weekend,


NOVEMBER 3rd, 2022

Greetings Fulford Families,


🧛‍♂️This week started out with a lot of vampires, witches, goblins, pumpkins attending our school for the day. The range and quality of costumes were amazing this year! Some of the leadership students created a “Haunted Hallway” for students who wanted to go through it. The whole school participated in a costume parade that was followed by Ms. K’s class and other students performed the Thriller dance. By the end of the dance, the whole school was up walking like a zombie throughout the gym.



🌬We have officially welcomed the new season seeing more rain, wind, frost and even snow in some places. We have also seen an increase in illness in our school population. Please keep your child home if they have symptoms of illness so that we can keep our school population as healthy as possible.


🏐Volleyball started this week! Ms. Bienias and Ms. Kerrigan are coaching volleyball for students in Grades 4-7 on Wednesdays from 3:10-4:10. We hope the students can play games with Fernwood and Salt Spring Elementary in the coming weeks.


🌹Our Remembrance Day Assembly is on Thursday November 10th at 11am in the gym. The choir is performing for the first time this year. Choir students are asked to wear a light-colored shirt with dark pants or a skirt. Each class will contribute to the ceremony in some way, either by singing, doing a choral reading and creating Remembrance Day art for display. Parents are welcome to attend and are asked to let the office know if you plan to attend so we can set up for the right number of attendees.


👶Fulford ELF is now open and is welcoming children aged 0 to 5 with their parent or caregiver to attend ELF from 8:30 to 11:30 Monday to Thursday. We are pleased to announce that Joelle Morrison has accepted the ELF Facilitator position while Laurel is on her parental leave.


🌨Now that the weather has turned, it is important that students are dressed appropriately for the weather and that they have indoor shoes so that we can keep our hallways clean and safe.

With the “s” word (snow) being used in the forecast, it is time to remind you about our inclement weather procedures. Remember that only the people who requested an early morning phone call will be phoned in the case of a school closure. Most families have opted out of the phone tree.


Inclement Weather and Snow Day Procedures

There are three possible scenarios for Salt Spring Island schools during inclement weather:

1) Buses running on main roads only: Schools are open as normal, but the buses will be running on the main roads only, which means there is no Bus 2 (Beaver Point Road). Parents should listen to one of the following radio stations to hear announcements regarding bus service: CJSU 89.7 FM Duncan, CBC Radio 1 690 AM, CBC Radio 1 Victoria 9O.5 FM and CFSI 1O7.9 FM Salt Spring. Marie will also send an email out to the parents and a notice will be posted on the district website. See the following link for a main roads only schedule: Main Roads Only Route

2) Buses and/or water taxis not running yet School Is Open: Most students will likely not attend yet school is open. Parents should listen to one of the following radio stations to hear announcements regarding bus service: CJSU 89.7 FM Duncan, CBC Radio 1 690 AM, CBC Radio 1 Victoria 9O.5 FM and CFSI 1O7.9 FM Salt Spring. Marie will also send an email out to make this announcement if there isn’t a power outage and a notice will be posted on the school district website. Please use your discretion to decide if it is safe to transport your child to and from school.

3) Schools closed: Only in the most extreme cases would the school actually be closed. In this situation, Marie will send an email out to the parents and class phone trees will be activated to notify parents of the closure. Announcements will again be made on the radio. * Please note: the phone trees will only be activated in the event of a school closure. In the other situations, it is parents’ responsibility to listen for announcements on the radio regarding bus service or check for an email from Marie. Notices are also posted on the front page of the district website.



NOVEMBER 10th, 2022

🌹Our Remembrance Day assembly was held today, and the students and teachers did a wonderful job. Mrs. Freeman’s choir performed “A Kyrie for Our Time,” the kindergarten class recited the “Poppy Poem,” the grades 3 through 5 sang “The Strangest Dream,” and the leadership groups recited “In Flanders Fields.” Constable Felix Charette-Thibault said a few words, which was followed by a minute of silence. All of the other classes created Art to decorate the gym for our Remembrance Day Assembly.


🎭Mrs. Thompson is on the hunt for parent volunteers for the Winter production. If anyone has sewing, backdrop designing (kids will paint), face painting, prop-creation, or carpentry skills and are willing to help in some way, please contact her at athompson@sd64.org or come speak to her after school. Your help is GREATLY appreciated!


📩Please remember to email your child’s teacher and the office (fulford@sd64.org) if your child will be absent and let us know the reason for the absence.


🐤Fulford ELF is now open and is welcoming children aged 0 to 5 with their parent or caregiver. ELF is open from 8:30 to 11:30, Monday to Thursday.


✏️Please remember to add people to your child’s emergency release form throughout the year as they make new friends and/or you meet other parents you meet at your child’s bus stop. We are not permitted to release students to anyone who is not on the child’s emergency release form (even if you have agreed to a play date). It is better to have more people on your emergency release than fewer so that in minor emergencies (such as a sudden change to pickups, you are a few minutes late to meet the bus, etc.), your child can be released to another adult. You can send an email to the office letting us know the name and phone number of the people to whom your child can be released.


🖊If you’re going to visit the school, please remember to sign in and sign out by the front office.


💧It is officially the dark, dreary and rainy season. We cannot stress enough the importance of students wearing weather appropriate clothing and having a change of clothes kept at school. Students need to have indoor and outdoor shoes and a jacket for wet and cold days. We have had so many wet and muddy children this week and we need to make sure they are dry and comfortable, so they are well regulated for their learning activities.


📠SD64 is looking for Administration Assistants; If this is something you’re interested in, please see the attached poster for more information.


Here are some messages from our PAC:

🔥Win a cord of firewood!

To raise funds for school equipment, supplies, and field trips, the Fulford PAC is holding a raffle for a cord of dry, seasoned firewood that would be delivered to the raffle winner. Raffle tickets were distributed to students yesterday, Thursday, November 10th and ticket sales extend from November 10th to November 24th. We are asking families to help by selling raffle tickets. Each student was given a book of 10 tickets, with each ticket costing $5.00. For those who would like to sell or buy additional tickets, more tickets will be available. Tickets will need to be returned (including any not sold) in your child's planner by Thursday, November 24th. The raffle draw will be Wednesday, November 30th.

Thank you in advance for your support,

Fulford PAC

🎁Re-Gift Fest!

We are very pleased to announce that our Re-Gift Fest will proceed again this year on Thursday, December 1st! We will be accepting donations starting on Monday, November 28th.

For those of you who are new to the school community, Re-Gift Fest is a much-loved school event where families and community members donate gently used items for us to set up in our “Christmas Store.” The students then shop in the Christmas Store for free for gifts for each of their immediate family members. Families are asked to kindly start setting aside gently used items suitable for a range of ages (baby to adult) but no clothing, please. We suggest you donate the same number of items as there are members in your family. Please make sure the items are clean and in good working order, and are items that you, yourself would be happy to receive as a gift. While we always have ample gifts overall in our Christmas store, we often find there is a shortage of gifts for dads and teens, so please consider this as you are collecting items around your home for donation. Also, any donations of wrapping paper/gift bags/tags would be greatly appreciated.

Jocelyn Lukow will be coordinating Re-Gift Fest this year. We will also be looking for parent volunteers for the Re-Gift day to help with shopping and wrapping gifts, along with set-up and take-down on December 1. If you are willing and able to help, please let Rebecca or Marcie know.


Have a great weekend!

NOVEMBER 17th, 2022