🍂🌻☁️Weekly Newsletter September 17th

Greetings Fulford Families,

🍎We had wonderful, yet hazy first full week of school. The students had a great time reconnecting with friends and settling into their classrooms. Thank you for all your flexibility around sudden changes in busses. Please check your email nightly for updates that may affect your child’s school routine.

😷As we navigate new waters around student and family illness, please remember to call SAFE ARRIVAL 250-653-2090 and let us know if your child is going to be absent and for what reason. Parents have the responsibility of conducting a daily health check with their children before sending them to school. If your child has symptoms of illness, before coming back to school it is your responsibility to seek medical advice (doctor, nurse practitioner or call 811) and follow their recommendations. Your child can return to school once COVID has been ruled out and symptoms have improved. Please see attached updated symptoms checklist and process flow chart.

Whole School Meeting

👨‍👩‍👧‍👦We postponed our outdoor Whole School Meeting on Monday due to the poor air quality. We will try again this Monday at 10:30.

Early Dismissal on Thursday for Tell Me About Your Child Interviews

🔔Next Thursday, September 24, students will be dismissed at 12:00 in order for teachers to meet with parents individually to learn more about each student. Normally these interviews are done one family at a time inside school. We have not yet determined how to conduct these important interviews within the COVID protocols so we will send out more information early next week. Buses will depart just after noon to take students home. Parents who are picking up their children should collect them by 12:15.

Terry Fox Run

🏃‍♀️🏃‍♂️We postponed our Terry Fox Run which was scheduled for this afternoon due to the poor air quality. We are hoping to hold it on Thursday, October 1 for the last hour of the day. Each cohort will run laps around the front field for a 15 minute period: Mr. Lightfoot’s class 2-2:15 pm, Kaz/Mrs. Lamirand’s and Mr. MacQueen’s classes, 2:20 – 2:35 pm and Mrs. Van Riel’s and Mrs. Kerrigan’s classes, 2:40 – 2:55. Students are asked to bring a $1 or $2 coin (or more) as a donation to the Terry Fox Foundation. Fulford School has participated in the Terry Fox School Run every year so we wanted to keep up the tradition but we have to do it differently this year.

📆Upcoming Important Dates

  • Thursday, September 24 - Early dismissal, students are finished at noon

  • Wednesday, September 30 - Orange Shirt Day, Every child matters!

  • Monday, October 12 - Thanksgiving Holiday. School in session Tuesday - Friday. 

  • Monday Oct. 19th - Individual student photo day. Lifetouch will be set up in the gym to allow for greater distancing. Photo orders are placed following a set of proofs being sent home. No forms are needed prior. 

👶ELF Update

Hello ELF (Strong Start) Families,

We are excited about the start of the new school year and want to share what we know so far. All three ELF programs on Salt Spring will begin in early October, as Mundy, Janice and Andrea will be working in the kindergarten classrooms for all of September, supporting teachers and students in their new classes.

As we’re sure you can all imagine, we are working with extensive Health and Safety protocols in order to create safe and fun meeting places. We are presently making plans in collaboration with our principals and district Early Learning Coordinator.

At this time, all of our programming is being planned for outdoors and we are looking at a variety of locations including school grounds, community parks, beaches and trails. These sessions will be shorter than our usual hours and will (most likely) require online registration/scheduling.

If you would like to be on an ELF email list, please contact the Administrative Assistants at your local(catchment) school:

Fernwood: lashford@sd64.org

Fulford: fulford@sd64.org

Salt Spring Elementary: cengland@sd64.org

We are looking forward to catching up with you all and will be back in touch as soon as we have our plans confirmed.

Andrea Hollingsworth

Early Childhood Educator

✔️Please don't forget to fill out this important survey on our community's need for recreational and preforming arts space:


Have a wonderful weekend!