Greetings Fulford Families,
🦃Monday, October 11th is Thanksgiving so schools will be closed. School will be in session on Friday, October 15 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 15 to be Pyjama Day at Fulford School. Students and staff are invited to wear their pyjamas to school that day.
🧡 We had an exciting week this week! We started our week with our ceremony for National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. Students placed 215 rocks around the garden bed outside the office to honour the children whose remains were discovered at the residential school in Kamloops. Please ask your child to share anything that they have learned around this topic; the understanding that many of our students have shown has been profound. We also had a visit from Quentin, our Indigenous Artist and Cultural advisor, this week and your child may have learned a new word or have a story to share.
😷We implemented an expanded mask mandate this week and we are impressed with how our K-Grade 3 students quickly adapted to this new measure. The children are so flexible and resilient. We will continue teaching the students about healthy mask etiquette. If your child is using a reusable mask, please consider packing an extra mask so that your child can put on a fresh mask for the afternoon.
📝Students who are in Grade 4 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 so that they have an idea of what to expect and they can learn how to navigate. 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. If you have any questions, please contact Marie.
🚒Members of the Fire Department came on Wednesday to share fire safety and prevention with the children and we had our first fire drill of the year. Please spend some time talking with your child about fire safety plans for your home.
🔔Fulford School will be participating in the Great BC Shakeout on October 21. Students will learn and practice the Earthquake Procedures so that they are able to respond quickly and calmly in the case of a real emergency. Please continue to conversation about earthquake safety planning at home.
🎼Choir and Band are now in full swing! We are excited to be able to able to offer great music programs this year. We look forward to seeing the students grow in their musical ability and joy!
🚌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 Rebecca (email@example.com) and she will let you know the status of your criminal record check.
Spirit of Adventure Education is offering a Dance Adventure Series on Saltspring Island for a variety of age groups on Wednesdays this Fall! https://www.spiritofadventure.ca/kids-camps/#dance-adventures
DANCE ADVENTURE FALL SERIES will happen on Wednesdays at Beaver Point Hall this Fall, 2021! Beginning October 13th, choose from a variety of Dance series that feature a variety of teachers and work towards a "Fun Performance-Dec. 22nd" at the end of the season. All levels welcome. Click on direct links below for details and to register! (Note: "Move and Groove" is now Full)
Dance Adventure Fall Series
Playful Performers: Creative Movement & Dance Exploration Ages 3-5 | Oct 13th - Dec 22nd
Dance Adventures: A co-creative journey! Multiage-Home school ages | Oct 13th - Dec 22nd
Move and Groove: Hip Hop/Acro Dance/Modern and more! Ages 5-7 | Oct 13th - Dec 22nd
Magic, Movement, and Musical Theatre
Ages 7-9 | Oct 13th - Dec 22nd
Street Style: Lyrical/Street Jazz/Hip Hop/Glitch/Fusion
Ages 10-13 | Oct 13th - Dec 22nd
Dance into Connection: Creative Dance Exploration
Adults | Oct 13th - Dec 22nd