WEEKLY NEWSLETTER SEPT 10th, 2021

Greetings Fulford Families,



🍎Welcome back to a new school year! We had a great first week of school and staff and students are settling into new settings and routines. The beautiful weather invited classes to bring the learning outside daily; our school property offers many learning opportunities.

We would like to welcome all the new students and their families to Fulford School. We will had an “outdoor” whole school meeting on Thursday to introduce the new students and the staff, and to celebrate being together. We won’t be able to hold the whole school meetings weekly inside like we usually do but we felt it was important to come together at the start of the year.

New Staff

😊This year we welcome five new staff members to the Fulford team. Kim Moffat is teaching the Grades 5-6 class, Megan Cameron is our new LIST (Special Ed) and prep teacher, and Amber Thompson is sharing the Grade 5-6 class, as well as taking on the role of Teacher Librarian and prep teacher. Brandon Bronson is the Itinerant Band Teacher for the elementary and middle schools so he will be at Fulford on Tuesdays and Thursdays. We also welcome a new Education Assistant (EA) Victoria Hunter.

Administration Change

We announced earlier this week that Marie is on a partial medical leave for the next little while and will be working mornings only for the most part. Kaz Lundgren is Acting Vice Principal during this time and will be in charge in Marie’s absence. Please contact both of Kaz and Marie about school business and one of them will respond in a timely fashion.

Beginner Band

🎺Students is Grades 5 and 6 who would like to join the beginner band program must return their Band Program expression of interest slips by Tuesday.

🏃‍♀️🏃‍♂️Terry Fox Run

We will have our annual Terry Fox School Run on Thursday, September 16 from 2:30 – 3:00 pm, 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.

🕛Early Dismissal for Tell Me About Your Child Interviews – September 23

School will be dismissed at 12:00 on Thursday, September 23 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.


WEEKLY NEWSLETTER SEPT 16th, 2021

Greetings Fulford Families,

🍂We had an amazing week with everyone settling into their new routines. Our Terry Fox run today was a success and students gave it their all; thank you to all who contributed donations.



🚌Students who ride the bus were sent home with a card today that they will swipe to track their ridership on the bus. There is a letter included to explain the details. There were a few missing and so if you feel you should have received, one contact Tania at the email at the bottom of your letter.



Here is note from our Garden Co-Ordinator:

🥕🍅🌿GARDEN FENCING PROJECT WORK PARTY

Thank You to Robin Jenkinson we received a $4000.00 grant from the Saltspring Foundation to replace the fence around the school garden. We are looking for parent volunteers to help get this done on October 4, 5, and 6. There will be other garden improvement projects going on at the same time as the fence. Check the garden out if you have a chance and you will see there is much fun work to be had for all. Right now we have a few people booked in and we are looking for more. If there are any hours that you can donate during these three days, please let me know so I can plan the work around the number of people. If you can email me your availability that would be excellent.

Glen Wilson (Drew’s dad-Grade 3)

250 653 4290 home

250 539 0633-text

glenmayne.wilson@gmail.com

📝Please send classroom fees AND return your September forms by Monday. If you are e-transferring you can use this email and the password Fulford. The fees and the forms are time sensitive so please make sure you have them in after the weekend. If paying classroom fees cause hardship, please reach out and let your child’s teacher or Rebecca know. Our PAC can help cover those fees if there is a need.

🧦The weather fluctuated a bit this week and we saw students dealing with some mishaps due to them wearing inappropriate clothing for the weather. Please make sure your child wears weather-appropriate clothing and brings a change of clothing to keep at school for emergencies.



🕛Next Thursday, September 23rd is a HALF DAY! Dismissal is at 12:00 and buses will run shortly thereafter.. Please connect with your child’s teacher to book a time for your Tell Me About Your Child interview. If you are unable to make it that afternoon, please arrange an alternate day and time with the teacher.



🧡Schools will be closed to observe a new stat holiday, the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, on September 30. We will celebrate Orange Shirt Day at school on Wednesday, September 29. 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. We will hold a whole school meeting on September 29 and will place our 215 painted rocks in the garden beds around the school. We began this legacy project in June in recognition of the discovery of the remains of 215 children at the Kamloops Residential School.


WEEKLY NEWSLETTER SEPTEMBER 23

Greetings Fulford Families,

🍁We welcomed Fall this week with the changes in the trees and slightly cooler mornings. Remember to make sure your child has a coat and a change of clothes; the weather can change quickly around here!


😷We saw some sniffles in our school this week marking the beginning of cold and flu season. We appreciate your caution around our community health at this time. It is essential that students stay home when they are sick and should not return to school until symptoms have improved and/or COVID test results have been received. The K-12 Health Check App continues to be the best way to navigate around illness: K-12 Health Check App.


💲If you have not sent your class fees or returned your forms, please do so as soon as possible. Teachers pay for supplies and planners out of pocket and are reimbursed through the class fees collected from students. If paying for class fees causes hardship, please let your child’s teacher or Rebecca know.


📷It is picture day on Monday September 27. Students will go with their classes in the morning to do individual portraits.


📅Next week is a very rare, three-day school week due to the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation on September 30th. SD64 in partnership with DPAC invite all school district community members to an evening event to listen, (un)learn and reflect about Relationships, Reciprocity and Reconciliation, on the eve of the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. The event will be via Zoom, 7-9 pm on Wednesday, September 29. The event is free but you must register here: EventBrite.


♥️We will recognize Orange Shirt Day at school on Wednesday, September 29 by inviting staff and students to wear orange and by holding a special ceremony to complete our Painted Rock Legacy Project that began last June. As usual, we will raffle one orange t-shirt for each class on Tuesday, September 28 so that 6 lucky students will have a special Orange Shirt Day t-shirt to wear on Wednesday.

Orange Shirt Day is an Indigenous-led grassroots commemorative day that honors the children who survived Indian Residential Schools and remembers those who did not. This day relates to the experience of Phyllis Webstad, a Northern Secwpemc (Shuswap) from the Stswecem'c Xgat'tem First Nation, on her first day of school, where she arrived dressed in a new orange shirt, which was taken from her. It is now a symbol of the stripping away of culture, freedom and self-esteem experienced by Indigenous children over generations.


🥕A message from Glen, our Garden Co-ordinator

GARDEN FENCING PROJECT WORK PARTY Thank You to Robin Jenkinson we received a $4000.00 grant from the Saltspring Foundation to replace the fence around the school garden. We are looking for parent volunteers to help get this done on October 4, 5, and 6. There will be other garden improvement projects going on at the same time as the fence. Check the garden out if you have a chance and you will see there is much fun work to be had for all. Right now we have a few people booked in and we are looking for more. If there are any hours that you can donate during these three days, please let me know so I can plan the work around the number of people. If you can email me your availability that would be excellent.

Glen Wilson (Drew’s dad-Grade 3)

250 653 4290 home

250 539 0633-text glenmayne.wilson@gmail.com


Have a wonderful weekend!


WEEKLY NEWSLETTER SEPTEMBER 30th

Greetings Fulford Families,

🔶This week we had a rare three-day week due to the first National Truth and Reconciliation Day. Ask your children about their learning around Orange Shirt Day and the history of residential schools in Canada. We have been inspired by, and optimistic about, our students’ thoughts and words about this important topic. It was also heartening to see so many students wearing orange today. We invite students to wear their orange shirts again on Monday when we plan to have our National Day of Truth and Reconciliation and Rock Legacy Project ceremony that was postponed due to weather.


☑️Please consider participating in our Parents Advisory Council to see how you can support learning at Fulford School. The PAC is an essential part of the functioning of our school and every parent is welcomed and encouraged to participate. Our first PAC meeting of the year will be at 8:15 am on Tuesday, October 5th in the staff room. Please remember to sign in at the office for contact tracing purposes and wear a mask while you are inside the school. We hope to see you at the meeting!


🎼We are pleased to announce that choir will resume for the first time in 18 months. Thank you to Mrs. Freeman for doing this extracurricular activity. Choir will be on Wednesdays from 11:30 to 12:00.


🚒Next Wednesday, October 6, the Salt Spring Fire Department will be at Fulford School to talk to each class about fire prevention. We will also practice our first fire drill that day. Please talk to your children about the importance of practicing these drills so that students know exactly what to do in the case of an emergency. You are encouraged to talk with your children about developing a fire prevention plan for home.


📅Schools will be closed on Monday, October 11 for Thanksgiving but will be in session on Friday, October 15.


📝Please remember to fill out the criminal record check if you would like to volunteer your time in class or on fieldtrips. To access the online request, go to: https://justice.gov.bc.ca/eCRC/

Criminal Record Check Home Page - British Columbia

To Submit an online request for a criminal record check, you must: Be at least 12 years of age as of today's date. Have your identity verified through the Electronic Identity Verification (EIV) process. Please Note: Not all individuals will be able to use the EIV process and may be required to submit the request for a criminal record check through the manual paper process.

justice.gov.bc.ca

. Access Code: DNW8SBGDPQ


🧡We hope that you are able to find the time to reflect on Truth and Reconciliation today and that you enjoy your extra-long weekend.




WEEKLY NEWSLETTER OCTOBER 7th


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 (fulford@sd64.org) and she will let you know the status of your criminal record check.

Community Opportunities

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

Register

Dance Adventures: A co-creative journey! Multiage-Home school ages | Oct 13th - Dec 22nd

Register

Move and Groove: Hip Hop/Acro Dance/Modern and more! Ages 5-7 | Oct 13th - Dec 22nd

Register

Magic, Movement, and Musical Theatre

Ages 7-9 | Oct 13th - Dec 22nd

Register

Street Style: Lyrical/Street Jazz/Hip Hop/Glitch/Fusion

Ages 10-13 | Oct 13th - Dec 22nd

Register

Dance into Connection: Creative Dance Exploration

Adults | Oct 13th - Dec 22nd

Register


WEEKLY NEWSLETTER OCTOBER 15th

🍁Summer seems far behind us as the skies lower and darken, but a streak of light cutting through the clouds reflects off trees like a bejeweled colour guard. This week Fulford School seems connected to the outside world as we deal with health issues that are common around the globe. We want to thank our families for being so responsive, understanding and kind as we worked through this challenging week. Your cooperation and attention to personal safety measures are indeed a valuable guard around our school.


📅Students who have been isolating this week are permitted to return to school and other normal activities on Monday unless they have been directed otherwise by Island Health. Parents of students who have been isolating this week must continue to monitor their child for symptoms until October 21.


Illness at School

😷Thank you for keeping your children home when they are displaying any evidence of illness. Children can test positive for Covid with very minor symptoms so it is easy to dismiss them as nothing of concern. Although children are resilient and may not develop serious illness, they can spread the disease to a more vulnerable population. Please remain diligent in keeping your children home with even the most minor symptoms.


PUMPKIN PATCH

🎃We have delayed and combined our field trips to Bonn Acres Pumpkin Patch until Thursday, October 28. All our classes will go to the pumpkin patch that day. What a great way to start off the Halloween weekend.


✏️PRO-D Day Friday, October 22 our whole staff will be busy sharpening their skills and improving their knowledge with Pro-D activities. Students do not attend school that day.

Photo Re-Takes

📷We will have retakes of school photos on Monday, November 1. Please fill out a form if your child missed picture day or if you are not satisfied with the pictures from the last photo day. They can be redone on Monday, November 1. If you are happy with the your child’s photo proofs, please go ahead and order the package you would like online. The website and photo code should be on the envelope that the photo proofs were sent in. The sooner you order, the sooner they will be available to you.


WEEKLY NEWSLETTER OCTOBER 21th

Dear Fulford Families,


🍂We were happy to welcome most of our students back into the school this week and to get back to our regular school routines. Some students needed to finish their isolation periods last week and we look forward to seeing them next week. These past weeks have been stressful for everyone, including the children. For so long, we have put in measures to prevent Covid transmission and suddenly we had to deal with the reality of Covid in in our school. Some students were nervous about getting or transmitting Covid to a loved one, and others were worried about their friends and classmates who had Covid. The children have been listening to how the adults talk about Covid for 18 months. After our recent Covid exposures at school, we are noticing a lot of students showing symptoms of anxiety. Please let us know if your child is struggling. It is good to know when children might need some extra support at school. Here are some resources for your family to explore in regards to talking to children about COVID and anxiety in children.

https://www.anxietycanada.com/articles/talking-to-kids-about-covid-19/

https://www.anxietycanada.com/learn-about-anxiety/anxiety-in-children/

Also, I find this app to be helpful and accessible for kids...

https://apps.apple.com/ca/app/stop-breathe-think-kids/id1215758068


😷Covid Exposures Vs. Close Contacts

If a student tests positive for Covid and Island Health determines that the child attended school while they were potentially contagious, Island Health will direct the school to send out a potential Covid exposure letter to the parents of the students in that class. If Island Health determines that another student is a “close contact” of the positive case, contact tracers will call that student’s parents and give them directions (likely that the student needs to self-isolate for 10 days and monitor for symptoms). Please note that this process is directed by Island Health and school staff are not permitted to disclose any information without being directed to do so by Island Health.

👩‍⚕️Public Health Nurse, Savanna Long, will hold a vaccination clinic on Wednesday at 1 pm for the Grade 6 students whose parents have provided consent. Please note that this vaccination clinic is unrelated to Covid.

🎃👻Everyone is excited for Hallowe’en! On October 28, students are invited to wear school-appropriate costumes (not too scary for little ones, not too cumbersome). Please leave all weapons/props at home. We will have a Costume Parade outside, weather-permitting, at 9:45 am for students to share their costumes with their school mates. We ask that parents do not send homemade treats to school for class Hallowe’en celebrations as they have in the past; current restrictions do not allow for sharing of food and beverages. After Hallowe’en, we encourage parents to keep Hallowe’en candy at home for students to enjoy after school rather than sending it in their lunches. Students who are going on the Pumpkin Patch field trip in the afternoon may want to bring a change of clothes to wear to on the field trip.

🙂Seamless Day Pilot Project

We are very near the completion of the licensing process for our “Seamless Day Pilot Program” and we plan to start the after school care for 12 students in Kindergarten to Grade 3 on November 1. Those parents who expressed interest last June will get priority. Families who are interested in accessing this program should email fulford@sd64.org to let us know.

🕒🚙Please note that our after-school supervision ends at 3:15 pm so students should be picked up by then. Students who are not picked up by 3:15 will be brought into the foyer of the school to be supervised until pick up. 



WEEKLY NEWSLETTER OCTOBER 27th

Weekly Newsletter October 27, 2021


🎃Our school week started with a wind storm and ended in Hallowe’en celebration. The students had fun sharing their costumes during the costume parade and doing Hallowe’en activities with their classes. We wish everyone a safe and fun-filled Hallowe’en weekend. Please remember to keep candy treats at home next week. Those treats are best enjoyed at home.


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


⛈The weather has changed abruptly so please ensure your child has weather appropriate clothing. Children need to have outdoor gear and waterproof footwear every day as the conditions change quickly.


🤒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 Seamless Day In-School Care pilot program that will provide after school care for students in Kindergarten to Grade 3 is beginning Monday, November 1. The hours of care will be 8:00 – 8:13 and 3:00 – 5:00 pm. Please contact the school if you are interested.

We are only licensed for a maximum of 12 students.


👶We are pleased to welcome our new ELF facilitator, Laurel MacRae, to our school community. ELF will resume in November and we will soon be sharing with families how the programming will look.



WEEKLY NEWSLETTER NOVEMBER 4th

Greetings Fulford Families,


💧We had a great week at school this week welcoming more wintery, west coast wet weather. Students need to have appropriate clothing for outside play for health and safety reasons. Please ensure your child has appropriate clothing for outdoor play and a change of clothes (pants especially) that can be kept at school.

CHOIR

🎼On Wednesday, November 10th at 11:30 am the Fulford Choir will be giving their first performance since before the pandemic started. This will be a closed performance, however a video will be shared with parents afterwards. Students are asked to wear a white shirt and dark (black) pants and if you don’t have a white shirt a dark (black) shirt will do. Please encourage your child to practice the songs: “Song for World Peace” and “The Rainbow Connection.”

The link to view the song will be sent out after the performance.

🍁Next week is a bit of a strange week with a stat holiday on Thursday November 11th and a Friday school day.

UPDATED ABSENCE PROCEDURES PLEASE READ

📞We are changing our attendance procedures in the school. If your child will be absent, please email your classroom teacher and CC fulford@sd64.org.

If for some reason you cannot do this the night before or prior to 8am, you can call the school and let us know that your student will be absent AND the reason for absence.

Safety Concern

🚫Safety concerns have come to light about students on the Water Treatment Plant property. This is not a safe place for children. There are chemicals in the waste tank and electrical connections at ground level that could pose a hazard if disturbed. Muddy footprints indicate that someone has been jumping on some of the tanks. The tanks are full of water so if damage caused anyone to fall in they would drown. Contractors will be on site to erect fencing in the next few weeks. We are asking parents to remind their children to stay safe and stay away from the treatment plant. Thank you. Carole Eyles, Chair, Fulford Water District Commission.

FULFORD ELF

🐤Our Elf program will be starting next week for parents and children in the Fulford Catchment under 5yrs old. Please email our new ELF co-ordinator Laurel Macrae lmacrae@sd64.org if you have interest. See the bio and photo of Laurel attached to this email.

Seamless Day

🐞Our Seamless Day program has begun. Janice Shields will be with students from 8 am until school begins and ECE and ELF Co-ordinator Laurel Macrae will be providing after school programs for enrolled students from K to 3 until 5pm. This program is accessible up to 4 days a week and can be accessed as a drop in but requires registration. The cost of this program will be subsidized by provincial programs that are generous for families. Please email the school with interest or questions.

Fall Back

🕑Remember to turn your clocks back one hour on Saturday night. Daylight Savings ends on November 7 at 2:00 am.

EPIC Writing Project

✍We have continued our EPIC writing project this year with Mrs. Thompson taking the lead. She has been team teaching with Ms. Moffat and Mr. Lightfoot for the past 4 weeks, focusing on the Ideas and Organization writing traits. The students have also been learning about peer editing whereby they identify two positive things about someone’s writing and one thing the writer could improve.



WEEKLY NEWSLETTER NOVEMBER 12th

Greetings Fulford Families:

☔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.

Ask your child about the Remembrance Day activities they did in their classrooms. The choir had their first performance in a very long time. It was a treat to have the children singing together once again, albeit while wearing a mask. The choir performance was partially video recorded. Unfortunately, the videographer was very inexperienced and somehow turned the video off while filming so only managed to capture the second song of the choir performance. That videographer, Marie, has been fired and will not be responsible for future video recordings. 😊 We plan to upload the video to a closed YouTube channel to send out to parents to view. Thankfully, the still photographer was much better and managed to take some beautiful photos. We will post those photos next week, too.

📌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. We have changed our attendance procedures so your help in remembering to email the teacher and the office will help us keep our records accurate.

📋PAC Meeting – The next meeting is on Wednesday, November 17 at 8:20 am in the staff room. We need more parents to be involved in PAC. Please do your best to get involved!


😄 Games Club

Mrs. Thompson has kindly started a Games Club for intermediate students on Wednesdays at lunch time. Students may bring games from home or use those owned by the school. The students have really enjoyed it so far! Thanks Mrs. Thompson!

PLEASE READ THIS THROUGH:

⛄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 (for the few parents in each class who have requested a phone call). 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. 

Have a great short weekend!

WEEKLY NEWSLETTER NOVEMBER 18th

Greetings Fulford Families:

☔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.

Ask your child about the Remembrance Day activities they did in their classrooms. The choir had their first performance in a very long time. It was a treat to have the children singing together once again, albeit while wearing a mask. The choir performance was partially video recorded. Unfortunately, the videographer was very inexperienced and somehow turned the video off while filming so only managed to capture the second song of the choir performance. That videographer, Marie, has been fired and will not be responsible for future video recordings. 😊 We plan to upload the video to a closed YouTube channel to send out to parents to view. Thankfully, the still photographer was much better and managed to take some beautiful photos. We will post those photos next week, too.

📌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. We have changed our attendance procedures so your help in remembering to email the teacher and the office will help us keep our records accurate.

📋PAC Meeting – The next meeting is on Wednesday, November 17 at 8:20 am in the staff room. We need more parents to be involved in PAC. Please do your best to get involved!


😄 Games Club

Mrs. Thompson has kindly started a Games Club for intermediate students on Wednesdays at lunch time. Students may bring games from home or use those owned by the school. The students have really enjoyed it so far! Thanks Mrs. Thompson!

PLEASE READ THIS THROUGH:

⛄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 (for the few parents in each class who have requested a phone call). 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. 

Have a great short weekend!


WEEKLY NEWSLETTER NOVEMBER 25th

Dear Fulford Families,


☔After a beautiful week of deceptively warm sunny weather, we await the next round of atmospheric river impact. We hope that everyone is prepared and stays safe this weekend. Please see the below link for information about the upcoming ‘parade of storms’ as they are calling it. Please continue to stay on top of your email when these weather events are happening in terms of bus changes and any school related notices.

https://globalnews.ca/news/8392801/environment-canada-significant-weather-bc-storm-warning/


​🤧We know of colds and flus circulating, and we are perceiving that families are not being tested as much after the exposure events we experienced in October. We want to remind people that COVID is still circulating our community and that the reason we identified cases at Fulford was only due to diligent testing and not because any families saw significant illness. Following the BC health apps for self and kids and phoning 811 or seeing a doctor in the case of illness is a crucial part of reducing the spread of COVID-19 in our school and wider community and is an expected step before returning to school. We know that testing and staying home when there are symptoms has become extremely inconvenient and tiresome for families; we appreciate everyone’s continued diligence and caution. https://www.k12dailycheck.gov.bc.ca/healthcheck?execution=e1s1


🙋‍♀️Next Thursday, December 2 is an early dismissal for parent-teacher conferences. Students will be dismissed at 12:00 pm and the bus will run shortly thereafter. Conferences will be held by Zoom or phone to reduce the number of adults coming into the building and the number of cars using fuel during the fuel reduction mandates. If you would like to meet with your child’s teacher, please contact you’re the teacher to book an appointment; alternatively, your child’s teacher may contact you if they would like to meet with you.


🛑For some reason we have seen a rise in people bringing gifts to give or toys to play with at school. This inevitably causes some issues so please remember that unless your child’s whole class is included, gifts are for out of school times and toys should remain home.

🧦We are still seeing students without a change of clothes or waterproof/weather appropriate clothes for recess times. Please remember to pack a change of clothes (recommended in a separate bag to remain on their hook at school), and ensure students have appropriate indoor and outdoor shoes.


🎁We are very pleased to announce that our Re-Gift Fest will proceed again this year on December 9 but this time indoors! 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. We will need donations to be brought in at least a week before the event. There will be large totes in the foyer outside the office for donations to be put; you can also bring donations into the office to store them on the other side of the blue table. 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.

Many thanks to Jocelyn Lukow who stepped up to help coordinate ReGift Fest alongside long-time coordinator, Catherine Black. We will be looking for parent volunteers for the ReGift day to help with shopping and wrapping gifts, along with store set up on December 8. If you are willing and able to help, please let Rebecca know.


🔔We will be having our first Lockdown Drill on Tuesday next week. Teachers have explained the procedure to the students in a developmentally appropriate way. This can be a sensitive and scary protocol for the students and they may feel a bit anxious. Please help your children by reminding them that this is just like the fire and earthquake drills – we practice it them in case they ever happen but that doesn’t mean they will happen at school.

🎼On Wednesday, December 15th. at 11:30 a.m the Fulford Elementary School Choir will be giving a performance before the holiday Due to the covid guidelines as outlined by the Health and Safety commission, this will be a closed performance; however, a video will be taken for you to view this performance afterwards online. The students will be asked to wear a light (or white coloured T-shirt or blouse) and either dark pants or a dark skirt. We will be singing the following: ‘Winter Lullaby’ ‘What’s This?’ (Your child will have taken home a revised copy of this song during the last practice) Please encourage your child to practice their songs for this performance.



Fulford Futsal

⚽We are hosting a Fulford Futsal (Soccer) on Tuesday's from 4:45 to 6:15.

Dates before Christmas: November 30 + December 7 and 14.

Open to boys and girls from Grades 4 to 6.

Must wear appropriate indoor gym shoes.

Ciaran Ayton will organize teams and supervise.

Questions? Email Ciaran - ciaranayton@gmail.com (Oisin’s dad)




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

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WEEKLY NEWSLETTER DECEMBER 2nd

Dear Fulford Parents:


🌧 We all breathed a sigh of relief when we didn’t get the “parade of storms” forecasted for the week and instead enjoyed the dry weather. It is hard to believe we are already into December and only have two weeks before Winter Break! It is supposed to snow tonight which will help us get into the festive season.❄️


📅 Our week ended with an early dismissal for Parent-Teacher conferences. If you couldn’t schedule an interview for Thursday, don’t hesitate to get in touch with your child’s teacher to set up an alternate day and time. First term report cards will be sent home on the last day of school before the break, on December 16th.


🎄We will be putting on a scaled-down Christmas Concert with only staff and students in attendance during the week of December 13-16. The staff really wanted to bring some of the seasonal fun back for the students to experience. The choir will also do a performance. We will record the concert and choir performances and upload them to a private YouTube account to share with parents. 🎼


🎁 Our Re-Gift Fest is next week! The “store” will be set up on Wednesday, and the shopping and wrapping event will happen on Thursday morning. We will need more volunteers to help with the setup on Wednesday morning and the wrapping and takedown on Thursday. Please let Rebecca know if and when you can help. We also need more donations of gently used items for people of all ages and wrapping paper. Parents are welcome to come to the school for a “free shop” at noon on Thursday before the volunteers pack up the leftover items. All volunteers and visitors need to sign in at the office when they arrive. Thank you to Catherine and Jocelyn for coordinating this much-loved event!🎅


🍎 ✏️ We have a rare 5-day school week next week. There are four five-day weeks to meet the instructional minute requirements this school year while still enjoying a two-week Spring Break.


Have a great weekend!


WEEKLY NEWSLETTER DECEMBER 9th

Weekly Newsletter December 10th, 2021

Greetings Fulford Families,

❄️We had our first snow last week and although it melted pretty quickly, the kids had a great time playing in it, right up until Friday when there were just large, frozen boulders of snow left on the field!

🎁Our Re-Gift Fest was a great success again this year. Thank you to Catherine Black, Jocelyn Lukow, Matt Lacarte, Rachel Glickman, Megumi Bourns, Aurelia Louvet, Clare Hoffman Heather Kalf, Jenny Storey, Ramona DeVane, Stephanie Roberts, Ellisa Strem and Erin Morris for making it happen. The kids have such a great time and they enjoy the experience of “giving” rather than just “receiving” at Christmas.

📕Please ensure your children return their library books to the school next week so the books don’t get lost over the two-week break. If your child has overdue books that haven’t been found, please connect with Rebecca about replacement costs.

🎤On Wednesday, December 15th at 11:30 a.m. the Fulford Elementary School Choir will be performing their Winter songs. Due to the guidelines outlined by the Provincial Health Office, this will be a closed performance, however, a video will be taken for you to view afterwards online on the private Fulford Youtube channel. The students will be asked to wear a light or white coloured t-shirt or blouse, and either dark pants or a dark skirt. We will be singing the following: ‘Winter Lullaby’ ‘What’s This?’ (Your child will have taken home a revised copy of this song during the last practice) Please encourage your child to practice their songs for this performance.

🎄On Wednesday afternoon, we will have our staff and students only Christmas Concert. This will be a much lower-key event than our usual Christmas concerts, but each class will perform a song, skit or dance for their school mates. This concert will also be recorded for parents to view online later.



📙First term Report Cards will be sent home next Thursday, December 16th. Please return your child’s report card envelope to the school in the new year so they can be reused for term two reports.


🐻 Students are invited to wear their pyjamas to school on Thursday, December 16th for the last day of school before Winter Break.


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


WEEKLY NEWSLETTER DECEMBER 16th

Season’s Greetings Fulford Families,

🎄We had a great week leading up to our break with lots of holiday activities and fun!

✏️Report cards went home today so please check your child’s backpack. Unfortunately, with all of the frenzy at the end of the day, the report cards for the students in Kaz’s class did not get distributed so they will be sent home on Tuesday, January 4. If you have any questions about your child’s report card, please contact your child’s classroom teacher. PLEASE SIGN THE BACK OF THE REPORT CARD ENVELOPE and RETURN IT TO SCHOOL in January so that it can be re-used next term.

🎶On Wednesday we had our Christmas Choir Concert as well as our first whole school Christmas performance in two years! It felt so good to all be together in one space again. You can access the choir performance and each class presentation through the links below:

Kindergarten Performance

Kerrigan Performance

Lundgren Performance

MacQueen Performance

MacQueen Performance #2

Lightfoot Performance

Moffat Performance

Choir 1

Choir 2

As we have previously announced, Kaz is now Acting Principal of Fulford School while Marie takes a “wellness break” until spring break. Brandice Seabrook will be teaching Marie’s literacy groups and sharing the Grades 2-3 class with Kaz during Marie’s absence. This provides continuity for the students because Mrs. Seabrook has been working in the Grades 2-3 class for the past few months.

Mrs. Thompson will also be working at Fulford full time as of January while she takes the Lead Teacher role for both our EPIC writing project and our Mental Health Literacy project. We will be implementing a mental health literacy program to support students in all grades.

♥️We hope your families have a wonderful break and have an opportunity to rest, connect and celebrate with one another during the holidays. Please remember to do so in a safe and responsible manner so that we can all return to school in January without fear of covid transmission in our school.

Happy Holidays!



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


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