🌻NEWSLETTER SEPTEMBER 11th

🌞Weekly News September 11, 2020🌻

Welcome back to a new school year! It was so nice to see the smiling faces of our students, and in some cases, the smiling eyes above a mask. We have had two very successful orientation days with students, and they are quickly learning the new routines and protocols. We will all need reminders occasionally but, overall, the staff and students are adapting well to the “new normal.” We look forward to resuming full instruction beginning on Monday with all the students together.


We would like to welcome all the new students and their families to Fulford School. We will have an “outdoor” whole school meeting on Monday 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 like we usually do but we felt it was important to come together at the start of the year.


Thank you to parents for following the new protocols. It feels very strange for us to ask parents to remain outside, but that doesn’t mean we don’t want to connect with you. Please feel free to call or email us or connect with us outside after school.

See a few notices below from the Board of Education and PAC. Have a lovely, restful weekend.

Fulford Elementary PAC is holding its first meeting:

Thursday, September 17th, after school (3pm) at the outdoor classroom

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Everyone welcome!

PAC involves one meeting a month where parents talk about ways that we can support our kids and the school and build the school community. We also have a chance to chat with Marie and a representative from the school board.

The Board of Education for SD64 (Gulf Islands) will be holding its Committee of the Whole meeting

at 6:00 pm on Thursday, Sept. 17.

The topic will be configuration.

Notice of Change

Committee of the Whole Meeting

Topic: Configuration

The Public is invited to observe the Committee of the Whole Meeting of the Board of Education for SD64 (Gulf Islands) at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 17, 2020. A ZOOM link has been provided below. Following the meeting, members of the public will be invited to email their questions and comments (form to be posted Sept. 18). The Board will respond at its Regular Scheduled Public Meeting on October 14, 2020.

SD64 Gulf Islands is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Committee of the Whole

Time: Sep 17, 2020 06:00 PM Vancouver

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A public study is being conducted in regards to our community need for indoor recreational and preforming arts space. As parents, this might be of interest to you and your families. Please visit this link to contribute your thoughts. https://saltspringexchange.com/list/public-survey-for-multi-use-preforming-arts-and-recreational-facility/




Public Survey for Multi-Use Preforming Arts and Recreational Facility | Salt Spring Exchange

We invite your participation in a public process to determine the needs and feasibility for a multi-purpose art and recreation for our community. The community […]

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Also, Please remember that if your child is going to be away from school please call the safe arrival line below.


Thank you,

Rebecca Nygard

Administrative Assistant

fulford@sd64.org

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

SAFE ARRIVAL: (250)-653-2090

Fulford Community Elementary School

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


🍎 NEWSLETTER SEPTEMBER 17th

🍂🌻☁️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:

https://saltspringexchange.com/list/public-survey-for-multi-use-preforming-arts-and-recreational-facility?fbclid=IwAR0ji6GO3ewkiQckmENERgVpXtQIk4RWTaCi5afM2-6fsMPkStGV-9wqrUQ



Have a wonderful weekend!

Thank you,

Rebecca Nygard

Administrative Assistant

fulford@sd64.org

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

SAFE ARRIVAL: (250)-653-2090

Fulford Community Elementary School

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


NEWSLETTER SEPTEMBER 24th

Weekly Newsletter September 24, 2020


Greetings Fulford Families,


☔💨🍂We had a wonderful rainy and windy week that ended on a sweet sunny note. As the Fall weather sinks in, please remember to send your child with outdoor clothing as the weather can change quickly and outside play and learning is an important part of our day.


☎️We hope that everyone was able to connect with their child’s classroom teacher this afternoon. We look forward to working together this year to create the best possible school experience we can for our students.


😷A reminder that if you are calling the safe arrival or emailing the school to notify us of your child’s absence, please remember to state a reason for the absence, if possible, as it helps us report our sicknesses to public health and follow appropriate enhanced cleaning protocols when necessary.

Please return your consent forms and verification sheets next week. After the end of next week we will not be able to release children to anyone other than parents if we do not have your release forms. As we have been reminding families every chance we can, we cannot release children to anyone who is not on their list.

Orange Shirt Day


🧡Students are invited to wear orange shirts (or something orange) to school on Wednesday, September 30 in acknowledgment of the legacy of residential schools. Orange Shirt Day is a legacy of the St. Joseph Mission (SJM) residential School (1891-1981) Commemoration Project that took place in Williams Lake, BC in May of 2013. It grew out of Phyllis' Story of having her orange shirt taken away on her first day of school at the Mission, and it has become an opportunity to keep the discussion of residential schools happening annually. Teachers will be teaching students about this sensitive topic in developmentally appropriate ways prior to September 30. Today we drew names from each class to win an Every Child Matters orange shirts and bracelets. The lucky winners of the t-shirts this year were: Ana, Rowan, Caleb, Scout and Thalen. The winners of the bracelets were: Lia, Eva, Paddy, Winter, Jasmine, Jamie, Romeo, Oisin, Clive and Bea.




✔️Community Notices and Reminders:

  • 👩‍👦‍👦Thrive After School Daycare has sent us information about after school programs that they are running. Please see the link below. Thrive Kids Canada Registration Open For Fall 2020-2021 After School Care - Check locations for availability
    www.thrivekidscanada.ca

  • 🤸‍♀️🤸‍♂️Saltspring Gymnastics is open for registration until September 28th for children ages 5 to 12. Please see the link below to register.
    https://www.saltspringgymnastics.org/

  • ✔️✔️Please take the time to fill out this important community survey about our community’s need for an indoor recreation center. SSI Multi-Purpose Facility Public Survey



📆Upcoming Important Dates


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

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🏃‍♀️🏃‍♂️ Thursday, October 1 for the last hour of the day. Each cohort will run laps around the front field for a 15minute 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.

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

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📷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. 



Thank you,

Rebecca Nygard

Administrative Assistant

fulford@sd64.org

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

SAFE ARRIVAL: (250)-653-2090

Fulford Community Elementary School

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


🍁 NEWSLETTER OCTOBER 1st

🍂 WEEKLY NEWSLETTER OCT 3

🎃October is already upon us! We had a busy week with Orange Shirt Day on Wednesday and the Terry Fox Run on Thursday. Things are humming along at school and students are solidifying their understanding of the new routines. We welcomed four “new” students and their families to school yesterday leaving us with an enrollment of exactly 100 students.



Pick Up and Drop Off Reminders


🚗Parents are reminded to drop their children off as close to 8:10 am and to pick them up as close to 3:00 pm as possible so that teachers are not let waiting with students until 3:15 pm. Working parents requiring before and after school care for their children due to their work schedules and the interruption of bus service, please email Marie (mmullen@sd64.org) to let her know what days and times you will need. We can only provide care until 4:00 pm for those who have contacted Marie to register.

Parents are also asked to remember to drive slowly in the parking lot (20 km/hour) and to remind their children to look both ways before crossing. We have a lot more congestion now that everyone is transporting their children to and from school.


IMPORTANT! Student Release Forms


⚠️After today, we are not legally permitted to release students to anyone who is not listed on the Student Release form. Parents will not be able to phone or email the school to say their child is being picked up by another parent if that parent is not listed on the Student Release Form. Parents should add the names of any person who may take their child home, including the parents of their children’s friends (for play dates, etc.). You are also welcome to come in to add names to the list throughout the year as new friendships form but you must sign and date the form to acknowledge those additions. This requirement is district policy and involves liability so we cannot make exceptions.


After School


🕒👋Please remember we are kindly asking parents to collect their children and depart after school rather than congregating in groups or allowing kids to play on the playgrounds. Now that we have students required to stay for after school care, having additional students and adults milling around makes it more difficult for the EA to supervise. Thank you for your cooperation in this. It is against our nature to ask families to leave but it is necessary for the time being.


Terry Fox Run


🏃‍♀️🏃‍♂️The students did a great job of running laps around the field this afternoon in their cohorts despite there being a naughty dog (Jewel) who kept running away with the cones that marked the corners of the track. 🐕 Thank you to the students who brought in a donation for the Terry Fox Foundation. If your child forgot and would like to make a donation, please send the money with him or her on Monday.



💪🍅🥕Garden Work Party on Saturday at 10am, please bring your garden tools! Glen will be working on the water system and general cleanup efforts are much needed at this time of year.

🌈Important Dates:

  • October 12 – Thanksgiving, Schools Closed

  • October 16 – Friday School Day to make up for the holiday on Monday

  • October 19 – Individual Photo Day, 8:30 am

District Calendar


📆Please see our District Calendar attached to familiarize yourself with important dates, instructional Fridays and holidays!


👍Facebook - Please join our Fulford Community Elementary School for another way to connect and receive updates!

Community Updates


Please see the attached notice for parents from "The Circle" formerly SWOVA about their programs for youth.



Thank you,

Rebecca Nygard

Administrative Assistant

fulford@sd64.org

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

SAFE ARRIVAL: (250)-653-2090

Fulford Community Elementary School

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


🦃NEWSLETTER OCTOBER 8th

Greetings Fulford Families,

🌞🍂We had a wonderful week with some foggy mornings and beautiful Autumn sun. Our students and teachers are now settled in their routines and our school feels like we are pretty much back to as close to normal as we can get.


✔️Thank you to everyone who has returned their forms and paid their classroom fees. If you have not yet done so, please return the forms and school fees in next week.


📅As we have many families new to Salt Spring and our unique 4-day school week, we want to remind everyone that due to Thanksgiving Holiday Monday we will have an instructional day onFriday October 16th.


😊We will be having a school wide Pyjama Day onFRIDAY OCTOBER 16th! Staff and students are invited to come to school in their pyjamas.


🚌Bus 1 resumes its regular schedule on Tuesday, October 13 but Bus 2 is still not operating. The district has decided to keep the before and after school care in place until both Fulford buses resume operation so that is still available for working parents who need it. Please let Marie (mmullen@sd64.org) know if you will require before and after school care next week. Many parents of Bus 1 riders have indicated that their children will return to their usual after school routine and take the bus home instead of accessing the school care. As soon as we have an update about Bus 2, we will let you know.


📷Individual Picture Day is coming up on Monday, October 19th. Instructions on how to order pictures will be sent home with your child. Please use online payment and ordering whenever possible. You will have a chance to preview the photos before ordering.


🚗We would like to remind parents who are picking up their children to do so promptly at 3:05pm and then leave the school grounds. We have had many students staying later waiting for their parents and this has added strain to our limited school care staffing resources. With Bus 1 resuming next week, there should be less congestion in the parking lot at the end of the day but we will still have only one person supervising bus loading and the children staying for school care. Thank you for your cooperation in this matter.


🦃We are grateful for having the opportunity to work in such a vibrant and close school community and send our thanks to all our students and families at this time of Thanksgiving. We wish you all a wonderful, extra-long Thanksgiving weekend.


🍂 NEWSLETTER OCTOBER 16th

WEEKLY NEWSLETTER October 16th

🎃🍂We had a wonderful week this week in beautiful autumn weather, the colours of the leaves at school are changing and the wind is starting to feel a bit cool especially in the morning. Pyjama day was enjoyed by all!

💨⚡We did have our first power outage due to wind this week and it was a reminder of the importance of having emergency plans in place for the pick-up of your child. Isabella Pt. Road had a tree down, which created a familiar situation of people not being able to drive to school or bus stops and relying on their emergency release people on their forms. In the case of inclement weather, rather than phoning the school for information, please be advised that if there are any changes to busses or school closure, we will send out an email and post information to our FB page. If you have not joined the FB group please do so this weekend. We will also update our website if there is an important emergency message. Sometimes during extenuating situation we receive a lot of incoming communication and reducing unnecessary phone/email traffic helps us deal with the multitude of procedures that need to be followed.

📸😁Picture Day is onMONDAY OCTOBER 19th!Your child will have their photo taken in the morning. If they are absent, there will be another opportunity. Thank you in advance for ordering online if possible.

👻💀Hallowe’en is around the corner and we are feeling blessed that we can still do some traditional Hallowe’en activities! Children are invited to dress up onThursday October 29th. Weather permitting, we will have a costume parade outside at 9:40 am. Teachers will let you know if there are special activities planned for their classes .This year we are not able to share homemade treats with classmates so we ask parents to refrain from sending baked goods this year.

🚌🚍Buses are now running their regular routes and schedule. Families should be returning to their usual before and after school routines using buses rather than school care. If you have not yet registered your children for the bus but you would like them to ride the bus some or all the time, please contact Rebecca (fulford@sd64.org) as soon as possible. We are required to keep very clear bus manifests daily for contact tracing purposes.

🕜☎️If your end of day plans for your child change throughout the day, please call the school by 2:30 pm so that we can ensure we receive the message and communicate it to your child. It gets very busy at the end of the day.

✔️ Rebecca finishes work at11 am on Wednesdays and Marie teaches until 2 pm. If you call the office and no one answers please leave a message. Marie is in the office for the latter part of the afternoon and will receive messages then.

Have wonderful (short) weekend.


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🌽 NEWSLETTER OCTOBER 22nd

Weekly Newsletter October 22, 2020

Greetings Fulford Families,

🍂🍁We enjoyed more beautiful Autumn weather this week, with a successful picture day and some classes visiting Shell Beach and the Pumpkin Patch.

🎃👻Everyone is excited for Hallowe’en! We are happy that our students can go trick or treating this year and we hope that everyone has a safe and fun experience. On October 29, students are invited to wear, school appropriate costumes. Please leave all weapons/props at home. We will have a Costume Parade outside, weather-permitting, at 9:40am for students to share their costumes with their peers. 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 homemade food. 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.

🚌 🛑Our Bus drivers wanted to remind parents that if they are pulled off on the side of the road and they do not have their red lights flashing, you can pass with caution.


🕒🚙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.


☎️🤒Also, a reminder to phone our safe arrival line 250-653-2090 before 8:30am if possible if your child will be late or absent.


🙏THANK YOU From the Terry Fox Foundation

Thank you to our students for raising $188 for the Terry Fox Foundation through our school run on October 1. Fulford School has once again helped raise funds for important cancer research.



🗓Please observe these important Dates:

  • October 29th - Hallowe’en celebration at school. Costume parade at 9:40am

  • November 1st - Daylight Savings Ends, turn clocks back one hour

  • November 11th - Remembrance Day (NO SCHOOL)

  • November 13th - School in Session

  • November 24th - Photo Retakes


🎃👻 NEWSLETTER OCTOBER 29th

🎃👻💀Weekly Newsletter October 29, 2020


HAPPY HALLOWE’EN!! We had a wonderful day at school today sharing our costumes and enjoying our continuing wonderful fall weather. We hope that families have some safe and spooky fun this weekend. Just a reminder to keep the treats at home next week!


🕒We are happy to also remind families that this weekend is Daylight Savings FALL BACK, please turn your clocks back one hour on November 1st (2am).


🗓Please observe these important dates:


· November 1st - Daylight Savings Ends, turn clocks back one hour

· November 11th - Remembrance Day (NO SCHOOL)

· November 13th - School in Session

· November 24th - Photo Retakes



🍁NEWSLETTER NOVEMBER 5th

🍁Weekly Newsletter November 5th, 2020


Greetings Fulford Families,


🍂We had a wonderful first week of November, still enjoying the lingering warmth of Fall. Winter is just around the corner and weather can start changing rapidly throughout the day now so please make sure your child has the appropriate outdoor clothing to remain warm and dry during outdoor play. If you have any pants or socks that are clean that you could donate to us, we are looking to have a few change of clothes for both boys and girls of all ages to change into when they get muddy/wet.


🌺Next week is a strange week, as we observe Remembrance Day on Wednesday Nov 11th (no school) and have a school day on Friday. Our Remembrance Day ceremony cannot be done in the usual manner where all of the classes and parents gather together. Instead, we will have a “Zoom” Remembrance Day ceremony where the teachers will project the meeting on their screens in their classrooms. Classes will either make presentations live or will record them and I will play their presentation by sharing my screen. The ceremony will be held on Tuesday, November 10 at 11:25 am. Parents are welcome to join the zoom meeting if they would like to participate in the ceremony. I will email the zoom link out next week. Here are some links to help you if you want to observe Remembrance Day with your children: 8 things you can do for Remembrance Day and some ideas about how to talk about the sensitive and sometimes a bit scary topics, How to Explain Remembrance Day.


💉Island Health Flu Shot Clinics

There will be a flu shot clinic at GISS on the weekend, November 6-8. If you would like to schedule a flu shot, please use this link: Salt Spring Island Flu Shot Clinic.


📸Photo Proofs

Students’ photo proofs were sent home today. If you like the photo, you can order them online at mylifetouch.ca using the order number on the photo envelope. If you would like to wait for photo retakes, they will happen on Tuesday, November 24.



🎁Re-Gift Fest

We are very pleased that we are able to proceed with our annual “Re-Gift Fest” this year despite COVID! We will be holding the event outside in the covered play area in early December, and we will need donations to be brought in at least a week before the event so that they can sit for a while before being set up in the store. For those of you who are new to the school community, Re-Gift Fest is a wonderful 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.

Many thanks to Clare Hoffman who stepped up to be mentored by Catherine Black as the ReGift Fest coordinator. Catherine Black has graciously coordinated the event for the many years and Clare is keen to assume the role. We will be looking for parent volunteers for the ReGift day to help with wrapping gifts.



❄️Inclement Weather and Snow Day Procedures

Now that we are into November, it is time to remind everyone about inclement weather 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 also 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 home page of the district website.


🗓Please observe these important dates:

· November 11th - Remembrance Day (NO SCHOOL)

· November 13th - School in Session

· November 24th - Photo Retakes



🍂NEWSLETTER NOVEMBER 13th

Weekly Newsletter November 13th 2020


🍁Greetings Fulford Families. This week at school we acknowledged Remembrance Day by sharing each classes’ contribution through a virtual Remembrance Day Ceremony. Thank you to those parents that were able to attend.

🌓As we are entering darker times in the morning and after school due to winter and weather, we ask that you remember to keep to the posted speed limit on Southridge and be very cautious in the parking lot as visibility decreases in the winter months and road conditions can change unexpectedly.


😷We have all seen the COVID case numbers rising in our province and throughout Canada. We are still feeling quite safe because the numbers in our health region remain low. That can all change quickly, please remember that you are required to do a daily health check of your child before sending him/her to school. Attached please find the health checklist in case you have misplaced the original. Most people are being overly cautious and are keeping their children home even if their symptoms are not on the checklist but it is a good time to remind people of this responsibility.


📸The deadline for ordering School Pictures is November 17th. For safety and ease, please consider ordering online through the portal provided with your child’s picture package. If your child was absent or needs retakes, they will have an opportunity to get their photo taken on November 24th at 1pm.


🎁🎄Our Re-Gift fest will be going ahead this year on Dec. 8th. We need to receive donations of quality gifts (no clothing) for all ages at the office by Dec 1st. You are welcome to donate as many gifts as you are able, or at least as many donations as there are people in your immediate family. We also really need volunteers. Please email the school and let us know if you can help. Mostly we will need assistance on Dec.8th for the set up, “shopping,” wrapping and then packing up the leftovers. Thank you to Clare Hoffman who is being mentored by Catherine Black this year as coordinator to make it happen.

💨Here is the reminder about inclement weather again, please take some time to read thoroughly. We ask that in the case of any weather emergencies, you check your email periodically or our FB group (Fulford Community Elementary School) rather than calling the school immediately for information.

❄️Inclement Weather and Snow Day Procedures

Now that we are into November, it is time to remind everyone about inclement weather 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 also 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 home page of the district website.

🗓Please observe these important dates:

· November 11th - Remembrance Day (NO SCHOOL)

· November 13th - School in Session

· November 24th - Photo Retakes


☔️NEWSLETTER NOVEMBER 19th

☔Weekly Newsletter November 19th

Greetings Fulford Families,

💨Winter finally decided to pay us an initial visit this week with some typical November Wet Coast weather! Our first Wind warning is a reminder that we all need to be ready for the unexpected at this time of year. Please review the inclement weather procedures if you have not already and remember that we will contact you through email or Facebook if any important notices about your child need to be relayed. Please avoid phoning the school if you can; often during emergencies we are trying to field a lot of different issues and it helps to streamline as much as possible.

✔️Please ensure your child's emergency release form is up to date in the case of any weather related emergencies.

🧦👖Please double check your child has an extra pair of pants and socks at school during this season in case of wetness/mud etc. We are accepting donations of these items as well. Bring some in with your RRR items THIS COMING WEEK.

👩‍👩‍👦‍👦 PAC meeting next week: Thursday, November 26th at 3pm.

We'll meet in the outdoor classroom. Dress warmly :)

If you can't make it until 3:15 pm that's fine.

🚌Bus Guidelines

Students who are in Kindergarten and Grade 1 must have a parent/guardian/older sibling meet them at the bus stop at the end of the day or the students will be kept on the bus and taken to Plant Services building in Ganges for pick up to be arranged. Students who are in Grades 2 and up are permitted to walk home from the bus stop unaccompanied. Please review the bus guidelines in the attached document.

  • Please read the below opportunity for families to access funds for education.

Important Dates

  • Nov 26th 3pm PAC Meeting

  • December 8th – ReGift Fest

  • December 11th – School is in Session (we have a 5-day week twice in the school year to make up the required number of instructional days)

💙And just a reminder that as we see our COVID numbers rise, we are a community, lets all stay safe and take care of ourselves and each other.


❄️NEWSLETTER NOVEMBER 26th

Weekly Newsletter November 26th

☔Greetings Fulford Families,

We had more crisp and wet weather this week but still enjoying our outside times as we enter December.


😷We have seen illnesses on the rise in our population and we hope that everyone follows the guidelines around sending their children to school and the new provincial orders we are under in order to flatten the Covid curve. Please continue to conduct a health check with your children every morning before sending them to school. If students present with any of the symptoms on the list while at school, we are required to call their parents to pick them up as soon as possible.


🎁Our Re-Gift fest is coming up on the Dec 8th. We are accepting donations of clean, gently used items at the office and recruiting volunteers to help set up, wrap gifts and pack up at the end of the event. Students should bring a reusable bag in which to carry their wrapped gifts home on December 8. Once all the classes have done their shopping, parents are invited to come to “free shop” between 11:30 and 12:00 before the leftovers are packed up.

✅Our reporting student progress procedures are going to be slightly different this year, partly due to COVID restrictions and partly due to needing better alignment with the provincial reporting order. Consequently, we will not be conducting Student-Led Conferences in December followed by the summary report as has been our practice in recent years. This year's first term report card will be more typical reports with performance scales and written comments for each subject. These reports will be sent home on December 16.


🕛There will be an early dismissal day on Thursday, December 3 at noon for parent-teacher meetings. If you would like to meet with your child's teacher, please contact him/her to set up a time for a phone or zoom meeting. Your child's teacher may also contact you if he/she would like to connect to you about your child's progress. School will be dismissed at noon on December 3 and buses will depart shortly thereafter.

📌As many of you may know, the School Board passed a motion to close SIMS and reconfigure Salt Spring Island elementary schools as K-7 and the high school as Gr. 8-12. If you have questions about this process, please contact Marie or our School Board Trustee Rep (sdenz@sd64.org). You can find out more about the motion, what is behind these changes and provide feedback before the motion is voted on by visiting the district website: Reconfiguration.

Please observe these important dates


  • Dec 1 – GIFTS for ReGift Fest Due

  • Dec 3 – Early Dismissal for Parent Conferences, 12:00 pm

  • Dec 8 - ReGift Fest


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NEWSLETTER JAN 7th

Greetings Fulford Families,

🎉Happy New Year to You All!

🦉📚This week we returned to school after what we hope was a nice, restful break with family. We are back in the swing of things school and look forward to some serious learning to happen!

☔ January Rain and Wind have reminded us of the importance of appropriate clothing and the importance of reviewing our emergency protocols. Please ensure that your child is dressed for the weather with a jacket, outdoor shoes or boots, and that he/she has a spare change of clothes kept at the school. We had many wet and muddy emergencies this week where we had to call parents to bring in a change of clothing.

❄️The long-term forecast is calling for a snowy period later in January and February. It is important for us to be prepared for weather-related emergencies. See the inclement weather and snow day procedures below. Should a weather-related emergency happen during the school day, we first communicate by email if we have power, and follow up with phone calls. We only have two phone lines so it takes a while to reach everyone by phone; please do not call the school unless you necessary during these kinds of emergencies. Another important consideration is that you have several people who can pick up your child in your absence listed on your child’s student release form. We can only release your child to someone listed on the form. If you would like to add people to your form, please email Rebecca at fulford@sd64.org with the following message:

Please add name of person to my child’s release form. Person’s phone number is ________________.

📌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 also 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 home page of the district website.

📬 In the case of any weather-related issues that need to be communicated, please check your email for any instructions rather than calling the school. Also, a reminder to make sure that your emergency pick up list is up to date.

Thank you,

Rebecca Nygard

Administrative Assistant

fulford@sd64.org

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

SAFE ARRIVAL: (250)-653-2090

Fulford Community Elementary School

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


NEWSLETTER JAN 14th

Weekly Newsletter January 14th 2021

Greetings Fulford Families,

🌤 We had a wonderful week with lots of fun outside play despite the time of year and a few windy moments.

✅There will be a special public board meeting on January 18, 2021 to vote on the motion introduced to close SIMS and other reconfiguration points. Please see the following link for more information and how to attend the meeting. https://sd64.bc.ca/district-reconfiguration-implementation-phase-iii/

Kindergarten Registration

🦉Kindergarten registration Is now underway! Please see the attached notice and share with people who have children who are entering school next year. Many parents of Kindergarten students are not thinking about registering at this time of the year so please nudge anyone you know who has a child who will be 5 by December 31, 2021 and is planning to come to Fulford.

EPIC Project

✍Fulford School is engaging in an exciting new writing project using funds granted by the school district. This project, known as the EPIC project, involves adding 4 hours per week of teaching time to Mrs. Lamirand’s schedule so that she can co-teach and co-conference with each of the other teachers in the school for a 6-week period between January and June. The project is underway with Mrs. Lamirand working with both Kaz and Mr. MacQueen’s classes for this first block. Twice a week, Mrs. Lamirand joins each classroom teachers for 55-minute blocks of time where students are engaged in writing while the teachers conference with individual students to provide feedback to them about their writing. Both classes are focusing on the Writing Trait – Sentence Fluency, for the mini lessons during this project. Each student has a personal writing goal that they are working on and this goal is what the teachers focus on during their conferences. This week the two classes were thrilled to receive their new, very fancy, writing folders which are used to store their work and to act as a screen to help students to focus. Ask your children what they are working on in their writing right now.



🛑Please Use the Crosswalk

You may have noticed our beautiful new rainbow crosswalk in the parking lot. The bus drivers have asked that all parents use this crosswalk to come out of the parking lot to locate and pick up their child. Many parents are still walking behind and between the buses at pick up and this is something the bus drivers want to emphasize is not safe for them. Please always use the cross walk while buses are in the parking lot. Not only is this a safer route, it is good modelling for the children.


🎼Makana Youth Choir registration is open for Grades 2 to 5. Visit this link for more information.

https://artspring.ca/event/makana-youth-choir-registration/

Have a wonderful weekend,

Rebecca Nygard

Administrative Assistant

fulford@sd64.org

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

SAFE ARRIVAL: (250)-653-2090

Fulford Community Elementary School

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