🌻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


NEWSLETTER JAN 21st

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

NEWSLETTER JAN 28th

Weekly Newsletter January 28th, 2021

❄️We thought we would have snow this week but instead we enjoyed more “June-uary” weather with a lot of sunshine and outside play. If you need to review our Snow Day procedures please visit this link to our website:  https://www.fulford.sd64.bc.ca/snow-day-procedures

✔️Foundation Skills Assessment

This year’s FSAs have been moved back further in the year to accommodate for the interruption in learning that occurred due to the Covid pandemic. The FSAs are now scheduled for the period of February 15-March 11. All students in Grades 4 and 7 are expected to write the FSAs. Prior to the start of the assessment period, the Grade 4 students will have an opportunity to do a practice FSA online so that they are familiar with the format and navigation. Counter to what you may have been told, the FSAs are an important part of the assessment process for our students. The FSAs triangulate our school-based assessment and help us to note trends in our school and district. The FSAs have helped to inform us in developing our school goals in writing and, previously, in math. Last year we had full participation in the FSAs, and the students’ results were very positive. If you have any questions about the FSAs, please contact Marie.

😷BC Health and Safety Guidelines and Orders

We are at an extraordinary place in our Covid experience....most of us are getting fatigued with all the restrictions, just as we can see the end of the tunnel with vaccinations rolling out. As fatigued as we are, we all need to continue to do our part to follow the guidelines and expectations so that some of the restrictions may be lifted. Current restrictions include avoiding non-essential travel and indoor social gatherings with people outside of your household. Please consider that when people bend the rules, it can affect all of us. Our school has very good health and safety protocols in place, and the students and staff are doing everything they can do to keep our school safe. We want to avoid any COVID-19 exposures at our school because they will negatively affect some of our population who would be required to stay home and monitor for symptoms for two weeks. Let’s keep our school and community safe by following the guidelines provided by the Provincial Health Office.

🍎Kindergarten 2021

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.

📝Cross Boundary Forms

Students who attend Fulford School but live outside of our catchment area are required to complete cross boundary request forms annually. If this is the case for your child, please look for the cross-boundary form to come home with your child next week. Alternatively, you can print the form, complete it and return it to the office as soon as possible. Cross Boundary Form

👨‍👨‍👧‍👧Family Day

February 15 is Family Day so schools will be closed. School will be in session Tuesday to Friday that week, February 16 – 19th.


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


NEWSLETTER FEB 4, 2021

Weekly Newsletter February 4th, 2021


😄We enjoyed another week of great weather and lots of fun outside. It has been interesting to see that this year we have reduced absences due to illness seemingly because of our Health protocols, we hope that spring continues to bring us good health and good weather here at school.



🍎Kindergarten 2021

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. 

✔️Foundation Skills Assessment 

Parents of students in Grade 4 may have received a notice from their child’s teacher expressing the BC Teachers’ Federation opinion on the Foundation Skills Assessment (FSA). Please remember that it is the expectation of the Ministry of Education that all grade 4 and 7 students in British Columbia participate in the FSA. Only the school principal has the authority to excuse a student from participation, and then, only under specific circumstances such as family emergency or lengthy illness. If you believe that your child should be exempted from participation this year, due to an extenuating circumstance, please contact Marie and we can discuss concerns you may have. Please know that signing the form provided to you in the BCTF notice is not sufficient to excuse your child from participating in the FSA.

📝Cross Boundary Forms 

Students who attend Fulford School but live outside of our catchment area are required to complete cross boundary request forms annually. If this is the case for your child, please complete and return the cross boundary request form as soon as possible. Alternatively, you can print the form, complete it and return it to the office as soon as possible. Cross Boundary Form

👨‍👨‍👧‍👧Family Day 

February 15 is Family Day so schools will be closed. School will be in session Tuesday to Friday that week, February 16 – 19th.

Revised Health and Safety Guidelines

A letter was sent out today with the revised guidelines for the K-12 setting. There are not many significant changes at the elementary level but there are some changes to the middle and high school level. We will review all the guidelines with our students next week.

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





NEWSLETTER FEB 11, 2021

Weekly Newsletter February 11th, 2021

Greetings Fulford Families,

❄️ This week was an interesting week. We had beautiful sunshine combined with some of the coldest days of the year. Please remember to make sure that your child has all the important components of outside gear at school as we have seen the weather change throughout the day. If your child comes home with clothes provided by the school due to getting wet or muddy during the day, please send them back laundered; we are low on socks so we do want them to come back!

🥦🍅🥕We are having a fundraiser for our Garden, please see the attached newsletter for information! You can get a beautiful box of local produce for a donation from our garden!

👨‍👩‍👦‍👦 👨‍👧‍👧 👨‍👨‍👦 👩‍👩‍👦‍👦Family Day

This weekend is a long weekend for Family Day so next week school is in session on Friday. Please enjoy this long weekend responsibly by following the PHO’s orders regarding non-essential travel and not gathering indoors with others who are not in your household. We appreciate all the sacrifices that families are making to keep our school community safe.


🍎Kindergarten 2021

Kindergarten registration is well 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.

🐰 Family Day: 'Some Bunny Loves You'

The Salt Spring Arts Council presents our Annual Family Day Celebration on Monday February 15, 11am - FREE – here's the Preview Video: https://youtu.be/yJbE0iykjfU

Details: ssartscouncil.com/event/some-bunny-loves-you/

Livestreamed from historic Mahon Hall, Jesse Thom performs “Some Bunny Loves You”, an interactive puppet show that takes audiences on a journey through an imaginative world of some very peculiar bunnies. Jesse is a Salt Spring Island puppeteer, author, songwriter and meditation teacher. The show features a wonderful cast of colorful bunnies, from Liza who sleeps inside a raspberry to Gilfred on his flying toast. The show is interactive, with opportunities for kids to participate from home (with parental help).

RSVP by Feb. 12 for a chance to win one of two copies of Jesse Thom's 'Some Bunny Loves You"


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



NEWSLETTER Feb 19, 2021

Weekly Newsletter Friday February 19, 2021

Greetings Fulford Families,

The children enjoyed playing in the snow this week after our snowstorm last weekend. We see some bright futures in construction and engineering!



Pink Shirt Day

💗Next Wednesday, February 24, is Pink Shirt Day. Fulford will be showing its support for a bully-free culture by inviting staff and students to wear a pink shirt. Teachers will teach students the origin of, and meaning behind, Pink Shirt Day. On Monday, we will be drawing names from each class to give away Pink Shirt Day t-shirts and bracelets as we have done in years past. This year’s t-shirts have a beautiful Indigenous Art on them with the words, Be Kind. Please encourage your child to wear a pink shirt on Wednesday and continue the conversation about the meaning of Pink Shirt Day. More information can be found here: Pink Shirt Day.



Fulford’s EPIC Writing Project

📝The first block of our EPIC writing project has concluded already. Mrs. Lamirand has been co-teaching and co-conferencing with Kaz and Mr. MacQueen’s classes since the first week of January. The focus of their instruction has been on the Sentence Fluency trait. It has been so rewarding to see the data that shows the growth of students’ writing in general, and in sentence fluency in particular over the 6-week period. If you have a child in Kaz/Mrs. Lamirand’s and Mr. MacQueen’s classes, ask them what they know about sentence fluency. The next block of the EPIC project will begin next week with Mrs. Van Riel and Mrs. Kerrigan’s classes



⏰The deadline for French Immersion registration is March 1st, 2021.

Registrations can be sent to me sjohnson@sd64.org or cengland@sd64.org

If parents have questions, they can call Shelly Johnson, Principal of SSE @ 250-537-9928

🔔Early Dismissal

There will be an early dismissal 12 pm on Thursday, March 4 for parent-teacher conferences. If you would like to connect with your child’s teacher, please contact him/her directly to arrange a phone call or zoom meeting. Your child’s teacher may also contact you if they would like to connect about your child’s progress.

📘Please see the attached information about Come Read with Me.

Parents are encouraged to participate in this free zoom workshop about how to support their children's reading development through gentle coaching strategies that are consistent with how they are taught to read in schools. It is offered through Salt Spring Literacy. There are a variety of meeting times to accommodate most schedules.

Have a wonderful, short weekend.

Thank you,

Rebecca Nygard

Administrative Assistant

fulford@sd64.org

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

Fulford Community Elementary School

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


Mailing Address:

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


WEBSITE:

www.fulford.sd64.bc.ca


NEWSLETTER FEB 25th, 2021

Weekly Newsletter February 25th, 2021

Greetings Fulford Families,

❄️The children enjoyed the last bits of snow that were replaced with tropical weather this week.

🌷We are counting down to Spring Break which is March 15th to 25th. It is hard to believe we are nearing the year anniversary of our COVID experience. We look forward to moving past all the restrictions and welcoming parents back into the school post-pandemic. In the interim, we must continue to limit the number of people coming into the school so parents should not come in unless it is necessary. If parents need to enter the school, they must enter through the front door, check in at the office, complete a health check and sign the contact tracing sheets. Parents must be masked 😷when they come into the school. Holding a coat or scarf over your face does not constitute wearing a mask. We are happy to provide you with a mask if you do not have one. If you need to communicate with your child’s teacher, please call or email, or arrange to meet with them outside.

Bus Protocols

🚌The district transportation protocols have tightened up and we can’t allow students to use the buses the way they have in the past. Students must be registered for the bus with their regular stop(s) noted. Bus ridership is no longer available for courtesy rides or after school activities. Any change in a student’s regular stop must be communicated through the school. If your child needs to be let off the bus at a stop that is not their usual stop, you must contact the school so that we can provide a bus note. If someone else is picking your child up at the bus stop, you must also communicate that through the school so that we can write a note to communicate with the bus driver. These are new protocols but they must be followed. If you have any questions about bus ridership, please contact Rebecca at the school.

🔔Early Dismissal March 4

Next Thursday, March 4, there is an early dismissal for parent-teacher conferences. Students will be dismissed at 12 pm and buses will run shortly after. If you would like to meet with your child’s teacher, either virtually, over the phone or in person outside, please contact the teacher directly. Your child’s teacher may also request to meet with you, in which case, he/she will connect with you. If you are unable to meet with the teacher next Thursday, they will arrange an alternate day and time for you.

Grade 6 Teacher For Next Year

📣We are very pleased to announce that Kim Moffat will be joining us next year as our new Grade 6 teacher. Kim is a veteran teacher who has been teaching this age group at SIMS since it opened, and we feel lucky that she will be joining our team here at Fulford School.

🥕Last week, our garden fundraiser was a great success! Kaz and Ms. Lamirand’s students did a great job of decorating the bags and helping put all the garden items into them for families. A big thank you to Robin Jenkinson for organizing this, and to all of the families that supported it. We collected over $600 in donations for our garden.



NEWSLETTER March 4th, 2021

Weekly Newsletter March 4, 2021

Greetings Fulford Families,

🌷The upcoming week is the last week before Spring Break, we know that everyone is looking forward to having some down time with their families. We have been very fortunate to have had a very low incidence of illness in our school over the winter months and we hope that our school community keeps following the Provincial Health Recommendations during our break.

☀️Now that the weather is warming up we want to remind parents that we want to continue to reduce the after school socializing at pick up. We know that it is difficult to leave the school grounds on a sunny day, but we are trying to adhere to the health guidelines set out for us by our District, Worksafe and Provincial Health Authorities.

📝Due to unforeseen circumstances, Report cards will be going home with your child after Spring Break.

🍕We are having Pizza day Thursday March 11th. Your child has been sent home with a form that needs to be back at the school with money or you can indicate that you will send an e-transfer to fulford@sd64.org.

Salt Spring Island Minor Baseball is accepting registrations for the 2021 season, visit this link for more information.

https://www.saltspringbaseball.ca/home



NEWSLETTER March 11, 2021

Weekly Newsletter March 11, 2021

Greetings Fulford Families,

🌷SPRING BREAK is beginning this weekend and we know everyone is looking forward to a break and some time with family. We have gotten the message from our provincial health officers that the easing of some of the restrictions is in the foreseeable future but we hope that our school community continues to respect the guidelines for now so we all return from this break to a safe environment.

💙Triple P Parenting Workshop

Please see the attached flyer for Triple P Positive Parenting Workshop offered by Community Services. This course provides education in Triple P basics. It helps parents deal with almost any situation that might come up, in ways that are best suited to their own families. Contact Maryanne Benwood for more information or to register: mbenwood@ssics.ca. Although the workshops are via Zoom, preregistration is required.

📣Congratulations to Rebecca Nygard who has been awarded the Child and Youth Care Worker position for Fulford School from March 29 until June 30th. She will be working with students, both individually and in groups, to provide social and emotional supports as needed. This support may include working with students on strategies for coping with anxiety, social communication skills, friendship skills, empathy and leadership. She will use developmentally appropriate activities and methods to help students learn skills and strategies. Rebecca’s ability to connect with people of all ages and her post-secondary background in Social Work and Disability, and her experiences as an Education Assistant will stand her in good stead for this new position. Rebecca will continue as our school’s Admin Assistant as well and we will schedule the CYCW hours around her office position.

📅Important Dates:

March 29th School Back in Session after Break

April 5th No School due to Easter Long Weekend

April 9th School is in session



HAVE A WONDERFUL BREAK!


NEWSLETTER April 1, 2021

Greetings Fulford Families,

🌷We had a great week back to school after the break with amazing spring weather to enjoy our time outside, yet we all seem ready for a long weekend again!

😷We have had some changes with our Covid Health and Safety protocols this week due to the updated Provincial Health Orders but we were happy to see such a smooth adjustment today with our older students. For clarity’s sake, the updated mask mandate is as follows:

All K-12 staff and all students in Grades 4 to 12 are required to wear non-medical masks at all times while in schools and on school buses – both within and outside their learning groups. Exceptions to the non-medical mask requirements are as follows:

• While eating or drinking

• When behind a barrier

• When wearing a mask cannot be tolerated for health or behavioural reasons

• Temporary removal of mask for the purpose of identifying the person wearing it

• Temporary removal of mask to engage in educational activities that are not possible with masks (eg. playing an instrument, hi-intensity physical activities, etc.)

• When unable to put on or remove a mask without assistance of another person

• When providing service to a person with a disability or diverse ability (hearing impairments visual cues, facial expressions, etc. are important)

For students in Grades K-3, the Provincial Health Officer encourages, but does not require, the wearing of non-medical masks consistent with the above exceptions, as mask wearing remains a personal or family choice for these students.

The updated mask mandate is in addition to all other layers of protection already in place, including staying home when sick, frequent hand washing and physical distancing.

Parents are still required to conduct a health check on their children every morning before sending them to school. If a child presents with even mild symptoms, the child should stay home until symptoms resolve. If a child presents with two or more symptoms, the parent should seek guidance from 811. The best way to determine whether your child should come to school or not is to use the BC Covid Health Self-Assessment app or to access the health self- assessment online. See this link for information: BC COVID app.

📝Second term report cards were sent home on Thursday. Please return the envelopes so that we can reuse them for the final report card in June.

CYCW Position and School Office Hours

🕒Rebecca will be starting her Child and Youth Care Worker position next week. This is a 12-hour position that will be scheduled throughout the week and around her Admin Assistant position. Rebecca will be in the office for sure every day from 8:00 – 9:00 and for the last half hour of the day to ensure bus messages and emergencies are addressed before the end of the day. If you call the office and do not get an answer, please leave a message and your call will be returned as soon as possible. As the CYCW, Rebecca will be working on social and emotional skills with individual, pairs and groups of students depending on needs. We are very fortunate to have such a skilled professional who already has positive relationships with the students in our school working in this new position!

🐰Monday is a holiday due to Easter so Friday April 9th is a school day. We hope that your family enjoys the extra long weekend. Happy chocolate eating!




Newsletter April 9, 2021

Greetings Fulford Families,


🌱🌷🌱We had a great week with many classes spending extra time outside in the Spring weather.


😷Our school adjusted to some new layers of COVID safety with ease and we are happy to see that our school community is also taking extra care for the benefit and safety of us all. Please see the updated Health Check attached and use the online tool to determine the course of action in the case of your child displaying any symptoms of illness, even mild ones. Also, when you call the school to report your child’s absence, please let us know the reason for the absence, and what symptoms your child has if the reason is illness.

✉️Please send report card envelopes back to your child’s teacher if you have not already done so.

April 15th, 2020

Greetings Fulford Families,


🌱🌷🌱We had a great week with many classes spending extra time outside in the Spring weather.


😷Our school adjusted to some new layers of COVID safety with ease and we are happy to see that our school community is also taking extra care for the benefit and safety of us all. Please see the updated Health Check attached and use the online tool to determine the course of action in the case of your child displaying any symptoms of illness, even mild ones. Also, when you call the school to report your child’s absence, please let us know the reason for the absence, and what symptoms your child has if the reason is illness.

✉️Please send report card envelopes back to your child’s teacher if you have not already done so.