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New BC Food Guidelines suggested

Hi all. FYI, BC has some new proposed, voluntary guidelines for all food served and sold in schools, both in meal programs and also at special events. It’s worth taking a read: the new guidelines really push for healthy foods in schools. Should these proposed guidelines become firm rules, this would have a few possible knock-on effects for Signal Hill Elementary that are worth knowing about: it would mean no more bake sales, for example, and our hot lunch program would probably no longer be possible in its current form (the guidelines prohibit hot dogs, for example).

Here’s the information. We encourage you to fill out the survey.

The Ministries of Health and Education are requesting PAC and DPAC feedback on proposed changes to the 2013 Guidelines for Food and Beverage Sales in B.C. Schools. Both Health and Education are seeking feedback on the proposed 2022 School Food Guidelines to help them identify challenges schools might face with implementation. They are very interested in hearing about any resources or tools you think would be useful in supporting schools with implementation.

The first set of Guidelines for Food and Beverage Sales in BC Schools were published by the Ministries of Education and Health in 2005. These were updated in 2008, 2011 and 2013. With the release of Canada’s food guide in 2019, the Ministry of Health has drafted proposed 2022 Guidelines that reflect current national and provincial nutrition recommendations. They also reflect the findings of the 2020 school administrator survey on implementation challenges with the 2013 Guidelines.

We are encouraging ALL PACs to provide feedback AFTER they review of the Proposed 2022 Guidelines (https://healthyschoolsbc.ca/…/BC-School-Food-Guidelines…) AND the K-12 Discussion Paper (https://healthyschoolsbc.ca/…/SFG-Discussion-Paper_EDUC…) outlining the Ministry’s rationale for the proposed 2022 Guidelines.

Survey takes 10min or less and is open until April 30.

https://surveymoh.health.gov.bc.ca/public/survey/bc-school-food-guidelines-feedback-survey?fbclid=IwAR2CM1M91dPKZjNk9I3OdGM-vOh1VLGpJLZ-deqxnB-iLLXbtOFOLRxpMBM

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District PAC meetings

Did you know that all the PAC reps from elementary and high schools in the Sea to Sky get together occasionally to chat about district-wide issues? You can read all about them, and see the latest minutes, on their website.

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French Immersion Info meeting

Dear Parents/Guardians:

We will be having an information meeting via zoom for those interested in registering their grade 4 children in the 2022-23 French Immersion program at Signal Hill Elementary School. This meeting will be at 6 pm on Monday, January 10th. We can answer any questions you may have at this meeting.

Registration for the French Immersion program will start at 8:00 am on Tuesday, January 18th online. We will send out the information on how to register your child after the meeting on Monday.

To join the Zoom meeting:

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Meeting ID: 876 0291 5432

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PAC Annual General Meeting 9 June

Families please note that our Signal Hill Parent Advisory Council will have their Annul General Meeting June 9 at 7:00 pm. Come join the meeting to meet our families. Come and participate in the meeting or sit back and observe the meeting to view the great contributions PAC makes to the Signal Hill School Community.

Find all documents here: https://signalhillpac.wordpress.com/2020-2021-meetings/
Join Zoom Meeting

FIXED LINK HERE https://sd48-ca.zoom.us/j/63287396378?pwd=dkFVczVieEhwR2owT1pjY2YvQUxadz09

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Hoody Fundraiser: Order by Feb 25

Hello Signal Hill Families,

Before Christmas, the grade seven students did a grocery gift card sales fundraiser to earn money to put towards their graduation. One of the items that has been deemed important to this and past graduating classes is a hoody bearing their grad year, their names, and their school name on the back. The other students at Signal Hill have by now surely been seeing the hoodies sported proudly around the school in the past few weeks. Maybe you have too!?

As a continuation of their fundraising efforts, there are now iconic Signal Hill Elementary Hooded sweatshirts available for purchase for the rest of the school! They are being offered for $40, in Red, Pink, Royal Blue, Sport Grey, or Black in both youth and adult sizes (and in Orange in adult sizes only) (See Hoody samples). You can choose from 2 eye-catching graphics for the back. A perfect gift for your student or teacher to show their school pride!

The goal of the fundraising is to ensure that every student has equal access to graduation celebrations regardless of economic situations as well as helping them to learn the costs associated with such events and how to create opportunities for themselves. The Grade seven students are responsible for fundraising the entire amount of the cost of their Class Graduation Hoodies, Yearbook and Graduation ceremony and any additional funds raised by the students will be donated to a legacy project benefiting all the students of Signal Hill. This will be their second fundraising effort of the year and hopefully they will also be able to do some other efforts such as a spring car wash, bottle drives and various other events through the end of June. It’s a bit tricky this year, as we all know! Your support is appreciated!

The sweatshirts are available for pre-order only. They must be ordered online at
https://signalhillpac.hotlunches.net by February 25th. We will attempt delivery to students before March break but cannot guarantee it. Otherwise, hoodies will be delivered (at the school) during the first week back to class.

If you have not already registered online for this website this year (must be done annually) here are the instructions:

  1. Go to https://signalhillpac.hotlunches.net to register
    -On the home page, search for our school, create a new account and enter the school
    access code SHE2020
    – Add students by name and class
  2. Place your order.
  3. Pay on-line using credit card via Bambora Or: Submit Cash or Cheque payments to the PAC mailbox by the library door with student’s order form attached.
    Paper orders with attached payment will also be accepted in the PAC mailbox by the library door until February 25 at 3:00pm
  4. If you have questions, please reach out to Tara at hotlunchsignalhill@gmail.com