Have a wonderful summer, everyone! Be kind. Be calm. Be safe.
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We are looking to fill the following positions:
- District Parent Advisory Council Representative (DPAC) (shared position)
We will be holding elections for all executive positions (one-year term). If you want to find out more about any of the positions or would like to nominate yourself or someone else, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org we will reply as quickly as possible.
As you may know, the district completed a consultation process in the fall regarding the preparation of school calendars. Please find [below] the draft School Calendars for each of the next three school years. These calendars were built in consultation with DPAC, school PAC’s, school and district staff, and with the feedback received from the school calendar survey that was available to all parents and staff in December.
One item to note is for the 2020-2021 calendar, only one week of the two week spring break is aligned with Vancouver Metro area school districts. The reason for this is that consultation feedback indicated that it was preferable to include the Easter Holiday in the Spring Break.
Please review the local school calendars and feedback can be provided to your school principal (RKubik@sd48.bc.ca). These draft calendars will be presented to the Board of Education for approval at their regular March public meeting and the final approved calendars will be sent out at that time.
Vice Principal | Signal Hill Elementary School
Pemberton, BC | SD 48 Sea to Sky
Community gardens are an important part of ensuring childhood health &
connection to nature. For the past six years, Stewardship Pemberton &
Signal Hill Elementary School have joined forces to give back to those in need. Students at Signal Hill Elementary school start the seeds in their classroom. The classes then
plant out the vegetable seedlings during a field trip to the “Grow it Forward Garden”.
Funds raised will help support our “Grow it Forward” Community
Garden by purchasing soil, seed trays, gardening equipment and also help
towards the cost of maintaining the garden throughout the growing
season. Produce grown is then distributed to those in need through
our local Food Bank and other local community programs.
West Coast Seeds is a BC company offering untreated and non-GMO seeds suitable for organic growing.
For more information on seeds available, please visit: https://fundraising.westcoastseeds.com/
Here’s a handy flowchart that shows you who you (as a parent) can/should take your concerns to! Hope you find it useful.
The next PAC meeting will be at 7:15pm on 5 Feb in the school library. Come one come all!!
The agenda, along with previous minutes, can be found on the meetings page.
- PAC Meeting in the Library at 5:15 pm on Tuesday 3 December. All parents and guardians are welcome to attend. We are hoping this earlier meeting time will serve those who cannot make the later meeting times. Thank you.
- See agenda here.
Do you have questions about why we have multi-age class groupings? An information meeting for all parents will be held in the school library on TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 26th, 6.30pm. Please come along to find out more!
In the meantime, there are some good resources on multi-age classrooms listed here.
This letter appears in the Pique newspaper this week:
They shoot and they score
Signal Hill Elementary Parent Advisory Council (PAC), and students in Pemberton, would like to extend a heartfelt thanks to all those individuals, local families, local businesses and sponsors who supported the rebuilding of the school hockey court.
A project that started with the enthusiasm of a group of Grade 6 students hosting bake sales and hot chocolate stands quickly became an ambitious redevelopment plan. A huge wave of enthusiasm spread throughout the school and extended into the community.
The hockey court was removed and reinstalled with brand-new fencing in the summer, and will be finalized before the winter. We would like to thank all those who helped make this become a reality, including Education Assistant Jodie Sankey and all the Grade 6 students now in Grade 7 who brought their energy and dedication to the front of this cause. This project would not have been possible without the support of the following organizations, businesses and community members: Squamish-Lillooet Regional District and the Village of Pemberton; the Whistler Blackcomb Foundation; The Community Foundation of Whistler; a local Pemberton family who kick started our fundraising with a very generous donation; Pemberton Royal Canadian Legion; Grimms Deli; the Rempel Family; Brink Forestry Products; Pemberton Rotary Club; Murphy Construction; and the Real Estate Association of Whistler.
Thanks also to the School Administration, SD48, Signal Hill PAC and all the community members who volunteered their time and energy to the fundraising initiatives, and put funds into the cause. Thank you!
Claire Fuller on behalf of the Signal Hill PAC // Pemberton
The district is currently re-doing their calendar of holidays and non-instructional days for the next 3 years (ie starting school year 2020/21 onwards). In order to do this, they will be sending out a survey to parents in December to ask about your non-instructional day preferences.
The district is currently deciding what the survey questions should be. You can contribute! If you have strong feelings about what the survey questions ought to be, email Nicola Jones at email@example.com with “School Holidays Survey” in the subject line.
Again, please note that this is a) JUST for district-wide non-instructional days (the school has other days off in addition to these, like the half days). b) JUST to decide upon the survey questions, not to actually answer those questions. You get a chance to do that in December!
The survey that they used last time is below. The default is to use the same survey questions again. Or should we change them?
One thing to keep in mind is that the more options included on a survey, the less clear the preferences of the respondents become. In other words, if there are too many choices, it “splits the vote” and it’s no longer obvious what people want or why.
My personal preference would be to keep the questions as they are, but add a line of clarification to the critical question about whether you prefer a 1 week or 2 week Spring Break question:
“We currently have a 2 week spring break. Going to a one week spring break would result in hours of instruction being shortened slightly each day by about 5-10 minutes. This time is typically taken out of mid-day breaks and/or out of the day’s start time.”