PAC meeting: Wed 5 Feb

The next PAC meeting will be at 7:15pm on 5 Feb in the school library. Come one come all!! An agenda will be posted soon.


Thanks for the hockey court!

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


District School Calendar

Dear all,

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 nkjones@gmail.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.”


Nicola Jones.


Meetings, PAC News & Events

AGM News

As we start another school year, Signal Hill Pac has said goodbye to Lauren Martinello. Lauren has been an integral part of our school community and we wish her all the best with her new family adventure on Vancouver Island.

At our AGM in June we welcomed some new and returning members to our PAC this year.

Please welcome our 2019/2020 Signal Hill PAC Executive:

Co- Chairs: Erica Hurtubise and Sandra McLaren

Treasurer : Laura Watt

Secretary: Nicola Jones

Interim Communications Coordinators: Erica Hurtubise and Sandra McLaren (may change if new members are interested).

Grant Writer / Coordinators : Claire Fuller and Tamsin Tarling

DPAC Rep. : Natalie McNamara, Brooke Meeker, and Lisa Vertefeiulle

Hot Lunch Coordinator: Jana Grimshaw and Tara Teigan

2018-2019 AGM

















New School Year

We hope you had a great summer and are looking forward to back to school!

The new school year is just around the corner, and here is some helpful information from the PAC.

The School Calendar for 2019/2020 is HERE!

All School Supply Lists can be found HERE!

The PAC has set up a great option for ordering your school supplies! Simply visit www.schoolstart.ca and choose Signal Hill Elementary from the school list. Select a class list of supplies, or order what you wish a la carte! Orders support the PAC.

Labels are a great way to identify your child’s items! From books, binders and pens to clothing, shoes and backpacks Lovable Labels has so many great options. Proceeds of your order support the PAC and help keep your child’s items from getting lost. Visit www.signalhill.lovablelabels.ca to place your order!