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Dear Parents/Guardians,

 

During an announcement this past Monday by Dr. Bonnie Henry, new health and safety guidelines and regulations for schools were released. This update to the health and safety measures is being introduced as an extra layer of protection in response to recent increases in COVID-19 cases across the province, including Vancouver Island. Read the full release here. A summary of the changes is provided below.  We are currently updating our School Safety Plans and these updates will be available on our District Website.

 

Masks

Masks must now be worn at all times while indoors at school by:

  • Students in Grades 4-12
  • All staff
  • Adult volunteers and visitors

This requirement includes while seated/standing at desks or work stations.

 

Please remember to send a reusable mask with your child to school each day.

 

Exceptions

Masks are required to be worn unless:

  • A person is unable to wear a mask because they do not tolerate it (for health or behavioural reasons);
  • A person is unable to put on or remove a mask without the assistance of another person;
  • The mask is removed temporarily for the purposes of identifying the person wearing it;
  • The mask is removed temporarily to engage in an educational activity that cannot be performed while wearing a mask (e.g. actively playing a wind instrument, high-intensity physical activity, etc.);
  • A person is eating or drinking;
  • A person is behind a barrier;
  • A person is communicating to another person who has a disability or diverse ability (including but not limited to a hearing impairment), where visual cues, facial expressions and/or lip reading/movements are important.

On the school bus

Staff, adult volunteers and all Grades 4-12 students are required to wear a mask on the school bus.

 

Exceptions

The recommendation above should not apply as follows:

  • To a person who is unable to wear a mask because they do not tolerate it (for health or behavioural reasons);
  • To a person unable to put on or remove a mask without the assistance of another person;
  • If the mask is removed temporarily for the purposes of identifying the person wearing it; or
  • While eating or drinking.

Kindergarten to Grade 3 students

Primary students are encouraged to wear a mask at school and on buses, but are not required to do so.

 

Please remember to send a reusable mask with your child to school each day.

 

Implementing this new requirement

For some of our schools, mostly elementary schools, where students are not used to wearing masks indoors, staff will spend the next few days helping students to adjust to this change. Please have a conversation about these new guidelines with your children.

 

Places masks are not required

Students will be able to remove their masks while outside, including at recess, lunchtime and while learning outside. As the weather improves, teachers will continue to look for opportunities to move their classes outside.

 

Teachers will go through these updates and changes with your children and we encourage you to do the same at home.

 

Families and students can find up-to-date information about K-12 schools at: https://www.gov.bc.ca/safeschools

 

Thank you again for helping us adapt to these changes.

 

Sincerely,

 

Scott Stinson

 

 

 

 
 

 

CHILDHOOD STRESS & ANXIETY

BUILDING RESILIENCE

EMPOWERING STRATEGIES         EFFECTIVE SUPPORTS

 

                         ZOOM Presentation and Discussion By:

Julie-Anne Richards, M.A., R.C.C., C.C.C.

Registered Clinical Counselor, Psycho-educational Consultant

www.JulieAnneRichards.com

6:30-8:00 pm

Tuesday

March 2, 2021

REGISTER TO RECEIVE ZOOM SIGN-UP LINK

 

Tailored for Parents, Caregivers and Educators supporting children

ages 5 – 12

VIRTUAL PRESENTATION

Please download ZOOM App to your device and the Link will be emailed to you March 2

Free Event!

REGISTRATION REQUIRED (copy and paste in browser)

https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/free-virtual-presentation-on-childhood-anxiety-by-julie-anne-richards-tickets-141757509527

This Presentation is structured for an Adult Audience

Funded by the Eric Palmer Memorial Foundation www.ericfoundation.com

 

 

 
 

Hippity Hop! It’s that time of year for delicious chocolate. Colwood PAC has signed up for PURDYS Easter Fundraiser to give you the opportunity to give friends and family some yummy chocolate all the while supporting your PAC. This fundraiser is all online through the PURDYS site and we will not be accepting cash or cheques at the school.

 

To Order Online

  1. Go to Purdys https://group.purdys.com/login.aspx
  2. Sign in as a Returning Customer or register as a New Customer
  3. Register as a Member
  4. Customer Number #18444
  5. Please make sure to include your Child’s Name and Division Number/Teacher (if known) on the online order form. Also make sure any family members ordering also have this information on their order. To do this click on EDIT beside Ordering for: (YOUR NAME) add the information to the additional information field UPDATE. We will now see your child’s information when we print the report and sort your chocolate.
  6. To view the catalogue click on the SHOP ONLINE icon at the top of the page.
  7. On the next page choose the USE MARKETPLACE option.
  8. Fill your bag with goodies then PROCEED TO CHECKOUT.

 

Please have COMPLETED orders submitted online by MARCH 17, 2021. Chocolates will be delivered to your child at the end of the day on MARCH 30, 2021.

 

Thank you for your support!

Colwood PAC

 

 

 
 

 

Dear Parents and Guardians of our Colwood Elementary Students,

 

I hope you are having a wonderful week and staying safe with the icy roads. This has been a strange week for me as I have been working from home as I am involved in an intensive four-day course, co-sponsored by SD 62 and the Ministry of Education. The course has been an incredible learning opportunity and the topic is Compassionate Systems Leadership. In other words, the course helps school leaders to reflect on how to create structural or systemic changes which ultimately helps students and staff thrive in environments that are rich in compassion, kindness and on-going reflective practices. It’s about leading from the heart and ensuring all parts of the system (the people, structures, and processes) have compassionate awareness. I have never been away from school/work for this long, so it feels strange as I miss the students and Colwood staff, but the learning I am doing in this course is well worth it. The school is in great hands, with Mr. Taal in the office full-time this week. I look forward to getting back on Monday and seeing the faces of our school community!

Here are some updates for the week:

Pick-ups and drop-offs (parking, icy conditions and masks)
Thank you for respecting the staff parking lot as a staff-only space. In addition, please be mindful of icy conditions as families walk around the schoolgrounds. We try and de-ice as much as we can but can’t get to every spot. Please be extra cautious driving as the parking lot is very icy in the morning – please drive slowly! We also ask that you please continue to wear masks and physically distance during pick-up and drop-off – we see how much you are doing to keep our school healthy and we appreciate it.

Pink Shirt Day – Feb. 24
Wednesday is Pink Shirt Day, so we encourage our students to please wear a pink shirt. The purpose of this day is to celebrate kindness and to stand up to bullying. For information, resources and a history of Pink Shirt Day please check out their website: https://www.pinkshirtday.ca/

White Hatter Presentation – For our Beavers and Ravens Cohorts
The White Hatter Team are a local father-son team who educate children, youth and parents about cyber safety. This year, the White Hatter Team will be presenting a virtual workshop for our Ravens and Beavers cohorts (Ms. Venables, Mr. Bendall/Mr. Parsons, and Mr. Taal/Ms. Boesche). Thank you to our PAC for supporting this presentation. The White Hatter Team also has a cyber-safety video for parents, which provides lots of information to parents about how to keep kids safe online. While it has a focus on tips for remote learning, it has some relevant information for all parents.   Feel free to view it here: (65) Preparing for the 2020-2021 School Year for Parents and Caregivers – YouTube

Foundation Skills Assessments – For Grade 4
Our grade 4 students will be involved in the Foundation Skills Assessments and will be facilitated at Colwood at the end of the month and into the beginning of March. You will have received a letter from the BC Teacher’s Federation presenting one view of the FSAs and a letter from our Superintendent, offering another view. I will email our Grade 4 parents directly and will be conducting the assessments with all grade 4 students, unless parents, case managers (for students on IEPs) or myself have excused them from the assessments. Please let me know if you have any questions.

Workshops for Parents – FREE!

1) **** Parenting Without The Power Struggles**** offered by The Boys & Girls Club – Aimed for parents of preteens ( but applicable for parents of teens), this popular 10-week program encourages parents to build on their family strengths, gain confidence in parenting an emerging teen, and discover practical ideas on how to prepare for the transition from preteen to teen. Date: Wednesday, Feb. 17th – March 14th, 12 pm -1:30 pm Via Zoom – see attached poster. Can still join for February 24th.

(2) Lunch Hour Workshop Series followed by an optional 30 minute Q&A offered by The Boys & Girls Club – see attached poster.
(3) FamilySmart Topic is Eating Disorders: Cost: Free of Charge, Date: Wednesday, February 24, 2021, at 4:00 pm ( You are welcome to join other dates and times ), Registrationwww.familysmart.ca/itk, Watch Nowhttps://youtu.be/KMvvWz89YE8 – see attached poster.

Please stay safe, healthy and enjoy some quality time with your family.

 

Best wishes and take care,

Jen Nixon
Principal
http://colwood.web.sd62.bc.ca/

Message from our PAC: Please check out the Colwood PAC Facebook page or email them colwoodelementarypac@gmail.com for more information. All hot lunch, popcorn and spirit wear orders go through https://colwood.hotlunches.net/admin/?sid=&un=0   Thank you for supporting our school!

 

 

 
 

It is important for parents and students to know there is a difference for Hockey vs  Golf registration date.

 

****Middle School Academy Registration for 2021/22 School Year

            will open on March 8th 6:00 am.

 

Journey – Hockey Academy

Dunsmuir – Soccer and Dance

Spencer – Hockey

 

These Academies run in the timetable during the regular school day

 

https://www.sd62.bc.ca/programs-services/academies

 

****Middle School Golf Academy Registration for 2021/22 School Year

             will open February 8th 6:00 am

 

Golf Academy is open to all Middle school students 6-8

 

The Golf Academy will run after school on Monday, Wednesday and some Fridays

https://www.sd62.bc.ca/programs-services/academies

 

 
 

Dear Parents and Guardians of our Colwood Elementary Students

Happy Wednesday! I hope you are having a great week – we have avoided snow so far, except for some of our families who also live up island part of the time. It is still in the forecast, so if it does snow, please check CFAX or the SD 62 social media sites (Facebook and Twitter) to find out the state of schools and whether school closures in effect.

As usual, I appreciate all of you and all that you are doing to keep our school healthy and safe. It’s been a trying time for so many people, and I know that “Covid Fatigue” has set in. Thank you for continuing to keep your kids home if they are ill and keeping our cohorts separated before and after school as much as possible. It is very much appreciated, and I feel very lucky to work with such wonderful families.

Here is an update for the week.

Plans for Next Year – Registration and School Change Requests Now Live

Are you planning to move and don’t think you’ll be returning to Colwood next year? If that’s the case, please let me know as soon as possible as we are starting to look at our enrollment numbers for next year. As well, registration is now open and all the information can be found at https://www.sd62.bc.ca/schools/registration. What this means:

  • Kindergarten Registration is live so if you have a child coming next year please get the registration complete
  • School Change Requests – all grade 5s get automatically transitioned to Dunsmuir. If your child will be attending another middle school or you need to transfer to another school for a different reason (i.e. moving) then you complete a School Change request
  • Late French Immersion – if you would like your grade 5 child to go into later French immersion next year at John Stubbs please register for this right away

Valentine’s Day & Family Day

Valentine’s Day is coming, and we have been given the go-ahead for students to share Valentine’s Cards with their classmates. They can bring a Valentine card and may bring a pencil or eraser (if you wish) but students are not allowed to pass out or bring food or treats (not even wrapped candy). Classes will be passing out Valentine’s cards on Thursday February 11th – Friday is a ProD Day and Monday is Family Day. Again, no food or candy please and make sure there is a card for EVERY student in the class, so nobody feels left out. Our staff has also decided to celebrate “Family Day” rather than celebrate “Mother’s” or “Father’s” Day as every child has a different family situation and we want to be inclusive to all.

Literacy Week – Happening Now!

Our theme for literacy week this year is “Open a book, go on an adventure.” It has been a great week so far with an inspiring workshop for all our cohorts by Gareth Gaudin on Monday – he is an award-winning author/illustrator of The Monster Sisters and Magic Teeth Dailies and owns Legends Comics downtown. I have attached a photo collage showing our tracking board where we keep track of home reading. Friday is “Favourite Book Character” Day so we encourage your child to dress-up if possible; there are lots of easier ideas on Pinterest. Don’t be surprised if you see me walking around in a piggy onesie, as I do love the Elephant and Piggy series!   As well, please bring a flashlight from home on Friday for our “We Read Together” flashlight read (please label it).

Updating Contact Information

If you have moved, have a new phone number, or would like to add someone to your pick-up contacts, then we need to change your information on MyEducation BC. Please let us know if you have any contact information to update.

Best wishes and take care,

Jen Nixon
Principal
http://colwood.web.sd62.bc.ca/

Message from our PAC: Please check out the Colwood PAC Facebook page or email them colwoodelementarypac@gmail.com for more information. All hot lunch, popcorn and spirit wear orders go through https://colwood.hotlunches.net/admin/?sid=&un=0

 
 

kindergarten registration clipart - Clip Art Library

 

Kindergarten Registration is open as of 8am January 25th.

Please ensure you have all documents ready to upload as we cannot accept them in person.

Register HERE

 
 

 

 

Dear Parents and Guardians of our Colwood Elementary Students,

Literacy Week – January 25-29

Our theme for literacy week this year is “Open a book, go on an adventure.”  While we may not be able to physically visit or go to new places this year, reading enables us to embark on an adventure and visit places our imaginations can dream up.  Travelling on an adventure with friends and family is even more fun!  Together, let’s grab a book, read and start adventuring! Our guest presenter, Gareth Gaudin, is an award-winning author/illustrator of The Monster Sisters, Magic Teeth Dailies featuring Perogy Cat and is now working with CBC to create a show. He also is the owner of Legends Comics in downtown Victoria.   Important information for you:

  • Your child will come home with a Book Bingo sheet so you can participate at home. If they complete it, they can bring it in to be entered for a prize draw
  • On Friday, January 29th we are asking students to dress up as their favourite book character
  • Also on Friday, please send your child to school with a flashlight (labelled) for “Flashlight Reading.” Please label the flashlight with your child’s name.

 

Kindergarten Registration for 2021-22

Kindergarten registration starts next week. Please ensure you have all your documents ready to upload. Please spread the word. https://www.sd62.bc.ca/schools/registration

 

Health & Safety – Afterschool Playground Use
Thank you for continuing to be so kind, supportive and conscientious about our collective health and safety. Just a reminder, we work very hard throughout the day to keep our cohorts separated, so please ask your children not to play on the school playground immediately afterschool. Feel free to come back after 3:30 or on evenings or weekends to enjoy our lovely outdoor space.

 

Potential Logo Redesign
Thank you to everyone who has made comments on the potential redesign of our school logo. Our plan is not to change colours or our mascot (cougar), rather we are looking at redesigning the paw and way our name is portrayed. I will keep the survey open for one more week if you wish to provide input: https://forms.gle/RFNQsqocSWsgkXaT6

 

Online Parent Presentations (posters included):

  • Self Harm, how to help your child. Date: Wednesday, January 27th at 4:00 PM (Other dates available) Registration: www.familysmart.ca/itk Discussion facilitated by FamilySmart Parent in Residence. Watch a video with us and come together with other families for a facilitated discussion. (see poster attached to share)
  • The Presentation Childhood Anxiety: Empowering Strategies & Effective Supports – Building Resilience by Julie-Anne Richards, MA, RCC, CCC, will be presented by Virtual Zoom on Tuesday, January 26, from 6:30-8:00 pm.  To receive the Zoom Link, participants must register by Monday, January 25, on www.eventbrite.ca

 

Bottle Drive
Thank you to our PAC for organizing the bottle drive last Saturday. We had many cans/bottles donated and will find out soon how much we made. Thank you to Lisa, Heidi, Gillian, Tara. Vanessa, and Paul for volunteering!

Best wishes and take care,

Jen Nixon
Principal
http://colwood.web.sd62.bc.ca/

Message from our PAC: Please check out the Colwood PAC Facebook page or email them colwoodelementarypac@gmail.com for more information. All hot lunch, popcorn and spirit wear orders go through https://colwood.hotlunches.net/admin/?sid=&un=0

 

 
 

Hey families!

Show your School spirit with our new Spirit Wear.

Order through http://www.hotlunches.net 

Prices include tax.

Order deadline is Feb 5th, 2021

Merchandise link here: Spirit Wear

 
 

Dear Parents and Guardians of our Colwood Elementary Students,

 

I hope you are having a wonderful week! In an effort to minimize the amount of emails you receive from the school, I will try and send home our Cougar’s Den Update each Wednesday, rather than at the start of the week. I hope you find it useful and that it helps make you feel connected to the school, especially in a year when we are not allowed to have parents in.

 

First, on behalf of our staff and students we’d like to thank Lowe’s for donating 40 buckets and lids to our music department.  Thanks to one of parents, Lisa McGregor, for arranging delivery.

Earlier in the year I shared with you a Visual Guide “Resources for Parents”. I have included it again in this newsletter as it has some information on the different organizations and programs that support youth in the Westshore. The winter months can be hard on families and on children – especially in the midst of a pandemic — so anything you can do to help yourself or your children stay fit, healthy and well-adjusted is important. Hopefully you find this guide helpful.

 

We are doing well as a school and a district to keep our schools safe and healthy. Thank you for following our Covid-19 protocols, as they are working for us here at the school, especially:

  • Keeping your kids home when they are ill
  • Coming as close as possible to pick-off and drop-off times and avoiding the playground immediately afterschool to keep our cohorts from mixing
  • Calling the office rather than coming into the building directly.

 

Thank you for continuing to be so kind, supportive and conscientious about our collective health and safety.

 

Lastly, we are in the process of thinking about redesigning our school logo, for a few different reasons, and this conversation even started last year. If we go ahead with this plan, we would make a change for September 2021. We really want parent and student input, so if you have 3-5 minutes please take a few minutes to respond to this survey: https://forms.gle/RFNQsqocSWsgkXaT6

Please keep your comments related to the survey topic (redesigning Colwood’s logo) and if you have other, unrelated comments, please send them my way via email.

Best wishes and take care,

Jen Nixon
Principal