Please see the attached school supply lists for Colwood Elementary.
Parents may be asked to purchase additional items throughout the school year.
Please see the attached for the latest newsletter.
We are currently closed for in-class instruction.
Please check the Sooke School District 62 website for further information. Link below.
We hope everyone is staying healthy, maintaining some kind of normalcy in this unprecedented time and that we get to see all our students again soon!
Dear Students and Families,
I hope this letter finds you all healthy and in relatively good spirits in this unprecedented time. I want to thank you for your patience as we draw to the end of our spring break and prepare for a very different conclusion to the school year. I know that many of you are concerned about your health and well-being as well as the continuation of educational programs.
By now, you will be aware that the Ministry of Education, under the advice of Dr. Bonnie Henry, the Provincial Health Officer, has closed schools to in-class instruction. Schools will continue to provide learning opportunities for students in a different and reduced manner.
Parents should not plan on dropping their children off at schools next week as per normal practice. If there is an urgent need for childcare please email the District at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Ministry of Education has set the following four priorities for school districts at this time:
1. Maintain a healthy and safe environment for all students and families and all employees.
2. Provide services to support children of essential workers.
3. Support vulnerable students who may need special assistance.
4. Provide continuity of educational opportunities for all students.
Most of our staff will be working remotely from home for the next while as we await further direction from health officials. This will mean that schools will only be available to the public through pre-arranged appointments with the school principal or vice-principal. Signs will be located on all school main entrances indicating the best phone number or email address to contact school officials. This will allow us to ensure that our schools remain clean and disinfected for the safety of those staff that will be required to work on site.
Because this is all new to us, we will be asking teachers and other staff to use the week of March 30 to April 3 as a planning week. Teachers will begin to provide learning opportunities as soon as practical and no later than mid-April in keeping with the Minister of Education’s directions. During this time, you can expect your classroom teachers to reach out to you to check in and assess the ability of families to connect online for learning. This will take us some time to organize and fine tune, so we ask for your continued patience with us as we slowly get this up and running.
In these times of uncertainty and angst, families have many things to think about. While we want to ensure continuity of learning, we are also cognizant of overwhelming families with educational demands. Please keep in mind that there is no intent to replicate a regular school day virtually for all students. Teachers will be providing essential learning as well as opportunities for teachers to connect directly with students. We will also provide links to resources on our website for families looking to supplement their children’s learning.
The school district is also committed to supporting families of essential service providers. The Government of BC has developed a list of essential services to assist in this determination. When teachers reach out to families, they will be asking about this and directing families to an online portal to register for services.
To our grade 12 students, wondering about scholarships, graduation and post-secondary transition, we will be sending information out to you specifically in the coming days.
I would encourage parents to check our district website at www.sd62.bc.ca for the latest updates related to COVID-19 and the District’s response.
Please take this time to follow the advice of health professionals, particularly Dr. Bonnie Henry, by maintaining physical distancing, observing proper health etiquette and staying home as much as possible. It is important that while we distance ourselves physically we still maintain social contact. I encourage you to connect with your friends and family whether it be through text, email or phone calls. Let’s all look out for one another.
Superintendent of Schools, School District #62 (Sooke)
Please see attached information, which was sent to parents in the District.
In the spirit of giving, our Colwood community, for the past few years, has been collecting items to create comfort kits for members of our community who need some extra comfort over the holiday season. In the past, we have donated our kits to Our Place. This year, we would like to collect the following items:
Day 1: Monday, Dec. 2 ~ Gloves
Day 2: Tuesday, Dec. 3 ~ Hats
Day 3: Wednesday, Dec. 4 ~ Scarves
Day 4: Thursday, Dec. 5 ~ Hot Pockets
Day 5: Friday, Dec. 6 ~ Chapstick
Day 6: Monday, Dec. 9 ~ Socks
Day 7: Tuesday, Dec.10 ~ Hand sanitizer/wet wipes
Day 8: Wednesday, Dec. 11 ~ Toothpaste and Toothbrush
Day 9: Thursday, Dec. 12 ~ Granola bars
Day 10: Friday, Dec.13 ~ word searches/puzzle books
Day 11: Monday, Dec. 14 ~ card making in class
Day 12: Tuesday, Dec. 15 ~ Leadership team to assemble Comfort Bags for Our Place
ONLINE CONSENT PORTAL –https://consent.sd62.bc.ca
Phase 1, The parent page – This is where parents login to provide and/or review consents for their children.
• When using the system for the first time, parents must use the front page to request an access number (which acts as their password).
• Parents use the verification number to gain entry. From there, they can provide consent to the 7 activities. If your student is not listed, please make sure that the email address used is the same email address your students school has on file.
1. Freshgrade (online tool)-Colwood teachers will be starting to use this tool throughout the year.
2. GAFE (Student Access to Google Apps for Education)
3. Media Release
4. KEV School Cash Online-great tool to be used to collect funds for school payments. To be rolled out throughout the year. Currently used in Middle and High schools.
5. Short (Walking) Field Trips
6. Internet Access –
- Aboriginal Education Self Identification form
When do the Consents expire?
• Some consents (namely GAFE, KEV, and FreshGrade) expire once a student leaves the district and/or graduates.
• Some consents last one school year
• The system tracks the expiry of these consents. To renew a consent year to year (for Internet access, as an example) a parent simply reconnects to the system next school year. The system will note that the consent has expired and will give parents an opportunity to renew their permission.
How do you sign up for these consents?
Step 1 – go to: https://consent.sd62.bc.ca
Step 2 – Add your email address
Step 3 – A verification number will be sent your email address within a couple minutes. Make note of your SD62 email verification number
Step 4 – Enter the verification number
Step 5 – Click on the Consents and choose, “I do give consent”.
If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me at 250-478-2332, email@example.com or in person in the front office. I’m happy to assist you when I can.
HOT LUNCH ORDERING
As we get ready for another exciting year at school, it is also time to get the Hot Lunch Program up and running. We will be doing online ordering for all orders to ensure accuracy with the orders and to make the process as easy for everyone as possible.
Here’s how to get started…
- Go to colwood.hotlunches.net
- Click on “Click Here to Register”
- Enter Access Code: colwood
- Complete the rest of the registration form. (Including your email address will ensure you receive reminder emails about hot lunch order deadlines, and your child’s hot lunch order for the upcoming week)
- Click the “Register Now” button at the bottom
- Follow the instructions to add each child in your family who attends Colwood Elementary. Once your child(ren) are registered, click on “Orders”
- Proceed to order hot lunch for your child(ren)
We prefer to take hot lunch order payments through PayPal (www.paypal.com). NO cash payments will be accepted at any time.
We will accept cheque payments once in September (for lunches Sept-Dec) and once in January (for lunches Jan-June). If you want to pay monthly, you will need to use PayPal. No exceptions will be made.
You can either pay with a credit card as a PayPal guest (Visa, Mastercard or Amex), or set up your own PayPal account.
The hot lunch online order system requires a small amount of setup time at the beginning as you must register each child you have attending our school prior to ordering hot lunch. Once the initial setup process is complete, your hot lunch orders for the remainder of the year should be quick and simple.
If you have questions, feel free to contact the Hot Lunch team directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note hot lunch is run by the PAC and we are all parent volunteers. If you would like to help, we would love to have you! You can come once or as many times as you’d like.
**Please Note: Should you experience any issues with your PayPal account, you must contact PayPal directly to solve the issue.