We are nearing the end of an exceptional year, and a particularly unique final term at school. I am so proud of our HV school community for their collective efforts to support children both at home and at school during these challenging times.
Our staff have made significant shifts to providing both on-site and remote learning opportunities. Parents have played a critical role in supporting their children with remote activities at home and balancing new schedules. Meanwhile, children have adjusted to changes in routines and new expectations with great resilience. Thank you to everyone for making this time as productive and positive as possible.
As always, children at Happy Valley have benefited through the efforts of our amazing Parent Advisory Council. PAC sponsored activities have included Hot Lunches, Family Dances, Movie Nights and several fundraisers. Funds have gone to support classroom supplies, field trips, bus costs, presentations, equipment, technology, library books, music opportunities and more. We want to thank our PAC for their tireless efforts for our school community.
June is always a special time for celebrating learning with classmates and families. While things look different this year, the message is no less important. We are so proud of HV kids for being amazing learners and kind citizens. Thank you for your kind support this year. We wish everyone a safe and happy summer and look forward to a bright school year ahead.
Farewell to our Amazing Grade Fives
Best wishes to our sixty-eight Grade Fives who are heading to Middle School in the fall! We have enjoyed our time with this group and have appreciated them as learners, leaders, role models, athletes, artists, musicians, activists, and more. While we were unable to have our usual assembly and field trip celebration, we are acknowledging these students in other unique ways this year!
The Grade Five teachers have created a video compilation of student voices and messages from their teachers. We hope that you will enjoy hearing your peers share their special memories of Happy Valley. Students will be receiving some special gifts in their report cards. Each child will be receiving a pass to Wild Play Element Park! We hope you will be able to arrange your own field trip with your close friends this summer. A special commemorative class poster was created for Grade Fives. Look for your unique emoji! We hope you will enjoy the mementos of Happy Valley that you will find in your report cards.
Please make sure that the address you have on file at the school is current, so that you receive your gifts in your report cards!
Summary Report Cards
The shorter June report is a summary of student progress, according to widely held grade level expectations, in relation to the learning standards (curricular competencies and content) of the BC Curriculum. Student learning is assessed through a variety of opportunities designed to determine what a student knows, understands and is able to demonstrate. The Proficiency Scale is used to describe progress. Understanding in curricular areas is described as Emerging; Developing; Proficient or Extending.
Throughout the year, you will have seen “Points of Progress”, learning updates or term reports. Communication may have included online posts and paper documentation. This summary report is intended to be a year-end look at progress.
*Due to COVID-19 and unique circumstances this term, attendance is not referenced for April, May and June. We will be mailing report cards to all students who have been at home and learning remotely.
Thank you and Farewell
It is the time of year when we see many changes on all school staffs throughout the District. We are sending best wishes to some of our amazing staff who are moving on to new places in September.
Congratulations and best wishes to Mrs. Andrew, who will be teaching at Willway next year.
Good luck to Mrs. Gervais, who will be moving to Sangster in September.
Congratulations to Ms. Hagar who is off to teach at Poirier next year.
Best wishes to Ms. Lefebvre, who will be working at David Cameron in the fall.
Good luck to Ms. MacMillan, who is heading to teach Kindergarten at Willway.
All the best to Mrs. Mathews, who will be joining the Sangster staff next year.
We would like to say thank you and good luck to Ms. Creighton and Ms. Ede. We look forward to hearing about your upcoming assignments and hope to see you at HV in the future!
Welcome to New HV Staff
We are excited to welcome some new staff to our school for September. The following teachers are joining the Happy Valley team: Ms. Neissen, Mrs. Ewer, Ms. Murphy and Ms. Jernset.
Lost and Found Treasures
Please check out the clothing that has been left at school. We will be hanging these items on the garden fence on Thursday. Unclaimed clothing will be donated at the end of the month. If you have not picked up your child’s school supplies, they will be available at the garden area on Thursday.
Growing our Garden
Classes have worked hard throughout the year to tend to our beautiful garden. During the summer months, we are looking for help from parents to water the garden. If you are able to take on a week or more of watering, please contact Mrs. O’Regan at email@example.com
We would like to thank the many parents who attended PAC meetings this year. Virtual meetings have taken the place of monthly gatherings for the past few months, as PAC continues to plan and support our school. We are also grateful to our PAC 2019-2020 Executive for their hard work to make this year such a success. Thank you for volunteering your precious time and exceptional talents.
As some parents move on to new things, we would like to thank them for years of volunteering at Happy Valley. Thanks to Lisa Mercer for her many years as Treasurer and countless hours of volunteering in many ways. Thanks to Brittney Margetts for her work as co-Vice President and her talents behind the scenes with Hot Lunch help, decorating for dances and more. Thanks to Michelle Turner for her work as Secretary and all things PAC! We will miss you! All parents with children at Happy Valley are welcome to attend PAC meetings. We hope to see you in the fall!
Introducing the 2020-2021 HV PAC:
President: Dara Hickman
Vice-President: Mercedes Deernsted
Treasurer: Caitlin Fletcher
Secretary: Alice Puchinger
Hot Lunch: Bonnie Brooks & team
SPEAC Rep: Rachel Hennessey
School Supplies for 2020-2021
Once again, our PAC is offering an opportunity to order school supplies through Monk. When families order through Monk, supplies are delivered directly to the school in September. Once children move to their new classes, they will receive their supplies. A small percentage of the sales will be donated to our PAC. Ordering is open until July 19th!
Last Day of School
Wednesday, June 24th is the last day of the ESW program for students whose parents are on shift as Essential Service Workers.
Wednesday, June 24th is the last day of remote learning for students who have been working from home.
Thursday, June 25th is the last day at school for children who have been attending on-site. Wear your Canada Day colours! School is dismissed at 2:28.
At this time, we do not know details about the look of school in September. These decisions are guided by the Ministry of Education, in collaboration with the Provincial Health Officer. We anticipate hearing more news of school planning at the end of August. Parents should continue to check email from the Superintendent, Mr. Scott Stinson, and reference the School District website for updates.
The Happy Valley School office will be open until Friday, July 3th. The school office will reopen on Monday, August 31st in preparation for school opening on Tuesday, September 8th. A notice will go home to all parents during the first week of September with the most current updates.
Shopping for School Supplies…
Our Parent Advisory Council is offering an option for parents to order School Supplies from Monk. This is a great way to purchase your child’s supplies remotely while fundraising for our school. Ordering will be available directly through Monk, until July 19th and supplies will be delivered to Happy Valley in September. Please see attached instructions for details.
Dear HV families,
It was exciting to see half of our students back at school for partial return on Tuesday and Thursday this week. School looks very different with physical distancing measures and new Health and Safety protocols in place. Students are learning new routines and are doing a wonderful job of adjusting to many changes. Thanks to all HV kids for their excellent work!
We were delighted to see our playground open yesterday! Hopefully, all children are able to take advantage of greater opportunities for outside play during this time.
Here are a few notes and reminders as we head into the weekend:
Please find attached below our “Student Placement Policy”, regarding class planning for next year. The document outlines our extensive process for this work and the details we consider in creating classes for next year.
-Our ESW site continues to operate on Monday, Wednesday and Friday during school hours for families who have had their applications approved through the School District. Thank you to our teachers, Educational Assistants and Support Staff who are working with the children of Essential Workers while parents are at work.
-Children who undertake in-school learning will continue to attend on Tuesday and Thursday. We ask that students arrive for the 8:25 bell and line up at their designated outdoor space. Please do not drop off children early at school.
-In June, we are considered a “closed campus” from Monday-Friday during school hours. Since children and staff are on-site each day (2 days of in –school instruction and 3 days of ESW program), our playgrounds and fields are not open to the public until after dismissal.
-Our school remains closed to parents and the public at this time. Should you require assistance, please wait outside the front door and staff will assist you.
-Children who attend school on site and exhibit any symptoms of ill health (coughing, sneezing, flu etc.) must be picked up by parents. We are working within very strict Health and Safety protocols at this time and appreciate your support with these measures.
-Unless requested by a teacher, students should be leaving toys and play equipment at home when they come to school on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
-If you have had a change regarding your child’s learning schedule for June, please let Mrs. Sjerven know in advance so that we are able to make accommodations. We continue to have prescriptive Ministry guidelines around maintaining 50% population density in classrooms and in the school at one time. We are unable to accept children into classrooms without prior arrangements approved by administration.
-Students who attend at school on Tuesday and Thursday may not remain with their classroom teachers each day. We have redeployed teaching staff to accommodate students when class sizes exceed 50% on a given day. At this time, the library, multipurpose room and gym are being used as student spaces.
-Children who are engaged in remote learning will continue to have these opportunities on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
-Thank you for picking up your child’s school supplies. If you have not picked up these belongings, please contact the office to make arrangements.
-As always, please read weekly District emails for the most up-to-date information from Mr. Scott Stinson, Superintendent.
-Don’t forget to mark your calendar for the June HV PAC meeting via Zoom, on Tuesday, June 16th at 6:30 pm.
HVPAC Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 885 9472 2108
Enjoy a wonderful June weekend,
Mrs. Karen Sjerven
School District No. 62 (Sooke) is excited to let students and families know that as of tomorrow (June 4) we will be re-opening our play structures at schools. The tape will come down and new signs will go up reminding students to wash their hands before and after enjoying the playgrounds, to adhere to physical distancing and to ‘keep their hands to themselves’. It’s also important to note that the play structures will not be sanitized by staff.
Opening the playgrounds is in line with municipalities and school districts across the province who are doing the same. It comes on the advice of the Provincial Health Officer who is encouraging outdoor play and activities as students return to in-class instruction.
Our play structures will be restricted to students during instructional hours, as they have always been. The District will remind the public of that through social media. It’s also important to note that the play structures will not be sanitized by staff.
We look forward to seeing happy faces on our playgrounds again.
Dear HV families,
As we head into the weekend, here are a few items to note about planning for June 1st week.
Essential Service Worker Site Change (Monday, Wednesday, Friday)
Students who are registered for ESW care and have had arrangements approved will be on site Monday, Wednesday and Friday during regular school hours (8:30-2:30).
Students will return to classroom settings on Tuesday and Thursday.
Continuity of Remote Learning Opportunities (Monday, Wednesday, Friday)
Children who are not attending in-class instruction will have remote learning opportunities on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
Teachers will not be available for remote learning on Tuesday and Thursday, as they will be providing in-class instruction to half of their classes.
Remote learning opportunities are reduced in June. There is an expectation for staff to check in with students weekly and provide approximately 2 ½ hours of student learning opportunities over the course of the week.
Partial Return to In-class Instruction on Tuesday/Thursday (optional)
Approximately 50% of HV students plan to return for in-class instruction Tuesdays/Thursdays.
Where possible, we plan to have students working with their usual teacher.
Where class sizes exceed 50% density, children will work with other familiar staff.
We have altered classrooms, utilized all spaces in the school, separated desks and seating, removed many materials and made arrangements needed, to facilitate small group learning and meet Health and Safety protocols.
Returning students will be met by their teachers at outside line ups for attendance. Teachers will be informing students if their line up spot has changed. This applies to Mr. Gadd, Mr. Cook and Mr. Johnson.
Parents and members of the public are not able to access the building.
We are not able to accommodate drop in students on Tuesday. Please let Mrs. Sjerven know if your plans have changed with regard to attendance so that we can make accommodations for Thursday.
Our play equipment is not accessible at this time. We ask that students arrive for bell time at 8:30 and leave at 2:30 dismissal time with families.
Returning students need to bring: backpack, water bottle, lunch and snacks, basic supplies (pencil bag or box, scissors, glue, colours, Kleenex) etc.
Please bring back any home reading, library books or classroom belongings.
Toys are to be left at home.
Please ensure children are dressed for the weather. We will be spending lots of time outside, rain or shine.
Teachers will inform students if there are other items to bring to school on Tuesday.
Please see the link below with Health and Safety information that is in alignment with our Safe Work Procedures and guidelines from public health.
Return to School Health and Safety Guidelines for Students and Families.pdf
Picking up Student Belongings
Thanks to families who were able to pick up student belongings at scheduled times.
If children are returning next week, they will be taking their belongings home with them.
There will be another drop in opportunity to pick up student belongings at these times:
Monday, June 1st – 8:30 – 10:30
Wednesday, June 3rd – 12:30 – 2:30
Thank you for your ongoing support and understanding as we navigate changes at school.
Enjoy a wonderful weekend!
Mrs. Karen Sjerven
Our PAC Annual General Meeting will be Tuesday, May 26 at 6:30pm. Please follow the link below to join us. Everyone is welcome.
Topic: HVPAC AGM
Time: May 26, 2020 06:30 PM
Meeting ID: 847 0344 6065
We will be electing a new Treasurer and Secretary for the upcoming school year. If you are interested in either position, please fill out the nomination form, (you may nominate yourself) and email it to Lisa Mercer at firstname.lastname@example.org
The transportation department has now opened bus registration for the 2020-2021 School Year on the Sooke District 62 website.
· You do need to complete the bus form *(even if you have already been using the service)
· You will need your child’s Pupil# to register for the bus. You will find the Pupil# in the Parent Portal in MyED. I have attached both the letter previously sent to families from the Board Office on November 4th, 2019 and also the directions on how to access the Parent Portal.
Happy Valley School’s website has a Parent Portal off the Parents Tab.
District Letter to Parents – Family Portal Launch – Elementary Launch November 4 2019.pdf
SD#62 – MyEdBC Family Portal Instructional Manual.pdf
We also recommend registering using a computer – not a cell phone.
Bus Routes Notification
Bus routes for the 2020-21 school year have been created. Students will be placed on routes as per the address provided during registration. Registrations received by June 30, will receive route schedules via email by mid-summer.
Routes will be posted just prior to route schedules being sent out.