Dear Happy Valley Families,
We have had a busy and happy week at school. Thank you to parents for your patient support with our new protocols, District bus schedules, pick-up and drop-off routines and an immense amount of email correspondence! Please read on for some important reminders and announcements.
District-Wide School Planning Day – Monday, September 28th
As per our District calendar, Monday is a non-instructional day for students at all District schools. Staff will be working on School Planning for the year.
Photo Day – Tuesday, September 29th
On Tuesday, all children will have their individual photos taken by Lifetouch. More information about ordering etc. will be sent out once photos are ready for viewing.
Terry Fox School Event – Wednesday, September 30th
This year marks the 40th anniversary of the Terry Fox Marathon of Hope. Schools across Canada will be hosting modified events to honor Terry’s legacy and to raise funds for cancer research. HV kids have been learning about Terry in their classes. This year, the event will look different, as we are unable to run together as a school. Unfortunately this year, due to COVID protocols, we are not able to invite families to join us for this event. Children will be staying within their cohorts to take part in this special day. Each cohort is scheduled to visit the gym next Wednesday to watch a video on Terry Fox, followed by a short run. There will be a donation jar in the gym, so that children and families are able to send in an envelope or cash donation. If your family wishes to send in a cheque, please ensure it is made out to the Terry Fox Foundation. Thank you for your kind support. We look forward to seeing children with their runners at school on Wednesday!
Tour de Rock “Drive By” – Wednesday, September 30th
While we are holding our Terry Fox event in the afternoon, we hope to catch a glimpse of the Cops for Cancer riders drive past our fence as they near the end of the Tour de Rock! Be sure to give them a cheer if you see them riding through your neighbourhood next Wednesday!
Congratulations Mrs. Leakey!
It was recently announced that Mrs. Krista Leakey has been assigned to become Principal at Sooke Elementary, effective January 1st, 2021. Sooke Elementary’s current principal, Mrs. Debra Stoutley, is retiring in December, and Mrs. Leakey has been chosen to move into the principalship. Mrs. Leakey has been our wonderful Vice-Principal and Grade 4 teacher at HV for the past two years, and we are looking forward to continuing to enjoy the next few months of her positive and inspiring leadership at Happy Valley. Students, staff and parents are fortunate to work with Mrs. Leakey, and we know she will be deeply missed when she moves in January. Best wishes from all of us, Mrs. Leakey!
Congratulations Mrs. Holland!
We are thrilled to announce that Mrs. Kristin Holland has been assigned to become Vice-Principal at Happy Valley Elementary, effective January 1st, 2021. In the meantime, Mrs. Holland has just been appointed to a full time Vice Principal position to support the District-wide implementation of Kindergarten instruction for remote learners. This means that Mrs. Holland’s Kindergarten position will be posted and filled for the remainder of the school year. We will see Mrs. Holland back at HV in the new year in the part-time role of our Vice Principal. Mrs. Holland is such a special part of Happy Valley and the Kindergarten team and she will be greatly missed in the Kindergarten classroom. We know that she will bring her talents and expertise to her new role in the District and we are fortunate to have her returning to Happy Valley as our Vice Principal on a part-time basis in the new year. Congratulations on your well-earned appointments, Mrs. Holland!
Rainy Days at School
We have had our first rainy play times of the year. Thank you for ensuring your children have clothing for wet outside play (raincoats, boots, hats, umbrellas, extra socks, etc.) It is often helpful to have an extra change of clothes on hand at school, just in case. Our students are always outside with their cohorts playing during their staggered break times. Thanks for your help!
Remote Learning Option
Families that have signed up for the remote learning/gradual return option have until next Wednesday, September 30th to return to in-class instruction. The next return date for in-school instruction will be after Remembrance Day. The District’s Remote learning teachers will be contacting students in grades 1-3 and 4-5 next week. Kindergarten children who are staying home at this time will sustain contact with their classroom teacher. Thank you for contacting Mrs. Sjerven if you have a change in plans.
Online Consents and School Cash Online (KEV)
Online consents is a feature that allows parents to give consents for a number of school related topics, including a requirement to adhere to the daily health check. If you were able to access the online consents last year, you will still be able to do so. If you have never attempted to access online consents, we have attached instructions to this email. School Cash Online is another important link to access. This enables school purchases throughout the year (ie- Agendas). School Cash Online is the payment process for most school purchases. Thank you for completing any outstanding consents and for visiting School Cash Online.
Agendas for Sale
Each year, we offer student Agendas for sale. Teachers will be contacting parents about their use of agendas or other “back and forth” communication routines. Agendas are available through School Cash Online for $8 each. Many parents have already made these purchases. If your child already received an agenda, please make payment through the School Cash Online system.
Lost and Found
We no longer have a “Lost and Found” bin for stray clothing inside the school. Any stray coats and clothing items found outside are gathered daily and placed undercover on the benches outside the front doors of the school. Items from inside the school are returned to classrooms.
Thanks to our parents who were able to join us last week for the first online PAC meeting of the year. We appreciate the many ways our PAC supports our entire school community. Our Parent Advisory Council works very hard to ensure each classroom has a budget for supplies, funding for school performances and funds for resources and equipment we all use at school. In addition, our HV PAC has a focus on providing fun and welcoming opportunities for families where possible. Thanks to PAC for creating the wonderful WELCOME sign for the fence to greet our students on the first day of school. We appreciate the ongoing support of our PAC and hope to see you at the next virtual meeting on October 20th at 6:30 pm.
This year, with our current COVID regulations and restrictions, our PAC are unable to provide our usual school Hot Lunch Program. The PAC have investigated some alternate opportunities that provide students with an opportunity for a treat. You will soon be receiving information about upcoming sales of pre-packaged popcorn through Kernels. Thanks to PAC for their efforts to sustain safe practices amidst challenging new circumstances.
Our Giving Community
Last spring our PAC wanted to find a way to help community members in need. They decided to donate funds to the Goldstream Food Bank. Funds came from proceeds from our Pink Shirt sales, various community donations, and some hot lunch profit. In total, $1,055 was raised through the PAC efforts. We then had a very generous offer from Urban Systems Foundation to match our funds! This resulted in a donation of $2110 to the Goldstream Food Bank from our school and community. Way to go, Happy Valley! Thank you PAC!
Upcoming Dates to Note:
- Monday, September 28th – District Wide School Planning Day/ No school for students
- Tuesday, September 29th – Photo Day
- Wednesday, September 30th – Terry Fox Run Day; Tour de Rock “Drive By”; Last day to return from Remote Learning
- Monday, October 12th – Thanksgiving Day
- Friday, October 16th – Kernels Popcorn (PAC)
- Friday, October 23rd – Provincial Professional Development Day/ No school for students
- Wednesday, November 11th – Remembrance Day
- Thursday, November 12th – Remote Learning Option to Return
- Friday, November 13th – Kernels Popcorn (PAC)
- Thursday, November 19th– 3 hour early dismissal (11:28am)
- Friday, November 20th – Professional Development Day / No school for students
- Friday, December 18th – Last Day Before Winter Break ; Kernels Popcorn (PAC)
- Monday, January 4th – Schools Reopen
Enjoy a wonderful fall weekend!
Mrs. Karen Sjerven
Happy Valley Elementary