Dear HV Families,
October is here and we have had some special days at school this week. Here are a few highlights to note as we head into the weekend.
Amazing HV Kids
We are so impressed with how responsibly our students are handling many changes to routines at school. Our handwashing protocols are becoming a great habit and children are mindful of distancing when moving outside of their cohorts. We have finished our third week of rotating cohorts to new play spaces, and we will complete these rotations next week. Thank you to our wonderful staff for their support with guiding line-ups, facilitating transitions and directing student health routines. Way to go, HV!
Our playgrounds continue to be closed both before and after school. We are working hard to maintain the integrity of student cohorts by separating children at all play times. Thank you for your assistance to remind children that families may return to school to play on evenings and weekends.
Site Access During School Hours
Thank you to all of our families for your efforts to drop-off and pick up children as close to bell time as possible. Please wait at the front door for someone to assist you, should you need to come to school during the school day. At this time, our building access remains limited to students and staff only. As always, our elementary school is considered a “closed campus” during school hours. Our outside play spaces are scheduled for cohorts throughout the day, and we are unable to have visitors using the field or playgrounds during school hours.
Lost and Found
This year, we are unable to have our usual Lost and Found collection of clothing and other items. Stray clothing is gathered after our last outside break time and left on the bench outside the office. Classroom items stay within the classrooms. Please have your child check their classrooms or the outside bench for any missing items.
Running for Terry
On Wednesday, all children in the school participated in our Terry Fox event. We learned about Terry’s legacy, and our 10 cohort groups ran throughout the day. Congratulations to Evan R, the winner of a Terry Fox t-shirt, celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Marathon of Hope. Thank you to all families for your generous donations! We will continue to collect donations for the Terry Fox Foundation until Monday, October 5th. Thank you to Ms. Roberts and Mr. Johnson for creatively organizing this special event.
Cheering for the Tour de Rock
During the afternoon of our Terry Fox run, we were also fortunate to have the Tour de Rock drive by our school! Mr. Johnson and Mr. Cook’s classes were outside to lead the cheer and to meet the riders. Thank you to our PAC president, Dara, for decorating the fence to support these special events and to Mrs. Kwan for taking a few photos. We loved having so many drivers honk their car horns in support throughout the day!
Fall Cold and Flu Season
Thank you to parents for keeping children home when they are sick or feeling unwell. As always, we will call home when children are visibly ill and unable to manage in class, or when children complain of symptoms. While there are distinctions between COVID symptoms and other ailments, we will continue to call parents if children present with illness at school. Please refer to the Daily Health Check on the District website regarding COVID symptoms that would require children to stay home. https://www.sd62.bc.ca/covid-19/resources-parents/daily-health-check At this time, schools do not require documentation from a health professional to return to school. Children are welcome to return when symptoms clear. We appreciate your support with these health protocols so that our students and staff remain healthy.
Staffing Changes at HV
Today, we are officially welcoming Ms. Rebecka Crighton to a part-time position, teaching Grade 4 with Mrs. Leakey. Ms. Crighton has been working at Happy Valley in this role since Ms. Murphy moved to another District position. We are excited to have Ms. Crighton back at HV again this year.
As mentioned last week, Mrs. Kristin Holland has moved into a vice-principal position in the School District. She will be working in a District role to support Kindergarten teachers and remote learning. We look forward to having Mrs. Holland return to Happy Valley as our vice-principal in January, when Mrs. Leakey moves to become principal at Sooke Elementary.
Welcome to Ms. Fiona O’Neal! Ms. O’Neal will be joining us at Happy Valley next week to spend some time with Mrs. Holland and Mrs. Conrad in Kindergarten. We look forward to having Ms. O’Neal join our Kindergarten team full time as Mrs. Holland moves into her new position.
Enjoy a great fall weekend,
Mrs. Karen Sjerven