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HMB Welcome Letter 2022

Dear Families:

We are so excited to welcome you back to Halfmoon Bay Elementary-Community School ! A special welcome to all of our new families and our incoming Kindergarten students. It is an honour to be the principal of HMBECS. I am looking forward to working with you and our dedicated staff to provide a rich education for your children. Please read over this important newsletter for a better understanding of the upcoming school year.

The first day of classes for Grades 1 to 7 will be on Tuesday, September 6, which is a shortened day for students from 10:35 am to 12:50 pm (a lunch will be needed). Busses will run approximately 2 hrs. and 15 minutes later than usual in the AM, and 1 hr. and 30 minutes earlier in the PM. September 7 onwards will be full days for students in Grades 1 to 7.

Our incoming Kindergarten students will attend school from 8:20 to 9:20 am in the first week from Wednesday, September 7 to Friday, September 9. Additional information for “K” families will be coming out separately.

Our regular daily school hours are from 8:20 am to 2:25 pm. Our office Admin. Assistant will be in the building each day from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm. We can be reached via email: or telephone: 604-885-2318.

If your child was registered to ride the bus last year then you are automatically reregistered and you should receive an email from the bus company soon. If you are new to the district, or you did not receive an email for bussing, you will need to register online. Please use this School District 46 link for more details…

Please contact Randy Gould at 604-885-1260 with any local SD46 bussing questions.

To start the school year our students will meet outside on the school field in a set location each morning. For the first few days the students will return to their previous class from last year (Note: There may be a new teacher in the room. New students will be added to the lists).

Please read over the School District 46 attachments for more details about school start up, the 2022/23 school year, and Health & Safety guidelines in conjunction with the BCCDC .

Two Key points from the Health & Safety guide include:

• BE HEALTH AWARE – check regularly for symptoms of illness (Covid or otherwise)

• STAY HOME IF SICK – this applies to all students, family members, guests and SD 46 staff.

• OPTIONAL MASK – masks are optional for any adults or students while in the building or on a school bus

• PRACTICE HAND HYGIENE & RESPIRATORY ETIQUETTE – students, staff, and guests will continue to wash regularly before and after eating/washroom use, when switching spaces/activities, handling common items etc.

• GUESTS ARE WELCOME – please check in at the office upon arrival

The students will be outdoors a great deal so they are reminded to dress for the weather (a raincoat and extra layers of clothing can be sent in a marked bag).

The district will provide all the basic school supplies for students. Some teachers may request a few specific items for their classroom this year. School staff are eagerly anticipating the September start-up and they are working hard to prepare their classrooms and work spaces for our students next week. The big day is almost here!

If you have any questions please contact the school at 604-885-2318, or email: You can also email me directly: . We look forward to seeing you very soon. ☺

Warm Regards,

Glen Smith (he/him) Principal

I am honoured to live, learn and play on the traditional territory of the shishalh and Skwxwu7mesh nations.

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