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Blog: Monday, June 29th, 2020

Summer Message and September Information

Dear Sandy Hill Families,

It has been a year that has tested us as a school, community and country. How the Sandy Hill children, families, and staff have met the challenge of the pandemic is an example of the unique character and strength that makes Sandy Hill such a special place to learn and work. Thank you so very much for your grace and fortitude and commitment to supporting your children through the ever-changing landscape of school over the last 3 months! I wish you a very well-deserved break this summer!

The Sandy Hill staff would like to extend a special thank you to all Sandy Hill families for their well wishes, the cards, treats, and treasures you have given to us this past year. This year will live forever in our memories for the joy of working with your children (and yourselves) and for the surreal experience of learning and teaching in a pandemic. I encourage you to create a family time capsule that would capture the experiences, thoughts, successes and realities in our world from the perspective of your family members—these memories are history in the making and will provide a window back in time for their families to explore and learn from.

Staff Good-byes

At the end of every school year, there tends to be some staffing changes for a variety of reasons, including being on a temporary contract, a desire to be closer to their home, or wanted a different teaching opportunity or were reassigned due to a reduction in divisions in the school. Sadly, this year is no exception. We’d like to wish the following staff all the best next year in their new roles!

We are saying adieux to the following teachers: Mme Marcoux, Ms. Hildenbrandt, and M Shank, Ms. Fair, Mme Theroux, and Mme Balston and wish them well as they move on to new positions in the district. We wish our counsellor, Ashley Robinson well as she moves to a neighbouring district to reduce her commute. Mr. Britton, our Indigenous Support Worker, will be re-assigned to Thomas Swift Elementary and we wish him well in his new school.

Summer Communication

Summer is a time to rest, relax and recharge. The school shuts down by July 6th until the last weeks of August. As soon as we have up to date information from the government and school district on what September will look like, we will be in communication with you through the school website. While I will monitor the email and my work email, periodically over the summer, responses will be less frequent than they are during the school year, and non-urgent responses will wait until the end of August when I return to the school. For emergencies, please contact the Abbotsford School District Board Office at 604-859-4891.

Moving? Homeschooling for 2020-21 school year?

If you are moving from our school’s catchment please send us an email letting us know that you have moved to another town or school. If you have chosen to homeschool your child, please let us know which homeschooling site you have registered with. This information will help ensure we have transferred files and have up to date records going into the new year. Thank you.

School Hours

June 30th – July 3rd - Reduced Office hours 8:30am – 2:30pm (except Wed. July 1st – Canada Day)
July 6th – August 28th – School Office Closed for summer holidays
August 31st – September 4th– Reduced Office hours 8:30am – 2:30pm
Regular school Office Hours 8:00am – 3:30pm

First Day of School - Tuesday, September 8th

Kindergarten parents should have received an email regarding Ready, Set, Learn bags in May. If you did not receive an email, please email us at and we will reply back to you when we return to the school the last week of August. Typically, the first day of school is a parent’s only meeting.  

For  grades 1 - 5 students, the first day is typically a half day that ends at 11:15am. Please be sure to arrange to pick up your children! Please remember to bring your school supplies and that all students grade 1 - 5 will require a peanut free recess snack the first day. Wednesday through Friday will be full school days.

More information pertaining to the first week will be shared as soon as we know more from the Ministry of Education and the School District. Please refer to the letter that Dr. Godden emailed out to all families yesterday (June 25th) for some further details about school start up. We continue to await direction from the Ministry of Education as to what stage we will be in come September. Please note that the Toti:ltcha - Future Learning Plan referenced in Dr. Godden’s letter is based on the assumption that we will be starting in Stage 3 as we have been in June. If all indicators of the virus look to be under control by September, it’s possible that the government will ask us to move to Stage 2. Stage 2 would mean that all K-5 students would be back in school 100% of the time. But again, we just don’t know yet. As information becomes available, we will be sure to pass it along to our parent community.

I wish everyone a safe and enjoyable summer. And, in the words of Dr. Henry, Be Kind, Be Calm, Be Safe!  See you in September!


Marie VanDalfsen