CHS: Inspiring girls to discover and pursue their personal exellence.

Reminder to complete the Daily Health Check

A reminder of the importance of completing the daily health check before students come to campus each day. To help families remember this important step in your morning routine, the daily text message will be reinstated on weekdays at 7:15 am for two weeks, starting after the mid-term break.

Winter Bazaar Sales

The Winter Bazaar is selling craft kits (please note the password “crofton” is case-sensitive and should contain no capital letters), sweet and savoury pies from The Pie Hole, and a selection of plants and wreaths, succulents, tropical plant arrangements, and orchids. Proceeds from the Crofton House Winter Bazaar will once again go to support KidSafe, an organization that supports over 450 vulnerable children and youth in the Vancouver area with nutritious meals, educational programming, and a safe space during times when schools are closed for breaks. To learn more about our partnership with this amazing organization, please check out this guest blog post from KidSafe.

Union Gospel Mission Hamper Drive

We won’t let COVID-19 get in the way of showing up in our communities. That’s why we’re pleased to learn that UGM has come up with a new format that helps us support families as we once did through Christmas hampers. This year, UGM is asking for donations to stock items in the hamper store. There are many items that need to be stocked, from baby supplies to winter gear, and gifts. Families who participate in the hamper program will be able to access these donated items to make their holiday season brighter.

If you would like to participate in this year’s hamper drive, please visit the Gifts of Hope website and follow these instructions. All donations must be made by Friday, November 27, but the earlier the better so that UGM can start prepping the hampers.

Tickets on sale for the Grade 8/9 Production: #VIRAL

Crofton House School presents #VIRAL, by Maria McConville, for this year's Grade 8/9 Production. This ensemble-driven drama featuring an all-female cast explores modern moral choices and the impact they have on all involved. The livestream performance will be broadcast from The Susan and Robert MacDonald Family Drama Studio Theatre on Wednesday, November 25 at 5:00 pm and again at 7:00 pm. Tickets are $5. Only one ticket per viewing location is required. Buy tickets online.

Student and Parent Survey Results

Thanks to all the parents and students who took the time to complete the Stage 2 Return to Campus surveys last month. We had good participation with 421 families and 565 students completing surveys. Look for a communication shortly sharing a summary of findings and next steps.

School-Based Immunization Clinics On-Hold

Vancouver Coastal Health will not be holding any immunization clinics at schools this fall. However, the School Age Immunization Campaign continues and Krista Stoilen, the Child & Youth Public Health Nurse who supports the clinics at Crofton House School, urges parents to keep student immunizations up-to-date. As per the Vaccine Status Reporting Regulation, all school-aged children enrolled in public and independent schools in BC, including international students, are required to report their vaccination history to public health. Visit Immunize BC for information on immunization registration and schedules and Vancouver Coast Health as your local source for how to keep your child’s immunization records current, immunization locations, and other health resources.

The Crofton House School Remembrance Day ceremony was held on Tuesday, November 10. With students observing social distancing, the event was streamed from Manrell Hall live around the campus. Moving readings were accompanied by performances featuring the Grade 6 Choir, the Senior Chamber Choir, the Senior School Band, as well as traditional bagpipe recording from Jay Wollenberg, and trumpet performed by Amelia, Grade 12.

Before the cold winter weather sets in, enthusiastic Senior Kindergarten students helped plant garlic on campus.

We welcomed guest speaker Phyllis L. Fagell to the Junior School last week. “These are critical years for parents to help kids take risks, and we have to do that at a time when they are mercilessly self-critical and risk-averse,” said Phyllis. That’s why we’re happy to share Phyllis’s ten key skills middle schoolers need to thrive, and how parents can support them.

Grade 5 students have been learning all about the human body. Teachers collaborated to help them get a firsthand understanding of the interaction between joints and muscles, and also between science and applied design. Read More.

Grade 7 students learned about the Crofton House grounds this week, helping clear an overgrowth of English ivy in The Woods as part of their environmental stewardship learning. The ivy requires regular pruning to help promote new growth, keep it looking its best, and to encourage a healthy flora habitat.

As part of a ‘student teacher’ assignment where students get the chance to run a lesson on a topic of their choice, Selena, Grade 12, presented on a topic she knows and loves: online gaming. She covered two recent events, US Congresswoman Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez playing the game Among Us on Twitch to encourage voting and the Joe Biden campaign creating an island in the gameworld of Animal Crossing. Read more.

Senior School students in Business Club have been busy developing pitches for a lemonade stand. Focusing on branding, location, financing and unique selling points to differentiate from competitors, they pitched their concepts this week.

Students in the Senior School Robotics Club are busy building the foundations for their project this semester. Teams of students are endeavouring to create robots that will engage in competitive games similar to Tic-Tac-Toe, using mini basketballs.

While competition is on pause, we want to make sure that the experiences of our athletes are captured and shared. That’s why we caught up with Makenna, Grade 8 to get her take on a school year without competition. “I think sports are a really important part of the years when new students are coming in,” she said. “Outside of class, now you know who they are, and you have that bond. It’s kind of like a language. If you play with a team, you have almost ‘citizenship’ with them.”

We asked what she loves most about sport:

“I love the exhilaration,” she said. “When you’re in the moment, everything else goes away—it’s just you and the ball, and it comes over the net, and you’re so ready. It is just a great feeling when your instincts kick in.”

And we wanted to know what was hardest:

“When you love it so much there isn’t really a downside,” she said. “But if you’re having a bad day, and you don’t want to let people down, it’s in the back of your mind. Volleyball is a team sport and you have to play to help everyone else be at their best. You feel a lot of team loyalty, and if you feel like you’re not at your best, that’s hard.”

We loved these insights for sport, and beyond and we hope this brings you some Crofton Falcon Pride! Look for more next E-Calls. #BringItHome

Courage, Creativity, Citizenship

Plans for upcoming events continue to be developed to meet Stage 2 guidelines. Events will be added to the calendar and communicated as plans are finalized.

Log into the My CHS portal to access the full school calendar.

Whole School

November 11
- Remembrance Day - School Closed
November 12-13
- Mid-term break - School Closed
November 25 - Grade 8–9 production: #VIRAL
December 18 - First Day of Winter Break

Junior School

November 16 - Grade 4–5 Coffee and Conversation with Director of Junior School
November 16 - Parent Evening: Safer Schools Together presentation: Social Media Awareness, Digital Citizenship, and Cyber-Bullying
November 19 - Grade 2–3 Coffee and Conversation with Director of Junior School
November 23 - Grade 7 Coffee and Conversation with Director of Junior School

Senior School

November 18 - Grade 8 Housewarming
November 26
- Parent Teacher Conferences Day 1
November 27 - Parent Teacher Conferences Day 2
December 1 - Grade 8 Parent Info Session
December 3 - Grade 12 Parent Info Session


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