School Closed for the Morning (Feb 14)
Due to weather and road conditions in our area, Hillview Academy will be closed for the morning. Update at 10:30 regarding the afternoon session.
Request for Feedback – Family Survey
School Development Surveys are conducted annually to gather feedback from students, staff, and families to inform the school development process. The survey results will be provided to your child’s school and used with other data to identify the school’s strengths and challenges. Your child’s school will then create and implement a plan to build on successes and address areas of challenge.
The survey is anonymous, which means that we cannot connect your survey responses to you. We encourage everyone to participate so that we have the most accurate representation of family perceptions at your school.
The Family Survey will be available on February 11, 2019. Please complete the survey by March 15, 2019 by clicking on the following link: https://www.research.net/r/SDFamily1819EN. If you do not have internet access, you may contact your school to arrange access to a school computer or mobile device for survey completion.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding the school development surveys, please contact:
Christie Warren at 709-729-5649 or firstname.lastname@example.org or
Jennifer Smith at 709-729-5588 or email@example.com or
Patricia Emberley at 709-729-6850 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you for your participation and for being a valued member of your school community.
Scholastic Book Fair
We will be holding a Book Fair from Monday to Friday (Feb 25th- Mar. 1st). Drop by and check out the fantastic titles in this year's fair!
Monday -Thursday: 9:00 -11:30am and 1:00-2:30pm
Thursday night 6-8pm
Also, there will be no Big Breakfast on Wednesday (Feb. 27th) due to the Book Fair occupying the gym space.
Pink Shirt Day – Bullying Awareness
February 27th will be Pink Shirt Day at Hillview. This year, we are emphasizing positive behaviours that help to dispel negative bullying behaviours. By choosing KINDNESS as the best way to interact with others, we can work together to eliminate bullying.
Pink Shirt Day is a national awareness campaign to highlight issues around bullying. Students are encouraged to show their support by wearing a pink t-shirt.
If you would like to purchase a pink t-shirt for your child, here is a local supplier that can help you out.
Safety Marketing Ltd.
Internet and Social Media Safety
On Friday, January 18th, our students were involved in a Digital Citizenship Day. Students were involved in a number of sessions focused on learning good internet behaviour and being safe in a digital world. The sessions are a part of an ongoing school district initiative to help our students become better "digital citizens".
For Grade 1 to Grade 3 the topics discussed were:
For Grade 4 to Grade 6 the topics discussed were:
For Grade 7 to Grade 12 the topics discussed were:
We encourage you, as a family, to consider your part in helping to teach your children the skills they need to be safe and kind when they spend time on the internet and social media. The school district has a number of resources available to help. Check out the documents section for NLESD policy regarding appropriate internet use. Also, check out the memo "Internet and Social Media Safety" for resources.
Should you have any questions, concerns or suggestions on this matter please discuss them with your classroom teacher or school principal.
Thank you for your continued efforts as we strive to prepare our students for the ever-evolving world of the Internet and social media.
Bundle Up, Please!
As we embrace the new Play-Based Learning initiatives, there is an expectation that children will be spending an increased amount of school time outdoors. The “Great Outdoors” provides many benefits for our young learners; going outside provides opportunity for discovering and applying curriculum outcomes, especially in science, social studies, physical education, health, math and language arts. The added health benefit of active movement and fresh air is another reason to experience the outdoor classroom more often.
With all that being said, students are expected to participate in outdoor learning activities…it is not optional. We will not be expecting children to go outside in extreme conditions, but students will be expected to be properly prepared to go outdoors on a reasonable day. Some teachers have already communicated that students should be prepared to go outside more frequently. Of course, at this time of year, that would mean appropriate winter clothing.
There are a couple of ways that you can make sure that your child has the clothing items needed to go outside:
1. Pack a kit of outdoor clothing that your child can keep at the school.
2. Check your child’s Agenda daily for messages about going outside and prepare your child accordingly.
Considering that everyone should already be wearing winter boots, jackets, mitts and hats, at this time of year anyway, you would probably only need to provide a pair a snow-pants.
Thank-you for your cooperation. If you have questions, please call.
LEGO Robotics Team Success!
Our LEGO® Robotics team went to St. John’s this past weekend to participate in the 2018 Provincial FIRST Lego® League competition. They worked hard to design and code their Lego® robot to maneuver through a simulated outer space environment performing awesome tasks along the way.
Our team came home with two awards! They were recognized for their awesome teamwork and collaboration skills (2nd Place - Core Skills) - the judges were very impressed.
They were also recognized as one of the most promising teams to watch and received a "Rising Star" award from the judges. The judges were so impressed that they encouraged the team to put their skills to work in the ROV competition happening later this year.
Great job, team! Excellent, work!
Terry Fox Run Success!
Once again, our students and parents have shown tremendous support for the school’s Terry Fox Run. This was our 14th year of participation in the event. This year, we surpassed our $1200 goal by raising $1,485…a wonderful response…thanks!
Thanks to the tremendous support of people like you, that gives us a grand total of $18 746(since 2005)
Questions about Busing?
The NLESD has a number of resources available on its website to help answer the most common questions regarding busing. We encourage you to take a look at the site by clicking here.
There is also a bus safety video which highlights students expectations and emergency evacuation procedures. Our students practice these drills each year. You can view the video by clicking here.
We have also placed a couple of NLESD documents about busing on our documents page.
Please note that Hillview Academy attempts to maintain an Allergy-Friendly and Scent-Friendly learning environment for our students.
Food products which contain (or may contain) allergens that place students at risk are not permitted at the school. Presently, we have no food allergy restrictions at the school; however, be aware that allergy alerts may change at any time.
The use of scented products is also restricted. Students, staff, and visitors are not permitted to use strongly scented body products (i.e. aerosols, sprays, perfumes, colognes) at the school; in addition, these products should not be applied prior to arrival at school.
We thank you for your help in considering the safety of others.
Check out our Documents section for recent school memos and other information.
We typically have a small supply of healthier snack choices that comply with the Food Guidelines for schools. Be aware that there may be some days that certain items will not be available.
The Item Price List is as follows:
Bottled Water $1.00
Milk (white & choc) $0.55
Cheese String $0.75
Gold Fish Crackers $0.75
Cookies (Bear Paws) $0.75
Ice Cream (Fridays only) $1.00