A Slice of PIE

Where Life and Learning Meet

Volume 13, Issue 4


Can you believe that we are already at the end of the calendar year? Thank you to our hardworking students, their families, and PIE staff. Enjoy your well-deserved break and we will see you in the new year!


Winter Holiday Party & Festive Art 🎨

Students participated in this super fun online class where they made "Stained Glass" art and listened to a story about a snowman β›„
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⭐ PIE Superstars ⭐

⭐ Lillah - Grade 3

Lillah painted this lovely piece of art from a kit she ordered from McTavish Academy, based out of North Saanich. Excellent job, Lillah! 🎨
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πŸ—“ Upcoming Events

Winter Showcase - Sharing & Caroling

Tuesday, Dec. 13th, 12:30-3pm

505 6th Street

Courtenay, BC

πŸ“ Please sign up using this form!

Winter Wonderland Skate

Wednesday, Dec. 21st, 1-2:30pm

5001 Joyce Avenue

Powell River, BC


If you are looking for some additional resources over the holiday break, we've curated some fun and engaging activities for you!
Pete the Cat saves the Christmas | Animated Book | Read aloud

Take a Holiday Virtual Tour! πŸ•―

Check out these 18 Virtual Tours that you can take from the comfort of your own home!
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🧑 Mental Health Matters 🧠

As the holidays approach, many children and adults can experience increased stress or anxiety. Here are some resources that might support you or your children. We hope that the holiday season is a safe and positive one for your family.

The CDI recommends the following 7 Holiday Wellness Tips for your Family:

1. Plan your schedule in advance.

2. Make sure everyone is eating and sleeping.

3. Have realistic expectations.

4. Communicate openly about feelings with your child.

5. Find a quiet place and plan ahead for boredom.

6. Don't worry about other people's judgments.

7. Take care of you.

BC Curriculum Resources
Canadian Mental Health Association: Tips for Getting Through the Holidays

πŸ’‘ Reminders

GSA Interest Survey (still open!) 🌈

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Vancouver Coastal Health Announcement πŸ“’

Public Health officials are encouraging families and caregivers to get children vaccinated against influenza in advance of the holidays. Visit http://www.vch.ca/covid-19/covid-19-vaccine#clinics for dates and locations.

Many children have not been exposed to typical respiratory viruses following more than two years of measures implemented worldwide to prevent the transmission of COVID-19. However, there are now several respiratory viruses causing illness in B.C. Some children have had more severe illness in the past few weeks, particularly from influenza and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV). This is why it’s especially important for children to get vaccinated against influenza now. In addition to getting vaccinated, keep children home if they’re sick, encourage them to wear masks if they’re experiencing mild symptoms, remind them to frequently wash their hands and teach them proper respiratory etiquette, such as covering their coughs and properly disposing of tissues.

You can also book an influenza immunization for your child in the following ways:

  • Book an appointment at a health authority clinic or pharmacy through the provincial Get Vaccinated system: https://www.getvaccinated.gov.bc.ca/s/
  • Book an appointment by phoning the provincial call centre (toll-free): 1 833 838-2323.
  • Book an appointment with your primary health-care provider if they are providing flu shots.
  • Visit a pharmacy or health authority clinic offering walk-in appointments. Pharmacies can provide an influenza shot for children aged five and older.
  • If you have already received an invitation for influenza immunization for your child via email and/or text message, use it to book an appointment and get vaccinated.

Calendar πŸ“†

December πŸŽ…πŸ½

13: Winter Showcase - Sharing and Caroling (Comox Valley)

21: Winter Wonderland Skate (Powell River)

23: Term 1 Report Cards go home / Schools Close (end of day)

January β›„

9: Schools Re-Open

February πŸ’–

17: Pro-D Day

20: BC Family Day

March πŸ€

10: Schools Close (end of day)

27: Schools Re-open