popsicle stick bridge

Popsicle Stick Bridges

Using a bridge-building kit that includes 300 popsicle sticks and glue, children, youth and adults craft bridges that they hope can withstand the most force during a load-testing competition. The Popsicle Bridge Building Contest was hosted by the Engineers and Geoscientists of BC, West Kootenay Branch, at the West Kootenay & Boundary Regional Science Fair on Saturday, April 14 at the Castlegar Campus of Selkirk College.
Several Wildflower students participated, with Griff, Locke, and Liam placing in the top 3 for their age groups! Way to go!

World Food Project

The kids in Creston took part in a World Food Project, making Habitant Soup, along with their teachers Linda and Shamim.

This was the culminating project for their grade 1-3 food and culture unit. They began with the book “Everybody Serves Soup” by Norah Dooley as a basis for discussion –  looking at food cultures in Japan, Puerto Rico, Southern U.S., and Ukraine. They then looked inward at Canadian culture, and decided on creating Habitant Pea Soup. They used Pen Pal School’s “Food and Culture” project as a platform of sharing what they’d learned.

To find out more, check out the videos at https://drive.google.com/file/d/10aJKddxiDBQTqu3HsyJuB0Y8umIN6Eio/view and https://drive.google.com/file/d/1SKFiSEj7_giWxUMHys9CoDjT2SUBWNn0/view



Creston Education Centre

The Board of Education of SD8 – (Kootenay Lake), the Town of Creston, and the Regional District of Central
Kootenay Electoral Areas A, B and C are pleased to announce that they have agreed on a collaborative
solution for the Creston Education Centre and associated programming, as well as the lands and premises
located at 1607 and 1621 Canyon Street.

SD8 Chairperson, Lenora Trenaman, says, “The Town of Creston, with the support of the RDCK Electoral
Areas A, B and C, made an offer to purchase the Creston Education Centre and the Board of Education SD8
– (Kootenay Lake) has accepted it. We are thrilled to be able to continue with the programs we currently
have and they will remain hosted in the CEC. The School District No. 8 programs include Creston Homelinks,
Creston Wildflower, Strong Start and our Itinerant services. Thank you to the community of Creston for
sharing their letters, attending our public meetings, and letting us know how important our programs are
to you.”

Mayor Toyota says, “This solution represents a win for all parties involved and most importantly the
community at large. It would not have been possible without the support and efforts of the participating
RDCK Electoral Area Directors. The importance of retaining CEC as an education hub cannot be underestimated
and the acquisition achieves community goals declared by the public, stated in the Town of
Creston’s OCP and framed in Council’s strategic priorities. We will work diligently to ensure that these
community assets are self-sustaining over the long term, that community benefits are maximized and that
community resiliency is fostered.”

All parties congratulate the public for their participation in democracy for public education and
acknowledge that their voices were heard resulting in efforts to achieve a positive solution for all.

For more information, please contact:
Lou Varela, Creston Town Manager
Mayor Toyota, Town of Creston
Christine Perkins, Superintendent of Schools SD8 – Kootenay Lake
Lenora Trenaman, Board Chair


Potential Spaces Available in our Middle School Program

As you may have heard, we are hoping to add a second middle school class starting with the 2018/19 school year. We have had a fair amount of interest and have firm commitments from several families who would like to join us. With that, we potentially still have an additional 5-6 spaces available right now.

We can accept new registrations up until April 3 to be considered for the class this fall.  Keep in mind, the school is closed from March 16 – April 2. Interested parents can call 250-505-7020 or stop into the office in Nelson.

Registration information, including forms, may be found at http://www.sd8.bc.ca/?p=1944 . Wildflower School statements of interest http://wildflower.sd8.bc.ca/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/Statement-of-Interest.pdf

Any questions, please let us know.




Heritage Fair in Creston

On March 7th and 8th – the Creston Wildflower students participated in a school BC Heritage fair. Over the course of several months, as part of the homeschooling component of their program, the students research a topic in Canadian history and become experts in their field. A key objective of the project is to encourage students to become curious about Canadian history and to deepen their understanding of the present by engaging with and questioning the past. Topics this year include an exploration of: the draft dodgers, Canadian aircraft, Canadian pirates, local trapping lines etc… Each year Wildflower Creston has some students who qualify for the regional fair and in some years some students make their way to representing School District 8 at the provincials.  


Spring for Camp

Our annual Spring Break Day Camp is fast approaching! Sign your kids up for 3 consecutive days of culturally relevant adventure and exploration; there will be primitive crafting, trips to explore ancient archeology sites of local First Nations and even a forest wide game of archery tag!
Its gonna be awesome!

March 20-22 from 10am-2:30 pm
For kids ages 6-12
$140.00/child for all three days
contact jessbam@fournations.net or 250-226-6702 to register



Coldest Night of the Year Walk – Wildflower Raised over $2000

We raised over $2000 for Nelson CARES and they in turn met their goal of raising over $35,000! Whohoo Wildflower! Some of our team, and also student volunteers, are pictured above.

Nelson CARES sent a message – they are thankful for our ongoing support (we’ve raised over $7,000 for them over 4 years and supported in other ways, like providing art/decorations…).


Popcorn Fundraiser for Coldest Night of the Year Walk

We raised $163 today for our CNOY team and Nelson CARES today, 81 bags of popcorn!!

A special thanks to Jason and the Civic Theatre for donating the popped corn. We were literally scooping up the crumbs for the last bag – such a big hit!

Thanks to all for your support in this! If you would like to sponsor our team, or would like more information, please go to https://secure.e2rm.com/registrant/TeamFundraisingPage.aspx?teamID=788175&langPref=en-CA


Travel to India

An Experience of a lifetime in INDIA for 2 weeks as part of an SD#8 intercultural exchange program

What are the expectations for students and their families:
– Domestic students will be expected to pay their own flight and have their own spending money while in India.
– Each domestic student will have a host student from India who will be hosted in their home for two weeks in July, 2016. The domestic student must be available to take part in activities with their host student during this time.
– Each domestic student will be part of a team who together with the sponsor teachers and the International Program Administrator will plan and execute summer activities to do with the Indian students when they are in Nelson.
– Prepare and deliver presentations for classes or in the community after the return from India.
How to apply: First step
Please send an email of interest, stating your name, grade, school, and state why you would like to go to India to Sandy Prentice – sprentice@sd8.bc.ca. emails need to be received by Sandy Prentice no later than February 19th, 2018.

The Taj Mahal – the first group

Dancing in India – the crowd of 800 loved us
Who are the teacher sponsors for this trip? Jenn Kidd, Claire Hewson, Kathy Centrone.
Who can take part? Any students in any part of SD#8 who are in grades 9-11. How does it work? This is a cultural exchange program which means you are partnered with a student in India and they will live with you while they are here in June/July 2018, and you will live with them while you are in India for almost two weeks in December 2018.
How do I show that I am interested and would like my name put on a list of participants? Send an email of interest as previously outlined in this document and then attend the information evening which will be announced to you by Sandy Prentice after receiving your email of interest.
How much will it cost? You will only need to pay for your spending money and your flight from Castlegar to New Dehli – return – approximately $2000.00
Our partner school will be:
An elite private school in India that offers both day students and boarding for students. This school came highly recommended to us by one of the consulate employees, Ivy Learner Frank, who worked for the Canadian Consulate General in India. School: Rishikul Vidyapeeth School in Sonepat, www.rishikulvidyapeeth.edu.in


LVR Course Selection

Exciting Times for our students heading to LV Rogers next fall.  Staff from LVR will be here later in February to meet with the students and go over their options for next year.

There will be a session for parents at LVR on Thursday, March 1st from 7:00 – 9:00 pm in the gymnasium.

Final course selection for the students will happen March 5th or 6th.

There will also be a student orientation – date and time TBA.


Coldest Night of the Year

For the 4th year, we will be forming a team for the Coldest Night of the Year event, happening on Saturday, February 24th starting late afternoon. The Coldest Night of the Year is a fantastically fun, family-friendly walking fundraiser that raises money for the hungry, homeless and hurting in over 100 communities across Canada. In Nelson, proceeds of the walk go to Nelson CARES Society and their Room to Live Campaign. Their goal is to provide safe, affordable housing that supports people’s dignity. Specifically, they will continue to renovate rooms at Ward Street Place, an affordable housing complex located a block away from our school.

To join or support the Wildflower School team, please visit our team page at:


Adults are asked to raise $150 in donations or pay a registration fee of $25 before Feb. 19 ($40 after Feb. 19). Youth 11+ are asked to raise $75 or pay the same registration fee. Children 10 and under are free to attend the event. In the past, attendees have received a toque, hot drinks along the walk (the chai stop is de-lish!), and a free chili dinner at the end.

If you have any questions, please contact Shari at simada@shaw.ca.