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Reduce the Risk of Rabies this Summer

Reduce the risk of rabies this summer – school update June 2018

Summer vacation is coming and many families are spending more time outside enjoying the weather. This can mean an increased risk of contact with bats, the primary carrier of rabies virus in B.C. Rabies is a very serious disease that affects the nervous system. It is almost always fatal if not treated in time. This is rare but it’s still important to make sure you do what you can to avoid contact with bats.
Bats can fly into poorly sealed cabins and homes, they roost in attic spaces and they can even be found hanging inside closed patio umbrellas.
Interior Health offers these tips to help protect your family:

 Never touch live or dead bats. Tell children not to play with or touch bats.
 Make your home or cabin “bat proof.” Keep doors and windows closed, make sure window screens don’t have any holes, and keep the attic area free of bats by keeping all vents properly screened and by closing off other openings.
 Avoid locations or activities where bats are likely to be found (e.g., caves).
 If you find a live bat in a room of your home, open the window and close interior doors until the bat leaves.
 If your home or workplace is inhabited by bats, seek professional bat-control advice from a pest control or wildlife specialist. Bats are a protected species under the BC Wildlife Act. Excluding or evicting bats from their roost site so they move to another roost is the best way to remove bats.
 If trying to capture a bat yourself, avoid contact by wearing leather gloves, a hat, long sleeves, and pants.
 Safely contain the bat in a secure covered container to prevent others from being exposed. Keep the bat in a safe location until public health can arrange to pick it up and test it for rabies.
 If you have a pet dog, cat, or ferret, make sure they are vaccinated regularly against rabies. Pets that were born and raised in B.C. pose a very low risk of transmitting rabies to humans; however, vaccinating your pets will protect them from rabies. If your pet has come in contact with a bat, please contact your vet to discuss the risk of rabies to your pet.
All contact with bats should be taken seriously. Bats have tiny sharp teeth and claws, so scratches or bites may not be visible or painful but could still be there. If you have been bitten or scratched:
 Thoroughly wash the wounds with soap and water.
 Contact your local public health unit or family doctor immediately. Do not wait for symptoms to appear.
 Early treatment is crucial to prevent rabies from progressing. Treatment involves a two-week period of vaccinations that must be administered as soon as possible after exposure.

For more information:
See HealthLink BC File #07 at http://www.healthlinkbc.ca/healthfiles/hfile07.stm
and BC Community Bat Programs: http://www.bcbats.ca/

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Potential Expansion of Wildflower Program in Creston!

Following our most recent meeting with some of the current and prospective families in Creston on June 5th we have decided to proceed with the next step in exploring a second classroom at Wildflower in Creston!

This involves opening the registration/transfer process for the Wildflower programming. Spaces may be available for children in grades Kindergarten through grade 7. This is an exciting opportunity for growth of our program in Creston. As indicated, to facilitate this and the possibility of future expansion, we would re-locate the program to two adjacent classrooms in a separate wing at the PCSS Campus.

In order for us to proceed on to the next step, we need to have solid commitments from families regarding attending our program next year, showing enough registrations or transfers to confirm viability of a second class. Spaces for 20 new students are potentially available.

As existing Wildflower families, the following does not apply to you, but we are sending it along so you are aware of the process and the timeline for the next step.

The registration and transfers process for this new class will be open until June 15th only. Those who want their child(ren) to attend Wildflower in Creston need to have all forms in no later than 8:00 am on June 15. If we do not have enough registrations and/or transfers in place by June 15, the new class may not go ahead. Transfer forms will be date stamped only upon receipt of all documentation.

Please note, students already in an SD8 school do not need to register, but we will need a transfer form completed and signed by you (we will look after obtaining school signatures). If your child is home-schooled, or in a school that is not part of SD8, you will need to complete both forms. If you are unsure of anything, please contact Anne in the office at wildflower@sd8.bc.ca or 250-505-7020.

The forms may be  accessed on the SD8 website at http://www.sd8.bc.ca/?p=1944.

If the class does not proceed, all forms will be destroyed and your child will remain at their current school or with their current educational program.

If you have any further questions, or would like more information, please feel free to contact us any time.

Thanks, and we hope you have a great weekend!

Sacha Kalabis
Principal
Wildflower School

and

Anne Cavicchi
SD8 Secretary
Wildflower School
811 Stanley Street
Nelson, BC  V1L 1N8
Phone:  (250) 505-7020
wildflower@sd8.bc.ca

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Pink Eye

Pinkeye, or conjunctivitis, is a common childhood illness. Pinkeye is an inflammation of the covering of the eyeball and the inside of the eyelid. It is usually caused by a virus or bacteria, and can spread easily to other people.

Pinkeye may also be caused by an allergy, air pollution or other physical or chemical irritants; however the information provided here is about pinkeye from an infection. Please keep your child home if you think they have pinkeye. Your health care provider can tell you if your child can return to school or daycare, or should stay home. If your child has been prescribed antibiotics they should stay home for at least 24 hours after starting their treatment.  For more information, please see https://www.healthlinkbc.ca/healthlinkbc-files/pinkeye and this Pink Eye PDF file.

 

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Parents ask for Wildflower expansion

Parents of Wildflower students in the Creston Education Centre say there is enough demand to add another class to the program in the fall.

“This request is being made, as we currently have a waitlist of 17 potential students, and they would like the opportunity to join the Wildflower School,” the Creston Wildflower Parent Group said in a letter to be presented at the Tuesday’s board of school trustees meeting. “We are aware of other families who have shown interest, but have not pursued the option due to uncertainties in the facility. The interested students are a mix of children already enrolled in SD8 schools, as well as children that would be new to the district.”

See the full article at https://www.crestonvalleyadvance.ca/news/parents-ask-for-wildflower-expansion/

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Summer Film Camp

Youth aged 8 – 18 will create dynamic short digital films from start to finish in one and two week camps working alongside professional instructors in small groups. All sessions take place on the 10th Street Campus of Selkirk College in Nelson BC, where participants have direct access to professional camera gear and the latest in editing and special effects software. Participants work as a crew to develop the technical and creative skills of filmmaking as collaboration and leadership skills are emphasized throughout the learning process. Visit http://selkirk.ca/youth-film-camps and http://selkirk.ca/summer-film-workshops for more information and to register.

 

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Creston Wildflower “Metis Kitchen Party”

Creston Wildflower students participated in a “Metis Kitchen Party” with Amy Cross on April 26. This fast paced morning was filled with hands on learning fun! As some of our students have already researched the fur trade and many other related Metis experiences, this experience was an enrichment to previous learning in Social Studies.

· Students were introduced to the Metis history and culture through oral teaching and hands on learning.
· Students discovered and practiced many practical uses for the Metis sash.
· Students examined many types of furs – bison, fox, squirrel, mink, ermine, beaver
· Students learned about trapping culture and witnessed several types of traps set and sprung. (safety first!)
· Students learned how to play the spoons and how to dance the Metis Jig
· Students observed Bannock making and celebrated with a cultural pot lunch including elk stew, huckleberry bannock and all our own family favourite lunch items.

 

 

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PAC Grocery Cards

Grocery Card order forms went home today!

Did you know that PAC helps fund a whole lot of things in our school each year, including classroom books, learning supplies, equipment, student laptop computers and cart, as well as field trips? Please help the PAC help your kids.

Every dollar spent on a grocery card will go towards your groceries. Save-on Foods and the Kootenay Coop will contribute a percentage to our school based on the amount of cards that our school buys. Please fill out the form, include cash or cheque made out to the Wildflower PAC by May 7, and return them to the office. You may pick up your cards in the Wildflower school office or check below to send your cards home with your child.

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Safety Drills

As you know, we practice a number of safety drills at school, including fire, earthquake, hold and secure, and lockdown drills to ensure that students and staff are prepared in the event of an emergency.  While most of you are familiar with fire and earthquake drills, you may not be as familiar with ‘Lockdown’ or ‘Hold and Secure’. Below you will find more information about these drills. Safety drills can sometimes cause anxiety in students and we request that parents discuss them with their children. Please reassure them that emergencies in schools are rare and that drills are for their safety – just like the fire drills that they are used to.

Lockdown is used when there is an immediate threat to the school (i.e. school intruders).  Lockdown minimizes the intruders’ access to the school and secures staff and students in rooms.  As part of this procedure, everyone must remain silent in rooms until the situation has been declared safe by an authorized person (i.e. principal or police personnel). Please note that during a lockdown it is important that students do not use cell phones – this is to ensure the safety of our students.

Hold and Secure is a procedure which keeps students secure inside a school when something such a gas leak, weather, unsafe animals or persons outside of the school is threatening the general community.  During a hold and secure procedure only authorized people may enter the school. All doors will be locked and a notice posted indicating that the school is in a hold and secure situation. This procedure allows school activity to continue as normal during the outside disruption until the threat is cleared.

A lockdown or hold and secure situation may occur on any day and at any time, including the beginning or the end of the school day.  A lockdown or hold and secure situation may last for several hours.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us.