French Immersion in Creston

SD8 is hosting an Information Session in Creston for anyone who may be interested in French Immersion.
Date: March 5, 2020
Time: 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm (MST)
Location: Canyon Lister Elementary School – 4575 Canyon Lister Road, Canyon
Audience: Parents, Guardians and Students
School District 8 Kootenay Lake is excited and proud to be piloting a French Immersion Program for a combined grade 5, 6, & 7 class at Canyon Lister Elementary School for the 2020/2021 school year.

Creston French Immersion Information Session 



UPDATE February 12, 2020
Parent Guardian Letter 2019-nCoV – February 12 2020

UPDATE February 3, 2020
School District 8 – Kootenay Lake is taking all necessary precautions to prevent the spread of infection. Re: Buses, Schools –such as, additional cleaning measures to assist in limiting the spread of colds, flu, and other infections.
At schools, staff are modelling and reminding students re: good hygiene practices with students to prevent the spread of illness. Regular washing of hands and coughing/sneezing into your elbows are recommended.
In B.C., the latest official updates are located on the BC Centre for Disease Control website.
You can also continue to check our website for updates. To date, none of our students or supervisors are symptomatic.
We have sent out the Ministry of Education updates, with lots of additional information.
Misinformation regarding coronavirus is starting to circulate on social media and through email to the Board office. We encourage students, staff and their families to refer to official sources only.
Increased media coverage of the coronavirus situation may cause some children or youth to be concerned about this situation and they may be directly or indirectly impacted.
Children or youth may experience varied reactions to this type of situation, including trouble sleeping, concentrating or listening.
They may become more irritable, sad, angry, or worried as they think about what is happening around the globe.
To ensure the emotional well-being of our children or youth in this concerning situation, supports and counselling will be available to students as needed.
Please contact your school principal to arrange for this.
Remember, in School District 8 – Kootenay Lake, “We focus on excellence for all learners in a nurturing environment.”

Like other public school districts around the province, we have many visiting students from other countries. They are all welcome. We treasure all our children in School District 8, including those visiting. We lead with kindness and love.

Wishing you all a wonderful February..


Dr. Christine Perkins | Superintendent & Chief Executive Officer
School District 8 Kootenay Lake
811 Stanley Street, Nelson, B.C. V1L 1N8
Office: 250-505-7037
Cell: 250-505-9625

UPDATE January 30, 2020
Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Update
The B.C. Provincial Health Officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry, announced on January 28 that the first case of novel coronavirus has been confirmed in B.C. This was communicated out to school districts and independent schools in a special edition of the Deputy Minister’s Bulletin sent on January 28.
The Ministry of Education understands that school district and independent school staff, students and communities may have questions about coronavirus. Please know that the Ministry is in regular communication with the Ministry of Health and provincial and local health authorities to make public health decisions, and to ensure students and school/district staff are kept informed and safe. The Ministry will continue to be in close contact with public health officials and, with that in mind, would ask you to ensure that no assumptions are made about the risk of students or staff based on their ethnicity or travel history.
Misinformation regarding coronavirus is starting to circulate on social media. We encourage students, staff and their families to refer to official sources. In B.C., the latest official updates are located on the BC Centre for Disease Control website.
As well, a new toll-free phone number (1-833-784-4397) has been established to answer questions from Canadians about the 2019 novel coronavirus. Service is available from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. EST until January 29 and from 7 a.m. to midnight EST starting January 30.
Reducing the Risk
The BC Centre for Disease Control recommends that to reduce the risk of exposure to novel coronavirus, individuals employ the same measures that are taken in relation to colds and flu:
• Wash one’s hands frequently for at least 20 seconds using soap and hot water (it is the single most effective way of reducing the spread of infection).
• Practice other good hygiene habits: do not touch one’s face/eyes/mouth with one’s hands and cover one’s mouth and nose when sneezing or coughing (ideally with a disposable tissue or the crease of the elbow).
• Clean and disinfect frequently touched workspace surfaces.
• Maintain good general health (eat a balanced diet, get enough sleep, exercise in moderation).
• Stay home if sick.
Advice for Students and Families Considering Travel
Students and families considering travel to and from China are encouraged to consult the Novel Coronavirus in China Travel Health Notice on the Government of Canada Travel and Tourism page regularly, as recommendations may change over the course of your travel as new information becomes available.
No matter where students and families plan to travel, the Public Health Agency of Canada recommends that they consult Government of Canada Travel and Tourism page, as this is the Government of Canada’s official source of destination-specific travel information. This web page provides important advice to help travelers make informed decisions and travel safely while abroad.
Students and their families should always tell their health care providers about their travel history if they become ill after returning to Canada.

UPDATE January 28:—coronavirus.pdf updated information on the coronavirus coming from the Ministry of Education. The Ministry of Health can be accessed through the district website as well.

January 27
We know some of our families may be feeling some concern over the recent news of the coronavirus.  As a school and district we are leaning on the Interior Health authority and Ministry of Education to stay informed.
The latest news from Interior Health states:
“There are no confirmed cases of coronavirus in Interior Health, and we are working with our provincial partners to monitor the situation as it progresses. Interior Health would only speak if there were confirmed cases, however the BCCDC can offer additional background. Information on coronavirus
As with the cold and flu season, the best methods for preventing the contraction and spread of the corona virus is to follow proper hygiene etiquette including proper hand-washing with soap and water, covering your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing, and staying home if your are sick.
Please contact Interior Health or the British Columbia Centre for Disease Control if you have medical questions.

bottle drive

Bottle Drive – Nelson

The Wildflower Middle Years Program is hosting a post holidays bottle drive to fundraise for our annual trip to the Goodwill Shakespeare Festival in Vernon in April. Our monetary goal for this bottle drive is one thousand dollars to pay for accommodation for this 4 day fine arts event – please help us!
If you can support us please save all your bottles and cans (or maybe collect from others too) and bring all your clean cans and bottles to the school (Chelsea’s room, right at the front door of the school)  from January 20th to 23rd. On January 24th a few middle years volunteers and adult volunteer drivers will be taking them to the recycling depot.
We appreciate any and all support – thank you.
For more information you can email Chelsea at

salmo ski

Family Fun Night

Family Fun Night at Salmo Ski Hill

January 18th, 2020 5:30 to 9PM.

Please mark your calendars and save the date for this exciting school event! We hope everyone will attend. Come on out for a fun night of skiing and community at the Salmo Ski hill! It’s $8 per skier/boarder and with an a $5 chilli and bun dinner option for those who want it. Forms are on the Munch-A-Lunch website at We’re looking for volunteers to help out! We need people to take tickets, count money, stoke the fire, and organize the annual Salmo Smoker. If you have the time and the inclination please contact Tom Doolat


Wildflower Information Sessions – Nelson

If you have expressed an interest in your child(ren) attending our school, we would like to invite you to a parent information session for students going into grades K -1 in the 2020/21 school year. It looks as though we will have a few spaces that will be available next year, although we do have more interested families than there will be spaces available.

Kindergarten – Grade 1
When: Tuesday, January 21, 2020 from 6:00 – 7:30 PM
Location: Wildflower School (main floor) Seedlings Classroom

Grades 2 – 5
When: Wednesday, January 22, 2020 from 6:00 – 7:30 PM
Location: Wildflower School Gymnasium

Grades 6 – 9
When: Tuesday, January 23, 2020 from 6:00 – 7:30 PM
Location: Wildflower School (main floor) Middle School Classroom

This is a great opportunity for you to not only find out more about our school and ask any questions you may have, but to see our school and meet some of the teachers and our Principal to help decide if the program is right for your family. We ask that you not bring your child(ren) to this session – we will have a session including them on another occasion.

We also ask that you to fill out a new statement of interest form if you have not given us a new one in the last year.  We find that a lot can change and an updated form is helpful as we go forward.

Please RSVP before the end of day on Thursday, January 15, 2020 (include your name and your child’s name in your e-mail, please).


Talking Sexual Health with Your Child: A Parent Night Out

Please join us for an evening with parent, local public health nurse, and sexual health educator, Judith Fearing, as she shares helpful tools to support parents discussing puberty, sexuality, and sexual health with their children. Judith will present on Thursday, April 9 from 7:00-8:30 PM in Jeff’s classroom space on the main floor. The evening will include a Q and A session, too! ALL Wildflower parents/guardians are invited!


Hot Lunch Ordering Open for January – March

Hello Parents

Ordering is now open for lunches using Lunches for the winter term are being offered on Tuesday and Wednesday until spring break.  Sushi is back every second Tuesday, alternating with either Mac and Cheese or Thai-rice noodle salad, both offered by Frantastic Foodz.  On Wednesdays, will offer salad bar alternating with a warm rice bowl with a selection of protein and veggie toppings. For more information regarding menu and suppliers see below.

Orders are due on Friday, January 10.  First lunch will start on January 14. Ordering will be closed throughout the session and will not be accepted past January 17. If you are already registered simply go to and login to orderIf you have not yet registered your family, you will need to go to the Landing page provided for our school below.


  • Go to:
  • Click the “Register Here” button (as shown below). The system will guide you through
  • After adding your children, click the green “Order Lunch!” button to order
  • Next time, just click the “Login Here” button to access your account.

 If you need assistance with ordering, or do not have access to the internet,  please contact Carol Wallace at

Please note if your child is ill on a lunch date, you are welcome to come and pick up their lunch by 11:45am; otherwise please consider it a donation for a child who does not have a lunch. We appreciate your support for our lunch program as the funds go towards playground, fieldtrips and general fundraising within the school.

We are in need of Volunteers to help serve lunch on Tuesday and Wednesday.  There is a Volunteer page in the online system where you can checkmark which dates you are available.  The lunch coordinator will then contact you with a proposed schedule.  We can only offer a lunch program if we have Volunteers!

Our thanks to the Wildflower parent community for supporting this important fundraiser and to our wonderful Volunteers who help make this program a success! Also, thank you to all parents who completed the on-line lunch survery!

Fantastic Foodz: Local catering company.

Mac and Cheese- One serving includes 8oz portions. Contains wheat and dairy. Vegetarian.

Thai Rice Noodle Salad- Vegan and gluten free. Ingredients: Rice noodles, carrots, red pepper, green onion, cilantro, tofu, sesame seeds. Dressing: sesame oil, olive oil, ginger root, red chili flakes, soy sauce, rice vinegar, lime juice, sugar, sea salt. Served cold (also served at Oso Negro or Ellison’s market if you want to sample).

Real Good Foods: is the catering moniker of Wildflower mama Andria Green. She focuses on supporting local farmers and producers to create nourishing meals made with care for families and events. Andria will be working to balance affordability and sustainability by sourcing select ingredients locally and organically and by reaching out to our local community for support.

Salad Bar- a bed of greens with your choice of lots of fresh veggies, simple side salads and toppings, and a selection of dressings. Gluten and other allergens well labelled.

Rice Bowl- a scoop of rice with your choice of fresh and cooked veggies, vegetarian or meat protein side dishes, and a variety of fun toppings and sauces.

CC’s Sushi-located in Robson, supplies several schools and retailers (Co-op, and Save-On)

Veggie-carrot, avocado and cucumber roll

California-crab, avocado and cucumber roll

Comes with soya sauce, ginger and wasabi.


Heartbeet 2019

WMYP students made borscht for the Nelson Community Food Cupboard and delivered it to them today.  The students collected donations at the Kootenay Coop – so it really is a community effort! Such a great thing!


Art Starts – Zoom into Wonder

The past weeks have seen the students in Nelson working with the ArtStarts program on a project called “Zoom into Wonder”.  Using a jeweler’s loupe, the students magnified and explore everything from the back of their hands, to an amethyst crystal, to a kernel of popcorn – then created art! You can see the results of their work in our main entry this week.



Metis Honouring Ceremony

On November 21, we gathered to honour our Metis brothers and sisters, and raised a flag to honour Louis Riel Day.

Who are the Metis people?

  • The Historic Métis emerged as a distinct people and nation on the plains of western North America during the late 1700’s. Metis people typically have Cree or Ojibwe and French or Scottish ancestry. They developed a culture that was not European nor First Nations but rather a fusion of the two cultures.
  • Métis have been documented in BC as early as 1793
  • Métis Nation British Columbia (MNBC) was established in 1996 as the representative organization for Métis in BC.
  • In our district, we are honoured to have many teachings shared by our Metis Elders. Crawford Bay students know our dear Elder, Donna Wright. Another Elder that supports us a lot in our school district is Elder Bob Adams. We also are very supported by Elder Don Courson who is the president of the Nelson and Area Metis, as well as knowledge keeper Maurice Trudel.

Louis Riel Day

  • On November 16th, we celebrate Louis Riel Day.
  • He was a famous Metis leader.
  • One of his titles was “The Father of Manitoba”
  • He negotiated Manitoba’s entry into Canada in 1871.
  • Louis Riel was elected to Parliament 3 times, but never took his seat. He returned to the Northwest at the request of the Métis during the initial stages of the Northwest Resistance in 1884.
  • Following the defeat of the Métis at Batoche, Riel was tried for treason. His lawyers tried to plea insanity as his defense, but Louis Riel denied those claims. He was found guilty of High Treason in May 1885.
  • Despite the jury recommending leniency, he was sentenced to hang. During his own life, Riel was recognized as the father of Manitoba and is currently acknowledged to be a founding father of Confederation in Canada.
  • In addition to advocating for Métis rights, Riel also fought for greater religious freedom, French language rights, First Nations rights, and greater gender equality throughout the Northwest. Riel died as an advocate for the Métis and as a defender of minority rights in general.
  • It is Riel’s legacy that continues to attract Métis to remember the ideals and values that he died defending. For that reason, Métis across the homeland commemorate the anniversary of his death, as opposed to the day he was born.
  • Louis Riel Day is a day to celebrate the lasting culture and impact that Métis have had on Canadian society. It is a day to recount that Métis have long advocated democracy and freedom of expression for all Canadians.

Fun Facts about the Metis. Did you know….

  • Métis people have their own unique culture. It is n mixture of cultures of the First Nations, French Canadian, English, and Orkney/Scottish.
  • The Métis are known for their love of fiddle playing, but traditional instruments also included the concertina, the harmonica, and the hand drum.
  • Metis people have a style of dancing called jigging. Traditionally, dancing included such moves as the Waltz Quadrille, the Square dance, Drops of Brandy, the Duck, La Double Gigue and the Red River Jig.
  • Metis people were famous for their horsemanship and breeding of horses
  • Métis people have their own language called “Michif”. This language was a result of the combining of French nouns and Cree verbs.
  • One item of clothing worn by Métis people is the sash. It is traditionally about three metres in length and is made by weaving yarn together with one’s fingers. The sash is worn around the waist, tied in the middle, with the fringed ends hanging.

Famous Metis People

  • Today we are learning about Louis Riel. Two other famous Métis leaders were Cuthbert Grant and Gabriel Dumont.
  • Tantoo Cardinal, actress; of Métis and Cree ancestry
  • Jon Gallant, bassist for the Canadian band Billy Talent
  • Kinnie Starr, musician
  • Actor August Schellenberg is of Métis descent (Free Willy and Bury my Heart at Wounded Knee)
  • Metis writer and filmmaker Maria Campbell has shown the sound and song of traditional stories through her work
  • On May 7, 2004, Métis Todd Ducharme became a judge of the Ontario Supreme Court of Justice.
  • Other well known Canadians of Métis descent are Sharon Bruneau, a Canadian female bodybuilder and fitness model
  • British Columbia New Democratic Party Leader Carole James is of partly Métis ancestry.
  • NHL star defenceman Sheldon Souray is of Métis ancestry.
  • Former Canadian Prime Minister Paul Martin is of partly Métis ancestry.
  • Canadian Professional Wrestler Ben Saulnier, better known for his ring name Jake Benson, is a Métis from Penetanguishene, Ontario, Canada.



Climate Change Video Contest

A prize of $400 will be awarded to the top video in each category (teacher, administrator and student) to support a Climate Action Project in their school!

Do you know an amazing teacher, administrator or student who is passionate about climate change and would want to share their story with Canadians for a chance to win $400 to put towards a Climate Action Project?

Learning for a Sustainable Future, Lakehead University and the Canadian Teachers’ Federation are launching a video competition to hear from educators and students from across Canada about why climate change education is important to them and what they are doing to address climate change, personally and in their school. We are encouraging every passionate Canadian to tell their story!

Ten videos will be selected to be rolled out as part of a national social media campaign through LSF and the Canadian Teachers’ Federation and their member provincial/territorial associations.

Learn more here!


Reconfiguration of Trafalgar and LVR

Parents and caregivers are invited to join the conversation about reconfiguration of grades at our Middle and Secondary schools in Nelson.
Thursday, December 5
Trafalgar Middle School
All are welcome.
For more information:
• LV Rogers is at capacity
• Trafalgar has space
• Let’s discuss the idea of LV Rogers being
a Grad School – Grades 10-12
• Trafalgar Grades 6-9, beginning 2020-2021
“Come out to help us generate solutions to address the
imbalance in school capacity for the long-term sustainability
of our facilities in Nelson.”
– Dr. Christine Perkins, Superintendent of Schools/CEO