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Storytelling

Earlier in April, the WFMS hosted African-American storyteller, and Kaslo resident, Shayna Jones. Shayna spent the morning sharing stories from her African heritage including her family’s involvement in the European slave trade that brought her family to the United States over three centuries ago. She also shared her amazing adaptation of an Aesop fable. The students were simply mesmerized by her voice, energy, and joyful approach to storytelling. What fun! Thank you, Shayna!

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Measles Immunization Catch-up Program

The province is starting a measles immunization catch-up program. This program will run from April through June 2019 for children in kindergarten to grade 12 who are not up-to-date for measles
vaccinations. This will help to protect all children against measles disease. Please see the following for more information:

Letter to Parents – Measles Immunization Catch-up Program – April 2019

We will keep you informed with dates and further information as it becomes available.

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Science World at the Science Fair!

Science World was here at the school today, and the students really enjoyed the presentation!
They will also be at LVR during the Science Fair this weekend for anyone who wants to see more.
It is FREE too!
Saturday, April 6
Activities and exhibitions 11:00 am – 4:00
Shows at 11:00, 12:00, 2:00 and 3:00.
All are welcome!
More details:  Science World Poster and https://www.scienceworld.ca/nelson

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Climbing at the CUBE 2019

This is an introduction to indoor climbing for students aged 8 – 12.
Friday – April 5, 12, 26 and May 3 from 10:00 – 12:00.
Total cost is $105.50 per child and includes gear unless child has their own.
Registration deadline is March 12th.

Please bring the registration form and cheques to Anne in the school office. Make cheques payable to Wildflower PAC.
Parents/guardians must also fill out a release agreement for the Cube (link below).
Due to the limited number of instructors, this activity must be capped at 9 children. Registration is on a first-come-first-served basis for the first 9 families that submit the form with their cheque and signed release agreement.

If there is sufficient interest, we may run another session in May (May 10, 17, 24, and 31).
Questions? Contact Michelle at michcameron@gmail.com

Climbing at the Cube Form

CUBE Release Form

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Water in the World We Want Presentation

The East Kootenay Humanity Network’s in conjunction with College of the Rockies guest lecture series is please to present Robert Sanford, Water in a World We Want.

Monday, March 11, 7:00 pm at College of the Rockies – Cranbrook Campus Lecture Theatre.

Celebrate United Nations World Water Day in recognition of the important role water plays in the lives of people around the world. The event which is free to the public will examine the question, “What does water mean to you?” within the context of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 6 which includes a target to ensure availability and sustainable management of water for all by 2030.

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In this presentation, Bob Sandford, an international expert on water security will explain what water means to him. He will affirm how the current global water crisis came into existence, how and why the rate and manner in which water moves through the global water cycle continues to accelerate, and how this acceleration is impacting water security in this country. Bob will also address what these impacts could mean in the future in terms of our identity and life in Canada. The presentation will conclude with a powerful assertion of why it is important to Canada and the world to leave no one behind with respect to water.

This presentation is FREE and open to the public, come early as there is limited seating. Book signing to follow.

Any question, please do not hesitate to contact Amy Cross at 250-581-2111 or via email at amycross@humanitynetwork.ca.

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Coldest Night of the Year Walk

Twenty students and family members walked/ran the Coldest Night of the Year routes, and raised $2,175 for Nelson CARES and their Ready for Home program. Wildflower School was mentioned in the opening speeches, as being the largest team participating in the Nelson walk!  With our help, Nelson CARES was able to surpass their fundraising goal and raised over $40,000 in the Coldest Night of the Year event. A huge thank you to everyone who walked and to our supporters.

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Online Safety for SD8 Students

Social media hoax reminds parents to address online safety with their children

Recent concerns related to students and their interactions on social media have prompted the Kootenay Lake School District to remind parents about online safety. A viral hoax, called the Momo challenge has been making headlines creating concern amongst parents. Saferschoolstogether.com, an organization that delivers mandated provincial Violence Threat Assessment & Prevent Bullying Training to schools in Canada, has released an alert that specifically addresses the risk and details around the Momo challenge. You may view it here: Safety Alert – Momo Challenge

At this time, SD8 Kootenay Lake School District has not had any reports of students in our area who have direct links with the Momo phenomenon, but we have had reports of several students talking about the subject and/or making reference to it. It is currently being shared widely on social media platforms and several media sources are also now covering the story, which has added to its popularity.

We encourage parents and caregivers to take this opportunity to talk to your children about the internet, online safety and the importance of reporting any online behaviour that makes them feel uncomfortable.
District Safe Schools Coordinator, Scott Rothermel agrees that the best way to handle this trend is to talk to your students about their presence online so that they know how to deal with inappropriate material and how to protect themselves. Rothermel will be offering more Digital Parenting Workshops this spring at Trafalgar Middle and LVRogers Secondary – further details will be posted on the district website once confirmed.

“The safety of our students is paramount, both online and in the classroom.” says Superintendent Dr. Christine Perkins.
Parents with further concerns or questions around online safety can email safe.schools@sd8.bc.ca

Separating Fact from Fiction on the Momo Challenge

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2019 Beijing International Student Summer Camp

2019 Beijing International Student Summer Camp
When: mid-July for 10 days
Hosted by: Beijing International Education Exchange (BIEE)
Location: Beijing, China

BCCIE’s partner, Beijing International Education Exchange (BIEE), invites secondary school students from across British Columbia to participate in the 2019 Beijing International Student Summer Camp.

Call for student participants and chaperones
Each BC school district and independent school can nominate up to two local secondary students between the ages of 15 to 17 to participate. We are also recruiting two teachers who can act as chaperones. School districts and schools are encouraged to nominate a teacher to accompany the group.

Please visit our website for full details. The deadline to RSVP is Friday, March 15, 2019.
Apply soon! Selection of students and chaperones will be on a first-come, first-served basis.
This promises to be a life-altering experience for students from across our province and we encourage your support and participation. Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Tom Wang at twang@bccie.bc.ca.

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Jam Night!

We are planning to have a Wildflower Jam Night on Thursday March 7th, from 5:30-7:30pm.

What is it?: Some of the Wildflower classes will be leading a song or two in the gymnasium. We are also hoping to have the marimba group to lead a few songs. Lyrics will be projected on the gym wall for others to follow along. Students and parents are encouraged to sing and play along.

  • Please feel free to bring instruments to play along.
  • A song list along with chords and lyrics will be sent out to all families via email before the night, please feel free to become familiar with the songs with your child(ren).
  • If you or a group of people would like to lead a song or two, please let me know.
  • Our middle school will be providing some food through for the night through their foods program, but looking for some help on providing more food.
  • Looking for a sound expert to help set up speakers/mics on the 7th.

Want to know more? You can contact Cole.

Below are the song lists for the jam night on March 7th at 5:30-7:30. There will be others to follow. If you have a song you would like to lead, please contact Cole at: cauringer@sd8.bc.ca and I can put you in the schedule and get your song out to the school.

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Lantern Festival

The 2019 Polka Dot Dragon Lantern Festival was a great success on Feb. 17th (Sunday). Under an almost full moon, Taghum Beach was lite up with a beautiful array lanterns, lights, illuminated Spirit Bear, illuminated dragon, dancers and the Nelson Samba band. Nick Shave’s class contributed to the line of illuminated spawning Salmon across the shores of Kootenay Lake and the Wildflower middle school classes contributed with their sale of hot chocolate for all of the participants and passersby!

So grateful to Myra that the WFMS was given a chance to get involved and raise some funds. The students were terrific ambassadors for this event, too. Thanks to the parents (particularly Tom and Jodi Dool) for unwavering support of their learners. Thanks to Nicole LeBihan for connecting WF with this community event!

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French Immersion

School District 8 Kootenay Lake offers a Late French Immersion Program for students entering Grade 6 in the 2019-2020 school year. All students who have successfully completed Grade 5 and are residents in Kootenay Lake School District 8 are eligible. The Program is located at Trafalgar Middle School for Grades 6-8, and continues for Grades 9-12 at LV Rogers Secondary School.
Each year, up to 60 students are accepted in the Grade 6 Late French Immersion Program.

Details regarding the application process for the Late French Immersion Program:

FI Application Process – 2019-2020

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