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Homestay Families Wanted – Creston

THE KOOTENAY LAKE INTERNATIONAL PROGRAM IS LOOKING FOR FAMILIES TO HOST INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS
Experience a foreign culture in the comfort of your own home. Make global friendships and global
connections.
Long term and short term stays are available.
For more information visit:
https://international.sd8.bc.ca
Adrianna Wright, Homestay Contractor
adrianna.wright@sd8net.sd8.bc.ca

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New Library – Nelson

Things are progressing on the new library — you can search what we have so far! We anticipate the students will be able to start using the library next month (or sooner if possible!)
We may also be putting out a call to parents who would like to help with the mammoth task! Stay tuned 🙂

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Traffic Safety

Our school is a busy place, with active and excited students going about their day. The safety of your children is of utmost importance to us, in and out of school.

Recently, there was a near miss around the school (Nelson Wildflower) with a student and a vehicle coming up the street. We don’t know if it was one of our students, or a student from a neighboring school, but we wanted to take the opportunity to put out a reminder about road and traffic safety.

Please take a few moments to discuss this with your child. They may know the rules, but sometimes in their excitement, they can forget. We will also be reinforcing the message at the school.

A few points for discussion include:

Traffic Safety Rules (from http://www.elmer.ca/home)

• Look all ways before you cross the street. Cars can come around corners really fast. They also drive very fast and you must be very sure it is safe, before crossing the street.
• Keep away from Parked cars. People driving cars can’t see people in between other cars. They expect people to be at corners.
• Ride your bike safely ~ Obey signs and signals. I bet you can ride your bike safely. Do you remember all the proper signals to turn and stop? I am sure that you know what the big street signs and traffic lights mean too! Then with your helmet on, you are riding your bike safely.
• Play in a safe place away from the street. Streets are for cars. Parks are for playing. You can also play safe in your yard with mom or dad.
• Walk when you cross the street. Do you know why you should walk when you cross the street? It is easier for the drivers of the vehicles to see you. It is also safer so that you don’t fall down.
• Where there is no sidewalk, walk on the left, facing traffic. Of course, it is always best to use a sidewalk. Do you have streets with no sidewalks in your neighborhood? Then always walk facing traffic and watching traffic. That way, if you see a vehicle coming and the driver does not seem to see you … you can always move over. Don’t take a chance, move safely over and give lots of room between you and the car.

The BCAA website (https://www.icbc.com/road-safety/teaching/Pages/default.aspx) also provides a number of great resources for parents and educators.

Traffic, pedestrian safety, and parking are also important discussion points amongst our PAC (Parent Advisory Committee). The PAC, school staff, and district operations are engaging the city of Nelson in conversations on how we can better manage these items around Central school. If you would like to be a part of the discussion or have any questions please don’t hesitate to be in touch with myself (Sacha Kalabis – Principal) or your school PAC representatives.

Please remember to slow down in all school zones, and take extra care when dropping off or picking up your child. As you may know, the School Board Office is now upstairs in our Nelson location and the parking lot is busier than ever with cars coming and going. Please do not park in the school lot at any time, including the spaces outside of the gym. There is a pick up and drop off area along Stanley Street, and parking in the residential areas.

Thanks for your help in keeping everyone safe.

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Message from Elmer the Safety Elephant

Please learn all of my seven traffic safety rules because I want you to be safe. It is important to know about safety around cars and in the streets. You don’t want to get hurt by getting hit by a car.

Elmer’s Seven Traffic Safety Rules

  1. Look all ways before you cross the street. Cars can come around corners really fast. They also drive very fast and you must be very sure it is safe, before crossing the street.
  2. Keep away from Parked cars. People driving cars can’t see people in between other cars. They expect people to be at corners.
  3. Ride your bike safely ~ Obey signs and signals. I bet you can ride your bike safely. Do you remember all the proper signals to turn and stop? I am sure that you know what the big street signs and traffic lights mean too! Then with your helmet on, you are riding your bike safely.
  4. Play in a safe place away from the street. Streets are for cars. Parks are for playing. You can also play safe in your yard with mom or dad.
  5. Walk when you cross the street. Do you know why you should walk when you cross the street? It is easier for the drivers of the vehicles to see you. It is also safer so that you don’t fall down.
  6. Where there is no sidewalk, walk on the left, facing traffic. Of course, it is always best to use a sidewalk. Do you have streets with no sidewalks in your neighbourhood? Then always walk facing traffic and watching traffic. That way, if you see a vehicle coming and the driver does not seem to see you … you can always move over. Don’t take a chance, move safely over and give lots of room between you and the car.
  7. Always wear your seat-belt in the car. I know that you know this rule! Make sure you are wearing your seat-belt properly and know that you are safe.

    If you and
     your friends follow all of these safety rules, you will be smart and be safe.
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Swimming Lessons

Swimming lessons are scheduled and ready for registration! This will be Wildflower’s second year with the new structure for school swim lessons. There was great feedback last year! The structure really fits in with Wildflower’s philosophy. There aren’t ‘levels’ with these lessons, simply Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced. They are designed to be focused on safety and participation while accommodating a multi-age/multi-level environment. To decide which level your child is best suited for, here is a guide:

Beginners : they can swim less than 25m (the entire length of the big pool)
Intermediate : they can swim more than 25m comfortably without any assistance
Advanced : comfortably swim more than 300m (12 lengths) – swim clubbers

Lessons will begin on October 18th and run for 6 weeks until November 29th with NO class on Friday November 8th before the Remembrance Day weekend.

You can register directly through the NDCC, online or by telephone (250) 354-4FUN (4386). The barcodes and times are as follows:

9-9:45~ Advanced- #20248

9-9:45~ Intermediate- #20250

9-9:45~ Beginner- #20014

9:45-10:30~ Advanced #20249

9:45-10:30~ Intermediate #20252

9:45-10:30~ Beginner #20251

PLEASE NOTE: If classes that Parents want fill up please have them put their children on the waitlist, that way the programmer can rearrange some classes or create new ones.

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Cross Country Running

Please check with your child to see if they are interested in running – many picked up permission forms at the school last week and today.
Cross-country running is getting started for the 2019-2020 school year. There are two races this week (details below). Sacha and/or another teacher will be taking the kids to each of the events. We will likely book a bus, depending on interest and/or share a bus with another school. Please have a conversation with your child to see if they are interested. We will be speaking to classes on Monday and handing out permission forms to the pertinent grades.

September 24th (Tuesday) – Grade 7-9 Runners
Selkirk College – Castlegar (Parking in main lot) at 4 pm
Shared bus or parent drivers depending on numbers.
Grade 7 and under = 2 km – Grade 8, 9 = 3-4 km

September 26th (Thursday) – Grade 2-6 Runners
This is a race hosted by South Nelson at Lakeside Park. The meet will start promptly at 3:00 pm so we will aim to arrive by 2:45 pm. Bus will leave the school at approximately 2:10 pm. Parent pick-up would be easiest at the Lakeside soccer fields. You will likely be interested in watching your child run as well.
After each race, students will sign in and then go to the juice and cookie table.

Coming up:
Elementary   

  • Thursday, September 26th 3:00-4:00 for the South Nelson Cross Country Meet held at Lakeside Fields
  • Thursday, October 3rd 3PM @ Rosemont School
  • Thursday, October 10th, 12:30 at Lakeside Park

Middle School

  • Tuesday, Sept 24 – Selkirk College, Castlegar
  • Tuesday, October 1 – Mount Sentinel – Slocan Pools
  • Tuesday, October 8 – Kaslo River or Crawford Bay
  • Tuesday, October 16 – West Kootenay Zones at Selkirk College, Castlegar

Parent Guardian Permission Form – Cross Country 2-6

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What Does PAC Do?

This is a question we get sometimes get asked. While this list defines their role (it’s from their constitution), the PAC is really so much more and of vital importance to our school!

  • To foster a good working relationship and open communication between teachers, staff, administration and parents of all pupils both during and after school.
  • To organize and coordinate extra-curricular activities for the students/families as mutually agreed upon by PAC and the staff.
  • To earn money for the purpose of items deemed to be a desirable asset to the school, staff and/or children that are not otherwise supplied by the school district.
  • To help parents understand various programs and policies of the school and to provide input and advice to the staff and administration where beneficial.
  • To act as a liaison between the community and the school.

The next PAC meeting is at the school on Oct 16th 3:00-4:30 pm. All are welcome!

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Vaccination Reporting

A few of you have had questions around the new Vaccination Status Reporting Regulation. Starting in July, health authorities began reviewing immunization records information and public health may contact parents/guardians or students for incomplete or missing information. Information will be provided by them on how to update school age children’s immunization records and where to drop off the information. If you are not contacted by public health, it means your records are complete and no further action is required.
You can find out more at:
https://immunizebc.ca/vaccination-status-reporting-regulation