Come and join in the fun with Love 2 Learn!

A free program for little ones (3-5 years old) and their adult …
Love 2 Learn includes:
•    Exploring and learning together
•    Making simple materials into “learning toys”
•    Making felt board stories and book crafts
•    Borrowing books
•    Sharing a healthy snack
•    Sharing rhymes, stories and songs at circle time
•    Ideas to Go – materials and ideas given to parents weekly to take home and do at their kitchen table

Wildflower School
Fridays 9:30-11:00 am starting Oct 26
Contact Joan at or 250-352-3218


Cross Country Running

Grades K-6 Runners
Does your child love to run? They can be on the Wildflower Cross Country Running Team!
The first race is on Thursday, Oct. 4th at 3:00 PM at Rosemont School. All runners grades K-6 are welcome! All they need is shorts, t-shirt, water, snack, warm clothes, and runners.
Permission slips will be coming home with your child if they have expressed an interest, or you can download one here Parent Guardian Permission Form – Cross Country K-6

Upcoming races: Lakeside – October 12th. 12 – 2 pm


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
and BC Community Bat Programs:


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 and for more information and to register.


popsicle stick bridge

Popsicle Stick Bridges

On April 14th, 2018 a number of Wildflower students from the Creston and Nelson campuses participated in the 2018 popsicle bridge building competition.  Using a bridge-building kit that includes 100 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 is hosted by the Engineers and Geoscientists of BC West Kootenay Branch at the West Kootenay & Boundary Regional Science Fair.

Students from Creston Wildflower participated along with students from grades 2-8 from Nelson Wildflower.  Congratulations to all those students who participated, placed (Griff, Locke, and Liam placing in the top 3 for their age groups! Way to go!) and walked home with a draw prize.  We are proud of you all!


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 – 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,


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


Pink T-Shirt Day – February 28

It is so important that victims of bullying know they are not alone and there is help and support available. Wearing a pink shirt on this day sends a strong message to them that others care.
Often, the simple act of wearing a shirt can start conversations, and conversations can be a big step towards healing and helping!

Why a Pink T-Shirt?
The idea comes from two incredible Nova Scotia high school students in 2007. When a fellow student was being bullied for wearing a pink shirt, they decided to take a stand. They went out and bought pink shirts to give to fellow students to show their support for a boy who was being bullied simply for wearing a pink shirt.
We are proud to be able to carry on the with their message through our own program here! The Pink T-Shirt Day Society is a local volunteer non-profit organization with all the money raised going to provide free t-shirts to schools in our area and to anti-bullying initiatives.  This year, over 1200 T-Shirts are being distributed free of charge to SD8 and SD20 schools!
If you would like to buy a shirt to help support the initiative, please go to or see Anne in the office.

Kindness starts here!


Host an International Student

SD8 is looking for short placements for students from China.
Become a host family to one of our international students for 2 months!

EXPERIENCE A FOREIGN CULTURE IN YOUR OWN HOME and connect and learn with a student from around the world

“What an incredible experience! My family learned so much from our students and their cultures. We shared a lot of fun experiences and we look forward to hosting another student.”
Hart Family, Nelson

If interested, please contact our Homestay Contractor:
Shawna Hart –
Phone: 250-608-2365
NEEDED: Homes to host students in grades 6 & 7 to attend Trafalgar School for 2 months beginning April 7, 2018. If you would like to enhance your interculturalization skills, please contact Shawna as soon as possible.

Please visit our website, at where you will find our homestay section and application form.