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Popsicle Stick Bridges

Using a bridge-building kit that includes 300 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 was hosted by the Engineers and Geoscientists of BC, West Kootenay Branch, at the West Kootenay & Boundary Regional Science Fair on Saturday, April 14 at the Castlegar Campus of Selkirk College.
Several Wildflower students participated, with Griff, Locke, and Liam placing in the top 3 for their age groups! Way to go!

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 – sprentice@sd8.bc.ca. 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, www.rishikulvidyapeeth.edu.in


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 simada@shaw.ca.


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 www.nobullies.ca 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 – IPHomestay1@sd8.bc.ca
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 http://international.sd8.bc.ca where you will find our homestay section and application form.


Show You Care, Leave a Pair!

Hi there from the Middle School Sock Rockers!
This year we are doing a sock drive for those who are homeless in Nelson.
Socks are important to keep feet and spirits warm.
Here’s how it works.
Please bring new, warm, adult-sized socks to the sock tree located outside Anne’s office and put them in the box under the tree.
In return you are welcome to take a sock ornament off the tree.


Nelson to Uganda Trip

From one of our Wildflower Parents:

Hello friends – I wanted to share some exciting news about a “Nelson to Uganda trip” that a group of Wildflower families is dreaming into being. I’m the Founder and Director of a school, clinic and birthing centre in central Uganda…..and my daughters are fortunate to be Wildflower students.   We are joining hands with Nicole & Hugo, Grant & Ember and Lisa & Evan to plan a trip to the village of Banda Kyandaaza in January 2019, and would like to extend an invitation for more families to join us.  The focus of the trip will be to connect with the children of Banda, share talents, explore the natural beauty of Africa and fundraise in support of equal access to compassionate healthcare and education.  The trip will be a unique opportunity to expand awareness, practice cultural humility and learn together.

If this sounds interesting to you, please contact me at 250 551 7556 or by email at nicole@buiga-sunrise.org.  The group is meeting again at the end of November so please forward this email to family, friends and neighbors who might be interested.   You can also check out the Sunrise website to learn more about our work and the community of Banda www.buiga-sunrise.org.  Weebale nyo, nyo (thank you very much)!!

Nicole Van Seters



Community Connect Day

Community Connect Day is a marketplace of FREE services, activities and resources for anyone in the community who is struggling to makes ends meet. It is a day that recognises we can take a community approach to help one another in Nelson. Organizers are extending a warm welcome to community members to come out and enjoy this family-friendly event.

Are you living in Nelson and struggling to make ends meet? Does the approaching winter weather have you wondering how you’re going to pay for a needed coat or boots? Have you been putting off vision testing or a dental check up, or that needed adjustment or care for your back, or the pet’s worsening condition because you just haven’t the money to deal with it? Are you wondering what service in town can help with the health or housing or employment or personal issue you or your family are facing? The 9th Annual Community Connect Day may be what you need!

Services include:
– Free Café!
– Dental check ups & referrals
– Eye check ups & referrals
– Health check ups & info
– Foot care, glucose tests & blood pressure taken
– Hep C/HIV info & services
– Childcare for appointments
– Haircuts! Hair & Body care items!
– Massage, Chiropractor, Reiki, & Reflexology
– Veterinary consultations & referrals (NO PETS please!) (thanks to Selkirk Animal Hospital!)
– Kids activity area, arts, crafts & face painting, and a fire truck!

– Housing search support/info
– Advocacy services & info
– Women & domestic violence services & support
– Employment services & info
– Indigenous services & info
– Youth services
– Family & Early Childhood services/info…
& much more!

There will be so many giveaways:
– Winter Coats – Coats 4 the Koots! (thanks to Valhalla Pure!)
– Winter Boots! ShoeBank Canada
– Socks! Winter accessories!
– Wellness packages!
– Door prizes!

This year it takes place on Saturday, November 19th from 10am to 3pm at Central School Gym (access off of Ward & Mill Streets). It is hosted by the Nelson Committee on Homelessness – a group of over 20 service providers, but it is the involvement of dozens of professionals, businesses and volunteers that makes it such a special event.

Community Connect Day

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After School Program? Friday and Pro-D Day programs?

Kootenay Kids Society is a not-for-profit community organization that offers a wide range of programming for children and families.

They are looking into starting an Active After School Program as well as an Active Full Day Friday (for Wildflower & Homeschool Parents) and Full day Pro D Day Program. This program will be focused on spending quality, structured and unstructured time inside and outside with your child. Continue reading “After School Program? Friday and Pro-D Day programs?”