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.

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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


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!


Snow Pass for Students in Grade 4 & 5

With a SnowPass You Get:
Including Whistler Blackcomb, Lake Louise, Blue Mountain, Mont Tremblant, and more!

That’s over 250 possible lift passes!

Two seasons if you apply in Grade 4.
One season if you apply in Grade 5.

All you need is a digital photo and proof of age to qualify.

It pays for itself after the first visit.

NOTE: Standardized blackout dates in place for December 27-29, 2019 and Family Day, February 17, 2020.

More information at



Holiday Fundraiser 2019

This fundraiser is now closed.

The PAC is excited to offer this fundraiser to Wildflower families and their friends – No.6 Coffee and Wildflower honey and candles, and wax wraps all crafted locally. Orders are due Monday, December 2nd in Anne’s office (Nelson), or in class (Creston). Products will be distributed on Thursday, December 12th.

You may download the form here: 2019 Wildflower Holiday Season Fundraiser form

No.6 Coffee
Coffee is the Sonic Youth Blend, and is locally roasted fair trade coffee. These are 12 ounce bags, whole beans. Cost $16/bag. More info about No.6 Coffee at

Wildflower Honey and Candles

Honey is collected by Swan Valley Honey, a family-owned business who source their honey from local beehives spread throughout the Creston Valley. Honey bees thrive on local wildflowers, clover and alfalfa. The honey is pure and unpasteurized, and comes in jars with a special Wildflower label. The candles are made from pure beeswax. More information about Swan Valley Honey

Busy Bree’s Wax Wraps
Locally made. Perfect for wrapping sandwiches, leftovers & making a small snack pouch. Kitchen Buddy Pack includes 3 wraps: 1 – 6×6”, 1  – 8”x8”, and 1 – 10”x10”. Lunches & Leftover’s Pack includes 2 wraps: 1 – 8”x8” and 1 – 12”x12”. More info about Busy Bree at


Haiku Contest from JAL

Japan Airlines (JAL) and JAL Foundation, organizers of this contest in Tokyo, Japan would like to invite school students under the age of 15 the opportunity to participate in the “World Children’s Haiku Contest 2019-2020”.

2019 World Haiku application form

2019 World Haiku contest details

Since the establishment of the JAL Foundation in 1990, we at JAL have been proudly sponsoring “The World Children’s Haiku Contest” every two years.  This biennial contest is intended for children all over the world and contest details can be found on the JAL Foundation website at

Haiku is a very short form of Japanese poetry, typically characterized by a seasonal reference.  This time the theme is “Sports”, gearing up towards the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020.  It is our wish to receive many haiku entries.

Should you have any questions, please contact Lisa Hamatake at

We look forward to seeing many wonderful works of haiku!

Yours sincerely,

Satoshi Abe
Vice President, Canada
Japan Airlines Regional Office Canada


Vaping Letter to Parents

From the Superintendent:

We are writing to inform you of the School District’s concern regarding the prevalence of students vaping on school property. Results from the 2018 BC Adolescent Health Survey show that 64% of students who had smoked used a vape pen or vape stick with nicotine, and 43% used a vape pen or stick without nicotine in the past month. This equated to 21% of all BC students vaping with nicotine and 19% without nicotine.
Recently, some students have had severe reactions to vapour products that required medical attention. District staff have a number of concerns and are asking for your help to stop a behavior that health officials are saying may lead to a new generation of youth addicted to nicotine. Read the full letter: Anti-Vaping Letter to Parents – November 13, 2019


Scholastic Book Orders for December

Your December book order will help the new Wildflower Library that will be opening in the New Year! Ordering online is easy! If you wish to order online, please go to, select Wildflower School, and then Cavicchi, Anne.

You will also be able to pick a FREE Book (worth $7 or less) when you place an online order of $30 or more. Use Code: CLIFFORD

You may also return a paper order form to the school if you prefer (but you won’t be able to select a free book). Deadline for ordering is November 22, 2019. If your order is a gift, we will let you know when it arrives for pickup.

Look at the flyers online at



Buses One Hour Early Nov 13-14

November 13, 2019  – November 14, 2019 
While there is no early dismissal for Wildflower students on these days, the buses at the end of the day will run one hour earlier than usual.
If your child takes the school bus, you will need to either pick up your child from school at the normal dismissal time, or arrange to pick them up 1 hour early from their bus drop off.
Please let us know in the office ( if your child we need to take the bus, or if you will be picking them up from school on these days.

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St. Eugene Trip

Wildflower Creston Grades 2 to 7 and a few students from HomeLinks took part in an EbEd field trip to St.Eugene Residential School near Cranbrook. Students have been learning about the preservation of history, culture and identity of Indigenous people and were able to take part in this informative tour of the building and grounds. Students took a tour of the once Residential School from a previous student of St.Eugene which allowed the class to have a great firsthand account of what it was like to attend a Residential School. The second part of the tour was a journey through the 10000-year history of the Indigenous people of the area and then followed by a few videos of the hardships that students endured when they attended Residential Schools. The trip was very informative for the class as they were able to extend their knowledge through visual descriptions, questioning and exploration of St.Eugene. Thank you to St.Eugene for such a great experience!




Notices from the Superintendent

Facilities Meetings 2019-2029 Facilities Plan Meetings_v3 (Draft)

We have two more Facilities meetings and all of you are invited to attend.

Creston Family of Schools – Wednesday, November 6 from 5:30 – 7:00 pm at Prince Charles Secondary School

Nelson Family of Schools – Thursday, November 7 from 5:30 – 7:00 pm at Trafalgar Middle School

Online Credit Card Payment

For your convenience, most of our schools now accept online Credit card payments for fees and pizza etc.   Please check with your school clerical.

Communicating Student Learning  SD8-Communicating Student Learning-Brochure-PRINT

SD 8 – Kootenay Lake Elementary and Middle Schools have been included in a pilot project which is shifting the way student learning is communicated to parents. Previously, students had received 3 written report cards per year.  Now, student learning will be communicated through two report cards, one in January and one in June, with three additional points of contact from the teacher throughout the year. These points of contact may include, student led conferences, parent teacher interviews, phone calls, emails or other means of communication where individual students progress is discussed with the parent/s and/or guardian. Progress on the report cards will be described using a 4-step scale- emerging, developing, proficient, and extending. These changes will include all K-9 students. An info brochure is attached.  Please see your Principal if you have any questions or concerns.

School-based Pro-D Day

This Friday, November 8th,  is a School-based Professional Learning Day – School will not be in session.

Remembrance Day

Schools will be closed for Remembrance Day on Monday, November 11th.

Educational Concert Series SD8-Educational_Concert_2019

Everyone is welcome to attend the Educational Concert Series by the Playmor Junction Big Band.  FREE Admission for all.

November 20 – Salmo Secondary School

November 27 – LV Rogers Secondary School

December 4 – Mt. Sentinel Secondary School

Holiday Concerts

In the next couple of weeks, Holiday concerts and events will be posted.   Please check our website .

Winter Break

All schools will be closed during Winter Break – December 23, 2019  – January 3, 2020.    Schools will reopen Monday, January 6, 2020.

All are welcome to attend.




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




Requirements Under BC’s New Vaccination Status Reporting Regulation

BC’s new Vaccination Status Reporting Regulation came into effect on July 1, 2019. It supports the gathering of immunization records by Public Health. The regulation applies to all students in all schools within the Province’s jurisdiction. Please see the letter below for more information.

Parent Letter_Vaccine Status Reporting Regulation_MHO Goodison


Homestay Families Wanted – Creston

Experience a foreign culture in the comfort of your own home. Make global friendships and global
Long term and short term stays are available.
For more information visit:
Adrianna Wright, Homestay Contractor

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