World Food Project

The kids in Creston took part in a World Food Project, making Habitant Soup, along with their teachers Linda and Shamim.

This was the culminating project for their grade 1-3 food and culture unit. They began with the book “Everybody Serves Soup” by Norah Dooley as a basis for discussion –  looking at food cultures in Japan, Puerto Rico, Southern U.S., and Ukraine. They then looked inward at Canadian culture, and decided on creating Habitant Pea Soup. They used Pen Pal School’s “Food and Culture” project as a platform of sharing what they’d learned.

To find out more, check out the videos at https://drive.google.com/file/d/10aJKddxiDBQTqu3HsyJuB0Y8umIN6Eio/view and https://drive.google.com/file/d/1SKFiSEj7_giWxUMHys9CoDjT2SUBWNn0/view



Creston Education Centre

The Board of Education of SD8 – (Kootenay Lake), the Town of Creston, and the Regional District of Central
Kootenay Electoral Areas A, B and C are pleased to announce that they have agreed on a collaborative
solution for the Creston Education Centre and associated programming, as well as the lands and premises
located at 1607 and 1621 Canyon Street.

SD8 Chairperson, Lenora Trenaman, says, “The Town of Creston, with the support of the RDCK Electoral
Areas A, B and C, made an offer to purchase the Creston Education Centre and the Board of Education SD8
– (Kootenay Lake) has accepted it. We are thrilled to be able to continue with the programs we currently
have and they will remain hosted in the CEC. The School District No. 8 programs include Creston Homelinks,
Creston Wildflower, Strong Start and our Itinerant services. Thank you to the community of Creston for
sharing their letters, attending our public meetings, and letting us know how important our programs are
to you.”

Mayor Toyota says, “This solution represents a win for all parties involved and most importantly the
community at large. It would not have been possible without the support and efforts of the participating
RDCK Electoral Area Directors. The importance of retaining CEC as an education hub cannot be underestimated
and the acquisition achieves community goals declared by the public, stated in the Town of
Creston’s OCP and framed in Council’s strategic priorities. We will work diligently to ensure that these
community assets are self-sustaining over the long term, that community benefits are maximized and that
community resiliency is fostered.”

All parties congratulate the public for their participation in democracy for public education and
acknowledge that their voices were heard resulting in efforts to achieve a positive solution for all.

For more information, please contact:
Lou Varela, Creston Town Manager
Mayor Toyota, Town of Creston
Christine Perkins, Superintendent of Schools SD8 – Kootenay Lake
Lenora Trenaman, Board Chair


Heritage Fair in Creston

On March 7th and 8th – the Creston Wildflower students participated in a school BC Heritage fair. Over the course of several months, as part of the homeschooling component of their program, the students research a topic in Canadian history and become experts in their field. A key objective of the project is to encourage students to become curious about Canadian history and to deepen their understanding of the present by engaging with and questioning the past. Topics this year include an exploration of: the draft dodgers, Canadian aircraft, Canadian pirates, local trapping lines etc… Each year Wildflower Creston has some students who qualify for the regional fair and in some years some students make their way to representing School District 8 at the provincials.  


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


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!


The Flu

We have had a lot of students away with flu symptoms this week.
Interior Health has the following information to share:



PDF File on influenza

Thank you for keeping your children home when they are ill. Please remember to call the office to let us know when your child will be absent. We hope everyone gets well soon!


Creston Wildflower Raffle

Wildflower in Creston is holding a raffle! The first prize is round trip airfare for 2 with Pacific Coastal Airlines from Cranbrook to Vancouver, Victoria, or Kelowna. There is also a lovely hand made quilt, a bedside table, and a silk flower arrangement to be won. Tickets are just $5 each and are available from the office in Nelson or the classroom in Creston. Please help support the kids in their fundraising efforts!