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

sd8 international program poster


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.

Allergy Awareness

We do have students in our school that have potentially life threatening allergies (anaphylaxis) related to insect stings and food items, specifically peanuts and nuts.

Food Allergies
The food allergies of students/staff at this point in time do not require us to be “peanut free” as a school, but rather “nut aware”. It is important that we exercise an awareness of these food allergies as a school community. Prevention is definitely the best approach. We feel the best way to reduce the risk of accidental exposure to these students is to ask for the co-operation of all our families. To reduce the chance of a child being exposed unnecessarily we ask that everyone educate their child regarding food allergies and peanut allergies in specific. This is good information for all of us to hold as members in any community. Please review the Interior Health Allergy Aware School Plan handout (below) for more information on helping create a safer school environment. You may also view it at https://www.interiorhealth.ca/YourEnvironment/ChildCareFacilities/Documents/Allergy%20Aware.pdf

Bee Hive (Nelson Site)
At the Nelson site, we are fortunate to have an “observational bee hive” located within the Seedlings class. There are tremendous educational benefits in having our own hive in the school. The Wildflower School community was also instrumental in opening up the process of having observational hives located in other schools across the district. We appreciate that parents and/or guardians may have concerns or questions around safety and management of our bee hive. The following link provides comprehensive information on both the benefits and considerations taken to ensure the safe installation and maintenance of hives in schools. http://www.classroomhives.org/

Please don’t hesitate to forward any questions and or concerns to Sacha Kalabis, Principal of Wildflower School – email: skalabis@sd8.bc.ca, or phone: 250-551-0638.

Your cooperation and understanding of these matters is appreciated.

Allergy Aware Handout – Interior Health


First Day Schedule for 2019-2020

Nelson & Creston
September 3rd (Tuesday) is a half day for the students with all classes starting at 8:30 am. The buses at the end of the school day will run 3 hours earlier than usual.

Dismissal times on September 3rd are:
Creston – 11:55 pm
Nelson Kindergarten Seedlings – 9:30 am
Nelson Grade 1 Seedlings – 11:45 pm
Nelson Elementary – 11:55 pm
Nelson Middle School – 12:00 pm

Regular times start on Wednesday, September 4, with the exception of our Nelson Seedlings. You can view their schedule here.


Measles Immunization Catch-up Program

The province is starting a measles immunization catch-up program. This program will run from April through June 2019 for children in kindergarten to grade 12 who are not up-to-date for measles
vaccinations. This will help to protect all children against measles disease. Please see the following for more information:

Letter to Parents – Measles Immunization Catch-up Program – April 2019

We will keep you informed with dates and further information as it becomes available.


Water in the World We Want Presentation

The East Kootenay Humanity Network’s in conjunction with College of the Rockies guest lecture series is please to present Robert Sanford, Water in a World We Want.

Monday, March 11, 7:00 pm at College of the Rockies – Cranbrook Campus Lecture Theatre.

Celebrate United Nations World Water Day in recognition of the important role water plays in the lives of people around the world. The event which is free to the public will examine the question, “What does water mean to you?” within the context of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 6 which includes a target to ensure availability and sustainable management of water for all by 2030.

Water in the World We Want
In this presentation, Bob Sandford, an international expert on water security will explain what water means to him. He will affirm how the current global water crisis came into existence, how and why the rate and manner in which water moves through the global water cycle continues to accelerate, and how this acceleration is impacting water security in this country. Bob will also address what these impacts could mean in the future in terms of our identity and life in Canada. The presentation will conclude with a powerful assertion of why it is important to Canada and the world to leave no one behind with respect to water.

This presentation is FREE and open to the public, come early as there is limited seating. Book signing to follow.

Any question, please do not hesitate to contact Amy Cross at 250-581-2111 or via email at amycross@humanitynetwork.ca.


2019 Beijing International Student Summer Camp

2019 Beijing International Student Summer Camp
When: mid-July for 10 days
Hosted by: Beijing International Education Exchange (BIEE)
Location: Beijing, China

BCCIE’s partner, Beijing International Education Exchange (BIEE), invites secondary school students from across British Columbia to participate in the 2019 Beijing International Student Summer Camp.

Call for student participants and chaperones
Each BC school district and independent school can nominate up to two local secondary students between the ages of 15 to 17 to participate. We are also recruiting two teachers who can act as chaperones. School districts and schools are encouraged to nominate a teacher to accompany the group.

Please visit our website for full details. The deadline to RSVP is Friday, March 15, 2019.
Apply soon! Selection of students and chaperones will be on a first-come, first-served basis.
This promises to be a life-altering experience for students from across our province and we encourage your support and participation. Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Tom Wang at twang@bccie.bc.ca.