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


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

Connect Parent Group

Connect Parent Group Leader Training Workshop

Training for the Connect Parent Group will be offered in Nelson April 9,10, 11th.  There is no fee for the training .

Location: Nelson Community Services Centre at 518 Lake Street in Nelson.

Time: 9-4:30 for the first 2 days ; ending earlier on the 3rd day.

Please review the Connect Parent Group brochure, website, and commitment required following the training.  We have space for approximately 18 participants.

If interested, please contact:

Lois Lien
Director of Operations
West Kootenay/Boundary Area
Office (250)  354-6475
Fax: (250) 354-6530
308  310 Ward Street, Nelson BC  V1L 5S4



Creston Information Session – Feb 13, 2019

Wildflower School in Creston is looking towards the 2019/2020 school year and there will be some spaces available in the classes! There will be an information session on February 13, 2019 at 6:00 PM at our school in the PCSS building to allow parents to see the classrooms, meet the teachers, and answer any questions you may have about the program.

The goal of the Wildflower curriculum and environment is to encourage self-esteem, self-confidence and joy of learning. The multi-age setting provides opportunities for leadership, interdependence, mentor-ship, and personalized learning. The classroom communities are nourished through daily circle time, place based learning opportunities, collaborative group learning, individual inquiry and an emphasis on problem solving and critical thinking.
You can learn more about Wildflower at too.

Kindergarten registration in School District 8 will begin on February 1, 2019. The transfers process for Kindergarten and other grades is open from February 1, 2019 – March 29, 2019
More information on registration and transfers can be found at

This is also a good time to fill out the Statement of Interest form in order to give more information about your child and their learning. You may find the form at


Love of the Arts Festival

Kootenay Lake School District celebrates the Love of the Arts!
The arts are powerful and transformative components of every student’s learning. For the next few weeks, the Kootenay Lake School District is bringing the arts into focus by focusing on the arts!

In coming together to support and celebrate arts programming around the school district, student art events and programming will be the focus across multiple disciplines including music, dance, film, theatre and visual arts in an effort to raise awareness about the importance of arts education.

“We will connect our students to meaningful, engaging arts experiences in their classrooms, schools, and in communities across the district.” says Superintendent Dr. Christine Perkins.

The celebration will kick off this weekend highlighting the performing arts sector. In collaboration with The Capitol Theatre, students from Wildflower, South Nelson, HUME and Trafalgar ABED will perform in an Indigenous Cultural Celebration at the Capitol on Saturday January 26th at 4 pm. All parents, students and the wider community are invited to attend. Tickets are $10 for adults and youth are free.

Visual art displays, gallery art walks, community mural making and story-telling events are scheduled throughout the month, across schools in the district and will highlight cultural celebrations including Chinese New Year, Carnival D’Hiver and Valentine’s Day.

“We know the arts have such a broad and powerful impact on our society, so we must continue to raise awareness of its importance and influence in our schools and beyond.” adds Dr. Perkins.

As part of focusing on the arts, community partnerships with the Legion-Branch 51, the Capitol Theatre, the Langham Gallery and many local professional artists sharing their craft and knowledge in the classroom setting, these collaborations will further enrich the learning experiences for students.

A comprehensive schedule of events has been submitted to the newspaper highlighting the various activities that encourage community participation, as well as the multitude of arts programming happening in the schools. Check with your school today!

Download the Schedule of Events

For more information:
Dr. Christine Perkins, Superintendent/Chief Executive Officer



Registrations and Transfers for the 2019/20 School Year

SD8 Kootenay Lake is pleased to welcome all students to our schools and invites registration for 2019-2020. Transfer forms & Registrations will be accepted in our office from February 1, 2019 to March 29, 2019 at 4:00 PM (Please note that our office will be closed for spring break from March 18th – 29th)

Please visit and for more information.


AbEd Newsletter from the District Aboriginal Team

Hello friends!

Happy Holidays from the District Aboriginal Team (we got DAT! 🙂 )

Please find the below the winter edition of our newsletter to distribute to staff, families, and students. We’ve included a special holiday greeting at the back. Thank you so much to everyone for contributing beautiful stories to help celebrate our students and great staff!

Please also find two PDF’s that go together for a calendar gifted to us from Karen Smith from Lower Kootenay Band Education Department. We are so happy to have received this gift and we are allowed to pass this around to all 🙂

Have a safe and beautiful holiday season!

AB ED Newsletter – December 2018

Calendar for print


Danica Weager, MC, CCC
District Indigenization Coordinator, Aboriginal Education School District #8
570 Johnstone Road, Nelson, BC, V1L 6J2 Cell Phone: (250) 505 9032

BC Mininstry of Education

From the Ministry of Education: B.C. Graduation Program Finalized

The B.C. Graduation Program has been finalized. For your reference, the B.C. Graduation Program Implementation Guide and the B.C. Graduation Program Policy Guide are now available on the Ministry’s Graduation web page:

Thank you for your collaboration in and support of this effort. The Ministry will continue to work with education partners and stakeholders as it implements B.C.’s Graduation Program.

Please see the Grad Programs News Release for additional information:


Carol Singing

The Wildflower Creston class has been working with TAPS (Therapeutic Activation Program for Seniors) on a number of collaborative projects.  One of the projects involved the singing of Christmas carols throughout the Creston community.  Yesterday the students and seniors shared their voices with PCSS school.

They have 3 more sessions before the break, and you are more than welcome to come and watch!

Wednesday, Dec 5 – Pealows Independent Grocery at 11:30 am
Tuesday, Dec 10  – Save-On- Foods at 11:30 am
Thursday, Dec 12, at the walk through by Panago Pizza at 11:30 am