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

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.