What Does PAC Do?

This is a question we get sometimes get asked. While this list defines their role (it’s from their constitution), the PAC is really so much more and of vital importance to our school!

  • To foster a good working relationship and open communication between teachers, staff, administration and parents of all pupils both during and after school.
  • To organize and coordinate extra-curricular activities for the students/families as mutually agreed upon by PAC and the staff.
  • To earn money for the purpose of items deemed to be a desirable asset to the school, staff and/or children that are not otherwise supplied by the school district.
  • To help parents understand various programs and policies of the school and to provide input and advice to the staff and administration where beneficial.
  • To act as a liaison between the community and the school.

The next PAC meeting is at the school on Oct 16th 3:00-4:30 pm. All are welcome!


Vaccination Reporting

A few of you have had questions around the new Vaccination Status Reporting Regulation. Starting in July, health authorities began reviewing immunization records information and public health may contact parents/guardians or students for incomplete or missing information. Information will be provided by them on how to update school age children’s immunization records and where to drop off the information. If you are not contacted by public health, it means your records are complete and no further action is required.
You can find out more at:


Photography Club on Fridays

Homeschooling Club Opportunity (Friday’s)

This is a tremendous opportunity that is available on Friday’s 1-3 pm at the school.  In the past, a middle school parent (Jay Blackmore)  ran a Photography Club along with a community volunteer Fred Rosenberg.  More recently, Cole Auringer stepped in to also support the photography club.  The club has had anywhere from about 6-8 students attending regularly.  The club is on again for the 2019-2020 school year.  What makes the photography club unique is that the group focuses on two aspects:  1) taking photographs using old film based cameras, and 2) utilizing a dark room, appropriate chemicals, and darkroom techniques to develop the film and make black and white prints.

– Students learn how to develop film and make black & white prints.

– Students learn how light and time are related and how to see, accurately, what is right in front of them projected onto a piece of light sensitive paper, from a negative that shows them the reverse of what the printwill show.

– Students learn a physical craft dependent on electricity but not on computers.  This is hand work as much as felting, drawing, etc, where every change in quality is controlled  through one’s own experience and practice, not from a change in a computer’s programs.

– Students learn a very real application of math, consciously or not, to problem solve physical issues in making their prints.

– Students have opportunities to support their peers as they pass on their knowledge and learning to each other.

This is certainly an amazing opportunity for the grade 6-9 students in our school community.  Please be in touch with Sacha, Cole, Jeff, or Barb if your child would be interested in checking out the experience and/or you might be willing to support Fred R. and Cole A. in the delivery of the program.


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

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.

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

Your cooperation and understanding of these matters is appreciated.

Allergy Aware Handout – Interior Health


NOCS 2019 Season – Free Youth Tickets

Four classical concerts, showcasing internationally acclaimed Canadian musicians, will be at the Capitol Theatre. We are encouraging Nelson’s youth to attend these concerts, and to this end we offer students under 18 years to attend free of charge. (Please note that children under 16 must still be accompanied by adults, and that seats for all attendees must still be reserved at the Capitol theatre). See the poster below for details.


RCMP Youth Advisory Council Opportunity

BC RCMP is recruiting BC youth for the 2019-2020 BC RCMP Youth Advisory Committee (BC RCMP YAC).

They have 30 spots available for the 2019/2020 school year. If you know of any youth who are looking for an interesting volunteer opportunity and has a passion for contributing to change, this might be a great opportunity for them.


The BC RCMP Youth Advisory Committee brings together up to 30 youth aged 14 to 18 from all across British Columbia to discuss important issues that they face in their respective communities. The purpose of the BC RCMP Advisory Committee is to represent the youth voice within the RCMP and to gain insight on how to deliver effective youth strategies and initiatives.

For their participation, youth will:

  • Be eligible for reference letters
  • Connect with other youth across BC
  • Play a vital role in the shaping of how the RCMP supports youth

Youth can email for an application, or use the link below. Completed applications must be returned by September 20, 2019.

BC RCMP YAC Application Package 2019-2020

BC RCMP YAC Recruitment poster

Terri-Lynn Vidal, Youth Strategies Coordinator
Cst. Paula Haider, Youth Strategies/SAFE Coordinator
“E” Division Crime Prevention Services

Parent Council

District Parent Advisory Council (DPAC) Meeting Schedule 2019-20

The Kootenay Lake District Parents’ Advisory Council (Kootenay Lake DPAC) is the recognized representative for the collective voice of parents in our school district. The Kootenay Lake DPAC is comprised of elected parent representatives from our 24 school Parents’ Advisory Councils (PACs), advocating for almost 5000 students, in communities such as the Slocan Valley, Lardeau Valley, Creston Valley and centres like the City of Nelson, Town of Creston, Kaslo and Salmo. The Kootenay Lake DPAC serves as an umbrella organization for the PACs in the Kootenay Lake School District No. 8.

2019-2020 DPAC Meeting Schedule


Gradual Entry for Seedlings in Nelson

Tuesday September 3rd
Ks 8:30-9:30 (parents are welcome to stay in the classroom for the entire hour, or visit the PAC Welcome Back Celebration)
1s & 2s 8:30-11:45

Wednesday September 4th
Ks No School
1s & 2s 8:30-2:50

Thursday September 5th
Ks 8:30-10:15am
1s & 2s 8:30-2:50

Starting next week, Kindergarten students will attend half days (8:30-12:00) and Grade 1s and 2s will attend full days (8:30-2:50). Kindergarten students will begin full days in October.


PAC Grocery Card Fundraiser 2019-2020

Did you know that PAC helps fund a whole lot of things in our school each year? Please help the PAC help our kids! Every dollar you spend on a grocery card will go towards your groceries. Save-on Foods and the Kootenay Co-op will contribute a percentage to our school based on the amount of cards that our school buys.
Payments can be made by Interac e-transfer or Credit card, in addition to cash or cheque. You can make onetime orders, or a monthly recurring order. You can choose to pick up your cards in the Wildflower school office or send them home with your child.
Students will be bringing home copies of the order form, or you can access the form here. If using a paper form, fill it out and return it to the Wildflower office , or easier yet,  take a photo or scan and e-mail it to


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.


Parking in Nelson

As you may know, the School Board Office is now upstairs in our Nelson location and the parking lot is busier than ever with cars coming and going. Please do not park in the school lot at any time, including the spaces outside of the gym.
There is a pick up and drop off area along Stanley Street, and parking in the residential areas. Thanks for your cooperation.

Please use the main entrance (facing Stanley St.) when entering or leaving the school.


PAC Welcome Back

PAC in Nelson is putting on a welcome back celebration on Sept 3rd! You are welcome to come anytime after 8:00 am and mingle, meet new parents, and enjoy a cup of coffee or chai and a little snack. The kids are also welcome to join before classes start at 8:30. Please bring your own mugs.

Reminder to our Seedlings Kindergarten Parents – you may stay and visit until your little ones are dismissed at 9:30.

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