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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 https://canadaclubs.scholastic.ca/, 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.

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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 (wildflower@sd8.bc.ca) 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!

 

 

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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 sd8.bc.ca .

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.

 

Sincerely,

 

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

Email:  christine.perkins@sd8.bc.ca

Web:  www.sd8.bc.ca

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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

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Track Attack

The Nelson Nordic Ski Team has an after school program and would really like to get more kids involved in cross-country skiing. They already have the Nelson Nordic School Outreach Program, which hosts over 2000+ students from the SD8 District every season.  See the brochure at Track Attack for more information.

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SD8 Open House

Appies du jour and an office tour!
(Please join us at our open house.)
Who moved? The SD8 Board Office!
We’d love to meet our new neighbours, and show everyone around the new offices of School District 8. Please join us at
our Open House for office tours, and appetizers from the Hume.
Join us Friday November 1, 2019
4:00-7:00pm – Come and Go Open House
811 Stanley Street, Nelson, BC
RSVP by October 24, 2019 at https://www.sd8.bc.ca/events/board-office-open-house

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Homestay Families Wanted – Creston

THE KOOTENAY LAKE INTERNATIONAL PROGRAM IS LOOKING FOR FAMILIES TO HOST INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS
Experience a foreign culture in the comfort of your own home. Make global friendships and global
connections.
Long term and short term stays are available.
For more information visit:
https://international.sd8.bc.ca
Adrianna Wright, Homestay Contractor
adrianna.wright@sd8net.sd8.bc.ca

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New Library – Nelson

Things are progressing on the new library — you can search what we have so far! We anticipate the students will be able to start using the library next month (or sooner if possible!)
We may also be putting out a call to parents who would like to help with the mammoth task! Stay tuned 🙂

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Traffic Safety

Our school is a busy place, with active and excited students going about their day. The safety of your children is of utmost importance to us, in and out of school.

Recently, there was a near miss around the school (Nelson Wildflower) with a student and a vehicle coming up the street. We don’t know if it was one of our students, or a student from a neighboring school, but we wanted to take the opportunity to put out a reminder about road and traffic safety.

Please take a few moments to discuss this with your child. They may know the rules, but sometimes in their excitement, they can forget. We will also be reinforcing the message at the school.

A few points for discussion include:

Traffic Safety Rules (from http://www.elmer.ca/home)

• 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.
• Keep away from Parked cars. People driving cars can’t see people in between other cars. They expect people to be at corners.
• 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.
• 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.
• 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.
• 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 neighborhood? 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.

The BCAA website (https://www.icbc.com/road-safety/teaching/Pages/default.aspx) also provides a number of great resources for parents and educators.

Traffic, pedestrian safety, and parking are also important discussion points amongst our PAC (Parent Advisory Committee). The PAC, school staff, and district operations are engaging the city of Nelson in conversations on how we can better manage these items around Central school. If you would like to be a part of the discussion or have any questions please don’t hesitate to be in touch with myself (Sacha Kalabis – Principal) or your school PAC representatives.

Please remember to slow down in all school zones, and take extra care when dropping off or picking up your child. 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 help in keeping everyone safe.

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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.