French Immersion

School District 8 Kootenay Lake offers a Late French Immersion Program for students entering Grade 6 in the 2019-2020 school year. All students who have successfully completed Grade 5 and are residents in Kootenay Lake School District 8 are eligible. The Program is located at Trafalgar Middle School for Grades 6-8, and continues for Grades 9-12 at LV Rogers Secondary School.
Each year, up to 60 students are accepted in the Grade 6 Late French Immersion Program.

Details regarding the application process for the Late French Immersion Program:

FI Application Process – 2019-2020



Popsicle Bridges

West Kootenay Branch

Where and When:
L.V. Rogers Secondary School, Nelson, B.C. in conjunction with the Regional Science Fair
Saturday, April 6, 2019. Register and drop off your bridge between 9:30AM to 11:30. Testing
will be ongoing throughout the day.
Note: You don’t have to be there to win a prize, but somebody has to come and register for you
and drop off your bridge BEFORE 11:30.

More info: 2019 WK Bridge Contest Info


Student Symposium

Every year the Kootenay Lake board of trustees hosts a student symposium through which they hope to gain the student perspective to help inform board decisions.  Every year has a different focus – Finance (budget), Education, Facilities etc…  This year the focus is on Education/Learning. Wildflower staff and students are glad to give their input.

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 https://wildflower.sd8.bc.ca 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 https://www.sd8.bc.ca/schools/registration-transfers

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 http://wildflower.sd8.bc.ca/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/Statement-of-Interest.pdf


Dolpo: The Hidden Land – Presentation February 4

Parents, don’t miss this unique presentation at Wildflower on February 4th from 11:00 am – 12:00 noon!

Dorje Dolma is the author of Yak Girl: Growing Up in the Remote Dolpo Region of Nepal, which was released in 2018 by Sentient Publications.

Dorje was born in one of the most inaccessible places on earth, 13,000 feet high in the mountains bordering Tibet. She was the oldest of eleven children, only six of whom survived the harsh conditions of their lives. Dolpo had no running water, electricity, motor vehicles, phones, school, or doctors, other than the local lamas, trained in the use of herbs and prayer. Dorje began herding the family’s goats and sheep at age five and by seven she was defending them from attacks by wolves and snow leopards.

When she was ten, her parents took her on a month-long trek to Kathmandu to find help for a serious health condition. There they encountered Westerners who arranged to bring Dorje to the United States and get her the surgery she needed to save her life. She eventually graduated from the University of Colorado with a degree in Fine Arts and worked as an early childhood teacher.

Yak Girl is full of vivid vignettes of Dorje’s childhood, detailing the inhospitable conditions, close family relationships, and the joys and trials of living so close to nature in her harsh but beautiful homeland. It’s an inspiring survivor’s tale of overcoming adversity to become a strong and independent Asian woman. Dorje is an entertaining speaker—a good storyteller with a storehouse of fascinating tales and a delightful sense of humor. She speaks about the centuries-old way of life in her isolated homeland, how it’s being changed by the slow trickle of modernity now reaching it, and the most effective ways for first world citizens to help those in the third world. She is currently working on establishing the first medical clinic in her village.

Dorje’s family’s story is so intriguing that it was the subject of the Dutch documentary, The Only Son (Click to view the trailer.)

In Dorje’s presentations she educates us through her fascinating stories, photos and video clips about this extremely remote area of the world. She is not only a story teller, but a wonderful speaker who can illuminate for us a glimpse in to an intriguing ancient culture.

More info:


Yak Girl ONE SHEET (About the book)

The Only Son description and Pema update



WFS Information Session

Wildflower is holding an information session for students going into grades K through 6 in the 2019/20 school year.

When: Thursday, February 7, 2019 from 5:30 – 6:30 PM
Location: Wildflower School, Nelson (main floor)

This is a great opportunity for you to not only find out more about our school and ask any questions you may have, but to see our school and meet some of the teachers and our Principal.

We also ask that you to fill out a new statement of interest form if you have not given us a new one in the last year. We find that a lot can change and an updated form is helpful as we go forward.

Please RSVP before the end of day on Monday, February 4, 2019 (include your name,  your child’s name, and your child’s date of birth in your reply, please).


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 https://www.sd8.bc.ca/announcement/kindergarten-registration-opens-feb-1st and https://www.sd8.bc.ca/schools/registration-transfers 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
Email: danica.weager@sd8.bc.ca
Website: https://sd8learns.sd8.bc.ca/abed/

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: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/education-training/k-12/support/graduation

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: https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2018EDUC0072-002417