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Hot Lunch Ordering Open for January – March

Hello Parents

Ordering is now open for lunches using MunchaLunch.com. Lunches for the winter term are being offered on Tuesday and Wednesday until spring break.  Sushi is back every second Tuesday, alternating with either Mac and Cheese or Thai-rice noodle salad, both offered by Frantastic Foodz.  On Wednesdays, real.good.food will offer salad bar alternating with a warm rice bowl with a selection of protein and veggie toppings. For more information regarding menu and suppliers see below.

Orders are due on Friday, January 10.  First lunch will start on January 14. Ordering will be closed throughout the session and will not be accepted past January 17. If you are already registered simply go to MunchaLunch.com and login to orderIf you have not yet registered your family, you will need to go to the Landing page provided for our school below.

 HOW TO REGISTER:

  • Go to: https://munchalunch.com/schools/wildflower
  • Click the “Register Here” button (as shown below). The system will guide you through
  • After adding your children, click the green “Order Lunch!” button to order
  • Next time, just click the “Login Here” button to access your account.

 If you need assistance with ordering, or do not have access to the internet,  please contact Carol Wallace at cwall@netidea.com

Please note if your child is ill on a lunch date, you are welcome to come and pick up their lunch by 11:45am; otherwise please consider it a donation for a child who does not have a lunch. We appreciate your support for our lunch program as the funds go towards playground, fieldtrips and general fundraising within the school.

We are in need of Volunteers to help serve lunch on Tuesday and Wednesday.  There is a Volunteer page in the online system where you can checkmark which dates you are available.  The lunch coordinator will then contact you with a proposed schedule.  We can only offer a lunch program if we have Volunteers!

Our thanks to the Wildflower parent community for supporting this important fundraiser and to our wonderful Volunteers who help make this program a success! Also, thank you to all parents who completed the on-line lunch survery!

Fantastic Foodz: Local catering company.

Mac and Cheese- One serving includes 8oz portions. Contains wheat and dairy. Vegetarian.

Thai Rice Noodle Salad- Vegan and gluten free. Ingredients: Rice noodles, carrots, red pepper, green onion, cilantro, tofu, sesame seeds. Dressing: sesame oil, olive oil, ginger root, red chili flakes, soy sauce, rice vinegar, lime juice, sugar, sea salt. Served cold (also served at Oso Negro or Ellison’s market if you want to sample).

Real Good Foods: is the catering moniker of Wildflower mama Andria Green. She focuses on supporting local farmers and producers to create nourishing meals made with care for families and events. Andria will be working to balance affordability and sustainability by sourcing select ingredients locally and organically and by reaching out to our local community for support.

Salad Bar- a bed of greens with your choice of lots of fresh veggies, simple side salads and toppings, and a selection of dressings. Gluten and other allergens well labelled.

Rice Bowl- a scoop of rice with your choice of fresh and cooked veggies, vegetarian or meat protein side dishes, and a variety of fun toppings and sauces.

CC’s Sushi-located in Robson, supplies several schools and retailers (Co-op, and Save-On)

Veggie-carrot, avocado and cucumber roll

California-crab, avocado and cucumber roll

Comes with soya sauce, ginger and wasabi.

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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 https://no6coffee.co/

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 http://honeybeezen.com/

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 http://www.busybreeswaxwraps.ca/

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Wildflower Whitewater Ski Days 2020

Wildflower Ski Days have been booked for the following Fridays this winter: January 17, January 31, February 7, February 21, February 28, and March 6. Lessons are from 1:15-2:45pm

Please fill out the form and color waiver, below (they must be in colour, copies are also available in the office) and return it to Anne in the office. DEADLINE IS NOVEMBER 28th.

Whitewater Parental Consent Waiver 1920 (must be in colour)

Wildflower Ski 2020

Whitewater offers a limited number of ski packages for students with financial need. If you require financial assistance, please send a request to program coordinator Paula Pensiero at paula@baldface.com.

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Cross Country Ski Form for 2020

Forms are due back before December 2, 2019 – Wildflower X-Country Ski 2020 Form

The Nelson Nordic Ski Club (NNSC) will be facilitating x-country ski lessons for Wildflower School this year.

Dates:
January 10,  February 14, March 13

Time: 9:00 – 11:15 am
Cost: $12.00 per child per lesson, including ski/boot/pole rentals, $8.00 per parent if rental equipment is needed & you’re skiing with group
Location:  Apex X-Country Ski Area, located on Hwy 6 at the turn-off to Whitewater Ski Resort

Transportation: on own or by carpool

From the NNSC — This program offers elementary school children an affordable opportunity to learn basic fundamental x-country classic skiing techniques within a fun, game oriented field trip format.

** Parents wanting to ski on their own are more than welcome, you will purchase a trail pass at Apex.

Lessons will include:

  • Orientation in warming hut
  • Fitting for ski equipment
  • 3 sessions, on snow instruction and games
  • Hot drink and snacks in warming hut afterwards (provided by PAC/Parents)

PAC will provide hot chocolate for the participants at the end of each lesson, and parents can volunteer to provide a plate of baked goods or fruit for snack (ski co-ordinator will organize this).

If you have any questions about this program, please contact Nancy Liknes at nancy.liknes@gmail.com or by phone at 250-551-6262.

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Swimming Lessons

Swimming lessons are scheduled and ready for registration! This will be Wildflower’s second year with the new structure for school swim lessons. There was great feedback last year! The structure really fits in with Wildflower’s philosophy. There aren’t ‘levels’ with these lessons, simply Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced. They are designed to be focused on safety and participation while accommodating a multi-age/multi-level environment. To decide which level your child is best suited for, here is a guide:

Beginners : they can swim less than 25m (the entire length of the big pool)
Intermediate : they can swim more than 25m comfortably without any assistance
Advanced : comfortably swim more than 300m (12 lengths) – swim clubbers

Lessons will begin on October 18th and run for 6 weeks until November 29th with NO class on Friday November 8th before the Remembrance Day weekend.

You can register directly through the NDCC, online or by telephone (250) 354-4FUN (4386). The barcodes and times are as follows:

9-9:45~ Advanced- #20248

9-9:45~ Intermediate- #20250

9-9:45~ Beginner- #20014

9:45-10:30~ Advanced #20249

9:45-10:30~ Intermediate #20252

9:45-10:30~ Beginner #20251

PLEASE NOTE: If classes that Parents want fill up please have them put their children on the waitlist, that way the programmer can rearrange some classes or create new ones.

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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!

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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

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Munchalunch!

It’s time to order lunches for the fall session using MunchaLunch.com.  We are offering lunches on Tuesday and Thursday until the Christmas break.  On Tuesday we will have an alternating menu of Samosas (made by Kootenay Tamil Kitchen) and mac and cheese (Frantastic Foodz).  The REACH Program will once again be offering hot lunches for our kids on Thursdays. Orders are due on Thursday, September 12. Orders will not continue throughout the session and will not be accepted past September 19. If you are already registered simply go to MunchaLunch.com and login to orderIf you have not yet registered your family, you will need to go to the Landing page provided for our school below.

 HOW TO REGISTER:

  • Go to: https://munchalunch.com/schools/wildflower
  • Click the “Register Here” button (as shown below). The system will guide you through
  • After adding your children, click the green “Order Lunch!” button to order
  • Next time, just click the “Login Here” button to access your account.

 If you need assistance with ordering, or do not have access to the internet,  please contact Carol Wallace at cwall@netidea.com

Ordering is now open and will be closed after Thursday September 19. Payment will be due during this time. Lunches for this session will start on Tuesday, September 17 and end Thursday, December 12.

Please note if your child is ill on a lunch date, you are welcome to come and pick up their lunch by 11:45am; otherwise please consider it a donation for a child who does not have a lunch. We appreciate your support for our lunch program as the funds go towards playground, field trips, and general fundraising within the school.

We are in need of Volunteers to help serve lunch on Tuesday’s only.  There is a Volunteer page in the online system where you can checkmark which dates you are available (please choose only Tuesday).  The lunch coordinator will then contact you with a proposed schedule.  We can only offer a lunch program if we have Volunteers!

Our thanks to the Wildflower parent community for supporting this important fundraiser and to our wonderful Volunteers who help make this program a success!

Karee-Ann Stuart, coordinator of the REACH program has included the following information about the Hot Lunch program:
“The REACH Hot Lunch program is designed to provide our students an opportunity to develop life skills, as well as how to run a business. They learn how to cook, develop time management skills, customer service skills, budgeting, food prep, baking and interpersonal skills. All proceeds directly benefit programming at REACH – Food Safe Certification, First-Aid Certification, REACH Graduation ceremony, as well as a hardship fund for those who are struggling to provide for themselves outside of our programming”.

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PAC Grocery Card Fundraiser 2019-2020

Students will be bringing home copies of the Wildflower-Grocery-Card-Order-Form_ Nov 2019, or you can fill out the form online 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 groceries4wildflower@gmail.com

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.

Questions? Check out the Grocery Card FAQ’s.

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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.

Connect with PAC on Facebook! 

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PAC Raffle – Win an Electric Bike!

Help Wildflower School PAC raise funds for improvements to their School!
(we are hoping to build breakout spaces, cubbies and/or lockers)

Tickets are available in the Wildflower Office.

GRAND PRIZE: Pedego 48volt Interceptor valued at $3895 from Victoria Electric Bikes
Second prize: $1000 food cards from Save-On Foods

Other graciously donated prizes include:
• Massage and Facial with Temple Therapeutics and Brooke Whitley valued at $150
• Treatment with Starr Healing, and Kendra Starr Dr. TCM valued at $120
• Wellness Gift Basket from Salmo Valley Pharmacy valued at $100
• Family Theatre Package for The Civic Theatre valued at $95
• Two Skeins of Wool Maiden Yarn from Jules Slootweg valued at $54

Class B – Raffle Licence – Regular Ticket, Licence # 116973
1800 tickets printed

1/$10
2/$15
3/$20

Draw date: June 28, 2019 12:00 PM, Wildflower School Parent Advisory Council, 811 Stanley St, Nelson, BC V1L 1N8

Note: Bike may not be as shown. Winner will choose bike and have opportunity to upgrade for additional cost.

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

Lois.Lien@gov.bc.ca

 

Passport to the Kootenays

Passport to the Kootenays

Nelson PAC is selling Passport to the Kootenay’s books. These books are loaded with coupons from local businesses in our Nelson and Creston areas and beyond (click to see the participating businesses). Two for one skiing, golf, attractions, restaurant discounts and more. If you would like a book for yourself or friends and family, please see Anne in the Office or send an e-mail to wildflower@sd8.bc.ca. If you want more than a few books, you can e-mail michcameron@gmail.com to arrange an order. Books are $45 each (cash or cheque payable to Wildflower PAC) With just one or two uses, the cost of the book is covered and the rest is a bonus where you can save money!

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Advocacy: Parents Helping Parents

Sometimes our children face difficult problems or situations at school which they are unable to cope. It could be a problem with a teacher, bullying, or a rule that seems unfair.

Parents find these difficult issues to deal with, feel intimidated by school officials or fear if we speak out our child might suffer. We feel frustrated because we’re not sure how to support our children in these situations, yet know we should.

You’re not alone…..we can help……..

The Kootenay Lake District Parents’ Advisory Council (DPAC) is proud to help parents’ and students’ to be heard and problem solve in a positive way, as well as ensure children and youth are treated fairly with dignity and respect, allowed to express their views, and participate in decisions that affect them.

Kootenay Lake school district parents can contact DPAC, free of charge, for information and support about who to approach with a problem and how best to try to resolve it. Contact our volunteer parent advocates via email – the link is at the end of this section.

​All correspondence is completely confidential.

Our volunteer Advocates are available to assist you by:

  • listening to your concerns
  • suggesting resources and information
  • suggesting options for resolution
  • helping you to develop a plan for addressing the concerns
  • helping you to improve your skills so you can be more effective advocate for you child
  • attend meetings with you and your child for support

And can help you problem solve by:

  • directing you to who you should talk to
  • informing you of what school district policies relate to your concerns
  • explaining how the school system works
  • informing you of your educational rights and responsibilities
  • informing you of what options are available for addressing your concerns
  • helping you effectively communicate to resolve a concern at the school
  • informing of who to contact if the system doesn’t work for you or your child

The goal of Advocacy is to ensure the issue at hand is addressed, by helping parents and students to:

  • be heard
  • receive fair treatment on the basis of law, policy, or procedure, and
  • understand the decision made

The Kootenay Lake DPAC believes:

  • You are your child’s best natural advocate
  • You can make sure your child’s rights, needs and opinions are respected
  • You can make sure that decisions affecting your child are made fairly
  • You can be your child’s best advocate because no one knows your situation like you do

“Students and parents who learn to advocate for themselves gain an understanding of their rights and responsibilities. They develop the courage to stand up for themselves and know how to approach problem solving in an appropriate way.” From Speaking Up!, A parent’s guide to advocating for students in public schools

Contact our volunteer parent advocates via email. All correspondence is completely confidential.
You can contact us here. (note: if clicking on this link does not open up your email, try right clicking on the highlighted text and choosing ‘copy email address’. Then you can paste the address into your email)

See below for several useful advocacy resources including “Speaking Up!”

Speaking Up! 2008
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Meaningful Consultation With Parents
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Problem Solving Guide Mar 2017
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Meeting Survival Guide
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Sd8 Student & Parent Appeals
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SD8 Communication Protocol Mar 2017
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Parent Advocacy 101 March 2017
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Student Violence Threat/Risk Assessment: Fair Notice and Process
The SD8 brochure outline the process involved in a threat/risk assessment can be found in this PDF document. It can also be found here.

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