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


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 If you want more than a few books, you can e-mail 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!


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
Download File

Meaningful Consultation With Parents
Download File

Problem Solving Guide Mar 2017
Download File

Meeting Survival Guide
Download File

Sd8 Student & Parent Appeals
Download File

SD8 Communication Protocol Mar 2017
Download File

Parent Advocacy 101 March 2017
Download File

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.

Download File

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Cross Country Ski Days

The Nelson Nordic Ski Club (NNSC) will be facilitating x-country ski lessons for Wildflower School  again this year.
Dates: Fridays, February 8th & 15th and March 8th & 15th – 12:00 – 2:15 PM
Cost: $10.00 per child per lesson, including ski/boot/pole rentals
$8.00 per Parent per day*
Location: Apex X-Country Ski Area, located on Hwy 6 at the turn-off to Whitewater Ski Resort
Transportation: on own or by carpool

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.

You can get a copy of the form at the school, or download a copy here: Wildflower X-Country Ski 2019


Whitewater Ski Days

Ski days are January 18, 25, February 1, 22, and March 1
Lessons are from 1:15 – 2:45 pm
Forms are due back by November 29.
You can download the form below, or pick one up at the school. Please note the coloured waiver form must also be filled out and will be available in the office.
Ski Form
Whitewater offers ski packages for students with financial need.  If you require financial assistance, please send a request to program coordinator Paula Pensiero at


Christmas Fundraiser – Honey and Coffee

The PAC is excited to offer this fundraiser to Wildflower families and their friends – Oso Coffee and Wildflower honey and candles, all crafted locally. Orders are due Monday, November 26th in Anne’s office (Nelson), or in class (Creston). Coffee and honey products will be distributed on Thursday, December 6th. Forms are going home with the students today, or you may download a copy.

2018 Wildflower Holiday Season Fundraiser form


Grocery Card Fundraiser

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.
New this year, 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 download the form here. Fill it out and return it to the Wildflower office by November 15, or easier yet,  take a photo or scan and e-mail it to


Interested in Being a Parent Advocate?

Please see the note below from the District PAC
Greetings SD8 Parents,

Are you compassionate and willing to help people? Do you strive to follow procedures and processes and feel the need to speak up when they don’t make sense? These are just a couple of the skills needed for a parent advocate. Parent Advocacy Training – Level One will help you help parents navigate the sometimes complicated and confusing public school system. Level One will provide an overview of what Advocacy is, and isn’t, as well as review the need for confidentiality and a code of conduct. We will also work through a few common scenarios often affecting families in our school district.

DPAC will be offering Parent Advocate Training on Oct 27 from 11-3 with Susan Wilson. If you are interested in receiving training to be a parent advocate please contact us to register for this FREE training in Nelson.

Thank you,

Jenny Henri
SD8 DPAC Secretary

Can You Help

PAC Needs You!

Hello Parents of Wildflower,
PAC is looking for volunteers for the following roles in order to move forward with fundraising for our children. If you are able to support then please be in touch with the contacts provided.
Wildflower PAC

1. PAC seeking Volunteer experienced in e-commerce to assist Grocery Card program. Grocery Cards are one of the easiest ways the PAC can fund raise for your school. PAC is looking at ways to streamline the grocery card program so that orders and payments can be taken online. We are looking for a volunteer with e-commerce experience to provide advice to a small working group. In particular we seek experience with website order forms, “Square” payment processing and Customer Automated Funds Transfer for recurring orders/payments.
Please contact Mark Tinholt  250 777 1218

2. Our annual Christmas Fundraiser where we sell local honey, candles and Oso coffee is needing someone or a group of people to organize and distribute. If you are interested in supporting this fundraiser please be in touch with Alison Cutts for further direction.   ~

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Munch A Lunch in Nelson

Wildflower school PAC is introducing a new ordering system for school lunches and fundraising events. Rather than filling out orders using paper, parents will place orders online using You can now pay for your orders online by credit card or cheque/cash.

Note: To start you must register using the Landing page provided for our school below. The next time you return to the site use the login at

1) Go to:
2) Click the “Register Here” button. The system will guide you through
3) After adding your children, click the green “Order Lunch!” button to order
4) Next time, just click the “Login Here” button to access your account.

• Online ordering will be OPEN from September 5 until Thursday September 13.
• If you need assistance with ordering, or do not have access to the internet,
please contact Carol Wallace at

Ordering will start September 5 and will be closed after Thursday, September 13. Payment will be due during this time. The fall session will include Salad Bar on Tuesday and Sushi on Thursday. Lunches for this session will start on Tuesday, September 18 and end of Tuesday, December 11.

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 always in need of Volunteers to help serve lunch for a short period of time! 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 2-3 Volunteers for each lunch day.
Our thanks to the Wildflower parent community for supporting this important fundraiser and to our wonderful Volunteers who help make this program a success!


Friday Swimming Lessons – Nelson

Swimming lessons are starting soon on Friday’s – Perfect with our Wildflower schedule! Each class is 45 minutes long. They are all 6 sessions starting Friday September 14th and running until October 19th . The cost is $30 per child no matter which level they register in.

Registration is open online. Alternatively people can call the RDCK in Nelson or register in person at the Aquatic Centre.

Class will be as follows:

9-9:45    Beginner Level 1-3 Barcode # 00002297

9-9:45    Intermediate Level 4-6 Barcode # 00002300

9-9:45    Advanced Level 7-10 Barcode # 00002302

9:45-10:30 Beginner Level 1-3 Barcode # 00002298

9:45-10:30 Beginner Level 1-3 Barcode # 00002299

9:45-10:30 Intermediate Level Barcode # 00002301



PAC Grocery Cards

Grocery Card order forms went home today!

Did you know that PAC helps fund a whole lot of things in our school each year, including classroom books, learning supplies, equipment, student laptop computers and cart, as well as field trips? Please help the PAC help your kids.

Every dollar spent on a grocery card will go towards your groceries. Save-on Foods and the Kootenay Coop will contribute a percentage to our school based on the amount of cards that our school buys. Please fill out the form, include cash or cheque made out to the Wildflower PAC by May 7, and return them to the office. You may pick up your cards in the Wildflower school office or check below to send your cards home with your child.