popsicle stick bridge

Popsicle Stick Bridges

Using a bridge-building kit that includes 300 popsicle sticks and glue, children, youth and adults craft bridges that they hope can withstand the most force during a load-testing competition. The Popsicle Bridge Building Contest was hosted by the Engineers and Geoscientists of BC, West Kootenay Branch, at the West Kootenay & Boundary Regional Science Fair on Saturday, April 14 at the Castlegar Campus of Selkirk College.
Several Wildflower students participated, with Griff, Locke, and Liam placing in the top 3 for their age groups! Way to go!

Potential Spaces Available in our Middle School Program

As you may have heard, we are hoping to add a second middle school class starting with the 2018/19 school year. We have had a fair amount of interest and have firm commitments from several families who would like to join us. With that, we potentially still have an additional 5-6 spaces available right now.

We can accept new registrations up until April 3 to be considered for the class this fall.  Keep in mind, the school is closed from March 16 – April 2. Interested parents can call 250-505-7020 or stop into the office in Nelson.

Registration information, including forms, may be found at http://www.sd8.bc.ca/?p=1944 . Wildflower School statements of interest http://wildflower.sd8.bc.ca/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/Statement-of-Interest.pdf

Any questions, please let us know.




Heritage Fair in Creston

On March 7th and 8th – the Creston Wildflower students participated in a school BC Heritage fair. Over the course of several months, as part of the homeschooling component of their program, the students research a topic in Canadian history and become experts in their field. A key objective of the project is to encourage students to become curious about Canadian history and to deepen their understanding of the present by engaging with and questioning the past. Topics this year include an exploration of: the draft dodgers, Canadian aircraft, Canadian pirates, local trapping lines etc… Each year Wildflower Creston has some students who qualify for the regional fair and in some years some students make their way to representing School District 8 at the provincials.  


Spring for Camp

Our annual Spring Break Day Camp is fast approaching! Sign your kids up for 3 consecutive days of culturally relevant adventure and exploration; there will be primitive crafting, trips to explore ancient archeology sites of local First Nations and even a forest wide game of archery tag!
Its gonna be awesome!

March 20-22 from 10am-2:30 pm
For kids ages 6-12
$140.00/child for all three days
contact jessbam@fournations.net or 250-226-6702 to register



Coldest Night of the Year Walk – Wildflower Raised over $2000

We raised over $2000 for Nelson CARES and they in turn met their goal of raising over $35,000! Whohoo Wildflower! Some of our team, and also student volunteers, are pictured above.

Nelson CARES sent a message – they are thankful for our ongoing support (we’ve raised over $7,000 for them over 4 years and supported in other ways, like providing art/decorations…).


Popcorn Fundraiser for Coldest Night of the Year Walk

We raised $163 today for our CNOY team and Nelson CARES today, 81 bags of popcorn!!

A special thanks to Jason and the Civic Theatre for donating the popped corn. We were literally scooping up the crumbs for the last bag – such a big hit!

Thanks to all for your support in this! If you would like to sponsor our team, or would like more information, please go to https://secure.e2rm.com/registrant/TeamFundraisingPage.aspx?teamID=788175&langPref=en-CA


Travel to India

An Experience of a lifetime in INDIA for 2 weeks as part of an SD#8 intercultural exchange program

What are the expectations for students and their families:
– Domestic students will be expected to pay their own flight and have their own spending money while in India.
– Each domestic student will have a host student from India who will be hosted in their home for two weeks in July, 2016. The domestic student must be available to take part in activities with their host student during this time.
– Each domestic student will be part of a team who together with the sponsor teachers and the International Program Administrator will plan and execute summer activities to do with the Indian students when they are in Nelson.
– Prepare and deliver presentations for classes or in the community after the return from India.
How to apply: First step
Please send an email of interest, stating your name, grade, school, and state why you would like to go to India to Sandy Prentice – sprentice@sd8.bc.ca. emails need to be received by Sandy Prentice no later than February 19th, 2018.

The Taj Mahal – the first group

Dancing in India – the crowd of 800 loved us
Who are the teacher sponsors for this trip? Jenn Kidd, Claire Hewson, Kathy Centrone.
Who can take part? Any students in any part of SD#8 who are in grades 9-11. How does it work? This is a cultural exchange program which means you are partnered with a student in India and they will live with you while they are here in June/July 2018, and you will live with them while you are in India for almost two weeks in December 2018.
How do I show that I am interested and would like my name put on a list of participants? Send an email of interest as previously outlined in this document and then attend the information evening which will be announced to you by Sandy Prentice after receiving your email of interest.
How much will it cost? You will only need to pay for your spending money and your flight from Castlegar to New Dehli – return – approximately $2000.00
Our partner school will be:
An elite private school in India that offers both day students and boarding for students. This school came highly recommended to us by one of the consulate employees, Ivy Learner Frank, who worked for the Canadian Consulate General in India. School: Rishikul Vidyapeeth School in Sonepat, www.rishikulvidyapeeth.edu.in


LVR Course Selection

Exciting Times for our students heading to LV Rogers next fall.  Staff from LVR will be here later in February to meet with the students and go over their options for next year.

There will be a session for parents at LVR on Thursday, March 1st from 7:00 – 9:00 pm in the gymnasium.

Final course selection for the students will happen March 5th or 6th.

There will also be a student orientation – date and time TBA.


Coldest Night of the Year

For the 4th year, we will be forming a team for the Coldest Night of the Year event, happening on Saturday, February 24th starting late afternoon. The Coldest Night of the Year is a fantastically fun, family-friendly walking fundraiser that raises money for the hungry, homeless and hurting in over 100 communities across Canada. In Nelson, proceeds of the walk go to Nelson CARES Society and their Room to Live Campaign. Their goal is to provide safe, affordable housing that supports people’s dignity. Specifically, they will continue to renovate rooms at Ward Street Place, an affordable housing complex located a block away from our school.

To join or support the Wildflower School team, please visit our team page at:


Adults are asked to raise $150 in donations or pay a registration fee of $25 before Feb. 19 ($40 after Feb. 19). Youth 11+ are asked to raise $75 or pay the same registration fee. Children 10 and under are free to attend the event. In the past, attendees have received a toque, hot drinks along the walk (the chai stop is de-lish!), and a free chili dinner at the end.

If you have any questions, please contact Shari at simada@shaw.ca.


Pink T-Shirt Day – February 28

It is so important that victims of bullying know they are not alone and there is help and support available. Wearing a pink shirt on this day sends a strong message to them that others care.
Often, the simple act of wearing a shirt can start conversations, and conversations can be a big step towards healing and helping!

Why a Pink T-Shirt?
The idea comes from two incredible Nova Scotia high school students in 2007. When a fellow student was being bullied for wearing a pink shirt, they decided to take a stand. They went out and bought pink shirts to give to fellow students to show their support for a boy who was being bullied simply for wearing a pink shirt.
We are proud to be able to carry on the with their message through our own program here! The Pink T-Shirt Day Society is a local volunteer non-profit organization with all the money raised going to provide free t-shirts to schools in our area and to anti-bullying initiatives.  This year, over 1200 T-Shirts are being distributed free of charge to SD8 and SD20 schools!
If you would like to buy a shirt to help support the initiative, please go to www.nobullies.ca or see Anne in the office.

Kindness starts here!


The Flu

We have had a lot of students away with flu symptoms this week.
Interior Health has the following information to share:



PDF File on influenza

Thank you for keeping your children home when they are ill. Please remember to call the office to let us know when your child will be absent. We hope everyone gets well soon!