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WFS Samba Band

Wildflower Nelson students were treated to a performance by the student Samba Band yesterday.

The band then proceeded down to Baker Street where they raised over $85 in just 30 minutes! All funds were donated to the Salvation Army red bucket.

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Poets at the Podium

The Seedlings have been learning about poems as we went to Cottonwood Falls to ‘catch a poem’ and map out the sounds of the creek.  The children have been busy making lovely poems from that experience.  When they are done, they go up to the podium in the classroom, knock on the wood to get everyone’s attention, someone hollers “Poet at the Podium!” and everyone listens to the poem.  Many students are reading their own writing!  Some are practicing being brave, and get a little reminder of their words and others are still checking it out.  Pretty soon I think we will open it up to all the stories they write.

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Visit from Author Lee Reid

Local author Lee Reid spent time this week with a group of Grade 6-8 students sharing her passion for writing and storytelling. Students peppered Lee with fantastic questions about inspirations to write, how to get better, the process of self-publishing, and what was it like to work with a group of LVR teens and seniors on her latest book! Much gratitude to Lee for her sharing her wisdom and experience.

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Tree Medicines and the Seedlings

The Seedlings learned about tree medicines with Jenna! Strength, heart, grounding are some of the gifts and medicines trees give. Students were able to see how we are related to the trees through the pattern of the tree growth rings. Students were able to identify that you can find the tree ring patterns in our belly buttons, our eyes and our finger prints!

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Cottonwood Lake

Kirsten’s class had a great day out at Cottonwood Lake. It was cold and wet, but lots of fun was had: playing in the snow, learning about the importance of animals in Indigenous cultures, finding our totem animal and building them out of snow, and drumming. The children were troopers!

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Receive Money for your Child’s RESP

Receive $1,200 toward a Registered Education Savings Plan (RESP) for children between six and nine years old.
There are no additional fees or financial contributions needed to receive the $1,200 B.C. Training and Education Savings Grant through one of 56 banks or financial institutions in Canada. This allows parents and families who cannot currently afford to put money aside to start a RESP. Even the smallest investment can grow over time and make it easier to pursue post-secondary education and training.
Do not be one of the 40% of families who leave this grant unclaimed. Deadlines to apply for the provincial grant are fast approaching:
Children born in 2009 have until the day before their 9th birthday to apply.
Children born in 2010 have until their 9th birthday in 2019 to apply.
Children born in 2006 also have until Aug. 14th, 2019 to apply.

Receive up to $2,000 to invest in a RESP
Eligible families with modest incomes can receive up to $2,000 for each child’s RESP from the Canada Learning Bond. There are no fees and parents can receive this grant without making any additional financial contributions: For more information, visit: http://Canada.Ca/education-savings

Have personal RESP contributions matched by the Canadian government
The Canada Education Savings Grant will match parents’ contributions up to a maximum of $7,200 per child: http://Canada.Ca/education-savings

You can learn more at https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/education-training/k-12/support/bc-training-and-education-savings-grant

Can You Help

AC/DC Adaptors

Do you have any old AC/DC adaptors laying around similar to the one below? Heather’s class is looking for some! Input 120V, Output 12-15V, 800 or more MA – doesn’t matter what kind of end is on them. You can drop them off in Heather’s class or at the office.

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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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 paula@baldface.com.

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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

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Parking, Pick Up, and Drop Off – Nelson

Just a reminder for families not to park in the staff parking lot. We also request that you do not use the parking lot for pick up and drop off. There is a designated pick up and drop off zone on Stanley Street, and there is parking on the streets surrounding the school (we understand parking can be a challenge, but there are usually spaces available within a block of the school).
Thanks for your cooperation and help in keeping our kids safe.

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Pumpkin Classic

Congratulations to the Wildflower debate team for their fantastic showing at the Pumpkin Classic tournament in Trail this past weekend. Kailash  finished tied for second in the Grade 7/8 division. And special recognition goes to Skyla  and Hazel as Grade 5 and 6 students, debated in the Grade 7/8 category holding their own against the older students. Grade 7 student, Bea, and her partner from JL Crowe Secondary, combined as a team and finished second overall! The entire team will be back in action in December in Castlegar.

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Learning About Fish

Jasper (Sarah’s husband) caught some Rainbow Trout today at Cottonwood and brought them in for the kids to investigate. We will be fishing at Cottonwood when we go ice fishing.

Observations:

“No teeth on the tongue!” Different than spawning kokanee.
“its a rainbow fish look at the rainbow scales”
“Look at the white belly”
“Look at it’s lungs (pointing to gills) and it’s guts in there”
“It’s so slimy” – This we learned is the fish’s immune system mechanism…
“It has beautiful eyes”

Here are the Seedlings engaged in more fall activities and learning.