health

Coronavirus

UPDATE February 12, 2020
Parent Guardian Letter 2019-nCoV – February 12 2020

UPDATE February 3, 2020
School District 8 – Kootenay Lake is taking all necessary precautions to prevent the spread of infection. Re: Buses, Schools –such as, additional cleaning measures to assist in limiting the spread of colds, flu, and other infections.
At schools, staff are modelling and reminding students re: good hygiene practices with students to prevent the spread of illness. Regular washing of hands and coughing/sneezing into your elbows are recommended.
In B.C., the latest official updates are located on the BC Centre for Disease Control website. http://www.bccdc.ca/health-info/diseases-conditions/coronavirus-(novel)
You can also continue to check our website https://www.sd8.bc.ca for updates. To date, none of our students or supervisors are symptomatic.
We have sent out the Ministry of Education updates, with lots of additional information.
Misinformation regarding coronavirus is starting to circulate on social media and through email to the Board office. We encourage students, staff and their families to refer to official sources only.
Increased media coverage of the coronavirus situation may cause some children or youth to be concerned about this situation and they may be directly or indirectly impacted.
Children or youth may experience varied reactions to this type of situation, including trouble sleeping, concentrating or listening.
They may become more irritable, sad, angry, or worried as they think about what is happening around the globe.
To ensure the emotional well-being of our children or youth in this concerning situation, supports and counselling will be available to students as needed.
Please contact your school principal to arrange for this.
Remember, in School District 8 – Kootenay Lake, “We focus on excellence for all learners in a nurturing environment.”

Like other public school districts around the province, we have many visiting students from other countries. They are all welcome. We treasure all our children in School District 8, including those visiting. We lead with kindness and love.

Wishing you all a wonderful February..

Sincerely,

Dr. Christine Perkins | Superintendent & Chief Executive Officer
School District 8 Kootenay Lake
811 Stanley Street, Nelson, B.C. V1L 1N8
Office: 250-505-7037
Cell: 250-505-9625
Email: christine.perkins@sd8.bc.ca
Web: www.sd8.bc.ca

UPDATE January 30, 2020
Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Update
The B.C. Provincial Health Officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry, announced on January 28 that the first case of novel coronavirus has been confirmed in B.C. This was communicated out to school districts and independent schools in a special edition of the Deputy Minister’s Bulletin sent on January 28.
The Ministry of Education understands that school district and independent school staff, students and communities may have questions about coronavirus. Please know that the Ministry is in regular communication with the Ministry of Health and provincial and local health authorities to make public health decisions, and to ensure students and school/district staff are kept informed and safe. The Ministry will continue to be in close contact with public health officials and, with that in mind, would ask you to ensure that no assumptions are made about the risk of students or staff based on their ethnicity or travel history.
Misinformation regarding coronavirus is starting to circulate on social media. We encourage students, staff and their families to refer to official sources. In B.C., the latest official updates are located on the BC Centre for Disease Control website.
As well, a new toll-free phone number (1-833-784-4397) has been established to answer questions from Canadians about the 2019 novel coronavirus. Service is available from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. EST until January 29 and from 7 a.m. to midnight EST starting January 30.
Reducing the Risk
The BC Centre for Disease Control recommends that to reduce the risk of exposure to novel coronavirus, individuals employ the same measures that are taken in relation to colds and flu:
• Wash one’s hands frequently for at least 20 seconds using soap and hot water (it is the single most effective way of reducing the spread of infection).
• Practice other good hygiene habits: do not touch one’s face/eyes/mouth with one’s hands and cover one’s mouth and nose when sneezing or coughing (ideally with a disposable tissue or the crease of the elbow).
• Clean and disinfect frequently touched workspace surfaces.
• Maintain good general health (eat a balanced diet, get enough sleep, exercise in moderation).
• Stay home if sick.
Advice for Students and Families Considering Travel
Students and families considering travel to and from China are encouraged to consult the Novel Coronavirus in China Travel Health Notice on the Government of Canada Travel and Tourism page regularly, as recommendations may change over the course of your travel as new information becomes available.
No matter where students and families plan to travel, the Public Health Agency of Canada recommends that they consult Government of Canada Travel and Tourism page, as this is the Government of Canada’s official source of destination-specific travel information. This web page provides important advice to help travelers make informed decisions and travel safely while abroad.
Students and their families should always tell their health care providers about their travel history if they become ill after returning to Canada.

UPDATE January 28:
http://www.bced.gov.bc.ca/bulletin/20200128/special-update—coronavirus.pdf updated information on the coronavirus coming from the Ministry of Education. The Ministry of Health can be accessed through the district website as well.

January 27
We know some of our families may be feeling some concern over the recent news of the coronavirus.  As a school and district we are leaning on the Interior Health authority and Ministry of Education to stay informed.
The latest news from Interior Health states:
“There are no confirmed cases of coronavirus in Interior Health, and we are working with our provincial partners to monitor the situation as it progresses. Interior Health would only speak if there were confirmed cases, however the BCCDC can offer additional background. Information on coronavirus http://www.bccdc.ca/about/news-stories/stories/2020/information-on-novel-coronavirus
As with the cold and flu season, the best methods for preventing the contraction and spread of the corona virus is to follow proper hygiene etiquette including proper hand-washing with soap and water, covering your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing, and staying home if your are sick.
Please contact Interior Health or the British Columbia Centre for Disease Control if you have medical questions.

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Bottle Drive – Nelson

The Wildflower Middle Years Program is hosting a post holidays bottle drive to fundraise for our annual trip to the Goodwill Shakespeare Festival in Vernon in April. Our monetary goal for this bottle drive is one thousand dollars to pay for accommodation for this 4 day fine arts event – please help us!
If you can support us please save all your bottles and cans (or maybe collect from others too) and bring all your clean cans and bottles to the school (Chelsea’s room, right at the front door of the school)  from January 20th to 23rd. On January 24th a few middle years volunteers and adult volunteer drivers will be taking them to the recycling depot.
We appreciate any and all support – thank you.
For more information you can email Chelsea at chelsea.flett@sd8.bc.ca

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Family Fun Night

Family Fun Night at Salmo Ski Hill

January 18th, 2020 5:30 to 9PM.

Please mark your calendars and save the date for this exciting school event! We hope everyone will attend. Come on out for a fun night of skiing and community at the Salmo Ski hill! It’s $8 per skier/boarder and with an a $5 chilli and bun dinner option for those who want it. Forms are on the Munch-A-Lunch website at https://munchalunch.com/schools/wildflower. We’re looking for volunteers to help out! We need people to take tickets, count money, stoke the fire, and organize the annual Salmo Smoker. If you have the time and the inclination please contact Tom Doolat imkootenay@gmail.com.

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Wildflower Information Sessions – Nelson

If you have expressed an interest in your child(ren) attending our school, we would like to invite you to a parent information session for students going into grades K -1 in the 2020/21 school year. It looks as though we will have a few spaces that will be available next year, although we do have more interested families than there will be spaces available.

Kindergarten – Grade 1
When: Tuesday, January 21, 2020 from 6:00 – 7:30 PM
Location: Wildflower School (main floor) Seedlings Classroom

Grades 2 – 5
When: Wednesday, January 22, 2020 from 6:00 – 7:30 PM
Location: Wildflower School Gymnasium

Grades 6 – 9
When: Tuesday, January 23, 2020 from 6:00 – 7:30 PM
Location: Wildflower School (main floor) Middle School Classroom

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 to help decide if the program is right for your family. We ask that you not bring your child(ren) to this session – we will have a session including them on another occasion.

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 Thursday, January 15, 2020 (include your name and your child’s name in your e-mail, please).

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Talking Sexual Health with Your Child: A Parent Night Out

Please join us for an evening with parent, local public health nurse, and sexual health educator, Judith Fearing, as she shares helpful tools to support parents discussing puberty, sexuality, and sexual health with their children. Judith will present on Thursday, April 9 from 7:00-8:30 PM in Jeff’s classroom space on the main floor. The evening will include a Q and A session, too! ALL Wildflower parents/guardians are invited!

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Heartbeet 2019

WMYP students made borscht for the Nelson Community Food Cupboard and delivered it to them today.  The students collected donations at the Kootenay Coop – so it really is a community effort! Such a great thing!

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Metis Honouring Ceremony

On November 21, we gathered to honour our Metis brothers and sisters, and raised a flag to honour Louis Riel Day.

Who are the Metis people?

  • The Historic Métis emerged as a distinct people and nation on the plains of western North America during the late 1700’s. Metis people typically have Cree or Ojibwe and French or Scottish ancestry. They developed a culture that was not European nor First Nations but rather a fusion of the two cultures.
  • Métis have been documented in BC as early as 1793
  • Métis Nation British Columbia (MNBC) was established in 1996 as the representative organization for Métis in BC.
  • In our district, we are honoured to have many teachings shared by our Metis Elders. Crawford Bay students know our dear Elder, Donna Wright. Another Elder that supports us a lot in our school district is Elder Bob Adams. We also are very supported by Elder Don Courson who is the president of the Nelson and Area Metis, as well as knowledge keeper Maurice Trudel.

Louis Riel Day

  • On November 16th, we celebrate Louis Riel Day.
  • He was a famous Metis leader.
  • One of his titles was “The Father of Manitoba”
  • He negotiated Manitoba’s entry into Canada in 1871.
  • Louis Riel was elected to Parliament 3 times, but never took his seat. He returned to the Northwest at the request of the Métis during the initial stages of the Northwest Resistance in 1884.
  • Following the defeat of the Métis at Batoche, Riel was tried for treason. His lawyers tried to plea insanity as his defense, but Louis Riel denied those claims. He was found guilty of High Treason in May 1885.
  • Despite the jury recommending leniency, he was sentenced to hang. During his own life, Riel was recognized as the father of Manitoba and is currently acknowledged to be a founding father of Confederation in Canada.
  • In addition to advocating for Métis rights, Riel also fought for greater religious freedom, French language rights, First Nations rights, and greater gender equality throughout the Northwest. Riel died as an advocate for the Métis and as a defender of minority rights in general.
  • It is Riel’s legacy that continues to attract Métis to remember the ideals and values that he died defending. For that reason, Métis across the homeland commemorate the anniversary of his death, as opposed to the day he was born.
  • Louis Riel Day is a day to celebrate the lasting culture and impact that Métis have had on Canadian society. It is a day to recount that Métis have long advocated democracy and freedom of expression for all Canadians.

Fun Facts about the Metis. Did you know….

  • Métis people have their own unique culture. It is n mixture of cultures of the First Nations, French Canadian, English, and Orkney/Scottish.
  • The Métis are known for their love of fiddle playing, but traditional instruments also included the concertina, the harmonica, and the hand drum.
  • Metis people have a style of dancing called jigging. Traditionally, dancing included such moves as the Waltz Quadrille, the Square dance, Drops of Brandy, the Duck, La Double Gigue and the Red River Jig.
  • Metis people were famous for their horsemanship and breeding of horses
  • Métis people have their own language called “Michif”. This language was a result of the combining of French nouns and Cree verbs.
  • One item of clothing worn by Métis people is the sash. It is traditionally about three metres in length and is made by weaving yarn together with one’s fingers. The sash is worn around the waist, tied in the middle, with the fringed ends hanging.

Famous Metis People

  • Today we are learning about Louis Riel. Two other famous Métis leaders were Cuthbert Grant and Gabriel Dumont.
  • Tantoo Cardinal, actress; of Métis and Cree ancestry
  • Jon Gallant, bassist for the Canadian band Billy Talent
  • Kinnie Starr, musician
  • Actor August Schellenberg is of Métis descent (Free Willy and Bury my Heart at Wounded Knee)
  • Metis writer and filmmaker Maria Campbell has shown the sound and song of traditional stories through her work
  • On May 7, 2004, Métis Todd Ducharme became a judge of the Ontario Supreme Court of Justice.
  • Other well known Canadians of Métis descent are Sharon Bruneau, a Canadian female bodybuilder and fitness model
  • British Columbia New Democratic Party Leader Carole James is of partly Métis ancestry.
  • NHL star defenceman Sheldon Souray is of Métis ancestry.
  • Former Canadian Prime Minister Paul Martin is of partly Métis ancestry.
  • Canadian Professional Wrestler Ben Saulnier, better known for his ring name Jake Benson, is a Métis from Penetanguishene, Ontario, Canada.

 

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Climate Change Video Contest

A prize of $400 will be awarded to the top video in each category (teacher, administrator and student) to support a Climate Action Project in their school!

Do you know an amazing teacher, administrator or student who is passionate about climate change and would want to share their story with Canadians for a chance to win $400 to put towards a Climate Action Project?

Learning for a Sustainable Future, Lakehead University and the Canadian Teachers’ Federation are launching a video competition to hear from educators and students from across Canada about why climate change education is important to them and what they are doing to address climate change, personally and in their school. We are encouraging every passionate Canadian to tell their story!

Ten videos will be selected to be rolled out as part of a national social media campaign through LSF and the Canadian Teachers’ Federation and their member provincial/territorial associations.

Learn more here!

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Reconfiguration of Trafalgar and LVR

Parents and caregivers are invited to join the conversation about reconfiguration of grades at our Middle and Secondary schools in Nelson.
Thursday, December 5
5:00-7:00pm
Trafalgar Middle School
All are welcome.
For more information:
www.sd8.bc.ca/about/planning/facilities-plan
Highlights:
• LV Rogers is at capacity
• Trafalgar has space
• Let’s discuss the idea of LV Rogers being
a Grad School – Grades 10-12
• Trafalgar Grades 6-9, beginning 2020-2021
“Come out to help us generate solutions to address the
imbalance in school capacity for the long-term sustainability
of our facilities in Nelson.”
– Dr. Christine Perkins, Superintendent of Schools/CEO

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Snow Pass for Students in Grade 4 & 5

With a SnowPass You Get:
ACCESS TO OVER 125 SKI AREAS
Including Whistler Blackcomb, Lake Louise, Blue Mountain, Mont Tremblant, and more!

2 PASSES AT EACH SKI AREA
That’s over 250 possible lift passes!

VALID FOR UP TO TWO SEASONS
Two seasons if you apply in Grade 4.
One season if you apply in Grade 5.

APPLYING FOR A SNOWPASS IS EASY
All you need is a digital photo and proof of age to qualify.

GET IT NOW FOR ONLY $29.99!
It pays for itself after the first visit.

NOTE: Standardized blackout dates in place for December 27-29, 2019 and Family Day, February 17, 2020.

More information at https://www.skicanada.org/grade-4-5-snowpass/

 

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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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Lice and Pinworms

As there have been reported cases of both lice and pinworms, please read the information about both by clicking the links below. If your child is diagnosed with either, please notify the office. All information is kept confidential in this regard. Thank you for your help and cooperation.

Pinworms:
https://www.healthlinkbc.ca/health-topics/hw50481
http://wildflower.sd8.bc.ca/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/Pinworms-Guide.pdf
http://www.bccdc.ca/resource-gallery/Documents/Guidelines%20and%20Forms/Guidelines%20and%20Manuals/Epid/Other/Epid_GF_childhood_quickguide_may_09.pdf

Lice:
https://www.healthlinkbc.ca/hlbc/files/documents/healthfiles/hfile06.pdf
https://www.interiorhealth.ca/YourHealth/SchoolHealth/HeadLice/Pages/default.aspx

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November is Adoption Month

As Minister of Children and Family Development, I am honoured to once again proclaim November as Adoption Awareness month. This month of recognition encourages us to reflect on those in our province who have selflessly opened their hearts and lives through adoption. This month, we also take the time to champion and guide those who might consider adopting now or in the future.

It is my wish to see a province where growing up in a stable home with food, shelter and love is a given for all children and youth in British Columbia. Unfortunately, there are hundreds of young people still hoping to find a home and a family to call their own. Adoption can provide some of the most vulnerable people in our communities with the support and guidance necessary to thrive in both the present and as they grow into adulthood.

For more information on the Adoption Campaign of 2019, please visit Adoptnow.ca.

Proclaiming November as Adoption Awareness month is not the only way your community can support adoptive parents and those who might choose to adopt in the future. In addition to your proclamation, you could organize an information session for prospective parents in your community or a celebration for those who are already adoptive parents. You can explore the variety of adoption awareness events happening around our province in November here: https://www.bcadoption.com/aam. If you would like more guidance or information on how to champion and raise awareness about adoption, please connect with Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD) staff at MCF.AdoptionsBranch@gov.bc.ca.

An important pillar for all those involved in adoptions in British Columbia is The Adoptive Families Association of British Columbia, which has been a support for adoptive families in British Columbia for over forty years. You may wish to connect with the association to learn more about your community’s involvement in adoption events, their contact information, as well as contact information for the licensed adoption agencies in British Columbia and more.

Adopt BC Kids is an online portal that allows citizens to complete an adoption application 24 hours a day, seven days a week. I encourage you to take the time to explore this resource and provide it to any community members who are interested in adopting a child in foster care.

On behalf of MCFD, thank you for leading your communities and supporting both those who have opened their homes and hearts and those who might do so in the future. With your help and support, more children and youth could find their forever homes.

Sincerely,

Katrine Conroy
Minister
Ministry of Children and Family Development