Popsicle Bridges

West Kootenay Branch

Where and When:
L.V. Rogers Secondary School, Nelson, B.C. in conjunction with the Regional Science Fair
Saturday, April 6, 2019. Register and drop off your bridge between 9:30AM to 11:30. Testing
will be ongoing throughout the day.
Note: You don’t have to be there to win a prize, but somebody has to come and register for you
and drop off your bridge BEFORE 11:30.

More info: 2019 WK Bridge Contest Info


Dolpo: The Hidden Land – Presentation February 4

Parents, don’t miss this unique presentation at Wildflower on February 4th from 11:00 am – 12:00 noon!

Dorje Dolma is the author of Yak Girl: Growing Up in the Remote Dolpo Region of Nepal, which was released in 2018 by Sentient Publications.

Dorje was born in one of the most inaccessible places on earth, 13,000 feet high in the mountains bordering Tibet. She was the oldest of eleven children, only six of whom survived the harsh conditions of their lives. Dolpo had no running water, electricity, motor vehicles, phones, school, or doctors, other than the local lamas, trained in the use of herbs and prayer. Dorje began herding the family’s goats and sheep at age five and by seven she was defending them from attacks by wolves and snow leopards.

When she was ten, her parents took her on a month-long trek to Kathmandu to find help for a serious health condition. There they encountered Westerners who arranged to bring Dorje to the United States and get her the surgery she needed to save her life. She eventually graduated from the University of Colorado with a degree in Fine Arts and worked as an early childhood teacher.

Yak Girl is full of vivid vignettes of Dorje’s childhood, detailing the inhospitable conditions, close family relationships, and the joys and trials of living so close to nature in her harsh but beautiful homeland. It’s an inspiring survivor’s tale of overcoming adversity to become a strong and independent Asian woman. Dorje is an entertaining speaker—a good storyteller with a storehouse of fascinating tales and a delightful sense of humor. She speaks about the centuries-old way of life in her isolated homeland, how it’s being changed by the slow trickle of modernity now reaching it, and the most effective ways for first world citizens to help those in the third world. She is currently working on establishing the first medical clinic in her village.

Dorje’s family’s story is so intriguing that it was the subject of the Dutch documentary, The Only Son (Click to view the trailer.)

In Dorje’s presentations she educates us through her fascinating stories, photos and video clips about this extremely remote area of the world. She is not only a story teller, but a wonderful speaker who can illuminate for us a glimpse in to an intriguing ancient culture.

More info:


Yak Girl ONE SHEET (About the book)

The Only Son description and Pema update



Sun Wukong at Wildflower

Nelson-born and raised author, journalist, and storyteller dropped by to share the Chinese tale of Sun Wukong, the Monkey King.

An experienced sharer of stories, Niko kept the students in Grades 6-9 riveted with this well-loved tale about the main character in the classic Chinese book, Journey to the West.



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.


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.


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.

tree ring

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!


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!