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Popsicle Stick Bridges

On April 14th, 2018 a number of Wildflower students from the Creston and Nelson campuses participated in the 2018 popsicle bridge building competition.  Using a bridge-building kit that includes 100 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 is hosted by the Engineers and Geoscientists of BC West Kootenay Branch at the West Kootenay & Boundary Regional Science Fair.

Students from Creston Wildflower participated along with students from grades 2-8 from Nelson Wildflower.  Congratulations to all those students who participated, placed (Griff, Locke, and Liam placing in the top 3 for their age groups! Way to go!) and walked home with a draw prize.  We are proud of you all!

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Facilities Plan Family of Schools Follow Up Meetings

Facility Plan Follow Up Meeting Presentations 2018
• Salmo Family of Schools – May 1, 2018
• Creston Family of Schools – TBA
• Kaslo Family of Schools – May 29, 2018
• Nelson Family of Schools – June 5, 2018 at Trafalgar Middle School Library, 6:30 PM
• Slocan Family of Schools – June 19, 2018

Locations and times to be announced.

Facilities Plan Information


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