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New Library – Nelson

Things are progressing on the new library — you can search what we have so far! We anticipate the students will be able to start using the library next month (or sooner if possible!)
We may also be putting out a call to parents who would like to help with the mammoth task! Stay tuned 🙂

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Traffic Safety

Our school is a busy place, with active and excited students going about their day. The safety of your children is of utmost importance to us, in and out of school.

Recently, there was a near miss around the school (Nelson Wildflower) with a student and a vehicle coming up the street. We don’t know if it was one of our students, or a student from a neighboring school, but we wanted to take the opportunity to put out a reminder about road and traffic safety.

Please take a few moments to discuss this with your child. They may know the rules, but sometimes in their excitement, they can forget. We will also be reinforcing the message at the school.

A few points for discussion include:

Traffic Safety Rules (from http://www.elmer.ca/home)

• Look all ways before you cross the street. Cars can come around corners really fast. They also drive very fast and you must be very sure it is safe, before crossing the street.
• Keep away from Parked cars. People driving cars can’t see people in between other cars. They expect people to be at corners.
• Ride your bike safely ~ Obey signs and signals. I bet you can ride your bike safely. Do you remember all the proper signals to turn and stop? I am sure that you know what the big street signs and traffic lights mean too! Then with your helmet on, you are riding your bike safely.
• Play in a safe place away from the street. Streets are for cars. Parks are for playing. You can also play safe in your yard with mom or dad.
• Walk when you cross the street. Do you know why you should walk when you cross the street? It is easier for the drivers of the vehicles to see you. It is also safer so that you don’t fall down.
• Where there is no sidewalk, walk on the left, facing traffic. Of course, it is always best to use a sidewalk. Do you have streets with no sidewalks in your neighborhood? Then always walk facing traffic and watching traffic. That way, if you see a vehicle coming and the driver does not seem to see you … you can always move over. Don’t take a chance, move safely over and give lots of room between you and the car.

The BCAA website (https://www.icbc.com/road-safety/teaching/Pages/default.aspx) also provides a number of great resources for parents and educators.

Traffic, pedestrian safety, and parking are also important discussion points amongst our PAC (Parent Advisory Committee). The PAC, school staff, and district operations are engaging the city of Nelson in conversations on how we can better manage these items around Central school. If you would like to be a part of the discussion or have any questions please don’t hesitate to be in touch with myself (Sacha Kalabis – Principal) or your school PAC representatives.

Please remember to slow down in all school zones, and take extra care when dropping off or picking up your child. As you may know, the School Board Office is now upstairs in our Nelson location and the parking lot is busier than ever with cars coming and going. Please do not park in the school lot at any time, including the spaces outside of the gym. There is a pick up and drop off area along Stanley Street, and parking in the residential areas.

Thanks for your help in keeping everyone safe.

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Message from Elmer the Safety Elephant

Please learn all of my seven traffic safety rules because I want you to be safe. It is important to know about safety around cars and in the streets. You don’t want to get hurt by getting hit by a car.

Elmer’s Seven Traffic Safety Rules

  1. Look all ways before you cross the street. Cars can come around corners really fast. They also drive very fast and you must be very sure it is safe, before crossing the street.
  2. Keep away from Parked cars. People driving cars can’t see people in between other cars. They expect people to be at corners.
  3. Ride your bike safely ~ Obey signs and signals. I bet you can ride your bike safely. Do you remember all the proper signals to turn and stop? I am sure that you know what the big street signs and traffic lights mean too! Then with your helmet on, you are riding your bike safely.
  4. Play in a safe place away from the street. Streets are for cars. Parks are for playing. You can also play safe in your yard with mom or dad.
  5. Walk when you cross the street. Do you know why you should walk when you cross the street? It is easier for the drivers of the vehicles to see you. It is also safer so that you don’t fall down.
  6. Where there is no sidewalk, walk on the left, facing traffic. Of course, it is always best to use a sidewalk. Do you have streets with no sidewalks in your neighbourhood? Then always walk facing traffic and watching traffic. That way, if you see a vehicle coming and the driver does not seem to see you … you can always move over. Don’t take a chance, move safely over and give lots of room between you and the car.
  7. Always wear your seat-belt in the car. I know that you know this rule! Make sure you are wearing your seat-belt properly and know that you are safe.

    If you and
     your friends follow all of these safety rules, you will be smart and be safe.
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Swimming Lessons

Swimming lessons are scheduled and ready for registration! This will be Wildflower’s second year with the new structure for school swim lessons. There was great feedback last year! The structure really fits in with Wildflower’s philosophy. There aren’t ‘levels’ with these lessons, simply Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced. They are designed to be focused on safety and participation while accommodating a multi-age/multi-level environment. To decide which level your child is best suited for, here is a guide:

Beginners : they can swim less than 25m (the entire length of the big pool)
Intermediate : they can swim more than 25m comfortably without any assistance
Advanced : comfortably swim more than 300m (12 lengths) – swim clubbers

Lessons will begin on October 18th and run for 6 weeks until November 29th with NO class on Friday November 8th before the Remembrance Day weekend.

You can register directly through the NDCC, online or by telephone (250) 354-4FUN (4386). The barcodes and times are as follows:

9-9:45~ Advanced- #20248

9-9:45~ Intermediate- #20250

9-9:45~ Beginner- #20014

9:45-10:30~ Advanced #20249

9:45-10:30~ Intermediate #20252

9:45-10:30~ Beginner #20251

PLEASE NOTE: If classes that Parents want fill up please have them put their children on the waitlist, that way the programmer can rearrange some classes or create new ones.

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Cross Country Running

Please check with your child to see if they are interested in running – many picked up permission forms at the school last week and today.
Cross-country running is getting started for the 2019-2020 school year. There are two races this week (details below). Sacha and/or another teacher will be taking the kids to each of the events. We will likely book a bus, depending on interest and/or share a bus with another school. Please have a conversation with your child to see if they are interested. We will be speaking to classes on Monday and handing out permission forms to the pertinent grades.

September 24th (Tuesday) – Grade 7-9 Runners
Selkirk College – Castlegar (Parking in main lot) at 4 pm
Shared bus or parent drivers depending on numbers.
Grade 7 and under = 2 km – Grade 8, 9 = 3-4 km

September 26th (Thursday) – Grade 2-6 Runners
This is a race hosted by South Nelson at Lakeside Park. The meet will start promptly at 3:00 pm so we will aim to arrive by 2:45 pm. Bus will leave the school at approximately 2:10 pm. Parent pick-up would be easiest at the Lakeside soccer fields. You will likely be interested in watching your child run as well.
After each race, students will sign in and then go to the juice and cookie table.

Coming up:
Elementary   

  • Thursday, September 26th 3:00-4:00 for the South Nelson Cross Country Meet held at Lakeside Fields
  • Thursday, October 3rd 3PM @ Rosemont School
  • Thursday, October 10th, 12:30 at Lakeside Park

Middle School

  • Tuesday, Sept 24 – Selkirk College, Castlegar
  • Tuesday, October 1 – Mount Sentinel – Slocan Pools
  • Tuesday, October 8 – Kaslo River or Crawford Bay
  • Tuesday, October 16 – West Kootenay Zones at Selkirk College, Castlegar

Parent Guardian Permission Form – Cross Country 2-6

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What Does PAC Do?

This is a question we get sometimes get asked. While this list defines their role (it’s from their constitution), the PAC is really so much more and of vital importance to our school!

  • To foster a good working relationship and open communication between teachers, staff, administration and parents of all pupils both during and after school.
  • To organize and coordinate extra-curricular activities for the students/families as mutually agreed upon by PAC and the staff.
  • To earn money for the purpose of items deemed to be a desirable asset to the school, staff and/or children that are not otherwise supplied by the school district.
  • To help parents understand various programs and policies of the school and to provide input and advice to the staff and administration where beneficial.
  • To act as a liaison between the community and the school.

The next PAC meeting is at the school on Oct 16th 3:00-4:30 pm. All are welcome!

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Photography Club on Fridays

Homeschooling Club Opportunity (Friday’s)

This is a tremendous opportunity that is available on Friday’s 1-3 pm at the school.  In the past, a middle school parent (Jay Blackmore)  ran a Photography Club along with a community volunteer Fred Rosenberg.  More recently, Cole Auringer stepped in to also support the photography club.  The club has had anywhere from about 6-8 students attending regularly.  The club is on again for the 2019-2020 school year.  What makes the photography club unique is that the group focuses on two aspects:  1) taking photographs using old film based cameras, and 2) utilizing a dark room, appropriate chemicals, and darkroom techniques to develop the film and make black and white prints.

– Students learn how to develop film and make black & white prints.

– Students learn how light and time are related and how to see, accurately, what is right in front of them projected onto a piece of light sensitive paper, from a negative that shows them the reverse of what the printwill show.

– Students learn a physical craft dependent on electricity but not on computers.  This is hand work as much as felting, drawing, etc, where every change in quality is controlled  through one’s own experience and practice, not from a change in a computer’s programs.

– Students learn a very real application of math, consciously or not, to problem solve physical issues in making their prints.

– Students have opportunities to support their peers as they pass on their knowledge and learning to each other.

This is certainly an amazing opportunity for the grade 6-9 students in our school community.  Please be in touch with Sacha, Cole, Jeff, or Barb if your child would be interested in checking out the experience and/or you might be willing to support Fred R. and Cole A. in the delivery of the program.

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Allergy Awareness

We do have students in our school that have potentially life threatening allergies (anaphylaxis) related to insect stings and food items, specifically peanuts and nuts.

Food Allergies
The food allergies of students/staff at this point in time do not require us to be “peanut free” as a school, but rather “nut aware”. It is important that we exercise an awareness of these food allergies as a school community. Prevention is definitely the best approach. We feel the best way to reduce the risk of accidental exposure to these students is to ask for the co-operation of all our families. To reduce the chance of a child being exposed unnecessarily we ask that everyone educate their child regarding food allergies and peanut allergies in specific. This is good information for all of us to hold as members in any community. Please review the Interior Health Allergy Aware School Plan handout (below) for more information on helping create a safer school environment. You may also view it at https://www.interiorhealth.ca/YourEnvironment/ChildCareFacilities/Documents/Allergy%20Aware.pdf

Bee Hive (Nelson Site)
At the Nelson site, we are fortunate to have an “observational bee hive” located within the Seedlings class. There are tremendous educational benefits in having our own hive in the school. The Wildflower School community was also instrumental in opening up the process of having observational hives located in other schools across the district. We appreciate that parents and/or guardians may have concerns or questions around safety and management of our bee hive. The following link provides comprehensive information on both the benefits and considerations taken to ensure the safe installation and maintenance of hives in schools. http://www.classroomhives.org/

Please don’t hesitate to forward any questions and or concerns to Sacha Kalabis, Principal of Wildflower School – email: skalabis@sd8.bc.ca, or phone: 250-551-0638.

Your cooperation and understanding of these matters is appreciated.

Allergy Aware Handout – Interior Health

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Munchalunch!

It’s time to order lunches for the fall session using MunchaLunch.com.  We are offering lunches on Tuesday and Thursday until the Christmas break.  On Tuesday we will have an alternating menu of Samosas (made by Kootenay Tamil Kitchen) and mac and cheese (Frantastic Foodz).  The REACH Program will once again be offering hot lunches for our kids on Thursdays. Orders are due on Thursday, September 12. Orders will not continue throughout the session and will not be accepted past September 19. If you are already registered simply go to MunchaLunch.com and login to orderIf you have not yet registered your family, you will need to go to the Landing page provided for our school below.

 HOW TO REGISTER:

  • Go to: https://munchalunch.com/schools/wildflower
  • Click the “Register Here” button (as shown below). The system will guide you through
  • After adding your children, click the green “Order Lunch!” button to order
  • Next time, just click the “Login Here” button to access your account.

 If you need assistance with ordering, or do not have access to the internet,  please contact Carol Wallace at cwall@netidea.com

Ordering is now open and will be closed after Thursday September 19. Payment will be due during this time. Lunches for this session will start on Tuesday, September 17 and end Thursday, December 12.

Please note if your child is ill on a lunch date, you are welcome to come and pick up their lunch by 11:45am; otherwise please consider it a donation for a child who does not have a lunch. We appreciate your support for our lunch program as the funds go towards playground, field trips, and general fundraising within the school.

We are in need of Volunteers to help serve lunch on Tuesday’s only.  There is a Volunteer page in the online system where you can checkmark which dates you are available (please choose only Tuesday).  The lunch coordinator will then contact you with a proposed schedule.  We can only offer a lunch program if we have Volunteers!

Our thanks to the Wildflower parent community for supporting this important fundraiser and to our wonderful Volunteers who help make this program a success!

Karee-Ann Stuart, coordinator of the REACH program has included the following information about the Hot Lunch program:
“The REACH Hot Lunch program is designed to provide our students an opportunity to develop life skills, as well as how to run a business. They learn how to cook, develop time management skills, customer service skills, budgeting, food prep, baking and interpersonal skills. All proceeds directly benefit programming at REACH – Food Safe Certification, First-Aid Certification, REACH Graduation ceremony, as well as a hardship fund for those who are struggling to provide for themselves outside of our programming”.

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PAC Welcome Back

PAC in Nelson is putting on a welcome back celebration on Sept 3rd! You are welcome to come anytime after 8:00 am and mingle, meet new parents, and enjoy a cup of coffee or chai and a little snack. The kids are also welcome to join before classes start at 8:30. Please bring your own mugs.

Reminder to our Seedlings Kindergarten Parents – you may stay and visit until your little ones are dismissed at 9:30.

Connect with PAC on Facebook!