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Storytelling

Earlier in April, the WFMS hosted African-American storyteller, and Kaslo resident, Shayna Jones. Shayna spent the morning sharing stories from her African heritage including her family’s involvement in the European slave trade that brought her family to the United States over three centuries ago. She also shared her amazing adaptation of an Aesop fable. The students were simply mesmerized by her voice, energy, and joyful approach to storytelling. What fun! Thank you, Shayna!

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Climbing at the CUBE 2019

This is an introduction to indoor climbing for students aged 8 – 12.
Friday – April 5, 12, 26 and May 3 from 10:00 – 12:00.
Total cost is $105.50 per child and includes gear unless child has their own.
Registration deadline is March 12th.

Please bring the registration form and cheques to Anne in the school office. Make cheques payable to Wildflower PAC.
Parents/guardians must also fill out a release agreement for the Cube (link below).
Due to the limited number of instructors, this activity must be capped at 9 children. Registration is on a first-come-first-served basis for the first 9 families that submit the form with their cheque and signed release agreement.

If there is sufficient interest, we may run another session in May (May 10, 17, 24, and 31).
Questions? Contact Michelle at michcameron@gmail.com

Climbing at the Cube Form

CUBE Release Form

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2019 Beijing International Student Summer Camp

2019 Beijing International Student Summer Camp
When: mid-July for 10 days
Hosted by: Beijing International Education Exchange (BIEE)
Location: Beijing, China

BCCIE’s partner, Beijing International Education Exchange (BIEE), invites secondary school students from across British Columbia to participate in the 2019 Beijing International Student Summer Camp.

Call for student participants and chaperones
Each BC school district and independent school can nominate up to two local secondary students between the ages of 15 to 17 to participate. We are also recruiting two teachers who can act as chaperones. School districts and schools are encouraged to nominate a teacher to accompany the group.

Please visit our website for full details. The deadline to RSVP is Friday, March 15, 2019.
Apply soon! Selection of students and chaperones will be on a first-come, first-served basis.
This promises to be a life-altering experience for students from across our province and we encourage your support and participation. Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Tom Wang at twang@bccie.bc.ca.

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Jam Night!

We are planning to have a Wildflower Jam Night on Thursday March 7th, from 5:30-7:30pm.

What is it?: Some of the Wildflower classes will be leading a song or two in the gymnasium. We are also hoping to have the marimba group to lead a few songs. Lyrics will be projected on the gym wall for others to follow along. Students and parents are encouraged to sing and play along.

  • Please feel free to bring instruments to play along.
  • A song list along with chords and lyrics will be sent out to all families via email before the night, please feel free to become familiar with the songs with your child(ren).
  • If you or a group of people would like to lead a song or two, please let me know.
  • Our middle school will be providing some food through for the night through their foods program, but looking for some help on providing more food.
  • Looking for a sound expert to help set up speakers/mics on the 7th.

Want to know more? You can contact Cole.

Below are the song lists for the jam night on March 7th at 5:30-7:30. There will be others to follow. If you have a song you would like to lead, please contact Cole at: cauringer@sd8.bc.ca and I can put you in the schedule and get your song out to the school.

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Lantern Festival

The 2019 Polka Dot Dragon Lantern Festival was a great success on Feb. 17th (Sunday). Under an almost full moon, Taghum Beach was lite up with a beautiful array lanterns, lights, illuminated Spirit Bear, illuminated dragon, dancers and the Nelson Samba band. Nick Shave’s class contributed to the line of illuminated spawning Salmon across the shores of Kootenay Lake and the Wildflower middle school classes contributed with their sale of hot chocolate for all of the participants and passersby!

So grateful to Myra that the WFMS was given a chance to get involved and raise some funds. The students were terrific ambassadors for this event, too. Thanks to the parents (particularly Tom and Jodi Dool) for unwavering support of their learners. Thanks to Nicole LeBihan for connecting WF with this community event!

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Popsicle Bridges

2019 POPSICLE STICK BRIDGE
BUILDING CONTEST
ENGINEERS & GEOSCIENTISTS BC
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

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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 ENDORSEMENT and REVIEW SHEET

Yak Girl ONE SHEET (About the book)

The Only Son description and Pema update

 

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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.

 

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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.