This is the time of year when our students in grades 4 & 7 begin participating in the Foundation Skills Assessment (FSA). This annual provincial assessment, measures students’ academic skills and provides the district with a snapshot of students’ foundational skills in literacy and numeracy. All students in grades 4 & 7 are required by the Ministry of Education and Child Care to participate in the FSA.
The results of the FSA serve as an important tool to support student learning in SD83 which will be particularly important as we continue to determine the impact of COVID-19 on student learning. The district also uses the assessment data to support the alignment of resources during our annual budget discussions. FSA data is not part of the formal student evaluation process and is not included in student report cards.
Today I was notified by a parent from Silver Creek that a suspicious vehicle has been seen driving around a bus stop for our school. RCMP have since been notified.
We have spoken to our students today about being safe on our way to and from school. I would invite you to have a more candid conversation with your child(ren) about never accepting rides from strangers, what to do if a stranger attempts to talk to them, etc.
We are committed to student safety and as a result we will ensure sufficient supervision takes place during recess and bus pick up and drop offs. The SD83 Transportation Department has been made aware of the situation and bus drivers have also been notified.
Please feel free to reach out to me (250 832-8282) if you have any specific concerns about this incident.
Recently there have been rumours about “cameras in student washrooms” that have generated some calls and emails to School District No. 83 (North Okanagan-Shuswap) and some of its schools.
“I want to assure everyone that these rumours are untrue and unfounded,” states Superintendent of Schools Donna Kriger. “SD83 is committed to student safety, privacy, well-being and learning. We are grateful for those concerned stakeholders who reached out to us from a place of positive intent.”
S83 is currently enjoying a school start up filled with renewed optimism and hope. “Our intention is to continue this positivity through the 2022-23 school year as we focus on keeping students first.”
Kriger asks that if parents do hear these types of rumours/information please take the time to check with your school principal to ensure the information is indeed accurate.
I am thrilled to begin the school year of 2022 as Principal of Silver Creek Elementary School! I live not too far away, in Salmon Arm. I spent my happiest childhood years living, learning, and growing in a rural community just a few miles from Rockton Ontario. No doubt this is the reason I truly enjoy working in a rural setting. I am looking forward to getting to know the community, the students, staff, parents… and I look forward to participating in this rich school culture!
If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to give me a call or e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org Of course, you are always welcome to contact the office to set up an appointment to meet! I will be teaching quite a bit this year so calling ahead will be the best way to ensure that we can connect and chat properly.
Sydney Griffith, Principal
Wednesday September 7 –
Our welcome back assembly takes place in the gym at 8:05am. We have a few introductions and an outline of the day for students to review. This will be followed by multi-age activities and school-wide learning for the rest of the day. Students will need a lunch, a snack and a water bottle. We will be outdoors so students… please dress for the weather🙂