We are excited to be heading out to Gardom Lake for a fun filled day of archery, wall climbing and laser tag. The school is providing lunch and busing to both cohorts on June 2 and 4.
Bikes at School week begin Monday June 7. Students are encouraged to have a bike at school to be stored in the gym overnight. Students will be permitted to ride during recess and lunch hours. All students will need a properly fitted helmet to wear. On Friday June 11, we will have our annual bike rodeo with fun activities planned all afternoon.
We are celebrating Indigenous Peoples Day on Friday June 18 with an afternoon of cultural activities. We will also recognize our new Secwepmc flag which is now proudly mounted in the gym next to the Canada and British Columbia flag. We will be having our last Super Friday lunch that day as well.
Wednesday June 23, we are having a ” Fun Day” with students competing in fun events with their cohort. PAC will be hosting lunch that day and I hear there may be freezies! In the afternoon we are having an outdoor talent show to finish our last full day of school.
Thursday June 24 is our last day of school. Students will receive their end of year report cards, say goodbyes and recognize our Kindergarten and grade 8’s. School is dismissed at 11:00. Buses will run three hours earlier.
All students in Grades 6-12 are being invited to take part in an optional survey to ensure a more safe, respectful, and equitable school-learning experience for all students.
“Your voice is important,” says District Principal Anne Tenning as she encourages all students to take part. She adds that much thought went into the survey and the district is hoping for a high participation rate from students as the information will be used to help set district goals, student improvement plans, and in-service, particularly for the Ministry’s Indigenous Education day. The survey was developed by the SD83 Equity Committee, which includes representatives from the local Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), North Okanagan Shuswap Teachers’ Association (NOSTA), SD83 Principals and Vice-Principals (PVP) and SD83’s senior leadership team (SLT).
All participant identities will be kept anonymous.
The survey will take about 10 to 20 minutes, depending on answers to a few of the open ended questions. Students are also invited to enter a separate contest at the end of the survey and have a chance to win some great prizes, including seven Samsung Galaxy Tablets. This survey closes on May 28, 2021 and the prize draw will take place on May 31, 2021.
Tenning explains the district received a small grant from the Ministry, and chose to use the funds for prizes for the students.
Silver Creek students will be bringing home the mid-term report cards on Friday May 7. The purpose of the interim reports is to give feedback on how your child is doing in core subjects since the March report cards. Teachers use a variety of information to assess students such as summative quizzes and projects as well as formative assessment practices such as peer, self and teacher feedback during work periods. Students and teachers continue to focus on the collaborative goal that was created back in November. Some students have met their goals and so have developed a new goal.
Grade 4’s and 7’s have completed the Foundation Skills Assessment (FSA) and have brought home the booklet and marks for parents to view. Students have just completed the Student Numeracy Assessment of Critical Concepts (SNACC) and teachers have marked them. This information is necessary for us to determine next steps in our instruction of math skills. The critical concepts include the skills and knowledge that students need to understand to build on subsequent skills and knowledge. The list of Critical Concepts was included in the April newsletter.
If you have questions or concerns, always contact your child’s teacher.
RE: School Community Member Tested Positive for COVID-19
School Exposure: April 13, 2021
A member of the Silver Creek Elementary school community has tested positive for COVID-19. They are self-isolating at home with support from local public health teams.
We are supporting Interior Health Authority as they undertake contact tracing to determine if any other members of our school community were in contact with the person who tested positive for COVID-19, and if any additional steps are required. We are following the protocol established for these circumstances:
The health authority will determine if anyone in the school community was in contact with the person who tested positive for COVID-19 while they were potentially infectious;
The health authority will determine if anyone in the school community is a close contact that is required to self-isolate.
Only the health authority can determine who is a close contact.
If you are contacted by Interior Health Authority, please follow their advice.
If you are not contacted by Interior Health Authority, it has been determined that your child is not at risk of developing COVID-19.
To ensure personal privacy rights are maintained, we will not be providing additional details.
The safety and well-being of our students, families and staff remains our highest priority. Please be reassured that our school will continue to implement the strict protocols and procedures we have in place so that children can continue to attend school as safely as possible.
Students should continue to come to school while contact tracing is underway. As a reminder, please continue daily health checks to monitor your child for illness.
We will continue to work closely with Interior Health Authority to provide ongoing communication as required.
If you have questions or concerns about COVID-19, please call 811.
March 12 is the last day of school before Spring Break. We resume school on Monday March 29. Report Cards go home on Thursday, March 11. We hope you can celebrate your child’s growth together and identify how to support continued progress. Friday March 12 is Super Friday and we are making kabobs and rice. The afternoon we are celebrating Spring Break Out with games outside.
We hate to say goodbye to Ms. Schneider, teacher in division 2, who has been with us this past year. Ms. Schneider will be remembered for her support of the student leadership club and her amazing math lessons. We wish her all the best as she spreads her wisdom to other students. We are welcoming back teacher, Ms. Klassen to Division 2. Ms. Klassen is returning from her maternity leave after spring break. We are also welcoming back Ms. Koroluk, CEA, who is finished her post as CUPE president for our school district.