Happy Summer from Silver Creek Educators!

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As the last week of June quickly approaches, teachers and support staff are busy finalizing report cards, gathering materials and organizing for summer school closure. This year has been like no other and it has been tremendously difficult for many of our community members, staff and families. We are grateful for so many things and first of all I wanted to thank all of our teachers and CEA’s who regularly connected with children and families over this period of remote learning. Teachers have had to quickly learn a new way of teaching and reaching out to their students. The feedback from families has been very positive and for some of our students, this connection to school has been a necessity.

Secondly thank you to our parents and guardians who have continued to foster an “educational experience’ for their children even though kids were at home. This has been an enormous job for our parents while, at the same time, working or continuing with all the tasks of managing a home. The experiences and positive connections that  our students experienced during this Covid time may be the silver lining.

Thirdly, thank you to our students who have had to adapt to “new normal” in regards to schooling, connecting to friends and filling in their day. Many of our students have said they really missed school and seeing their friends. Students have shown a strong growth mindset, being able to adapt to change with a positive attitude. This is tough for all of us and we are so proud of our students who found a new way to learn and connect.

It has been an absolute joy to have some of our students back to school in June, approximately 38% of our students returned to school on a full or part time basis. Students were positive and quickly resumed the habit of being a student. Teachers and support staff were overjoyed to see everyone.

We wait to see what September brings as we await direction from the Ministry of Education, the Provincial Health Officer and our School district. The plan for reopening school for September will be shared with our families mid August.

Have a wonderful safe and peaceful summer.

Silver Creek Staff

June 1 Re-Start to School

UPDATE

Dr. Bonnie Henry, Provincial Health Officer and the Minister of Education, Rob Fleming, announced last week that schools will re-open for students in BC on June 1st. Our school district is preparing for Stage 3 (voluntary part time in class learning) and we are currently making plans to have students back at school beginning June 1 for some of their learning. This is voluntary and a survey link has gone out to all families to find out who is planning to return part time beginning june 1.

Classes of Kindergarten to grade 5 children will be reduced to 50% of normal capacity, Grades 6-12 up to 20% of normal capacity.  Children of Essential Workers (tier 1) can attend 100% of the time as well as  children with disabilities. The numbers and days for attendance will be determined once we have collected all of our surveys from our families.

Please contact the school at 250-832-8282 if you have any questions.

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Design Challenge for April

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The month of April is a perfect time to go fly a kite! At Silver Creek we have had Catapult building challenges and Puff Cars. Now we are challenging our student engineers to design and build a kite. There are loads of ideas on the internet and I know many of you have your own ideas.  Plan, build, test and adapt your kite design and then take a photo or video of it  to send to me so I can share it with others. Send me your photos to kmazur@sd83.bc.ca. Next month we will be challenging you to design and build an outdoor shelter for an animal (real or make believe) using outdoor materials.

Spring Break Out

 

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It’s tradition at Silver Creek that the last afternoon before spring break, we celebrate with a school wide Spring Break-Out in the gym. Multiage teams of students from kindergarten to grade 8 will compete in  fun and silly challenges. There will be special grade 8 and staff challenge too. Chelsey Beckham, our indigenous educational worker will be helping kids make bannock and chili for lunch, free of charge to all.

Spring break runs for two weeks March 16-27. School resumes Monday March 30.

Ready, Set, Learn

ready set learnWe are hoping to see many of Silver Creek’s 3-5 year olds tomorrow afternoon at our annual Ready, Set, Learn session led by Early Learning Coordinator, Jennifer Findlay. Call the school at 250-832-8282 to let us know you are coming. Children will receive a goody bag with early learning materials. March 2,  1-2 pm.