PAC fundraiser:Cookie dough and cheese cake is back!

Our PAC has just launched a well loved fundraiser from Scoops Gourmet. Get your pail of cookie dough and cheese cake and stock up your freezer! Proceeds are going towards the purchase of more computers for our school along with a variety of other programs and projects. Thank you for supporting our amazing school!

Contact Jessica Penner for more information. : 250.804.8522 or penner.jessica@gmail.com Etransfer is encouraged.

Thursday, September 10-First Day of School

School will begin for students a little later this year and their first full day will be Thursday September 10. Staff will be meeting on Tuesday and Wednesday to go over site safety plans and prepare their classrooms for the new protocols due to Covid-19. Buses will be running as usual. School begins with a warning bell at 7:55 and  dismissal will be 2:02.

Families have different views about returning to regular face to face instruction and some families may wish to keep their child home for a while to see what  happens with the pandemic. There are a few more options available. Please read information from Superintendent, Peter Jory.

Parents are always encouraged to have their students attend their neighbourhood school. Extensive planning has gone into making our school safe in this context, and this is by far the richest environment for most students to develop their academic and social skills. Please reach out to us if you would like to know more about what our school will look like for your child this September. We recognize that while most parents agree that attending their neighbourhood school in person is the best option, some have indicated that they are still nervous about sending their students to us on opening day. The Ministry of Education has temporarily softened our standard enrollment process to support families who wish to delay their start by a number of weeks but still retain their child’s seat in class. Again, reach out to us for more information on our new “Soft Start” option. A number of parents have also indicated that they would like to register their students in an online program. While we are reopening our Kindergarten through grade eight program, note that once you have registered with our Education Online Program (EOP) or with another education provider, your student’s return to our school will be dependent on available seats, and may be delayed until the following school year as a result. As our staffing model is dependent on student registration, students departing a school for other options may also cause the number of available seats in our school to be reduced. Some students in grades ten through twelve have indicated an interest in enrolling in a combination of online and in-person schoolings. This practice has been permitted in the past and will continue to be an option in our current context. However, students in Kindergarten through grade nine will have to choose between online or in-person schooling and participate in that program full-time, and the same goes for families who pursue a Homeschool option. If you have learned everything you need to know about online learning and still wish to register, please let us know about your decision and we will support you with next steps. If you wish to know more about our district EOP, please contact the program principal Mr. Rob Macaulay at rmacaula@sd83.bc.ca. Again, we will continue to encourage students to attend their local school, as we believe that is the best option for the vast majority of students. We hope that you will agree and we look forward to seeing you next week. Looking forward to seeing all our amazing students and families soon. Kirsten Mazur, Principal at Silver Creek Elementary

Thursday, September 10-First Day of School

School will begin for students a little later this year and their first full day will be Thursday September 10. Staff will be meeting on Tuesday and Wednesday to go over site safety plans and prepare their classrooms for the new protocols due to Covid-19. Buses will be running as usual. School begins with a warning bell at 7:55 and  dismissal will be 2:02.

Families have different views about returning to regular face to face instruction and some families may wish to keep their child home for a while to see what  happens with the pandemic. There are a few more options available. Please read information from Superintendent, Peter Jory.

Parents are always encouraged to have their students attend their neighbourhood school. Extensive planning has gone into making our school safe in this context, and this is by far the richest environment for most students to develop their academic and social skills. Please reach out to us if you would like to know more about what our school will look like for your child this September. We recognize that while most parents agree that attending their neighbourhood school in person is the best option, some have indicated that they are still nervous about sending their students to us on opening day. The Ministry of Education has temporarily softened our standard enrollment process to support families who wish to delay their start by a number of weeks but still retain their child’s seat in class. Again, reach out to us for more information on our new “Soft Start” option. A number of parents have also indicated that they would like to register their students in an online program. While we are reopening our Kindergarten through grade eight program, note that once you have registered with our Education Online Program (EOP) or with another education provider, your student’s return to our school will be dependent on available seats, and may be delayed until the following school year as a result. As our staffing model is dependent on student registration, students departing a school for other options may also cause the number of available seats in our school to be reduced. Some students in grades ten through twelve have indicated an interest in enrolling in a combination of online and in-person schoolings. This practice has been permitted in the past and will continue to be an option in our current context. However, students in Kindergarten through grade nine will have to choose between online or in-person schooling and participate in that program full-time, and the same goes for families who pursue a Homeschool option. If you have learned everything you need to know about online learning and still wish to register, please let us know about your decision and we will support you with next steps. If you wish to know more about our district EOP, please contact the program principal Mr. Rob Macaulay at rmacaula@sd83.bc.ca. Again, we will continue to encourage students to attend their local school, as we believe that is the best option for the vast majority of students. We hope that you will agree and we look forward to seeing you next week. Looking forward to seeing all our amazing students and families soon. Kirsten Mazur, Principal at Silver Creek Elementary

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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