It’s almost time for school

SD83 staff are eager to welcome our students and their families back for the 2021-22 school year. While much has changed in our province over the past year, SD83 remains committed to ensuring the safety of our students, staff and school communities by providing safe learning and working environments.

“I am personally very excited to join SD83 as Superintendent. I know that as we enter into a new year of learning, our district remains committed to our mission of engaging all students in meaningful and relevant learning experiences that develop their knowledge, skills, attitudes, creativity and the pursuit of personal success,” comments Superintendent of Schools Donna Kriger.

“Though COVID-19 is still posing challenges for all of us, we remain focussed on the possibilities and opportunities that the 2021-22 school year holds. As we have done throughout the pandemic, our schools will continue to adhere to the Provincial Health Officer’s (PHO) guidance. Our plan will be updated and changed based on regional requirements from Interior Health, the Provincial Health Officer and the Ministry of Education.”

Registration for those brand new to SD83 takes place today (please also ensure you register your child for the school bus if you live in a bus route area at 250-832-9415). The first day of school is Tuesday, September 7. School will be dismissed three hours earlier than usual on this first day.

Here is a brief summary of our return to school plan. The complete plan will be posted on the SD83 website later this week.

Parents/guardians play an essential role in supporting our schools by keeping their children home when sick. Before leaving home, staff, students and visitors should monitor for any symptoms daily using the B.C. Health Check (the health check and app for your smart phone can be found here).

Year draws to a close

Welcome to the final few days! It has been quite a journey this school year.

Assistant Superintendent Ryan Brennan would like to extend his thanks to parents for their graciousness and understanding as the District has navigated its way through the tremendous challenges that the pandemic showered on the school year.

Just a reminder that Thursday, June 24th is the final day of school for our students. Students will be dismissed, and buses will be running, four hours earlier than usual.

“As the year draws to a close I’d like to say another special congratulations to our graduates, the Class of 2021. You have persevered and accomplished a great deal. Best of luck with your future endeavours.”

“I’d also like to say farewell to our retiring staff, and to the three District leaders who are moving on to new challenges. Thank you for your dedication to SD83 and the students we serve.”

“Also, a warm welcome to Donna Kriger, who will be joining our district in August as the new Superintendent/CEO of Schools, and to Mishel Quaal, the new District Principal of Indigenous Education.”

He noted that as planning continues for the 2021-2022 school year, they are optimistic that school will look very much like what we remember pre-pandemic. More information about what things will look like in the fall will be shared via the District website and social media in August.

He added that if you are looking for some summer time games and activities to help your children practice their literacy and math skills over the summer, SD83 staff have put together some activities for children from kindergarten to grade eight. Go to the drop-down menu entitled Parents and Students and look for Summer Learning Opportunities.

Also, there is a new K-3 Indigenous Summer Reading Boost Program, developed in BC and entitled Joyful Literacy, to support teachers and parents who want to help prevent their young learners of Indigenous ancestry from experiencing more reading loss when schools are closed for the summer break. This home-based and research-based program is comprised of 10 videos that teach parents how to teach and practice Foundational Skills (K-3) . Each video is supported with a handout package of over 100 games, activities, and read-aloud strategies. These videos and information can be found on the SD83 Indigenous Education webpage at https://ie.sd83.bc.ca/

Have a wonderful summer!

June Activities at Silver Creek

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.

Student Survey

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).

CLICK HERE TO GO TO SURVEY

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.

Interim Report Cards and Assessments

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.