June 1 Re-Start to School


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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Virtual parent meeting to talk about math!

What is all this math that teachers are sending home? Where are all the worksheets? What is my child supposed to be doing? How do I know if they are on track? What happens if they don’t learn everything this year?

SD83 invites all parents to join us in a virtual meeting on May 12 at 6 p.m. to talk about the kinds of math that SD83 is hoping students can be working on during this home learning time and how that matches with the math we have included on our home learning opportunities pages.

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To join the virtual meeting just before 6 p.m. on Tuesday, May 12th please click here: https://teams.microsoft.com/l/meetup-join/19%3ameeting_OTZlNzJkYTEtODA0Yy00MTY2LTljMjgtNjY2ZjQxYjAxYzVl%40thread.v2/0?context=%7b%22Tid%22%3a%2287a1ffa4-963f-450e-8d90-155de78d9be5%22%2c%22Oid%22%3a%22ae0930ac-c822-4a6b-91ca-ae7bf9cb0ffc%22%7d

We will talk about things to watch for as your child works on the math, and how you can support their learning. The focus will not be on how to actually do the math, although in the Q &A we can certainly help with that, but on questions you can ask your child to help them deepen their understanding of the concepts they are working on.

We will discuss the different types of math activities that you might be seeing sent home, including why these activities were selected and how your child can use them. We will also spend some time talking about ways to help them learn basic facts.

There will also be question and answer opportunities through the virtual meeting. Bring your questions and join us for a rich mathematical discussion. If you would like to email your questions ahead of time, please send them to vedgell@sd83.bc.ca with Parent Math Night question as a subject.

Easing children’s anxiety

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Ministry of Education and Health’s EASE team has been hard at work adapting EASE classroom activities for use at home by parents and caregivers to support children’s mental health and continuous learning.

EASE at Home is a collection of fun and practical strategies to help guide parents and caregivers in managing their children’s anxiety and worries in the comfort of their home during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.

The links below include suggestions for fun and engaging activities:

EASE at Home – Grades K– 3

EASE at Home – Grades 4 – 7

For more everyday activities and resources to help support continuous learning while families are home due to the COVID-19 pandemic, view the Ministry of Education’s Keep Learning BC website https://www.openschool.bc.ca/keeplearning/ and First Nations Education Steering Committee’s website. http://www.fnesc.ca/continuous-learning/  

More information is available at: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/health/managing-your-health/mental-health-substance-use/child-teen-mental-health/ease

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.

Supporting essential services

Part of the government’s direction to school districts during this challenging time is to provide some support for the children of Tier 1 essential service workers who have no other child care options. This has caused some confusion with parents as many are on the essential services list, but not necessarily in the Tier 1 group. Hopefully the following information will help provide clarity.
Click on this link for more details.