Board makes motions to begin 60 day consultation for Armstrong and Silver Creek elementary schools

At the public Board meeting (Tuesday, Feb. 9) trustees voted to:

Armstrong and Area
• Amalgamate the current four schools into two K-7 elementary schools and one 8-12 secondary school, and closing Armstrong Elementary School for September 2016.

Salmon Arm and area
• Determine the educational and financial feasibility of a one campus model for Salmon Arm Secondary at Sullivan Campus.

• Amalgamate Silver Creek and Salmon Arm West at Salmon Arm West Elementary for September 2016

Enderby and area
Complete a catchment area review of M.V. Beattie, Grindrod and Ranchero to determine the most effective manner of reorganizing these schools in order to accommodate future enrolment increases in the Enderby area.

Sicamous and area
Accepted the Sicamous StrongStart to Grade 12 Task Force Report. Consultation to be later this year.


School Year Calendars
There has been a change to the 2015-16 School Year Calendar with the addition of two non-instructional days (February 22 & April 15). Click here for updated 2015-16 calendar.
Planning ahead? Click here for the  2016-17 calendar. Please be aware 5 hours of non-instructional time is being added to this calendar. This date is soon to be determined.

StrongStart for newborns to age 5 and their parents or caregivers
The school district's StrongStart program for early learners (newborns to age 5) is up and running.
StrongStart is a free school-based program that provides play-based early learning opportunities for children and their parents or caregivers. Our full-time StrongStart programs run five days a week for three hours a day at the following locations: District Education Support Centre (Salmon Arm), South Broadview Elementary (Salmon Arm), MV Beattie Elementary (Enderby), Highland Park Elementary (Armstrong), and Parkview Elementary (Sicamous). Families are welcome to drop in for all or just part of the program on any day the program is running.  The StrongStart Outreach schedule will be Mondays at Carlin, Tuesdays at Sorrento, Tuesdays and Thursdays at Falkland and Thursdays at North Shuswap. Please check the SD#83 website under Early Learners for program start dates.
For more information about StrongStart or other early learning programs please look for Early Learners under the drop down menu for Parents and Students on this website or call co-ordinator Jennifer Findlay at 250 833 2095. Click here for poster!

Office Hours . . .
The school district office, which is now called the District Education Support Centre (DESC), located at 341 Shuswap St. SW in Salmon Arm (please note new location) is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. from Monday to Friday.

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District News(8)

Project Costs tallied With the bills tallied and accounted for, the cost for the North Okanagan-Shuswap School District’s consolidated administrative and education support centre project have been determined. Secretary-treasurer Nicole Bittante explains increases to profess Full Story...

Request for Proposal for Audit Audit firms are invited to submit proposals for the performance of audit services with respect to the financial statements of the Board of Education, School District #83 (North Okanagan-Shuswap). The term is for three years with three additional one year Full Story...

Change to School Year Calendar At the board meeting on Tuesday at the District Education Support Centre trustees passed an amendment to the school calendar to add two non-instructional days (February 22 and April 15) to the 2015-16 school year calendar. As most know, a renewed curricu Full Story...

Student Accident Insurance available North Okanagan-Shuswap School District No. 83 does not provide accident insurance coverage for student injuries that occur on school premises or during off-site school activities.~ Accidents can and do happen.~ Some injuries incur medical, dental or other Full Story...

Letter to Parents from Ministry The Ministry of Education has announced changes to the B.C. education curriculum and the timeline it will be following. Their letter to parents and the planned timeline are available here. [Image:183825 Parents outgoing.pdf][Image:183824 Timeline for Chan Full Story...

Important reports Two important planning reports, the long term facilities plan and the educational technology plan, are now available. If you are interested in learning more about what is being recommeded, here are complete copies of the report. [Image:SD83 Education Tec Full Story...

Property for Sale The school district has a property for sale. REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS Site Description 1. North Canoe Annex RFP 13-07 The +1.0 acre (.405 ha) Property located at 6540 50th Street North East known as the North Canoe Annex is currently zoned is P-3 (Ins Full Story...

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