Important Consultation . . .
The North Okanagan-Shuswap Board of Education is consulting with the public on changes being considered for September 2015:
• the possible closure of Silver Creek Elementary
• converting North Shuswap and Falkland Elementaries to Kindergarten to Grade 8 schools (from K-7)
• converting Ranchero to a Kindergarten to Grade 5 (with 6-7s going to Shuswap Middle)
• converting Parkview to a Kindergarten to Grade 5 (with 6-7s moving to Eagle River)
These recommendations are being looked at to help the district navigate through decreased enrolment, extra space in many of our schools, and fiscal responsibility. If you would like to share your rationale of why trustees should, or should not, consider any or all of these recommendations please email to bmarchuk@sd83.bc.ca. It would be greatly appreciated if you could provide input by April 21. Thank you!

Budget Consultation . . .
The North Okanagan-Shuswap Board of Education is consulting as part of its 2015-16 budget planning process. The district's financial report can be viewed by clicking here. Previous budget updates can be found on our website by going to the drop down menu for District Departments and then click on Finance. If you have information or ideas you would like to share with the board please click here . You are welcome to send an email to bmarchuk@sd83.bc.ca. If you would rather, you can also mail your comments to North Okanagan-Shuswap Board of Education, PO Box 129, Salmon Arm, V1E 4N2.
Thank you for your input!

Recycling for a cause . . .
After an in-depth study on polar bears and learning about their own responsibility to the local environment, teacher Erinn Milne's grade 2 class at M.V. Beattie collected, sorted and returned $102 worth of returnables to make a donation to Polar Bears International.  With their efforts, the class has symbolically adopted a polar bear cub with the money being used by PBI  to raise awareness on global warming and the impact on polar bear habitat.
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20150407_110104_0.jpgLen Wood hosts students from Hokkaido . . .
Families from Len Wood Middle School hosted a group of 12 students and 3 interpreters from March 26 to April 1 as part of the Hokkaido-Armstrong Salmonoid Exchange. While visiting, the Japanese students and their Len Wood hosts participated in a variety of activities that focussed on Canadian culture and environmental education. Curling, carriage/horse rides, First Nations crafts, tree planting, archery, wall climbing and ball hockey were just a few of the activities students participated in. Students also visited the Kingfisher Interpretive Center, Gardom Lake, Mahina Rose's Farm, the RCMP, the Fire Hall, and City Hall in Armstrong to meet the Mayor. A huge thank you goes out to all of the host families for making our Japanese guests feel so welcome. School District 83 staff Hiapo Porier, Gord Ritchie and Lisa Boer, who were involved in the exchange, will be accompanying our group of 12 students to Sapporo in the fall to be reunited with their new friends. A huge thank you goes out to Rea Smith (retired teacher from Highland Park) , Tori Jewell (First Nations Support Worker at LWMS), Kim Poirier (Teacher at LWMS), and all of the other volunteers who helped make this exchange possible. Rea Smith has been coordinating this exchange since it's inception 20 years ago.


School Year Calendars
The school year calendar for 2014-15 is available by clicking here. The Calendar, as well as other information which parents may find interesting, is also available under the Parents and Students menu on this webpage. The board just approved the 2015-16 school year calendar, with the school year ending on June 24. Please be aware that a few Grade 12 students may have to write exams the Monday to Wednesday (June 27-29). Click here for 2015-16 calendar.

StrongStarts are open
The school district's StrongStarts for early learners (newborns to age 5) are open. If you are planning on attending StrongStart for the first time please give the school a call just to double check times. Thank you! For more information 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!

District Office Hours. . .
The School District office, located at 220 Shuswap St. In Salmon Arm,  is typically open from 8 a.m. 4 p.m. Monday to Friday. During Spring Break the office is open Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. until noon and from 12:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Regular hours resume on Monday, March 30.

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