Schools throughout the school district celebrated Earth Day on April 22 in many different ways. Falkland Elementary/Jr purchased fou new garden boxes to start a school garden.  Each classroom was assigned a garden box.  On Earth Day the boxes were filled with soil and strawberries were planted.  The students also cleaned up the flower beds along the school and planted more flowers.  Other activities included garbage pick up and raking.  Monique Richoux Grade 1/2/3 teacher did an assembly presentation that brought forth the aboriginal perspective of caring for our environment and leaving our surrounding better for future generations.  As a part of our Grade 6-7-8 Explorations program two new picnic tables were purchased to create an outdoor classroom area where future lessons can take place. The picnic tables are being installed this week.

Our Engaging Story: School and District Student Achievement Planning

Important Upcoming Public Meetings
Monday, May 2 at 6:30 p.m. - Ranchero K-8 Public Consultation meeting at Ranchero Elementary
Wednesday, May 4 at 6:30 p.m. - Silver Creek K - 8 Public Consultation meeting at Silver Creek Elementary

Please provide your 2016-17 budget ideas to trustees by clicking here or email feedback@sd83.bc.ca


Public consultation under way in School District
Trustees voted to:

Begin public consultation on moving to one Strong Start to Grade 12 School in Sicamous, located at the current Eagle River Secondary.
TO PROVIDE INPUT please send to feedback@sd83.bc.ca or click on purple box entitled Supporting All Students Public Consultation Feedback. Then click on Provide Your Input and go to the third box.

• Extend the school closure consultation period for the Armstrong area until April 2017 and initiate a task force to review, but not be limited to, demographic information, school configuration and catchment areas in the Armstrong area of schools.

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

• Extend the school closure consultation period for the potential amalgamation of Silver Creek and Salmon Arm West at Salmon Arm West until April 2017 and to initiate a task force to review, but not be limited to, demographic information, school configuration and catchment areas in the Salmon Arm area of schools.

• Begin public consultation on reconfiguring Ranchero Elementary and Silver Creek Elementary to Kindergarten to Grade 8 schools. Public consultation meetings will be held on Monday, May 2 at 6:30 p.m. for Ranchero at Ranchero Elementary and Wednesday, May 4 at 6:30 p.m. for Silver Creek at Silver Creek Elementary.

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.


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 Budget Process To support recent statements in the media and in response to questions the board is receiving, the district is issuing the following statement: School District No. 83 has been receiving a number of questions from both the media and the public regarding f Full Story...

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