It's almost time to head back to school! New student registration is today (August 30) and it is Welcome Back to school on Tuesday, September 6. Watch for the school district's community newsletter coming out next week in Eagle Valley News, Okanagan Advertiser, Salmon Arm Observer, Shuswap Market and Vernon Morning Star (for Falkland area) the week of August 22. It is "chalk full" of information about our programs, students and schools!
If you are new to the district and registering your child please bring the student's birth certificate or passport, legal custody documents (if applicable), proof of residency, and all health care, emergency, and contact information. Also, if possible, the previous year's report cards are very helpful.
New Student Registration
New to our school district? Welcome!
New student registration is today (Tuesday, August 30) at your neighbourhood school. Not sure where that is? Call Operations at (250) 832 9415 or, after August 22, go to the yellow school bus on the front of our web page and follow the online prompts. New bus routes are expected to be available by then. The first day of the school year begins on Tuesday, September 6.
Synopsis of July Board of Education Meeting
The first public board meeting with official trustee Mike McKay was held on Tuesday, July 5 at the DESC. Click here for a complete synopsis of the meeting. The next public meeting will be on Tuesday, September 13 at 6 p.m. There are also meetings scheduled for October 11, November 8 and December 13.
StrongStart for newborns to age 5 and their parents or caregivers
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. Start up date is Thursday, September 8 for the full time programs with Sorrento and Falkland StrongStarts opening on Tuesday, Sept. 13 and North Shuswap on Thursday, Sept. 15.
All of the StrongStart positions have been filled for the upcoming 2016/17 school year, reports Early Learning Coordinator Jen Findlay. â€śWe are so fortunate to have such an awesome team of Early Childhood Educators!â€ť
Faciliators will be Debbie Sprieszl (DESC), Renee Howarth (South Broadview), Cori Miller (Parkview), Lisa Scott (M.V. Beattie), Lynn Claeys (Highland Park), Cathy Steigleder (Falkland), Kristin Buckler (Carlin/North Shuswap/Sorrento).
Please note that in order to accommodate the construction schedule at Carlin, the StrongStart program at Carlin will be moved to Sorrento on Mondays starting in September until construction is completed (likely December or January). At that time, the Carlin StrongStart program will then move back to Carlin and run on Mondays.
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 District Education Support Centre (DESC), located at 341 Shuswap St. SW in Salmon Arm. Summer hours are now in effect. The DESC will be open from 8 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. Monday to Friday. Each day the front office will be closed to the public briefly from from 10 - 10:30 a.m. and then from noon to 12:30 p.m.
On September 6, the first day back to school, regular office hours of 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. will resume.
If you have educational questions or concerns please contact the School District office at 250 832 2157.
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