20151118_83545_1.jpgEngaged in science!
Grade 5,6 and 7 students from Grindrod Elementary recently had an opportunity to try dissection!
The students visited A L Fortune for a hands-on science experience.  Led by teacher Heather Harris, the students dissected a crayfish, studying its external and internal anatomy first hand.  "The experience broadened their appreciation of the unique physical characteristics of living while giving them a taste of the expectations and facilities of the high school they will attend.  Student engagement was extremely high and the students did a very careful job with their first dissection.  This experience was part of their Animal Adaptations unit, explains Grindrod Principal Jeff Abbott.

Anxiety Reduction Power Hour Sessions
Parents/caregivers of children aged five to 10 years old are invited to the second of two FREE sessions on anxiety reduction on December 8 from 12 - 1 p.m. in the Little Shuswap Lake Meeting Room at the District Education Support Centre (DESC), 341 Shuswap St., Salmon Arm. In the first session presenters Corinne Shykula, Child and Youth Mental Health, and Reta Moerike, School District #83 Elementary School Counsellor, discussed what anxiety is, what is normal and what isn't.
The upcoming session will be all about strategies and techniques to help reduce anxiety and worry in children. Drop ins are welcome but to help ensure there is enough handouts etc., pre-registration would be appreciated. Please register by email srhodes@sd83.bc.ca. Please bring your own lunch!

School Year Calendars
Planning ahead? Click here for the  2016-17 calendar, which was recently approved by the Board of Education.

Intervention program . . . A school-wide program focussed on helping students who are not yet reading at the expected level is getting “rave“ reviews from staff and is significantly helping students’ literacy levels! Using Literacy Levelled Intervention (LLI) resource kits, teachers at Armstrong Elementary School work with small groups of students four days a week for 40 minutes a day for approximately 10 weeks. The focus is on students, sometimes referred to as “grey” area students who are just not quite where they should be with their literacy (level two or minimally meeting requirements) and give them them a needed boost to get them to level three (fully meeting requirements). View the complete story in the North Okanagan-Shuswap Newsline.

Ready, Set, Learn . . .
Ready, Set, Learn events are being offered at all North Okanagan-Shuswap School District's elementary schools.
Ready, Set, Learn is a free early learning event for families and caregivers with children who are 3 and 4 years old.
Families and their children who attend will engage in play-based early learning activities while finding out about the early learning programs and services offered by our school district and community organizations. Families will receive free books and a kit of materials and resources to help support their children's early learning experiences.
Using the information from the EDI (Early Development Instrument) this year's Ready Set Learn events will once again focus on social/emotional well-being and physical health. "Parents of preschoolers sometimes focus solely on the traditional school readiness skills such as letter and number recognition," comments Jennifer Findlay, Early Learning Coordinator for SD#83. "However, research and EDI data in our district consistently highlight the importance of also developing skills in the areas of social/emotional and physical health. One of the ways we can support this development is to provide parents with helpful resources and activities at Ready Set Learn events."
All families are encouraged to pre-register for the event at their local school or contact Jennifer Findlay at 250-833-2095 or jfindlay@sd83.bc.ca for more information. Those schools not listed below will have their event in February.
M.V. Beattie (Enderby) - November 3 from 10 a.m. - 11 a.m.
North Shuswap (Celista) November 5 from 10 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Parkview (Sicamous) November 6 from 10 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Carlin - November 9  from 10 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Sorrento - November 10 from 10 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Highland Park (Armstrong) - November 17 from 10 a.m. - 11 a.m.
South Broadview (Salmon Arm) - November 18 from 10 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Falkland - November 19 from 10 a.m. - 11 a.m.
District Education Support Centre Dec. 9 from 10 a.m. - 11 a.m.

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.  Over the holidays hours will be modified. The District Education Support Centre (DESC) will be open on December 21-23 from 8 a.m. to noon and 12:30 - 3 :30 p.m. On December 24 the office will be open from 8 a.m. until noon. The office will be closed December 25-28 but will once again be open from 8 a.m. until noon on December 31. The office will be closed on January 1-3, 2016 and will reopen to regular hours when we welcome everyone back to school, January 4.
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