Acts of Kindness . . .
Students at Silver Creek Elementary held a random act of kindness afternoon on Wednesday.
Principal Kirsten Mazur explains the idea originated with one student, Ellah Karey-Dresen during a weekly class meeting. Ellah suggested they make cookies and deliver them to people. The intermediate class organized a committee and asked the rest of the staff if they wanted to be part of this. CEA Marlane Clifford, who is an amazing baker, brought in a recipe for sugar cookies and wrote it out on poster paper. All the ingredients were shared by each member of the intermediate class. The older class made the cookies, each having a turn measuring and mixing. The next day the younger students rolled out the batter and cut the stars (very fitting as Silver Creek Elementary's logo is Home of the STARS).
The older students helped the younger ones with the cutting and cleaning up. On Wednesday everyone wrapped two cookies in bright paper with a message that said "Kindness from Silver Creek School, Pay it forward"
The students delivered the cookies today to neighbours, the library and the store. Mazur reports there was lots of positive feedback and students loved it!

Writing workshop
Eleven young writers from Eagle River Secondary, most of them members of Shawn Bird's Creative Writing class, and another group of 11 students from Pleasant Valley Secondary, accompanied by teacher Sandra Arthurson, participated in the Kids Write workshop with award winning fantasy author Charles De Lint on May 15th. De Lint, from near Ottawa, is the author of more than 70 fantasy books for all ages. He and his wife Mary Ann led students through a variety of writing exercises to inspire their writing and offered a variety of advice. This excellent workshop was sponsored by the Shuswap Association of Writers as part of their Word on the Lake Writers' Festival and was free for SD83 students.

20150514_115253_0.jpg20150514_115313_1.jpgFundraising for Nepal
Several schools in our district have taken up the challenge to fundraise for earthquake-struck Nepal. Seen here are students from Stephen Pyle's class at M.V. Beattie, after the first earthquake struck quickly went to work and held a coin drive, a bake sale and a bottle drive and raised over $1240. This money was matched by the government. "The students are immensely proud of their work and what they accomplished in a very short period of time," said teacher Stephen Pyle. "We were saddened to learn that another earthquake had hit Nepal. It really hit home that rebuilding lives and homes will take years and that every little bit helps."

Welcome to Kindergarten . . .
Is your child starting kindergarten this year? North Okanagan-Shuswap School District is hosting fun and educational Welcome to Kindergarten sessions at schools throughout the district. Please click here for a complete schedule.

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.

 Last day of year announced for StrongStart programs . . .
The school district's StrongStarts for early learners (newborns to age 5) are open when schools are in session. Early Learning Co-ordinator Jennifer Findlay reports the final day for the various programs has now been announced. They will be: DAC - June 19, SAW - June 19, Carlin - June 15, Sorrento - June 16, North Shuswap - June 18, Falkland - June 23, Sicamous - June 24, Enderby - June 24, and Armstrong (HPE) - June 24.
Just a reminder two of the school district’s early learning StrongStart Centres will be moving to new locations over the summer.
The StrongStart currently located at the Downtown Activity Centre in Salmon Arm will be moving a few hundred metres to a new home in the School District’s Education and Support Centre, at 341 Shuswap Street.
The StrongStart currently located at Salmon Arm West Elementary is being relocated to South Broadview Elementary.
Early Learning Co-ordinator Jennifer Findlay explains this decision was reached after consulting with StrongStart families, early learning service providers, district staff and the Ministry of Education.
Several years ago the district created an Early Learning space at South Broadview in hopes funding for a new StrongStart program would become available, but that has not happened. The majority of the population of Salmon Arm resides ‘at the top of the hill’ where South Broadview School is located so this move will create easier access to the program for many families.
“Although our hope was to have a programs at both schools, the funding reality dictates that it is not possible at this time. We are looking forward to welcoming early learning families to the new program at South Broadview starting in the Fall of 2015.”
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 open from 8 a.m. 4 p.m. Monday to Friday.
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