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An important message from Superintendent of Schools Glenn Borthistle

The school district will be eliminating recess at the elementary and middle school level and shortening the school day by 15 minutes during job action.

On April 17, 2014 School District No. 83 was served with 72-hour Strike Notice by the BC TeachersĂ­ Federation. As a result, the North Okanagan-Shuswap Teachers' Association, will commence phase 1 of job action beginning Wednesday, April 23.

Under the provisions of the Labour Relations Code and the essential services order, teachers may now commence job action involving the withdrawal of some administrative services and the removal of teacher supervision responsibilities outside of instructional time. With respect to the latter, and to ensure student safety, the fifteen minute recess breaks in each elementary and middle school will be eliminated for the duration of job action. The practical effect of this will be to shorten the school day by fifteen minutes for elementary and middle schools. Accordingly, students in these schools will be excused fifteen minutes earlier than usual and district bus transportation schedules will be adjusted. Elementary and middle school students will be arriving at their afternoon home bus stop fifteen minutes earlier than previously scheduled effective Wednesday, April 23, 2014.

It is important to note that all schools will continue to be open with regular classes operating during this phase of job action and instruction will proceed as usual. Buses will be running their normal routes.

School-based administrators will be assisted by district-based administration, management, and professional staff to provide before and after school supervision.

It is our information that teachers will continue to participate in voluntary extracurricular activities they are currently involved in.

The district will be sending home a letter will be sent home with students on Wednesday, April 23, detailing the specific effects of the job action. A copy of this letter will also be forwarded to all partner groups and to individual School Parent Advisory Councils.

The district will continue to inform parents through school newsletters and the district website, www.sd83.bc.ca, the district facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/pages/School-District-83-North-Okanagan-Shuswap/221093711294270?ref=hl) and local media of any changes or developments in job action status, particularly if those changes may relate to any direct impact on students.
Should you have any questions with regard to the strike, please contact the office of the Superintendent of Schools.

Thank you in advance for your patience and cooperation during this challenging time.

140417_114216_3.jpgStudents in Grade 4-5 at Salmon Arm West had the amazing opportunity to speak to Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield via Skype on Thursday morning. After a presentation last month by the former director general of the Canadian astronaut program who retired to Salmon Arm, Bruce Aitkenhead (seen in the photos on left surrounded by students), the groundwork was laid to speak to Chris Hadfield. Genuine, humorous and thoughtful, Chris answered students' questions and talked to them about the importance of finding their passion and challenging themselves. He pointed out that it is only for the last 53 years that people have been going to space, and only the last 13 years that we've had the ability to stay in space. "Just think," he said to the audience about the space station, "we have our first village in space. It's completely up to  you what you are going to do when you grow up. You will even have the opportunity to leave earth." After the Skype call ended, teacher Holly Kallies pointed to her computer screen with Chris Hadfield's name on it, and said to her students "I'm never going to erase this."

    Medal winners Kurtis Gordey, Conor Ahola, and  Jacob Wall

Students win three medals at provincial Skills Canada . . . one of each colour!
Three local students brought home medals after taking part in the provincial Skills Canada competition at the TradeX in Abbotsford on Wednesday, April 9.
Jacob Wall of A.L. Fortune edged classmate and last year's provincial gold medal winner, Kurtis Gordey, for gold in the automotive collision repair technician competition. Kurtis Gordey was close behind and took silver.
The disrict's other medal came in the automotive painting competition where Conor Ahola of A.L. Fortune won bronze!
The district's two other participants, Logan Green of A.L. Fortune and Gavin Vliet of Pleasant Valley Secondary School also did very well but were not quite in the medals, commented District Career Supervisor Mark Marino.
Marino says he thinks it's the first time the school district has had students win gold medals in two consecutive years in the same category. "Competing at this level and winning medals is a real testament to the hard work and skills of the students, supported by their teachers, employers and families."
He comments the group of students taking part in the provincial competition were excellent ambassadors of the school district.

Easter break . . .
Just a reminder schools are closed Friday April 18 for Good Friday and April 21 for Easter Monday. Students do not attend on Tuesday, April 22 as it is a professional development day. It's welcome back to school on Wednesday, April 23.

Spots still open in late French Immersion
There are some spots still available for Late French Immersion (Grade 6). For further information please contact Shane Corston at Shuswap Middle School.

2014-15 School Year Calendar
The school year calendar for 2014-15 was recently approved by the North Okanagan-Shuswap Board of Education. This calendar sets dates for such things as professional development days as well as vacations. To see the complete calendar please click here. It is also available in the Parents and Students section of our website. Click on District School Year Calendar.

Are you using Parent Connect?
Parent Connect is an on-line tool in the school district’s Central Information Management System (CIMS) that helps parents communicate with teachers and schools. Parents can review their child(ren)’s courses, marks and attendance and NEW THIS YEAR, parents can now “digitally sign” some district forms, including Personal Consent, Outside Media Consent, Verification, and Digital Citizenship. Please check it out!

Office . . .
The School District office, located at 220 Shuswap St. In Salmon Arm,  is open from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Monday to Friday. To contact the district office please call  (250) 832-2157.

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