The North Okanagan-Shuswap School District and the Bands of the Secwepemc Nation (Adams Lake, Little Shuswap, Neskonlith and Splatsin) took part in a signing ceremony of the Local Education Agreement (LEA) immediately after the Board of Education meeting on Thursday, July 13. An LEA is an agreement between one or more First Nations bands and a provincial school board for the purchase of educational services by the First Nation for its status students attending schools off reserve. In 1994 the school district and First Nations bands signed their first agreement. This is the third LEA signed by the two groups and is in effect until July 12, 2022. The LEA gives Bands greater participation in education of the Bands' students and helps the Board provide educational programs that are appropriate to the cultural and linguistic heritage and a continuing source of satisfaction and pride for the Bands and for the School District. Seen at the signing table (from left to right) are Duane Manuel of Neskonlith Band, Kukpi7 (Chief) Paul Michel of the Adams Lake Band, Official Trustee of the North Okanagan-Shuswap School District Mike McKay, George Dennis of the Splatisn Band and Wes Francois of Little Shuswap Lake Band.

New to the school district?
Are you new to the North Okanagan-Shuswap School District? Welcome to our district!
If you have not yet registered your child for school, new student registration is being held on Tuesday, August 29th from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. at all of our schools.
Not sure which school your child will attend? Contact our Operations department (250 832-9415) or click on the yellow bus on our website and follow the online prompts!

Kindergarten registration . . . planning ahead!
Do you have a child who will be starting kindergarten in September 2018? Welcome!
We just wanted to make everyone aware that the kindergarten registration date, typically held in April of each year, is being moved forward and is being held in October instead. This year registration for kindergarten September 2018 will be on October 2, 2017 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at elementary schools throughout the district.
Director of Instruction Carl Cooper explains the earlier date allows for more accurate planning and is more equitable.
If, by the way, you are new to the area and have not yet registered your child for school, new student registration is being held on Tuesday, August 29th from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Not sure which school your child will attend? Contact our Operations department (250 832-9415) or click on the yellow bus on our website and follow the online prompts!

Major overhaul of bus routes . . .
Just a reminder that the school district's transportation routes are being substantially changed for the 2017-18 school year. If your child is a bus student please watch for the postcard from the school district in your mail near the end of August. If you do not receive one please call Operations at (250) 832-9415 or click on the yellow school bus on the front of our website at www.sd83.bc.ca and follow the online prompts! It would be very helpful if people could ensure their child's school has their correct mailing address and email address, either through Parent Connect or by checking with the school. Thanks!

School Year Calendar
The 2017-18 North Okanagan-Shuswap School District Contacts & Calendar is available here.

20170613_111422_0.pngCheck out our newsletter!
Lots of good things are happening in North Okanagan-Shuswap School District. Check out just some of the things our students are doing in the SD 83 Newsline
Just a few of the stories featured this month are a musical mentorship at Hillcrest, Grindrod's bike adventure, and students winning awards in provincial and national competitions!

20170621_84507_0.pngStaying Connected with Official Trustee Mike McKay . . .
The June 21, 2017 edition of Official Trustee Mike McKay's newsletter to the community, Staying Connected, is now available by clicking here.

StrongStart for newborns to age 5 and their parents or caregivers
Our District StrongStart program is now closed until September.
StrongStart is a free school-based program that provides play-based early learning opportunities for children (0 to 5 years old) and their parents or caregivers. Click here for brochure.
 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. There are also part-time programs at Sorrento, Carlin, Falkland and North Shuswap.
“We are so fortunate to have such an awesome team of Early Childhood Educators!” comments Early Learning Co-ordinator Jennifer Findlay.
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.

Office Hours . . .
The District Education Support Centre (DESC) is located at 341 Shuswap St. SW in Salmon Arm. Summer office hours are 8 a.m. to 12 noon and 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. The office is closed from noon until 12:30 p.m. Regular office hours, which resume September 5, are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. We can be reached at (250) 832-2157.

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District News(8)

Upcoming Board Meetings The schedule for Board of Education meetings has been determined. Official trustee Mike McKay approved, with a few exceptions, that board meetings will be held on the third Tuesday of the month rather than the second. The exceptions include September and Full Story...

Multi grade class report An indepth White Paper looking at assessing student learning in multi-grade classrooms was presented to Official Trustee Mike McKay at the June 13 meeting of the North Okanagan-Shuswap Board of Education. A digital copy of the presentation is available he Full Story...

Report on Transitions A White Paper on school transitions and its impact on achievement was presented to Official Trustee Mike McKay on June 13 at the regular meeting of the North Okanagan-Shuswap School District. The complete report is available here. [Image:District 83 Nort Full Story...

Strategic Plan Working Group Update June 13, 2017 Strategic Planning Process Update: On Monday, May 8th, incoming Superintendent Peter Jory joined the two dozen members ofthe Strategic Planning Working Group in support of the on-going development of the District’sStrategic Plan. The work Full Story...

Change of Superintendent for September 2017 Superintendent seeking new opportunities [Image:20170410_81355_0.jpg]It will be a time for new beginnings for the North Okanagan-Shuswap School District #83 this September. Superintendent Glenn Borthistle announced Monday that after 23 years with the scho Full Story...

Special Advisor's Report A complete copy of the June, 2016 Special Advisor's Report is available here. [Image:sd83-report-20160603.pdf] Full Story...

Student Accident Insurance available North Okanagan-Shuswap School District No. 83 does not provide accident insurance coverage for student injuries that occur on school premises or during off-site school activities.~ Accidents can and do happen.~ Some injuries incur medical, dental or other Full Story...

E.R.A.S.E. Bullying Website Every child deserves an education free from discrimination, bullying, harassment, intimidation and violence. The ERASE (Expect Respect and A Safe Education) Bullying website, www.erasebullying.ca, is here to help. This provincial website includes online a Full Story...