The amazing students and staff at North Shuswap School have done it again! With the most recent donation to the pediatric ward at Royal Inland Hospital in Kamloops, they have now made, and donated, over 1,500 toques.  The "Lids from Liam" project started at the school after a classmate died in an accident in September, 2015. One class of students started knitting as part of the grieving process and soon the whole school was joining in. The toques have been donated to hospitals and to those in need.

Seeking input on school configuration in Sicamous . . . (updated Feb. 23, 2017)
Key factors about each of the three options being considered for school configuration in the Sicamous area, as well as current ideas for improving the viability of the secondary program, are outlined in this document. Please consider this information and then answer this short survey to give your input on what school configuration you feel would best serve the Sicamous area and on ideas to help improve the viability of the high school in Sicamous. Click here to answer survey. Thanks for your valued opinion!

Staying Connected . . . a message from Official Trustee Mike McKay
The next public board of education meeting is on Tuesday, February 14, 2017 at Eagle River Secondary School at 6 p.m. Immediately following the public board meeting there will be a community consultation meeting to look at an alternative to the K-12 School which was researched by the Sicamous K-12 Task Force.
Official Trustee Mike McKay explains since the K-12 Task Force report was completed, a number of important variables have changed, and as a result of the many developments last spring, he has asked the Task Force and the senior leadership team to provide their thought on another option. This option would be to configure Parkview Elementary as a K-5 elementary school and include early childhood services in the school building and to configure Eagle River as a Grade 6-12 school and ensure there is a strong "middle" years focus. More information and the rationale can be found in McKay's February Staying Connected newsletter. Everyone who is interested is invited to attend this meeting, which will be held at Eagle River Secondary School on February 14.
Please click here to read the February 2017 message from the school district's Official Trustee Mike McKay.

Important meeting for parents interested in registering their child(ren) in French Immersion . . .
Parent information meetings for the school district's early and late French Immersion Program will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 28 at 7 p.m. at Bastion Elementary (early immersion) and Shuswap Middle School (late immersion). It is essential for all parents interested in the French Immersion programs to attend the information meeting pertaining to their child on February 28 at 7 p.m. If the numbers work out then registration will be taken at this meeting. If the numbers do not work out, we will continue with registration on Wednesday, April 5th, 2017, from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. Registration will take place at the District Education Support Centre (DESC) located at #341 Shuswap St. SW, Salmon Arm on a first come, first served basis.

School Year Calendars
Wondering about holidays and days off for the school year? Click here for the  2016-17 calendar.
Work is currently being done on the 2017-18 calendar and it is expected to be going to the March 14th Board of Education meeting for approval. A draft can be seen by clicking here. If you would like to provide input about the draft calendar please email your comments to cpratt@sd83.bc.ca .

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 (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, Falkland and North Shuswap.
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.
 “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. The 2016-17 StrongStart schedule is  available here.

Office Hours . . .
The District Education Support Centre (DESC) is located at 341 Shuswap St. SW in Salmon Arm. Regular office hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. We can be reached at (250) 832-2157.

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Hiring bus drivers North Okanagan-Shuswap School District is actively recruiting new bus drivers to transport students within the district and on field trips. If you are interested, or know of someone who is interested, please share the information in this attached document Full Story...

Seeking input on school year calendar A draft of the 2017-18 school year calendar has now been determined. If you would like to provide input about the proposed calendar please email your comments to cpratt@sd83.bc.ca. by March 7, 2017. It is expected the calendar will be going to the officia Full Story...

Change to Board Meeting Dates & Locations At the October public board meeting, Official Trustee Mike McKay mentioned moving some of the board meetings in the spring to different locations throughout our district. The intent of this is to provide greater opportunity for community access and engage Full Story...

EDI Data Collection Early Learning Coordinator Jennifer Findlay would like to make parents of Kindergarten students aware the district is once again taking part in UBC's EDI data collection. A newsletter explaining about this tool to measure early learning development is att 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...