Water Walk at South Broadview
The fourth annual Water Walk was held at South Broadview Elementary today with students from South Broadview and other nearby schools taking part! The purpose of the walks is to demonstrate to students the value of clean, potable water at the turn of a tap and create a world view understanding in our students of the challenges facing others in the world.
Many third world countries do not have access to clean drinking water and food may be scarce. Often, children and women are the ones trusted with the job of getting water for the family, often walking many kilometers to do so. The Water Walk gives students a meaningful experience of what this might be like. Funds raised through the Water Walks go towards the district’s annual Toonie Tuesday event. At last tally, the South Broadview Water Walk raised over $4700! Congratulations! Two more water walks are planned, both on October 25, at Silver Creek Elementary and at Highland Park Elementary.

Operation Safe Stop!
Operation Safe Stop is happening Friday, Oct. 21 around the North Okanagan-Shuswap School District during School Bus Safety Week, which runs Oct. 17-21.
Operations Manager Trevor Bettcher explains the goal of Operation Safe Stop is to educate drivers on the dangers of driving through the flashing lights of a stopped school bus.
He noted school bus drivers are noticing a trend for the worst when it comes to other drivers respecting and driving safely around school buses.
"We are raising this concern because eveyone knows someone that rides a school bus - whether it is their own child, niece/nephew, grandchild or neighbourhood child. We want to keep our kids safe."
A one day province wide blitz is set for Oct. 21. Our transportation department will have booths at several locations throughout the district (Askews in Sicamous and Armstrong, on inside booth and one outside booth at Piccadilly Mall in Salmon Arm and one in the City Hall parking lot in Enderby). Barney and Buster, the district's remote control mini buses, will be out as well as representatives from CVSE (vehicle inspectors), bus drivers, and leadership students.
Provincially, RCMP are also supporting the week by increasing enforcement. "Enforcement is necessary," comments Bettcher, "But, raising awareness and community support is the key."
Trevor says the plan is to have a school bus on display which people will be able to go on, a tent with coffee and doughnuts, and information on bus loading lights and what their function is will be available.
Drivers and student volunteers will explain the challenges drivers have with red light runners and other bus safety issues. There will also be colouring book handouts for children.
Please share the information about Operation Safe Stop and support the work our drivers are doing to keep students safe! This video highlights why Operation Safe Stop is necessary.  Check it out at https://m.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=Su6gnOloV_U
Operation Safe Stop is an Association of School Transportation Services of B.C. education initiative.

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Staying Connected
A message from Official Trustee Mike McKay
Please click here to read the Fall message from the school district's Official Trustee Mike McKay.

School Year Calendars
Wondering about holidays and days off for the upcoming school year? Click here for the  2016-17 calendar.

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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