School District #83 Career Programs held two recent MakerWay workshops.  In one session, 14 students built a cedar box and in the robotic session, 26 students learned how to program Lego Mindstorm robots.  Special thanks to woodshop teacher, Stephen Macinnis for his mastery in delivering the woodshop workshop and to Gearbots for the excellent robotics workshop!
Coming up . . .
Staying Connected . . . a message from Official Trustee Mike McKay
The next public board of education meeting is on Tuesday, January 9, 2017 at the DESC. Typically the agenda for the meeting can be viewed the Friday before the meeting. Please go to the drop down menu on this website and click on Official Trustee. Then go to Board agenda and minutes.
Please click here to read the November message from the school district's Official Trustee Mike McKay.

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.

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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Announcement from Province The Province has just announced it is providing $50 million for school districts (which works out to approximately $600,000 for North Okanagan-Shuswap School District #83) to begin hiring teachers and specialized staff in response to the Supreme Court of 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...