Community Engagement Sessions on Saturday
Official Trustee Mike McKay and the district's senior leadership team held community engagement sessions in Salmon Arm (at Shuswap Middle School) and Enderby (at A.L. Fortune Secondary School) on Saturday. At the sessions McKay noted that input from all four sessions will be considered by the Senior Leadership Team and recommendations for moving forward will be forthcoming, some possibly as early as the December 13 board meeting.

Opportunity for a few more students in Gateway to Trades Program
North Okanagan-Shuswap School District Career Education Supervisor Mark Marino reports there are still a few spots open for students who may want to seize the opportunity to take part in the Gateway to Trades Program being offered at Eagle River Secondary School starting in January.  The 12-week, Gateway to the Building Trades Program is designed to provide students with both practical and theoretical experience in a wide variety of building trade sectors. Students will gain the first hand knowledge necessary to make an informed choice about a career in the trades. Students will learn practical skills and industry requirements for a variety of trades and also how to access training, apprenticeship, and employment.

Staying Connected
A message from Official Trustee Mike McKay
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 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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Vapour Products - Request for Feedback The District policy committee is asking for feedback on proposed changes to Regulation 1060.01R - Smoking, Tobacco and Use of Vapour Products In and On School District Property in response to the September 1, 2016 changes to the legislation. Input from md Full Story...

Executive Assistant career posting EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT TO THE SUPERINTENDENT The North Okanagan-Shuswap School District invites qualified individuals to apply for the exempt staff position of Executive Assistant to the Superintendent of Schools. The successful applicant will be respons Full Story...

Transportation update At the Board of Education meeting on Tuesday, Secretary-Treasurer Nicole Bittante was pleased to report to Official Trustee Mike McKay that as of Oct. 25 the school district received the $561,925 which the district had applied for under the Ministry of Ed 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...

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