Workshop for parents, collecting history and more!

Workshop for parents, collecting history and more!

Do you remember the earlier years of the Indigenous Education program?
We would love to hear from you!

Do you have recollections of what the SD83 Indigenous Education Program was like 10+ years ago? If so, we would love to hear from you! We are doing a project to capture the essence of the early days of the Indigenous Education program and how it has changed over time. The final report will be posted on the SD83 website before the end of June 2021. Your participation is anonymous. SD83 Indigenous Education Department is looking to collect some “institutional memory” of our long running program and we’d like to hear from you! District Principal of Indigenous Education Anne Tenning said they would like to capture these memories now before too much time has passed.” It also gives the program something concrete to reflect on in the next 10-20 years, as well as helping the district to identify new goals to work towards.” If you would like to share your memories please click on the link below.


Expanding students’ horizons through culinary arts

The teaching kitchen at Salmon Arm Secondary (Sullivan) is a place where students learn about foods from around the world, make healthy and well-presented food from scratch, set goals, meet standards, and explore their artistic nature! Sounds like a lot? Check out this story on what former Salmon Arm Secondary student, and current teacher and chef, Nimmi Erasmus and her students are creating!


Parents . . . want to learn about career education for your teens?

Wondering how to start a career conversation with a young person in your family? Looking for tools to help your youth discover the career of their dreams? is facilitating a one-hour interactive virtual webinar to help parents and caregivers support youth as they explore career options. This virtual event, slated for May 4 or 6 from 7 to 8 .m. and co-hosted by SD83’s very own District Career Principal Reid Findlay, is designed for parents of grade 9-12 students wanting to enhance their career coaching skills and gain exposure to tools to help with their youth’s career path.

Board considering options for Salmon Arm area for LRFP

The next steps for the SD83 Long Range Facilities Plan, focussing on the Salmon Arm area is under consideration by the School District No. 83 (North Okanagan-Shuswap) trustees and will be discussed at the upcoming virtual Board of Education meeting on April 20, starting at 6 p.m. At a Committee of the Whole meeting earlier this month trustees discussed the long-range facilities plan commenting that with no “perfect option” they need to decide what they feel is the better solution, make a decision, and move forward so that staff can begin planning.

Looking for Homestay Families

Are you looking for an enriching opportunity? How about hosting an international student? For more information call SD83 Homestay Co-ordinator Sandra Rhodes at (250) 804-7828. More info available by emailing or check out the website at!


Application to be a Homestay Family

BC Tomorrow Program going strong

A program that helps students understand the process of sustainable planning to balance land-uses such as agriculture, oil and gas and forestry with ecological integrity, which was all put into motion nearly 10 years ago by SD83 teacher Dave Ramsay, is still growing and going strong!BC Tomorrow is a planning tool. By looking at past and present landscape imagery, students can see changes that have taken place in the past. They can also see what happens when certain changes are made, or not made, and see the impact this has on the environment and society. The students also take an active part in the program as they can also collect, geotag and save water sampling data, images, videos and other observations use and share with other users of the program.


Kindergarten, programs of choice registration is open!

Do you have a child starting kindergarten in September? Welcome!Just a reminder that registration is open for the upcoming 2021-22 school year for kindergarten, early French immersion, late French Immersion (Grade 6) and the outdoor learning program. To register your child please call the school beforehand to set up an appointment for you to visit and complete the registration process (COVID-19 protocols are in place).


Locker decorations at Len Wood Middle

The Tye Dye Tigers have been working on locker painting since the Christmas break at Len Wood Middle School. The students work on painting the lockers each Thursday afternoon. Principal Denise Moore comments some of the lockers are still in progress but it is amazing the joy it is has brought to the school hallways. “We are grateful for their creativity and the fresh look that it has given to our old lockers!”

Cooking with Culture at Shuswap Middle School

At Shuswap Middle School, Indigenous Education Workers (IEWs) Kaeli Hawrys and Theresa Johnson have facilitated an eight-week after-school Cooking with Culture program. Students learn how to create healthy meals and even come home with talking points for dinner conversation!  Indigenous peoples all over the world have recognized the importance of sharing a meal together and the sense of community it creates. Each week the students create a meal from a recipe they provide, then take home a hot meal to enjoy with their families.

Easter Bunny visits North Shuswap Elementary!

Look who came hopping down the bunny trail and made a unexpected visit at North Shuswap Elementary on April 1.
The Easter Bunny (a North Shuswap mom) surprised all 100 plus students with a little gift to enjoy before the holiday weekend!

Thank you for the donation!

Over the summer the Salmon Arm Staples raised $2,247.59 in donations for Back to School. These funds were used to purchase six Chrome Books which were recently donated to SD83 schools!

Thanks to Salmon Arm Staples for their donations to our schools and students!

Brightening up trail!

Michelle Howe (Youth Family Worker) and Sheila Hamilton’s grade 7/8 class from Len Wood Middle School painted rock ‘easter eggs’ just before the holiday and then placed them on Taylor’s Trail in Armstrong. Howe explains this type of giving back to their community is a key part to students’ social-emotional development. “They rocked it,” adds Howe. The class ask that people look at the “eggs” but leave them for others to enjoy.

Art work on display at DESC

On a regular basis, art work from our schools is displayed at the SD83 District Education Support Centre (DESC). However, with the pandemic, there are not too many people coming to the DESC, so a few of the many beautiful and creative pieces of art work are being shared in the Newsline! Being featured this month is art work from students at Education Outreach, Parkview and Ranchero.

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