Welcome back!

Hope everyone had an enjoyable Winter Vacation. Welcome back to school on Monday, January 6, 2020. The upcoming months are busy ones in schools as the important work of helping students’ learn continues. At the district level, important planning/consultation sessions are taking place as both long range facilities planning (LRFP) …

Natural tree blocks

They may look like pieces of trees . . . okay they are pieces of trees . . . but they are also for fun and learning! A teacher on staff at Sorrento Elementary School, Camille Kellie, likes to have many natural elements in her classroom for her young students. …

Encouraging gardening

Each year the Grindrod Garlic Festival sponsors a $500 grant to a local school. This year the Garlic Festival received five applications for its one grant. Instead of just picking one winner, they went out and found other groups that would support the other applications! Ian Richardson, a member of …

EDI in February

In February 2020, Kindergarten teachers at all School District No. 83’s elementary schools will be given a questionnaire called the Early Years Development Instrument (EDI) to complete about each of their students. The EDI is a questionnaire that includes questions on children’s social and emotional development, health and well-being, language …

Meeting time changed

The School District No. 83 (North Okanagan-Shuswap) Board of Education meeting for Tuesday, December 17 will begin at 5 p.m. rather than the typical 6 p.m. A lengthy agenda, and wishing to deal with items in as timely manner as possible, are the reasons for the early start. Just some …

Music Challenge finalist

Hillcrest Elementary’s performance of Wolves Don’t Live by the Rules has earned them a top 10 finalist spot in CBC’s Canadian Music Class Challenge. There were two entries each from Hillcrest Elementary and Bastion Elementary in the challenge, which attracted over 1,200 videos featuring more than 50,000 students. On December …