Student Photos Sept 25th

The following letter from our photographer was email out to parents today regarding student photos next week.

Hello South Canoe Families!

I am excited to be joining you for another year of fun as we capture memories and milestones together.

Individual photos will be happening the week of September 23rd. The exact date will follow as we see what the weather is looking like closer to that time.

Photos will be done outside again this year, in the wonderful natural school grounds.
I will also be offering 2 after-school photo opportunities for students who might need a little extra time to relax, in addition to an opportunity for siblings who might be attending different schools but would like to have outdoor school photos done.
My goal is to have your child feel relaxed during their brief time with me for their school portraits. If this requires a certain comfort item, meeting me ahead of time, or having me tell a favourite joke, I am open to it! Please feel free to reach out if you have any questions or feel that there is something to share that would help make their photo experience an enjoyable one.

Photo orders can be completed online again this year, but if you prefer a paper order form please don’t hesitate to ask for one. I have included a sample gallery, including print and package options and pricing. If I am missing your favourite print size or specialty item, please let me know as soon as possible so I can research it for you!
Image proofs will be available in galleries within 2 weeks after photo day.

I look forward to seeing you all soon!

Ihana Images
(250) 804-8778

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Welcome Back!!

Well it was a successful first day at South Canoe!  Thank you parents/guardians for getting your kiddos here.  Tomorrow will be our first full day of school (8:00-2:00) and we will be having our kindergarten students here for the first time.

Students will be bringing home some paper work for you to fill out.  Please get that done and sent back ASAP so we don’t have to nag you later 🙂


School Start-Up Information

We hope everyone has been having an amazing summer, and that all of the children are looking forward to starting a new school year!!

Here are a few things to keep in mind, as we approach the start of our new school year:

  1. Office Hours.  The school office will be open from 8:30 – 2:30, starting Monday, August 26th.  Our secretary, Mrs. Green, along with  Mr. King (Principal) will be in the school all week, preparing for a new school year and welcoming any parents/students who wish to stop by and say “hi”.  We do have some student report cards and personal items which were not picked up in June.  If you did not receive your child’s report card in June, feel free to stop by and pick up the report card.
  2. New Student Registration.  Registration for new students will take place on Tuesday, August 27th.  When coming to register your child(ren), please bring each child’s birth certificate and BC Services Card (or equivalent provincial medical card), .
  3. First Week of School.  The Grade 1 – 7 students will start school on Tuesday, September 3rd.  When the welcoming drum happens at 8:00, the students will line-up in the same spot as they did each day last year.  Students will spend the first day in grade groups, so we can determine who has moved away and who has recently registered.  On September 3rd, students will be dismissed at 11:00 am.  On Wednesday Sept. 4, class lists will be posted and students will be able to go to their classrooms for the year and meet their teachers.  Kindergarten students will begin their gradual entry on Wednesday, September 4th.
  4. CHEQ — Childhood Experiences Questionnaire — This questionnaire will be completed by parents of kindergarten parents while their child is with their teacher.  Ideally, we would like parents to be away from their child during this time so the children can feel what it’s like to be in class, without parents.
  5. School Supplies.  Families do not need to go out and purchase school supplies for their children.  The school has purchased school supplies for each classroom, and families are charged a School Supply Fee to cover the cost of the supplies used over the course of year.  In preparation for the first day, students will need to have a backpack and a clean pair of indoor runners (with non-marking soles).  To view a copy of the 2019-2020 School Fee Schedule, please click on the link below:

2019-2020 School Fee Schedule

Great Things Happening at South Canoe Elementary

-Students are spending a great deal of their time outdoors in many different learning environments. Still a lot of good reading, writing and numeracy happening.

-Teachers are just finishing administrating the S.N.A.C.C. which is the School District numeracy assessment which will give us a good baseline of how well our students are performing in numeracy and what we need to work on starting in September. They are also doing reading assessments to track student achievement.

– We’ve had some pretty amazing fieldtrips in the past few weeks, Canoe Creek Watershed Study, RJ Haney and now Kingfisher coming this week amongst many others.  I have noticed how much students have learned about the environment in these past months and how aware, knowledgeable and curious that have become about the world around them. Kudos to teachers for sharing their knowledge and organizing these opportunities, the invited guests to our school who have facilitated discussions and shared their passions for the environment, the natural world and all the living things that live around us, and to the parents who have accompanied us on fieldtrips to help make this a great learning environment for all.

– Check out the school garden – tucked on just South of the gym.  Thank you to our parent coordinator Clea Roddick for being the catalyst for this project as well as the work of students and staff. Its just the beginning!  Some great things growing!


Hiring is almost complete for September 2019.  Of course we had announced earlier that Jared King would be the new Principal.

– We have also hired Lisa Scott as a Kindergarten teacher. Mrs. Scott has worked in the capacity of a support worker this past year, but is a fully certified teacher. She enjoyed her experience at South Canoe and we are very happy to announce that she was the successful candidate for that position.

– Mrs. Elizabeth (Liz) Wilmot will be teaching the Grade (most likely)K/1 class or possibly a straight K this fall. She comes with a few years experience in this school district (other experience was in Terrace, BC) mostly at Parkview in Sicamous. We are excited to welcome her.

– Ms. Eberle Balfour will take on the Learning Resource Teacher role. Eberle is pleased to join the South Canoe team and will be working 0.9 of the time. We were lucky to have our time bumped up from 0.6 to 0.9 this coming year and to have Eberle join our staff.

– Mrs. Suzy Beckner will be returning once again in the role of Teacher Librarian. Suzy is an amazing team player and great with students. We are excited to have her back in this position.

A few more roles to fill:

–  Music teacher –  to be announced soon!

– A Grade 1/2 or Grade 1 teacher working 0.2 sharing (one day a week) with Emily Styles.  (Emily will be taking a one day a week leave next year and we are close to hiring a teacher to job share with her).

Hot Lunch

– We just had our 5th Hot Lunch Program of the year on Friday. I was away, but I understand that it was once again a real success.  Despite, electric breakers going and having to use stoves in two locations,  (we need that new kitchen 😉), the team came through once again.  Thank you again to our lead parents Serena Caner and and Corene Hunter as well as CEA Noemie Greenough who shared and helped prepare a recipe from her country of origin, the Philippines.  Again many parent volunteers and most importantly our student volunteer team.  Great work everyone!

Next week is a big week:

– Ride Don’t hide – Don’t forget to get sponsors for your child. Part of the funds stay at the school for a wellness project.  PAC will help make the decision on what that project should be.

– National Indigenous day on June 20th – Some great student workshops in the morning as well as “Lunch” is provided for students. A special thank you to Launa Rennie, our Indigenous Education Worker who applied for and received a grant to provide this day for students. She is the lead on this event with the help of some families and staff.

– Community Potluck and short student presentation on June 20th – 5:00 pm (bring your families, grandparents, etc… to our potluck. Hope to see many of you there!

The end of the year is only a number of sleeps away.  I will send out in a week or so, end of the year information as well as September start-up basics!

Have a wonderful week!


Community Hot Lunch!

On Friday, February 8th we had our first Community Hot Lunch at South Canoe Elementary.  It was fabulous!  Thank you to Corene Hunter for the amazing job of coordinating the volunteers and looking after the financial side of things, to Serena Caner for the delicious food and her skillset to create a lovely meal to feed our masses and also to thee parents who came to volunteer that day and who joined classes and ate with them.

Thank you to staff for supporting the event, to student Teams 3 and 4 for helping with food preparation, serving and clean-up and to all our students for their willingness to try something new. Everyone was well fed and even had an opportunity to go for seconds. We were served a choice of meat or vegetable soup as well as fresh baked buns and orange and apples.

We’re looking forward to the March 8th meal we will be sharing together!

Great Things Happening at South Canoe Elementary

Happy New Year Everyone! I thought that I would highlight some  of the great things that are happening at the school. We hope that you have had a wonderful Winter Break and that your child is off to a great start. For some, the first week of transition can be a bit more challenging, but we are hopeful that with a full week of routine under their belt that everyone will be at their optimal. The January to March time frame is the period of time for the best academic learning as relationships and trust have been build and all our aware of expectations. Thank you for continuing to provide reading opportunities for your child on a daily basis.

Please check the upcoming events on the side bar for a quick glance at what is happening from now until Spring Break. We are excited to present our Winter Concert at South Canoe Elementary on Thursday, January 31 @ 6:00pm.  More information to follow, but save the date and the time. All students will be involved in this presentation.

The proposal to expand to Grade 7 will be proposed to the Board of Trustees on Tuesday,  January 22. If any of you would like to join me, the meeting will be starting at 6:00pm.

PAC Meeting on Monday, January 21 @ 6:30pm. Child-minding provided. Agenda to follow later this week.

The School District Pirate Loppet takes place on Feb. 1. This fun race takes place at 10:30am. South Canoe plans to take part. A couple staff members will be helping with this event. Students from Grades 3 – 6 are welcome to participate as long as they are able to snowplow on some of the downhills. Students in Grade 1 or 2 may attend with a parent. Information for those interested will go home on Tuesday with your child. Please feel free to contact the office if you need more information.

Extra Curricular Clubs/Teams Happening at the School

Chess Club – Thank you to Geoff Styles for organizing this lunch time club. We have students from Grades 1 – 6 enjoying this opportunity and refining their moves.

Basketball Team – Thank you to Ceren Caner and Geoff Styles for coaching this mixed Gr. 5 and 6 team. They are practicing and getting ready for their first league game against some of the local schools.

Singing Circle – Thank you to Clea Roddick who has organized a once a week Singing Circle with our older students at lunch time. She plans on welcome students from other grade levels once it becomes well established.

Art Experience – Thank you to Michelle Atkins who came before the Winter Break to do some lunch hour drop in classes with some of our students.

Sewing Club – coming soon.  Thank you to Reina Tenveen who is sponsoring this opportunity for some of our older students.

Congratulations to parent and musician/songwriter Clea Roddick and teacher Ceren Caner who have applied for and received a grant from Arts Start in the amount of $2996.  Clea and other musicians will be working with Ceren’s class to create some songs that reflect the local area.  All other classes in the school will also get an opportunity to enrich their music experience as these musicians will also spend time with all our learners. Thank you Clea and Ceren for all your great work.

We are continuously trying to adapt to changes and challenges.  This past week we decided to try some inside eating days for students. The winter weather is making it more challenging for students to eat out. We are piloting some ideas. This week students played first, then came in at 12:05 to designated eating rooms to sit down and eat their lunch. Older students have been very helpful as lunch monitors. We are hoping that this helps students take a bit more time to finish their lunches.  We still plan to be eating outside once the weather becomes milder and the snow has gone. I’m sure more to follow on this one. 🙂

Have a wonderful January!

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have questions or concerns.

All the Best!



Winter Gathering

We invite all families to join us on Tuesday, Dec. 18 for the South Canoe Elementary Winter Gathering from 5:00pm – 7:00pm.  We invite families to drop in anytime during these 2 hours to be part of the festivities and try their hand at making decorations, cards, wrapping paper, beeswax candles, bannock, Metis Dance, start gazing and more.  The event will take place in and outside the school as well as at Mrs. Tenveen’s across the street. Teachers will be asking parents if they would like to help out for a 1/2 hour shift, giving the opportunity to volunteer, but also to enjoy the evening with their family.

There is not cost for the event, but we encourage families to bring an item for the Food Bank.

On Thursday, January 31 at 6:00pm we will be presenting a Caravan-Style theatre on the school grounds.  All classes will be involved in this presentation.  We look forward to sharing these evenings with all of you.