Second positive case

 Dear Staff and Families, 

This letter is to inform you that we have had our 2nd confirmed case of COVID at the school, this time with one of our CEAs who works in our Gr.3/4/5 class.  We wish our staff member a speedy and safe recovery and want her to know our thoughts are with her and her family.  As with my case, she will be self-isolating and working with Interior Health with contact tracing to make sure that those who may have been exposed are contacted.

Only the health authority can determine who is a close contact. If you are contacted by Interior Health Authority, please follow their advice. If you are not contacted by Interior Health Authority, it has been determined that you (if you are a staff member) or your child (if you are a parent/guardian) is not at risk of developing COVID-19.

As always, the safety and well-being of our students, families and staff remains our highest priority.  Now that we have had two positive COVID cases, we are strongly considering the possibility of moving all students to online learning for the next week or so to assure the health and safety of our community.  Superintendent Peter Jory, the Ministry and I will be discussing this option tomorrow and will let you know by the end of the day (Friday) if that is the plan moving forward.  

Please make arrangements for child care next week just in case we proceed with this option.

The school will be remain open tomorrow (Friday Jan 15); however, if keeping your child home is an option you may certainly choose to do that.  If students are at school, they will be outside a lot and physical distancing will be maintained.

I know that all of this is extremely difficult for everyone and was not what we wanted to happen.  But I want to let people know that I have seen this school community’s true colours come to light with your outpouring of love and concern for me and my family, and for those staff members who continue to work hard at this time.  Please know it’s not easy for them.

If you have questions or concerns about COVID-19, please call 811. 

I truly appreciate you all.

Jared King,
Principal – South Canoe Outdoor Learning School

Scholastic Book Fair!

November 24-26 South Canoe Outdoor Learning Program is having their Scholastic Book Fair! Here are the ways you can shop!

  1. Book and appointment to shop after school at https://signup.com/client/invitation2/secure/197014261453510055/false#/invitation
  2. Shop online at our virtual book fair at https://virtualbookfairs.scholastic.ca/pages/5138989
  3. Send money with your child to shop at school.

Thanks to Ms. Suzy for setting this up for everyone and happy shopping!

Parent/Student/Teacher Goal-Setting Conferences Nov 19

Just a reminder that this Thursday November 19th there are Goal-Setting Conferences for parents and students along with their teachers. This conference will be the first reporting period for students. The focus of this conference is on the progress of the student, strengths and needs for improvement, and setting one or two goals that the student can work on. The meetings are relatively short (15-20 mins) so please keep conversations on track and on the student. If there are other things you would like to discuss with the teacher please make an appt for another time to discuss as this time is for reporting on the student.

Thank you so much for your support and willingness to meet, whether via Teams or face-to-face. If you are meeting face-to-face we will make sure that safety protocols are being followed and met by all parties.

And a reminder that dismissal is at 11:07 am on Nov 19.

Cheers,

Jared King

Principal

Kindy registration opens on Tuesday

 SD83 Kindergarten Registration 2021-22 

To Parents/Caregivers, 

We are looking forward to welcoming you and your child to North Okanagan School District No. 83! Due to COVID-19, there are some changes to the Kindergarten registration process this year: 

1. Kindergarten registration will open at 9am on Tuesday, October 13th and remain open for the rest of the school year. 

2. You may choose to register in-person at the school or online. 

3. Registering in-person: Please phone the school and make an appointment to come in and complete the paperwork, as only one family at a time can be in the school office area. 

4. Registering online: Please email the school to request the online registration link. 

5. You will need to register at your child’s catchment school (based on your physical address) or specialty school (Bastion – Early French Immersion or South Canoe – Outdoor Learning). To access our catchment school locator tool or find out more information about our specialty schools, Click Here

6. Any parents/caregivers requesting a cross-boundary consideration will need to follow these steps:

a. Register at their catchment school (in-person or online) 

b. Complete a cross boundary request form 

c. Have the form signed by the catchment school’s principal 

d. Take the form to the principal of the requested school (for cross-boundary consideration in the spring) 

7. All Kindergarten registrations completed on Tuesday, October 13th are treated as “equal”, so there is no need for line-ups on that day. Registrations received after October 13th, will be date/time stamped and treated on a first come, first served basis. This information will be used to determine placement IF catchment area schools or programs are full. Students with siblings already registered in a Program of Choice (French Immersion or Outdoor Learning) will be given priority if there is limited space.

If you have any questions about the Kindergarten registration process, please contact: Jennifer Findlay, District Principal, at jfindlay@sd83.bc.ca 

Lots of great things to say about our school…

Here are a couple of links to interviews that our very own Geoff Styles and Ceren Caner did no too long ago for CBC. Have a listen!

Geoff’s interview — go to about 1 hour 20 minutes to start

Ceren’s interview — go to about 1 hour 58 mintues to start

https://www.cbc.ca/listen/live-radio/1-110-daybreak-south/clip/15790948-okanagan-realtor-hot-market-a-woman-kamloops-searching

Lost and Found! The honeymoon is over…

I’m going to try this for our lost and found this year as items are already appearing. On a regular basis I will hang some lost items by the pick up/drop off lane. After a few days if they aren’t claimed I’ll add them to a bag that will be donated. So please have a look when you come by and if you see something that belongs to your child take it.

And for the love of all that is good in this world, please label your child’s clothing 🙂

Cheers!

Re-opening info for StrongStart Program

We are looking forward to welcoming our North Okanagan-Shuswap StrongStart families back to our programs starting on Thursday, October 1st. StrongStart is a free early learning program for preschool children, 0 to 5 years old, and their parent or caregiver. There will be COVID-19 guidelines in place at all programs to ensure the safety of our families, StrongStart educators, and school community. 

REGISTRATION: 

  • Registration for all SD83 StrongStart programs will open on Thursday, September 17th, 2020 and will be ongoing 
  • If your child was previously registered in a StrongStart program in our district, please call the school to indicate that you and your child are interested in attending the StrongStart program again this school year 
  • If your child is new to StrongStart, please phone the school to request a time to come in and complete the registration process 
  • Interested families will need to choose one program to attend as we will not be supporting participation at multiple programs due to COVID-19 

Click here for complete information