P.L.A.Y Challenge

Play Shuswap is again hosting a fun event on BC Family Day weekend. SD83 Healthy Schools Coordinator and president of Play Shuswap, Laura Paiement, said last year the Family Day Play Challenge was such a success we decided to make it an annual event.

Join PLAY Shuswap and Salmon Arm Recreation, Enderby Recreation and Sicamous Recreation for a Family Day Weekend PLAY Challenge! Go to PLAY Shuswap on Facebook and submit a photo taken during Feb 18th-21st 2022 showing your household being active outdoors. See attached poster for fun ways to move outside with your family. There are great prizes to be won!

Thank you to the Province of B.C. for supporting this and other Family Day event.

Family Literacy Games Night

All K to 5 families are invited to participate in a virtual Family Literacy Games Night on Wednesday March 9th!

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Participating families will receive a free Family Literacy Kit (includes letter tiles, word cards, dice, and game boards) to use during the session, as families learn fun ways to support literacy skills at home. Interested families must register by Tuesday, February 15th so the kits can be ordered and sent home with students prior to the March 9th session. A huge thanks to LASS (Literacy Alliance of the Shuswap Society) for their financial support and partnership with this event.

Registration deadline: February 15th

Registration link: https://forms.office.com/r/8Pve8nyGid

*Games Night Zoom link and Family Literacy Kits will be sent home prior to the session

Updates to health check

Public Health and the Ministry of Education have recently updated recommendations and requirements around managing COVID-19.

Click on the link for the Daily Health Check and What To Do If You Are Sick document from public health. The Ministry’s K-12 Daily Health Check app/website is currently being updated and will be available soon.

The main message continues to be please stay home if you are sick, and to use all layers of protection available to you (vaccinations, hand hygiene, and masking). COVID-19 testing is no longer recommended for those with mild symptoms that can be managed at home. School COVID-19 Safety Plans (including hand hygiene and masking inside the school) remain the same.

There are some other changes, including how long someone with COVID-19 has to self-isolate. Please refer to the chart below:

In-person learning resumes

In-person learning will resume at Armstrong Elementary School on Monday, January 24, 2022.

Superintendent Donna Kriger notified parents on Friday, thanking them for the patience and understanding demonstrated during the past week’s functional closure.

“I am fully aware of the many hardships and challenges the functional closure caused you and your family.”


Functional school closure extended

Remote learning for students at Armstrong Elementary School will continue for the remainder of this week as School District No. 83 (North Okanagan-Shuswap) has determined that the school will remain on a functional closure.

“SD83 has continued to monitor the staffing situation at Armstrong Elementary School (AES) throughout the weekend. We were hopeful that a new week would result in new opportunities to have adequate staff within the school to support the instruction and safety of students,” reports Superintendent of Schools Donna Kriger in her letter to parents, but unfortunately this was not the case.


A functional closure of a school is a temporary closure due to a lack of staff to provide the required level of teaching, supervision, support and/or custodial to ensure the health and safety of students.

Kriger noted that families will be updated again on Friday, January 21, 2022 regarding the current situation at Armstrong Elementary School. “Thank you again for your patience and understanding as we navigate these challenging times together. I have great faith that even through difficult times we can continue to demonstrate the core values of care and respect for each other.”