School District No. 83 (North Okanagan-Shuswap) has partnered with the Human Early Learning Partnership (HELP) at the University of British Columbia to measure and promote children’s social and emotional development, health, well-being, and assets through the Middle Year Development Instrument (MDI). The Middle Years Development Instrument (MDI) is a self-report questionnaire that asks children in middle childhood about their thoughts, feelings and experiences. The MDI is the first survey of its kind to gather information about the lives of children both in school, in the home and in the community, from their own perspective. The survey questions align with the BC Ministry of Education’s K-12 curriculum, which includes a focus on promoting children’s personal and social competencies.

Grade 4 are invited to complete the MDI during class time between:

January 15th and February 21st, 2020.

For more information and to view the questionnaires:

Parent FAQs:

If you don’t want your child to participate please contact your child’s teacher, fill out the withdrawal form at the end of the parent/guardian informed passive consent letter, or contact the MDI project staff at

Parent Student Teacher Conferences

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Parent/Student/Teacher Conferences

Wednesday, November 20th from 2:00-5:00pm and early dismissal Thursday, November 21th  at 11:25 and conferences from 11:30am – 5:00pm

Rationale for K-8 Early Dismissal Model

AES will have early dismissal on Thursday, November 21th at 11:25 and buses will run early at 11:35 so there is more time to meet with parents and students for our parent/student/teacher conferences.

The BC Ministry of Education and our School District are in the midst of developing curriculum and reporting documents that better meet the needs of families. Our goal is to provide parents with a better way of understanding where their children are at in their learning journey.

Part of this change involves increased opportunities for parents to meet formally with teachers to discuss their child’s progress. To accommodate this change, AES will schedule an early dismissal day on Thursday, November 21th at 11:25 to provide some time for scheduled parent/student/teacher conferences. Additional conferences and times will be scheduled outside school hours on Wednesday, November 20th from 2:00-5:00 pm and on Thursday, November 21th from 11:30am -5:00 pm.

These conferences will provide an opportunity for parents to discuss their child’s areas of strength and needs and set a learning goal for their child’s continued academic and behavioral growth.

We know that community-building and establishing strong relationships between home and school are what promotes learning in the most fundamental way. Therefore, dedicating two hours of learning time over the course of a school year to parent/student/teacher meetings is a valuable use of instructional time. Research indicates that this method of reporting was found to be more meaningful and informative for teachers, parents, and students.

Parent Support Services of BC

Remembrance Day Gym Art Gallery

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Photo Orders and Picture Retakes

A reminder that photos orders are due on Monday October 28 at the latest. Orders can be dropped off at the office or completed online. Picture retake day is Wednesday Oct. 23.

Toonie Tuesday is October 22rd !

On Monday October 21 at 8:50 am , students from the SD 83 Leadership Program will be presenting about Toonie Tuesday. Our goal is to raise a toonie for every student and staff member in our school!

The amazing students and staff in our district have raised over $130,000 through Toonie Tuesdays!  

We have adopted villages or built schools in Sierra Leone, Ghana, Ecuador and rural China

Many local projects have made a big difference in our communities

Parent Information Session

A parent presentation on Understanding The Teenage Brain is being held on Monday, October 28 at 7 p.m. at the District Education Support Centre (DESC) in Salmon Arm.

Brain Coach Gary Anaka will lead this high energy, fun, surprising workshop which is full of hope and optimism for the future of all teenagers. This session is appropriate for parents, educators and students from Grade 5 – 12.

How can parents best support and meet the needs of their growing, changing adolescents? The teenage brain is different from any other brain in history, presenting many challenges. Discover why the adolescent brain is in turmoil, how to boost its plasticity, how the teen brain learns and works best, plus how to engage and communicate in relevant and practical ways. Learn leading edge, easy to apply ideas from Neuroscience to help unleash the potential of the teenage brain. Acquire skills on how to support them to become healthy, happy, life-long learning adults.

The more knowledge parents have about the adolescent brain, the more benefits can be passed on. If you want to help teenagers in today’s world, then you need to start with their brain.

Gary is a pioneer in Brain Health and Wellness. As a brain coach since 1997, he has presented over 1100 keynotes and workshops to people in all walks of life nationally and internationally.

Great September Start Up

Thank you to all of our staff, students and parents for a fantastic start up to the 2019-20 school year. It has been a pleasure visiting classrooms over these first two weeks. Our teachers are working hard at building safe and inclusive learning environments. As the saying goes… It takes a community to raise a child. This is true at AES and it is what makes it such a special place. I encourage you to talk to your child every day about what they are learning in school and to take advantage of every opportunity you have to participate in school activities. I look forward to seeing many of you at our upcoming Meet the Teacher /Open House Night on Wed. Sept. 24. We also welcome you to participate in PAC. Our first PAC meeting was Sept 11 however it is never too late to join us. The next meeting will be Oct 9 at 6:00 pm in our library. Please find attached the Newsletter that was sent home on Friday, Sept 6.

AES Owns it with Kindness

Hi and welcome to the 2019-2020 school year. We hope everyone had a safe, happy summer with many lasting memories and good times with family and friends. As we hope to maintain open communication with you at home, please continue to check our website and read our newsletters for information regarding school activities and important dates.

If your child is entering school for the first time, welcome to Armstrong Elementary!  Kindergarten students will be doing a gradual entry starting September 4, 2019.

For all our new and returning families, again, welcome!  Students in Grades 1 – 5 will be in school from Tuesday, Sept. 3 8:05 to 11:00 a.m.  Buses will be running to take students home on this day. 

The staff of AES are very excited for the start of another school year and AES is ready for the beginning of the school year!  Our custodial staff, clerical staff, and teachers have all spent many hours preparing and organizing the school and classrooms.  Thank you for your enthusiastic efforts.

Our PAC cares in a big way, works extremely hard and are so supportive of school programs and events. Watch for invitations to join and help support our amazing PAC.

Back to School Information

1. Office Hours

The school office will be open from 8:30 – 2:30, starting Monday, August 26th. Our secretary (Ms. Brown) and principal (Ms. Langston) will be busy preparing for a new school year and welcoming any parents/students who wish to stop by and say hello.

2. First Week of School

GRADE 1-5 STUDENTS will start school on Tuesday, September 3rd with an early dismissal at 11:00am.

  • RETURNING STUDENTS should line-up at last year’s outside line up area when the welcoming bell rings at 8:03 am. Teachers will bring student into the school and classrooms. The students will spend the first day in their last year’s classrooms, so we can determine who has moved away and who has recently registered.
  • NEW STUDENTS should report to the office when the welcoming bell rings at 8:03 am. From there they will be directed to the library with Ms. Manduca for our new student orientation.

Most likely, on Wednesday, Grade 1-5 students will be able to go to their classrooms for the year and meet their teacher(s). Class lists will be posted outside the parking lot entrance of the school when complete.

KINDERGARTEN STUDENTS will begin their Gradual Entry on Wednesday, September 4th. Kindergarten families received a welcome package at the Kindergarten Orientation Day in May. We have made a few updates to the gradual entry schedule to correspond with our new bell schedule. To view please visit Kindergarten Gradual Entry Schedule

3. School Supplies

Families with children in grades 1-3 do not need to purchase school supplies. The school has purchased school supplies, and families are charged a School Supply Fee to cover the cost of the supplies used over the course of the year. In grades Kindergarten and 4 & 5 we ask that parent purchase the school supplies. Please click here for the supply lists.



Supply lists are also posted on the windows by our parking lot entrance. In preparation for the first day, students will need to have a backpack and a clean pair of indoor runners (with non-marking soles) and personal computer headphones however we have  headphones students may borrow. Below is a link to Armstong Elementary School Supply Fee schedule for 2019-2020.


Have a wonderful summer, and we are looking forward to seeing all of the students’ smiling faces, in September!