Welcome Back !

School starts at 8:03 on Tuesday, September 7 for
students in grade 1-5 and dismisses at 11:07
. Buses run 3 hours early this day.

We can’t wait to see your smiling faces!

Start up Information

1. Office Hours

The school office will be open from 8:30 – 2:30, starting Monday, August 30th. Our secretary (Ms. Kate Gedak) & principal (Ms. Corrinne Langston) will be busy preparing for the new school year.

2. Registration

Are you new to SD83? – School District No. 83 (North Okanagan-Shuswap)

Welcome! New student registration day is being held Tuesday, August 31 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at all School District No. 83 (North Okanagan-Shuswap) schools.

Are you new to SD83? – School District No. 83 (North Okanagan-Shuswap)

If you aren’t sure which school your children should attend please click here or contact the school district operations department (250-832-9415) who will be happy to help. There are 2 elementary schools Armstrong Elementary Highland Park Elementary

Also, if your child will be taking the school bus please register with our transportation department at 250-832-9415. All families on bus routes should be receiving route stop and time information in late August. If you have not received yours by September 2 please contact the transportation department.

3 . First Week of School for Kindergarten

KINDERGARTEN STUDENTS will begin their Gradual Entry on Wednesday, September 8th. Kindergarten families received a welcome package at the Kindergarten Orientation Day in June. Kindergarten Gradual Entry Schedule link below: Gradual Kinder Entry Schedule

4. School Supplies

We charge a $35 school supply fee for school purchased student supply package. The school does a bulk purchase in the summer to help ensure prices are low, quality is high and items are consistent and what each teacher requires for their students. AES School Fee Link

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

Year drawing to a close

Welcome to the final few days! It has been quite a journey this school year.

Assistant Superintendent Ryan Brennan would like to extend his thanks to parents for their graciousness and understanding as the District has navigated its way through the tremendous challenges that the pandemic showered on the school year.

Just a reminder that Thursday, June 24th is the final day of school for our students. Students will be dismissed, and buses will be running, four hours earlier than usual.

“As the year draws to a close I’d like to say another special congratulations to our graduates, the Class of 2021. You have persevered and accomplished a great deal. Best of luck with your future endeavours.”

“I’d also like to say farewell to our retiring staff, and to the three District leaders who are moving on to new challenges. Thank you for your dedication to SD83 and the students we serve.”

“Also, a warm welcome to Donna Kriger, who will be joining our district in August as the new Superintendent/CEO of Schools, and to Mishel Quaal, the new District Principal of Indigenous Education.”

He noted that as planning continues for the 2021-2022 school year, they are optimistic that school will look very much like what we remember pre-pandemic. More information about what things will look like in the fall will be shared via the District website and social media in August.

He added that if you are looking for some summer time games and activities to help your children practice their literacy and math skills over the summer, SD83 staff have put together some activities for children from kindergarten to grade eight. Go to the drop-down menu entitled Parents and Students and look for Summer Learning Opportunities.

Also, there is a new K-3 Indigenous Summer Reading Boost Program, developed in BC and entitled Joyful Literacy, to support teachers and parents who want to help prevent their young learners of Indigenous ancestry from experiencing more reading loss when schools are closed for the summer break. This home-based and research-based program is comprised of 10 videos that teach parents how to teach and practice Foundational Skills (K-3) . Each video is supported with a handout package of over 100 games, activities, and read-aloud strategies. These videos and information can be found on the SD83 Indigenous Education webpage at https://ie.sd83.bc.ca/

Have a wonderful summer!

Talking to Kids about Residential Schools

This video is geared for parents and educators to learn how to talk to students about residential schools.

In support and with respect

You are welcome to wear an orange shirt tomorrow Monday, May 31 and any day beyond as we process the news of the remains of 215 children discovered at the site of former residential school in Kamloops. We will also be lowering our flag to half-mast.