COVID-19 exposure at school

Interior Health has notified School District 83 (North Okanagan-Shuswap that there were COVID-19 exposures at Hillcrest Elementary on Oct. 25-26 with one class having to self-isolate until Nov. 5 and then self-monitor until Nov. 9. Two other classes are required to self-monitor until Nov. 9.

Beginning Tuesday, Nov. 2, the class which is required to self-isolate will pivot to learning from home for this isolation period. Staff will use Monday, Nov. 1 to prepare materials to enable the transition.

When there is an exposure, Interior Health will directly notify confirmed close contacts of the positive case with further instructions, including if they should self-isolate or self-monitor for symptoms of illness. If you are contacted by Interior Health, or receive a self-isolation/self-monitor letter, it is imperative that you follow their direction carefully. The most important thing for students and families to remember is that students who have any symptoms of COVID-19 should stay home and get tested.

Common symptoms of COVID-19 include cough, fever/chills, shortness of breath, and loss of taste and smell. Most people experience only mild disease.A small number of people may experience a more moderate to severe illness requiring hospitalization.

COVID-19 is spread by respiratory droplets when a person coughs or sneezes. It may also be spread by touching an object or surface with the virus on it, then touching your mouth, nose or eyes before washing your hands.

The Board of Education of School District No. 83 is committed to ensuring all of our students, staff and schools are safe. Please use all the layers of protection available to you.

Halloween Dress-Up Day

What a wonderful display of School Spirit on Friday Oct 29 for Halloween Dress-Up day. The costumes were amazing and it was so fun to see everyone getting into the spirit. With Halloween on a Sunday this year it is a great excuse to head out Trick or Treating early so that students are still able to get a good sleep before heading to school on Monday. Have a fantastic Hallween and don’t forget to STAY SAFE. Also, thank you for keeping Halloween candy out of your child’s lunches:)

COVID-19 exposure at school

Interior Health has notified School District No. 83 (North Okanagan-Shuswap) that a Grade 5 class at Hillcrest Elementary is being asked to self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms as a person in that class may have been exposed during the time period of Oct. 12-14.

The class is being asked to self-monitor until Thursday, Oct. 28. Students and staff can continue to attend school unless symptoms develop. Common symptoms of COVID-19 include cough, fever/chills, shortness of breath, and loss of taste and smell. Most people experience only mild disease.A small number of people may experience a more moderate to severe illness requiring hospitalization.

COVID-19 is spread by respiratory droplets when a person coughs or sneezes. It may also be spread by touching an object or surface with the virus on it, then touching your mouth, nose or eyes before washing your hands.

When there is an exposure, Interior Health will directly notify confirmed close contacts of the positive case with further instructions, including if they should self-isolate or self-monitor for symptoms of illness. If you are contacted by Interior Health, or receive a self-isolation/self-monitor letter, it is imperative that you follow their direction carefully. The most important thing for students and families to remember is that students who have any symptoms of COVID-19 should stay home and get tested.

The Board of Education of School District No. 83 is committed to ensuring all of our students, staff and schools are safe. Please use all the layers of protection available to you.

Halloween Costume Day

As Halloween falls on a Sunday this year, students can choose to wear a Halloween Costume to school on Friday October 29. If you choose to wear a Halloween Costume please ensure you…

  1. Keep fake weapons (ie. swords, daggers, guns, etc.) at home and save them for Halloween night
  2. Keep blood and gore to a minimum – not too scary please
  3. Keep Halloween masks of any type at home and save them for Halloween night
  4. Choose a costume that is respectful of all individuals and cultures
  5. Choose a costume that will not interfere with learning

Students who do not want to wear a costume can show their school spirit by dressing in black and/or orange on this day!

As for Halloween candy, we believe in healthy eating at school. Therefore, we respectfully request that Halloween candy be consumed at home and not school. 

Thank you for your support!

Apple Order Pick-Up

Our Davidson Orchard Apples are arriving this week! Orders can be picked up according to the schedule below at the Multi-purpose Room door near the North East corner of our main parking lot.

Please wear a mask and remember social distancing when arriving at the door.

Pick-up Times:

Wednesday Oct 20 – 5:00 to 6:00pm

Thursday Oct 21 – 8:15 to 8:45am

Thursday Oct 21 – 5:00 to 5:30pm

Thank you for your support!

Purdys Chocolate Fundraiser

It’s that time of year again! Our Purdys Chocolate Fundraiser is on now with orders due by Friday November 12.

We get up to 25% back in fundraising profit, and you get chocolates made in Canada with premium quality ingredients, and sustainable cocoa!

In an effort to go green this year, we will not be sending home paper catalogues with all of our students as the products can be viewed online through the website below. If you don’t have access to the internet or would still prefer a paper catalogue we do have a few available in the office.

To view the full catalogue and place your orders online, click on the direct link below to our Hillcrest Fundraising page. Orders will be available for pick-up on Thursday Dec 2 and Friday Dec 3. THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!

ORDER NOW: https://fundraising.purdys.com/1374902-87280.

Online registration for Kindergarten

Want to register your child for Kindergarten but want to do it online? Starting next week you can!

Beginning Tuesday, October 19 an online registration option will be available for parents registering their child for Kindergarten in September 2022.

Parents wishing to access this online tool should call their catchment area school, which will give you a link and information about registering. This will include a phone number for a Help Desk in case you run into any difficulties.

Not sure which catchment area you are in? Click here

New to SD83 and looking for more information? Click here

SD83 plans on expanding this online service to include all grades in January 2022.

Ministry seeking feedback

The Ministry of Education is seeking feedback from parents/guardians on its draft K-12 Student Reporting Policy.

Director of Instruction Carol-Ann Leidloff comments SD83 is pleased to share the draft K-12 Reporting Policy, recently released by the Ministry of Education. “This follows four years of work across the province, where schools have worked to align teaching and assessment practices with our renewed curriculum.”

“The SD83 Parent Guide to Communicating Student Learning will help you understand the rationale behind some of the changes, and to clarify what information will be shared during each reporting period.”

Please read through both the Parent Guide and the Draft K-12 Student Reporting Policy, then share your feedback with the Ministry by November 5, 2021.

The SD83 Parent Guide to Communicating Student Learning

Draft K-12 Student Reporting Policy

Read more from the Ministry here: https://engage.gov.bc.ca/govtogetherbc/consultation/studentreporting/

Go directly to providing feedback by clicking here: https://feedback.engage.gov.bc.ca/944758

Kindy registration 2022

Do you have a child who will start kindergarten in September 2022? Welcome!

Registration for regular kindergarten and the district’s two programs of choice opens at 9 a.m. today and remains open for the rest of the school year. We are looking forward to welcoming you and your child to North Okanagan School District No. 83!

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

All Kindergarten registrations completed on Tuesday, October 12th are treated as “equal”, so there is no need for line-ups on that day. Registrations received after October 12th, 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 

In case you need it, here is a list of our elementary schools (click on the school name and the email address will pop up) and their telephone numbers.

Armstrong Elementary – (250) 546-8778
Bastion Elementary – includes English kindergarten & Early French Immersion program – (250) 832-3741
Carlin Elementary Middle – (250) 835- 4520
Falkland Elementary – (250) 379-2320
Grindrod Elementary – (250) 838-7579
Highland Park Elementary – (250) 546-8723
Hillcrest Elementary – (250) 832-7195
M.V. Beattie Elementary – (250) 838-6434
North Canoe Elementary – (250) 832-4950
North Shuswap Elementary – (250) 955-2214
Parkview Elementary – (250) 836-2871
Ranchero Elementary – (250) 832-7018
Salmon Arm West Elementary – (250) 832-3862
Silver Creek Elementary – (250) 832-8282
Sorrento Elementary – (250) 675-2311
South Broadview – (250) 832-2167
South Canoe Elementary – Outdoor Learning Program – (250) 832-3122

New Route for Terry Fox Run

This year students in grades 3-5 tried out a new route for our Terry Fox run. They ventured out on the recently upgraded trail from 20th St SE to 10th Ave SE (below the powerlines). K-2 students ran our traditional Field/Harrison Hill loop at the school. As an added treat this year, each student received a delicious apple donated by DeMille’s Farm Market (THANK YOU DEMILLE’s!) when they finished their run. It was a wonderful afternoon with lots of positive energy and excitement in the air as we did our best to continue what Terry Fox started.

Thank you to Mrs. Kehl for all of her work organizing the run for us again this year. I would also like to thank Trustee VanBuskirk, our amazing parent volunteers, and our fantastic staff for making sure all of our students were successful and stayed on course. We will be announcing our fundraising total next week. Way to go Hillcrest!