November 8th Early Dismissal for Parent, Teacher and Student Interviews
An email was sent to families that describes how to book online through Parent connect your interview time for November 8th! Students will be dismissed at 11:30 and buses will run early. You can book times with your student’s Core teacher and as other staff too! Administration, Denise Brown and Will Fazan, our Counselor, Doug Smith, LRTs, Cora-Lee Baker and Andi Silver and our ISP Teachers, Trinity Southworth and Fresia Gamin. will all be available November 8th! Interviews are available from noon until about 7:30 pm.
Through X Block students are required to take an ADST course (grades 6 and 7) or an Arts course ( grade 8) . X Block offers students the chance to explore three courses. Students will find out all three choices for X Block October 15, 2018. Knowing that grade 8 students are given their choices first, then grade 7 and then grade 6, as well as satisfying the required course, switching of X Blocks will not be something that occurs easily this year. We surveyed and carefully created the lists for each course. We are hoping students will enjoy their X Block and if parents feel there is a strong concern then parents can connect with administration to discuss the situation. Thank you for helping your child understand the process and embracing their three X Block courses!
A request….could families provide Headphones for students?
If possible, please supply headphones for your child to keep at school. With technology being such a large part of our curriculum and students using their own devices, school IPADS or school Chrome Books or our desk top computers…we are struggling to have enough headphones. As well, it is much more sanitary for students to use their own. Thanks so much!
X Block Starts- October 9th!
Students will be starting their first X-Block October 9th! This is a chance for students to be in multi-age groupings learning about special interest areas! Our staff have all chosen areas of passion to share …this is an award winning program.
Presentation for Parents and Students on Helping to Create Safe and Inclusive Schools and Communities!
Robb Nash Project
Grade 7 and 8 students will be heading to the Performing Arts Center on Tuesday or Wednesday to hear the powerful music and words of Robb Nash.
The Robb Nash Project is explained as …..It’s not complicated. We love playing music and we took that passion and used it as a platform to talk about serious topics that are often hard to talk about. We’re not afraid to talk about our mental health and how we’ve overcome our own struggles. We tell stories of hope and stories of tragedy, making sure to balance the two. We travel from coast to coast sharing this message and starting these conversations. This is our mission and there has never been a more important time than now. The website link is https://www.robbnash.com/ We are hoping this is a powerful experience for our students!
Orange Shirt Day
Our Assembly on Friday September 28th was very emotional and powerful. The guest speakers were Residential school survivors and although we had learned about the experiences at these schools- to hear the memories was very sad. The students created their Heart Garden and we had the ALF and LWMS groups drumming. The assembly ended on a positive note- we have hope for the future. Here are a few photos!
September 23rd, 2018 Ms. Clinaz and Ms Dunstan (thank you ) have been hosting lessons to help our students understand the history behind this important day. The video link below was shown and a discussion about the generational effect of residential schools followed.
In addition, students are making hearts with a message related to their feelings and these hearts will be put in planters to create a heart garden in our foyer. At 10:30 September 28th, we will be hosting the district Orange Shirt Day Assembly. Class reps will bring the hearts forward during the assembly. Special guests will be speaking including Chief Wayne Christian and Gerry Thomas. Our hope is to help promote the message that EVERY CHILD MATTERS. We encourage our students to wear an orange shirt and we will provide orange ribbons for those that want to acknowledge their support without the t shirt. Parents are invited to attend.
Extreme Team Fundraising for Terry Fox!
Students amazingly raised $1775.36 for Cancer Research through pledges and collecting donations. One group of energetic girls even hosted a bake sale! Wow! What an Extreme Team effort! Mr. Inkster was our leader for this event (Yeah Mr. Inkster) and due to rain the actual run was postponed until Sept. 27th. Thank you to all that are volunteering to keep the run route safe for our students, on Thursday. Above is a photo of a bulletin board…students are dedicating their run to someone who has been affected by cancer and is in the student’s heart.
Hot Lunch Information!
LWMS Family Barbecue September 19th
Hoping all our families will joins us on Wednesday from 5-7 for Hamburgers ($5.00) or hot dogs ($4.50)! It will be a chance to meet our staff, other families, tour the school and also meet with your child’s teacher and team! We are looking for volunteers to help out during the day for food preparation. (See poster) Barbecue
As well the Armstrong Boys and Girls Club will be present to inform about programs they offer. They also have a local food bank and they tell us the shelves are bare…..so we are encouraging families to bring canned food donations.
Looking forward to meeting our Extreme Team Families…see you Wednesday!
A HUGE Thank You to Superstore and Saputo
We are so grateful to Superstore and Saputo for their generous donations to our breakfast program. Our breakfast program feeds many students each day and is run by Carrie Player who is a volunteer!
Parents, youth (13 years and over), school district staff and community members are invited to view the well known documentary “Angst – Raising Awareness around Anxiety” and have an opportunity to explore the topic of youth anxiety with a panel of local experts on Tuesday, Sept. 18 from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.at the District Education Support Centre (DESC) in Salmon Arm.
Angst is a film that explores anxiety its causes, effects and what we can do about it. Anxiety disorders are the most common mental health challenge, with age seven being the median age of onset, according to the World Health Organization. While anxiety disorders are highly treatable, only one-third of those suffering receive treatment. Everyone involved in the development of “Angst” has a personal experience with anxiety – from the producers to the interviewees.
The filmmakers’ goal is to have a global conversation and raise awareness around anxiety. Angst features candid interviews with kids and young adults who suffer, or have suffered, from anxiety and what they’ve learned about it. The film includes discussions with mental health experts about the causes of anxiety and its sociological effects, as well as help, resources and tools.
Immediately following the showing of the documentary a local panel of experts will host a question and answer session.
This documentary is brought to you by: School District No. 83 (North Okanagan-Shuswap) and community partners; Salmon Arm Daybreak Rotary, North Okanagan Shuswap DPAC, Shuswap MLA Greg Kyllo, CMHA – Shuswap-Revelstoke, and the Shuswap North Okanagan Division of Family Practice.