Wellness Project: Speaker #2 Dr. Sean Larsen

On Monday and Tuesday, October 25 and 26, Dr. Sean Larson will be presenting to our school on the importance of sleep, connecting to others and anxiety. Dr, Larsen is the second of three guest speakers who are supportinng our Ready To Learn intiative. We are focusing on having our students Ready to Learn so they can be Engaged to Learn. This month the focus was on nutrition and the 30 DAY NUTRITIONAL CHALLENGE has a few weeks left to go! After Christmas our second challenge will focus on getting a good night’s sleep!

Ministry seeking feedback on reporting policy

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

Background Rationale

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

Powerful Experience

With shovels in hand, the students of our school went to work Tuesday, Oct. 5, planting 215 trees adorned with orange ribbons — one for each child found buried at the site of the former Kamloops Indian Residential School.
Property owner, Barb Craven, opened the ceremony by welcoming Chief Wayne Christian and gifting him tobacco which he offered in the “four directions” as he gave thanks to the land.
Christian then thanked our LWMS students for their act of recognition. Students put into action the concept of being an ally. It was a powerful day!

Parent session on Oct. 25

You are invited to attend a parent session on Understanding Anxiety on Monday, Oct. 25 at Len Wood Middle School gym.

Drawing on neuroscience, clinical research and over a 15 years of clinical experience, Dr. Sean Larsen will help you to better understand your child’s anxiety and provide key strategies to manage it. Dr. Larsen has worked in child and youth mental health for nearly 20 years. He has worked in a variety of settings including inpatient mental health, outpatient mental health, youth corrections and addictions. Sean has spoken nationally on mental health topics of anxiety, attachment, suicide prevention, digital media, and sleep.


Message from Superintendent – mask mandate expands

An important update to the Public Health Communicable Disease Guidance for K-12 Schools and the Provincial COVID-19 Communicable Disease Guidelines for K-12 Settings was announced on October 1, 2021 by Minister of Education Jennifer Whiteside and Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry. Superintendent of Schools Donna Kriger would like to inform parents about this change and to update everyone on the notification process for school exposures.

Update to face coverings mandate

The provincial government has announced that beginning Monday, October 4, 2021, all students in B.C. schools will be required to wear a mask when inside a school building, including while at their desks and on buses. This builds on the existing guidelines that currently apply to all students in grades 4-12.

“We recognize that some students in grades K-3 may not be accustomed to wearing masks, as a result, school staff will spend October 4 helping children adjust to this change, with the goal of building mask wearing into student routines by Tuesday, October 5th. We suggest you send your K-3 child to school with a clean mask and a spare mask that they are used to wearing. Schools will have disposable masks available,” she reports.

As a reminder, provincial guidance advises that mask requirements do not apply to staff, students and visitors in the following circumstances:

  • A person cannot tolerate wearing a mask for health or behavioural reasons;
  • A person is unable to put on or remove a mask without the assistance of another person;
  • If the mask is removed temporarily for the purposes of identifying the person wearing it;
  • If the mask is removed temporarily to engage in an educational activity that cannot be performed while wearing a mask;
  • If a person is eating or drinking;
  • If a person is behind a barrier; or
  • While providing a service to a person with a disability or diverse ability where visual cues, facial expressions and/or lip reading/movements is important.

Change to notification process for school exposures

The provincial government also made a change to the notification process for school exposures, directing local health authorities to begin posting general school exposure notifications to their websites. Exposure notifications for our school district and the Interior Health region more broadly can be found on the Interior Health school exposures page. For a helpful overview of the contact tracing process visit the BC CDC website.

“Thank you for your continued support.”