Help SD83 plan for next five years!

Parents, guardians, caretakers, students, staff, and community members are urged to take part in a survey to begin the process to renew SD83’s five-year strategic plan.

Superintendent of Schools Donna Kriger comments it is her immense privilege to lead the strategic plan process and renewal, which will guide the school district’s work over the course of the next five years. “The development of a new strategic plan involves high level visioning that will provide a roadmap to guide the direction of SD83. Our desire is to create a strategic plan which will enable students within the district to thrive academically, socially, emotionally, and culturally within school environments that support their ability to learn, succeed, and feel a sense of belonging.”

The survey is open now and will remain open until 11:59 p.m. on January 16, 2023.

Flags at half mast on Tuesday

Flags at SD83 school will be flying at half-mast on Tuesday, Dec. 6 to mark The National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women.

It has been over 30 years since the murder of 14 young women at Polytechnique Montréal (December 6, 1989). This act of violent misogyny shook our country and led Parliament to designate December 6 as The National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women.

This day is about remembering those who have experienced gender-based violence and those who we have lost to it. It is also a time to take action. Achieving a Canada free from gender-based violence requires everyone to educate themselves and their families and communities on gender-based violence, centre the voices of survivors in our actions and speak up against harmful behaviours.

More information is available here
Premier’s statement on National Day of Remembrance

Family Affordability Funds

Student and Family Affordability Fund
To support students and their families who are feeling challenged with the rising costs of living, the B.C. Ministry of Education and Child Care has provided School Districts with one-time targeted, special grant funding through the Student and Family Affordability Fund.
Funding support available
Funding support is meant to offset increased cost of living expenses and will be allocated toward school-related expenses incurred during the 2022-2023 school year.
Eligible expenses include:

  1. School Fees (to include any outstanding school fees, cultural fees, and/or fees related to a family’s inability to cover extra-curricular fees, co-curricular fees, or field trips).
  2. Supplies (to include necessary school supplies, clothing, or footwear).
  3. Food and Basic Necessities (to include food vouchers, groceries, medication).
  4. Transportation (to include fuel costs or gift cards).
    Request support
    To request support at any time during the 2022-2023 school year, please contact the school in confidence. You can call the school office at 250-836-2831 and talk to Nancy and Sandra. You can also call and talk to Mr. Chapman, or email the following:
    Mr. Chapman (Principal) – lchapman@sd83.bc.ca
    Mr. White (Counsellor) – cwhite@sd83.bc.ca
    Ms. Moody (LRT) – smoody@sd83.bc.ca

Remembrance Day at ERS

Parents and Guardians of Eagle River Secondary School:

I wanted to send this note home as an information item as well as a request. Our Remembrance Day Ceremony at Eagle River Secondary takes place tomorrow, and as a school we are walking down to the cenotaph for the ceremony. There will be veterans and students leading the event, and it will be an important reminder of what those before us have sacrificed, and what others are now doing to allow us to be free and safe in this amazing country.

The reminder is that it is supposed to be cold, and we are hoping that you will ensure that your child leaves the house tomorrow with appropriate clothes. Winter jackets, proper footwear, hats that cover their ears and some gloves will be imperative for their comfort on a day that is supposed to be below zero from start to finish. There will not be staff staying behind at the school so all students will have to attend the ceremony. Please send them ready for the event.

The request is that you do not sign them out or give them permission to leave the event because they do not see the value. Though this event will be serious in nature and not an event based around fun, it is extremely important that young people hear this message, and know what November 11th is really about.

We truly appreciate your support.

Lyle Chapman – Principal – Eagle River Secondary

Teen assaulted in Sicamous

SD83 would like to make parents and students aware of an incident which took place in Sicamous on Friday afternoon.

According to an RCMP press release a 14-year-old youth was sexually assaulted near Parkview Elementary School and Parkland Mall in Sicamous.

Sicamous RCMP say the victim, a 14-year-old youth was walking with her 13-year-old friend when the assault occurred on October 21 at 4:30 pm. They were approached by an unknown man who asked them, Hey, do you know… Without finishing the sentence, he grabbed the 14-year-old. Both youths began screaming and the man released his grip allowing them to be able to run away.

Police are now looking for the man who is described as: Caucasian, approximately 40 years of age, no facial hair, wearing a black toque, black zip-up jacket, and sunglasses.

These youth did everything correctly by screaming and running free. They were able to provide a description of the man. We commend their bravery, says Sgt. Murray McNeil in the press release, in charge of the Sicamous RCMP Detachment. Anyone with information on the incident, or who may have been in the area, is asked to call the Sicamous RCMP at 250-836-2878.

Superintendent of Schools Donna Kriger adds because of the concerning incident in Sicamous, a letter is being sent home to parent/guardians/caregivers and supports are being put in place in Sicamous schools. She is also asking that parents/guardians/caregivers please have a conversation with their child(ren) regarding what to do if approached by a stranger.

View RCMP Release Here