Year draws 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

Have a wonderful summer!

Importance of Attendance

Dear parents/caregivers,

As we begin our second semester at Al Fortune this school year, I would like to remind everyone of the importance of showing up everyday. Regular school attendance is the key to enabling students to maximize the educational opportunities available to them and become emotionally resilient, confident and competent adults who are able to realize their full potential and make a positive contribution to their community.

We do understand that there are many reasons that a student may not be able to attend school everyday. This is especially true during the Covid-19 pandemic. Please continue to make sure your child is completing the health checklist before coming to school. We would like to do our best to support families to ensure students can be at school as much as possible and reach their full potential. Here are a few things that we are going to be doing next semester.

· Teachers will be reaching out to families of students with unexcused absences to make sure that families understand what work is being missed.

· We will be sending an anonymous survey to our students to find out if there are ways we can support them in improving school attendance. (Please email Mr. Matheson if you would not like your child to receive this survey).

· We would also like to remind parents/caregivers that if you know your child will be absent, it is important that you let us know. Please phone the school in the morning and leave a message (250) 838-6431 or email Tracey Castle . This will ensure that you do not receive an e-mail or call from your child’s teacher.

Thank you for your support in making sure that your child comes to school as much as possible even if it may be difficult.