Week of April 12

  1. Food Safe Course – Deadline for registration has been extended to  April 13. The course is April 22. 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. Subsidized cost to students is $66.50.  There is a minimum of 12 students required to maintain this price-the course will be cancelled if we do not get the required 12 students.  Register at the office.  You will not be considered registered until your fee is paid.  The minimum age to enrol is 14.  Community Members please see Community Events below to participate in this course.
  2. April 13 & 14 are early dismissal days. Buses will run 1 hour early.  Please call the office to book a time to meet with your child’s teachers.
  3. April 15 – 1:30 PM  A hip-hop artist, Art Starts Perfomance by Shawn Booth. Motivational TEDx speaker. Using his award-winning musical talent, he shares his captivating hip-hop biographies of heroes—like Terry Fox and Malala Yousafzai—so students come to realize the greatness we all have within. As a recording artist, his music videos have climbed the charts of MuchMusic’s Top 30 Countdown.
  4. April 21 – Deadline for Mother’s Day Spring flower basket orders.
  5. April 22 – is a Pro-D day – No students in school
  6. April 22 – Food Safe course – 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM there are no busses running so students must make their own way to and from school.  Bring a lunch and snacks.  This is a full day.
  7. April 29 – Sign up list on the bulletin board.  Registration day for Junior Golf. 3:30 pm at the golf course. Bring your $20.00 (see below)


The Orenda                                                                               The Revenant

The Illegal                                                                                     Ready Player One

An Abundance of Katherines                                                Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Old School

Now and Forever                                                                     Guinness Book of World Records 2016

Confessions of a Hater                                                           The Call of the Wild (graphic Novel)

Thing Explainer: Complicated Stuff in Simple Words           A Wrinkle in Time (Graphic Novel)

Zinn and the Art of Mountain Bike Maintenance              The Hobbitt (Graphic Novel)

Oxford Atlas of the World 2015                                           The Alchemist (Graphic Novel)

The Martian                                                                              The Kite Runner (Graphic Novel)

How to Like Yourself: A Teen’s Guide to Quieting Your Inner Critic

City of Thorns: Nine Lives in the World’s Largest Refugee Camp


  1. We are missing uniforms from both current and past SSS grads. Parents & neighbours PLEASE go through closets/drawers and recover uniforms and uniform shorts and drop them off at the school so they can go back into circulation. Thank you!


  1. April 13 & 14 are early dismissal days. Buses will run 1 hour early.  Please call the office to make arrangements to meet your child’s teachers on the early dismissal days Wednesday April 13 and Thursday, April 14 from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM  some teachers are available until 4:30.   Please contact teachers directly for discussions outside of these times.
  2. At the March 31 Public Facilities meeting  SD8 released a Draft Facilities Plan for 2016-2024 after months of input and consultation.  Please take a look at what will be coming Salmo’s way pending final acceptance of the plan.  Ron or Sacha can help with any questions you may have.  Here is a link to the draft plan:   http://www.sd8.bc.ca/Publ/SD8FacilitiesPlan-Draft1A-BoardWorkingSession-20160331.pdf 

    The draft plan feedback period is open from March 29, 2016 to April 30, 2016. The Board will debate a final plan on May 3, 2016 at the Nelson Board Office at 5:00 p.m. E-mail your comments and feedback to:   facilities@sd8.bc.ca

  1. SSS PAC meetings are held at 6:00 PM the first Tuesday of each month in the Library.
  2. The regular DPAC meetings will be held on the following dates:  April 21, 6:00 pm, May 26, 6:00 pm, June 16, 6:00 pm Parent Celebration.


The following menu is subject to change without notice:

  • Monday – No Students in School
  • Tuesday – Grilled Cheese
  • Wednesday – Chicken Caesar Salad
  • Thursday – Spaghetti
  • Friday – Ham Wraps with Hummus

The Cafeteria accepts cash or you can arrange with the Secretary to have a pre-paid tab on deposit that reduces for each lunch consumed.  All lunches are $3.00.  Please make cheques payable to Salmo Secondary School.


  1. Food Safe course -April 22 – 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM Location:  Salmo Secondary School – 9:00 am to 4:00 pm Please sign in at the office when you arrive. Cost: $95.00 includes text and certificate.  Register online at trailce@selkirk.ca or call 250-364-5770.
  2. Village of Salmo Council Meetings –  We are encouraging high-school students to attend these meetings to develop greater student input in village decision making. Regular Meetings are held on the following Tuesdays at 7:00 pm at the Village Office unless otherwise posed by the Village Office:  April 12, April 26, May 10, May 24, June 14, June 28, July 12, August 9, Sept 13..
  3. The Skatebowl is open Mondays and Fridays after school 3:30-5:00pm
  4. May 6th – the Salmo Valley Public Library Grand Opening 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM food and refreshments .
  5. Mr Doerksen’s grade 7-9 Leadership students will be canvassing the town for the Mother’s Day Spring flower basket fundraiser in the next couple of weeks. – Deadline for orders is April 21, 2016.
  6. April 29 – Registration day for Junior Golf.  There is a sign-up list on the bulletin board or call 357-2226 or e-mail sssclerical@sd8.bc.ca .  The fee is $20.00 payable at the Golf Course when you show up to register there on April 29 at 3:30 pm.  There will be 2 groups; one starting at 3:30 – 4:30 for beginner and 4:30 – for advanced. There is a possibility of getting a Golf Pro in for the more advanced juniors. Minimum age is 7.
  7. ParKour Salmo – Red Path Movement- April 23 & 24, 9am to noon for ages 6-14, 1pm to 4pm for ages 15+.  Cost:  $40/participant.  Maximum 20 participants per session – must pre-register to reserve your spot.  For more information contact Shawna@svycc.ca or 250-357-2320

Parent Satisfaction Survey

Dear Parents/Guardians of students in Grade 7, 10 and 12                                            

All throughout the year, School District #8  is participating in the 2015 Ministry of Education Satisfaction Survey Project, as are all other school districts throughout the Province. These surveys give us valuable information about what we are doing well, and areas for growth in our schools. Completing the survey takes about 10 minutes, and we appreciate your time to complete this useful tool.

Parents/Guardians can complete the Electronic Anonymous Surveys any time before midnight April 30th, 2016, providing immediate satisfaction level results to the school and the district.

To complete the survey:

  1. Go to any computer that has an up-to-date internet browser access at home, work, or school.  The following link is for parents only   https://www.awinfosys.com/surveyfull1/central/main/ParentSurvey.asp
    • You will not need a password or access code.
    • When you are answering the questions, please think about this school year.
    • Please click the circle that matches your answer
    • If you make a mistake, click on the new circle that you wish to choose.
    • Leave question blank if not applicable.
    • When you are finished the survey you will get a message “Thank you for sharing your views”
  2. If you feel you made a mistake, repeat the procedure above.
  3. Once complete, your school will have the results immediately

If needed, we have computers at the school which may be used to complete the survey.

If you need more information or would like to see the results for the District or your school, consult with your school principal.

Mr. R. Sherman

Facility Planning Public Meeting

“Education is our passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to the people who prepare for it today.”
Malcolm X

At the SD #8 Facilities Planning Town Hall held on Nov 26th, our community was invited to submit a Facilities Scenario to the Kootenay Lake School Board on or before January 6th, 2015. 

To help prepare for that submission, the administration of Salmo Elementary Secondary School invites you to a conversation about the vision, focus and future of public education in the Salmo Valley on Wednesday December 10th at 5:30 in the Salmo Secondary Foyer. Please bring your progressive, forward thinking ideas, and an open mind willing to share and learn from other interested community members.

Light snacks and beverages will be provided.


Below is a link to a full presentation:


Bring your ideas and join the discussion.

Ron Sherman, Principal




Lockdown Drill

Dear Parents and Guardians;
I am writing to inform you that our school will be participating in a Lockdown Drill next week. This is an important part of our safety and security management, and a requirement for all schools. The staff have met with the RCMP earlier this month, and are prepared to lead their classes in this drill.
The procedure for the drill will be as follows:

  1. Teachers will introduce the topic of a lockdown in the days leading up to the drill, using language and concepts which are appropriate to the age of the students involved.
  2. On the day of the drill, Corporal Riordan Bellman (or designate) will make a short presentation at a special assembly describing what will happen during the drill.
  3. Students will be dismissed from the assembly, and will return to their classes.
  4. Shortly after, the drill will begin with an announcement from the administrator that “We will now go into lockdown”. At this point, the RCMP takes over and inspects the building; all staff, guests and students are locked down.
  5. The drill will end when the RCMP inspects the building and releases the classes, beginning with the youngest students first.
  6. Teachers will debrief the drill with their classes, discussing areas they did well and where improvement might be needed. The school day will then continue as usual.
  7. I will forward to the teachers any feedback we get from the RCMP, to assist with future drills.

On Tuesday night we held a parent information meeting, and we received some valuable questions and thoughts which will help guide our process with this drill. Parents of young children asked us to be very careful with our choice of language, and discussion about the reasons we might need to lock our school down. Please know it is not our intention to scare anyone, or give them cause for alarm. This is best described “emergency hide and seek” to keep everyone safe.
It may be helpful for you to have a conversation with your child about safety, and why we practice to keep safe both at home and school.
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact either of us at the school

Mr. R. Sherman                       Mr. S. Kalabis
Principal                                    Vice-Principal

2014 Facilities Planning

Join in the discussion:

School District No. 8 (Kootenay Lake)


 November 17 Mount Sentinel School
 November 19 Winlaw Elementary School
 November 24 PCSS Auditorium

 November 26 Salmo Secondary School

 December 1 Trafalgar Middle School
 December 2 J.V. Humphries School
 December 8 Crawford Bay School
Meetings will be held from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. (local time)

The Board of Education is developing a long‐range facilities plan

 Best Learning Environments
 Sustainability & Stability
 Renewal
 Competitive & Effective Organization

Key Objectives of Town Hall Meetings:
 consult regarding the current state of all district schools and facilities;
 inform the public; and
 request ideas for potential changes to schools and facilities.

For more information contact: Kim Morris, Secretary Treasurer
250‐505‐7039 or facilities@sd8.bc.ca or http://www.sd8.bc.ca/?p=3507