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SNES News - June 5-9


What a week?! Talent shows, band performances AND Jump Rope for Heart. There are some big thank yous to people who made these events possible. Although the whole staff work together to put on these special opportunities for students, we do have a few people to mention:

Christy Pretty (parent) who provided the students with a professional sound experience during the talent show. She came in with all the equipment to support the performers and the audience.

If you did not see the staff band, you missed something amazing, thanks to Mr. Marsh, Ms. Lehnert, Ms. Sparks and Ms. Bonikowsky for inspiring us all and the rest of the staff that jumped into our own version of Go Your Own Way, by Fleetwood Mac.

 Additionally, all the staff supported the stations for Jump Rope for Heart, but it was Ms. Lehnert who put together the plan and organized our amazing Gr. 8 buddies to run the stations. What an event, a final total will be announced next week when we count up all the donations.



  1. Please find attached the parent input letter for the 23/24 school year. Please read the information and respond directly to me with Parent Input in the subject line.
  2. Trafalgar Carnival – see attached
  3. Mt. Sentinel Academy Showcase flier – see attached


Upcoming Events

June 7 – Gr.2-3 field trip to Grohman Narrows

  • Gr. 5 Parent information meeting at Trafalgar – 6:00 – 7:00 @ Trafalgar Middle School

June 9 – Gr. 4/5 – Ms Bonikowsky – field trip to Cottonwood Lake

June 15 – Family Fun Night – 5:30-7:30

June 16th – ALL school technology to the Library – tech department will inventory

June 20 – Trafalgar Family of Schools Event – see attached flier

June 20-  PAC – 6:30

June 21 – First Peoples Day

June 22 – Gr. 5 celebration at Kokanee Park or Trail Pool

June 22 – Evening Time TBD – District offering – Parent Engagement #8: Physical Activity and its Role in Student Health

June 26th – Crazy Sports Day – with Gr. 8s from Trafalgar

June 28th – Final assembly with good byes to Gr. 5s

June 29 – Last Day of school for students

June 30 – last day of school for staff



(Please post these flyers and information to your community bulletin boards!)


On behalf of Academy PM, we would like to extend an invitation to attend the end of year showcase coming up next week.  See details below and attached.  Our students and staff are very excited to celebrate the learning they have been doing together this semester.  We hope that you will also forward this invitation to our District Senior Leaders and staff, as well as the Board of Education.  Our students and teaching team are very excited to share their work with our community at the Capital Theatre – we hope you can join us! Please see the attached poster!!


With appreciation,




2023 Young Men's Rites of Passage:
“As our world continues to get shaken up, our young men are in need of guidance and connection now more than ever before. Simultaneously – the world is in dire need of mature, healthy, confident young people to lead us into a brighter future.” A 6 day/5 night once-in-a-lifetime wilderness adventure to honour, celebrate and support your son in travelling the pathways to adulthood.

Event Details:
Date: August 22nd-27th
Ages: 14-18
Location: Penddoreille River Ranch (Salmo, BC)
Cost: $750-$950 (sliding scale - all meals included)
Mentors: Tanin Shunter, Eric Twitty, Sean Phelps, Terrence Buie
Capacity - 12 participants
Limited scholarships available for families in need
All meals included

See poster for more details or go to: to learn more and register.

2023 Boys' Summer Camp

Looking for opportunities for your son to unplug from screens this summer and reconnect with the magic of Mother Nature? Wanting to offer him a chance to make new friends, learn from caring mentors, discover more about himself, the natural world, and make memories to last a lifetime?

Kootenay Rites of Passage is thrilled to announce this year's Boys' Summer Camp hosted on the gorgeous 300 acres of Pend D’oreille River Ranch & Regenerative Farm - located just outside Salmo, B.C.

Program Details: Date: July 2nd-5th Ages: 10-13 Location: Penddoreille River Ranch (Salmo, BC) Cost: $380-$450 (sliding scale - all meals included) Program size: 12 boys Mentors: Tanin Shunter, Nathaniel Snider, Alex Bodogan Limited scholarships available for families in need All meals included

See poster for more details or go to:

to learn more and register.








Dear School Leaders (PVP),

You have been invited to Foundry Virtual! We offer free and confidential mental health, substance use, and other services online for young people, aged 12 and 24, living in BC. Through Foundry Virtual, you can connect online with our Foundry Virtual Service Providers and attend a large variety of groups

Download the iOS App:
Download the Android App:
Don’t have a smart phone , no worries! Use the web app:



Resources (Angela Murphy)

Speak Up, Wonder Pup 

Breathe Up, Wonder Pup 

Listen Up, Wonder Pup 

Talk Yourself Up, Wonder Pup 

Step Up, Wonder Pup



Mental Health Act Toolkit for Youth (ages 0-19)

Interactive video page that explains rights and options for youth (and their families) who need to stay in hospital for mental health treatment.



QCHAT (ages 25 and under)

Phone/chat peer support to LGBTQ+ persons, with online directory of support services and resources. Hours: 6pm - 9pm all nights except Friday.

Contact: Toll-free: 1-855-956-1777, Text: 250-800-9036


YouthSpace (ages 30 and under)

Free, confidential online chat/text support network. Hours: 6pm - 12am PST, everyday.

Contact: Text 778-783-0177





KELTY Mental Health for School Professionals


The BC Children's Health Promotion Team and Kelty Mental Health Resource Centre provide resources and information to people working to support mental health in the school community including teachers, counsellors, administrators, district staff, community partners and support staff.


In this section, you will find resources for teaching and learning about mental health and well-being in school communities. This includes key resources and lesson plans for supporting social emotional learning in your school community, information on teaching students about mental health literacy, and resources to foster teacher and staff well-being. You will also find stories about great work happening in school districts across the province in the Spotlight Video Series.


For an overview of the supports and resources we offer to school communities and how to contact us, please see here.


EASE at Home (Everyday Anxiety Strategies)

It can be hard for adults to know what to say or do to ease a child’s worries, especially during times of change and uncertainty. As the most important big people in their world, parents and caregivers can help children feel safer and soften the sharp edges of whatever is making their worries grow.







SD8 in the News



This week’s news roundup (Justin Baumgartner was busy): (Creston Valley Advance – Black Press) (My Nelson Now – Vista Radio) (The Nelson Daily – Lonesheep Publishing)


Also attached are excerpts from the June edition of the East Shore Mainstreet. I just highlighted what mentioned SD8 schools.




Very Warmest Regards,


Jann Schmidt


Principal South Nelson Elementary School

Kootenay Lake School District #8


(250) 354-4139

We cannot always build our future for our youth, but we can build our youth for the future.
F.D. Roosevelt
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