Matching Fund & Last Days

We are grateful to each person and family who contributed to our $25,000 goal for the 5:1 matching fund. We have achieved our goal and are thankful for this $150,000 that will go toward our operations. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Two and a bit weeks are left of school and due to Covid, our year end events are a little different this year. Please take note of the following items on our calendar:

Mon June 21 at 1:15 pmGr 7-12 Awards and Grad Recognition. This will be livestreamed for families to watch during the event or later viewing.

Tue June 22 – Fri June 25 – Gr 10-12 please see calendar for class and exam schedule.

Wed June 23 – No hot lunch

Thu June 24 at 1:15 pmK-Gr 6 Awards. This will also be livestreamed for families to watch during the event or later viewing.

Mon June 28 – Field trip to Moberly Lake. This will replace our traditional sports day and lunch will be provided to all students by our Parent Committee.

Tue June 29 – Report cards handed out. School dismisses at noon. There will be no shuttle bus to town at lunch so please plan to pick your child(ren) up at the school at noon.

Flag at Half Mast

Dear Families,

Our flag is at half mast to honour those who suffered trauma and harm at the former residential school in Kamloops, and their families and communities who are mourning. The recent discovery of the remains of 215 children is a grim reminder of the trauma of the residential school system and the impacts that remain in our province today. To show respect and in memorial, we encourage our staff and students to wear orange this week.
Remains found at Kamloops residential school ‘not an isolated incident,’ Indigenous experts and leaders warn | CBC News

"One of the most painful tasks of Canada’s seven-year Truth and Reconciliation Commission was an attempt to quantify the sheer number of Indigenous children who died at an Indian Residential School. The commission ultimately determined that at least 3,200 children died while a student at a Residential School; one in every 50 students enrolled during the program’s nearly 120-year existence. That’s a death rate comparable to the number of Canadian POWs who died in the custody of Nazi Germany during the Second World War."
Why so many children died at Indian Residential Schools | National Post

As a school community, our heart breaks over the injustice and wrongs done to our Indigenous brothers and sisters. It is our goal to portray Canadian history accurately in our classrooms, humbly acknowledge historical wrongs done and understand and attempt to mitigate the ones that persist today. We wish to support our students and families who are deeply impacted by this story and ask that those needing assistance reach out to us. There is also a National Indian Residential School Crisis Line to provide support for former students and those affected. Emotional and crisis referral services can be accessed by calling the 24-hour national crisis line: 1-866-925-4419.

With respect,
Kristin Atherton

Pitch In 2021

Serving our community is an important part of our school culture. We encourage all our students to participate with us for Pitch In 2021. We will be picking up garbage this coming Tuesday, June 1.

K-Gr 2 will be on our school grounds
Gr 3-4 will be in the Dokie Subdivision
Gr 5-12 will be on Hwy 97 between the school and town

Please ensure each student has appropriate footwear (there will be wet sections along the highway), clothing and sun protection (hat, sunscreen, sunglasses). Gloves and safety vests will be provided.

Parent assistance for Gr 3 and higher would be helpful so please let a teacher or staff member know if you are able to participate along with us.

Extra encouragement to participate will be house team points for each student participating, as well as a freezie treat at the end.

Have a great weekend!

Support Resource

On May 7, 2021, the Province of BC announced the launch of the Foundry BC app, which offers young people aged 12 to 24 and their caregivers access to integrated health and wellness services. Visit the Foundry Virtual BC web page to download the app or to access the web portal online. You can then drop-in or schedule a virtual counselling appointment, find peer support, join a youth group or caregiver group or browse the library of tools and resources.

Free Berries!

We are looking for people who would like to adopt 1, 2 or more rows of haskap plants in our school orchard for this season. You will weed your rows twice (late May/June and again July/August), pick berries as they ripen (1-2 pickings) and enjoy the rewards! To sign up, please contact Cheryl Widdicombe by text at 250-788-6576 (cell) or call 250-788-3494 (home).

Field trip tomorrow

Our field trip to Moberly is tomorrow! The weather looks like it will be lovely and warm. We will be outside and by a lake and fire.

Please ensure your child(ren) has:
– a sack lunch
– a full water bottle
– sunscreen and/or hat
– good footwear and clothing

K-Gr 6 students will be away from school from about 8:45 – 12:15.
Gr 7-12 students will be away from school from about 10:50 – 2:30.

Our bus will run as normal.

Top Sellers for Mom’s Pantry Fundraiser

THANK YOU to everyone who supported our Mom’s Pantry Fundraiser – we raised $1638.21!!

Originally the top 3 sellers were to receive prizes (Crazy Beans Bistro gift certificate), however, a fourth student was so close that we decided to give her a prize too.

Excellent Job on Your Total Sales:
Charlotte Neuman $1039.80Tucker & Jackson Strachan $532.80
Alayna Sorell $387.90
Leah Bond $349.80

Again, thank you to ALL of the 24 student sellers and the lovely ladies who organized & ran this fundraiser 🙂

Updates & Events

Hello Everyone,

Happy May! Can you believe it? Our staff and students have been taking advantage of the warmer weather and doing more activities outdoors.

Illness: A big thank you to students and parents forstaying home/keeping kids home, when someone is not feeling well! We are thankful to have had very few illness symptoms at school and not spreading viruses among our students and staff. Please continue to send clean masks with Gr 4 & up to school and encourage continued hand washing and not sharing items with their classmates. The end of the year will be here soon and hopefully September looks a little different than now.

5:1 Donations: Another thank you goes to everyone who has supported our 5:1 giving offer. So far we have raised $10,850 of our $25,000 goal (turning into $150,000 for our school). If you have not yet had a chance to support this, you can e-transfer the school some funds (cash or cheques also work) and mark it as donation. Every bit counts!

Shuttle Bus: A reminder that there is not to be food or drinks (other than water) while on our bus between town and PCS. It is both a safety and cleanliness concern. Our bus is a great service for our students/families and we want to do everything we can to ensure it stays safe and viable for the future.

Tribute: As a school we would like to pay tribute to Margaret (Peggy) Geuder for the contribution she made to the lives of many young people through her lifelong teaching service. She taught with School District 59 and then Peace Christian School, followed by serving as secretary and librarian at PCS. She was also a volunteer in several community groups in Chetwynd, making life better for others around her, as she lived out her faith in Christ Jesus. Peggy passed away on May 1, 2021 and is mourned by many family and friends in our community.

May Events:

· This Friday, May 7 we have an outdoor games night for ages 11-14, including snacks, zip line, campfire, and prizes. Bring a friend for an additional chance to win a prize. Sign up on our webpage under "Events" (or try clicking here).

· Next Friday, May 14, there will be a field trip to Moberly Lake and Saulteau First Nations for K – Gr 12. Please watch for a permission form with specific details.

· Monday, May 17 is the last day for early registration discount.

· No School on Monday, May 24 for the Victoria Day stat holiday

Have a great week!

Kristin Atherton

Mom’s Pantry – NOT Arriving Today

Mom’s Pantry orders will not be arriving today.We just found out that shipping is delayed so it is now arriving tomorrow. We apologize for the short notice and any inconvenience this may cause you.

Please plan to pick up your orders from the school tomorrow, Thursday, April 29 from 2:30-3:30. If this date change does not work for you, please call the school @ 250-788-2044 to make other arrangements.

Thanks for your understanding!