School District 8 has purchased 700 picture books to be given as gifts to preschooler families who attend its StrongStarts, childcare centres and preschools in the region. Photo: Submitted
L-R: Angus Secord, Tui Melville and Juno Tremblay show off some good reads. School District 8 has purchased 700 picture books to be given as gifts to preschooler families who attend its StrongStarts, childcare centres and preschools in the region. Photo: Submitted

School District 8 has purchased 700 picture books to be given as gifts to preschooler families who attend its StrongStarts, childcare centres and preschools in the region. Photo: Submitted L-R: Angus Secord, Tui Melville and Juno Tremblay show off some good reads. School District 8 has purchased 700 picture books to be given as gifts to preschooler families who attend its StrongStarts, childcare centres and preschools in the region. Photo: Submitted

School District 8 focuses on early childhood education, partnerships

SD8 sponsored attendance to the West Kootenay Early Years Conference

Submitted by School District 8

May is recognized as childcare month in B.C. each year, but the SD8 Kootenay Lake Innovative Learning Department is committed to advancing early learning initiatives the entire year long.

This spring, as part of the ongoing collaboration with community early years providers, SD8 sponsored 60 local early childhood educators, primary teachers and educational assistants to attend the West Kootenay Early Years Conference.

“Building strong collaborative relationships has directly supported our ECE’s, childcare providers, teachers and ultimately our children and families. Collaboration grows communities,” said Heather Broad and Samantha Zaytsoff of the West Kootenay Child Care Resource and Referral, a program of Kootenay Kids Society.

In addition, SD8 also purchased 700 picture books to be given as gifts to preschooler families who attend our StrongStarts, childcare centres and preschools in the region. The selected book The Best Part of Me by Wendy Ewald, is recommended for parents and teachers to help promote healthy body image and self-esteem and to discuss diversity with children.

“We recognize that it takes the whole community to raise every child,” says Naomi Ross, district principal of innovative learning, “We also know that there is a need for additional supports, especially during the transition from early years to Kindergarten.”

As part of our “Welcome to Kindergarten” initiative, every Kindergarten child in SD8 is given a cloth tote bag filled with school supplies and a picture book. Further supports this year have included increased staffing in K/1 classrooms across the district, ensuring there is a full-time education assistant in all K/1 classrooms with 10 students or more.

Last fall a district-wide inventory of literacy resources was conducted to identify which schools needed additional early levelled books for primary grades. Funding of $14,000 for literacy resources for emerging and early readers was distributed to schools throughout the district, creating equity across all families of schools through the inventory process.

“Thank you so much for the funds we were given to purchase levelled readers this year,” says Wildflower teacher Emma White. “I know the books will help to foster a love of reading in our Seedlings students (K-1) and will help our Wildflower students to develop their reading skills for years to come.”

The SD8 Innovative Learning Department recognizes the additional strains and stress on families this last year, particularly being sensitive to those transitioning into the school system for the first time and are wondering what to expect.

“We’re here to support our early learners and their families, hoping to give them the best start we can as they transition into our elementary schools,” says Ross.

The Ministry of Education has expanded its mandate of lifelong learning to support the early years from birth to age eight. Research strongly supports that offering children a wide range of quality experiences during the early years (0-8) can help children become their best – physically, socially, intellectually, and emotionally.

Just Posted

A report shows nine West Kootenay communities are have more low-income persons than the provincial average. File photo
Study casts new light on poverty in the West Kootenay

Nine communities in region have more low-income residents than provincial average

A volunteer delivers food to families as part of a West Kootenay EcoSociety program. Photo: Submitted
Farms to Friends delivers 2,500th bag of food to families in need

The program services communities in the Nelson, Trail and Castlegar areas

Selkirk College has begun its search in earnest for a leader to replace president Angus Graeme who is set to retire from his position in May 2022. Photo: Submitted
Selkirk College seeks community input for president search

Current president Angus Graeme retires next year

Waneta Manor is located on Laburnum Drive in Trail. Photo: Sheri Regnier
Senior dies as Trail tenants continue wait for broken elevator to be fixed

The elevator in Waneta Manor has been out of commission since February

Adrian Moyls is the Selkirk College Class of 2021 valedictorian and graduate of the School of Health and Human Services. Photo: Submitted
Selkirk College valedictorian proves mettle in accomplishment

Adrian Moyls is a graduate of the School of Health and Human Services

Marco Mendicino, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship during a press conference in Ottawa on Thursday, May 13, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Canada to welcome 45,000 refugees this year, says immigration minister

Canada plans to increase persons admitted from 23,500 to 45,000 and expedite permanent residency applications

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

FILE – Most lanes remain closed at the Peace Arch border crossing into the U.S. from Canada, where the shared border has been closed for nonessential travel in an effort to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, Thursday, May 7, 2020, in Blaine, Wash. The restrictions at the border took effect March 21, while allowing trade and other travel deemed essential to continue. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
Feds to issue update on border measures for fully vaccinated Canadians, permanent residents

Border with U.S. to remain closed to most until at least July 21

A portion of the George Road wildfire burns near Lytton, B.C. in this Friday, June 18, 2021 handout photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO, BC Wildfire Service *MANDATORY CREDIT*
Blaze near Lytton spread across steep terrain, says BC Wildfire Service

Fire began Wednesday and is suspected to be human-caused, but remains under investigation

Blair Lebsack, owner of RGE RD restaurant, poses for a portrait in the dining room, in Edmonton, Friday, June 18, 2021. Canadian restaurants are having to find ways to deal with the rising cost of food. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
Canadian restaurateurs grapple with rising food costs, menu prices expected to rise

Restaurants are a low margin industry, so there’s not a lot of room to work in additional costs

RCMP crest. (Black Press Media files)
Fort St. John man arrested after allegedly inviting sexual touching from children

Two children reported the incident to a trusted adult right away

Barbara Violo, pharmacist and owner of The Junction Chemist Pharmacy, draws up a dose behind vials of both Pfizer-BioNTech and Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines on the counter, in Toronto, Friday, June 18, 2021. An independent vaccine tracker website founded by a University of Saskatchewan student says just over 20 per cent of eligible Canadians — those 12 years old and above — are now fully vaccinated. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
At least 20% of eligible Canadians fully vaccinated, 75% with one dose: data

Earlier projections for reopening at this milestone didn’t include Delta variant

This undated file photo provided by Ernie Carswell & Partners shows the home featured in the opening and closing scenes of The Brady Bunch in Los Angeles. Do you know the occupation of Mike Brady, the father in this show about a blended family? (Anthony Barcelo/Ernie Carswell & Partners via AP, File)
QUIZ: A celebration of dad on Father’s Day

How much do you know about famous fathers?

Most Read