IMPORTANT – please complete this survey
As we get ready to move to online learning, it is important for us to understand our students' ability to actually engage in that right now. PLEASE fill out the attached survey.
As this file is too big to share through a text, please use whatever method you can to get this message out to anyone who you think might not have email access.
Take care of yourselves,
SD58 November 26th, Community Update
Please find attached a community briefing from Stephen McNiven, Superintendent of Schools, for November 26, 2021.
Take care and stay safe.
SD58 November, 23rd, Message from Stephen McNiven, Superintendent of Schools
Please see the attached SD58 community briefing from Stephen McNiven, Superintendent of Schools.
Information for Families during Flood Evacuation
Red Cross Support:
On behalf of the Province of British Columbia and thanks to the generosity of Canadians, the Canadian Red Cross will be distributing financial assistance to eligible affected households.
Eligible households that were evacuated from their primary homes due to the flooding and extreme weather that occurred from November 14 to 16 will receive a one-time payment of $2,000. This amount includes $1,000 from the province of British Columbia and $1,000 from the Canadian Red Cross.
Direct financial assistance helps people cover immediate needs related to their evacuation and re-entry, and allows people to make decisions on what is best for themselves and their families.
The first step to access this financial assistance is to register with the Canadian Red Cross online or by calling 1-800-863-6582, between the hours of 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. PST.
Information for Kelowna Evacuees
Hello SD 58 Families Currently Evacuated to Kelowna:
Just a reminder that SD 23 Kelowna has very generously set up a food pick up for anyone in need at the Kelowna School Board Office, 1040 Hollywood Road South, Kelowna, Room HRES 4 between the hours of 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm until further notice.
On Monday and Tuesday, November 29 & 30 they will have a replenishment of fresh food.
Please share this information with any families who may not be checking emails at this time.
If you are not able drive to pick up clothing/food please email Mr. Rene Aubin at email@example.com and we will try to get this resolved for you and your family.
Our hearts are with you all at this time, please reach out if you need. We are here for you.
Jane Kempston, District Principal of Student Support Services, SD 58
Information for Kamloops Evacuees
Good morning SD58 Merritt Families:
This is a message from SD 73 being sent with the sincere hope that you are staying safe and healthy.
Kamloops-Thompson School District is setting up some resources on their website www.sd73.bc.ca to share different ways you can access support in the Kamloops region. Please visit this website for important information if you are evacuated to the Kamloops area.
In addition to this, a donation centre for SD58 families has been setup at the @KOOL School (1770 Springview Place, Kamloops - please enter & exit through the back gym doors). The donation centre will be open to SD58 families this week (November 22-25) from 12-3 pm. Clothing of all sizes will be available as well as non-perishable food and snacks. If you are having a difficult time accessing the donation centre, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please know that no matter what city you are evacuated to, if you are having a difficult time securing specific necessities or if you are in need of additional supports, please reach out to email@example.com and someone will be in touch with you in order to help you wherever you are.
Also remember to reach out to your school principal or Jane Kempston at firstname.lastname@example.org if you need as well. We are all here for you.
Our sincerest thanks go out to the Kamloops School District for their generous support, and know that we are thinking of you all during this truly extraordinary time.
District Principal of Student Support Services
Information for Salmon Arm Evacuees
Salmon Arm Evacuees:
Any indigenous families currently evacuated to the Salmon Arm area who may be needing additional food support are encouraged to contact Mary McCullough who works with the FN Health Authority. She can be reached at email@example.com or you can call or text her at 778-220-1372.
Evacuees in Other Communities (Kamloops, Kelowna, Penticton, etc.:
You are in our hearts. Please contact your school principal, District Principal of Indigenous Education for SD 58 Shelley Oppenheim at firstname.lastname@example.org, or myself, District Principal of Student Support Services for SD 58 Jane Kempston at email@example.com if you are in need of additional support regardless of where you are at. If you have friends and family who don’t have access to email, please let us know as well and we will do our best to get in touch with them by telephone.
Yours, Jane Kempston
Information for Families Returning to Merritt
School District No. 58 (Nicola-Similkameen) and the Nicola Valley Food Bank have resources available for families returning to the community.
Where: NVIT Gym
When: 12:00 Noon to 4:00 pm daily
If you are unable to drive to NVIT, please reach out to your child’s principal who will be able to assist you.
This will start tomorrow, Saturday, November 26 and go until further notice.
Take care and stay safe.
A Few Reminders…
Our school uses Automated Student Absence Reporting (Safe Arrival) to help ensure the safety of our children. If your child is going to be late, absent or leaving early please let us know by calling 1-844-434-8117 before 9:00 a.m. You can also report child absence on line at go.schoolmessenger.ca or using the school messenger app
It is important that you update the school when your contact information changes.
We would like you to call the school prior to 2:00pm if you have a message for your child regarding after school pick-up.
Please call the office if you would like to arrange a meeting with your child's teacher.
Trauma and children – tips for parents
Merritt Central Elementary School is located in the Nicola Valley. It is about 45 Min South of Kamloops, 75 Min West of Kelowna and about 3 hours from Vancouver. Our school services students from the immediate area within Merritt as well we service students who travel in every day from the Upper Nicola Indian Band and the Coldwater Indian Band.
We have developed a strong reputation within the community, as a school that focuses on the social and emotional needs of all students. Using the “Play is the Way” (PITW) philosophy our aim is to raise children considerate of themselves, others and the world in which they live, with sound reasons for the things they say and do. Central to our goal is the development of positive interpersonal skills, self-control, self-motivation and reflective thinking by raising empathy levels and providing opportunities to enact virtuous behaviour and tolerance towards others.
Merritt Central Elementary School is committed to developing Behaviour Education and Self-Management (BESM). We embrace a values based approach to education and this underpins our culture. We see BESM as a responsibility of the entire school community. Students, parents and teachers need to have a clear understanding of what is expected in regards to how we treat each other, to ensure a welcoming learning environment that is supportive and safe and is conducive to learning.
At Merritt Central we believe it is the quality of the teacher that is the critical factor in ensuring positive outcomes for all students. Teachers at Merritt Central are skilled in developing strong working relationships with students and parents. It is the strength of these relationships that give students the confidence to work effectively with others to achieve their personal best.
We believe all students can achieve success. Our job is to ensure every student has the opportunity to do so. The most effective way to achieve this is to develop each student’s social and emotional capabilities. We therefore are transitioning away from the use of rewards, praise or punishments to manipulate students. In line with the PITW philosophy we want students to leave Merritt Central as self-motivated learners who do the right thing because it is the right thing to do.