Masks still required in schools

It is almost time to take off your mask, if you so choose, but not quite!

Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry has announced that masks are no longer required in public indoor places as of midnight March 10th, however this does not apply to certain areas including schools and medical/health facilities. This means, in accordance with the Public Health Order, SD83 students and staff continue to be required to mask indoors at school.

Henry announced B.C. students from Kindergarten until grade 12 will no longer be mandated to wear masks after their return from Spring Break which in SD83 is from March 21 to April 1, 2022.

B.C. takes next step in balanced plan to lift COVID-19 Restrictions

Managing anxiety in children

You are invited to take part in A Practical Approach to Managing Anxiety in Children, an online presentation by Dr. Sean Larsen, PhD. on March 10 from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Designed for parents and educators, this online workshop will give you essential tools to better understand anxiety in children, recognize when it is becoming problematic, help children build the capacity to overcome it, and create environments to foster better outcomes for those struggling.

Click here to join the meeting

Drawing on literature on brain development, emotional regulation, psychology, and years of clinical experience Dr. Larsen will help you better understand children’s anxiety and how to support them in more meaningful ways.

Problematic anxiety in childhood is common and disrupts opportunities for healthy experiences. Anxiety can influence a child’s ability to achieve academically, make friends, or find reward in the activities they take part in.

He notes that about one in ten Canadians will access mental health support for mood and anxiety disorders in their lives and a far larger percentage could benefit from these supports and a better understanding of what anxiety is and how it impacts their lives.

Pre-registration is not required to take part in this presentation. Everyone is welcome!

Purdy’s Chocolate Orders

Bastion will be once again ordering from Purdy’s Chocolatier, just in time for Easter!  We are not calling it a fundraiser, as technically we do not need to fundraise for anything at this point in time. This is more trying to make life easier for parents by ordering chocolate treats for Easter and being able to pick up from the school.  There will only be online orders for this Purdy’s Chocolate campaign, please see the link below.  This will help ensure you get the items that you order as last year items sold out before paper orders get submitted.

IMPORTANT: Please ensure when you Shop Online, that you use the drop down arrow (found on the top left of the Order Form) and add in your details so we can easily separate orders when they come in.  

If you’d like to purchase some very sweet Easter gifts for friends, family and yourself, please follow link below or check out the Purdy’s brochure and send in a paper order.

https://fundraising.purdys.com/1155261-93383

Also note that once you have signed in you can buy some amazing chocolates and/or invite others to join and get some delicious treats for Easter.   

All orders must be submitted by Wednesday, March 16th before spring break. Online orders are paid by credit card.  Pick up day at the school will be before April 13. 

We will need volunteers to help sort once a better ETA is given for shipping and some parents to help with pick up. An email will go home right before spring break with a link to the online sign up for volunteers. 

Questions can be sent to  bastionpacsd83@gmail.com  or call 250-833-6889 (Allison Drager). 

Thank you so much for helping to support the students of Bastion School.

P.L.A.Y Challenge

Play Shuswap is again hosting a fun event on BC Family Day weekend. SD83 Healthy Schools Coordinator and president of Play Shuswap, Laura Paiement, said last year the Family Day Play Challenge was such a success we decided to make it an annual event.

Join PLAY Shuswap and Salmon Arm Recreation, Enderby Recreation and Sicamous Recreation for a Family Day Weekend PLAY Challenge! Go to PLAY Shuswap on Facebook and submit a photo taken during Feb 18th-21st 2022 showing your household being active outdoors. See attached poster for fun ways to move outside with your family. There are great prizes to be won!

Thank you to the Province of B.C. for supporting this and other Family Day event.

Family Literacy Games Night

All K to 5 families are invited to participate in a virtual Family Literacy Games Night on Wednesday March 9th!

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Participating families will receive a free Family Literacy Kit (includes letter tiles, word cards, dice, and game boards) to use during the session, as families learn fun ways to support literacy skills at home. Interested families must register by Tuesday, February 15th so the kits can be ordered and sent home with students prior to the March 9th session. A huge thanks to LASS (Literacy Alliance of the Shuswap Society) for their financial support and partnership with this event.

Registration deadline: February 15th

Registration link: https://forms.office.com/r/8Pve8nyGid

*Games Night Zoom link and Family Literacy Kits will be sent home prior to the session