Creston Students Connect and Re-connect

June 2020 – a hybrid of online and in-school learning

While the optional return to the classroom is for only one month, many returning students and staff are feeling some relief to be back at school in Creston.

The students and staff at Erickson Elementary are making the most of what is left of the school year and the weather, and spending most of their time outdoors. The school’s wetland restoration area, a project that begun in 2018, has provided a welcomed environment for new learning and physical activity opportunities. Spending time outdoors also allows for more ease when trying to adhere to social distancing measures, as simply being outside offers the students more space to explore!

The grade 3-4 class at Erickson devised a clever way to abide by the 2m rule, by designing a human-sized snakes and ladders game on the school’s tarmac.  Learning objectives for art, math and geometry were all accomplished through this creative activity.

“I’ve noticed just how much the kids are enjoying seeing their teachers, “ said Principal Ken Wiens, who also expressed how the reintegration of staff and students into the school has been viewed quite positively.

Erickson Elementary is planning an end of year drive-through event on Wednesday, June 24th.  Families will have received an email from the school to register for a time slot to avoid congestion. All students are welcome to return to the school that day to pick up report cards, return technology and to have a final goodbye with teachers and staff before summer break begins.

Over at Canyon-Lister Elementary, the socially active ‘Be the Change’ students haven’t been deterred by pandemic protocols and have found innovative ways to remain connected and committed to creating positive change as a group. Even though in-school learning was suspended, the students still very much wanted to make a difference.

Prior to the pandemic, the group gathered each week in a circle to practice the belief that we all hold each other up and we are all part of the circle. Their weekly meetings moved online with Google Classroom after the spring break, and the students have been able to carry out several activities including crocheting floor mats out of plastic grocery bags, organizing an Earth Day litter campaign, making crafted hearts and flowers to show support for front-line workers and sharing pictures with local nursing home residents to spread some cheer.

This year was also the second year that the ‘Be the Change’ group had chosen to support the ShelterBox Canada charity, an organization that provides aid for families around the world who have been affected by disaster and conflict. Luckily the group met their fundraising efforts before the pandemic and were able to raise $1200, enough to provide shelter and aid items for a family of five.

Canyon-Lister is also planning a year end event, a reverse parade for their graduating grade 7 families on Tuesday, June 23rd. Please contact the school for more information.

As students throughout the district finish up the school year next week, it is evident that the hybrid of in-school and on-line learning this past month has offered both the opportunity for those students who absolutely needed to be back in the classroom while still continuing to drive innovative and creative approaches to learning for those that remained at home. 

For more information:

Dr. Christine Perkins, Superintendent

About The Board of Education of School District No. 8 (Kootenay Lake):

The Board of Education of School District No. 8 provides educational services to numerous diverse communities in the East & West Kootenays, including Crawford Bay, Creston, Kaslo, Meadow Creek, Nelson, Salmo, Slocan, South Slocan, Winlaw, Wynndel and Yahk. Its dedicated team focuses on providing the best possible educational opportunities for over 5,400 students and their families. Its mission is to focus on excellence for all learners in a nurturing environment.