February News

We are well into February and there are a lot of great things happening at SMS!  In addition to all of the great learning in our classrooms, there is a wonderful tone of fun and accomplishment in the hallways and gym.  Read on for just a few highlights!  Please see the bottom of this newsletter for our weekly “at a glance” for February 10-14.  As always, please feel free to contact any of our office staff if you have questions or suggestions.

Barry Dearing Basketball Tournament This Weekend

This is an exciting weekend for basketball in Salmon Arm.  SMS is hosting the 7th Annual Barry Dearing Memorial Tournament.  Pictured above are Mr. Ken Jamieson who is well known and loved by our SMS students and staff, Mrs. Nadina Dearing, and Mr. Carl Cooper, SD 83 Assistant Superintendent.  Mr. Jamieson and Mr. Cooper not only refereed with Barry, but also taught alongside him and formed lasting friendships.  Proceeds from the annual tournament go to assist students in our district in need of funding for sport related activities.  Thanks to Mr. Smith for organizing the tournament in honor of the legacy Barry left players, coaches, students and staff in Salmon Arm.  Home games are Friday 9:30 SMS Girls vs Fulton, 12:30 SMS Grade 7s, 2:00 SMS Girls vs VSS, 5:00 SMS1 Boys vs SMS2, 8:00 SMS Girls vs Kings and Saturday 9:00 SMS2 Boys vs VSS, 10:30 SMS1 boys vs SKAM, 1:30 SMS2 Boys vs SKAM, 6:00 SMS2 vs WESTSIDE.  Hope to see you in the stands!

Attendance Goal

As you are aware, improving attendance and decreasing the number of students late is one of our goals (along with literacy and numeracy).  Recently, letters were sent to parents of students who have missed more than 10 school days.  We understand there are a variety of reasons why students are absent; our goal is to assist families who would like support in improving attendance for those who are struggling. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions or suggestions.

Lunchtime Activities



Our leadership students organized a great hockey shoot out as one of the many activities for students to enjoy at lunch time.  Mme Russell and Kyle Clark, SD 83 Computer Technician, are working with a number of other teachers to sponsor our newest lunch time club, “Tinker Tuesdays”.  Please check the website each Sunday night as activities are posted prior to dinner time.  Our tremendous staff offers so many great choices at lunch including intramural sports, Pintrest club, chess club, D &D, GSA, sewing, art, shop, magic, Mindful Mondays, Francais Gridays, and board games.  This is especially appreciated in the winter months when the snow on the sliding hill is too icy and the field is not a great place to play.

FruitSnaps Program


Okanagan College, Enactus, is a non-profit student run organization that identifies needs in our community and takes action by building programs to help the community.  We are really appreciating the delicious fruit snaps they have dehydrated to help eliminate food waste and provide apple slices for our breakfast program. Thanks, also, to Askews Foods for providing the food safe containers (recycled!).  The snaps are delicious and nutritious!

Our Awesome PAC!


Our PAC supports us in many ways.  Pictured here is Biologist (and SMS Mom) Christy Wright who spoke with many of our classes about Caribou/Wolf/Moose dynamics.  We appreciate the tremendous support of our PAC each year.  This year, in addition to the PAC focus of re-surfacing our tennis courts, PAC is purchasing a 3D printer, supporting athletics, a drum kit, a local artist to work with our students, a leadership conference, our annual wheelchair basketball program, magic cards, buses for field trips, homec supplies, lunch club supplies, visiting author Wilf Pauls who spent a week with our students in the library, and woodshop supplies.  Our February PAC meeting takes place on Monday, February 24th in the library at 6:30 pm.

Hometown Hockey Coming to SMS – Assembly March 6th.  Free tickets available for SilverBacks game.

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Public Consultation date for Long Range Facilities Plan (LRFP)

On Thursday, February 13 at 6 p.m. a public session will be held at the District Education Support Centre (DESC). An overview of the entire district will be presented, with discussion focussing on urban schools in the Salmon Arm area (Salmon Arm West, Hillcrest, South Broadview, Bastion, Shuswap, SAS Jackson, and SAS Sullivan). For more info, see SD83’s website: https://sd83.bc.ca/2020/01/14/lrfp-consultation/

Code Mobile at SMS

The Code Mobile recently rolled into SMS to teach our students about game making, art making and animating in Scratch as well as LEGO robotics.  We are fortunate to have a number of teacher experts on staff as well.  All grade 8 students work with Mr. Gecse on ADST (Applied Design Skills Technology) and grade 7 and 8 students have Robotics as one of their exploration choices.

Parent Education Session


This is an excellent opportunity for both students and parents to learn about the dangers of vaping and the marketing that is directed at teens.


Middle Years Development Instrument (MDI)


Our grade seven students are completing the MDI.  Parent letters went home to describe the instrument.  We appreciate the data generated by our students and use it both at school and the community to develop programs based on needs.  Below is an overview.

The Middle Years Development Instrument (MDI) is a self-report questionnaire completed by children in Grade 4 and Grade 7. It asks them how they think and feel about their experiences both inside and outside of school. Both the Grade 4 questionnaire and the Grade 7 questionnaire include questions related to the five areas of development that are strongly linked to well-being, health and academic achievement.

Physical Health & Well-Being

Children evaluate their own physical well-being in the areas of overall health including body image, nutrition and sleeping habits.


Children are asked about their experiences of support and connection with the adults in their schools and neighbourhoods, with their parents or guardians at home, and with their peers.

Social and Emotional Development

Children respond to questions about their current social and emotional functioning in 7 areas: optimism, self-esteem, happiness, empathy, prosocial behaviour, sadness and worries.

School Experiences

Children are asked about their school experiences in 4 areas: academic self-concept, school climate, school belonging, and experiences with peer victimization (bullying).

Use of After-School Time

Children are asked about the time they spend engaged in organized activities such as sports, music and art, as well as the time they spend watching TV, doing homework and playing video games.

Pink Shirt Day

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February 26th is Pink Shirt Day.  Our leadership students are organizing an assembly for all students at 12:45.  Our grade 6/7 students will remain after the assembly to enjoy a performance from Story Theatre.

Fill the Pantry Family Day Event

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Week at a Glance February 10-14

Monday, February 10th

  • Library open before and after school
    • Grade 6/7 girls basketball practice 7:00 am
    • Library open before and after school
    • Library open for grade 8 students at lunch
    • Litterless Lunch contest continues all week
    • D&D club in room 123 at lunch
    • Art room open at 7:30 am and at lunch for project and sketchbook work
    • Sewing room open at lunch
    • Mindful Mondays in room 133 at lunch
    • Mr. Olson’s room open at lunch for quiet activities/studying at lunch (117)
    • Band concert 7:00 pm

    Tuesday, February 11th

    • Library open before school and after school
    • Grade 8 girls b-ball 7 am
    • Library open for grade 6&7 students at lunch
    • Mr. Olson’s room open at lunch for board quiet activities/studying (117)
    • Art room open at 7:30 am and at lunch for project and sketchbook work
    • Sewing room open at lunch
    • Tinker Tuesdays in Mme Russell’s room at lunch
    • Indigenous boys’ group at lunch in Indigenous Ed room
    • Magic Club in room 124 at lunch
    • Pinterest Club for grade 6/7s at lunch in room 121
    • Wrestling 2:30-4:00
    • Grade 6/7 girls b-ball 2:30-4:00
    • Grade 8 boys basketball 4:00-5:30
      Wednesday, February 12th

      • Xqwiyélltśem Soup Hut today ($2 soup, $1 bannock)
      • Library open for grade 8 students at lunch
      • Team MacThio’s room open at lunch for board games/socializing (130)
      • Grade 8 boys b-ball practice 7:00 am
      • Grade 8 girls shooting practice 11:55 to 12:20
      • Purple team skating
      • Whitehead CORE Curling
      • Craig’s CORE Student Leds Interviews
      • Grade 6/7 boys basketball games 2:30-4:00 (see schedule on Mr. Smith’s blog)
      • Library open before school and after schoolThursday, February 13th
        • Art room open at 7:30 am and at lunch for project and sketchbook work
        • Grade 8 boys b-ball 4:00-5:30
        • Grade 8 girls b-ball practice 7am
        • Craig’s CORE curling
        • Library open before school and after school
        • Mme Weir’s room open at lunch for board games/socializing
        • Indigenous girls’ group today at lunch
        • Sewing room open at lunch
        • Pinterest Club for grade 6/7s at lunch in room 121
        • Chess club at lunch in the library (all grades welcome)
        • GSA in room 214 at lunch
        • Open study block in room 122 at lunch
        • Grade 6/7 girls b-ball games at SMS 2:30-4:00 (see schedule on Mr. Smith’s blog)

        Friday, February 14th

        • Grade 6/7 boys basketball practice 7:00 am
        • Grade 8 Ski Day (Revelstoke)
        • Francais Fridays (listen, talk and play games in French) in room 133
        • Library open before school and after school
        • Mme Weir’s room open at lunch for board games/socializing
        • Magic Club in room 124 at lunch
        • Library is open at lunch (grade 6/7)
        • Indigenous room – popcorn Friday – open to all