National Day of Mourning

Shuswap Middle School, along with School District No.83 will be observing National Day of Mourning on April 28th by lowering our flags to half-mast today.

This day honours the memory of workers who have been killed, injured, or suffered illness as a result of work-related incidents. In 2019, 140 workers died from a workplace injury or disease.

SMS students win prizes!

A big congratulations to Zachary Watkins (grade 6) and Nico Miedema (grade 8) for being selected as winners of this year’s SASCU “Big Ideas” Contest for Salmon Arm. Zachary proposed an idea for a bookcase to house recycled fabric and Nico shared his vision for a hummingbird material box. Both very creative and inspiring projects! Your efforts and willingness to try something new make us so proud!

Easing children’s anxiety

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Ministry of Education and Health’s EASE team has been hard at work adapting EASE classroom activities for use at home by parents and caregivers to support children’s mental health and continuous learning.

EASE at Home is a collection of fun and practical strategies to help guide parents and caregivers in managing their children’s anxiety and worries in the comfort of their home during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.

The links below include suggestions for fun and engaging activities:

EASE at Home – Grades K– 3

EASE at Home – Grades 4 – 7

For more everyday activities and resources to help support continuous learning while families are home due to the COVID-19 pandemic, view the Ministry of Education’s Keep Learning BC website https://www.openschool.bc.ca/keeplearning/ and First Nations Education Steering Committee’s website. http://www.fnesc.ca/continuous-learning/

More information is available at: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/health/managing-your-health/mental-health-substance-use/child-teen-mental-health/ease