News Stories


There is a Lot to Learn about Literacy!

Literacy can be simply defined as the ability to read and write, however one could argue, it is just not that simple.

There are an endless number of engaging strategies that teachers use to encourage students to learn to read and write with the goal towards building comprehension and communication skills. But how do we know which strategies are the most effective?


Parent Advocacy Training

DPAC encourages parents and guardians to become volunteer advocates.

The Kootenay Lake DPAC is inviting SD8 parents and guardians interested in becoming a Parent Advocate to attend a free Advocate Training Seminar hosted by DPAC.

The Advocacy 101 – Level One training seminar will take place Monday October 25th 6:00-7:15 pm and a following session, Wednesday November 3rd 6:00-8:30 on zoom.


Halloween Expectations

Halloween is coming and we know that many students will arrive at school in wild, imaginative, and creative costumes! This marks an important time to re-visit our expectations as a district regarding what kind of costumes may be worn at school.

All costumes must:


Daily Health Check - UPDATED

In order to keep our SD8 learning environments safe and inclusive, we are reminding students, staff and other adults (i.e. Visitors) that they are required to complete a daily health check prior to entering a school or worksite. The Daily Health Check helps to reduce the likelihood of individuals coming to a school or any school district work site when ill.

An updated Daily Health Check from the B.C. Ministry of Education (updated September 22nd, 2021) lists what to do when experiencing symptoms of illness.


Terry Fox Run 2021 - Hume Elementary School

On September 27th, 2021 Hume Elementary School participated in the annual Terry Fox Run.  Students were encouraged to donate a loonie or toonie to this tremendous national cause.  Throughout the past week, the school raised $608.80, exceeding our goal of $500.00.  May we all support the ongoing research and community support offered by the Terry Fox Foundation.


Feelings First

SD8 promotes support campaign for Early Learners and their caregivers

SD8 – Kootenay Lake works closely with families and partners throughout the Kootenay region to identify how they can best support early years services and supports for children 0-5 years. “These rapidly changing times have increased our need to support our youngest learners and their caregivers,” said Javier Plasencia, SD8 Schools Mental Health and Addictions Coordinator.


Stay Informed this year with Schoolkit Hub app

District releases new version of mobile app

September is back to school month for the students and staff of SD8 Kootenay Lake and it is important to keep up to date with the rapidly changing nature of these times. To stay connected and remain informed this 2021-2022 school year, students, parents and guardians are being encouraged to download our district’s Schoolkit Hub mobile app.