District Art Fair @ Piccadilly

From Friday, February 28 to Friday, March 6th our school, along with all school elementary schools in our district, will have their student art work on display at the Piccadilly Mall in Salmon Arm. This is the 26th annual district art fair and the art work on display is always quite inspiring. On Wednesday, March 4th a select group of students from each schools older classes attend art workshops at the mall. This year we will be sending 15 students to represent our school. We hope you will be able to find time to take your children to Piccadilly Mall next week to see all the great artwork!

Kayden Loewen’s Barbara Reid style clay art picture.

Winter Rec Update

Despite the mild weather, we anticipate that our students will downhill and cross country ski this week. The downhillers go to Silver Star this Wednesday, departing at 7:45am and return by about 4:45pm. The cross country skiers will participate in the District 83 Pirate Loppett, this Friday, January 31st. The loppett begins at 10:30am but we will leave Grindrod by bus at 9:30am. As well, our Division 5 and 6 (k-2) students will participate in their weekly skating event on Friday, January 31st. It will be an exciting week of outdoor events!

Last year’s Grindrod Elementary Loppett Team celebrates after a successful ski!

Skiing Postponed Due to the Cold

Cross Country Skiers enjoy their first Winter Rec. Day at Larch Hills.

Our first ski days were this past week and they were very successful. Unfortunately, with temperatures reaching -21c and colder, we have decided to postpone both downhill and cross country skiing for this week. Our make up day for downhill and Cross Country will be Wednesday, February 12th. Thank you for your support as we work through these changes.

New Hoodies for our Grade 7s

Each year our PAC supports the purchase of school hoodies for all of our grade 7s. In the attached picture you will see 15 of our 16 current grade 7 class. These students want to extend a very sincere and exitement filled thank you to our PAC for their generosity. These hoodies are worn proudly by the members of our outstanding Grade 7 group!

Grindrod Hosts Long Range Facilities Plan Public Meeting-Please Join Us!

On Tuesday, January 7th, beginning at 6:00pm, Grindrod Elementary will be the host site for the first of several district and board lead consultation meetings regarding the district’s Long Range Facilities Plan. All community members are welcome to attend. This presentation will focus primarily on the Enderby/Grindrod long range facility proposals so it will be particularly important for families involved with the Grindrod, MV Beattie and AL Fortune schools. We encourage the community’s input as we work together to create the best long range facilities plan possible.

Below you will find an excerpt from the SD 83 website outlining the consultation process as well as a link to the Long Range Facilities Plan 2020-2029. We hope to see you at Grindrod Elementary on Tuesday, January 7th.

District Communication Exerpt:

The Board of Education adopted the draft 2020-29 long range facilities plan and will now begin the work of looking at all options, consulting, and then determining which of the options will actually become part of its final plan. The Board is open to discussions on options contained in the report as well as any other options potentially arising during the consultation process.

The Board decided that a series of regional consultation meetings on the long range facility plan will soon be organized and advertised so the public can have input into the development of the final plan. Written submissions to the Board are also being encouraged.

View the draft Long Range Facilities Plan 2020-2029 here

The Board also had a discussion around what ideal grade configuration might be, keeping in mind the realities of the district’s facilities and locations.