730 – 12th Street, Kamloops, BC V2B 3C1 Phone 376-1272
Dates to Remember
Apr 13 End of Term 3 Congratulations goes out to Julia Hammond from
Apr 25 and 26 Grade 7 tours of NorKam Ms. Nelson‘s Writing 12 class. She and her
Apr 25 Report Cards go home classmates submitted an article to YouThink
May 7 Non-Instructional Day Magazine. Julia was contacted a few weeks ago
May 8 Non-Instructional Day and told that her ―Obituary to Fashion‖ article would
May 17 Principal‘s List Evening be published in the April/May issue. The magazine
May 21 Victoria Day will be distributed to secondary schools right across
May 24 Grad Commencement and Banquet Canada!
May 25 Grad Dance
Jun 5 Athletic Banquet and Dry Grad
Awards Evening 6:00 pm st
April 1 Dry Grad students were given a three
Jun 15 Double Block Exams page notice from the Committee. This is important
Jun 18 Double Block Exams information for both you and your student to read
Jun 19 Exam Make Up Day over and become familiar with. April 25 will be the
Jun 20-28 Provincial Exams (Grades last day for the Dry Grad bake sale table.
10/11/12) Last chance fundraising events:
Jun 28 Assembly – Final Reports Issued -chocolates
ICBC Presentation -flower baskets
On March 13, over 500 students attended an -jewellery raffle
ICBC presentation with Kevin Brooks. Kevin -Apr 15 Rockin Firkin steak or chicken dinner
provided an engaging presentation about the -Apr 26 spaghetti dinner/drama at Norkam-raffle
dangers of drinking and driving. The students and draw
staff were very impressed with Kevin‘s thoughts and -May 12 car wash at A&W
experiences and he made an impact in their lives by th th nd
Final dry grad meetings, Apr 4 , Apr 18 , May 2
sharing his own experiences. Norkam would like to th
and May 16 —all at 7:00pm in Norkam Library
thank the district, ICBC, and our local Autoplan Last minute details to discuss and more parent
brokers for this presentation. volunteers needed. For more information please
call Carla Geeraert 554-3883 or Angie Smith 571-
Pick up and Drop off
For the safety of our kids,
parents are reminded that pick From the Board Meeting of:
up and drop off of students MARCH 5, 2007
needs to take place in the south parking lot, facing
McKenzie Street, only. Cliff Weathermon and Joan
Cowden presented the Annual
Sexual Health Review of Elementary Athletic
Many parents and youth have inadequate or Programs and Student Participation for 2005/06 on
incomplete knowledge about sexual health. The behalf of the Elementary Sports Council.
Canadian Association for Adolescent Health has Amelie Manshadie presented a proposal for the
established a website to address this. This site, expansion of the District‘s Montessori Grades 1 –3
www.youngandhealthy.ca, contains factual and program to the Westsyde/North Shore area. This
practical information with links to similar sites. proposal was referred to administration for a report.
Mel Rothenberger presented on the CanSpell
KUDOS ‘KORNER’ Spelling Bee being held Saturday March 10th at
AA Provincial Basketball Championships TRU.
In March Kamloops hosted the provincial AA Boys Assistant Superintendent Karl deBruijn reported
and Girls Basketball championships. It was a on the proposal for an Elementary Science School
tremendous success because of the high level of of Choice at Bert Edwards Elementary School
professionalism that parents, staff and student starting September 2007. The Board approved the
volunteers provided. Coaches and spectators from proposal as recommended.
around the province often commented on how Assistant Superintendent Ross Spina reported on
smoothly the tournament ran and the friendliness of a recently completed study on the district‘s Centre
the volunteers. Thank-you, and we look forward to for e-Learning. The Board approved twelve
seeing you for March Madness in 2008! recommendations concerning the Centre, including
re-location to the former Westsyde Elementary within an existing school in the Westsyde/North
School facility. Shore area for September 2008.
Assistant Superintendent Ross Spina and At the Board Meeting of March 5, 2007, Ms.
Principal John Churchley presented a proposal for Wigmore made a presentation on Scent
the expansion of the Beattie School of the Arts to Considerate Schools and Workplaces. The
include a second campus on the site of the former presentation stressed the importance of increased
Pineridge Elementary School. The Pineridge awareness of scent allergies and presented
campus would include students from Grades 7 – information on how School District #73 schools can
10, increasing to Grades 7 – 12 by 2009/10. The become scent considerate. The Board accepted
Board approved the proposal as recommended. several recommendations based on Ms. Wigmore‘s
The Board approved amended Board Policy #107 presentation.
―Trustee Remuneration,‖ new Board Policy #109 A meeting to discuss the budget will be facilitated
―Trustee Equipment,‖ and amended Board Policy for the DPAC and PAC on April 10th, 7:00 pm, at
#304 ―School Planning and Organization.‖ New the Henry Grube Education Centre. This meeting
Board Policy #251 ―Use of Novels and Plays‖ was will be video conferenced to outlying areas.
referred back to the Policy Committee for further
study and consultation.
From the Board Meeting of:
From the Board Meeting of: APRIL 2, 2007
MARCH 26, 2007
Students from Marion Schilling Elementary,
South Kamloops Secondary (SKSS) teacher assisted by Principal Mike Lesnik, presented a
Debra Taylor introduced a SKSS student who was poetry and a ukulele recital on behalf of their
awarded Top Parliamentarian at the Law school.
Foundation Cup Provincial Debating tournament. Alexandra Armstrong, Transportation Planner with
SKSS teacher Anna Romano introduced a student the City of Kamloops, presented on the four month
from her German class who won the Provincial Transit Pass Package to be implemented by the
German Consulate Exam Travel contest. City in September 2007.
Mr. Bob Schrader, International Director – Shirley Sanderson, presented on behalf of the
Kamloops North Rotary Club gave a presentation Soroptimist International of Kamloops, highlighting
regarding a Rotary program for school children – a planned conference ―Career Choices for Young
―Saving Saturdays: Rotary‘s Global Race for Women‖ being held at the Henry Grube Education
Water.‖ Centre on April 25, 2007.
First Nations Education Council members Paula Schmidt, DPAC Chairperson, presented on
presented the Board with their 2005-2006 Annual the results of a Parent Survey developed by DPAC
Report. The report provided data on 27 target regarding the District Budget Process.
areas in the Aboriginal Education Enhancement The Board approved a recommendation
Agreement. Targets were met in 18 of these areas. supporting a North Kamloops Rotary Club
The report will be used to work with schools and fundraising initiative to introduce children and youth
staff to determine what strategies will be used to to concepts about local climate change and global
promote and sustain improvement for Aboriginal water scarcity.
students. Chairperson John Harwood extended the Board‘s
Tranquille Valley School no longer has any condolences to the Sullivan family at the recent loss
students attending the school. A public consultation of Elizabeth Sullivan, wife of Superintendent Terry
meeting will be held to discuss a possible school Sullivan.
closure. The meeting is scheduled for May 15, The Board approved Aquatics 11 (Brocklehurst
2007 at Tranquille Valley School. Secondary) and Hockey Skills Program Framework
Assistant Superintendent Marilyn Hogg provided (Brocklehurst Secondary) as Board Authority
an overview of activities that schools are Authorized (BAA) Courses.
participating in to highlight Education Week.
Secretary Treasurer Kelvin Stretch provided an PARENT ADVISORY COUNCILS
update on provincial funding for the 2007-2008 BUDGET PARTICIPATION
school year. for the 2007-2008 School Term
An update on the CanSpell program was
presented to the Board. The Board extended The Board of School Trustees of School District No.
thanks to the Daily News and the schools and 73 (Kamloops/Thompson) extend this opportunity to
participants. all Parent Advisory Councils and the District
The Board adopted recommendations regarding a Parents Advisory Council to take part in a session
proposed Westsyde/North Shore Montessori School regarding the 2007/2008 operating budget.
of Choice. Assistant Superintendent Karl deBruijn
will work with the authors of the proposal to look at YOUR INPUT IS WELCOMED
the feasibility of establishing a Montessori program in writing by April 18, 2007, or at the following
KAMLOOPS, BARRIERE, CHASE, STUDENT PHONE MESSAGES
CLEARWATER and LOGAN LAKE There are a number of
Tuesday, April 10, 2007, at 7:00pm activities, tutorials, as well as
Henry Grube Education Centre, 245 Kitchener a few classes that run outside
Crescent, Kamloops of class time here at the
Barriere Secondary School, 4811 Town Road, school. In order to keep the
Barriere disruption to a minimum,
Chase Secondary School, 420 Cottonwood, Chase students and staff with
Clearwater Secondary School, 428 Murtle, messages in the office will
Clearwater have names posted on TV monitors at 11:00 am,
Logan Lake Secondary School, 50 Ponderosa, 12:35 pm, and 3:00 pm. Please remind your child to
Logan Lake check the monitors frequently as messages will no
This meeting will be transmitted through video- longer be announced over the PA.
conferencing to BARRIERE, CHASE,
CLEARWATER and LOGAN LAKE. PAC Annual General Meeting
For further information, please contact Mr. Kelvin Wednesday, May 9 7:00pm
Stretch, Secretary Treasurer, at (250) 374-0679. School Library
The Parent Advisory Council (PAC) is an
Birds in a Blue Sky important contributor to Norkam Secondary. Each
Like the fish in the water year PAC receives funding (approximately $40,000)
Like the birds in the sky from the Gaming commission and is responsible for
I know I can swim allocating those funds fairly for the benefit of our
But I wish I could fly. students. These funds have been used for such
things as fridge magnets, an electronic sign,
The majestic birds televisions, ACE room, library, music program,
Flying through the air athletics, football equipment, rugby jerseys,
I know I can‘t join them bursaries and awards, self defense classes, Power
So all I do is stare. of Speech program, video club equipment, dry grad
and many others.
The wonders of what it‘s like At the May 9 PAC meeting, elections will take
Flying around in all that space place for next year‘s PAC Executive. The positions
Imagining I‘m in the sky to be filled will include:
Flying with magnificent grace. -Chairperson (chair monthly meetings, read
correspondence, spokesperson for the council)
To look on the earth -Vice Chairperson (assist Chairperson)
From a bird‘s point of view -Secretary (records and distributes meeting
Just gliding around minutes, assist with correspondence, send notice of
In a sky so blue. meetings)
-Treasurer (receive and distribute funds,
~ Dallen Southwell, Gr. 8 keep financial records, present financial reports at
PAC meets on the second Wednesday of the
Safe Schools and Social Responsibility Survey month from September to May. Meetings are open
In mid April high school students in our district will to all parents or guardians of students at Norkam
once again be offered an opportunity to complete and usually run from 7:00pm to 8:00pm.
the Safe Schools and Social Responsibility Survey. Without a PAC executive in place Norkam will
This close-up look at safety and social responsibility not be eligible to receive gaming funds.
helps us better respond to student needs. This is Please help make Norkam be the best school it
year two of a three year research partnership with can be by joining PAC and spending an hour each
the Institute for Safe Schools at the University month attending a meeting – our children are worth
College of the Fraser Valley. The comprehensive it.
survey involves participation from 15 districts
around BC. Our staff have played an integral part in Fees Paid With Personal Cheques
the development of this survey. Our school has Parents, please note that the Canadian Payments
already received data from year one and have Association has announced new requirements for
begun to use it in school based activities. The personal cheques. Effective June 30 , 2007 any
survey is voluntary, private and anonymous -- no cheques paid to Norkam Secondary must comply
individual students will be identified. A consent form with the new requirements. For more information,
is included with this newsletter for you to withdraw contact you bank representative or visit
your consent for your child to participate, if you so www.cdnpay.ca
Multicultural Day: Through the eyes of a student Native Art Projects
The day started off not too badly, but it was also a The Kamloops Art Gallery invites Native Youth in
great deal of work. The students involved helped the Thompson-Nicola District to participate in a
with the planning, running around, cooking, series of free art workshops with two professional
preparing, fixing, rehearsing, filling, and the setup artists, Jayce Salloum and Meeka Morgan.
for test tasting samples from different ethnic Participants will have the opportunity to work with
backgrounds. Parent, students an many moms and painting and videotaping, but the workshops can
dads from the community provided free food for all also incorporate music, sculpture, photography and
of the school to try. Multi Cultural day was a good other art forms. The workshops will start in Spring
experience for all. My friends and I all enjoyed 2007. For more information contact the Kamloops
watching those who performed their dances, Art Gallery:
speeches, and entrances. In the end, it was a great Jen Budney, Curator 377-2410
successful day that put a lot of smiles on parents, Kristen Lambertson, Assistant Curator 377-2406
children, students, and staff. Personally, I want to email@example.com
thank all those who were able to make Multi-
Cultural day happen and I hope you all had a good School Dress Code
time as well. As the weather gets warmer students are
~Richard Casper reminded of the school dress code:
--shirts must touch the top of the pants, must not be
see-through, have an appropriate neckline with no
France & Spain in the Springtime spaghetti straps
I had the pleasure of traveling to Europe during --skirts, shorts and pants must be no shorter than
Spring Break with eleven wonderful Norkam mid-thigh with no revealing holes
students. We traveled from Paris to Barcelona. --footwear must be worn at all times
Being seven months pregnant on such a fast-
paced, jam-packed trip was a challenge physically
but I couldn‘t have done it with a nicer group of
students. They made me very proud, not only as
representatives of their school, but of their country
as well. A heartfelt ‗thank-you‘ to: Victoria More,
Britney Cunning, Nathan Kellock, Jordyn Stabeck,
Natasha Little, Krisann Hamasaki, Jenn Lee,
Melinda Siemens, Rylan Makortoff, Tara
Paczkowski and Paige Hegadoren.