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Lenora Trenaman Re-elected Board Chair and Dawn Lang Elected Vice-Chair

The School District No. 8 (Kootenay Lake) Board of Education elected their new chair and vice-chair at the inaugural board meeting held November 8 in Nelson. Lenora Trenaman has been relected chair, a title she has held consecutively since 2005 except for one year in 2014. Dawn Lang is serving her first term as vice-chair and has served as an SD8 trustee since 2008. Trustees elect a board chair and vice-chair annually, and school trustees are elected every four years.


All Are Welcome!

Recently, the main entrance of Adam Robertson Elementary School (ARES) was filled with staff self-portraits, all created using a variety of techniques and supplies.

Part of the “Circle of Courage” philosophy involves taking risks and modeling bravery, which the staff definitely did. Students were challenged to guess which portrait belonged to who, and for several weeks, the main entrance was occupied by students determined to identify the mystery pictures and enter their guesses in the daily draw.


ARES Learning Fair


The hallways of A.R.E.S. were filled with families on April 27th and 28th for our first annual Learning Fair. Many parents have not been inside our building due to COVID restrictions, so this event was a perfect chance for parents to share in the celebration of their children’s success. The event was intended as an opportunity for A.R.E.S. students to have a voice in communicating their learning to parents. What are they proud of? What’s going well? What engages them at school? Where do they spend their day? It was a chance to see very authentic evidence of student learning.