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Wildflower 2023-2024 Calendar


New Leadership at Nelson Wildflower School

School District No. 8 (Kootenay Lake) announced today that Dr. Nick Graves will be appointed as the Principal of Nelson Wildflower beginning January 1, 2024. 

Dr. Graves is currently principal of Lucerne Elementary Secondary School and Arrow Lakes Online Learning School in School District No.10 (Arrow Lakes) where he has served in a leadership role since 2017. Before this, he served as principal of BC Offshore Schools and as vice-principal and teacher at an independent First Nations school in Bella Coola. 


Rewilding Wildflower School Playground

The School District No. 8 (Kootenay Lake) Nelson Wildflower School has unpaved a parking lot and turned it into a playground paradise.

Students from kindergarten through Grade 9 now have access to a “wildscape” playground that increases the amount green space children can enjoy at school while creating an area of natural habitat for insects and other naturally occurring wildlife within an urban setting.


New Principal at Salmo Elementary

School District No. 8 (Kootenay Lake) announced today that Principal Misty Terpstra will transfer from Nelson Wildflower School to Salmo Elementary School to serve as the new school principal.

Principal Terpstra will assume the school leadership role from Principal Dawn Snell whose move to South Nelson Elementary school was announced in May.

Principal Terpstra has led Wildflower Nelson for the last two years, and has served as vice-principal of Trafalgar Middle School and vice-principal of the Salmo Family of Schools.


SD8 Completes Five-Year Strategic Plan and 2023-2024 Budget

– Robust public participation and balanced budget

Close-up of three children's hands holding a compass. Children wear red and yellow winter jackets.

Board of Education Meeting Highlights - May 9, 2023

An overview of discussion items and major decisions of the Board of Education of School District No. 8 (Kootenay Lake). For meeting agendas/minutes and a schedule of upcoming board meetings visit


Additional School Leadership Changes for Coming Year

The following school principal and vice-principal transfers and appointments for the 2023-2024 school year will come into effect on August 1, 2023:  

Principal Transfers

Principal Dawn Snell will transfer from Salmo Elementary to South Nelson Elementary. 

Principal Appointments

Vice-Principal Mark Bonikowsky will move from Trafalgar Middle School to become principal of Redfish Elementary School. 

Vice-Principal Jennifer Adams will move from Mount Sentinel Secondary School to become principal of Canyon-Lister Elementary School.  


SD8 School Leadership Changes for Upcoming School Year

School District No. 8 (Kootenay Lake) announced today that the following school principal and vice-principal transfers, appointments and retirements will come into effect August 1, 2023:  


Principal Ken Wiens is leaving Erickson Elementary to take on the role of district principal for SD8’s online learning programs including Elev8 DESK – a Provincial Online Learning School (POLS) - and the hybrid online/in-person program, Homelinks. Principal Wiens will take over from District Principal Rob Simpson who is retiring in 2023.


CELEBRATION OF LEARNING Kristin and Krista's class

In Kristin and Krista's class, the students highlighted their passions through various means as well as science studies through an interactive pop-up play. Students interests were diverse and well-developed. Some additional passions not shown in the visuals provided were chess, sphero's, research projects (essays), sound technicians, and even more art! Thank you to our incredible students for showing us their light. Being in the room, you could not help but smile, looking at all of their glowing faces - a mix of both joy and pride. 


Emma's Last Day: For Now

A birthday and a production! Classes gathered on March 16th to surprise her before the class went to get some well-deserved nature time after the first round of their play 'Giraffe's Don't Dance' to the whole school community. We are so incredibly excited for her and her partner to welcome their bundle of joy, but will miss her terribly. Emma's love and dedication that she puts into her craft is undeniable. Goodbye for now.