SESS December Newsletter

Dec. 2018


Dear SESS families,

December has arrived, with all of the excitement and emotion of the anticipated holidays. As always there have been many positive events happening in our school community. On the athletics front, volleyball season has come to an end, and basketball and curling season have begun. We are thankful for the dedication of all of our players and coaches. We also currently have a number of extra-curricular clubs running including our choir, jazz band, chess club, and our after-school weight training program. Classroom teachers have also been working hard to keep students motivated and engaged for the last few weeks before the break. We know that this time of year is one of both celebration and challenge for families, and at SESS we have been striving to emphasize a school culture of kindness, compassion, and gratitude. As always, we are appreciative of the support and generosity that community members provide to our school through volunteer time, fundraising efforts, and positive messages sent to our students and staff.

From all of us at SESS, we wish you an enjoyable, peaceful, and rejuvenating holiday season.


Naryn Searcy


Dec 7 - District Elementary Volleyball Tournament

Dec 13 - House Team Minute to Win It Challenge

Dec 14 - Elementary Dance (1:30-2:30 pm)

Dec 20- Winter Formal Dance (6:00-9:00 pm)

Dec 21 - Ugly Sweater/Tacky Christmas Wear Day

Dec 21 - Last Day of School before Winter Break

Jan 7 - Schools Re-Open

You can also check out our events calendar.


We would like to recognize a few local businesses that are making a big difference in the lives and education of our students: KG Industries, Fix’em Auto, Keremeos Rec Centre and Cawston Primary School. They have graciously been hosting some of our grade 11 and 12 students every day so that they may gain invaluable work experience. While at the work site, students interact with customers, work on projects, and receive guidance and support from regular staff. Many students are inspired to pursue further studies related to their work experience placement. We are very grateful to our hosts. If you know of a business that could host a senior student, please contact our vice-principal (Tom Eccleston) at

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SESS Chess Club

SESS is starting a chess club, we want everyone of all skill levels to be part of it.

The club is open to grades 5 – 12, and no previous experience is necessary.

We will be holding our sessions between 3:00-4:00 pm on Mondays in the Home Ec Room.. Our chess club is a safe and welcoming space open to all ages. Inappropriate language and/or behavior will not be tolerated. Everyone is welcome to participate. Our chess classes are free, and healthy snacks will be provided.

If you are interested in learning the game of chess, improving your skills, or perhaps even becoming a member of our SESS school chess team, the way to start is by coming to our Monday sessions, between 3:00-4:00pm.

3:00 – 3:30 – Beginner class

3:30 – 4:00 – Intermediate class / casual play

  • Learn to play
  • Beginner lessons
  • Improve your skills
  • Casual games & fun
  • Intermediate lessons

Drop-ins are welcome, and there is no pressure to attend every class. We may add an Advanced Class after the first cycle if there is enough interest. Bring your friends!

Important Reminder: Student Lates & Absences

Please notify our office staff (250-499-2727) if your child is going to be late or absent from school. We know that students are more successful when they consistently attend school, and we appreciate your support with this. Students are also reminded to check in at the office if they arrive late for school, and they must sign out for safety purposes if they leave before the end of the school day.

January PAC Meeting

There is no PAC meeting in December.

PAC Meetings are held on the third Wednesday of every month in the SESS library. All parents and guardians of SESS students are welcome!

Our next PAC meeting is Wednesday January 23rd (6:30 pm in the SESS Library)

Our 2018-19 SESS PAC Executive:

President: Kelly Robins

Treasurer: Nadine Allen

Secretary: Melissa Weibe

Thank you to our Friday Baking Team!

Every Friday morning a group of dedicated volunteers spend the morning baking muffins for our breakfast program. We are so appreciative of the time they put in that makes such a huge difference for our students! Starting the day on a full stomach makes it much more likely that our kids will be able to focus and have a more positive learning experience. Thank you volunteers!
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Many schools across the province and our district are now using a 4-point proficiency scale to replace letter grades from kindergarten to grade 9. This new reporting order will be mandated for all schools for the 2019-20 school year. In order to prepare for this shift, teachers at SESS will spend this year familiarizing themselves and their students with the new proficiency scale and starting to use elements of it in their classrooms. Parents of elementary students will notice that report cards now have the proficiency scale instead of letter grades. The use of a proficiency scale is intended to allow us to better communicate a clearer picture of student understanding and performance. If parents have any questions about the new proficiency scale please contact Ms. Searcy or Mr. Eccleston or your child's teacher.
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ETHICAL ART PROJECTS - Biology 11 & Socials 11

On Friday, December 7 the cross-curricular Biology 11 and Socials 11 students presented their “Ethical Art Projects” in the SESS library. Students were tasked with choosing a provocative topic connected to an ethical question in Socials or Biology. Students then wrote an academic essay on their topic and created an art piece that represented their views on their question. Topics included the use of robots in warfare, abortion, women’s rights, medicinal marijuana, senior’s rights, animal rights, dress codes and many other topics. Students did an excellent job demonstrating their understanding through both writing and their art.


Skating Lessons at Keremeos Rink

Beginning Sunday, Dec. 9

Sundays at 3:30, 4:00, 4:30 or 5:00 (depending on which group you are in)

Wednesdays at 5:00, 5:30, 6:00 or 6:30. (No lessons on Boxing Day)

Instructor is from Glengarry Skating Club, Pentiction

$65 includes 11 lessons

Drop-In Hockey Programs: For all ages and skill levels

Equipment is available in most sizes to borrow free of charge during Drop-In Hockey.

Mites (5 to 8 years old) Tuesdays and Thursdays 6 – 7 pm

Sticks and Pucks (9 – 14 years old) Tuesdays and Thursdays 7 – 8:30 pm

Adult Sticks and pucks (15 and older) Mondays 7 – 8:30 pm

Age categories for hockey are flexible. Parents and older kids are welcome to join in but must play at the level of the younger players, share the puck etc.

Helmets and Neck Guards are mandatory for all ages. Protective equipment mandatory for Mites and strongly recommended for everyone.

Free public skating passes and schedules will be handed out to all elementary students in their class rooms. Secondary School students can ask for free skating passes at the school office.


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Did you know that on Friday, December 14 and 21 students aged 10 to 16 can drop in to the SESS Elementary Gym for a whole bunch of fun activities? The Okanagan Boys and Girls club hosts students from 2:45pm until 8:00pm for sports, games, crafts, and more. Please contact 250-488-0992 or for more information.

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Grades 5-7 January 8- March 12 (Tuesday Nights) from 7:15-8:15pm in the Elementary Gym at SESS. Only 25 spots available so register today by going to Early registration is open until December 14, after that a $25 late fee is applied. Cost is $65
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SESS Social Media

Did you know that SESS has a new school website as well as a Facebook Page, Twitter Account and Instagram Account? Check us out on Social Media!