Jewett News…

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Beautiful take me outside day today!                Our week!

Monday, Jan. 15-Monday! Monday!
Tuesday, Jan. 16-Strong Start
Wednesday, Jan. 17-Reading Challenge begins*
Thursday, Jan. 18-Strong Start
January newsletter
Friday, Jan. 19-Take Me Outside Day-Skating at KDAA-meet/greet our JVH penpals.

*We will be starting a new Reading Challenge. This year’s focus is not on how many minutes one reads but about understanding the story. We will be choosing some books to read and answer three questions to check for understanding.

*Our new Science unit is Reaction Science. Please send an old large T-shirt for the students to wear. Who knows what we might be cooking up!

*Parents are welcome to join our skating this week. We will be going to JVH after to have lunch and chat with our penpals!

*In the newsletter this week, I will be sending out a form for Fort Steele. I need to know how many students and parents will be attending to ensure it is worth going.

H20 skiers. Ms. Wiens will be sending the form out this week. As skiing is early this year, please return them with the bulk of the payment ASAP. Whitewater neeeds the forms soon.

Have an awesome week!


Winter in the Forest..Feb 12.

The event includes 4 on 4 street hockey, cross-country skiing (skis provided), snow painting, local musicians and entertainment, woodsmen competition, human dogsled and ski races. Food and beverages provided, donations welcome!

Bannock on a stick, homemade soups, stew, baked beans, chili, hot chocolate. And, the most Canadian dessert of all time: maple taffy on the snow! ($2)

The Kaslo Community Forest Society, along with the Kaslo Outdoor Recreation Society, the Kaslo Early Childhood Coalition and the Kaslo Housing Society host this fun family festival outside at the Kaslo Airport this BC Family Day, February 12, 10am-3pm.

Message from Area D Director Watson…



As our beautiful communities are blanketed in snow and we prepare for the annual holiday season, I want to express gratitude to all those who contribute to our communities. Did you know Kaslo and Area D has one of the highest, if not the highest, rates of non profits per capita?

There are many interpretations of what that says about our region. Small, remote populations rely much more on volunteers to provide essential services such as search and rescue, first responders and firefighters.

One could also observe that we have a high value for social care such as family programs, xmas hampers, mentoring and senior care.

Whatever the perspective, many of us donate our time, care and energy to events, program and services because we care deeply about each other and where we live.

While it is dangerous to start naming those who have given so much as I could very well forget others by not naming them, I am going to take that risk and call out a massive THANK YOU with a hug of gratitude to a few that I personally could not have accomplished what I did this year without them.

First off- RICHARD BRENTON- a man of endless talents and opinions; all highly valued. His historical knowledge of the region combined with intensive research into such issues as the Culex studies on mosquito production in the Lardeau Valley have not only kept me informed but have enabled this region to finally see a financial return into the program from BC Hydro based on Duncan Dam operations. One of his many contributions, I could spend a day reporting all of the areas Richard has provided concise, informed input into important issues in the region. For now, a simple and very genuine, THANK YOU.

TERRY PETERSEN and CHRIS FREYTA of JB Fletchers Society; the work you and the team are doing to restore the historical building as well as monuments such as the oak tree that was gifted in 1937 to the community commemorating the coronation of George VI, highlight the cultural history that gave birth to the modern day community of Ainsworth.

SANDRA REMPEL, CARI LAMOUREUX , JOHN SEDAN, TRACY REMPLE and VAL SMITH; what haven’t you helped with?? From senior’s care in the home, organizing a diverse variety of workshops for all ages, keeping the hall running and making lunches for the ALL the kids- AN ENDLESS LIST. You enable our communities to not only function, but blossom.

DEB BORSOS- I can’t name all the things you’ve helped with as it too is an endless list, but I can say how much I appreciate your insight, candor and tireless efforts no matter the issue. Your dedication combined with a sense of humor that keeps me light and focused forward have been highlights to many meetings.

I could go on! (as usual) This list is a very short snapshot of some of the amazing people that make Area D so wonderful to live in. Over the holidays, I will be disconnected from work- no emails or calls and certainly no meetings! (amazing what qualifies as ‘the best gift’ when one is an adult). But I will continue these posts- look for other Area D residents to be acknowledged and thanked for their contributions.

Merry Christmas!

Mother Goose Story Kits Program

….for parents of young children!  Create story kits for your family using a variety of simple crafting techniques!  NO COST!  Kaslo Family Centre.

Fridays, 9:30-11:30.  January 12, 19, 26, Feb 2, March 2, 9, April 6, 13.  Childcare provided.  Gas vouchers available for families living on low income.  Register with Barb Cyr at 250-353-7691 ext. 209 or

 Please note: calls will be returned after January 8^th due to holidays.  Offered by North Kootenay Lake Community Services Society with funding from the Province of BC and the Village of Kaslo.
Please provide the following information at the time of registration:  Your name and phone number, names and ages of any children you will be bringing and a list of food allergies.

Our mailing address is:
North Kootenay Lake Community Services Society
Box 546
336 B Avenue
Kaslo, BC V0G 1M0

Free workshop, January 25th..

Supporting Creative Play: Exploring “Loose Parts”.  A free workshop for parents of young children in the Meadow Creek area.  Support your child’s developing creativity, critical-thinking, problem-solving and much more using “loose parts” in play.  Loose parts are materials you may already have at home or things that can be found easily.  Join us for ideas and inspiration!  Thursday, January 25^th.  9:30-11:30.  Meadow Creek Family Centre.  Childcare provided.

Register at Strong Start or by contacting (   Offered by North Kootenay Lake Community Services Society and Childcare Resource and Referral and proudly supported by Columbia Basin Trust.
Please provide the following information when registering:  your name, phone number, names and ages of any children requiring childcare and a list of food allergies