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WINTER BUSSING in effect - please see schedule below, effective January 4, 2016

Thursday, February 11, 2016 -
All busses are running as per the schedule.

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Strong Start Program **New Hours**
Effective September 8 2015

JS Clark Elementary
Monday ~ Friday 8:30am-11:30am

GW Carlson Elementary
Monday ~  Friday
8:30 AM to 11:30 AM

Wednesday,Thursday , Friday
12:15 PM to 3:15 PM

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Superintendent’s Message:

Dear Parents,
                Re: Foundation Skills Testing for Grades 4 and 7

This letter is to clarify the BC Ministry of Education requirements regarding students excused from writing the FSA. You may receive a letter from the BC Teacher’s Federation with a form that parents can sign to excuse their child from participation. However, as in other Provincial exams in grades 10 to 12, students are expected to participate in the FSA in grades 4 and 7.

The Ministry of Education requires that every B.C. student in grades 4 and 7 write the FSA. The only three reasons that a student can be excused from the FSA are:
  • Illness over the entire testing period – Jan. 11-Feb. 19th
  • Family emergency resulting in the student not being at school for the testing period
  • Extenuating Circumstances (i.e. special needs student who is unable to read or write; a family emergency that impacts the student upon their return to school)
The school Principal must report to the Superintendent of Schools all student names who they are excusing from FSA testing base on the above criteria, along with the extenuating circumstances. The Minister of Education may request this list from the Superintendent.

The Foundation Skills Assessment (FSA) is currently the only provincial-wide measure of achievement for elementary students. It is valued by many parents as the only means of determining progress using a consistently administered standards-based assessment and is used by the school system as a basis for planning.

School District #81 (Fort Nelson), has top provincial FSA scores in grade four reading and the top provincial marks in our aboriginal student scores. Our Foundation Skills Assessment results were used along with other district assessment results in the planning and implementation of programs and supports for students that have resulted in increased literacy achievement.

Provincially, the Foundation Skills Assessment scores have been found to provide a reliable prediction of a student’s likelihood of completing grade twelve on time. For students who have met expectations on their Grade 7 FSA reading test, the school completion rate was 90%. For those who exceeded expectations, it was 100%. Similar patterns exist between Grade 4 FSA and completion rates.

FSA will be administered within a timeframe of January 11 to February 19th, 2016.  The entire test takes 4.5 hours to write and is done in sections rather than all at one time. Encourage your child to do their best without putting pressure on them. Teachers and principals have ensured that your child is familiar with the testing process and is familiar with sample test questions to help alleviate anxiety.

For further information on FSA testing, please go to www.bced.gov.bc.ca/assessments/fsa and www.bccpac.bc.ca

Diana Samchuck
Superintendent of Schools

**Revised Provincial Exam Schedule**

Welcome to School District 81
The Fort Nelson School District serves students from the town of Fort Nelson and the Northern Rockies Regional District. The School District has five schools. There are four schools in the township of Fort Nelson, the J.S. Clark Elementary School, the G.W. Carlson Elementary School serving kindergarten to Grade four students, the R.L. Angus Elementary School serving students in Grades 5 to 7, and Fort Nelson Secondary School serving students in Grades 8 to 12. Our one rural school, Toad River School serves students from Kindergarten to Grade 12.

"As a community of learners we embrace opportunities to build successful futures."

School Calendars

2015-2016 Calendar

2015 - 2016 Toad River Calendar

Unsure if this Flock of Birds knows its still Winter, but be aware they can show up anytime on your front lawn
Please Click the Link Below to Find out how you can flock someone and support the FNSS Band

Fort Nelson Voices
(Student Writing) Open to all Students

Feb 11 - Book Fair @ GWC

Feb 11- Last day for survey on School District  Calendars, Please see below

School District Calendar and Survey Please take the time to respond to the survey by Feb 11th 2016

Feb 12- Jump Rope for Heart & Family Dance @ GWC

Feb 17 - 100th Day of School GWC

Feb 24 Read Aloud Day @ GWC

Feb 25 & 26 District Pro-D Days

Pro D Events in District 81 click link below for list of events

February 29 @  Fort Nelson Family Development (Dr. Wendy Hall ) 6:30- 9:00 pm See in link below

Northern Rockies Speakers Series
"Growing Children, Strengthening Families"

New mandated Curriculum implementation Non-Instructional days (Apr 29 & May 24 ) Updated calendar below in Quick Links
Quick Links

Click Link Below for Family Friendly  Website:


Box 87, 5104 Airport Drive, Fort Nelson BC V0C 1R0
Phone: 250 774-2591
Fax: 250 774-2598