Coast Mountains Board of Education School District 82 is seeking public feedback regarding the 2015-2016, 2016-2017 and 2017-2018 Proposed School Calendars. An all-partner consultative School Calendar Committee was formed by the Board of Education in March 2014 with a mandate to guide the development of an ongoing plan for school calendars over the next three years.

For further information, please contact Carole Gagnon, Executive Assistant at the Board of Education Office (250) 638-4401 or 1-855-635-4931, Ext. 4401.

FullSizeRender  Gigi Ida and Ye’e Sam are welcomed visitors to Suwilaawks Community School.  They are pictured here with Mr. Peal.  Gigi Ida and Ye’e Sam can often be found visiting “Christine’s Cottage” located in the school library.  Gigi and Ye’e tell the most fabulous, engaging stories and are always willing to share their knowledge with our students.  We thank them for visiting Suwilaawks and hope to see them both again soon.

IMG_0876 - fosterChristine Foster’s legacy lives on.  Christine’s commitment to  engage young  learners in a literacy rich environment was honoured with the grand re-opening of the Suwilaawks library.  “We hope we captured the spirit of Christine.  She was an amazing lady and she will be remembered every time a child flips through the pages of a book in the warmth and comfort of Christine’s Cottage .”


Over 60 excited kids have been enrolled in Karate since November.  Karate is only one of the many after school sports and arts programs offered free of charge through the Suwilaawks “InnerActive” Afterschool Program… With support from RBC, JumpStart Community Partners, Terrace Shogun Dojo, Terrace Youth Sports, the City of Terrace, Kermode Friendship Centre and the Ministry of Education’s Afterschool Sports and Arts Initiative … Students have been afforded the opportunity to engage in a variety of programming that promote creativity, encourage passion, and hopefully provide the basis for continued healthy, active living.  Clubs run Monday to Friday  and include cultural fine arts, choir, dance, mini basketball, basketball, floor hockey, indoor soccer, European handball, karate, Kindergarten Club and the very popular Lego Lab.

Click afterschool second set to see programming available.



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The Foundation Skills Assessment is an annual province-wide assessment of British Columbia students’ academic skills, and provides a snapshot of how well BC students are learning foundation skills in Reading Comprehension, Writing, and Numeracy.

The main purpose of the assessment is to help the province, school districts, schools and school planning councils evaluate how well students are achieving basic skills, and make plans to improve student achievement.  FSA is designed and developed by British Columbia educators.  The skills assessed are linked to the provincial curriculum and provincial performance standards.

The assessment is administered annually to Grade 4 and 7 students in public and provincially funded independent schools.

FSA 2015 Assessment Administration Dates
Assessment Administration in Schools:
January 12 – February 20, 2015

More information is available on the Ministry of Education’s website at:

September 24, 2014

Welcome Back!

When the faces came through the door on Monday morning, we were reminded that each of our students bring individual qualities to our school and that each of them offer something completely unique … and most importantly that all together we make a great team.

We never know who is going to walk through our school doors … the next Einstein, the next Dr. Seuss, the next Roy Vickers, the next U2, the next generations of doctors, lawyers, teachers, heavy equipment operators, computer technicians, fashion designers, chefs. This school is filled with creative talents and high academic aspirations.  Our hope for each and every student is that they work to the best of their abilities and take pride in themselves and in their community. Suwilaawks students are readers, writers, scientists, artists, dancers, weavers, singers … they are creative human beings and treasures to us and to their families.  Simply put, they are our future and we look forward to this years’ journey.

Mrs. Kawinsky and Mrs. Clarke


September 29    School Picture Day


Fill out Lunch forms and return to school by Monday, September 29.

If your child will be away, please contact the school at 250 638 0306.

Warning Bell: 8:55

School begins: 9:00

Lunch 12:00 – 1:00

School ends: 2:52

Also ask to join our Suwilaawks Community School Facebook Page


Suwilaawks’ Kitchen Café


Buffet Style Lunch is served each day for students signed up for the program.  ALL students are welcome to join.  Lunches are $2.00 per day.  Send payment with this notice (cash preferred).  Check off the days your child will receive lunch.  If you are unable to pay at this time, you must still sign your child up for the program so that we can plan accordingly. Volunteers are needed to help prepare the healthy lunches.  Please drop in to chop veggies, prepare fruit and to have a coffee.Water is the healthiest choice. Reminder: Please do not bring fast food lunches to school.  Those extra special treats should be shared at home.  Feel free to pick your child up if you have a “treat” planned for them.  Thanks for supporting the school in promoting a healthy eating environment.

Coffee is always on.




Dear Parents/Guardians,

As many of you will have heard by now, I am writing to confirm that we have received word early this morning of a tentative agreement between the BC Teachers’ Federation (BCTF) and the provincial government.  With the assistance of mediator, Vince Ready, the two sides were able to agree on a framework for a negotiated settlement.  Both sides are meeting again today to finalize the settlement which will then be put to a ratification vote by both sides later this week.

It has been a long and difficult dispute for everyone involved, and we understand that you may have many questions about the exact date and procedures concerning school opening.  We have been working to ensure a smooth opening as soon as possible while school has not been in session.  There are still many organizational tasks that require teacher participation, we hope to be opening our buildings as soon as possible to welcome back your children.  It is anticipated that schools will open next week, but we ask that you continue to monitor our website at for the exact date.  We will be working to plan and communicate opening day procedures information to you over the next few days.

We are pleased to have finally reached this stage in the process and eagerly look forward to welcoming back students and teachers.  Thank you for your incredible patience during these difficult weeks and we look forward to beginning the 2014-2015 school year.



Katherine McIntosh
Superintendent of Schools

November 2019
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