Chris Hadfield, Canadian Astronaut, visits Falkland School

On his way to pick up his new puppy (Henry) from our community of Falkland, Col. Hadfield made a pitstop at Falkland School on Friday, September 17th. A heavily decorated astronaut, engineer, and pilot, Col. Hadfield’s many awards include the Order of Canada, the Meritorious Service Cross and the NASA Exceptional Service Medal. He was named the Top Test Pilot in both the US Air Force and the US Navy and was inducted into Canada’s Aviation Hall of Fame. He has flown three space missions, building two space stations, performing two spacewalks (EVAs), crewing the Shuttle and Soyuz and commanding the International Space Station. He shared with students he has been around the earth 2650 times, saw the sun 16 times in one day, lived in space for half a year and was the first Canadian to leave a space craft and float freely/walk in space.

We feel so fortunate that he was able to pop in for a visit to share about his accomplishments and experiences in space. While our two oldest classes heard him speak in person in our gymnasium, families joined in from the comfort of their homes and our 4 youngest classes streamed in from their classrooms in order to meet the current health and safety restrictions for our region. Col. Chris Hadfield made a very brief in person appearance to our 4 youngest classrooms. CLICK HERE to view a video of Col. Chris Hadfield singing to our grade 1/2 students as he peaked in their class. This impromptu performance was initiated by Chris Hadfield himself after noticing the teacher’s guitar hanging on the wall.

Thank you to the Robinson family for coordinating his visit. Thank you to Chris Hadfield for the visit and sharing your experiences with our school community. Falkland School students, staff and families are grateful for this once in a lifetime opportunity.

Info for Kindy Families

School District No. 83 would like to extend a huge welcome to our Kindergarten families! During Gradual Entry, the Kindergarten team at each school is busy helping our K students learn about classroom routines and procedures, as well as helping them adjust to the new social and emotional realities of school. 

Here is some information for Kindergarten families about school health services provided by public health staff. Please contact Jennifer Findlay, District Principal – Early Learning, at if you have any questions about school health services or the Kindergarten program, in general.

Letter from Interior Health for families of kindergarten students

Message from the Superintendent

To the Parent(s)/Guardian(s)/Caregiver(s) of SD83 Students: 

I want to extend my thanks to you for the patience and understanding you have demonstrated over the first few days of school start up. The accounts being shared from our schools speak to the excitement and hope which exists among the students and staff.  

As a district we are grateful that many of the restrictions imposed during the last school year have been removed. However, the Ministry of Education and the Provincial Health Officer have mandated masking among all Grade 4-12 students due to the prevalence of the Delta variant. The province has also requested that school districts cooperate with their local health regions to accommodate pop up vaccination clinics at some school sites for families and students who are 12 years of age and older.  

I would ask that you carefully read the documents we are sharing on behalf of Interior Health. As an educational organization we believe parents/guardians/caregivers play an important and necessary role in educating their child(ren). As a result, I ask that you take the time to discuss the topic of vaccination with your child(ren).  

We are grateful for you our stakeholders, as you are much needed partners in ensuring our schools remain open for face-to-face instruction.  We have high confidence in our school staffs along with members of the transportation, facilities and custodial team who continue to work tirelessly to ensure the safety of your children while they are in our care.  

Wishing you and those you love health and wellness. 

Donna L. Kriger,
Superintendent of Schools

Letter from Interior Health

If the links don’t work in the letter please click on the following:

Public Health Communicable Disease Guidance for K-12 Schools

Interior Health Order

Clinic Dates and Times

To learn more about Mature Minor Consent