CHEQ (Childhood Experiences Questionnaire)

All SD83 Kindergarten families will be receiving an email from our school district today with a unique link to the CHEQ (Childhood Experiences Questionnaire).

The CHEQ is a questionnaire completed by parents and caregivers at the start of the Kindergarten school year. It helps teachers, school administrators, and community partners to provide and improve targeted supports for children and families.

The CHEQ is used to:

  • Develop district and community-wide programs and policies;
  • Better understand the early experiences of children and families; and
  • Improve classroom planning and school programming.

 The CHEQ includes questions about children’s experiences with language and numeracy, nutrition and sleep habits, activities at home and in the community, and access to and use of resources and services. Please reach out to Jennifer Findlay, District Principal – Early Learning, at if you have any questions. 

CHEQ Information Sheet

National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

Since 2013, September 30th has been observed as Orange Shirt Day, a movement to recognize the colonial legacy of Indian Residential Schools and make commitments towards the ongoing process of reconciliation. As this is non-enrolling day, students and their families can take personal time to reflect on and learn more around Canada’s history and explore what their own personal work towards reconciliation might look like. Students, staff and parents are encouraged to wear orange to school on Wednesday September 29th.

Hold and Secure ended

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

On behalf of SD83 I wish to thank you for your understanding regarding the “hold and secure” issued on Friday, September 17, 2021. Given the situation that unfolded at several schools in and around Salmon Arm, it was necessary to ensure the safety of all students and staff. Though the term “lockdown” has been reported by some media sources, this is inaccurate. The “hold and secure” we initiated was a means of preventing unauthorized individuals from entering our schools.

After much consultation, we feel confident that the “hold and secure” can be lifted as of tomorrow, September 21, 2021. We have encouraged schools to limit their number of entry points. Most schools will move toward having the main entries locked after the opening bell, the exception may be our Secondary Schools with open campuses. You may gain access to the school by calling the main office. Where possible, additional supervision will be added to playgrounds during recess and noon hours.

Once again, I’d like to thank you for your patience and understanding. The messaging you received on Friday was an attempt to keep you informed and was done in the spirit of transparency. If you have questions or concerns, I would welcome a thoughtful and respectful conversation.

We look forward to moving ahead and focussing our attention on the wonderful achievements of our students.


Donna Kriger
Superintendent of Schools

Retraction from Salmon Arm Observer

This was posted by the SA Observer in error and has been rectified. I have emailed all parents with a letter from our Public Health nurse regarding this misunderstanding

Dear Parkview Parents;
It has come to my attention that an article in the Salmon Arm Observer has been published regarding pop-up vaccination clinics. The article states that there will be a vaccination clinic at Parkview School (and even posted a picture of our school). This is NOT the facts. The clinic is being held at the Sicamous Health Unit, in the mall next to the school. If you have any questions or concerns please contact Interior Health.