Re-opening info for StrongStart Program

We are looking forward to welcoming our North Okanagan-Shuswap StrongStart families back to our programs starting on Thursday, October 1st. StrongStart is a free early learning program for preschool children, 0 to 5 years old, and their parent or caregiver. There will be COVID-19 guidelines in place at all programs to ensure the safety of our families, StrongStart educators, and school community. 


  • Registration for all SD83 StrongStart programs will open on Thursday, September 17th, 2020 and will be ongoing 
  • If your child was previously registered in a StrongStart program in our district, please call the school to indicate that you and your child are interested in attending the StrongStart program again this school year 
  • If your child is new to StrongStart, please phone the school to request a time to come in and complete the registration process 
  • Interested families will need to choose one program to attend as we will not be supporting participation at multiple programs due to COVID-19 

Click here for complete information

A Message from Mrs. Langlois

Dear friends, families and students of Salmon Arm West,

My name is Sharon Langlois and I have taught grade 2/3 for the past 7 years at SAW (for those of you who don’t know me). It has been such a beautiful time for me as a teacher, and as a neighbour and friend living up in Gleneden. I have felt embraced and supported by this community and entrusted to help teach and love your children. I have cherished and enjoyed every day. Recently, Mr. Wellingham and I applied for a grant to plant trees and shrubs in the school playground. I was planning to be here to help plant them. As life happens sometimes, paths take twists and turns and choices have to be made. Many of you know that our house in Gleneden has sold and we have purchased a home in Scotch Creek. I planned on keeping an eye out for teaching positions in that area, at some point, but was surprised to see one come up there just last week.  I am not at all ready to leave SAW, but I applied and was offered a grade 1/2 position. In a gut-wrenching decision, I accepted it.  I am sad to leave SAW at this unexpected time, especially without a chance to see all of you. When you spend time in the Shannon Sharp Learning Circle, or sit in the shade of the trees that you will plant, or rock in the boat in the field, or walk to the river and visit the donkeys, I hope you will think of me. Salmon Arm West, and all of you, will be in my heart forever.  I won’t say goodbye, because I hope to see you around this beautiful land we share.

Kukwstsetselp. Me7 wíktsen e nén̓ses. Keep Shining and Smiling❤️

Sharon Langlois

Health & Safety

The staff at Salmon Arm West has put a lot of thought into the health, safety, and well-being of our staff members, students, and parents.  Please go to the links below to see our the school and district health and safety protocols for the 2020-2021 school year.

All staff with be reviewing this document on September 8th and September 9th, 2020.  All students will be learning about how to keep themselves and others safe on September 10th and September 11th, 2020.  Safety protocols will be regularly taught and reviewed with students as needed during the year.


Safety Plan-SAW-2020-2021


Safety Plan-District-Stage 2