The School House
Early Care & Learning Centre
Proudly serving families with children from birth to 12 years since 2013
Update July 15, 2021:
We are happy to announce that as of August 30, 2021 we will be reinstating pre-pandemic hours of operation at our center. Hours of care will be 7:30 am- 5:15 pm in all program areas. As well, our Before & After School Program (Wildcats) will be reopening in September!
COVID-19 UPDATE, June 30/21:
The School House ECLC will be transitioning to a Communicable Disease Prevention Plan as of July 1st. These protocols will be very similar to pre-pandemic measures taken daily for childcare centres. Our Wellness Questionnaire has been updated and will remain in effect. Please review these documents. We are encouraged and hopeful for returning "back to normal" by September.
- Parents are no longer required to enter the building one at a time as of July 1st.
- Fully vaccinated people (2 wks post 2nd dose) are no longer required to wear a mask inside the centre. Please do your best to social distance and respect the mask policy if you are not yet 2 weeks post your second dose of the vaccine. Those who are not yet fully vaccinated will still be required to wear a mask inside the building. For those choosing not to receive the vaccine and with mask exemptions, staff will continue to provide help for outdoor pick up & drop off! Some fully vaccinated people may still choose to wear a mask and that is okay!
- Question 3 of the Wellness Questionnaire now only restricts travel outside of Canada.
The Schoolhouse stands and grieves with the Tk’emlups te Secwépemc First Nation, the families of the children who attended the Kamloops Indian Residential school and the families of all children who attended any residential Schools in Canada. We open our hearts and hold space for the unimaginable pain that this recent finding of this mass burial site has inflicted on all Indigenous people.
We join you all in great sorrow and knowing that this is just the beginning, of the pain, the grief and the healing. We stand beside you in the knowing of how wronged the people of this land have been. We stand beside you in moving forward in a good way, honoring the Indigenous people of this land and ensuring all of the Truth and Reconciliation’s 94 calls to Action are fully recognized and honored by all of the peoples of Canada.
We share this beautiful offering by Abigail Echo-hawk in honor of the 215 children that lost their lives at the Kamloops Indian Residential School.
When they buried the children
What they didn’t know
They were lovingly embraced
By the land
Held and cradled in a Mothers heart
The trees wept for them, with the wind
they sang mourning songs their mothers
didn’t know to sing
Bending branches to touch the earth
around them. The Creator cried for them
the tears falling like rain.
Mother Earth held the
Until they could be found.
Now our voices sing the mourning songs.
With the trees. the wind. light sacred fire
Ensure they are never forgotten as we sing
- abigail echo-hawk
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The School House respectfully acknowledges the Sinixt (Lakes), the Sylix (Okanagan), the Ktunaxa and Secwepemc (Shushwap) peoples on whose unceded traditional territories we are honored to live and play. We honour their connection to and the stewardship of the land. We respect the importance of the environment and these connections to place and their impact on the strength of community. We acknowledge that there is still much work and learning to do.
"The School House is a holistic, loving community that values respectful relationships through a child centered, play based learning environment."
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The School House is an official Universal Childcare Prototype Site!