Exploring Francois Lake/Southside. Smoke from the fires…

September 5th.

I am staying at a home in Burns Lake. The owners are quite delightful. Currently I am boarding downstairs, but soon I will be house sitting and looking after the cat (Brat–It’s her real name honestly!)  while the snowbirds depart to Yuma Arizona to avoid all the winter snow up here!

Yesterday Joe took Mark out fishing on Francois Lake while I was teaching. Although it’s written Francois Lake, most of the locals call it Frances Lake. We had lovely fish for dinner! Today we decided to drive around the lake area. We didn’t take the ferry across to Southside. It is still very smokey there and the fire evacuation order was only lifted days ago.  As you drive further away from the school and community center area, some  of the homes seem to get bigger satellite dishes and the woodsheds seem to be adorned with more antlers from deer, moose, and cariboo.

The sunset was incredible as the colors were magnified by the smokey skies.


Exploring Boer Mountain & Kager Lake Trails–Burns Lake! Lots of mountain biking and hiking trails!

Sept. 3-4th The weather around Burns Lake was sunny and beautiful for exploring outdoors. We finally had a tiny bit of rain which was outright optimistic to the forest fighters! Mark stayed in Burns Lake for the first week of school. We explored driving up some of the nearby roads admiring the beauty of the area. We discovered another tent city for fire fighters, and lots of gorgeous lakes and marshy areas. No wonder the moose love it around here!

Mark and I drove about 7 minutes beyond town up to Boer Mountain Lookout Road then continued to the trailhead of Kager Lake. It is very lovely here and popular with lots of mountain bikers. There are bike trails for beginners up to black diamond level.  There is a very keen mountain biking club here and a rental location in town. There is also free camping available and a lovely lake trail to walk/hike. The Kager Lake loop is only 2.8km but if you can also add the long lake loop–it’s 6.4 km. There are lots of signs posted warning to watch out for bears. We saw bear scat, but no bears.


The 2 Elementary School Libraries I’ll be evolving! WKE and Decker (Burns Lake)

Sept. 2018

My title is District Teacher-Librarian/Learning Commons Specialist. My base is in Burns Lake, B.C. SD91 Nechako Lakes. I am here for 6 months to create and introduce library programs and evolve libraries into Learning Commons at 2 Elementary Schools in Burns Lake area. I might be mentoring TL up here too. We’ll see?

I work at William Konkin Elementary Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. It’s very interesting…About 200 students K–grade 7 in 10 classrooms. There is a Carrier cultural program at the school and dual track English and French Immersion. There is a huge, energetic staff and lots of cool programs occurring. There is a breakfast and lunch program too. img_4415I even have my own Eagle Group on Mondays. Nearly all staff touches base with the same 7 students (mixed grades) for 20 minutes each Monday and we discuss traits– like respect. The staff is amazing and we share lots of laughter and fun! (Photos at the beginning of the year….Before pics!)

On Thursday and Fridays I work at Decker Lake Elementary which is about 10 km west along (yes) Decker Lake, towards Topley. This school is a bit smaller. There are 6 classrooms from K–Grade 7. Most of the students get bused from surrounding areas. I’m on duty at 8:10–8:35 a.m. both mornings and supervise the students from the first 2 buses. 3 more buses arrive after I head inside. We have to stay outside unless the temp. gets below -20 degrees C! The lowest I’ve hit so far is -11 degrees. The staff is much smaller and come from Southside, Topley, and lots of areas. The school is surrounded by  woods and the children love building forts and nature creations. I asked about bears…They said there are rarely bears but sometimes a moose! The students play really well together. There is an ice rink structure near the merry go rounds, but I’m told it doesn’t get cold enough for the ice to last anymore???? (Before photos! At the beginning of the year….Check out the plug ins for vehicle heaters!)

There is an orthodox Mennonite school below Decker school. Their bells go at different times and these children don’t seem to mix much. Students wear traditional clothing and there are often signs by the school selling fresh eggs, baking, and crafts.