Nut free snacks

Here are some ideas for snacks that are nut-free:
  • Cut up vegetables and dip (hummus, cream cheese, etc)
  • Crackers and cheese
  • Hard cooked egg or tuna
  • Yogurt and fruit smoothies
  • Chips and salsa
  • Small sandwich
  • Muffins (sweet or savory: e.g. corn muffins with bacon and cheese)

Cheddar Bacon Corn Muffins


  • Yield: Makes 12 Muffins


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup yellow cornmeal
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3 slices bacon, cooked crisp and crumbled
  • 3-4 green onions thinly sliced (about 1/4 cup)
  • 8 ounces sharp cheddar cheese, shredded (2 cups)


  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees and grease a 12-cup muffin tin well.
  2. In a large bowl combine the flour, cornmeal, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Whisk together to combine.
  3. In a medium bowl combine the sour cream, milk, sugar, melted butter and eggs together. Whisk until well combined.
  4. Add the sour cream mixture to the flour mixture and gently fold them together using a rubber spatula. Do not over mix. Add the bacon, green onions, and 1 1/2 cups of the cheddar. Mix until just combined.
  5. Portion out the batter to fill the 12 cups of the muffin tin and then sprinkle the remaining 1/2 cup of cheese over the top of each muffin. Bake until golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean,15 to 20 minutes.
  6. Let the muffins cool in the pan for 5 minutes and then remove them to a write rack to cool for 10 minutes before serving.


Because these have bacon in them, store any extras in an airtight container in the fridge. Refresh muffins in a 300 degree oven for 10 minutes before serving.

Nut free granola bar recipe

These bars contain seeds and almonds for fat and protein as well as tahini as a rich binder. They are relatively low in sugar (compared to “standard” granola bars).  It is safe to bring them to our school as they contain no nuts nor peanuts.

Inspired by this recipe with adaptions from here.


(for a 9″X13″ pan. use an 8″X8″ pan for thicker bars)

1 cup tahini (130 gr.)*
1/4 cup honey (75 gr.)
5 Tablespoons melted butter (70 gr.)
1 Tablespoon water
1+2/3 cups rolled oats (170 gr.)
1/4 cup brown/cane sugar (50 gr.)
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/3 cup a flour of choice**
1 cup mixed seeds (sunflower, pumpkin) and/or almonds (100 gr.)
3/4 cup chocolate chips (75 gr.)

* The best tahinis around here can be found either at No-Frills (Castlegar) or at the Whole-Sale-Club in Nelson. There are two types, both come in a white plastic container with an orange lid.
Raw tahini is not the best choice for this recipe.

**The flour can by white wheat, whole wheat, oat flour or any other grain (quinoa, millet etc.) that is finely ground.

  1. Preheat the oven to 350F. Line a 9″X13″ pyrex pan with parchment paper and grease the paper and the exposed pan.
  2. Heat the honey, gently, to soften it and mix well with the melted butter, tahini and water.
  3. Mix together all the dry ingredients: oats, sugar flour, cinnamon, nuts and chocolate.
  4. Toss the wet mixture with the dry mixture until it is evenly crumbly.
  5. Spread in the prepared pan and press in firmly.
  6. Bake at 350F for 25 minutes or more, until it is slightly brown on top and brown around the edges. At this point it will seem soft but it gets harder when it cools down.
  7. Allow to cool completely before removing from the pan. Cut into bars of the desired size and shape. (extra cooling time of 30 minutes in the fridge may help preventing crumbling while cutting).
  8. Wrap individually or stack a bunch in a Ziploc bag. Store in an air tight container.

PAC meeting dates for 2017-2018

PAC meeting takes place every second Tuesday of the month,
at 3pm, at the school library.

Dates for the meetings of 2017-2018:
November 14, 2017
December 12, 2017
January 9, 2018
February 13, 2018  (pushed back to February 14)
March 13, 2018
April 10, 2018
May 8, 2018
June 12, 2018

PAC board, 2017-2018

President  – Sonja Thoma (new)
Vice president – Naama Avramzon (continuing)
Secretary – Erin Johnson (new)
Treasurer – Stephanie Larsen (continuing)

You can contact the board as a whole or any of the members by email:

Vice President:
The whole board:

PAC committees 2017-2018


Contact person: Chantal

Other member: Heather.

Responsibilities: Running the program, recruiting volunteers (one time or ongoing) for serving, finding grants and programs to fund the program.

Hot lunch:

Contact person: Stephanie

Other member: Beth.

Responsibilities: Running the hot lunch program, planning the meals and recruiting volunteers to cook/serve/food-shop.

Health and Safety

Contact person: Kylie

Responsibilities: Recognizing health and safety problems in school, checking regulations regarding the problems, inquiring the authorities about them and keeping track until they are solved.

School Visioning

Contact person: Beth

Other members: Courtney, Kylie

Responsibilities: getting input from community members, school parents and school staff and coming up with a vision for the way we want school to look like, visually and by nature. The purpose is to have a vision to which school planning (done by the school and the district) will align or aspire. That would improve curriculum delivery, school environment, parents involvement and more.


Contact person: Kylie

Other member: Dayna.

responsibilities: locating sources for grants and special programs and matching them with school needs. Applying for grants.

Collaborating with other institutes in the community such as W.E.G.C.S. society and the Village of Slocan in support of community causes.
A big project for this committee this year is renewing our school playground.


Contact person: Chantal

Responsibilities: Planning an organizing events for holidays and fundraisers.


Contact person: Sonja

Responsibilities: Improving the state of the school library, organizing it, and making it a vibrant place.

If you wish to join one of the committees, have your voice heard and your opinions matter, if you want to volunteer to any of the activities mentioned above, please contact the contact person for the committee or the PAC board at:

PAC board – main roles


Coordinates Parent Advisory Council affairs in cooperation with other executive members. Often shares resposibilities with a co/vice-chair.

The chairperson also:
• presides at all meetings (If he or she is unable to attend, the vice-chairperson or other fill in)

• conducts business meetings

• assists the secretary to prepare the agenda for meetings and consults with the principal on behalf of PAC



Custodian of funds and:

• disburses money according to the decisions of the group, keeps and makes available accurate financial records

• presents a report of finances at each meeting for information (an annual report is usually adopted before the election of new officers)

• records minutes of regular and executive meetings;

• presents and reads minutes for adoption at meetings; and,

• maintains a book or record of minutes and correspondence

•prepares the agenda for PAC meetings