Strong Start News


Good morning everyone,
It is with mixed feelings that I share the message of Cathy Steigleder’s departure from our MVB Strong Start program.  Mixed? Well, on the one hand…”How dare she???” and “How could she???” but there is this other side which causes my admiration for Cathy to grow.  Cathy and Hans have bought a house in 108 Mile and will be moving at the end of the month.  Always up for an adventure, they will now bring their many gifts to the Cariboo region.
While at MVB, Cathy grew our Strong Start program to over 100 children.  We “not-so-quietly cheered” when our numbers surpassed those of Salmon Arm…and we may have even shared that info with the district folks. 😊 Cathy has been the first face of MVB for many of our families – and what good fortune for us that she has been our welcoming committee.  I know that Cathy has had a similar impact on the community of Falkland and she will be missed in her role there as well.
While Cathy will be missed immensely, she leaves behind a legacy of commitment, collaboration and caring.  Our families will be devastated by this news but, like us, will wish her the very best in the next chapter of Cathy and Hans’ Excellent Adventure.
Cathy, thank you for all that you have done for MVB and for the communities that we serve.  You will be missed – but not forgotten.  “Once a Wildcat, Always a Wildcat!”

Lego Masters and Spirit Builders

IMG_4534Today we celebrated the final day of our MV Beattie 30 day Lego Challenge – and like most good celebrations, cake was involved!  It has been amazing to watch these two Lego Legends come up with a new way to take my likeness (and numerous staff members) on unsuspecting journeys, always ending in a laugh.  Equally wonderful was the number of MVB Wildcats who participated in the challenge and sent us photos of their incredible creations.  Whether through the Lego Challenge, a virtual Talent Show, Starlight Newspaper editions, slide shows, book tosses (still to come) or even “Singalongs” – our staff has been doing a remarkable job of keeping our spirits up during difficult times.  School spirit at M.V. Beattie is alive and well!

I am so very proud of the staff and students of M.V. Beattie and feel incredibly fortunate to work with this team.  Thank you for your commitment to our community!


M.V. Beattie Staff – Community Challenge

In our continued effort to keep everyone’s spirits up, our Wildcat staff has put together an “awe inspiring”  Mash Up rendition of Build Me Up Buttercup for your entertainment.  However, we are also hoping that some of our families – and possibly even local businesses will take on the challenge of creating their own Mash Up to share with us.

We had some fun, loads of laughter at our own expense, and now we bring you the opportunity to laugh WITH us (and perhaps a bit AT us).

Keep Safe & Keep Smiling Wildcat Nation!

M.V. Beattie Talent Show

Screen Shot 2020-05-03 at 1.58.43 PM.pngGood afternoon, Wildcat Nation!  The day has come, the time is right, we have the talent, so you just need to sit back and celebrate the courage of our M.V. Beattie students.  In a typical year, we would have auditions for our gr.4-6 intermediate students, and then up to 6-10 contestants would perform in front of our packed gymnasium.  This year we have opened it up to K-6 and have more contestants from primary than intermediate!  We are very proud of all of our students and each contestant will receive recognition for their performances.  I would welcome you ,our audience, to let them know how great they are.  While we cannot put this ‘mixed tape’ video onto Facebook, we will enable comments on Facebook, so you can share your kind words there!

I will be sending out an email within the next hour that will provide you with the website and protected password so that you will be able to enjoy this special event.

Thanks to our contestants, their families and Mrs. Gadicke (the brains behind the set up) for sharing their talents.  Go Wildcats!