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Principal's Message

Dear Parents & Guardians,

Welcome to Chief Tomat Elementary School!  We are a welcoming and proud school in the West Kelowna zone of the Central Okanagan Public Schools.  We are honored to acknowledge that Chief Tomat Elementary is on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the Syilx (Okanagan) People. Presently, we have approximately 250 students from Kindergarten through grade 5.  

We, as staff and families, want Chief Tomat Elementary to be a safe learning environment where each learner can find their passion and explore their full potential.  We want to enjoy learning and playing with one another.  We want to become life-long learners who embrace the challenge of working together to create a world filled with kindness, respect and acceptance.  Like Chief Tomat, whom our school was named after, we strive to learn, grow and work together; solving challenges in respectful and collaborative ways. We believe each of our students has great potential.  We are dedicated to the privilege and responsibility of teaching and nurturing the curricular and core competencies within our students.  We understand in this ever changing world, our students need support as they explore their options and develop the skills they require for the 21st century (collaboration, innovation, communication, creative and critical thinking).

At Chief Tomat, we have a dedicated staff and Parent Advisory Council who all contribute to the success of each child.  Please join our learning community and make a difference for our students.

Personally, I feel extremely proud and honoured to have the opportunity to hold my first principalship at Chief Tomat Elementary.  It is with great pleasure that I now have the opportunity to be part of this amazing learning community and officially become a Wolverine!

 I look forward to getting to know each one of you!  Together we will work towards making our school a great place to learn and be involved. We will help prepare our students to thrive as individuals who will make a positive difference in our world. 

Please stop into the school to say hello and ask questions.  You can always reach me directly on my school email at 


Michelle Kaupp 

Principal, Chief Tomat Elementary