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Principal’s Message Kindergarten Registrations Sincere wishes of a Happy New Year from all of Wainwright Elementary School is now registering the staff and students of our school to you! I kindergarten students for the 2010/2011 school trust that your holidays were spent with your year. Children must be 5 years of age by March 1, family and friends and were relaxing and 2011. You may register your child at the Main rejuvenating. For most, me included, the Office of Wainwright Elementary School. Please holidays came and went very quickly, but were bring a birth certificate to verify legal name, age, very enjoyable. It seems hard to believe but the and place of birth for your child, as required by 28th of this month marks the halfway point of our Alberta Education. If you do not currently have school year. As you will read in this newsletter, one, please let us know at the time of registration. there are many fun and educational activities An information night will be held May 10, 2010, at planned as we live, learn, and have fun together 7:30 pm in the school library. We would like to in them. Please take the time to read this extend an invitation to all prospective students and newsletter as there are many, many great things their parents to come to the school on happening at our school and we would like each this night to see the and every one of you to become a part of it all! Kindergarten Suite, meet the teachers, and discuss this program with them. January Virtue – Responsibility If you know of anyone that This month we will be focusing our energies on would like to register, please tell the virtue of Responsibility. We are having them to stop by to register, or call activities in our classrooms as well as the entire (780)842-3361. school to focus on the importance of this virtue and how we can practice it in our daily lives. Students are invited to wear Lavender/Gold or WES – A Safe and Caring School the school colors for Color Day on January 11th. In our school we recognize that our students are If you get an opportunity, please talk with your more than that – they are also “our” kids, too! To kids at home about responsibility, its importance help make our school a warm and nurturing place to and what it means to your family, our school, be we offer many different services and programs to and our community. our kids. These include our new Dare to Care initiative where we focus on each and every child to help make them feel that they belong to different Important Dates in January families, one of them being our WES family. We January 4 – Students First Day Back also have specialists like Mr. Bell, our Family January 7 - Early Dismissal at 2:00 pm for School Liaison counselor who works full time in Staff Meeting our school to help both the staff and our students. January 13 - WEPA Meeting at 7:00 pm One of the things Mr. Bell does with our kids is This is a very important organization that offer and “Peace Patrol” program where team provides dollars through fundraising for all of members learn to help settle concerns on the our students. They are the major fundraising playground before they escalate. They also learn group and attending these meetings is an valuable skills that will help them become leaders. opportunity to provide input into how the money is raised and allocated. Meetings are held once a month in the Conference Room located beside WES Citizens at Work the office We take citizenship very seriously at WES. We January 18 - School Advisory Council work with our kids to help them learn that they are Meeting at 7:00 pm citizens of our school, our community, our country ALL PARENTS are very welcome to attend this and the entire globe. December was full of meeting. This is an opportunity to gather citizenship activities. Some citizenship activities information about what is happening in the that we participated in have been: school and provide input to help WES be a better - Entertaining the residents of the Battle River place to live and learn. Lodge and Wainwright Extended Healthcare January 29 – No School - Non-Instructional facility. Day - Our Dare to Care groups made posters to show This marks the mid-point of the school year for our concern for and support of our troops in all students. Students will not be attending Afghanistan. These will be displayed in the school on this day as staff will be preparing for common areas of the Canadian compound in the second half of our school year. Kandahar. - Fundraising through the Rotary Club to help high school completion rates; and provincial build a school in Afghanistan. assessments of student learning. - Raising Canadian Tire Money to purchase gifts for less fortunate members of our From January to the end of February, Alberta community. Education will be conducting the annual - Running a Food Drive to benefit the local Accountability Pillar Survey. In January, parents of food bank and its patrons. students in grades 4, 7 and 10 will receive a - Participating in the “Christmas Close to survey from Alberta Education. In February, Home” activity sponsored by the students in grades 4, 7 and 10 and all teachers Wainwright and District Family and will be completing their surveys online at school. Community Support Services. - Participating in the annual Terry Fox Run All surveys are anonymous and ask questions about - Participating in the Alberta Heart and experiences with this school. In addition to English Stroke Jump Rope for Heart campaign. and French, the parent survey is available in - AMA School Safety Crosswalk Patrol. Mandarin, Cantonese, Punjabi, Arabic, Blackfoot, - The list goes on and on and on… Cree, Korean, Spanish and Tagalog. As an annual check-up on the education system, the Parental Involvement at WES Accountability Pillar provides an opportunity for Would you like to become more involved with Alberta Education and school authorities to ensure the great team here at WES? We offer many that we‟re equipping students for success. Your opportunities and are always looking for help. participation in the survey helps, so we encourage Some examples include, volunteering in a you to return your survey promptly. classroom to help a teacher with students in small group reading, helping out with our Survey results will be available to jurisdictions in activities such as the Terry Fox Run, May 2010, and will be reported publicly by Kinderwalk, Santa‟s Workshop, WES School jurisdictions as part of their 3-Year Education Plans Council, Winter Active day, and Track & Field and Annual Education Results Reports. days. We love our volunteers and are always looking for their help and support. If you are interested in becoming involved please feel free Winter Weather and Outdoor Clothing to contact the school. It is our practice to promote healthy activity for our students outdoors as much as possible. During recess breaks we will be trying to go outside for Attention All Volunteers: some of the time on most days. This will mean that We love our volunteers and want to keep them as all students must have appropriate winter wear an active part of our school community! In the (boots, coats, headgear, and mittens) so they can interests of the safety of the students in the play outside comfortably. We try to make sure schools of the Buffalo Trail Public School students are properly dressed and we would Division – please be reminded that all volunteers appreciate it if you were able to both ensure that are required to complete a „Volunteer they have proper winter wear and reinforce the need Declaration Form‟. We trust that you will find to wear it when outside. If the temperature outside this to be a positive initiative, as it is designed to is -25 degrees Celsius with or without the wind ensure the safety of all children. If you volunteer chill, students will stay indoors for recess. The in the school any capacity and have not had a temperature will be checked on the Environment chance to do so yet, please stop by the office and Canada Website throughout the day, so if it warms complete the form. up to -24 degrees Celsius, with our without the wind chill, children will go outside. Please remember your winter clothing at all times. Accountability Pillar Surveys You may have recently seen newspaper articles on Provincial Achievement Tests (PATs) or Winter Clothing and Bus Students changes to the Grade 12 Diploma Exams. Both Bus students need to be reminded to PATs and Diploma Exams contribute to the always wear proper clothing when Accountability Pillar, a tool used by Alberta riding the bus. Bus drivers can Education to evaluate how well the education refuse entry onto the bus if a student system is meeting the expectations of parents is not properly dressed. BTPS policy and the public. All parents want to know that states that buses will operate unless the temperature their children are receiving a quality education. or the combined wind chill temperature exceeds –45 Grades are important but there is more to it than degrees Celsius. The bus will get very cold very that. A quality education helps all children make quickly if it happens to quit on a bus route. Proper the most of their talents and abilities. clothing will go a long way in keeping a child warm until the situation is rectified. Fashion is usually The Accountability Pillar uses a set of 16 forgotten quite quickly when the cold sets in! indicators consisting of surveys of students, parents and teachers on various aspects of quality; student outcomes such as dropout and A Change of Clothes WES School Community Donates To Help the We are asking parents, especially those with Canadian Rotary Centennial Project children in ECS to Grade 3, to please supply Our students in Grades 1 to 6 enjoyed an your children with a spare change of clothes to “Afternoon at the Movies” on December 18th to keep in their lockers at the school. Often we do help raise funds for this worthwhile project. not have extra clothes for students to change into We raised a total of $1143.50 between our Silver when there are spills, slips, or accidents. Collection at our Christmas Concert and our “Afternoon at the Movies”, to donate to the project. As well, the Rotary Club is matching 50 cents for THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! every dollar we raised. Good work everyone! We have tried to express our appreciation for the Thank you to all that were able to help with this many parents who make our school a better place cause. to live and learn. At WES we feel very much that parents and friends of WES are valuable Kudos to our Local East – Alta Co-op members of the educational team. It is Friday, December 18th was a big day in our school wonderful to see so many parents in our school for many reasons. One of these was the “movie in in a volunteer role. Through the Christmas the gym” activity that we enjoyed. We realized that Season, we had an amazing number of you can‟t have a movie without popcorn and our volunteers who came into our school and helped friends at our local Co-op store came to our rescue. out with the many exciting events. We try to say They donated all of the popcorn and supplies to thank you, however we want to make sure that make over 500 bags of popcorn. Mrs. Golding also all of our volunteers know how much we came in and popped the popcorn with Mrs. Hoey appreciate the difference you make in our school. and Mrs. Stang – what a big job! Thank you to our We focus on the virtues during the school year local Cooperative for being such a huge supporter and the message that we are trying to send is of our school as well as our volunteers who helped reinforced when we can point to the many bring this fun activity to our kids. volunteers as fine examples of excellence in citizenship. THANK YOU ALL!!! Accelerated Reading /Library News: The Book Fair was a success providing books for our shelves and prizes for our Accelerated Reading Program. We raised $2497.77 for our Library. Thanks to our parents, the students, and the volunteers for their support and help during the book fair. Many thanks to the school staff WEPA Santa’s Workshop especially for the extras that are asked of them What a huge success! We, at WES, are very during the book fair. appreciative of our parent association WEPA, as well as all parent volunteers. We are also The following students have joined the grateful for the terrific response by parents and 100 Point Club for Accelerated Reader community members who donated items to the as of Dec. 17, 2009: workshop. Our students were excited to Mannix, Nolan Grade 2 105.4 purchase gifts for their family members for McCracken, Eric Grade 2 133.5 Christmas. The gift of giving is the greatest gift Smith, Matthew Grade 2 131.8 of all. Keer, Ariane Grade 3 123.0 “Close to Home” Gifts for Seniors Cornish, Brayden Grade 5 111.7 Krinbill, Mckenna Grade 5 245.1 We want to express our gratitude to all members Pospolita, Elizabeth Grade 5 127.4 of our school community who contributed to this Radujko, Emily Grade 5 168.9 worthy cause. Well done students, staff and Taylor, Jacaida Grade 5 114.8 community for your heartfelt generosity to help Wood, Brenden Grade 5 109.9 brighten the day of needy local seniors. Stonehocker, Tyson Grade 6 124.8 Christmas Concert: The Best Gift Ever Congratulations to all. Our students and staff put on another awesome performance for our Christmas Concert. We very much appreciate the support shown by the large number of people able to attend our performances. It is worth all of the time and After School Floor Hockey Wraps Up effort invested into our concert when we have The Grades 4-6 Boys Floor Hockey Program had 30 such a huge level of support from our boys attend. The boys worked on teamwork, fair community. Thank you! Also, our appreciation play, and positive attitudes towards their friends. goes out to Mr. Brink for taking the time to Focus was on skill development and knowledge of introduce the play to our school and for helping the game. We are fortunate to have quality organize this event, to Mr. Bell for running the equipment sponsored by Wainwright Wellness sound system, and to Nancy Bullock for her Forever and our physical education budget. Mr. piano playing during our week of caroling. Pullen and Mr. Mitchell were impressed with the positive attitudes, and skill development. Well done boys! After School Curling program in Full Swing Grade 2 Beach Day Students in grades 5-6 have been teaming up January 28th will see our kids in with junior high students from Wainwright High grade two celebrating the School to curl on Tuesdays from 4:00-5:00 p.m. “middle” of winter with a Our students have been working on skill beach day. Our grade 2 classes will development and socialization. Mrs. Caron and dress and have activities suitable for a more Mrs. Doetzel are the supervisors for the program tropical climate. Please remember to have your which is run by Mrs. Mary Frank from the child in grade 2 wear clothes that fit our Canadian Wainwright High School. We appreciate her winter as they will need to be dressed warmly for efforts to continue to include our students in this their trip to and from our school. lifelong activity. The students are performing well and enjoying another unique Canadian Grade 3 Medieval Day pastime – Well done! January 28th – Hear Yea! Hear Yea! Calling all members of the Grade 3 WES Kingdom. This is an exciting day of exciting activity set in Medieval Times. Grade 3 parents will receive notes from their children‟s teachers outlining the plans for this January is a cold time of the year and it is always exciting event. Parents, please remember that if you fun to have a few exciting events to break up this are sending a costume for your child on the bus with time of the year. The student events for the them, they must adhere to the rules regarding carry month of January will include: on items on our school buses. After School Basketball Program All girls and boys are encouraged to sign up for our Grades 4-6 Boys and Girls Basketball program that starts Halfway Hat Day –February 1, 2010 – This is a on Monday, January 11th after school day for the entire school to show their school spirit. from 3:30-5:00 p.m. Please contact Mr. Mitchell Normally we don‟t allow hats in school, however at 842-3361 if you have any questions. All this is an opportunity for all students to wear their students will be given a permission slip that favorite winter hats (they can be normal winter hats needs to be completed in order for students to or decorated in a winter theme). take part in the program. This program is non- threatening and is open to all students. Please Jump Rope For Heart come out and give it a try. Once again Grades 4, 5, and 6 will be participating in The Heart and Stroke Foundation‟s Jump Rope Kindergarten Kinderwalk For Heart day on February 11, 2010. We will be This annual event will take place on January 27th sending home permission slips with your child that for the Monday/Wednesday classes, and January will need to be signed and returned prior to student 28th for the Tuesday/Thursday classes. A note participating. We will also be sending out the will go home with your child letting you know of pledge forms with all students in these grades. We the starting time. This is one of the major ask that all pledge forms be returned to the fundraisers for the KAP and the children really school, even if no funds are raised. enjoy the activity filled day. Students that raise money toward this cause will be permitted to participate. Wainwright Wellness Forever Proudly Presents… Friday, January 29th is just going to be a lazy day full of TV and video games, right? WRONG!!! Please mark this day on your calendar to come on out for some free shinny hockey and public skating at the PMM as well as a “twoonie swim” at the Wainwright Communiplex. Come and join your friends and have some fun on this day off of school.
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