École Westlock Elementary School NEWSLETTER www.westlockelementary.ca Issue #1 September, 2010 Principal’s Message Our Recess Before Lunch project has already started after the successful pilot last year. We are experimenting with start times for each Division in an Welcome back everyone !! It is SO great to effort to reduce Den congestion but so far it was once again have our smiling students back and ready worked out quite well! to apply their gifts to learning for another year! The staff are all looking forward so much to Judging from all the parents reactions it seems like working with you and sharing in the enthusiasm of they are equally happy to have another year begin. our children‟s learning !! May we all have another Our pursuit of ongoing improvements and striving for safe, productive, and enjoyable year! excellence is well underway. We look forward to seeing many of you at „Meet the Creature‟ evening and at School Advisory MEET THE CREATURE NIGHT Council. Each one of you contributes to the success of our school and by working together we will Last year‟s informal format was well continue to find success. The positive and productive received so will continue with the same this year. We relationships that we enjoy with our parents is will meet in the gym on Thursday Sept. 9 at 6:45 PM certainly the foundation from which we grow. to introduce all staff and then we can break out so Over the summer some exciting things you can introduce yourself to your children‟s happened at WES. The construction of Phase 1 of classroom staff members! our new Playground is certainly the highlight. This has taken an incredible amount of work and diligence for which we are truly grateful. Special thanks to the GRANDMA’S DEN leadership and perseverance of Stacy Howse for making this happen. On behalf of all the volunteers We would like to welcome Mrs. Sharon special thanks to Kerri and Dean Wiegand who Cairns back to the Den this year. It will continue to be supplied the equipment<Bobcat> and labour, without open every day of the week! Passes will be available which the project would not of been completed! starting tomorrow <Thursday> for purchase. Milk Another highlight was all the technological passes are $10 and Den passes are $20. upgrades to our school! In addition to having every classroom SMART Board equipped and the class workstations upgraded last year we now have our computer lab completely replaced as well as a Hasn’t Fox and Rocks Park number of classroom computers. As well our school is totally wireless which bodes well for all the turned out just beautiful!! advances coming in the future with learning Obviously the summer rain has opportunities. Please don‟t forget to use our school website @ “www.westlockelementary.ca”. to keep helped promote excellent growth!!! abreast as well! We are also pleased to announce that our COUNSELLING TEAM VIRTUES program will continue to provide the necessary base for all of us to appreciate each other and be better citizens as a result. Our first virtue to We are so pleased to announce that Mme. work on is RESPECT and an attachment will help Claire Vincent will be serving as our FCSS <Family you follow along at home. and Community Support Services> worker this year in addition to her duties working on our teaching staff. She will be joining Ms. Tanya Kemp, our Also – fees include basic insurance and the School Based Counsellor, in providing all the school agenda! We think that everyone is going to necessary services to help students & parents have a really like this year‟s production! productive experience while at school. Having both Fees can be paid through Mrs. Kallal at our staff members also on staff here is an added bonus for school office. They can also be paid on an sure! Our enrollment has necessitated some juggling installment plan and we now accept Visa. with staffing assignments so once times are finalized we will forward both ladies schedules to you. Red Cross Ice Cream Sales SCHOOL ACCESS Mr. McDonald‟s Grade 6 Red Cross Club sells a variety of ice cream treats every Friday. Sales As with last year, during start this Friday, September 3, 2010. Ice Cream treats the day it will be possible to can be purchased for a loonie. access the school only through the main entrance. All other doors are operated electronically. We are asking that all visitors to the IN SCHOOL MENTORING PROGRAM school during the day check-in with the front desk so that we have knowledge of who is in the building. The In School Mentoring Program is, once Our new video surveillance system is also helping out again, looking for adult volunteers who care about immensely in ensuring that our children / building are children. Each child within the program is matched well cared for. with a caring adult. The pair spend one hour per The outside bell is starting at 8:52 AM with week together participating in an activity of their students in their classrooms by 8:57. Our AM choice. If you, or anyone you know, has one hour per announcements and O‟Canada are at that time. week to spare, please consider spending it with a We REALLY appreciate the „drop area‟ in child whose life would be enriched by having an front of the school (yellow curb) being used just for adult friend. Please contact Claire Vincent at 349- that purpose <ie: not leaving unattended vehicles 3385. there during the morning/after-school rush periods>. Please park in the designated visitor areas or on the BREAKFAST PROGRAM street if you need to spend time inside the building during peak times. This very successful program will be running again EACH morning from 8:30-8:55 AM. All food School Council items are prepared in advance – we just need volunteers to help serve at the two entrances. Please Our first school council meeting of the year contact the school <Deb Dubrule> at 349-3385 if you will be held Tuesday, September 28 at 7:00 p.m. in can help out. the W.E.S. library. A healthy school council relates to a healthy school. Staff appreciate tremendously the ROOTS OF EMPATHY BABY’S parents who come to these meetings and work together for the benefit or our children. Our school council is definitely one of the major strengths of our Our Roots of Empathy Program is school! once again looking for Baby‟s to enjoy their In addition to expanding our Volunteer Data first year of development with a class of Gr. Base we will be working on Phase 2 of the 1‟ers. The time commitment of the Mom and/or Dad Playground Project as well as adding to Fox & Rocks as well as the Baby is only one period <30 minutes> Park.. Ongoing beneficial efforts will be added of per month. The appropriate age is for the Baby to be course! between 2 & 4 months old in October. Please contact our FCSS coordinator, Claire Vincent @349-3385 for School Fees/Agendas info.baby Instructional Fees – Kindergarten - $50.00 Instructional Fees – Gr. 1-6 - $65.00 Classroom Supply Fees – Gr. 1-3 - $25.00 TRACKING INFORMATION COMMUNICATIONS We really appreciate everyone‟s efforts to Working together we can accomplish just let their children‟s homeroom teacher know in about anything. It is so important that our the morning when schedules/pickup/bussing children see the significant adults in their lives issues are going to change that day. The use of working together and having positive relations. student agendas to communicate to teachers We strongly encourage all adults <parents, staff, plans for changes in the students schedule & bus drivers> to make a conscious effort to treat REALLY helps alleviate constraints in the office. each other respectfully and maintain productive When that is not possible and information HAS communication channels. to be passed along to children please please As a staff we commit to working please let Diane know before 3:00 PM so that we have a chance to get all the messages passed together in a professional, supportive along before dismissal. Our student numbers and unified manner to promote a have increased slightly once again so we have a nurturing learning environment. lot of „beautiful souls‟ to be responsible for! Ensuring student safety is, of course, of STAFFING CHANGES paramount concern to us. We have to know when students are not where they are supposed to be. A call to the school is much appreciated In addition to Claire Vincent assuming should an absence not be known in advance <ie: the FCSS duties it is our distinct pleasure to included in the student‟s agenda>. Should a announce that Mrs. Paddy Zadunayski is joining student be late for school they must check in at us as a Gr. 3 homeroom instructor and that the office to pick up a late slip. This also ensures Cheryl Hunter will be re-joining the SPICE team. that our tracking system will work properly. While Mrs. Z is new to our school she certainly The school office officially opens at 8 isn‟t new to teaching! She has a wealth of AM in the morning. While many of us are here experience with Numeracy <First Steps in Math much earlier than that please use the available trained> and with Balanced Literacy. She is also voice-mail if no one picks up. Supervision starts a trained Assessment facilitator in our division. at 8:30AM. While we can help out with a few Mrs. Z, her husband Conrad and family live over kids in the foyer before then it is difficult for us in the Hazel Bluff area. and the kids when the „early crew‟ starts getting We will also be able to shortly announce too large. Thanks in advance for not sending another addition to Division 1 Teaching Support. your kids to school early when it is not Needless to say you already know her and will be necessary! as happy as we are to have her back! SUMMER PROGRAM READING MOMMAS & PAPAS Thanks to all of you who participated in Some of our volunteers have the Summer Reading/Math Support Program! „retired‟ so we are a recruitment drive We also are so thankful to have had Mrs.Sarah for new members! This involves Workman <nee-Sterling> and Arianna Sterling listening to children read one morning per week leading this most successful endeavour! A for six weeks. You can chose which 6 week record number <50+> of students were able to block works for you with the first running Nov. – have their learning levels maintained over the Dec. Training will be provided. Please contact summer in an enjoyable environment! Mrs. Joan Latimer @ 349-3385 or 349-5286 <home> if you are interested. Please note that a Criminal Record Check is the only requirement for working with the students! CASINO WORKERS AWANA PROGRAM We were finally able to secure a casino Awana Program begins next week: license to fund the Music Therapy program and to help upgrade the SNOZELEN room. This will Wed – Sparks – K-Gr. 2 be the weekend of Dec. 11/12 in St. Albert. Mrs. Thurs – Truth-in-Training – Gr. 3-6 Craig would LOVE to hear from you if Call 780-349-4555 for more information or to volunteering is a possibility! The number at register. school is 780 349-3385. ONGOING FUNDRAISING PLAYSCHOOL Please note that we are still collecting Westlock Playschool is still accepting Campbell‟s soup/juice labels and Boston Pizza registrations for the Fall 2010 session. Students receipts <stamped by BP with their school stamp. must be 3 by March 31, 2010 and potty trained. These can be turned in to your homeroom For more information please phone Jenny at 780- teacher who will forward them to our 307-9990 or Megan at 780-349-5017. coordinator, Mrs. Erin Chapotelle. MAY WE ALL ENJOY A SUPER LONG WEEKEND AND HAVE A SAFE SEPTEMBER!!