Weekly Updates

Nov. 24th

MERCI – It was wonderful to welcome so many parents on Thursday night to hear about how French is taught at our school. Thanks to our amazing French Teachers who organized this great event.

Before and After School – The school playground is supervised from 8:45-9:00am and from 3:20-3:35pm.  Students should not be arriving to school prior to 8:45am and at dismissal time they should be going straight home after school.

Technology – The staff and students love technology!  We have just purchased an additional 50 Chromebooks to support our learning.  We were able to combine funds from our school’s operating budget and last year’s Dance-A-Thon.  Everyone is very excited to soon begin using our Chromebooks.  We are getting very close to having one piece of technology for almost every two students at Westmount P.S.

We had a great week filled with a variety Bullying Prevention and Awareness Activities and Messages.  Together there are lots of ways we can continue these messages at home and at school regarding how we can work together and treat everyone with mutual respect.

Today your children will arrive home with a School Letter on yellow paper – we would greatly appreciate it if parents could take the time to talk together over the weekend about our school expectations.

Have a wonderful weekend!

 

 

Nov. 16th

Just a reminder that tomorrow there is NO school for students as it is a Professional Activity Day for Staff.

Thank you to Julie Emrich and her team of Parent Volunteers who helped to make our Annual Clothing Swap a great success for everyone!

Next week is Bullying Prevention and Awareness Week. Westmount Staff and Students will be engaged in a number of learning activities that focus on building school community, respect for self and other and strategies to deal with challenging social situations.

French Night for Parents:

Just a reminder of the upcoming French Night for Parents. Have you ever wondered how you can support your child in French?  Westmount Public School will be holding a French Night for Parents on Thursday, November 23rd.  This event is intended for parents of Senior Kindergarten, Immersion, and Core French students. The evening will begin at 6:30 and will last for 1 hour. Come learn about what we do at school, what you can do at home, and about resources in our community that support your child’s learning in French.   We hope to see you there.  (This is an Adult Evening.)

Nov. 10th

A big thank you goes out to our Westmount School Council for organizing another highly successful Family Science Night.  We had a wonderful turnout and the science activities were enjoyed by all.  A special thank you goes out to Mr. Koehler for all of his efforts and organization.

Congratulations to our We Group students who helped to raise $443 toward UNICEF and Rohingya Refugee Crisis – thanks to all of the Westmount families who supported this great cause.  Our students certainly enjoyed chewing gum as a special treat yesterday.  

Progress Reports Cards go home Monday, November 13th.  Please contact your child(ren)’s Teacher directly if you would like to discuss the Progress Report in more detail.  

To contact the Teacher and leave a message:  Call 519-578-5430 Select #2 – And dial by Teacher’s Name (if you do not know the exact extension.)

Clothing Swap – Nov. 14/15 clothing will be accepted in the morning before school starts.  Wednesday November 15th 3:20-5:00pm the Clothing Swap will be open to all Westmount Families.

Westmount French NightHave you ever wondered how you can support your child in French?  Westmount Public School will be holding a French Night for Parents on Thursday, November 23rd.  This event is intended for parents of both Immersion and Core French.  The evening will begin at 6:30 and will last for 1 hour.  Come learn about what we do at school, what you can do at home, and about resources in our community that support your child’s learning in French.   We hope to see you there.

 

Nov. 3rd

Progress Report Cards will be coming home on Monday, November 13th.  These reports will reflect the progress that your child(ren) have made since the beginning of school.  This report is not based on academic achievement. Throughout the school year we encourage parents to contact their child’s teacher whenever they may have a question regarding how their child is doing.  This can be done by writing a note in the planner, having a phone conversation or scheduling a meeting. There is no need to wait until the Progress, Term 1 or 2 Report comes home.

Westmount School’s Family Science Night will be held on Thursday, November 9, from 6:00 – 8:00pm.  All Westmount students and their families are invited to join us for an evening of fun science activities run by the University of Waterloo’s Engineering Science Quest.  The event is free of charge and is being hosted by the school council.  A flyer with the activity list will be sent home soon!

Clothing Swap – Clothing donations will be accepted Tues. 14th and Wed. 15th in the morning. The 6th Annual Clothing Swap at Westmount will take place on Wednesday November 15th beginning at 3:20-5:00pm.

 

Oct. 27th

Fall Food Drive Update:  the total meal count that Westmount Public School was able to raise through our Food Drive this fall –  Food Donated: 663 lbs

For a total of 518 meals that will go out into our community! Thank you to everyone who helped out.

Westmount School’s Family Science Night will be held on Thursday, November 9, from 6:00 – 8:00pm.  All Westmount students and their families are invited to join us for an evening of fun science activities run by the University of Waterloo’s Engineering Science Quest.  The event is free of charge and is being hosted by the school council.  A flyer with the activity list will be sent home soon!

Wednesday November 15th 3:20-5:00pm – Clothing Swap – School Council

Parking Lot and Neighbouring StreetsWe continue to respectfully request that parents do not use the school parking lot for drop-off or pick-up of students.  Everyone agrees that our students safety is a number one priority for all of us.  Please follow appropriate bylaws when parking on any side streets around the school.

 

Oct. 20th

Our Fall Food Drive will end on Monday Oct. 23rd – we really appreciate all of the can and dry food goods that have been donated for our community Food Bank.

Save the date! Science Night here at Westmount – Thursday November 9th 6-8pm

Photo Retake Day – October 25th – This is for any student who was absent on photo day or anyone who was not pleased with their photo

It is not too late to order magazines for our QSP Fundraiser! Please send in your paper orders for our QSP fundraiser in by Monday, October 23rd or go to www.QSP.ca to order any item (using our online ID 4988176). All funds raised will support Breakfast Club and Lunch Club at Westmount Public School.

Thank you for always calling our Attendance Line and leaving a message when your child will be absent – our secretaries really appreciate when you follow this procedure as they are extremely busy during the start of the school day.

Volunteers are needed for Pizza Fridays. If you have an hour to spare in the morning or afternoon please let us know.  Please contact Lynda Waellering (lynda.waellering@gmail.com)  or Christina Vester (cmvester@uwaterloo.ca)

Volunteers are also needed for our daily Breakfast Program.  If you are available to help  between 8:30-9:00am any day of the week, please call the Office and we will provide you with additional information.

We have set the date for the 6th Annual Clothing Swap at Westmount for Wednesday November 15th and are now looking for volunteers to help out with this important event.

We need 20 volunteers to fill the following spots:

Tuesday November 14th – 8:45am – 9:00am (for just 15 minutes right before the bell)

  • accept clothing donations at the front entrance (2 volunteers)
  • accept clothing donations at the back centre door (2 volunteers)
  • accept clothing donations at the side door closest to the portables (2 volunteeers)

Wednesday November 15th – 8:45am – 9:00am (for just 15 minutes right before the bell)

  • accept clothing donations at the front entrance (2 volunteers)
  • accept clothing donations at the back centre door (2 volunteers)
  • accept clothing donation at the side door closest to the portables (2 volunteers)

Wednesday November 15th – 2:00pm – 3:20pm

  • set up tables in gym, sort clothing by size and gender (4 volunteers).  The Wild leaders will also give us a hand as they have in the past.

Wednesday November 15th – 3:20 pm – 5:00 pm

  • assist during clothing swap, let families into the school at the controlled access door, cleanup tables, pack up clothes to be donated (4 volunteers).  There will be some heavy lifting to break down the tables and move them to their designated pick up location.  

Please sign up for a time slot (or two) by emailing julie.emrich@gmail.com by October 31st.  If you are able to sign up for more than one time slot, please do!  If I have missed anyone on the distribution list, please feel free to forward the email along.

We hope that everyone has a great weekend!

 

Oct. 13th

  1. Our Fall Food Drive will begin on Monday October 16th – we appreciate it if you could please bring in can and dry food goods to help the community Food Bank.
  2. Photo Retake Day – October 25th – This is for any student who was absent on photo day or anyone who was not pleased with their photo
  3. School Council Meeting – October 18th 7:00pm – Everyone is welcome to attend.
  4. Thank you for always calling our Attendance Line and leaving a message when your child will be absent – our secretaries really appreciate when you follow this procedure as they are extremely busy during the start of the school day.
  5. Volunteers are needed for Pizza Fridays. If you have an hour to spare in the morning or afternoon please let us know.  Please contact Lynda Waellering (lynda.waellering@gmail.com)  or Christina Vester (cmvester@uwaterloo.ca)
  6. Volunteers are also needed for our daily Breakfast Program.  If you are available to help  between 8:30-9:00am any day of the week, please call the Office and we will provide you with additional information.

We hope that everyone has a great weekend!

 

Oct. 6th

  1. Thanks to our School Council Volunteers for organizing our Pizza Days! We are in need of additional volunteers, so if you are able to  help out on a weekly basis, please contact the Office. Please note that your children are not receiving their pizza until 1:40 pm, so please continue to send a good healthy snack for their first break at 11:00am.
  2. Thanks goes out to Mrs Watson who organizes the Pita Day for our students.  Lots of students enjoyed a healthy pita lunch this week.
  3. Tuesday October 10th is the deadline for all Magazine Orders – thank you for bringing in your paper orders to the school or completing your orders online.
  4. Our Fall Food Drive will begin on Monday October 16th – we appreciate it if you could please bring in can and dry goods to help the community Food Bank.
  5. Photo Retake Day – October 25th
  6. A reminder that Monday October 9th is a holiday and there is no school.  We hope you will enjoy the extra time with friends and family. Happy Thanksgiving!

Sept.29th

Well, it certainly has been an extremely hot week! Some reasonable fall temperatures should be coming our way next week.  Have a wonderful weekend.

  1. When packing lunches for your child(ren) please be reminded that we are a Nut Free School as a number of our students have life threatening allergies.  Some students in classes have life threatening allergies to other foods items and in this case the classroom teacher will have communicated what specific foods are not allowed in the classroom.
  2. Our school Magazine Fundraiser is happening over the next two weeks.  We encourage all families to take part in this worthwhile opportunity to raise money for our very important food programs at Westmount.  
  3. We would like to take this opportunity to celebrate and acknowledge the contributions of Jane MacDonald one of our ESL teachers at Westmount Public School. We congratulate her on her decision to continue her passion for helping others at the Welcome Centre, where she will work full time inviting Newcomers to the Waterloo Region District School Board beginning on Monday. Mrs MacDonald has been devoted to the students and families of Westmount P.S. since 2002. Mrs. MacDonald organized Send’em Off Smiling a program which provides school clothing and supplies for local children in need, Food 4 Kids which is an organization that provides food for students on weekends and has also assisted with the annual clothing drive where all families can donate or receive used clothing from the community.  Mrs. MacDonald has provided many workshops for newcomers, and new mothers in the community.  Mrs. MacDonald is also a teacher involved with the running club with the junior students.  She is always willing to assist others and her support in both our school and neighbourhood will be greatly missed!

Thurs. Sept. 21st

  1. Friday, September 22nd is a PA Day – students do not attend school.
  2. Magazine Fundraiser – School Council will be sending home information following the school assembly on Tues. Sept. 25th. Thank you in advance to our School Council Fundraising Committee for their efforts in this campaign.
  3. We continue to respectfully request that parents do not use the school parking lot for drop-off or pick-up of students.  Everyone agrees that our students safety is a number one priority for all of us.  Please follow appropriate bylaws when parking on any side streets around the school.
  4. Thank you for not coming onto our school property with your pets during school hours 8:30am-3:30pm.  We have children that are not comfortable around animals and we want everyone to feel safe and secure while at school.

Friday Sept. 15th

It was really wonderful to see many of our Westmount Families at our Open House! We hope that everyone has a great weekend.

  1. Photo Day is on TUESDAY SEPT. 19th  – You will receive an information form that explains the process: you will view proofs, select background options, and order AFTER Picture Day. Only return the form if you have “special notes” for the photographer.
  2. School Council Nomination Forms are found online on our website. A paper copy has also been sent home.Our first meeting and elections are on Wed. Sept. 20th at 6:30pm.  https://wsm.wrdsb.ca/schoolcouncil/
  3. Magazine Fundraiser – School Council will be sending home information following the school assembly on Tues. Sept. 25th. Thank you in advance to our School Council Fundraising Committee for their efforts in this campaign.
  4. As part of our annual school safety procedures we will be beginning our 3 fall Fire Drills and 1 Intruder Drill.  Our teachers do an excellent job explaining and preparing our students for these safety drills.
  5. Scooter Racks have been installed for students to lock up their scooter. They are located right beside the bike racks. Thank you to our School Council for supporting this purchase.
  6. Please check the calendar tab on our school’s website for school wide events.

 

Friday Sept. 8th

Thank you for a great first week back to school. It was great to see everyone’s smiling faces. Have a wonderful weekend!

Updates:

  1. School Council Nomination Forms are found online on our website. A paper copy has also been sent home today.Our first meeting and elections are on Wed. Sept. 20th at 6:30pm.  https://wsm.wrdsb.ca/schoolcouncil/
  2. Thank you for calling our Attendance Line at 519-570-8143 Ext 3906# when your child will be absent or late.  Please spell your child’s name when leaving a message.
  3. School Open House – Thurs. Sept. 14th 6:30-7:30pm – please join us to meet our Westmount Staff and see your child’s classroom.
  4. A reminder that there is no pick-up or drop-off in the school parking lot.
  5. For the safety of all of our students, dogs are not permitted on school property during our school hours of 8:30-3:30pm.  
  6. The Westmount Website calendar will be kept up to date with school events. https://wsm.wrdsb.ca/calendar/
  7. We encourage all Westmount parents to sign-up on “School Day”. You received a letter in the first day package with a unique identification key for each of your children.  This year we will be using School Day for more school related activities.  https://www.wrdsb.ca/our-schools/using-school-day/#signup