Weekly Updates

Friday May 18th

May: ROAR Focus: A– stands for Attentive. We use our eyes and ears to pay attention and our brain to think about what is happening.

Growth Mindset Affirmation: “I get stronger when it’s difficult”

Monday May 21st – Victoria Day Holiday – Schools are closed

We Day Celebration – Popsicle Day was a great success – over $900 was raised for the Mully Children Family Foundation.  Thanks to the students and staff who organized this great charity activity.

School Day here are some links to assist you with using School Day Parent Support School Day

EQAO Testing – Just a reminder that our Grade 3 and 6 students will be taking part in the EQAO testing from May 22-25th.  We ask that you please do not make appointments during the day on these exact dates. Thank you

SAVE THE DATE! – Family Year End Picnic  – Tuesday June 19th 5:30-7:30pm- everyone is welcome!!

Friendly Reminders:

  • We provide supervision at 8:45-9:00am and from 3:20-3:35pm – please do not send your children to school any earlier.  Also there is no school/washroom access for students who decide to play after school, while being supervised by family/caregivers.
  • Furry friends are asked to remain at home during before and after school, as not all of our students are comfortable around unknown animals.
  • The school parking lot may not be used for before and after school pick-up or drop off.

 

 

 

 

Friday May 11th

May: ROAR Focus: A– stands for Attentive. We use our eyes and ears to pay attention and our brain to think about what is happening.

Growth Mindset Affirmation: “I get stronger when it’s difficult”

Wednesday May 16th – Westmount’s Got Talent 11:50-1:10pm – please come join us and enjoy our extremely talented students.  Guests are welcome to arrive at 11:40am – the show will be appx. 75 minutes in length.  Please be reminded that there is no parking in the school lot.

Thursday May 17th – 6:00pm-8:00pm – Westmount Family Reading Night and Book Swap

All families are welcome including kindergarten to grade 6 and of course siblings of Westmount students are welcome as well!

Donations of gently used books ​will be accepted on Wednesday May 16th and Thursday May 17th before school (8:45 to 9:00) at the front doors and the middle back doors only.  

You may also bring book donations to the Reading Night on Thursday. Books in all languages are welcome.  For more information, please contact Eva Plach at eplach@wlu.ca.

We Group Fundraiser – Forms for ordering popsicles are due Friday, however we will still accept orders until this Monday 14th .  A suggested donation of $ 2 dollars will go towards the Mully Children Family Foundation. Popsicles will be delivered on Thursday May 17th.

 

 

 

Thursday May 3rd – No school for students tomorrow Friday, May 4th 

May: ROAR Focus: A– stands for Attentive. We use our eyes and ears to pay attention and our brain to think about what is happening.

Growth Mindset Affirmation: “I get stronger when it’s difficult”

Westmount’s Got Talent – If you would like to see your child perform during the audition process – please feel free to come and join us.  Here is the schedule for May 7/8/9th:WGTschedule

Wednesday May 9th – Class Photo and Sibling Photo Day SiblingPhotoDay

Thursday May 10th – We welcome Heather Smith as our guest author today.  She will be presenting to all of our classes throughout the school day.  Thank you to Mrs Plach for organizing this visit, as well as School Councils’ financial assistance. Reading Night 2018 (1)

EQAO Testing – Just a reminder that our Grade 3 and 6 students will be taking part in the EQAO testing from May 22-25th.  We ask that you please do not make appointments during the day on these exact dates. Thank you

School Day – Here is an information link for how to use School Day Mobile for those parents interested. http://support.school-day.com/en/articles/using-parent-mobile/

Student Class Placements for September: During the Spring one of the most important responsibilities our staff embark upon is the creation of classes for September.  We desire to create a wonderful balance of students, taking into account everyone’s strengths and overall learning needs. If you should feel inclined to advocate for the needs of your child in regards to a class placement the following process is to be followed – please complete the attachment Creating Classes for September.docx

 

 

Friday April 27th

May: ROAR Focus: A– stands for Attentive. We use our eyes and ears to pay attention and our brain to think about what is happening.

Growth Mindset Affirmation: “I get stronger when it’s difficult”

Please Save the Date and your Books to donate: Thursday, May 17th 6:00-8:00pm – We look forward to welcoming families to our Reading Night.   Reading Night 2018 (1)

Friday May 4th – no school for students.  It is a Professional Development Day for staff.   

Safe Arrival Program Reminders:

  • call or email the school when your child will be late or absent
  • Parents and guardians have a responsibility to contact the school when a child will be late or absent.

You now have two ways to contact the school to report your child’s absence or late arrival – available 24hrs 7 Days a Week:

  1. Call Us – Our Attendance Line can be reached by calling 519-578-5430 dialing extension #1. Spell your child’s name, provide grade, class, and reason for the absence.
  1. Email us – You can send an email to wsm-attendance@wrdsb.ca and include the following information:
  • Subject Line: Student’s Name
  • Body of Email: Student’s name, grade, class, your name, and the reason for the absence.

 

 

Friday April 20th

April: ROAR Focus – Optimistic

Growth Mindset Affirmation: “When I practice I see great results!”

Science Fair – congratulations to all of our students and families who participated in the annual Science Fair.  It was wonderful to see all of the creative projects! Thanks very much to Christine Carmody, James Danckert and Holly Pearse for their leadership in this event, as well as all of the other parent volunteers who assisted in making this event possible.

Please Save the Date and your Books to donate: Thursday, May 17th 6:00-8:00pm – We look forward to welcoming families to our Reading Night.  More information will be coming soon!

We continue to reminder parents that pick-up and drop-off in the school Parking Lot is not allowed.  Thank you for adhering to these expectations.

Kitchener Rotary Club – Thank you!  We are extremely grateful to the Kitchener Rotary Club for their grant donation towards our music program at Westmount Public School.  We are very excited to purchase 25 brand new ukuleles to support our students’ love of playing this fun instrument.

Canadian Tire Jumpstart – Thank you! Possibly when you have been shopping at Canadian Tire you may have provided a financial donation towards their Jumpstart Program that supports local community programs and initiatives.  Westmount P.S. graciously accepted a grant to support the Cycling into the Future program. More information will be shared at a later date.

Waterloo Education Foundation – Thank you!  We are very grateful to the Waterloo Education Foundation charity of the WRDSB for their grant in support of our daily Breakfast program for Westmount students. The grant money purchased an entire month’s worth of food for our program.  A special thank you goes out to our wonderful volunteers both parents and students who give of their time on a daily basis. To our leaders of the Breakfast program Daniela O’Neill and Krista Vasiga we cannot thank you enough for all that you do!!

 

 

 

 

Thursday April 12th

April: ROAR Focus – Optimistic

Growth Mindset Affirmation: “When I practice I see great results!”

Friday, April 13th – PA DAY – no school for our students.

Science Fair hosted by School Council – Thursday April 19th – The countdown is on for our annual Science Fair.  It is going to be a fantastic day filled with amazing science experiments! More information will be forthcoming from School Council.

 

 

 

Friday April 6th

April: ROAR Focus – Optimistic

Growth Mindset Affirmation: “When I practice I see great results!”

Dance-A-Thon – Thanks to all everyone for a fun-filled fantastic Dance-A-Thon.  We appreciate all of the efforts that families went to in order to provide a financial donation to our school.  Prizes will be awarded on Monday.

Science Fair Hosted by School Council – April 19th – Families are reminded that the Science Fair is fast approaching. Students are encouraged to keep working on their Science Fair Projects over the next two weeks, so that you are ready to participate on Thursday, April 19th.  We can’t wait to see all of the awesome projects.

Friday April 13th is a Professional Development Day for Staff – there is no school or childcare this day.  Our Teachers will be engaged in learning more about “The Zones of Regulation” a resource that helps to foster self-regulation and emotional control within our students.  In the afternoon we will be continuing our Mathematics professional development. Our Support Staff will also be involved in a variety of professional development activities off site.

Westmount’s Got Talent ~ Save the Date: Assembly will be Wednesday, May 16th PM

More details closer to the date.  Family, friends and community members are all welcome to attend this assembly!

 

 

 

 

March 29/18

April ROAR: Optimistic
O- stands for optimistic. We are optimistic by keeping a positive attitude and finding the good in every situation. We always try our best, never give up, and are open to learning new things.

April Growth Mindset: “When I practice I see great results!”

Easter Weekend: March 30 – April 2
Have a wonderful weekend!
There will be no school on Friday, March 30th and Monday, April 2nd. There will not be extended day-care programs on March 30 or April 2.

School Dance-A-Thon Fundraiser: Friday April 6
Please look for information coming home this week regarding our annual school Dance-A-Thon. We are asking for your financial support in this fundraising endeavour. Students are asked to only request financial support for the Dance-A-Thon from family members and close friends.
*Volunteers are requested for the Dance-A-Thon – (sorry the form sent home was copied on both sides) – if you are able to Volunteer please fill in the orange form and send it to school – we will then send home a second form for your child’s food order and donation tally.

Science Fair Hosted by School Council – April 19th:  Families are reminded that the Science Fair is fast approaching. Students are encouraged to keep working on their Science Fair Projects over the next two weeks, so that you are ready to participate on Thursday, April 19th. We can’t wait to see all of the awesome projects.

EQAO – May 22-25 – Save the Dates!
Grade 3 and 6 students are required to write provincial EQAO tests every school year. Students are tested in Mathematics, Reading and Writing. Grade 3 and 6 students will write the EQAO tests on May 22, 23, 24, 25. Parents of grade 3 and 6 students will receive more information about EQAO testing in the near future.

We ask that you not schedule vacations or appointments during the school day on these dates.

For more information about EQAO, please visit the website here.

 

March 23/18

Parents, a reminder that the Easter Holiday is coming up next week.  There will be no school on Friday, March 30th and Monday, April 2nd.

 

Strong Start Program:  Volunteers Needed!

Westmount offers a reading program to help support our JK/SK students to learn to read and develop fundamental language skills.  The Strong Start program is run by volunteers and we need you! The spring session is ready to start. The program is 10 weeks in duration and includes 3 hours of training. Volunteer hours are part-time and there is flexibility in the scheduling.

If you are interested, please contact:   Laurie Wilson  Email: wils5599@gmailcom

 

Spirit Day – March 29th

Wear your “Sports Clothing” – a favourite team or your own personal team – hats, jerseys, shirts.

 

School Dance-A-Thon Fundraiser:

Please look for information coming home this week regarding our annual school Dance-A-Thon.  We are asking for your financial support in this fundraising endeavour.

 

Westmount Ice Rink – Volunteers Thank you!!

Thank you to our volunteers who dedicated their time and effort to providing our community with an amazing outdoor rink this winter.  We are grateful for your efforts – it was a huge benefit to our community! Special thanks to:

Kai Schofield, Ray Vandongen, Kevin Dolishny, Trevor Dueck, Greg Jones, Andrew Spring, Dale Scott, Pat Hunter, Bruce Martin…..  and thank you to any volunteers who we may have missed 🙂

 

French Week:  April 9-12

This year Westmount celebrates French week which includes a kick-off movie, Bingo, trivia, songs, games and other French activities.  The week celebrates French culture and provides students with an opportunity to speak French outside the classroom. This year’s theme is “La Cuisine”.

 

School Council Science Fair

We have over 100 students participating in our upcoming Science Fair.  Well done Westmount Wildcats!! You still have lots of time to prepare for the event on April 19th.

 

EQAO – May 22-25 – Save the Dates!

Grade 3 and 6 students are required to write provincial EQAO tests every school year.  Students are tested in Mathematics, Reading and Writing. Grade 3 and 6 students will write the EQAO tests on May 22, 23, 24, 25.  Parents of grade 3 and 6 students will receive more information about EQAO testing in the near future.

We ask that you not schedule vacations or appointments during the school day on these dates.

For more information about EQAO, please visit the website here.

 

 

March 9

MARCH BREAK:  March 12-16

The staff at Westmount wishes all our students and families a safe and enjoyable March Break.  See you back at school on March 19th!

 

March 2

March ROAR:  Responsibility

“R – stands for responsible. We are responsible for our words, actions and the environment. We make good decisions and we are expected to accept the consequences for our actions.”

During the month of March, staff will be helping students learn and improve their responsibility.  We kicked off the month with a ROAR assembly focused on “Responsibility”.  Staff will focus on what responsibility looks like, sounds like and feels like for our students.

Growth Mindset:

Our Growth Mindset focus for March is: “I’m not afraid of a challenge!”

Staff have been working hard with students and pursuing professional development opportunities to teach our students the value of having a growth mindset.

Here’s a good introduction to the value of having a growth mindset:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xv2ar6AKvGc

Feel free to watch this video with your child and have a discussion about it.

 

Online Kindergarten Registration:

Parents wishing to enrol their child in Kindergarten for September 2018, please see the following link:  WRDSB Kindergarten Registration

** If your child already attends JK at Westmount, you do NOT need to register.

 

Extended Day Care during March Break

Our extended day-care program runs full day care during the March Break for students and families already in the program.  If you have any questions, please speak directly with the extended day staff.

 

Beach “Dress-Down” Day – Friday March 9

Students are welcome to wear their favourite fun Beach attire such as beach shorts, t-shirts, sun hats and leis on Friday March 9th.  There will be fun activities organized by our WILD leadership group during Nutrition Breaks and students are welcomed to participate and get into the March Break spirit (no swimsuits).

 

 

 

Feb. 23rd

We hope that everyone is enjoying watching the Olympics and cheering on the athletes from around the world.  Have a great weekend.

February Monthly ROAR Focus: RESPECT

Growth Mindset Affirmation:My Brain Gets Stronger When I Embrace Challenges”

Science Fair Hosted by School Council – Yesterday you will have received an information letter detailing how to get involved in the upcoming Science Fair Event.  This is a great opportunity for students to get involved at home and work on a project that they are interested in pursuing.  Everything you need to know to participate can be found on the school website: Science Fair Information

Thank you to our Westmount School Council for their financial support towards purchasing books for our Kindergarten At Home Reading Program and Resonator Bells for our Music program.  We know that our students will love these new resources!

 

 

Feb. 16th

Just a reminder that this weekend includes a Family Day Holiday on Monday February, 19th there is no school.  Enjoy the long weekend!

February Monthly ROAR Focus: RESPECT

Growth Mindset Affirmation:My Brain Gets Stronger When I Embrace Challenges”

Term 1 Report Cards – Today, your child will be coming home with their Term 1 Report Card.  If you have questions please do not hesitate to contact your child’s teacher.  We welcome the opportunity to talk in more detail either over the phone or in person.

School Council Meeting – Wed. February 21st 7:00pm – We welcome all Westmount Parents to join us for our monthly School Council meeting in the upstairs meeting room.

PINK SHIRT DAY – On Wednesday, February 28th we will be acknowledging “No Bullying Day” by encouraging all students and staff to wear anything PINK to school.  If you are not familiar with the “Pink Shirt” movement please read the attached link Pink Shirt Story

At Westmount Public School we use our “WITS” – The WITS Programs bring together schools, families and communities to create responsive environments that help elementary school children deal with bullying and peer victimization.

Walk Away – Ignore – Talk it Out – Seek Help

Is your child having peer conflicts?

 

 

 

Feb. 9th

We hope that you have a wonderful wintery weekend.  Enjoy the Westmount ice rink and go skating!!

Term 1 Report Cards – On Friday February 16th your child will be coming home with their Term 1 Report Card.  If you have questions please do not hesitate to contact your child’s teacher.  We welcome the opportunity to talk in more detail either over the phone or in person.

Kindergarten Online Registration – We are now accepting online registrations for children to attend JK or SK in September 2018.  Please follow this link to register as soon as possible.  Kindergarten Registration

PINK SHIRT DAY – On Wednesday, February 28th we will be acknowledging “No Bullying Day” by encouraging all students and staff to wear anything PINK to school.  If you are not familiar with the “Pink Shirt” movement please read the attached link Pink Shirt Story

 

 

Feb. 2nd

Happy Friday to our Westmount Families! Have we told you lately how awesome your kids are  . . . our staff are very fortunate to work with these great kids each and everyday.

Safety First – Our students viewed this video at our Assembly as a reminder of how to properly cross the roadplease feel free to view this safety video with your children  Crossing the Road Video

Introducing  . . .  Pat the Wildcat – The newest member of our Westmount Staff arrived today at our ROAR Assembly.  Needless to say the students provided an enthusiastic welcome to Pat!

Check out our ROAR Assembly Summary

 

Jan 19th

We hope that everyone has a lovely weekend. Don’t forget to enjoy the skating rink while it is still cold and frozen.

Junior Trip Wed. Jan. 24th  – Parents, please note that the location of the Laurier Event has changed to the Kitchener Auditorium. Everything else remains the same.

Please be sure to log into your School Day account to give your child permission to attend.

Professional Development Day – Friday January 26th – No school for students

September 2018 – We are now taking online registrations for Kindergarten aged students. Please share this information with your neighbours, family and friends.

Please visit FDK Registration

Let’s Talk Science Volunteers will be visiting many classes this week and next.

“Each year, across Canada, Let’s Talk Science mobilizes thousands of university and college students and science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) professionals. Our trained volunteers visit elementary and high school classrooms, libraries, community events and more to deliver meaningful, exciting hands-on/minds-on STEM learning experiences to children and youth free of charge.”

Upcoming Class Visits –  this week our students in grades 1-3 will be enjoying a visit from the Humane Society.  On Wed. Jan 24th the Kitchener Fire Department will be joining us for the day to teach us about fire safety.  We will enjoy going through the new inflatable Fire Safety House.

 

 

 

Jan. 12th

An “Official Welcome Back” to all of our Westmount Families!  We are looking forward to a great second half of the school year working with you and your children.

School Council: A reminder that all parent are welcome to attend our School Council Meetings.  Our next meeting is planned for Wed. Jan. 17th 6:30-8:00pm in the upstairs meeting room.

Skating Rink – A very special thank you goes out to Bruce Martin and his team of Volunteers who helped to make the Winter Break even more fun by managing the Skating Rink.  Here’s hoping it becomes cold again quickly so that the ice will freeze quickly.  Permission for students to use the ice rink is limited to after school hours when parents are able to provide the required safety helmets.

Crochet Club –  Monday January 15th 3:30-4:30pm in the Westmount Library  

  • For any students and family members who are interested in learning to crochet or further develop their crochet skills.
  • Beginning students will learn the basic stitches and those who already know how to crochet can expand their skills to more challenging stitches
  • Some materials have been gathered and are available for free. Students will be responsible for materials for larger personal projects. Donations of surplus materials are always welcome.
  • Please log into your School Day account where you can provide permission for your child to participate.   

Any questions should be directed to Ms. Fischer and Mrs. Luft

 

 

 

Dec. 15th

We hope that you enjoy a great weekend!

A Couple of Reminders:

  • We greatly appreciate when our students arrive to school on time for 8:55am – this is incredibly helpful to everyone – both the classroom teachers and the office – if your child(ren) will be late or absent please call the Attendance Line as soon as possible
  • Cold Weather – our WRDSB Cold Weather Policy states that when the weather is lower than minus twenty we will keep our students inside for nutrition breaks – please dress your child(ren) warmly. We do have mittens available if you are in need.
  • Primary students are reminded to return all of their Home Reading books by Wednesday as staff will be completing an inventory and repairing damaged books

Every year at Westmount Public School we enjoy learning about a variety of holiday traditions. As part of these opportunities to learn from one another, Mrs. Ferguson visits classes and talks about the Jewish holiday, Chanukah.  Students then have a chance to play the very fun Dreidel Game!  During Nutrition Breaks on Tues.19th and Wed. 20th, the WILD Leadership Group will be selling Dreidels while supplies last. If your child would like to purchase a dreidel which comes with playing instructions, please send $1.00 to school.  All money raised will support our charity drives for Westmount families in need.

December Winter Fun Calendar of Events:

Dec. 11th-22nd – Canned Food Drive – please send non-perishable food items to school to help support our local Food Banks

Dec. 18th – Per. 9-10  Bingo (will be played over the announcements)

Dec. 19th – Per. 7 – Trivia (will be played over the announcements)

Dec. 20th – Per 3 – Name That Tune (will be played over the announcements)

Dec. 21st – AM – Students Only – Holiday Open Mic Rehearsal  

               – PM – 1:30-3:00pm  Parents are invited to attend the Holiday Open Mic Assembly –             we ask that parents stay for the entire show  – we encourage parents to bring a canned food item with them to the concert

Dec. 22nd – Per. 6  Turkey Shoot and Sing-A-Long for classes

 

 

Dec. 8th

Winter Weather – Thank you for dressing your children warmly for the winter weather.  Our students go outside twice a day for approximately 20 minutes each time. Outside playtime is far more enjoyable when students are dressed properly with coats, snowpants, boots, hats and mitts.  Our School Council has generously provided many pairs of mittens for students who do not have mittens, so please feel free to let us know if your child(ren) could benefit from a pair of mittens.

December Winter Fun Calendar of Events:

Dec. 11th-22nd – Canned Food Drive – please send non-perishable food items to school to help support our local Food Bank

Dec. 18th – Per. 9-10  Bingo (will be played over the announcements)

Dec. 19th – Per. 7 – Trivia (will be played over the announcements)

Dec. 20th – Per 3 – Name That Tune (will be played over the announcements)

Dec. 21st – AM – Students Only – Holiday Open Mic Rehearsal  

               – PM – 1:30-3:00pm  Parents are invited to attend the Holiday Open Mic Assembly –             we ask that parents stay for the entire show  – we encourage parents to bring a canned food item with them to the concert

Dec. 22nd – Per. 6  Turkey Shoot and Sing-A-Long for classes

 

 

Dec. 1st

Happy December . . . can you believe that we are already 3 months into the school year?  The staff at Westmount are so very fortunate to work with  such wonderful students and supportive parents. Have a great weekend!

WE Group  “Loonie Toss”-  will be held on Friday, December 8th. If you have any new, unopened games or toys that you are willing to donate as prizes, please send them to the ESL room. The ESL room is at the front of the school across from the office. The WE Group will be using the money raised at the Loonie Toss to buy gift cards to grocery stores in our neighbourhood and will be giving them to families in need in our school community.

Crosswalk Safety – What can you do if you see a driver committing a traffic violation within the Crosswalk on Glasgow?  ie. going through the red light. Please consider reporting this to the Police or filing a complaint with:

Bob Henderson, Manager, Transportation Engineering Region of Waterloo, 519-575-4515,  bhenderson@regionofwaterloo.ca    or Thomas Schmidt, Commissioner, Transportation and Environmental Services 519-575-4734 or at tschmidt@regionofwaterloo.ca

Late or Absent – Thank for calling the school Attendance Line (519-578-5430 select #1) prior to 9:00am when your child(ren) will be late or absent.  Please note that the office has begun using a daily “automated” phone call out system when a parent has not called the Attendance Line.

December “Winter Fun” Calendar of Events:

Fri Dec. 8th – Loonie Toss – please bring in a Loonie – students will participate with their class during the morning – toss a toonie and maybe win a prize – the money raised will go to purchasing grocery gift cards for some our Westmount Families in need over the holidays.

Dec. 11th-22nd – Canned Food Drive – please send non-perishable food items to school to help support our local Food Banks

Dec. 18th – Per. 9-10  Bingo (will be played over the announcements)

Dec. 19th – Per. 7 – Trivia (will be played over the announcements)

Dec. 20th – Per 3 – Name That Tune (will be played over the announcements)

Dec. 21st – AM – Students Only – Holiday Open Mic Rehearsal

– PM – 1:30-3:00pm  Parents are invited to attend the Holiday Open Mic Assembly – we ask that parents stay for the entire show  -parents are welcome to bring a canned food item as “admission” to the show

Dec. 22nd – Per. 6  Turkey Shoot and Sing-A-Long for classes

 

 

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