April 2019 Newsletter

Principal’s Message

This Thursday is our Fun Night from 5 to 8 p.m. here at Westfield. The baskets are wrapped, penny carnival items stacked up, cookie recipe has been sent and it promises to be a great night for all. The funds from this event will support technology purchases for the school and special events. We hope you can make it! Many thanks to Kara Greydanus for organizing and to all of the volunteers who make this event possible.

For our Grade 3 and 6 students EQAO testing will happen this year between May 21 and June 1.

Please do not book appointments or other events during this time. More information will be coming home with those children in the coming weeks.

Our school has also been chosen to have some of our Grade 4 students write the TIMSS (international test of math and science) this spring. Schools and classes are chosen at random in 69 different countries. This is a new opportunity for Westfield. We will share information with the Grade 4 students involved in the coming weeks.

Our house teams will be meeting this month to celebrate Earth Day. Our Eco Club will be sharing some public service announcements and we’ll be doing some yard clean up to support the great things already happening at Westfield to “help save the planet,” such as the battery drive and “lights down at lunch.”

I look forward to seeing you on Thursday at the Fun Night!
Take care
K

School Council

The next meeting will be Tuesday, May 7 at 6:30 p.m. in the multi-purpose room. New members are always welcome and childcare is provided.

Next Westfield Food Orders

May Pita, Pizza & Milk:
Posted online/forms in office: Wednesday, April 17
Orders due: Friday, April 26

Fundraisers

Loyalty Funding

Please consider supporting Westfield by purchasing gift cards. More information about this program can be found on the loyaltyfunding website.

Magazines: QSP (Magazine) orders can be done anytime throughout the year online at qsp.ca using code 4721718.

Battery Drive Ends April 19

There’s still time to bring in batteries for our recycling program. Single-use alkaline batteries only please (AA, AAA, C, D, 6V, 9V and button cell). Unfortunately we cannot accept lithium or rechargeable batteries. Before sending to school please tape the terminals of 6V, 9V and button cell batteries.

Jr. Musical

Our Jr. Musical will be on April 16th at 6:30pm. This will be for students in grades 4-6, including Mr. Monteith’s entire grade 3/4 class. We look forward to seeing you there.

Yard Supervision

Before school our yard is supervised from 9 – 9:15 a.m. Students should not be on the yard before the 9 a.m. bell. After school there is supervision from 3:35 – 3:45 p.m. All students are to go directly home when they are dismissed at the end of the day and the yard should be cleared by 3:45. In rain and extremely cold weather, students remain inside and are supervised in their classrooms. All students who are well enough to attend school are expected to participate in outdoor play breaks.

Attendance/Safe Arrival Program

We operate a ministry mandated “Safe Arrival” program to assist the school in checking daily attendance. If your son or daughter will be absent on a given day, please phone the school before 9am (519-291-6147). Our answering machine receives information outside of regular school hours. Please leave a brief factual message including your name, your child’s name, teacher and reason for absence.

When your child is:

  • Absent from school – notify the office as soon as possible. Leave a message on our answering machine. The automated message will direct your call.
  • Late for school – please bring your child into the office to sign in before the child goes to your classroom. Parents can not accompany their child to the classroom.
  • Leaving for an appointment – send a note to your child’s teacher or record information in your child’s planner agenda. The note should be dated and signed by the parent.

When you come to pick up your child you must come directly into the office so that we can call your child to the office and the child can be signed out. To ensure everyone’s safety, we ask that you wait at the office for your child. Parents are asked not to go directly to your child’s classroom.

Nut Free

Your child’s school is “nut-safe” for a very important reason. Even tiny amounts of nut residue on desks or books can cause someone with a nut allergy to have a strong reaction. “Nut-Safe” schools can only be achieved when everyone is committed. That’s why your help and cooperation are very important. The most important thing you can do is avoid sending any foods from home that may contain even traces of nuts or peanut products.

Community Closet

The Community Closet is still stocked with warm clothing if your child is in need. We will soon be switching to formal wear for graduation and prom. As always anyone in our community can help themselves at any time. For more info contact Sandra at: darceylou@hotmail.com

Communication

Most information will be posted on the school website ; Facebook page at North Perth Westfield Elementary School and through our Twitter account @NPWestfield.

Newsletters will be sent in electronic format (by email) but we are happy to provide a paper copy if you wish. Many teachers use blogs, email, and websites to enhance home-school communication as well. Check with your child’s teacher.

North Perth Westfield Family Fun Night
Thursday, April 4, 5 – 8 p.m.

Featured Attractions:

  • Goodie Basket Raffle
  • Giant Cookie Walk game
  • Face painting
  • Tattoos
  • Mini Manicures
  • Raffles
  • Food booth
  • Marble Slab Sundae Bar
  • Magnetic Fish pond
  • Sci-Tech challenge
  • Games & Craft Station
  • Silent Auction
  • Penny Auction

OurSCHOOL Student Survey

Westfield will be participating in an online school survey for students called the OurSCHOOL Student Survey. Please find the details of the survey implementation below.

OurSCHOOL Student Survey:

Who: All students in grades 4-12
When: April 8-12, 2019
Where: In class at school

The OurSCHOOL Student Survey:
● Allows students to share their feedback anonymously on their experiences at school, the school environment and school improvement programs.
● Participation in the survey is voluntary, however all students are encouraged to participate.
● The time required to complete the survey may vary, but it is designed to be completed in approximately 30 minutes.

Survey measures include such topics as behaviours and attitudes linked to student success, emotional and social well-being and physical health. For more information about the OurSCHOOL Student Survey, please visit The Learning Bar Inc.’s website:

If you have questions or would like to request more information about Westfield’s upcoming implementation of the OurSCHOOL Student Survey, please contact Mr. McCutcheon at the school.

Sincerely,

Jim McCutcheon
VP
Westfield