February 2018 Newsletter

Vice-Principal’s Message

2018 is already flying by with the many activities happening at Westfield. Literacy Week was a huge success! Thank you to Mrs. Blagrave and Mrs. Petrie who organized the first ever book swap for Westfield.  Many of our best loved books found their way to new homes.  Thank you Westfield families for your generous book donations! We had great fun dressing up as our favourite book characters. You’ll see on our Facebook page the level of commitment from staff and students! Thank you to the many parents, family and community members who participated as guest readers during Literacy Week. Our students were thrilled to have you here to share your love of reading.  Mrs. Boyd aka Junie B. Jones was a star attraction with her read aloud event again this year.

First Term report cards are coming home to you February 20. This is a great opportunity to talk with your child about their own strengths and next steps. Reflecting on our own learning is an important part of the learning process. The report card emphasizes the importance of developing learning skills and work habits that are keys to a child’s learning success now and in the future. As you review your child’s report, please feel free to ask questions and offer feedback about your child’s learning. We value parents as partners at Westfield.

Now a bit of news from the Vice-Principal chair. After 35 years in education, I will be retiring effective Feb. 16, 2018.  The best news is that our own Jim McCutcheon will be taking over the role of Vice-Principal here at Westfield!  I am thrilled for him and for all of you.

It has been the highlight of my career to be part of the Westfield team. I have truly enjoyed getting to know the students and families throughout my time at Central and at Westfield.  I am so grateful for the opportunity to work and learn with all of the outstanding and dedicated educators in this building, and of course with Kathy. She is an outstanding leader and I am lucky to count her as a friend and mentor.

I wish all the students, families, and staff all the best in the years ahead.

Jean Stacey

Lost and Found

Our lost and found bin is overflowing with winter gear.  Come in and check out the bin under the central stairs so that your items can find their way home.

School Council

Our next meeting will be Tuesday, February 13, at 6:30 in the multipurpose room, childcare provided.

Drop off

Thank you to parents and families who are using the Drop Off area or “Kiss and Ride”. For safety, please avoid making a U-turn on Binning Street at pick up or drop off time to ease traffic flow and ensure safety. Instead continue down Binning, or use the turn around on the school access road.

On the Buses

This is a reminder of the safe and respectful conduct that is expected when students ride the school bus. In order for everyone to be safe on the bus, the driver must be able to attend to the road. Students are expected to:

• Remain seated at all times according to the seating plan
• Sit facing forward without blocking the centre aisle
• Keep hands and feet to yourself
• Refrain from eating or using technology while on the bus

Failure to comply with these expectations endangers the safety of all riders. As outlined on the AMDSB policy, progressive discipline procedures will be applied. For details, go to the AMDSB transportation site: http://ourschoolbuses.ca

Community Closet

We are always in need of warm winter mitts and gloves as the cold weather continues: the sort that repel water are the best! Thank you for your ongoing donations of snow pants, coats, boots, and skates.

The Community Closet is just inside the front door, so just help yourself to any items that you can use.  For more info contact Sandra at: darceylou@hotmail.com


Most information will be posted on the school website at: http://www.avonmaitlandschools.ca/westfield/; 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.

School Cash Online

For those who have not registered, you can do so anytime at: https://avonmaitland.schoolcashonline.com

If you have any questions about schoolcash online, please ask Kara by calling the school or by email kara.greydanus@ed.amdsb.ca.

Allergy Alert

Please remember our school is a nut free zone at all times.

 Weather Days

On weather days notification of bus changes, closures and cancellations can be found:

  • on the North Perth Westfield Elementary School Facebook page
  • through the Twitter feed
  • on the school website (see right side where the Twitter feed pops up)
  • on the radio
  • on the board run transportation link ourschoolbuses.ca

In general the goal is to have the posting out by 6:30, but depending on conditions they may be subject to change, please check back or listen for radio updates. We are also using the new School Messenger system to send out texts and emails to everyone who subscribed.

Please read the following to know how each weather situation will affect you and your family.

  • Buses Canceled, School is open:
    All bus students will automatically be marked out for weather, so no phone call needs to be made for their absence. Bus students are still welcome to attend school if parents wish to drive them. Parents/guardians who choose to keep their walking students home, must call the school by 9:15 for safe arrival.
  • Buses Canceled, School is closed:
    The school will be locked and no students can attend.
  • Out-of-Town Buses canceled, in-town buses running:
    All bus students outside of the town limits will be automatically marked out for weather, no phone call needs to be made for safe arrival. Out-of–town bus students may attend school if parents wish to drive them. In-town buses will run at their regularly scheduled times. In town bus students and walking students are expected to attend, if you choose to keep them home a phone call needs to be made to the school by 9:15 for safe arrival. “In town buses” are for any students who usually catch the bus at a stop in town.
  • 2 Hour Fog Delay
    The school schedule will not be changed. Listen/read the delay notice carefully to know if this will affect all bus students or only out-of -town bus students. Any bus students affected should adjust their pick-up times by 2 hours.

Little Caesars Fundraiser

The grade 8’s are doing a Little Caesars Fundraiser. To order see a grade 8 student, or order online following the instructions below:

  1. www.pizzakit.ca/fundraising-products
  2. Click Shop on left hand side menu
  3. Click purchase & support a Local Fundraiser
  4. Enter ID #: 346141
  5. Once ready to check-out you may enter the sellers name (if you would like your proceeds to go towards a student who needs assistance, simply write none for the sellers name)

Paper orders due February 15, and online ordering closes February 19.