February 2019 Newsletter

Vice-Principal’s Message

Happy February everyone! The month of January (particularly the last week) had to be one of the strangest I have ever experienced in my career. Bus cancellations, inclement weather, and a confused ‘winter’ season that couldn’t decide what it wanted to do all provided for an interesting month. Needless to say, I think we are all excited to see the calendar turn and to see what February will bring.

Speaking of which, February promises to be an exciting month at Westfield. Literacy Week is from February 11th to 15th. Students and staff can look forward to guest readers, door decorations, and Dress Up Days, all related to our favourite books. Family members: If you are interested in being a guest reader, keep an eye out for a separate note home in the near future, or feel free to call the school! Thanks again to Mrs. Blagrave and Mrs. Brown for their efforts in making this valuable event happen for our school community.

In the meantime, it is important to realize that every week is Literacy Week! Even though we will have a great time celebrating literacy in February, it is never a bad idea to unplug, curl up with a book with a loved one, or enjoy a book on our own. The more we model this for our students and children, the more they will see how beneficial it is to us in our day-to-day lives.

Another initiative that is gaining steam around Westfield is the work of our staff as it pertains to health and wellness. Westfield staff has been meeting and planning activities for both students and staff, from our recent Bell Let’s Talk activities and our focus on the ‘Zones of Regulation,’ to practices in mindfulness and gratitude. Our next plan is to focus on stress and how we can respond to it with resiliency. If you have any questions about these initiatives, feel free to contact me at the school. In the meantime, take time to unplug, slow down, and breathe!

Lastly, I would like to briefly reflect on something a little more personal – it has been almost a year since I took on my new position here at Westfield. I can’t tell you how quickly it has gone, and I think this is a testament to the fact that my job is fun, engaging, and rewarding. I have the wonderful staff and students to thank for this, as well as the greater Westfield community. Thanks for your support and encouragement, and feel free to pop in to the office and say ‘hello’ if we have yet to meet.

I wish everyone a fun and productive February. It’s going to be a great month at Westfield!

Jim McCutcheon
Vice Principal

Lost and Found

The Lost and found has been set out in the front hall, please take a moment to check for anything that might belong to your household. Any items leftover on Fri. 8th will be donated.

School Council

The next meeting will be Tuesday, February 5 at 6:30 p.m. in the multi-purpose room. New members are always welcome and childcare is provided.

Next Westfield Food Orders

March Pita, Pizza & Milk:
Posted online/forms in office: Wednesday, February 13
Orders due: Monday, February 25

Fundraisers

Loyalty Funding

Please consider supporting Westfield by purchasing gift cards. More information about this program can be found at the Loyalty Funding website.

Little Caesars Fundraiser

Our Grade 8’s are doing a Little Caesars Fundraiser for Camp Celtic. See a grade 8 student to order or order online:

Online Ordering Instructions:

  • Go to the Little Caesar’s Pizza Kit website
  •  Click Shop for kits on left hand side menu.
  • Click purchase & support a Local Fundraiser.
  • Enter ID #: 363585.
  • 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).

Important dates: Paper Orders are due Friday, February 8. Online orders will be accepted until Tuesday, February 12. Pick-up will be at the school on Wednesday, February 27 from 3:15-5:15.

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.

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 just inside the front door, please help yourself to any items that you can use. We are always in need of gently used mittens that are waterproof. For more info contact Sandra at: darceylou@hotmail.com.

Weather Days

Notification of bus changes, closures and cancellations can be found:

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 will send out a text and email via school messenger 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 students who usually catch the bus at a stop in Listowel.
  • 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. Walking students will be expected for 9:15, if you are keeping your child home please call the school before then for safe arrival.

Yard Supervision

Before school our yard is supervised from 9 – 9:15 a.m. Students should not be on the yard before the 9am 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.

February 11-15 is Literacy Week at Westfield

Stay tuned for more information.

Some of our activities will include:

  • Guest Readers in our Classrooms
  • Mystery Announcement Readers
  • Junie B. Junes in the Library for Gr 1-3
  • Staff Showcase Wall
  • Door/Classroom book themed decorating

Also included are these awesome Spirit Days

  • Monday- Me to We – P.J. Day
  • Tuesday- “Cat in the Hat Day” – wear your favourite hat
  • Wednesday- “Fox in Socks Day” – wear your favourite socks
  • Thursday- “Frog & Toad Day” – Dress up with a friend as Twins
  • Friday – Me to We – Wacky Hair Day