May 2018 Newsletter

Principal’s Message

Happy Spring, finally!

Many thanks to those who brought items in for our Goodie Basket Draw and/or bought tickets. The baskets were full and beautiful! We raised $1664. School Council has designated these funds to help with cost of busing for trips.

Our Community Closet is open again in the front foyer. We are looking for formal wear suitable for proms, or graduations, weddings or special events. If you have dresses, suits, dress shirts, ties etc. please feel free to drop them off on the racks. Please spread the word that these items are here for anyone who needs to get spiffy for a special occasion. If someone needs something and can’t find it here, just send me an email and we will attempt get it. Community Closet is one of the many things that I love about Westfield. It’s about people taking care of each other.

On part of the PD day last week staff spent time working out other ways we can support our students and build character. In the coming weeks and into next year you will hear about the expansion of our Kindness Project, House teams, and the introduction of “Zones of Regulation” which is a school wide plan to help students with socio-emotional learning and self-regulation. We also spent part of the day working on math instruction. I’m excited that the staff here are focused on academics and on character and wellness too.

May and June are busy months with EQAO testing for grades 3 and 6; track and field, sharing assembly, field trips, Camp Celtic and graduation. You can keep track of events on our Facebook page at North Perth Westfield Elementary School.

Take care
K

School Council

Our next meeting will be Tuesday, May 8, at 6:30 in the multipurpose room, childcare provided.

EQAO

Parents of students in Grades 3 and 6 please note that EQAO testing for these grades will be between May 22 and June 4. Please make every effort not to schedule appointments etc. during this time.

School Cash Online

For those who have not registered, you can do so anytime at on the AMDSB School Cash Online website.

If you have any questions about schoolcash online, please ask Kara by calling the school or by email.

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

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

Spirit Days at Westfield in Support of Me to We

April 26 – Twin Day
May 11 – Wacky Hair/Neon Day
May 25 – Gum/Hat Day
June 7 – PJ Day

You can participate in these days and bring $1.00 each Spirit Day to support education in Tanzania.

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.

Music Notes

The Westfield Band plays once again at the board wide mass band event, Loud and Proud, on May 1 at Stratford Northwestern Secondary School. The players have been learning an assortment of music, including: One Bites the Dust, Happy, Hooked on a Feeling, and Mars the Bringer of War.

In preparation, the school has had more than a few professional musicians come and coach. The principal clarinet player from the Kitchener Waterloo Symphony, as well as an entire Brass Quintet from the University of Western Ontario, have come to play with and coach our students. What a great opportunity for a young musician!

Our amazing drum teacher, Mike Mercey has been continuing to inspire us with various drumming patterns and playing challenges.

Parents of Primary Students – Save the date

Our Primary classes will be performing a short sharing assembly, on May 7 at 10:30 AM, to celebrate Music Monday, designated as a time to cherish and acknowledge the importance of music in our lives and in our public schools. Come and hear your children sing songs about our environment, spring and the joy of life.

ECO Team Notes

For Earth Day, the Junior Eco Team organized a waste-free lunch. They visited all the students in the school to give them information to consider about the environmental impact of food packaging and food choices. Also for Earth Day, the Intermediate Eco Team distributed plants for their “A Plant in Every Classroom” initiative. They would like to thank the Foundation for Education for their support of this initiative. In May, the Intermediate Eco Team will be planting four trees to create a shaded area for outdoor learning on our schoolyard and both Eco Teams will be planting in our new raised garden beds.

Upcoming Food Orders

May Milk Order – posted online Monday, May 14

Pizza Order #6 – posted online Wednesday, April 18