May 2019 Newsletter

Vice-Principal’s Message

Hello everyone, and welcome to our May newsletter. It’s pretty hard to believe that we are now entering the two busiest (and quickest) months of the year (otherwise known as ‘MayJune!’). There is lots to share in this newsletter as a result!

Westfield (and the entire AMDSB) is recognizing Children’s mental health week next week (May 6-10). Our Well-Being committee is working hard to provide daily activities, announcements, and strategies that will emphasize the importance of looking after our mental health. Ms. Fletcher is also organizing a house team meeting for Friday, May 10th as a culminating activity for the week. We are hoping that our students recognize that looking after their mental health is as important as looking after their physical health.

The end of May and the beginning of June bring with it EQAO testing for our grades 3 (May 27-June 3) and 6 (May 21-23) students. This is a great opportunity for our students to apply all that they have learned throughout this school year and the years before. More information will be sent home closer to these dates. Parents, as a pre-warning, could you please do your best to not plan appointments during these dates? This helps all students to finish the testing on time with the rest of their classmates.

Lastly, we also have Track and Field for our Junior and Intermediate students and field trips for our grades 7 and 8 classes to London/Stratford and Camp Celtic respectively. This is just the beginning of two very busy and fun months! Thanks, as always, for your support of these endeavours, and to the staff members for their many hours spent organizing them. Happy ‘MayJune’ everyone!

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.

Lost and Found

Our lost and found was overflowing again. Please check out the tables outside the library for lost items. Anything left by Friday, May 10th will be donated.

Westfield’s First Yearbook is On Sale!

Our first Westfield Yearbook will be available to order from May 6- May 24. This yearbook will be in full colour with approximately 80 pages for only $14.50. This is a wonderful keepsake full of memories from the 2018-2019 school year. Yearbooks will be delivered in September (grade 8 yearbooks will be sent home with family members in September or delivered to the high school).

Orders will be available on School Cash Online. Paper copies of the order form will be available to pick up at the office.

Criminal Record Checks for Volunteers

Our local OPP station is having a criminal record check ‘blitz’ day. On Saturday, May 4 from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. bring in proper ID and a letter from the school to receive your free record check. Anyone who would like to volunteer at Westfield (reading programs, field trips etc.) is encouraged to take advantage of this event. If you are interested please stop by the office for a letter.

Fundraisers

Loyalty Funding

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

Magazines

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

Grade 7 Harriston Meats

Pick up is Wednesday May 15 in the gym from 3:15 – 5:15 p.m. All items MUST be picked up during that time as we don’t have enough freezer space.

Next Westfield Food Orders

June Pita, Pizza & Milk:
Posted online/forms in office: Wednesday, May. 15
Orders due: Tuesday, May 28

Track and Field Volunteers

We are in need of volunteers to help run our track and field events. Please see dates below and email the appropriate person if you are able to assist:

Set up: May 13: Beginning at 4:00 p.m. jacquie.bailey@ed.amdsb.ca

Jr. Track and Field Day: May 15 (raindate 16): jacqueline.alexander@ed.amdsb.ca

Int. Track and Field Day: June 4 (raindate 6): raymond.petrie@ed.amdsb.ca

Music Notes

May will be quite a busy month for music!

On May 6 we will celebrate Music Monday, a special day that celebrates music education in our public schools. The grades 1-3 classes, the Dance Team, and the Band will all perform at a short Sharing Assembly, starting at 2:25. Parents are invited to attend.

On May 7 our band will be participating in a board wide band festival, Loud and Proud, which takes place in Stratford. Over 300 students will be coming together to perform.

On May 8, the Junior Dance Team will be travelling to Stratford, to participate in another board wide event, Dance Showcase. Again, more than 300 hundred students from across the board will be participating.

Way to represent, Westfield!

Community Closet

Our Community Closet is now filled with formal wear for graduation, prom, or weddings. We are accepting donations of quality used dresses, pants, shirts, ties, jackets and dress shoes.
As always this is open to anyone in our community needing the clothing – simply help yourself.

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 9 a.m. (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.

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.