November 2018 Newsletter

Principal’s Message

You may have heard your child refer to something they call their “zone,” or you may have seen the blue, green, yellow and red bulletin boards in classrooms around the school. This is part of the “Zones of Regulation” program that we are implementing school wide this year. This is a curriculum designed to foster self-regulation and emotional control. Just as adults know that we aren’t our most productive when we are stressed, students too aren’t ready to learn if their emotions or stress levels are too high. We need to teach our kids good coping and regulation strategies so they can help themselves when they become stressed, anxious, upset or emotional. On any given day, any of us, could run through any of the zones multiple times. The Zones are described like this:

Blue Zone – this is when your body is running slow like when you are sick, tired or bored.
Green Zone – this is when you are good to go or ready to learn. You feel happy, calm and focused.
Yellow Zone — this is when you are to feel a little loss of control like when you are frustrated, anxious, worried, silly or surprised.
Red Zone –this is the zone of extreme emotions: anger, terror, aggression, very hyper. In this zone we are out of control and not able to make good decisions.

The first step in the Zones work is to be able to identify, specifically how we are feeling. Then we work on effective regulation tools (like deep belly breathing), and problem solving skills. This program helps us to get to the Green Zone, but also to recognize and understand the thoughts, feelings and behaviour of others.

You can help by asking your child what zone they are in at times, and identifying your own zone to them — just got cut off in traffic? yellow zone. Long day at work? blue zone. Great workout at the gym? green zone.
While we hope to spend the majority of our time in the green zone, there is a place for all of the zones in our daily lives. Thanks for helping your kids see that too.

Please join us for our Remembrance Day assembly from 10-11am in the gym. All are welcome.

Family Math Night

Come one, come all to our third Family Math Night at Westfield! Our school council has planned an exciting evening for all families on Thurs., Nov. 8 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. This is an opportunity for parents and children to have fun together doing math. Yes, math and fun go hand in hand! There will be over 100 different games and activities set up for families and students from kindergarten to grade 8 to enjoy together. Note that the evening is a game format – no calculations required! Parents will also take home ideas for supporting their child’s math learning at home in fun, engaging ways. This event is absolutely free!

During the evening, each student will receive as “passport” to collect stickers for each activity. Completed passports can be exchanged for cool prizes!

Volunteers are needed to make the evening a success! If you are willing to lend a hand for about a half hour on Math Night, call us at the school or email Mr. McCutcheon at james.mccutcheon@ed.amdsb.ca.

Male Volunteers Needed

Be a Volunteer! Empower Youth!

The Perth District Health Unit is looking for men from the community to volunteer for the ‘Elements’ program, which will run at Westfield starting in November. The program will run on Thursdays from 11:05-12:05, from November 8th to December 6th.

In the program, grade 5/6 boys will discuss topics such as ‘Getting to know yourself and others’, ‘Healthy Relationships’ and ‘Problem Solving and Conflict Resolution.’ To supplement this program, the Health Unit is looking for positive male role models to come share life experiences and listen to the challenges of the youth of today. Currently, the program is short of volunteers. This program may not be able to run to its full potential as a result.

If you or someone you know may be interested in this opportunity, please contact the Coordinator of Volunteer Services at 519-271-7600 ext. 305, or toll free at 1-877-271-7348 ext. 305.

Mo-vember

This year, some of our male staff, also known as the ‘Westfield Whisker Warriors’ are doing their part to raise money for men’s health. If you wish to donate to this great cause, check out our team page .You can contribute either to our team or to an individual staff member. Any donation is accepted and greatly appreciated!

Call for Pictures

As part of our Remembrance Day Assembly this year, we would like to honour family members who have served in the military. We intend to create a slide show from pictures submitted by students and staff at Westfield. If you would like to contribute to the slide show, you can submit pictures two ways:

  1. Scan the pictures, and send them to jacqueline.alexander@ed.amdsb.ca. Please also state the name of the person, his/ her relationship to your family and information about where and when they served.
  2. If you do not have access to a scanner, you can bring a hard copy of the picture into the office. If you do this, please put it in an envelope, along with the information on a separate paper. Please also make sure to leave your name on the envelope, so that we can be sure to return the photo to you after we have scanned it.

The deadline for submissions is Friday, November 4.

Music Notes

November will be a busy month for our Westfield musicians.

On November 8 at 6:45 p.m., the band will be performing at the Community of Character dinner, held at the Agricultural Hall.

On November 9, our Bell Choir, Intermediate Choir and Junior Choir, will all be performing for the Remembrance Day Assembly, held in our school gym at 10 a.m. Parents and community members are welcome to attend.

On November 11, at 5 p.m, our Bell Choir will perform for the Legion during their Remembrance Day dinner. Many of your children are becoming active musicians, not only at our school, but in our community!

Fundraisers

Fresh From the Farm: Thank you to everyone for supporting our fundraiser. Our delivery date is Monday December 3. Please remember these are too heavy for students to take on the bus. Pick up will be in the gym between 2:00 and 5:30.

QSP: Our paper QSP (Magazine) campaign has ended but orders can be done anytime throughout the year online at the QSP website using code 4721718.

Harriston Meats: Our Grade 8 students are doing a Harriston Meats fundraiser for their Camp Celtic trip. See any grade 8 student to support them.

Community Closet
The Westfield Community Closet is accepting good condition adult and child sized coats, winter mitts, hats, scarves, and skates. We are always in needs of gently used snow pants and mittens that are waterproof.

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

Next Westfield Food Orders
December Pita, Pizza & Milk:
Posted online/forms in office: Wednesday, November 14
Orders due: Tuesday, November 27

Calling All Three Year Olds

Do you have a child born in 2014 or 2015 who can start JK or SK next September? Westfield’s CATYO day will be Thursday, November 15th. To register a child:

Step 1) Register your student (s) online at https://yourschools.ca/schools/ (paper copies can be picked up from the office if you prefer)

Step 2) Call the school to book an appointment time

Step 3) Pick up a registration package from the office (if you have a child already attending Westfield we can send the package home with them)

Weather Days

Winter weather will be here before we know it. 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 site

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-townbus 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.

School Council

There will be no school council meeting in November. The next meeting will be Tuesday, December 4 at 6:30 p.m. in the multi-purpose room.

Before & After School Reminder

Families interested in Before and After school Childcare programs, should complete the on-line survey no later than December 1st. The survey is available on the AMDSB website.

Should you require a copy of the survey, please contact the school.
We appreciate your assistance as we determine the feasibility of offering such programs.

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.

Lost and Found

Our lost and found box is overflowing with outdoor and indoor clothing of all sorts. Items will be set out for the next week. Please have your child check for lost items, or stop by and take a peek. Any items left after Math Night will be donated.

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.

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.