¡Feliz año nuevo!
We trust your holiday time allowed for opportunities for relaxation and connection with those who matter most to you. And we are excited to reconnect with your children, and with you, tomorrow morning! Please read below for some of points of information.
1. Kindergarten/Grade 1 registration begins Monday, January 9 through to Wednesday, February 15 noon. While forms are available online, they must be dropped off to the school in person, along with appropriate identification (documentation confirming birth date, and documentation confirming address). Our office is open from 8:30am-4:30pm. As we manage spaces and resources, for both our regular and our Spanish bilingual programs, it is imperative that you drop off your child's application by February 15th noon. Significant decision will be made based on the 'applications in hand' immediately after the closing of the application process, especially with regards to the number of spaces we can offer outside of our already existing WOM community. If your child is already in kindergarten, you do not need to register them for grade 1. If your plans for next year are at another school (i.e. your child won't be returning), we would appreciate knowing this as well. Thank you to all parents who completed the notice of intent form distributed in December, and if your plans differ from what you told us, we would appreciate knowing that too, as soon as you do.
2. We have typically held an open house for prospective parents the Thursday before kindergarten registration. We will not be doing that this year. Please refer to our frequently asked questions page on our website, and let your neighbours know about this information as well. We are happy to field questions at the office. http://schools.cbe.ab.ca/b257/pdf/Frequently-Asked-Questions.pdf. We will be holding an open house/orientation in May for confirmed WOM families, 2017-18.
3. Swimming lessons for students in grades 1-3 are at the end of the month, January 23-27. Thank you to all who have completed the requisite forms. If you have yet to do so, please do so ASAP. Please let your child's teacher know right away if you have misplaced forms so that they can be sent home. Much 'behind the scenes work' happens to organize such a large scale off-site activity such as this and your support is appreciated.
4. Our students in grades 3 and 4 will have an opportunity to cross-country ski at the end of this month! Information will be coming via the classroom teacher.
5. Our 3 month artist in residency project, focused on story telling through the multi-faceted genre of puppetry begins next week, starting first with students in grades 3-6. To launch this work (we call it the 'hook' in education speak), our contracted artist, Wendy Passmore Godfrey, will be performing the show "Pigs in a Canoe" on Wednesday. There are 2 shows, one from 9:15-10:15AM, and a repeat performance 1:30-2:30PM: Please join us if your schedule allows. Funding for this intensive residency comes from our generous School Council, as well as funding obtained through our school's successful Alberta Foundation for the Arts grant proposal. http://wppuppet.com/residencies-and-workshops/
6. Oh the weather... we will only know whether or not we will have inside or outside recesses when the time comes. Children, as always, should be dressed for the weather. We will always go outside if it temperature is warmer than -20 degrees Celsius. including the wind chill factor.
7. New clothes for Christmas? Lost and Found? As communicated, all items in the lost and found prior to the break were donated to charity. Items with names were pulled; they are currently in the office and we will try our best to match up with owners. We will again donate all remaining items in the lost and found before Spring Break (March 22, 2017). Please ensure that any new clothing items (and any old ones for that matter) are clearly labelled. You can help your child look after his/her things by coaching them on how to hang things up, and how to store their outside boots, mitts, hats, etc. They can do this at home too!!!! Checking that they have come home with all that they went to school with will also help the collection of lost items in a timely manner.
8. Did you go through your children's clothes to get rid of items they have outgrown? We are always in need of smaller sized pants, especially 'jogging' type/elastic waistband type. If you have items sized 5-10 you would like to donate to our "change of clothing stash", we would be most appreciative.
9. Our School Council meets again this month on January 23 @ 7:00PM: Please mark your calendars
10. Our school, in partnership with the School Council Parent Education Committee will be hosting a family literacy night, in conjunction with Family Litaracy Day. This evening is scheduled for Thursday, January 26th Please watch for registration details to be sent to you from the SCPEC.
11. Hurray for fun lunches!!!! There are 2 this month (2 less lunches you have to pack). They are scheduled for Jan 10 (pizza) and Jan 20 (Subway). You must register at www.healthyhunger.ca, but will need to do so 5 days in advance. If you would like for your child to participate, but paying for it is difficult for your family at this time, please speak confidentially to either Mrs Sidhom or Ms Coveyduck. Volunteers are always needed for these events. If you can help, kindly contact the fun lunch coordinator, Angela Batchelor, at email@example.com. Thanks Mrs Batchelor for your work to ensure our fun lunches are, in fact, fun lunches!
Here's to a great, new year!