Winter Concert & Fun Activities: Dec 1
This Thursday evening students from grades K-3 will be putting on a winter play along with the students in musical clubs. The play / concert starts at 6:30pm. West Dover School Council invites families from all grade levels to come to the school between 5:00pm - 6:00pm and take part in a variety of festive activities. Families can purchase some yummy baking at the bake sale table or get their picture taken with Santa and make a couple of crafts. If you wish to contribute some baking for the bake sale, please drop it off at the school in the morning on Thursday with ingredients listed on the packaging. We look forward to seeing you this Thursday.
Inline Skating is coming soon : Nov. 28
Today students will be bringing home important information about Inline Skating which begins next Monday. Please take the time to read the introduction letter and view the orientation video from Alien Inline. Learning to inline skate is a part of the students physical education program however it does have some risks of injury that are not present in other sports modules. As a result we have sent home an Acknowledgement of Risk form which we would like you as families to review sign and bring back to the school. If you require any further information please contact Mr. Lailey at school.
Learning Conversations Part 2: Nov. 24
Thursday evening marked the second learning conversation teachers formally had with parents. A big thank you goes out to all the families who made time in their busy schedules to come and meet with the teachers. From many of the comments teachers and parents made during comments it is positioning students for success is truly a team effort and requires everyone playing a part in the childs education.
Emily Carr: Small Wonders theatre producation: Nov. 15
West Dover students had the good fortune to experience the wonderful story of the early years of Emily Carr's life as told via an opereta format. The Canadian Musical Theatre Company sang and acted out a unique interpretation of the famous Canadian's early life story. The script / story was created by Company Owner Allen Desnoyes and Emily Carr: Small Wonders celebrates the young life of a girl whose intense passion for nature, animals, and art enabled her to escape the narrow confines of her Victorian era. This experience continued to build upon the work being undertaken at West Dover to build students oracy skills in learning how to be story tellers.
Remembrance Day Assembly : Nov. 10
This Thursday the students from the three grade 1 classes hosted the rest of the student body at West Dover in the gym for the Remembrance Day Assembly. Mrs. Petersons class acted and read out their interpretation of the story a bear at war. Mrs. Garcia's class shared a video they had created from Todd Parr's Peace Book. Mrs. Coldbeck's class shared the story of local indigenous people playing a key role in world war 2 in coding messages by speaking their native cree language. The song the who grade sang together was moving for all in attendance and truly represented West Dover well on this day.
Literacy Night Open House : Oct. 20
This Thursday evening West Dover will be hosting a Literacy Evening for all of our Families. Please feel free to drop in a join us anytime in between 5:30 and 7:30pm. There will be many opportunities to learn how the teachers are building the literacy skills of our students in their classrooms. As well, parents will be able to discuss with teachers the ways in which they offer support from home. We look forward to seeing you this Thursday.
Fall Break : Oct. 7-16
The staff at West Dover would like to wish all the families of West Dover a Happy Thanksgiving and safe fall break.Enjoy the time off to rest up and rejuvinate. We look forward to seeing you Monday Oct. 17.
Honoring the survivors of residential schools, Oct. 6
Today the students, staff and families of West Dover had the opportunity to learn about the residential school experience from two elder survivors. The stories both elders shared resonated with many students in the crowd as they were about the same age as the kids at the school when they were taken from their families and forced to go to school far away from home. Both spoke of being treated unfairly but somehow being resilient enough to keep going and living.
The students had a chance to watch a fancy dancer and see an example of a young man who has worked to connect with his culture and celebrate their traditional ways.
Sigmund Brouwer author visit: Sept. 29
Today the students, staff and families of West Dover had the opportunity to learn about story with renowned canadian author Sigmund Brouwer. He engaged the students in his rock and roll literacy assembly with a number of catchy songs and tantelizing stories. One of the favourites of the kids was the story about the chapstick and the pet cat. After the whole school assembly each grade level was given time to further their understanding of how to further their story writing abilities.
In the afternoon Sigmund worked with all the teachers to help them use story as a means to build students literacy skills.
Terry Fox Run & Olympic PE celebration: Sept. 16
Today the students, staff and families of West Dover celebrated the work Terry Fox had done in raising awareness for cancer research and overall caring for each other as a community. The grade 4 and 5 students lead the assembly that kicked of the day. Emily shared the details she learned about Terry's journey for hope and caring for each other. Hailee shared her interpretation of what makes West Dover unique and just a few of the ways we care for each other every day. The grade two students ended the assembly by articulating one word and a sentence that they felt summed up what Terry's work meant to them. They had the fantastic experience of going to see the Terry Fox exhibit that just opened at the Sports Hall of Fame on Wednesday.
After the assembly all the students and staff hit the field and enjoyed a wonderful fall morning participating in the olympic sports that they had learned over the past three weeks in physical education class. A big thank you goes out to the WD parent council who provided refreshments and snacks to the whole school as they toured the different stations.
Grade 2: Canada's Olympic Sports Hall of Fame, Sept. 14
The grade 2 students from West Dover headed out to Canada Olympic Park to learn through sports artifacts and athletes stories in the Olympic Sports Hall of Fame. The students enoyed the opportunity to act and learn with the lens of being a currator of a museum and handle a number of sports artifacts and try to determine the stories they told. The students also had a chance to explore the museum as a whole and take in all the different athlete's stories of excellence through hard work and determination. A big thank you goes out to the parents and student nurses who volunteered on the trip as well as the Flames Foundation who paid for the admission and bus fees for the trip.
Grade 2/3's: Fall Harvest at the community garden, Sept. 7
The grade 2/3 class headed over to the dover community garden to check on the plants and veggetables they planted as grade 1 students in the spring. When the students arrived they quickly found all of their beats, lettuce, potatoes and carrots were ready for harvest. The students thoroughly enjoyed pulling up the plants and munching on the odd one that came out of the ground right away. A big thanks to Ms. Given and Mrs. Rose who helped out last year and making sure the plants survived the summer. The students look forward to cleaning up the veggies they harvested and making it their snacks for the week.
School Opening Celebration: Pancake Breakfast & Hoja Concert, Aug. 26
A big thanks goes out to all those who attended the Welcome Back pancake breakfast. Almost all of the students and their families from the school stopped by in the morning and had a pancake and some oranges. The school would like to specifically thank the West Dover Community Association for letting us use their facilities, the West Dover Parent Council for volunterring their time setting up, cooking and taking down, as well as the West Dover Staff for setting up, preparing , cooking, serving and cleaning up.
After the breakfast was over the whole school headed down to the gym for a fantastic concert by Hoja. The accapela band had the students and staff singing and dancing the whole time that they played. Matthew, one of the band members brought forward a great message of finding things in life that you are passionate about and then working hard to set goals and achieve them in those areas.
Sept. 2 is Patrol Training for Grade 4 & 5 students, Aug.26
Attention all those grade 4 & 5 students intrested in being on the school patrols. Constable Ross will be by Friday Sept. 2 at 9 am to train all the students. At which time we will formulate a patrol schedule and identify who the luietenants are for the upcoming school year. If you are going to be away that day please let Mr. Lailey know ahead of time to make alternate arrangements to get trained.
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