Principal's Message June 2017

June Message

It’s June and another great school year is coming to a close and there is only three weeks left to this school year. These next three weeks are going to be very busy as students write PATs, final exams, go on year end field trips, celebrate term three, and wrap everything up on Wednesday June 28th with sports day and our awards ceremony.

The Westbrook Staff would like to thank the amazing team of volunteers who transformed our learning commons into a pop-up restaurant on May 26th. This team took over the school covering our supervision, the front office, and served us up a great meal. We want to thank all the parents who had a part in making us all feel appreciated and valued. “The Biggest Little School” is not just another school, it is a great caring community that educates students and supports all aspects of teaching and learning.

Thank you to those volunteers who were able to attend our Volunteer Tea on May 30th. It was great to have you as your guests and show our appreciation for all that you do for us throughout the year. I realize not all of you were able to join us for this event and I want you to know that you do make a difference, are truly appreciated, and you make Westbrook School a great learning community. Hosting a volunteer tea requires the efforts of many. I would especially like to thank Mrs. Sandy Jaeger for organizing the event, along with staff and our K to 4 students for setting up, decorating, providing entertainment, and serving.

I would like to thank the Friends of Westbrook for a great BBQ last night and supporting teaching and learning at Westbrook School. This year we were able to enjoy the following items purchased over the past two years with casino funds: movable bookcase, additional shelving for our new pull-out rooms, movable furniture for the learning commons, 35 Chrome Books with a portable cart, white boards, Thunderbolt displays, leveled literacy programs, PE equipment, outdoor recess equipment, and science equipment including microscopes and ray boxes. All of this would not have been possible without all the individuals who worked casino shifts 2 years ago. Speaking of casinos, FOW has another one coming up next year and will be needing over 35 individuals to help out. Stay tuned for more information.

On a sad note, we will be saying goodbye to a couple of staff members:

Ms. Salucop has been at Westbrook for the past 4 years. It feels like she has been with us for a lot longer as she has immersed herself in the school and the community and has been invaluable to me as an admin partner. She will be moving to Windsong Heights School in Airdrie, Westbrook’s loss will definitely be Windsong’s gain. I would like to thank Ms. Salucop for her dedication to our students, the community and the culture of Westbrook. We would like to wish her the best in her future pursuits knowing that a piece of her will always be a Westbrookianite.

After over 30 years of being an educator with 14 of them at Westbrook, our beloved Mrs. Mac. will be retiring and beginning a new journey of her life that will not be run by bells and school vacation times. I know Mrs. MacLennan will be missed by all. She has made a difference in many students lives over the years and has been an important part of Westbrook School and the community. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Mrs. Mac for her dedicated service to the students, staff, and community of Westbrook School, she will truly be missed. The good news is she has told me she wants to guest teach for teachers when they are absent and I plan on holding her to that.

Finally, I would like to close with some big news about next year. In the past, Westbrook has had 6 classrooms to cover all students from grades 1 to 8. Next year we will be supporting 178 students in 7 classrooms. We will still have combined grades in many of our classrooms but are excited about hiring a new homeroom teacher to assist with these combinations. The unfortunate part of this great news is that we will be losing the newly created Learning Commons to a classroom. We think the additional class outweighs the loss of this flex space and we will use our Library as a flex space and rename the Library to Learning Commons. As usual, we will not be discussing our grade combinations or classes until next year as our configurations may change as students move in and out of the area over the summer months. We will send an email the day before school starts to the parent of each student letting you know who their teacher will be for the 2017 - 2018 school year.

We still have a number of events and activities planned for this year. Please check out all of the events that are

occurring this month and in September on our webpage and our Google calendar. http://westbrook.rockyview.ab.ca

Enjoy your summer.

Christine Parker

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