Principal's Message March 2018

February flew by and March will also be over before we know it. It is hard to believe that there are less than 4 months left in the school year and 3 weeks until Spring Break.

February was a very short but busy month. Students participated in a variety of age appropriate actives: writing midterms, skiing at Nakiska or COP, involved in the Cochrane Games at Spray Lakes, grade 6 basketball tournaments, and we wrapped everything up with our Annual Lip Sync.

I would like to thank all of you who came out to watch our very talented students in our Annual Lip Sync on February 16th, and those of you who had to wait for late busses due to our extended performance. It was an amazing afternoon watching our studious, polite, and focused students transform into Pop/Rock Stars while our top-notch educational staff turned into rebellious high school students. I am always in awe of our student’s dancing ability, creativity, and the confidence they radiate. This was an exceptional event and it could not have happened without the hard work of our lead organizers Mrs. Kondrat, Mrs. M. Gordon, the staff who helped judge the classroom auditions, and staff who opened up their classrooms tor students to practice during break times to make this a memorable afternoon. I would also like to thank our celebrity judges: Tim Hus (Country Singer), Willa Montgomery (former staff member) and from The Boys and Girls Club, Kevin McConnach.

Thank you also goes out to all the parents who have children in grades 4 to 8 and completed the Alberta Government APORI survey. This survey is one means by which the school collects data on how we are doing. We use this information to help us develop our School Education Plan (SEP). Your opinion is important to us. In May and June all parents who have students in Westbrook will have an opportunity to provide additional feedback on how we are doing through the Rocky View Satisfaction Survey. I will send you further details when we are closer to the date. Also remember you do not have to wait for a survey to share with us things you think we are doing well and areas we can improve. Sensitive

March is also a very busy month. One World Drum will be join us for a week-long Artist in Residency starting March 19th and concluding on March 23rd with a drumming sharing session that parents are invited to attend. We will share more details of this performance later in March.

Three Way Conferences will be the week before the report card goes home and will be on March 20th and March 22nd. Three Way conferences are a vital part of home-school communication. We encourage parents to attend conferences with their child to gain a more complete understanding of your child’s school work and progress. Details on how to book interviews are provided in this newsletter. The Report Card will be going home on March 29th the last day of school before spring break.

I look forward to seeing you at Three Way Conferences and our Drumming Presentation. Don’t forget to check out the dates and other great up-coming events on our Google calendar found on our Website.

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