Principal's Message September 2018

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Welcome to Westbrook School

I hope all of you had a wonderful summer and your children are ready to start an exciting year of teaching and learning at Westbrook. Westbrook staff has been very busy preparing to welcome all of our 185 kindergarten to grade 8 students and we are looking forward to another great year.

 

Below are a few reminders and FYI’s as we prepare for another fantastic school year:

  • We would like to welcome three new staff members to Westbrook School. Mrs. Baldwin will be joining us as the Kindergarten teacher Tuesday’s, Thursday’s and one Friday a month. Mrs. Zboya will be full time teaching the grade 2 class, and Mrs. Livingstone is part time and will be teaching humanities and math to the 5/6 students, sharing 5/6 homeroom responsibilities with Mrs. Bonaventura. She will also be spending time helping elementary students with their literacy needs.
  • Mrs. Mistero had another very productive summer and the school looks great. It is very important all students respect and follow our two-shoe policy and our pack in pack out lunch. Please remember to pack the necessary utensils your child needs for lunch.
  • To accommodate our 185 students, we are excited that we are able to offer a number of straight grade configurations this year. We are going to be using the staff room for the grade 5’s 9 periods of the week as we are going to split our 4/5 class and 5/6 class into 3 groups (grade 4, grade 5 and, grade 6) for math and social this year. Please understand that students may still be covering some subjects above and below their current grade to accommodate for combined classes last year and possible combined grades next year.
  • Some other changes you will notice is that Mrs. Bushrod will be our full-time learning support teacher and literacy lead. Mrs. Inzinger is the grade 8 homeroom teacher and will continue to teach humanities to both the grade 7 and 8 classes. Mrs. Steiner is the grade 7 homeroom teacher and will continue to teach math and science to middle school students, with the exception of Math 8 which will be taught by Mrs. Hooper.
  • Arrival & Departures – Students can enter the building at 8:33 a.m., and be picked up at  3:22 p.m.  Monday – Thursday and at 1:42 p.m. on Fridays.  If you are picking up your child please wait in the parking lot or at the office and refrain from going to the classroom directly. This is a very busy time of day as teachers are finishing lessons and preparing students for departure.  If you would like to have a quick conversation with a teacher after school please make arrangements the day prior whenever possible, as teachers may have meetings or other commitments after school.
  • Westbrook School is located in a beautiful area of rolling hills and is a wildlife corridor for a variety of animals. We have reminded the students about the wildlife that share the area with us and have told them to play in groups and not leave the school area. We have asked students not to take food outside during recess as scraps and garbage left outside could attract animals. Your assistance with reminding your child/children about how to respect the wildlife would be appreciated.

September is a busy month and we have a number of opportunities

for you to get involved with our school.

  • Friends of Westbrook (FOW) meeting is tomorrow Thursday, September 6th at 3:00 p.m. New people are welcome and needed. If you have questions please send them a email westbrookfow@gmail.com Or Check out their Facebook page @FriendsOfWestbrook .

 

  • Parent Volunteer and/or Walk-a- thon meeting is Tuesday, September 11th at 1:00 p.m. We are always looking for parents who want to help out at major events or throughout the year. You do not have to be at the meeting if you want to volunteer, just make sure you return the Walk-a-thon volunteer form that will be in the Walk-a-thon package sent home today September 5th.

 

PLEASE MARK YOUR CALENDAR WITH THE FOLLOWING IMPORTANT DATES:

  • Our annual “Meet the Staff BBQ” on Thursday, September 13th from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.
  • School Council meeting is Tuesday, September 18th at 6:00 p.m. Come out and join a great team.
  • Friday, September 28th is our annual Walk-a-thon. With the rain-out date planned for Thursday October 4th. This is our major fundraiser for the year and a great community event.
  • No School – Monday, September 24th - Professional Learning day for staff
  • No School – Friday, October 5 - Professional Learning day for staff
  • No School – Monday, October 8 - Thanksgiving
  • School Pictures Thursday, October 18th.

 

I hope you will be able to join us for some of these great events. These and all-important dates and events can be found on our Google calendar located on our Website at http://westbrook.rockyview.ab.ca/

 

We are looking forward to another fabulous school year. Westbrook staff is dedicated to improving learning for all students. Communication is important and the key to creating a strong and dynamic learning environment.  If you have any questions, concerns, or suggestions please feel free to contact myself or any of our teachers or administration by phone or email.

 

Christine Parker

Westbrook School

Principal

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