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Principal's Message March 2021

Principal’s Message: March 2021

I hope you had a great February break. It has been a long cold February. March has been a nice change with the sun shining, but at times the wind has been blowing making it much colder. Students still need to be reminded to dress appropriately as they prepare to be outside for 15 and 25 minutes each day. All students including middle school students need to wear winter jackets, hats, gloves and boots.

It is hard to believe we have completed 6 months of school and Three-Way Conferences are next week, on March 9th and March 11th. Three Way conferences are a vital part of home-school communication. We encourage parents to meet through Zoom with their child and their child’s teacher to gain a more complete understanding of their child’s schoolwork and progress. Details on how to book interviews were sent home earlier this week and can also be found in this newsletter. Don’t forget student progress is accessed through the Public PowerSchool Portal. If you are still trying to understand and login to Real-Time Reporting. Click on this Video: Real-Time Reporting to learn how you can view your child(ren's) learning progress via PowerSchool's Public Portal at any time throughout the year.

Have you been waiting for the annual Alberta Government APORI survey to show up in a mailbox? At this point the government has not given details on how or if they will be surveying parents and teachers about their child’s school year. However, we have received word that some students will be completing the student survey like they have in the past. I will let you know what the Alberta Government decides about surveying parents and teachers.

The Westbrook School Playbook (Year 2 of our 4-year Education Plan) has been shared with the School Council and submitted to Superintendent Luterbach this week. As we move into year Two of our Four Year Plan, Innovators by Design, our school focus is on connecting students to their passions and interests. We want to create a teaching and learning environment where all students can reach their potential by being engaged, challenged, and experience success at their level. We believe to do this, we will have to support the whole child –physically, emotionally, socially and intellectually as students navigate successfully to becoming a global citizen. We will share a link to the full 27-page document once the Superintend has reviewed our playbook.

We have some sad news for us but a New Chapter for Mrs. Ashley to share. Mrs. Ashley will be retiring April 30th after 25 as librarian and classroom assistant. Mrs. Ashley has spent the last 13 years of her career with Westbrook School. Mrs. Ashley has made a difference in many students and teachers lives over the years. She has read all students a story or a 100, and possibly more, supported students in the classroom and with first aid, and has been an important part of our extracurricular badminton program at Westbrook School. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Mrs. Ashley for her dedicated service to the student’s staff and community of Westbrook School. She will truly be missed. We will enjoy having her for the next month and a half and then wish her safe travels as she travels to Nova Scotia this spring to spend time with her father.

I hope this spring brings us vaccines, flowers and the opportunity to be together. Speaking of flowers, check out Friends of Westbrook’s upcoming fundraiser. Details can be found in this newsletter.

As always if you have any questions or concerns, please contact your child’s teacher or me.

 

Christine Parker

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