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June Message

June 2019

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 PAT’s, final exams, year-end field trips, term three celebration, and wrap everything up on Wednesday June 26th with sports day and our awards ceremony.

The School Fair and what our students create for this event and the animals they care for never ceases to amaze me. I would like to thank all of the judges and School Board Trustee – Judith Hunter, who came early and helped make sandwiches and prepare for the day. This event would not be possible without the support of the numerous community members/businesses, volunteer judges, parents, and the organizing committee of L. Coleman, S. Kinch, M. Kuechler, H. Memon, V. Reeve, C. Rohleder, S. Spocchi and N. Veasy-Jalbert. Thank you to all who were involved in making this a great community event by coming out Saturday to enjoy the event and who visited our book fair hosted by Mrs. Ashley. The book fair raised $2686.33, money that will go directly back to resources for the students. Thanks Mrs. Ashley and to all of you who now have a few more books and school materials to enjoy.

Thank you to those volunteers who were able to attend our Volunteer Tea on May 14th. It was great to have you as our 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 students for setting up, decorating the gym with their art work, providing entertainment, and serving or guests.

While I am thanking people, I would like to thank you the parents/guardians of the students who attend Westbrook. I would like to thank all of you for your valuable feedback and completing the RVS Satisfaction Survey. 97% of our parents completed the survey (the Highest in RVS). We truly appreciate your input and use the information gathered from this survey and the Alberta Government APORI survey to create our School Education Plan, (which will be renamed next year to “The Playbook”) as we plan for next year.

As this school year comes to a close, I would like to invite all of you to a couple of upcoming celebrations. Our Term 3 Celebration which is being hosted by our Grade 1 & 2’s will be held on Tuesday June 11th at 2:15pm and the Friends of Westbrook would like to invite you to a Free Year End BBQ on June 13th from 5:00pm to 6:45pm. FOW has had a busy year securing a $100,000 matching grant to increase the size of the new school’s gym. It is going to take a lot of dedication and fundraising to pay off this $100,000 over the next 5 years while they continue to support the school student learning within the school. I would like to thank FOW for all the support they gave the students/school this year and their future fundraising plans of raising another $25,000 through the Trip of the Month Raffle Draw. There are 6 trips to be won, 6 - $200 prizes, 6 - $100 prizes and an early bird draw of $1000 which will be drawn the evening of the BBQ. Do you have your ticket?

Finally, I would like to close with an update about the new school. If all goes as planned you are going to start to see things happening as RVS prepares to start construction of the new school. In June you should see the small building north of the school be demolished/removed and a few portables that will be used in the construction of the new school placed in the green space in front of the school where we usually have our tipi. I know this may cause some parking problems for some of the year end events so please give yourself a bit more time to park and walk to the school when attending events.

Please give us a call or send us a email if you have any questions or concerns.

Enjoy your summer.

Christine Parker

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