News & Announcements

Stranger Danger Awareness

Posted October 6, 2016

I wanted to provide you with some information regarding a situation that took place near our school yesterday.

We have been following up with the Guelph Police on an incident involving a stranger in our community. Police have informed us that a suspicious male riding a motorcycle approached a student in the area of Dominion Drive on Wednesday afternoon.

The student quickly ran home and told an adult. Guelph Police responded to the report and continue to investigate.

The safety of our children is of prime concern

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Smoke–Free Environment

Posted October 4, 2016

The Upper Grand DSB provides a smoke-free environment for its students, staff and others while on school Board property, in accordance with the Smoke-Free Ontario Act.  This policy refers to all forms of tobacco, and any processed form of tobacco that may be smoked, inhaled or chewed, including e-cigarettes.

Smudging is the tradition of using sacred smoke from sacred medicines (e.g., tobacco and sage) that forms part of the indigenous culture and spirituality.  Smudging is allowed in schools under the Smoke-Free Ontario Act.  Parents will

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Asthma Friendly Schools Policy

Posted October 4, 2016

Asthma is a very common chronic lung disease that can make it hard to breathe.  The Upper Grand District School Board adopted a new policy in June 2016 to provide support for students with Asthma.  If your child has asthma, the policy requires an Asthma Management Plan (AMP) to be completed by parents, a child’s doctor and the principal of the school.  A copy of this plan is available on the Board’s website under Policy 516.  Parents are requested to complete the AMP and

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New Lost and Found System

Posted September 29, 2016

lost and found itemsNot sure how many of you know that we donate over 20 huge garbage bags of lost and found every year. No matter how we encourage students to check the box, or check the table displays we put out each term, not enough clothing items are claimed. The Box system is not working, so we are trying something new. The lost and found box no longer exists. This means that we leave items

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October Newsletter 2016

Posted September 27, 2016



How time flies when you’re having fun. The month of September was wonderful. Our students have all settled into their classes now. The open house was a great success. It was wonderful to see so many families out and visiting. Our staff and students prepared some lovely samples of work completed this month.

A big “Thank you” to our parent volunteers from School Council who did a terrific job providing light refreshments and bringing in Sweet Temptations

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UGDSB School Organization Notice

Posted September 7, 2016

Just in case you haven’t seen the notice posted on the school doors please be aware that classes are in temporary organization until the District Staffing Committee has finalized all classes in the Board. The following notice was posted:

September, 2016

Message from the Human Resources Department

Re: School Organizations

Schools have built class lists based on their tentative organizations. Changes

may be necessary at your child(ren)’s school in order that our Board remain

compliant with Ministry parameters (see below). Any changes would be

implemented by Monday, September 19th. Principals

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Posted September 2, 2016


 School starts at 8:30 am and ends at 3:00 pm


Back to School Blues

Posted August 31, 2016

Although for many there is excitement and anticipation about going back to school, for some children transitioning back in September can be tough. Moving into a new classroom, having new teachers, new friends and classmates, and new schedules can all bring about a feeling of stress.  The angst children feel, questions they ask, and worries they express about these changes are normal. Sometimes it can be the smallest detail that can be the most worrisome for children. As a parent, you may not know

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The Benefits of Making Mistakes

Posted August 31, 2016

As the new school year begins, there is one quote that educators wish that all students would consider they enter their new classrooms, “making mistakes is part of life—and a really big part of growing up. It’s how you learn who you want to be” ( As adults, we understand that making mistakes is an important part of life, however, students sometimes struggle to see the benefits of their errors.

One of the ways that we, the adults in children’s lives, can support youngsters is

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Monthly Environmental Activities to Help Celebrate our Planet

Posted August 31, 2016

September 21st is National Tree Day!  trees for sept 16

It is vital to teach our children to respect and take care of the environment.

Celebrate National Tree Day on September 21st 2016!

“National Tree Day will serve as a celebration for all Canadians to appreciate the great benefits that trees provide us – clean air, wildlife habitat, reducing energy demand and connecting with nature.”

“Children today spend less time outdoors than any generation in human history.”

“For children, studies show

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UGDSB – Feedback Welcome on Draft Policies and Protocols

Posted August 31, 2016

The Upper Grand District School Board is welcoming public input on draft policies. Currently under review are Public Concerns #215 (closing Sept. 27) and the Police / School Board Protocol for the Investigation of School-Related Occurrences (closing Sept. 30). You are invited to review the draft documents and submit online feedback at

FSLAC as of September 2016

Posted August 31, 2016

 The UGDSB is establishing a French Second Language Advisory Committee (FSLAC).  The Committee will serve in an advisory role and make recommendations with respect to the FSL Action Plan and the French Immersion JK Registration Process for 2017 and beyond.

Eleven Committee members will be selected from all areas of the Board, and will be parents of current elementary or secondary FSL students in either French Immersion or Core French programs. Interested parents may forward an application to Superintendent Tracey Lindsay which includes the following:

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September 2016 Newsletter

Posted August 31, 2016



Welcome back to a new school year. It is so exciting to see everyone once again. This summer has just flown by so fast.  Please say “Hello” and welcome back to Mrs. Gordon and Mrs. Vokes returning from leaves.  Also welcome back to Mrs. Baker (back as planning time teacher) and Mr. Hamilton (who joins our intermediate team). We need to welcome Mr. Foote and Mr. Hemsley who are planning time teachers Day 1 and Day

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New Summer Reading Program

Posted June 27, 2016

 Join the Launch of Our Summer Reading library with childrenProgram 2016

@wmwtrailblazers’ Summer Reading Twitterfest 2016:

Stay connected over the summer by joining our school’s first Summer Reading Twitterfest! Using the hasghtags #wmwreads and #ugdsbReads, tweet out a picture of your summer reading stack, your favourite summer reading spot or a book that you’ve just finished during the summertime. Check-in with these hashtags over the summer to see what other

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June 2016 Newsletter

Posted June 1, 2016



It was wonderful to see so many families out during our open house on May 4th. Mr. Hopkins was on the drums and it was great to see so many families participate in drumming and creating rhythm. Mrs. Eberhardt and Mr. Scott and the skipping demonstration team showed off their talents and impressed and inspired the rest of us to skip more. Lots of students and parents

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Volunteer Breakfast

Posted May 11, 2016


You are invited to attend our

Volunteer Breakfast


Thursday, June 9th, 2016

From 8:00 – 8:45 am

Westminster Woods Staff Lounge

R.S.V.P.   519-766-4400

By Thursday, June 2, 2016

“Volunteers do not necessarily

have the time;

they just have the HEART!”


May Newsletter 2016

Posted April 28, 2016



“Happy Spring!” We think it has finally arrived and then we see snow! Please help your child understand that Spring weather is unpredictable and that dressing in layers is the best way to go.

With our tarmac painted with outlines for games such as basketball, four square, hopscotch for our older students and a “roadway” for our Kindergarten students to ride their cars and bikes, our yard is very busy all the time.

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April Newsletter 2016

Posted March 30, 2016


The next month and a half brings the changing weather we see in spring. This time of year when the temperature changes rapidly we suggest sending students to school dressed for warmth, but in layers that can be removed as the day warms up.

I want to thank those parents who are making the effort to park in the Goodwin parking lot if they are walking their children onto the yard. This is making a big difference

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Digital Saturday

Posted March 8, 2016

 DIGITAL SATURDAY is tomorrow morning! 

 Come and explore squishy circuits, animation, green screen technology, coding, programmable robotics, electronics, augmented reality and way more! Try out the digital tools that children are using in schools across our board.


 Event details:
DATE: Saturday, March 5, 2016 (TOMORROW!)
TIME: 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Open house closes at 12 p.m.
LOCATION: Westminster Woods Public School, 140 Goodwin

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UGDSB invites parents to learn about classroom technology at Digital Saturday

Posted March 8, 2016

The Upper Grand District School Board is hosting an open house featuring displays and workshops on how students are using technology to learn. “Digital Saturday” takes place on March 5, 2016, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Westminster Woods Public School in Guelph.
“In the last few years there has been exponential growth in the use of technological tools and resources in Upper Grand schools,” said Brent McDonald, Superintendent of Education responsible for Information Technology. “Students don’t stop using what they’re learning as soon

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