News & Announcements
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
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
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
Not 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
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
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:
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
School starts at 8:30 am and ends at 3:00 pm
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
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” (http://talkingtreebooks.com/quotes/quote-making-mistakes.html). 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
September 21st is National Tree Day!
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.” http://getbackoutside.ca/
“For children, studies show
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 www.ugdsb.on.ca/policy.
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:
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
Join the Launch of Our Summer Reading Program 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
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
You are invited to attend our
Thursday, June 9th, 2016
From 8:00 – 8:45 am
Westminster Woods Staff Lounge
By Thursday, June 2, 2016
“Volunteers do not necessarily
have the time;
they just have the HEART!”
“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.
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
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.
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
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