Year End Newsletter

Posted June 26, 2020



The 2019/2020 school year has definitely brought about many unforeseen variables.  The WCW Staff and School Community have been there to support one another and get through this together.  A testament to this amazing school community. 

Thank you to parents and families for the work you have done to shape the students into the young adults graduating today. This year you had the challenge of guiding your child through distance learning.  We know this has required a great level of support to your children. 


On behalf of the student body and school community I would like to extend a thank you to the William C. Winegard School Staff for their dedication in providing quality educational programs to the children at William C. Winegard.

 Have a safe and relaxing summer!


To recognize the Grade 8 Graduates of 2020 the WCW staff put together a graduation package  and organized a student walk-through.  It was with great pride that we recognized this amazing group of students.  We wish you much success next year and in years to come.  Congratulations to our Grade 8 graduates!


The end of a school year is a time to celebrate accomplishments, share our appreciation and also a time for best wishes. This year we will be saying thank you to Ms. Townsend, Ms. Drewry, Ms. Speers-Barker, Mr. Trento, Mr. Shoesmith, Mr. Stiles, and Ms. Martin.  They have all played an important role this year at our school.  We will be thinking about Ms. Nickels who is expecting her first child and Ms. Pinkney who will be welcoming her second child.  We are sending out our well wishes to Ms. Barbour as she begins her new position at Taylor Evans Public School and to Ms. Darroch as she moves to Willow Road Public School.  Congratulations to Ms. MacLean and we hope you have an amazing time with your retirement.  From all of us at William C. Winegard Public School thank you and we wish you all the best!

At the sametime we would like to welcome back Ms. Giles who will be returning from her leave.  Joining the Wolf Pack will be Mr. Rees, Ms. Humphries, Ms. Reid, Ms. Demers and Ms. Bevington as new classroom teachers.  Ms. Alie will be joining us from Willow Road Public School as our new Vice-Principal.

Tentative Organization

A tentative organization for the 2020/2021 school year is included in this newsletter.  The organization is based on our enrollment in February and subject to change. Should there be further changes in enrollment, particularly in September, we may be directed to undergo a school reorganization. In that event class and staff assignments may change as directed by the school board staffing committee and Ministry of Education.

Principal – Rochelle MurrayCako

Vice-Principal – Kristin Alie 

KA – Allie Golding, Rebecca Campbell

KB – Melanie Bevington, Paula Moniz

KC – Catherine Blevins, Pam Beecraft

KD – Robin Doty, Stephanie Giles

1 – Nicole Connors

1 – Amanda MacDowell

1 – Marsha Heeley

2 – Susan Hopkins

2 – Gary Barton

2/3 – Sarah Demers

3 – Katie Enders

3 – Julie Donegani, Leanne Pinkney

3/4 – TBA

4/5 – Ryan Meunier

4/5 – TBA

5/6 – Aaron Gee

6 – Meghan Barry, Katherine Reid

6/7 – TBA

7 – Terra Humphries

8 – Csilla Farkas

8 – Brandon Rees

Resource – Ashley Jones, Meghan Barry

Core French – Laura Alexander, Erica Nickels

Library – Jessica Upper

Planning Teachers – Holly Masters, Leanne Pinkney, Jessica Upper, Katherine Reid

Educational Assistants – Carly Battler, Amanda Vanos, Luyin Lee, Sherry Douglas, Carli Vokes

CYC – Neil Kingdon

Custodian – Shelley Billings, Troy Baker


Just a short note to match the shorter school year from your friendly neighbourhood School Council!  Thank you to all of you who participated in the events and showed all the continued support for our school.  We wish all of you the best as the school year comes to a close.  Although, we do not know when we will all meet again, please accept our wishes for a safe, happy and healthy break!

Fundraising 2019/2020

What a year it has been! We kicked our fundraising year off with the Annual Winter Bazaar. A big thank you for all of your support with this event. Our Kindergarten families brought some delicious baked goods and surpassed all of our expectations with their generous donations for the bake sale table. Our students provided entertainment and set up help for this event as well. It was a great start to the holiday season.

The fun continued in February with our Skate on the Storm ice & game. Skaters of all abilities took to the ice for a skate and then settled in to watch the Guelph Storm.

We look forward to working with all of the Winegard families in the fall and have some exciting fundraising ideas. If you are interested in joining the school council or fundraising committee we would love to talk with you. We are always open to new fundraising ideas and welcome anyone, regardless of how much time you can commit. Have a safe summer and we look forward to seeing you in the fall!



A sincere thank you to all WCW families who returned their library books in the past month. With so many other things to think about, it would be easy to overlook these items, so it is very much appreciated that you took the time to return them to school. Please know that books will not be considered overdue until the end of September, so if you forgot to return them in June, just hold onto them for the summer and return in the fall.

Speaking of summer, there are many options for students looking to read something new over the next two months. The Guelph Public Library is now open for curbside pickup if you “order” your books online. Once again, they are running the TD Summer Reading Club Program, which is simple to join and meant for kids of all ages and abilities. Also, all UGDSB students continue to have access to many options through the UG2GO website. On the site you can easily check out: Tumblebooks, Tumblebook Cloud Junior, BookFlix, and Overdrive/Sora. All of these platforms are constantly getting new books added, including graphic novels, which many of our students enjoy.

Lastly, if you are thinking of purchasing some books this summer, consider supporting an independent bookstore, such as The Bookshelf or Janus Books in downtown Guelph. If you are looking for some resources to help your kids understand recent events, the folks at The Bookshelf are sure to be able to offer advice. You could also check out this list from The Canadian Children’s Book Centre: or these resources suggested by the Waterloo Public Library:

  Have a great summer!  Ms. Upper


Communication between school and home will continue to be very important.  We will use the school website and email as a means to share important school and board information.  As items come up, they will be posted in our News and Announcements section of the school website.  Our website and the school board is an important link to have in your favourites to stay on top of what is going on at the school.  Please check it often at and  We will also be using the messenger phone call out system and twitter as a means to share information. There is a link on our website to follow us on Twitter (@williamcwinegardps).


Please continue to check the school and board website for updates:

William C. Winegard PS 

Upper Grand District School Board

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