Enjoy your summer!

July 7, 2014

The staff of Westvale P.S. would like to wish all of our families a very safe and enjoyable summer.

Important upcoming dates to remember:

First day of school is Tuesday, September 2nd for All Grade 1-6 students

Parents of kindergarten students will receive notification explaining the staggered entry schedule for when their child begins school.

School office re-opens on Monday, August 25th

Come to our Next School Council Meeting

June 11, 2014

We meet next week on June 17 at the Desbiens home.

Last Day for Communication Survey Thurs., June 5th

June 3, 2014

WRDSB Communication Survey for Parents/Guardians

In order to help us better understand our parent/guardian preferences for receiving information, an on-line survey has been created to gather input on ways to improve communication, streamline processes and reduce the use of paper within school communities. This initiative is in alignment with the continued work of engagement and communication within the Waterloo Region District School Board.

This survey can be accessed through a link called “WRDSB Communication Survey” found on the Waterloo Region District School Board website at: http://wrdsb.on.ca at the top of the page or can be accessed through the following link called “WRDSB Communication Survey”.

The survey will close on June 5th.

All parents/guardians of Waterloo Region District School Board students are requested to complete this short survey at their earliest convenience. Responses to the surveys are anonymous and confidential.

Thank you for helping us understand your preferences for receiving information

School Calendar for 2014-2015

May 20, 2014

SYC – Elementary-2014-2015

WRDSB Communication Survey for Parents/Guardians

May 15, 2014

In order to help us better understand our parent/guardian preferences for receiving information, an on-line survey has been created to gather input on ways to improve communication, streamline processes and reduce the use of paper within school communities. This initiative is in alignment with the continued work of engagement and communication within the Waterloo Region District School Board.

This survey can be accessed through a link called “WRDSB Communication Survey” found on the Waterloo Region District School Board website at: http://wrdsb.on.ca at the top of the page or can be accessed through the following  link called “WRDSB Communication Survey” between May 15th and June 5th..

The survey questions are focused on improving the following areas:

1. How we communicate information to parents and families.

2. How we collect information from parents and families.

3. How we update information pertaining to parents, students, and families.

All parents/guardians of Waterloo Region District School Board students are requested to complete this short survey at their earliest convenience. Responses to the surveys are anonymous and confidential.

Thank you for helping us understand your preferences for receiving information.

Safe, Caring and Inclusive Schools: Surveys

May 6, 2014

School climate surveys, cultural scans, or audits provide opportunities for collaboration and dialogue, and starting points for reflection on the existing culture within a school. The Safe, Caring and Inclusive Schools (SCIS) surveys offer a series of questions to help assess school culture/climate with regard to safe schools, character development, equity and inclusion, and variables that contribute to a healthy school environment.

A positive learning and teaching environment is essential if students are to succeed in school. Research shows that there is a direct link between students’ success and the school environment in which learning takes place. Students are more motivated to do well and to realize their full potential in schools that have a positive school climate, where they feel safe and supported.

A Safe, Caring and Inclusive School is a place where all partners – students, staff, parents, and community members treat one-another fairly, with respect and kindness, and act in a socially responsible way towards all members of the school community. It is an inclusive community where diversity is affirmed within a framework of common values, and where all members participate in decision making and cooperate to promote the well–being of all. High expectations exist so that students are engaged academically, socially and intellectually. Studies emphasize the contribution of a positive learning environment to student success.

Before schools can build and/or strengthen a safe, caring and inclusive school culture, they need to get greater insight to the existing culture. Safe, Caring and Inclusive Schools surveys will assist schools in understanding and describing the current school culture while identifying areas for improvement. It is important to ensure that representatives from all sectors of the school and its community participate in any type of survey or assessment. To get an accurate picture of the school culture, it is essential to gather data from students, since research about bullying suggests that adults in a school may not witness the majority of this student behaviour.

The Safe, Caring and Inclusive Schools surveys and report templates are intended to provide a general understanding of school climate. The results should assist in identifying the strengths and challenges of the school’s climate and allow resources to be focused on areas that may need improvement.

The generally accepted factors that comprise school climate include: relationships between students, and between students and faculty; teaching and learning environment; school safety and the physical school environment.

Three groups are being surveyed: students in grades 3, 4, 5, 7, 9 and 11, school staff and parents/guardians. In response to the scope of data for elementary schools, we have developed a new grades 3 and 4 survey for your consideration. This grades 3 and 4 survey is optional.

All surveys will be available in electronic format.

The SCIS Survey for Students can be accessed at:

Grades 3 and 4 Students

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/SCIS_Grade3_4

Grade 5 Students

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/SCIS_Grade5

Grades 7, 9 and 11 Students

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/SCIS_Grades7_9_11

Responses to the surveys are anonymous and confidential.

The SCIS Survey for PARENTS/GUARDIANS can be accessed through the Waterloo Region District School Board website at:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/SCIS_ParentGuardian

or via a link posted on the WRDSB website at the top right hand side of the home page SCIS Survey.

All Surveys are open beginning on May 1, 2014 and will close on May 31, 2014.

 

Computer apps you can use at home

April 22, 2014

Please see attached

 

Apps for Home

May 30 PD Day Agenda

Please read the attached.May 30 PD Day Agenda

Safe, Caring & Inclusive Schools – Climate Surveys

April 17, 2014

Check out the following link to learn more about the Climate Surveys starting May 1st. and running until May 31st.

Climate Surveys

Westvale’s 12th Annual Used Book Sale Thursday, April 24th

April 9, 2014

        Westvale’s 12th Annual Used Book Sale Thursday, April 24th 9:00 am to 5:30 pm in the gym.

Don’t miss out on your chance to unload your bookshelves and restock with some new treasures. Send in any used books – baby, children and adult books – that are in good condition.

So far we have collected over 600 books! We are hoping to collect 2000 books. We will be selling all adult books and chapter books books for $1 and all young children’s books (chapter books excluded) for .50 cents.  Please drop off your books by April 21st to allow time for organizing.

Thank you!

SchoolCouncil