We are off to a great start to the 2016-2017 school year! It was a little warm last week and we all persevered with the heat, adjusted to new routines and started our fresh learning journey for this year. As always, our students have demonstrated responsibility, respect and kindness towards each other and the staff members at W.J. Watson P.S. Our students have arrived at school excited to learn and take on new challenges. Their enthusiasm is contagious!
We have great news! Congratulations to W.J Watson Public School for being one of the three elementary schools in York Region to win a $1000 prize for participating in Bike to School Week 2016. We thank Mrs. Williams grade 7 class of 2015-2016 for organizing this event. Our school has been in need of new bike racks and now we have the funding to purchase them!
This year we will continue to focus on the three areas of Modern Learning, Mental Health and Mathematics. We are excited to continue to add technology resources to our school learning environment to enable students to collaborate in their learning, access excellent on-line resources and develop the skills of information management while strengthening critical thinking and inquiry skills. Equity, Innovation and Leadership will be embedded in all that we do.
We believe that W.J. Watson P.S. is a school community that works together and that it is necessary for all members of our community to feel welcome and know their voice is important and valued. Suggestions, feedback, comments and concerns are always invited and appreciated by our school staff. Please do not hesitate to contact your child’s teacher or the office, at any time. Our students come first, and when we solve the small issues together, students thrive in an environment that is free of “big issues” that may interfere with their academic learning, social and personal development.
School Council Candidate Nomination Forms are due to the office by 4:00p.m. on Friday, September 16th, 2016 (the green paper in the Start-up package). Please consider joining us as a voting council member (15 positions available). Meeting dates are tentatively set for October 12, November 2nd, December 7th, February 1st, March 1st, April 12th and May 24th. School Council Meetings take place this year on Wednesday evening, 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. in the Staff Room. All parents and guardians are welcome and encouraged to attend School Council Meetings. Please call Mrs. Crossley for more information.
Please save the date of Wednesday, September 28th in the evening for our Meet the Staff Evening. More details about this event will be forthcoming.
Sports are highly valued at our school. We believe active children are healthy children! Grade 7 and 8 Intermediate Boys’ tryouts and practices for baseball are on Tuesday and Thursday mornings at 8:00. It is important to be on time. If students are unable to attend a practice, they need to let Mr. McPhail know. The Area Tournament is on Wednesday, September 28 at West Park.
Please remember, we encourage litterless lunches at school. Students are also encouraged to bring a variety of healthy foods to school each day which can be packed easily in containers that go from home to school and back home again. Litterless lunches will help keep our learning environment clean as those wrappers seem to find their way to our shelves and floors! Food that is not eaten is sent home which allows parents to better judge quantities of food to send and know what their child is eating at school. This year, we will continue to work on keeping our school environment super clean and inviting for all learners. Litterless lunches will help us further improve our school climate and help the environment too!
As a reminder, we are a nut-safe school. Parents and caregivers are reminded to be vigilant in packing school lunches and snacks that are nut free.
We have school community members with severe allergies and sensitivities to scents. To keep our school safe for all, staff, students and visitors to our school are asked to refrain from wearing or bringing scented products into the school environment.
Grade 7 and 8 students participated this week in a presentation by MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) this week. The Presentation called “In the Blink of an Eye” had a powerful impact on our students. Here is the link to the website: http://madd.ca/pages/programs/youth-services/school-programs/. Parents and Guardians are encouraged to continue the conversation about this serious and important topic at home. On the website, click on “why do we present to grade 7 and 8 students” and you will find some statistics and information that is very useful.
We are looking forward to a fabulous school year together!
L. Crossley M. Murray
Message from our Trustee
As we start another school year, we are very pleased to welcome all of our new and returning families. I hope you all enjoyed the hot summer months and are looking forward to the start of school.
There is a lot to look forward to in the months ahead and many ways for families to engage with their child’s learning. There is a strong connection between parent and family engagement and student achievement and well-being, and I hope that you will find opportunities to get involved.
In the coming year, trustees will continue to focus on the priorities that we set out in our Multi-Year Plan: student achievement and well-being; the delivery of effective and sustainable educational programs; and the responsible stewardship of Board resources.
We know that partnerships with parents and families are essential to achieving these goals. However you choose to get involved, know that you are making a difference to your child’s learning.
I wish you all the best for the upcoming school year.
Mrs. Nancy Elgie
W.J. Watson P.S.