We have a lot to be Thankful for at W.J. Watson! This E-Announcement will highlight just some of the great things that are going on at our school. We wish all Watson families a very happy and wonderful long Thanksgiving weekend.
Terry Fox Run Huge Success!
Thank you all for your participation in the Terry Fox Run/Walk initiative. As a school, we surpassed our goal and raised $715.30. It was nice to see the number of students who ran and walked through the community. Terry Fox recognized that a little help from everyone goes a long way. $715.00 is a lot of money – who ever thought that a toonie could do that? Special thanks go to Mrs. Hand and Mrs. Davies for setting up the water station and having those fresh sweet and crunchy apples ready for us. We also thank Mr. McPhail and all the staff for leading this wonderful event.
Area Cross Country Event
Thursday, October 6, Students from Grade 4 to Grade 8 went to the Area Cross Country Meet at the ROC. The day began with two firsts. It was the first time to race at the ROC in a truly cross-country fashion and it was the first time the coaches can remember the weather to be so beautiful on cross-country day. There was not a cloud in the sky and it was a shorts day for everyone. All in all we had a successful day.
We had 44 students run for Watson at this year’s meet. All did their best and should be proud of their achievement. There were some notable finishes.
Curtis is still the fastest Junior North of Newmarket! He came first in the junior division and was followed shortly after by Austin at 8th, Davis in 11th place.
The Atom Girls just missed a banner by a nose, with not surprisingly, Katie at 3rd, Taylor (the newbie) at 6th, Raydon moving from 35th to 9th and Jade 10th.
Kim placed 6th in the Girl’s Jr. Division.
Sam ran in 8th and Jackson ran 13th for the Atom Boys.
Shayne placed 5th for the Tyke Boys,
and Jasmine ran 4th for the Tyke Girls.
Congratulations to these runners as they have earned a spot at the Regional Meet at Bruce’s Mill on Oct 19th.
A special thanks needs to go to all the parents who cheered us on.
Mr. McPhail and Mrs. Kelly (the coaches) thank everyone for their participation and strong running!
School Play – “Outside In”
Students have auditioned and are well underway with their practicing. Students are practicing every Thursday at lunch recess. This play will take months of practicing. Mrs. Lewis has written the play and is the director of the play. We are all looking forward to it!
Me to We
The Me to We group meets two times a week at morning recess. The purpose of this group is to provide opportunities for social activism. Plans for this year include continuing to make connections and to further to develop a partnership between W.J. Watson students and students in the Georgina Island community. This group will be fundraising to support local students in our own school community as well. The group will again be selling Rafiki bracelets to support global poverty awareness and initiatives. The We Are Silent day will also raise funds for our very own Watson Cares Fund to provide financial support to Watson families in need. For information about the Watson Cares Fund or if you would like to request some support, please contact Mrs. Crossley.
Author Visit – Miriam Laundry – Friday, October 7, 2016
The Kindergarten –grade 1 presentation took place from 1:50 p.m.-2:30 p.m. The grade 2 – grade 6 presentation took place 2:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m.. Miriam Laundry has written the I Can Series (I Can Make a Difference, and I Can Believe in Myself).
Mrs. Laundry shared the I CAN message with the students. The I CAN series empowers children to make decisions that promote confidence, responsibility, happiness and positive self-esteem.
Miriam Laundry’s books support our school focus on wellness, growth mindset and positive mental health. Our thoughts about our abilities really do matter and make a difference to our ability to learn!
Students were highly engaged in this interactive presentation with dramatizations from the books by our very own Watson staff members!
- Grade 7/8 boys are invited to try out for volleyball next week on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings at 8:00 a.m.
- Grade 8 students will be off to Camp Muskoka in just one week
- Grade 6 students in Mrs. Williams class are going skating
- The V.I.P. program is running for grades 6,7,8 – Officer Needler meets with students to discuss community safety, the law, values, influences and peers
Picture Day for students is on Tuesday, November 1, 2016
Retake Pictures will be on Tuesday, November 29, 2016
Graduation Pictures for grade 8 students will be on Tuesday, March 28th, 2017
First School Council Meeting – Wednesday, October 12th, 2016 – 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. in the staffroom – All parents and guardians are welcome and encouraged to attend.
Please do not hesitate to call the office with any questions, comments, feedback or concerns. It does take a village to raise each and every child. We are grateful for the opportunity to work with families and serve the students in our school.
L. Crossley M. Murray