Protecting Instructional Time

Dear Families,

At W.J. Watson P.S. we value every minute of learning.  In order to have our students in class and learning as soon as possible in the morning, we will be adding a second bell, at 8:55 a.m., to help ensure students are entering the school promptly at the 9:00 a.m. bell.

Starting on Monday, we will also be playing O’Canada between 9:00-9:04 a.m.  We will also be moving to classroom-focused communication of school events instead of schoolwide announcements.  We will be creating display boards, both in the intermediate and junior hallways, to communicate extra-curricular opportunities to students.  Staff will be reminding students to check these boards, and will share other important information related to their specific class as well.

Finally, we ask for your support in protecting class time.  Please schedule appointments outside of school hours.  If there is an urgent need for your child to miss school, please inform your child’s teacher, in writing, prior to the appointment.  We are working hard to reduce the number of times we call into classrooms, as that can greatly disrupt student learning.

If you have any questions, concerns or suggestions, please contact the office.

 

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