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Butterflies!

The Grade 7’s and Kindergarten classes released their painted lady butterflies this week. In Kindergarten, we have been exploring life cycles, while Grade 7’s have examined the importance of pollinators to our food supply.

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Building Blocks for Kindergarten – Free Summer Program!

Dear Junior Kindergarten Parent/Guardian:

We are fortunate to be hosting a special program for our new JK students this summer, and are encouraging all of our new students to consider attending.  The “Building Blocks for Kindergarten” program runs half days from July 6- 29th.  Children attend Tuesday through Friday, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. each day.

This amazing program will help your child to make a smooth transition to Kindergarten in the fall.  The program will help children become familiar with the routines of school, as well as increase literacy skills while developing personal and social development skills.  The program is hosted at W.J. Watson in one of our Kindergarten classrooms.  The program is run by an experienced Kindergarten teacher, a Designated Early Childhood Educator (DECE) and a senior counsellor.  And it’s completely free!

If you are interested in your child attending this program, please complete the application package and return it to the school by next Wednesday, June 1st, 2016.  You can also email the completed forms to melissa.murray@yrdsb.ca.  Application packages are also available in the school office.  Please note: we need at least twelve children registered to run the program.  We currently have seven children interested and would love to have your child join the learning as well!

Should you have any questions at all, please contact the school office at 905-476-1618

Welcome to Kindergarten – New JK Students

Dear Families,

We would like to welcome our new Junior Kindergarten students, and their families, to our “Welcome to Kindergarten” event on Thursday, May 12th, 2016 from 2:00 – 3:15 p.m.  Along with an opportunity to explore our Kindergarten classrooms and engage in activities with your child, we will share some simple ways to support your child as they enter school for the first time.

To RSVP to our Welcome to Kindergarten afternoon, please call the office at (905) 476-1618 to confirm that you and your child will be joining us.  If you are unable to attend, please contact the office to make arrangements to pick up your Welcome to Kindergarten bag.

Please note that we will not be having an evening information session.  Instead, we will be posting all information that we share during the “Welcome to Kindergarten” afternoon on our school blog, wjwatsonps.com, for easy future reference.

Should you have any questions, concerns or comments, please feel free to contact the office.

Welcome to New JK Students!

Dear Families,

As part of our efforts to support a successful transition to school, we’d like to invite new JK students (beginning school September 2016) and their families to our “Welcome to Kindergarten” afternoon.  This hands-on learning event will take place from 2:00 – 3:15 p.m. on Thursday, May 12th, 2016.  Along with an opportunity to explore our Kindergarten classrooms and engage in activities with your child, we will share some simple ways to support your child as they enter school for the first time.  We will be posting all information that we share during the “Welcome to Kindergarten” afternoon on our school blog, wjwatsonps.com, for future reference. Also available that afternoon will be your free “Welcome to Kindergarten” bag filled with books, letters, numbers, scissors, glue and more (see below for more information)!

To RSVP to our Welcome to Kindergarten afternoon, please call the office at (905) 476-1618 to confirm that you and your JK child will be joining us.  If you are unable to attend, please contact the office to make arrangements to pick up your Welcome to Kindergarten bag.

In addition to our Welcome to Kindergarten afternoon, we also have our Building Blocks to Kindergarten (BBFK) program that runs this summer.  This program is ideal for children who may not have participated in group learning (e.g., daycare) or formal social experiences and/or who would benefit from participating in formal, scheduled learning without family present.  The program runs for four weeks in the summer, in the mornings, from Tuesday – Friday.

If you feel that your child would benefit from attending the FREE Building Blocks for Kindergarten (BBFK)  program this summer, we ask you to apply by completing a short questionnaire at http://bit.do/WatsonBBFK2016.  Hard copies of this questionnaire are also available in the school office.  Families selected for the program will be contacted in early May.

 

What is included in the “Welcome to Kindergarten” bags this year?

This year’s WTK bags will have:
● four books – Whoosh, Nat the Cat, One Grey Mouse and Bear Listens
● one copy of Chirp magazine
● magnetic letters and numbers (with paper templates)
● scissors, crayons, glue stick and pencil
● activity ball
● link to download the WTK Album of songs in English and French
Family Activities for Early Learners Resource Book
● new Key Messages and Parent Information page (translations available in 10 languages)

 

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

Kindergarten Registration

Kindergarten Registration to Commence January 15, 2016

Kindergarten registration will commence on January 15, 2016 for the 2016-17 school year. Registration forms are available on YRDSB’s website: www.yrdsb.ca. Children who turn four or five years old during 2016, live within the school boundary and whose parents are public school tax supporters will be eligible to register for kindergarten. A kindergarten information session for parents is being planned for this spring. For more information please visit the YRDSB website or contact the office.

Kindergarten Registration

Kindergarten registration  will commence  the  week  of  January  15,  2016  for  the  2016-17 school  year.  Registration  forms are  available  on  YRDSB’s  website:  http://www.yrdsb.ca.  Children  who  turn  four  or  five years  old  during 2016,  live within  the  school  boundary and  whose  parents  are  public school  tax  supporters  will  be eligible  to  register  for  kindergarten.  A  kindergarten  information  session  for  parents  is being planned for  this  spring.  For  more  information  please visit the YRDSB website  or contact the office.

Important Information Update

November 17th, 2015.

Dear parents and guardians,

We are writing to update you on important information as our school returns to normal working conditions following the recent job action.

Elementary Progress Reports

Our teachers are currently completing the fall progress report for students in Grades 1-8. As referenced in the Director of Education’s letter on November 3, 2015, these reports will be distributed in our school on December 10th, 2015. If your child’s teacher has concerns with your child’s progress, she/he will contact you to set up a meeting. If you have questions about your child’s progress and a meeting has not been set up, please speak with your child’s teacher. Please note that because progress is tracked differently, reports are not being completed for distribution to students in Junior or Senior Kindergarten.

Parent Teacher Interviews

These meetings will be initiated by your child’s teacher where there are concerns regarding student progress and may occur on the evening of Thursday, November 26, 2015 or during the day on Friday, November 27, 2015. Teachers remain committed to ongoing communication with parents regarding student progress.

Kindergarten Progress

Your child’s teacher will initiate a meeting with you if there are concerns regarding progress. As always, if you have any questions, please contact your child’s teacher directly.

Individual Education Plans

If your child has an individual education plan (IEP), you will receive an updated copy during the next reporting cycle in January. If you recently had an individual placement and review committee meeting, your child’s IEP will be provided to you prior to January. Please contact your child’s special education resource teacher (SERT) if you have any questions.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank our parent community for your ongoing commitment to W. J. Watson Public School and for your patience through the recent labour situation.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.

Leslie Crossley                                  Melissa Murray

Principal                                              Vice-Principal

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