February 2014 Update
The last few weeks have been full of exciting and rewarding activities.
Kindergarten registration began on January 27th and still continues.
Throughout January, the continuing character education program for primary classes focused on the trait of Cooperation. The learning centered on daily student interactions including the want to work with others to make WEJ a safe and caring community, and the ability to compromise and negotiate in order to negate problems.
On Sunday, January 29th, the Royal Canadian Legion presented their Youth and Education awards. Everyone at the school extends their congratulations to our winners: Anndee Rowe and Aya Elsharif in the Junior Poem category, Mie Victoria Sudo and Annabel Liu in the Black and White Junior Poster category, and Cindy Mo in the Colour Primary Poster category.
WEJ’s Skills Canada crew competed at Longfields-Davidson Heights Secondary School, on January 29th. Four groups entered the event: the Technology team constructed a device which unloads cargo ships, the Health and Safety team participated, the Construction team built a small scale house and the Green Energy team devised a realistic and environmentally friendly wind turbine.
The following day, two WEJ teams’ pieced together boats, at Jockvale ES. Each team employed a roll of duct tape, a small quantity of adhesive, and two sheets of cardboard. The vessels raced one length of the Walter Baker pool. Due to their perseverance and ingenuity, they captured the gold and silver medals.
City-wide auditions were held for the OCDSB All Star Concert Band for musically talented grade 8 students. More than a smattering of our musicians attended. Diane Kim, Zelia Fang, Kevin Liao, Nadia Miller, and Forest Yeung made the grade. Congratulations!
On February 6th, John Harris, Principal at The Earl of March and Mary Saunders, a guidance teacher, spoke with grade 8 students about what to expect in high school and succinctly covered available options.
Middle French Immersion information night was held on February 6th. This registration process is on-going.
MFI finalists’ speeches were delivered in the gym on February 12th. Three participants are moving on to the regional finals on March 4th at Roch Carrier ES: Adrian Khani, Alice Qui and Shireen Faisal. Congratulations and Good Luck!
MFI students also participated in the Luv 2 Groove dance afternoon, February 18th.
Grade three students are participating in the Swim to Survive Program, which is being held at the Boy’s and Girl’s Club.
Junior teams are participating in numerous intramural activities including pinball, roller hockey and chess.
A Junior volleyball tournament is being scheduled at Stonecrest P.S.
On February 11th and again on the 21st, students helped cheer on Canada’s Olympic heroes by adorning appropriate attire. Primary students revelled in the Olympic spirit by participating in an Olympic Play day organized by teachers and junior students.
The School Council hosted a Valentine’s Day Family Dance which even included a break dancing demonstration. Everyone in attendance thoroughly enjoyed the evening.
Candy grams were sent during the week’s festivities and many students wore pink on the special day.
Congratulations are in order to the Senior Concert Band who performed at The Capital Region Music Fest. In true Olympic form, each student rose to the occasion.
A District Review has recently concluded. This is a process where professionals from across the board share strengths and accomplishments realized in student learning. DR teams, composed of Principals and VPs visit a school for a day, review data, conduct classroom observations, document evidence of alignment with the School Effectiveness Framework, debrief staff and a report is forwarded to the Principal and the Superintendent.
Student teachers from Ottawa U spent the morning of February 25th facilitating art classes for grades one through eight.
Graduation photos for grade 8 students will take place on Thursday, February 27th.
A reminder that on hot lunch day (Pizza and Pita), students still need to pack healthy snacks in order to get through the day!
The myriad of activities could not occur without the dedication of our committed staff, students and parent volunteers. A heartfelt thank you goes out to one and all.