There were two great events that took place yesterday at our school.
The day started at 8am where we held our annual Community Breakfast. The staff, parent volunteers & community members enjoyed a superb hot breakfast that was co-hosted by our School Council and Staff. It was our opportunity to bring everybody together that helped make this past year a success for our students.
There were many thank-you’s & a few presentations to departing staff. I’d like to acknowledge & thank the following staff members who are leaving our school at the end of June:
Tammy Almeida (jk), Barry Powell (core french) , Nancy Cooke ( music ), Lydia Brown ( gr 1) Andrea Steen ( ECE, jk), Sarah Arseneault ( gr 7), Dan Ellis ( gr 8 ), Cynthia Jaz ( sk ), Helen Nethercote ( sk )
The day continued with our Intermediate Track Day where our grade 7 & 8 students enjoyed a glorious Friday of friendly competition & participation. This event is always a favorite of mine because of how positive our students are with respect to one another. They are always supportive & encouraging to those around them. It’s a true pleasure to be a part of. I’d like to thank Mr. Powers & the Intermediate Team for coordinating this event.
We are hopeful for good weather once again on Monday when our Junior students participate in their Track Day at our school.
Wishing you a wonderful weekend. Thank you.
A reminder to our WEJ families that Friday June 7th is a PD Day and there are no classes for students. Thank you.
A reminder for intermediate students who are competing at Monday’s Track Meet at Mooney’s Bay… the bus leaves from WEJ at 8am on Monday morning. ( Teacher supervisors are Mrs. McConnell & Mr. Officer )
Please don’t be late. We don’t want you to miss your events!
Also, remember your sunscreen, lunch, water bottle, hat, rain gear ( if necessary. )
Best of luck!
You may have noticed that the new lower parking area on our property is now complete and ready for use.
There are a few things to remember when parking at our school: 1) Please drive slowly. With nearly 700 students, we don’t want any accidents.
2) There is no car movement during student entry (approx 9am to 9:15am) & dismissal ( approx 3:30pm to 4pm). .
3) We have many buses coming and going daily from WEJ. The best way to ensure that your child is on time is to put them on the bus.
4) Now that this parking area is complete, the front loop of the school is officially reserved for our Taxi Vans. WEJ has 4 Taxi Vans that transport our students from more outlying areas. These students board their taxis at the front of the school. Non-OCDSB vehicles & parent vehicles are not permitted to use this front loop for regular day to day pick up after 3:30pm.
5) If you’re picking up your child near the end of the day for an appointment, it is best to do so prior to 3:30pm – before our buses and taxis arrive to take our students home.
We will be hosting our final school council meeting for this year on Tuesday, June 4th at 7pm in the staffroom.
The new incoming Principal to WEJ will be joining us for the first portion of this meeting. We hope you’ll be able to join us to meet Mrs. Burans as she begins her transition to WEJ.
Recently, the OCDSB announced the spring rounds of Principal & Vice-Principal Transfers and Appointments. There are a number of schools that have been impacted by these changes in staff, including us here at WEJ. After six great years, my time as Principal at WEJ is coming to an end.
I’d like to welcome and introduce the newly appointed Principal to W. Erskine - Mrs. Marilyn Burans.
Mrs. Burans arrives to WEJ from Jockvale Public School in Barhaven. She is familiar with this school community and is excited to get to know the staff & students.
I will continue in the Principal position here until the end of June and will then be moving into my next assignment as Principal of South March Public School.
I hope you will join me in officially welcoming Mrs. Burans to the WEJ Community. We wish her well as she transitions into her new role.
Order your student agenda for this coming September. Print the order form here:
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Do you require a bike helmet? The OCDSB Education Foundation has partnered with the Ontario Helmet Initiative to bring our students this great opportunity. Click on the links below to order super-cool helmets at affordable prices. There are many wonderful designs to choose from – all priced at $15 or $20. Protect your brain!
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It’s back ! The much anticipated volleyball spring fun night returns for students in grades 5 to 8.
Are you a student who wants to play some volleyball? Do you want to have a great time with friends after school…..at school? This popular event is open to all grade 5 through 8 students at a cost of $5. It starts at 4:00pm and runs until approximately 9:00pm. You can pre – order pizza for supper by clicking the link below. There will also be a canteen where pop, chips, chocolate and giant freezes will be available. ( You can also get a hard copy of the permission form from Mr. Osborne, Mr. Powers or Miss Argue. )
Please submit your permission form to your homeroom teacher. You should also pay your $5 admission fee and your pizza order $$ to your homeroom teacher. All proceeds raised will go to support the WEJ Phys Ed Program.
We really hope to see you!
Ms. S & the WEJ staff
Download the permission form here: doc06504820130506154229
Pre-order your pizza here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1MHSsfxcSYqGsdHDchJBw9mHI61BQ2VFZ493ztd2fX0Y/viewform
Dear Parents – a hard copy of this letter went home with all students this afternoon:
Students and staff of our school were saddened to learn of the sudden death of a student that occurred yesterday. A grade 7 boy has passed away unexpectedly. We mourn his death today and join his family in their tremendous feeling of loss.
I would like to take the opportunity to tell you what support has been provided to our staff and students today. As the children arrived at school they were greeted by their classroom teacher who acknowledged the sense of loss. The Tragic Events Response Team of the Ottawa Carleton District School Board was in our school this morning as of 8:15am to provide guidance. This team is comprised of Petra Duschner (Psychologist), E. L. Adams (Psychologist) and Gerry Joy, ( Social Worker) .
It was our objective to provide support and an opportunity to talk, but also to maintain as regular a program as is possible under the circumstances.
This will not be an easy time for schoolmates, or for the staff of the school. It obviously, will not be an easy time for the family.
The staff of the school will remain committed to supporting the children in this loss. I encourage you to contact me if I can be of further assistance in this very sad situation.
Our Special Services Team will continue to be available to provide support upon request.