Welcome to Spring At Last !!!!!
The students have been participating in numerous academic pursuits and in a variety of activities and events.
WEJ Senior Band participated at the Kiwanis Music Festival at Sacred Heart High School, which is a music festival for any bands and soloists from the Intermediate to the High School level. Our Senior Band performed extremely well and came away with the highest possible rating; Gold! Congratulations to all.
Three outstanding WEJ students were recognized by City Councillor Marianne Wilkinson for Kanata Youth Citizen of the Year and presented with certificates. Congratulations to Divya Menon, Tony Olliviere and Nasser Nayed. Ms. Stephens was also honoured for WEJ’s Recess Guitar Club, at the ceremony.
This month, as part of character education, the primary classes focused on the trait of OPTIMISM. We can demonstrate this trait in many ways. For example…people who are optimistic believe that challenges are opportunities. They choose to see goodness and have hope for the future. Winners names have been added to the other recipients in the upper hallway.
Congratulations to the Intermediate boys and girls in the Badminton Tournament held at WOM Thursday, April 30th and Friday, May 1. The girls placed first and second in the Tier 2tournament. The first place team went on to compete in the Tier 1 tournament and finished second. They get to go to the board championships next Wednesday.
Girls on the Run, for girls in grades 3 to 5 and Girls on Track, for girls in grade 6 to 8 are up and running.
All our students have been dancing away to the tunes of Luv 2 Groove these last two weeks.
The grade 6 students experienced an enlightening field trip to the Aviation Museum.
Our Junior Band played at Fisher Park Public School.
Junior pinball concluded this month, as did Skating.
Dance group continues !
Primary students were introduced to Yoga!
Yearbook participants are busily taking photos of the grades 6, 7 and 8 students and getting the yearbook ready. The winner of the Yearbook Cover Contest is Liza Kokina. Congratulations, Lisa.
On behalf of the school, a very special thank you is extended to our committed School Council for their fundraising activities, which includes the organizing of the lunch programs. The next fundraiser is the Spring Plant Sale which is just in time for Mother’s Day. Planters are from the Richmond Nursery. Information and how to order can be found on the School Council website www.wejcoucil.ca.
A heartfelt thank you is extended to everyone who participated and volunteered in the lunch programs this year. Sixteen thousand dollars of the proceeds have been allocated to increasing our technology for the school. Chrome Books and IPads have been purchased to augment the technology for Kindergarten and Primary students.
Staffing 2015-2016: The OCDSB has allocated staffing levels for next year. As the Intermediate portion of WEJ will be moving to the Earl of March this coming school year, our school enrolment is reduced, which in turn translates into fewer staff.
Class Organization: Planning for individual classroom’s compliment of children for the 2015-2016 school is underway. The task is challenging as all staff strive to place every child in an optimum learning environment. As this school year has progressed, the teachers have worked closely with each student ascertaining their learning abilities. As a cautionary note, teachers have been instructed not to accept requests for a specific placement. However, if there are extenuating circumstances that you as a parent feel is relevant, please inform the Principal in writing prior to May 7, 2015.
Upcoming Events – Mark your Calendars
Three months ago, 5 students successfully auditioned for the OCDSB All Star Band. They have been rehearsing for 4 hours per week for the last 5 weeks and will be presenting their performance this weekend at the Gala Concert at Earl of March. Admission is free, and everyone is welcome to attend. The concert starts at 2pm on Sunday, so come out and show your support for our hard-working students
Kindergarten Information Evening: Parents of kindergarten students new to the school for this upcoming September are cordially invited to attend an information session in the school gym on Monday, May 4th at 6pm. Please note this meeting is for adults only.
Education Week runs from May 4th to the 8th. Please join us for an open house on Tuesday, May 5th and visit your child’s or children’s classrooms from 9:15 – 10:00 am.
WEJ’s CHEO Walk-A-Thon is scheduled for the morning of Tuesday, May 12th. Kindergarten students will remain on school property, while the rest will walk through the Beaverbrook community. We would love for you to come and walk with us, in this worthwhile cause. Please ensure your child(ren) are dressed for the weather; hat, sunscreen or rainwear. Only in the case of extreme weather, will we move to the rain date of Friday, May 15th.
The Spring Band Concert is scheduled for Thursday May 21st at the Earl of March at 7:00pm
Our Annual Volunteer Breakfast will take place on Friday, May 22nd. Stay tuned.
Intermediate Exchange students from Columbia will be joining our school family for four weeks later this month. This will be a tremendous learning experience for all involved.
Provincial mandated EQAO testing has rolled around again for students in grades 3 and 6. Grade 3 students’ testing will take place from May 25th to May 27th. Grade 6 begins May 28th until June 1st. Please make every effort possible to ensure each student(s) attendance on their respective testing days.