Our school population has participated in numerous academic pursuits and a variety of activities and events:
- Junior and Intermediate students thoroughly enjoyed their skating sessions at The Mlack Center
- Junior and Intermediate Chess Club members well represented WEJ at South March P.S.’s Chess Tournament
- Mr. Bradley’s and Ms. Stephen’s classes experienced a most pleasurable and enlightening field trip to the Aviation Museum
- Grade 8 students were treated to a stellar performance of Sweeny Todd when they attended a tour at the Earl of March S.S.
- Ms. Keeling’s grade 7/8 class went to WE day at The Canadian Tire Center and experienced a wonderful outing
- School scientists have held a number of eye opening and informative workshops for the primary and junior grades
- MFI students danced away two afternoons to the tunes of Luv 2 Groove
- Congratulations to Adrian Khani, Alice Qui and Shireen Faisal for winning their respective French speaking categories at the OCDSB level!
A heartfelt thank you is extended to everyone who participated and volunteered in the Pizza Lunch Program. The proceeds coupled with remaining funds from last year totalled $28,000.00. Ipads, laptops, Chrome Books, projectors and other computer technology were primarily purchased for Kindergarten through grade 6 classrooms. The intermediate classes were similarly outfitted last year.
On behalf of the school a very special thanks is extended to our committed School Council for their fundraising activities. $2,000.00 purchased primary level books for the Primary Read at Home program and for Middle French Immersion resources. Another $100.00 has been allocated to purchasing outdoor recess play items.
With the support and the generosity of students, staff, and families across the OCDSB, Toonie Tuesday 2014 raised more than $35,000 this year – an increase of 30% over last year and 110% over 2012.
Congratulations and thanks to all schools for their support with special thanks to four schools – Bell HS, W.O. Mitchell ES, W. Erskine Johnston PS and Roch Carrier ES – who raised more than $1,000 each.
All funds raised through this event goes directly to the OCDSB Students in Crisis Fund which supports the extraordinary and emergency needs of individual students brought about by financial hardship. The EFO supports requests for food, clothing and medication for those students in need
Staffing 2014-2015: The board has allocated staffing levels for next year and WEJ will maintain the school’s present compliment of teachers. The only significant change is grade 7 Middle French Immersion will be added to the MFI program.
Class Organization: Planning for individual classroom’s compliment of children for the 2014-2015 school year will soon commence. 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 2, 2014
Lunches: Probably due to growth spurts, the office staff is experiencing an increasing influx of students expressing a desire for additional nourishment. Please initiate a discussion concerning hunger requirements to ensure your children attend school with enough food stuffs to satisfy two breaks.
Extra Utensils: More and more students are requesting a plastic spoon or fork. Please pack extras in their backpacks. The office is always hectic over the lunch hours.
Upcoming Events – Mark your Calendars
Kindergarten Information Evening
Parents of junior and senior kindergarten students registered for this upcoming September are cordially invited to attend an informal briefing session in the school’s library on Thursday, May 1st at 6 pm. Please note this meeting is for adults only.
Education Week runs from May 5th to the 9th. This year’s theme is ‘Moving from Great to Excellent in Education.’ Please join us for an open house on May 6th and visit your child’s or children’s classrooms from 9:15 to 10:00 am. The Book Fair will be set up as of Wednesday, May 7th for student viewing. Parents are welcome to drop in, view and buy! Students will be able to purchase books Thursday and Friday morning.
An added bonus Peter Joynet, a motivational speaker, will address the grades 4 through 8 classes on May 12th.
Please join in wishing good luck to the intermediate boys and girls in their upcoming Badminton tournament at Jack Donahue May 1st, and to the junior girls and boys in their upcoming basketball tournament at W.O. Mitchell P.S., May 6th and 13th.
WEJ’s first CHEO Walk-A-Thon is scheduled for the morning of Friday May 16th. Kindergarten students will remain on school property and the balance will walk through the Beaverbrook community. Information will be coming home shortly. If you’re free, please come and walk with us, in this worthwhile cause.
Another major highlight is seven intermediate exchange students from Columbia are joining our school family for four weeks starting on May 20th. I know this will be a tremendous learning experience for all involved and lasting friendships will be made. Please welcome them with our typical Canadian hospitality.
The time of year for the provincial education ministry’s mandated EQAO testing has rolled around again for grades 3 and 6. Grade 3 students testing is from May 26 through to May 28th, and grade 6 students from June 2 through to June 4th. Please make every effort possible to ensure each student(s) attendance on their respective testing days.
The school has exhibited tremendous growth over the year’s progression as our students have strived to reach their potential. The upcoming final months will continue to challenge and enhance each community member’s potential.