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New Years News

A big welcome back to students and families!  Students had a great day today, and thoroughly impressed me with their readiness to slip back into our kindergarten routines.  Everyone seems happy and well-rested!  Today we had to cancel our nature walk, due to extremely cold winds, but students still had recess outside.  As Thursday is forecast to be much colder, we'll probably wait for next week to resume our nature walks.  Please make sure your child is dressed warmly (including snowpants, jacket, toque, and mitts) for Thursday just in case it gets warm enough for outdoor recess.  Students reviewed the alphabet and letter sounds today, and practiced sorting different objects for math.  We set goals for kindergarten in 2018, and students got some free play time to enjoy their favourite kindergarten activities.

On a personal note, I shared my own happy news with students today.  Mr. Campbell and I are expecting our second baby in early June.  Students know that I have a baby in my "belly" right now, and that I will be having the baby later, but no more details than that.  For your own information and peace of mind, I intend on teaching until the end of May, if possible, and a wonderful replacement will be found for the final month of the school year.  Ideally, that teacher will have the opportunity to guest teach in our class leading up to June, so that students are familiar with him or her.  Mrs. O'Brian and Mrs. George will continue to be consistent adults in the classroom until the end of the school year.  I have not told students yet that I will not be finishing the school year with them.

Please read the following announcements from Westmount School:

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FRIENDS OF OKOTOKS WESTMOUNT SCHOOL SOCIETY:

Hello, Families!

We are FOWSS (Friends of Okotoks Westmount School Society) and we just want to introduce ourselves to you!  We are the ones who raise money so school isn’t so expensive for parents!  Our committee began with the need to fundraise for the school playground which our kids enjoy today.

Last year, our fundraising efforts profited: 

·         $1,537.50 from the Rebel Bean Coffee Fundraiser; $4,043.64 from the Westmount Howler; $52, 545.93 from the casino (done in Spring 2016, THIS IS OUR MAIN SOURCE OF MONEY.

Last year, thanks to the proceeds from the Casino fundraiser, we distributed$22,934.21 to fund:

·         trophies and plaques, phys-ed equipment, Rocks and Rings Curling program, In-school speakers (PAC and Astronomy), library books, a reach-for-the-top buzzer, specialized reading intervention materials for teachers, and musical instruments!

This year, we have raised ~$3,300 from the walk-a-thon organized by Mrs. Norrie and we received a gracious donation of $5,000 from Crescent Point Energy thanks to the efforts of Mr. Jones.

This year, using proceeds from the Casino fundraiser, we have granted ~$24,000 in funding requests across the following approved uses:

·         transportation for in Province field trips, band equipment, resource equipment for the library, Ipad/Ipods, trophy and award maintenance, sporting equipment, guest speakers

Please be a part of our pack!

Join our meetings, volunteer! Our next meeting is Jan 18, 2018 at 7:00 in the staff room. We have great fundraising plans for this year and we want your help!!!

Thank-you for all of your support.

FOWSS

anair@okotoks.ca

Grahamj@fsd38.ab.ca

 

REQUEST FOR EXPERT VOLUNTEERS FOR CTF:

The junior high are looking for a series of experts to come in to work with our CTF students to build knowledge of their trades. Experts would be required on two consecutive days, if possible, for 1-3 hours. We are looking for the following experts to come in from Jan. 16th – Jan 30th.

  • Cabinet maker
  • Framer
  • Electrician
  • Fashion design/seamstress
  • Graphic design
  • Painter
  • Plumber
  • Sheet metal
  • Welder

Any interested experts can contact Mrs. Rawlings (rawlingsl@fsd38.ab.ca) or Mrs. McWhirter (mcwhirterk@fsd38.ab.ca)

 

Upcoming Events:

Thursday, January 11: Library day. Library books are due today.

Tuesday, January 16: Library day. 

Friday, January 19: We have kindergarten this day!  It is also hotdog Friday!  And library day again!

Friday, January 26: PD Day.  No school for any students.

Tuesday, January 30: Library day.  We are also having an in-class field trip from Teacher's Pet, about "I Am Unique".  Stay tuned for more details, and permission forms/fees.  Four volunteers are required for this day.