Whiteside Newsletter #12 - November 25, 2022
Hello Whiteside families,
Whiteside enjoyed another amazing week of learning together. With December just around the corner, we are excited to share much holiday excitement with our Wolfpack.
Even our migrating geese joined us for some impromptu learning this week. It was an exciting opportunity to share knowledge about why so many geese landed on our fields. Questions and curiosities came from our children, families, staff, and construction crew. Your enthusiasm was uplifting.
This week we dressed as our friends for our first spirit day of the year – Twin Day! Our second spirit day will come in two weeks (Pajama Day). We also enjoyed another delicious hot lunch! Thank you, PAC. Our volleyball team also played their first game in our new gym. Wow!
We hope you enjoy a wonderful weekend with your families!
Thank you to all the families that participated in our Holiday Wish program this year. Your kindness and generosity have brightened our holiday season. We will continue to accept donations before and after school on Monday and Tuesday next week.
Richmond School District 38 is excited to welcome kindergarten registration applications for children born in 2018, turning 5 in 2023. These children will begin kindergarten in September 2023. Online registration opens on November 1st, 2022. Please visit our website http://www.sd38.bc.ca/kindergarten for more information about our online registration process, required documents, important dates, and FAQs.
Ms. LB is busy preparing this year’s winter concerts and school musical. Please save the following dates to watch your children shine:
Dec. 6 – Band Concert at 1:30 pm/7:00 pm
Dec. 13 – Musical performance at 1:30 pm/6:30 pm
Seating may be limited to 2 members for each family (excluding students). We encourage families to attend our afternoon performance, when possible, to ensure every family can attend. Thank you.
MDI for FAMILIES of GRADE 5 STUDENTS
Richmond School District 38 has partnered with the Human Early Learning Partnership (HELP) at UBC to invite students to take part in completing the Middle Years Development Instrument (MDI). The MDI is a self-report questionnaire that asks children in Grade 5 about their thoughts, feelings, and experiences in school and in the community. The survey questions align with the BC Ministry of Education’s K-12 curriculum which includes a focus on promoting children’s personal and social competencies. The questionnaire will be administered between January 10th and March 3rd, 2023.
A letter was sent to all families with students in grade 5. If you would like a translated letter, please email email@example.com.
Mr. Quan and Ms. Kinsey and our intermediate students are wrapping up a wonderful season of bumping, setting, and serving. Thank you to our coaches and athletes for a great season. Our last games are:
November 29 at Bridge.
November 30 vs. Woodward
“IN” DAYS AND “OUT” DAYS:
During recess and lunchtime breaks, students are expected to be outside at all times this year. Students are strongly encouraged to dress appropriately for the weather. You may also send a change of clothes to school just in case your child gets wet. Playing outside will ensure our students get some fresh air and exercise to enliven their day.
PARKING LOT SAFETY
Please help keep our students safe by using the drop off zone for picking up and dropping off students only. Please do not leave your car unattended in the drop off zone; if you need to come into the school, please park in a designated parking space. When walking to school, please use the designated paths south and adjacent to the driveway as you enter the school grounds. Please follow arrows to keep our students safe and keep our parking lot accident free.
Please remember the east parking lot is for school and construction staff only. Please do not park or drop off children in this area.
In the interest of safety, everyone entering the school must check in at the office. Classrooms are busy learning places and we try not to interrupt them during instructional time. If you need to see your child, leave them a message, or drop off a lunch, our office staff will happily take care of that for you. As well, it is difficult at the end or beginning of the school day for our office staff to have in-depth discussions with parents. Making appointments either by phone or in person is preferable. Thank you for your support!
During the year students may be absent from school for an extended period of time. It is district policy that students may only be absent for 4 (four) consecutive weeks and retain their place in the school. After 4 weeks, students will be removed from the school register. Upon returning, students will have to re-register at the school board office. If we have space, your child will be placed in a class, but not necessarily the class they left. It will take a few days for your child to be placed, so he/she cannot begin school on the day you return. If Whiteside is full, the district will find space in the nearest available school. Teachers will not provide work for students on extended absences.
Nov. 29 Volleyball game at Bridge
Nov. 30 Kindergarten hearing and dental screen
Nov. 20 Volleyball game vs. Woodward
Dec. 6 Band concert 1:30/7:00 pm
Dec. 8 Gr. 6/7 Immunizations
Dec. 9 PJ spirit day
Dec. 13 Musical performance 1:30/7:00 pm
Dec. 15 Report cards posted online
Dec. 16 Last day before Winter Break
Jan. 3 Whiteside re-opens
Jan. 19 Kung Jaadee performance
Jan. 30 Pro-D
Feb. 17 Pro-D
Feb. 20 Family Day
March 10 Last day before Spring Break
March 27 Whiteside re-opens
April 7 Good Friday – school closed
April 10 Easter Monday – school closed
May 17 Welcome to Kindergarten
May 19 Pro-D
May 22 Victoria Day – school closed
June 13 K/1 and 6/7 Immunization
June 16 Sports Day
June 24 Gr 7 Farewell
June 29 Last day for students
We wish you all the best this weekend!