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Whiteside Newsletter #16 - January 6, 2023

Happy New Year Whiteside Families!

 

We hope you enjoyed a festive, fun, and relaxing winter break. It has been a great start to 2023 at Whiteside. There is laughter in the classrooms and joy on the playground.

 

January is an exciting month at Whiteside. Next week we welcome La Grande Coulée (The Maple Man) to Whiteside. On January 19th, Kung Jaadee is joining us to share Squamish Stories with all our students. We are planning to have a spirit assembly and basketball season starts shortly. We look forward to sharing these experiences with all our Wolfpack!

 

Have a wonderful weekend with your family!

 

MINISTRY OF EDUCATION PARENT SURVEY

Each year the Ministry of Education asks parents, grade 4&7 students, and school staff to complete a learning survey. Please take a little time to visit  

http://www.bced.gov.bc.ca/sat_survey/access.htm

to share your thoughts and ideas. Your opinions will help guide the future of education in BC. 

 

GRADE 7 PARENT INFO NIGHT for McROBERTS

Save the date! Parents of grade seven students, McRoberts will host their annual information night on January 18th at 6:00 p.m. More information will come shortly or will be posted at https://mcroberts.sd38.bc.ca/.

 

LFI PARENT INFO NIGHT for GRADE 5 FAMILIES

On Thursday, January 12th at 6:00 p.m., our school district will host an information night for families in our English program that are interested in applying to the Late French Immersion (LFI) program at Whiteside. An email with the Teams link was sent earlier this week. We hope to see you there! The deadline to submit your LFI application to the district is January 20th.

 

NOTICE OF INTENT TO ATTEND

Please remember to submit your notice of intent to attend to your child’s classroom teacher or the office by January 20th. Thank you.

 

KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION

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.

 

WEST COAST WEATHER AND OUTSIDE PLAY

  • Please remember that all students will be going outside for recess and lunch, except in extreme weather conditions. 
  • Physical activity has a positive impact on learning.
  • If kids are well prepared to be outside in the rain, they really enjoy it. If they stay dry and warm there is a great deal of fun to be had in all kinds of weather. To be prepared to be outside in the rain it is important for your child to have appropriate clothing such as:
    • A rain jacket
    • Rubber boots
    • Rain pants
    • An umbrella
    • A rain hat or coat with a hood
    • *A change of clothes to be kept at school (sweatpants, underwear, socks, t-shirt, etc.)
    • When students use their change of clothes, please send another set to school for the next time.

 

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 or park in staff parking spots; if you need to come into the school, please park in a parking space closer to South Arm Community Centre.  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.

 

SCHOOL VISITORS

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!

 

EXTENDED ABSENCES

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.

 

*Oops! Our previous calendar had the incorrect date for our grade seven farewell event. The correct date for the event is Friday, June 23rd. More information will come about this event later this season.

 

Coming Soon:

Jan. 10             La Grande Coulée (The Maple Man) visits

Jan. 19             Kung Jaadee performance

Jan. 24             Spirit Assembly

Jan. 30             Pro-D

Feb. 17            Pro-D

Feb. 20            Family Day

March 9           Report cards posted  

March 10        Last day before Spring Break

March 27        Whiteside re-opens

April 7             Good Friday – school closed

April 10           Easter Monday – school closed

April 24-26      Gr. 6/7 camp

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 23            Gr 7 Farewell

June 29            Last day for students

 

We wish you all a wonderful weekend!

 

~Whiteside Elementary

 

 

 

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Updated: Tuesday, January 10, 2023