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Whiteside Newsletter #17 - January 13, 2023

Hi Whiteside Families!

 

We were excited to welcome the Maple Man to Whiteside this week! He provided us with some positive learning, a great French language experience, and delicious maple candy.

 

Next, Kung Jaadee joins us on January 19th 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!

 

Basketball season also started. Permission forms and game schedules will be sent home soon.

 

Have a wonderful weekend with your family!

 

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.

 

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. 

 

HOT LUNCH – JANUARY 27

The next PAC Hot Lunch Day will be Yummy Slice Pizza on Friday, January 27th.  Please see the attached flyer from PAC for more information.  Make sure to order and pay on Munch-a-Lunch no later than Friday, January 20thhttps://munchalunch.com/schools/jameswhiteside/

Also, even if you order Hot Lunch for the 27th, please make sure to send your child with a recess snack on the day.

 

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. They will host a hands-on experience at 6:00 p.m., followed by a parent session at 7:00 p.m. More information will come shortly or will be posted at https://mcroberts.sd38.bc.ca/.

 

LFI INFO for GRADE 5 FAMILIES

Reminder! 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.

 

WOLFPACK BASKETBALL

Basketball is back at Whiteside! Mr. Pelletier is our girls’ team coach. Mme. Howells and Mr. McCuaig are coaching our Grade 7 boys’ team. Mme. Navin and Mr. Cameron are coaching our Grade 6 boys’ team. Thank you to our coaches and athletes for a great start to our season!

Girls’ team practices are: Monday at lunch and Wednesday after school.

Gr. 7 boys’ team practices are: Tuesday after school and Wednesday at lunch.

Gr. 6 boys’ team practices are: Monday after school and Thursday at lunch.

Our game schedule:

Jan 19th – Whiteside Gr. 7 Boys @ Bridge

Jan 19th – Bridge Girls @ Whiteside

Jan 25th - Maple Lane Girls @ Whiteside

Jan 26th - Whiteside Gr. 7 Boys @ Maple Lane

Feb 2nd – Bridge Boys @ Whiteside Gr. 7 Boys

Feb 2nd – Whiteside Girls @ Bridge

Feb 9th - Whiteside Girls @ Maple Lane

Feb 9th - Maple Lane Boys @ Whiteside Gr. 7 Boys

Grade 6 boys’ team games will be scheduled shortly

 

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.

 

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.

 

 

Coming Soon:

Jan. 19             Kung Jaadee performance

Jan. 24             Spirit Assembly

Jan. 27             Hot lunch - Pizza

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  

May 23            McRoberts Gr. 7 day

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: Friday, January 13, 2023