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Whiteside Newsletter #30 - April 28, 2023

Hi Whiteside families!


This week, the sun is shining brightly, much like our Wolfpack! We thank the hard work and dedication our parents, teachers, and staff provided for our grade 6/7 outdoor ed experience at Camp Elphinstone. Way to go Wolfpack!


Next week, we open our doors to the Richmond Ringette program. Each class will have the opportunity to try ringette. If you are interested about learning more, please check out our attachments.


Spring is an exciting time at Whiteside and we look forward to sharing exciting learning opportunities and experiences with our Wolfpack.


We hope our community enjoys an amazing weekend!



This spring Edge Imaging visited Whiteside to take our class, group, and school photos. Each Whiteside Wolf will receive a class photo but you have the opportunity to purchase group or grade seven photos by following this link.



Our next Hot Lunch Day will be featuring pasta and chicken strips from Boston Pizza on Thursday May 18th, 2023. Please order online by going to the school website and clicking on the link under the MunchaLunch icon, or visit



Our awesome PAC and community are welcoming back our Spring Fair on May 25th. Please save the date! So much work has already begun. Thank you!


Family volunteers help make this event a success and we hope you can join in the fun. To volunteer please sign up here: We still need Cake Walk donations too. Cake Walks are an easy way to help. All we need is a homemade or store-bought baked treat to donate.


Our delicious treats and food are available for pre-order. Please visit Munchalunch ( ) to order.


Classroom basket donations can be delivered to your class any time. Our basket raffle is a fun way to raise money and give back to our lucky winners. Each class has a theme for their basket. Families can purchase and donate any item they feel would fit their theme. Our themes are:

Lee: Sugar Overload

McCuaig: Garden Party (seeds, spades, shovels, gloves, etc.)

Howells: Caffeine Addict

Pelletier: Summer Preparedness Kit

Badrnejad: Fruity Fun

Kaminski: Arts and Crafts

Swordy: Whitecaps - Soccer

Quan: Snacks from Around the World

Gagnon: Afternoon Tea

Kunc: Baking supplies

Wong: Arts and Crafts

Robie/Dennill: BBQ

Kinsey: Summer Fun

Yuan: Snack Attack kit

Lee: Family Fun – puzzles and games

Beck: Movie night

Evans: Beach Day

We look forward to May 25th and the fun that it will bring!



Attention Richmond families! Did you know that many of Richmond Continuing Education Summer Learning Programs are FREE for BC students who are Canadian Citizens, Permanent Residents and students who have Refugee status?


With an array of exciting and enriching courses and camps to choose from, your child is sure to have a memorable summer. Choose from Elementary Enrichment, Summer Exploration, Summer Fine Arts, Academic Full Credit, Academic Completion, Secondary Enrichment, and Secondary Enrichment Skill Building Courses. We also offer Summer Camps for both elementary and secondary students, with options for ages 6-16. Don't miss out on this opportunity to grow and learn in a fun and engaging way! Keep your child's learning journey going strong this summer and sign up now for Summer Learning 2023.

For more information go to our website at



Richmond SD 38 presents….  

Information Session for Parents, Guardians, and Caregivers 

Tuesday, May 2, 2023 (on Zoom) 

6:30 – 8 pm 

Holding Onto Our Kids in a Digital World 

Dr. Deborah MacNamara 


As if parenting wasn’t hard enough in having to deal with screens, peer pressure on kids - and then we had to add a pandemic on top of it! How can we hold on to our kids so we can influence and guide them? What do kids really need from us so as to grow into socially and emotionally responsible beings? This presentation will discuss issues from technology to peer problems and how parents are the ultimate answer for what kids need most of all. Practical suggestions for (re)building strong relationships with kids from preschoolers to teenagers will be discussed along with managing challenging behaviour - including screen time! 
Dr. Deborah MacNamara is the author of Rest, Play, Grow: Making Sense of Preschoolers (or anyone who acts like one), and her children’s picture book, The Sorry Plane. She is on Faculty at the Neufeld Institute and Director of the counselling practice, Kid’s Best Bet. 

Parents, guardians, and caregivers can click here to register or use the QR code in the attached flyer – please register by Friday, April 28, 2023. 



Join us on a journey through the rich and diverse learning environments of the Richmond School District as we celebrate Education Week from April 24 – April 28. Each day presents a unique theme, with a direct connection to the curriculum through the lens of the Richmond School District's Strategic Plan.

Education Week in Richmond is a time to celebrate and showcase excellence and inclusivity in our schools. We invite you to join us on this exciting journey of discovery by visiting



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.



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 is open now. Please visit our website for more information about our online registration process, required documents, important dates, and FAQs.



  • 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.



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!



Coming Soon:

May 1-5            Ringette Week

May 11             Track meet

May 17             Welcome to Kindergarten

May 19             Pro-D

May 22             Victoria Day – school closed     

May 23             McRoberts Gr. 7 day

May 25             Spring Fair

June 7              Shayna Jones presentation

June 13             K/1 and 6/7 Immunization

June 16             Sports Day

June 23             Gr 7 Farewell

June 27             Intermediate pool day

June 29             Last day for students



We wish you all a wonderful weekend!


~Whiteside Elementary





Updated: Friday, April 28, 2023