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Whiteside Newsletter #33 - May 18, 2023

Hi Whiteside families!


It was another great week of learning at Whiteside. Thank you for your support and enthusiasm.


We also met our newest Wolves at Welcome to Kindergarten this week. These amazing kids cut, coloured, and played with our student leaders and staff this week. We are so excited to see them again in September.


Thank you for sending layered clothes, lots of water, hats, and sunscreen to school this week. We want to ensure all our little Wolves are safe in the sun.


Aussie Rules Football came to Whiteside this week. Our intermediate students learned all about this sport and had fun playing with Coach Jack on the back field. We hope that we can provide this learning to more of our Wolfpack next year.


We are so excited to join in the Spring Fair next week. We know our parent community have worked hard to bring back this amazing event and it looks awesome. Thank you!


We hope our community enjoys an amazing long weekend!



Friday, May 19 is our next pro-d day. Whiteside will be closed for the pro-d day and on Monday, May 22 for Victoria Day. We hope you enjoy the long weekend.



Our awesome PAC and community are welcoming back our Spring Fair on May 25th. We are almost there! We look forward to a fun and delicious evening next week.

Thank you to all the parents that are working hard to make this event a success.



Please see the attached letter with information regarding class placements.



The attached form must be completed for any student(s) who anticipate a delayed return to school in September and will not be in attendance by 12:00pm on Wednesday, September 6, 2023. Please return the form to the school principal by June 23, 2023.


Please note that student absences at the start of the school year result in missed opportunities for valuable social connections, instructional time, and establishment of routines and expectations. The reason for a late return to school should only be for extenuating circumstances.


Please be advised that any student not in attendance before end of the school day on September 14, 2023, will not be guaranteed a placement at École Élémentaire James Whiteside Elementary School. This may result in a placement at another school upon return.


In the event of an unforeseen critical family circumstance occurring after July 1, 2023, that causes an unexpected late return to the school, the parent must advise the school as soon as possible by email (




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.



  • 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 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: Thursday, May 18, 2023