Happy New Year!
To those we have not yet seen in 2017, we hope the year has begun well for you and your family. A big Thank You to all of our West Prep families on behalf of our entire staff; thank you for your kindness, your holiday wishes your thoughtfulness and incredible generosity. We are very lucky to be a part of such a wonderful community! Thank you!!
Canadian winters can be wonderful but when the weather is cold, school staff keep one eye on the thermometer and the other on the needs of our students; a perfect balance of fun and safety. It’s important that children come to school dressed for the weather by wearing layers of clothing, along with their snow pants, mitts or gloves, a hat and boots. As the weather will fluctuate going into the next few months, all students need to have outdoor shoes and indoor shoes, with emphasis on outdoor shoes (boots) being worn outdoors and indoor shoes (runners) being worn in the classroom. This will not only allow for student comfort in their learning, but also help our caretaking staff in keeping our classrooms clean.
For those days when the temperature and/or wind-chill factor dips to -28C or lower, students will remain indoors due to risk of frostbite. When temperature and/or wind-chill factor indicates –20 to –28C, recesses may be shortened to 10 minutes and lunch recess to 20 minutes depending on local conditions. If a student's medical condition requires further consideration due to weather conditions, please contact the school office. As educators we realize the need for children to have an opportunity to get exercise and free play time outdoors, however, weather conditions will sometimes warrant that indoor recesses, lunch periods and pre-entry periods to be shortened or eliminated as necessary for student and staff safety.
Term 1 Report Cards
On February 14th, students will be receiving their Term 1 Report Cards. The Term 1 Report Card captures student achievement from September 2016 to late January 2017. Teachers have collected a wide range of data by having students complete tests, quizzes, projects, presentations, performance tasks etc., as a means to evaluate student understanding and thinking processes in relation to the Ontario Elementary Curriculum. As a result, students, parents and staff are able to look at student achievement on the Report Card as a qualitative representation of learning over this period of time. The patterns of learning that are evident serve as a springboard for conversations around goal setting and setting up the parameters for further success and improvement.
For the Term 1 Report Card, staff are available for Parent Teacher Interviews on the evening of February 16th and on the morning of February 17th. Teachers will contact families for interviews if students are demonstrating academic challenges and/or if there are concerns around specific learning skills and work habits (i.e., responsibility, organization, independent work, initiative, collaboration, self-regulation). As always, your child`s teacher is available to set up a mutually convenient time to discuss your child`s progress throughout the year.
West Prep is very fortunate to have an amazing group of parents and caregiver volunteers to support all of the programs that we have. Our families volunteer for a variety of different activities throughout the year all in benefitting over 540 students. This being said, we are looking for a few more volunteers to help us on a variety of fronts. For example, every Wednesday, West Prep students enjoy pizza lunch, supported by a wonderful group of volunteers. If you are available to volunteer your time for pizza lunch or any other activity at school, we would love to have you out to support your child`s school. There are many ways to volunteer, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to find out how you can help. Thank you in advance for your support.
Registration for incoming 2017-2018 Kindergarten students at West Prep begins on Monday, February 6th . Please share with any family or friends, who reside in our catchment area, to call Ms. Ramcharan in the office at 416-393-1633 to set up an appointment to register for kindergarten. To attend Junior Kindergarten in September, children must turn four-years-old by December 31. To register for Senior Kindergarten, children must be five-years-old by December 31. For more information please visit our Kindergarten Registration website at http://schoolweb.tdsb.on.ca/westprep/KindergartenRegistration
to learn more about Kindergarten.
Morning Snack Program
We continue to qualify for and receive financial support from the Toronto Foundation For Student Success (TFSS) to have a nutrition program at West Prep. With the heating system repair work almost completed, the plans are in the works to provide a whole school morning snack program. We'll start after March Break, and introduce it twice a week on Tuesdays and Thursdays to start with a full week roll out. An information letter to parents will be sent home that will include a call out for volunteers and a payment request form in order to help fund the whole school snack program. A big THANK YOU to Ms. Vickie, for her ongoing commitment and leadership in coordinating the snack program!
Sports & Clubs
The Health and Physical Education program is in full swing this winter season. We are currently working on various volleyball skills including bumping, setting and serving. We continue to participate in daily circuit workouts based on both strength and balance. We will end our volleyball unit at the end of January and begin floor hockey for February. Intramurals will also start at that time. The first will be grade 3 and 4 ball hockey. I will pass on more information to teachers and students in the coming days. We are also competing in inter-school sports throughout the winter. Currently our Hockey team is in the middle of their schedule. Girls Volleyball is practicing and getting ready for their tournament, and the boys are working hard towards their basketball tournaments. It is a busy time in the West Prep sports world! Go Wolves!!! For more information regarding all of our extracurricular and intramural programs please see Mr. Appel.
Our students, or should we say, our actors have been rehearsing diligently for the last few months in preparation for this year’s musical …. ‘The Lion King’! Mrs. Wyatt, Mrs. Worobec and Mr. Wilson have been working with the children regularly on Mondays after school getting ready for their debut in April. If you would like to help with set-design, costumes or any other facet of the theatre, please speak to Mrs. Worobec.
A general reminder that staff supervision of the schoolyard begins each morning at 8:35a.m. Children should not be left at school any earlier as they will be left unattended. After school, teaching staff also supervise in the school yard until 3:35p.m. After this time, children need to be supervised and accompanied by a parent or caregiver.
Student Drop-Off & Pick-Up
As much as we encourage children to walk to school, there will be times that families will need to drive to school to drop-off or pick-up children. If you drive, we ask that you Do Not Park or Stop your vehicle in No Stopping areas around the school. The following locations are the safest to drop-off or pick-up children:
Designated Drop-Off and Pick-Up Area and Time Limits around the School
• Old Park Road - 15 Minute Parking: 8:15-9:15 am & 11:15 am-1:15 pm & 3:00-4:00 pm
• Ridge Hill Drive - 20 Minute Parking: 8:30-9:30am only
• Shallmar and Ridge Hill West of Aldburn have longer time limits for parking
• Aldburn Cres. (Westbound Side) - No Stopping/No Parking, 8am to 6pm
• Glenarden Rd.(Northbound Side) - No Stopping/No Parking, 8am to 6pm
Parking and Safety in School Zone
When you need to park your vehicle, we have found that Shallmar Blvd. is a good area to park your vehicle and to walk safely across the street with the help of our crossing guard. On the west side of the school, Aldburn Rd. on the south side is also viable, but further away from the school as possible. Please make sure to walk with your child on the north side sidewalk.
: The corner of Aldburn Rd. and Glenarden Rd. Both streets are two-way streets and being narrow, they become heavily congested in the morning and after-school. A reminder that Toronto Parking Enforcement is aware of cars parking illegally on the sidewalk and in some cases in private driveways during the morning drop-off and the after-school pick-up. There have been a few families that recently received parking tickets for illegally parking/stopping their cars. Please make sure to check signs and be advised that Toronto Police Services, Toronto Parking Enforcement have become more vigilant, as we have had a few close traffic incidents as of late. We ask that you be mindful of where you park or stop your vehicle in relation to student safety. Let’s all do our part to make sure that all of our students and families are safe at all times. We are meeting with City of Toronto officials, including Councillor Joe Mihevc to review pedestrian and vehicular traffic around the school.
Grade 3 & 6 EQAO dates
The Education Quality and Accountability Office, as related to the Ministry of Education, oversees reading, writing and mathematics testing for all students in Ontario in grades 3, 6, 9 and 10. West Prep grade 3 & Grade 6 students will be taking part in the EQAO testing during the period of May 23rd to June 5th. We ask all families to try and avoid scheduling appointments and vacations during these dates.
West Prep Forest of Reading Club – Year 16!
Once again I am in awe of the great student readers we have at West Prep. The Forest of Reading Program is a tradition for all our students. The Kindergarten to Grade 2 students vote for the Blue Spruce picture books read to them in the library. The grade 3 students vote for the Silver Birch Express books, which are read to them in class and during Library time. And the junior students read independently in order to vote for Silver Birch Express, Non Fiction and/or Fiction. They may come to the Library every afternoon recess and Wednesday at lunch to read, borrow, chat and/or blog about the books.
The West Prep Library Blog – www.westpreplibrary.edublogs.org - gives students a space to communicate their responses to the books. Our Library Bibliotechies have each chosen one book for which they are the “expert” and many of them are preparing iMovie Book Trailers for their book. The great part of a blog is that everyone can respond from school and from home. Ask your child to show you the site – I’m sure you will enjoy reading their responses, and viewing the activities, websites and trailers.
The Forest books are always a great compliment to our curriculum programming and I would like to thank all the teachers and students for their enthusiasm and support!
Mabel’s Fables Book Fair
Mable’s Fables Book Store has brought in some wonderful authors to speak to our students over the last 2 years. This year we are very excited to have a Mabel’s Fables Book Fair in the Library from Tuesday, February 7 to Friday, February 10. The books will be set up on Tuesday in the morning so classes can come in peruse them that afternoon and Wednesday. On Thursday and Friday students can come in and purchase. The Book Fair will be open until 6:00pm on Thursday so parents can come in to shop with their children if they wish. Note: Parents may wish to purchase a book to donate to our West Prep Library in honour of West Prep’s 75th Anniversary. We have prepared special 75th Anniversary stickers for you to sign and place in the book.
West Prep Virtual Library Access from Home!
The West Prep School Virtual Library has a new look! It is easy to navigate and has age-appropriate, educational links, chosen by teacher-librarians. Best of all - it can be accessed from home. The kids love the Scholastic site, BookFlix, which reads aloud popular fiction and nonfiction books. PebbleGo is a great resource for the primary science and social studies. And the junior students will find the Encyclopedia Brittanica a great resource for information on a wide variety of topics. Many of the resources require login and password information, which you will find in your child’s agenda.
Students are always welcome in the Library Tuesday to Friday from 8:30 to 8:45 and from 3:20 to 3:45 – unless I am on yard duty or at a meeting or rehearsal. Students may scan out books, complete homework, study for tests or just sit and read!! Of course, they may also use the computers for research and skill improvement.
No matter what the medium
— literature, graphic novels, newspapers, magazines, online zines, and webpages — the act of reading itself is the key to linguistic improvement!!
Coming up on Thursday, February 16th West Prep’s amazing SAC has organized this year’s dance-a-thon! Our students will be boogie-ing and woogie-ing and shaking all about to the sounds of Bounce Entertainment. Envelopes have been sent home with information on how students can win an ice cream party for their classroom. All funds raised through the dance-a-thon will help us purchase technology for our school. We have been very fortunate in year’s past with several West Prep families taking an interest in helping us to enhance our technology complement. From computer monitors, to interactive projectors, hovercams, ipads, chromebooks and Mac computers all to support learning at West Prep. On behalf of all of our students and staff, a big thank you!
Continuing Education - Learn English
Adults can build literacy and English language skills for FREE for eligible learners. Learn about your community and the services available. We offer a wide range of classes from beginner to advanced to help you improve your conversation skills, further your education, and prepare for citizenship and language proficiency tests. For more information visit www.ESLtoronto.ca or call 416-338-4300.
Feb 6-10 Kindergarten Registration
Feb 6 Hockey game vs. Williamson Rd. -12pm
Feb 6 Visiting Actor Jeremiah Sparks
Feb 7-10 Mables Fables Book Fair - Library
Feb 7 Jr. Ski trip
Feb 9 Gr. 6 Boys Bball tourney - @Brown
Feb 13 Hockey game vs Brock – 12pm
Feb 14 T1 Reports sent home
Feb 16 Dance-a-thon
Grade 5 Boys Basketball Tournament
Parent-Teacher Interviews – pm
Feb 17 PA Day - Parent-Teacher Interviews – am
Feb 20 Family Day
Feb 23 STARS Assembly: Teamwork
Feb 24 Author: Sharon McKay visiting Junior students
Mar 13-17 March Break
Apr 3 SAC meeting – 7pm
Apr 11 Junior classes at National Ballet performance
Apr 14 Good Friday
Apr 17 Easter Monday
Apr 25 The Lion King – Cast B – 4pm
Apr 26 The Lion King – Cast A – 4pm
The Lion King – Cast B – 7 pm
Apr 27 The Lion King – Cast A – 7pm