Westmount Spring Fair is Saturday, May 30th!

IMG_3196The annual Westmount Spring Fair is this coming Saturday from 10am to 1pm!  Come for the games, cupcake walk, face painting, bake table and more!

Volunteers are appreciated.  Please email westmountspringfair@gmail.com if you are able to help!  Unable to volunteer?  Donations are also appreciated in the form of:  plants (for the plant sale), cupcakes or cakes (for the cake walk), other bake sale items, prizes for the games tables!  Thanks for your support!

EDUCATION/EARLY CHILDHOOD DEVELOPMENT–Government Doing Its Homework on New Homework Standards

Parents, guardians, teachers and students can contribute to new homework standards through an online survey launched today, May 19.

The online survey will help guide the new ministerial policy on homework for students from grades Primary to 12. The policy will come into effect in September.

“I encourage everyone who interested in the success of our students to take the time to complete the survey,” said Karen Casey, Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development. “Your input is critical if we are to ensure homework enriches student learning, is tailored to a student’s age, grade and learning needs, and is designed to involve families in students’ learning.”

The survey includes questions specific to parents and guardians, teachers, students, community members and school administrators. Questions range from looking at the amount of homework, whether homework should be used to complete work assigned in class, a parent’s role, student responsibility for completing their homework and the overall purpose of homework.

The survey runs from May 19 to June 12. A link to the survey can be found at https://eapps.ednet.ns.ca/educationSurveys/TakeSurvey.aspx?SurveyID=760I464 .

The new ministerial policy on homework is one of 21 new initiatives coming to schools this September as part of government’s five-year education action plan. The plan focuses on fundamental changes to renew, refocus and rebuild the education system for the first time in a generation. The action plan can be found at http://www.ednet.ns.ca/ .

WANTED: The Letter Y

It has come to our attention that the letter Y has been stealing sounds from other letters. At the end of short words, Letter Y says /i/, as in “my”.  At the end of longer words, the letter Y says /e/ as in “Daddy”.   Resource teacher, Ms. Earley is asking all P-2​ students to report sightings of the letter Y at the end of words to their classroom teacher immediately.  Please check Ms. Earley’s website for some helpful helpful videos to help us understand Letter Y’s strange behaviour.

http://earleylearningsupport.weebly.com

 

Congratulations Sophie!

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Sophie entered a drawing into the Nova Scotia Recycles Contest. The contest  promoted recycling over the province and among students from elementary to high school. For the grades 4-6 age group, the provincial winner gets to have their drawing printed onto a lunch bag.
The other runners-up and winners each got a backpack full of prizes and $250.00 for their school to use on an environmentally friendly initiative. Sophie won second place and she is currently creating a list of environmental projects that our school could spend the award money on!

Getting to Great Survey 2015!

Please take a few moments to complete the Halifax Regional School Board’s on-line survey. The information gathered helps us continue to improve our schools. The survey will open on Monday, April 20. The survey can be accessed by using the following link: (http://survey.hrsb.ns.ca/ ). We thank you for taking the time to do this.
If you know of someone needs access to a computer, we would be more than happy to offer them one of ours at the school.