|Whole Child School newsletter for September||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Whole Child School info (infowholechildschool.ca)|
|Date: Tue, 15 Sep 2009 03:59:36 -0700 (PDT)|
WHOLE CHILD SCHOOL NEWS VOL. 1, ISSUE
3, September 2009
In this issue: First day of school,
class get-togethers, curriculum night on Sept 24th, frequently asked
questions, requests for help, and a fun fall event in October.
And they’re off…to school! The Whole
Child School opened its doors on Tuesday for its first day of school.
This incredible milestone was reached thanks to the talent and hard
work of many people, and we would like to extend a big ‘thank you’
to everyone who had a part in getting the school ready to open – the
teachers, staff including principal Teresa Tafaro and the facilities
staff including head caretaker Walter Ip, parents and student volunteers,
especially the Exterior and Interior Committees, and many others who
volunteered time, materials and expertise.
During the last few days of summer,
there were grade-specific events for the parents, students and teachers
to meet. Here are highlights from some of those events:
JK/SK: Thank you to Sandee and Deb for
taking time out of their planning for the school and attending and providing
a puppet show which the kids really enjoyed. The digital scavenger hunt
was great way to meet others and the surprise was face-painting.
Gr 2: Climbing, spinning, laughing.
Sunshine. A roundabout filled with happy children yelling ‘faster,
faster’. This was the scene at the Grade 2 playdate & picnic
held in the Measurement Park playground on the Saturday before school
started. We achieved our purpose, having the kids come together,
get to know each other and begin their journey as a class in the gentle
presence of their teacher, Robyn Stevan Matamoros and with the best
wishes from those families, who we missed, that could not be there.
It was "organic" and "spontaneous" for both children
and parents alike.
Gr 3: The Grade 3 event was held on
August 27th at 6pm. It was organized as a Potluck Picnic social, we
were fortunate to have 12 families attend as well as Tamara Brodey.
Good time and good food was had by all; the kids got some serious play
time, the adults were able to talk and play a bit. If you were not able
to attend, we look forward to seeing you next time.
If you have not received communications
from your class representative, it's possible that they don't have the
correct or complete contact info. Please contact your rep at the address
below if you haven’t done so already so we can keep you up-to-date:
The class reps are:
JK: Sean Hurst simpleexecution [at] yahoo.ca
SK: Gary Wang mrgarywang [at] hotmail.com
Gr 1: Justin Groen justin.groen [at] sympatico.ca
Gr 2: Paula Jubinville pjubinville [at] aqueous.ca
Gr 3: Amy Goffin agoffin [at] sympatico.ca
Gr 4/5: Kristine Quan kdquan [at] hotmail.com Note: Kristine is the interim class rep for
Grade 4/5 – if anyone is interested in taking on this role please
Mark Thursday September 24th
in your calendars for the WCS Curriculum Open House starting at 7pm!
This event provides WCS parents with an opportunity to visit the WCS
classrooms, hear a bit about what your teachers have planned for their
classes, ask some general questions about the classroom environment,
and get a sense of what the daily routines are. After the classroom
visits on the 3rd Floor, everyone will assemble in the gym for refreshments
and a welcome from our principal, Teresa Tafaro. An information session
will follow to discuss plans for the WCS School Council and Committees,
as well as a few other informative presentations about WCS initiatives
including previewing some samples of Outdoor Wear from vendors with
whom we have negotiated group discounts.
The launch of the school has been very
successful, but as with any new endeavour there are still a few questions
to figure out, for example: Do the extra clothes and footwear stay at
school or travel home each day? What about the art supplies we were
going to buy? What’s the exact dropoff protocol? And what’s this
about purchasing a recorder? Rest assured that the questions have been
heard and answers will be forthcoming shortly.
For Curriculum Night on Sept 24th,
we are asking for volunteers from each class who would like to bake
some treats. Ideally we’d like 2 or 3 volunteers from each grade who
are willing to bake and donate approximately 2 dozen cookies, muffins,
brownies or other treats to share with the class. If you know what to
do with semi-sweet chocolate chips and a 350 degree oven, please contact
your class rep. To go with the treats, we’re also looking for
anyone with a large catering-style coffee urn or two willing to donate
them for the evening.
The outdoor committee is still looking
for another couple of cable spools to use as tables in the kindergarten
area, ideally slightly larger in diameter than the ones already there.
If anyone has a contact that could obtain these, please let us know.
And finally, please circle the date
Saturday, October 24th, from 1:30-4:30pm, on your
calendars. We will be having our “Harvest Homecoming” event at the
school, a fun festival featuring seasonal events and activities for
the kids. Planning has begun but we can always use more ideas and pairs
of hands: if you’d like to be a part of it please let us know. More
information to come early in October.
The Whole Child School has been in the news – check out the following links:brad.clarke [at] sympatico.ca. Deadline is September 30/09 for Oct issue.
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