New Administrative Team: We are pleased to Welcome Ann-Marie Lacoursiere as our new Principal in September. Ann-Marie is an experienced Principal who comes to us from Glenburnie Public School. We are also delighted to welcome back Scott McFarlane as our Vice-Principal. Scott was our Vice-Principal from 2014-2016 and has been on leave this year. Welborne will be in great hands as Ms. Lawn retires and Mrs. Raeburn-Gibson continues her work in education outside of the School Board.
Traffic Blocking Pathways: Please park in designated spots on the street. Our cyclists, walkers and strollers need clear access to our walkways. We have more people walking and cycling now that the weather is better.
Schedule for 2017-18: As promised, we conducted a review of our current schedule. We met with staff, surveyed parents/guardians, spoke to all students from grades 2-8 and gathered feedback.
Through this process, we realized that there are things that we could be doing better – especially around communication and nutrition breaks. Our daily schedule is listed in the front pages of the student agenda, in addition to being sent home earlier in the year. There were questions about picking up students for appointments. When students are picked up at 1:00, they only miss 1/3 of instructional time, instead of ½. For morning appointments, if students arrive at school by 11:30, they still get 2/3 of their instructional day.
There were also questions about what to eat when. If parents pack a variety of healthy foods, students will eat in the order that works for them. Many of our students are running out of food by second nutrition break. We do have a limited amount of food, provided by the Food Sharing Project to ensure no student goes hungry.
We would also like to stress, that if there are any concerns about nutrition breaks, to please contact your child’s teacher. Our system is very flexible and allows for additional eating time if required. Many teachers are also incorporating a ‘corner snack’, so students eat when they are hungry. We are happy to provide alternate times or a quiet space to eat if needed. Our new timetable has increased learning time and is safer for students, not to mention more streamlined during snowsuit season!
The timetable for 2017-18 will be the same as this year: Students will have two active recesses (30 minutes) followed by 15 minute ‘nutrition breaks’. The day will begin at 9:05 and end at 3:35. Students who go ‘home for lunch’ will continue to have 2 choices – 10:45 – 11:30 and 1:10-1:50. Students need written permission to leave the site.
Moving this summer? If your family is moving this summer, please let us know. Unless we hear from you, we’ll assume that all students are returning. If you move without informing us, that will leave gaps in our classes in September and may necessitate a re-organization.
Kindergarten Registrations: If your child will be 4 or 5 by the end of December, please register. You will need a birth certificate, health card and immunization record. If you are missing one of the documents, please register anyway. Our ‘Discover Kindergarten’ open house will take place on June 22 at 4:30.
Welborne Showcase: The dress rehearsal will take place on Monday, June 5 during the day. The show will take place Tuesday, June 6 during the afternoon but we are not able to offer an evening presentation. We apologize for the inconvenience and hope that any interested parents/guardians can join us at 2:00.
Our next School Council meeting will take place Tuesday, June 13 from 6:15 – 7:30. School Council is looking for volunteers for the year-end barbecue. If you would like to volunteer for the ‘Child Find’ Clinic, you will need a Criminal Reference Check and Vulnerable Sector Check. Please text Crystal at 613-328-7920 if you can help out.
Vesey’s Bulbs: If you are expecting a back order, please call Mrs. Blower at the office.
Allergies – Please do not send nuts, peanuts or peanut butter into the school. Asthma – Students are now able to carry and administer (with parent permission) their own asthma medication (puffers).
Attention Grade 7/8 Students - an exciting new Basketball camp is being run by LDSB in partnership with the Boys and Girls Club of Kingston. There will be two one-week camps at LCVI and FSS during the third and fourth weeks of July respectively. The camp will be~FREE~and is targeting grades 7-8 but can include students up to grade 10. The camp also has a numeracy component built into the daily schedule.~ Notices went home with students last week.
After School Program – New in Fall 2017: Jung Do Martial Arts are featuring martial arts, homework time, fitness, sports, teamwork and leadership. Transportation from Welborne is included. They are featuring a ‘no obligation’ FREE first week – limited spaces. Please call or text 613-449-9935 if you are interested.
Summer Fun Pass: The Fun Pass has been expanded so that two children get free admission to 18 attractions when accompanied by one paying adult or senior. Parents also save $5 on a daily parking permit at most Ontario provincial parks. Download coupon at Ontario.ca/funpass
Dates to Remember –
May 29, 30, 31 mornings: Junior EQAO assessment for students in grade 6
Thursday, June 1: District Track and Field Meet
Friday, May 26: Hot Lunch – Subs - Popcorn $2
Friday, June 2: Hot Lunch – Pizza – Popcorn $2
Monday, June 5: Welborne Showcase - Dress Rehearsal
Tuesday, June 6: Welborne Showcase – one show only at 2:00 p.m.
Friday, June 9: Hot Lunch – Subs – Popcorn $2
Tuesday, June 13: Final School Council meeting for 2016-17 – All welcome! – 6:15
Thursday, June 15: School Council Barbecue and Grade 3 Trip to Upper Canada Village
Friday, June 16: Hot Lunch – Pizza – Popcorn $2
Monday, June 19 – Wednesday, June 21: Grade 7/8 trip to Camp Iawah
Wednesday, June 21: Grade 6 Trip to Ottawa (returning at 6:00)
Thursday, June 22: Discover Kindergarten for students new to Kindergarten in the Fall – 4:30
Friday, June 23: Hot Lunch – Subs – Popcorn $2
Tuesday, June 27: Grade 8 Graduation
Thursday, June 29: Last Day of School for students
Friday, June 30: PA Day
Saturday, July 8: ‘One Step’ Walk for Prader-Willi Syndrome – Lemoine Point – 10-3 onesmallstep.fpwer.org
Tuesday, September 5: First Day of School for 2017-18 Year
Welborne Avenue Public School
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