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October Principal Message

​Dear Families,
Hard to believe we are one month in!! It was so nice to have the opportunity to meet parents and students at conferences!
Please feel free to contact your child’s teacher or myself at any time with questions or concerns regarding your child’s learning. As parents, you play an important role in shaping the way your children view learning. As a parent, you understand more than anyone else how your child learns and processes information. Our goal is to work together to in order to ensure student success.
Terry Fox Run:
Thanks to all the families who joined us on Thursday for our Terry Fox assembly and run, despite the inclement weather. What a lovely opportunity to recognize and support the accomplishments of Terry Fox, his persistence, and the impact of his efforts on cancer research. As a community, care and excitement to make a difference in the world is evident. Students, parents and staff ran and walked with great perseverance. Students were excited to share their successes. Great effort West Springs School community!
Orange Shirt Day:
We invite the students of West Springs School to observe and celebrate orange shirt day tomorrow, Monday, October 1. Orange shirt day is an opportunity for ”communities to come together in the spirit of reconciliation and hope because every child matters.”
“Orange Shirt Day is a legacy of the St. Joseph Mission residential school commemoration event held in Williams Lake in the spring of 2013.  It grew out of (one student’s) account of losing her shiny new orange shirt on her first day of school at the Mission, and it has become an opportunity to keep the discussion on all aspects of residential schools happening annually.”
The opportunity to recognize this day opens discussion about racism, bullying, and harassment while building empathy and understanding to strengthen community.
Traffic Safety:
We are working to train grade four leaders to patrol the crosswalks in front of the school, with the support of West Springs Staff. Students and teachers had opportunity to work with Constable Gary Hartmann to receive important training. 
We need your help! In order to keep all of our community safe, please adhere to all road and traffic signs in and around the school area, keeping a close eye for students as you travel through crosswalks or at corners where students may be crossing. In the interest of safety, we ask that all members of the community walk their bicycles, skateboards, and scooters when traveling on the sidewalk in front of the school.
School Development Planning:
Teachers at West Springs School spent Friday afternoon mining our school-wide data for patterns and trends in order to set academic direction for the upcoming school year. Aligned with the CBE’s three-year education plan (see below), our school will have two goals, one for literacy and one for numeracy. The details of our plan including goals for student achievement will be determined over the coming weeks and posted on our school website when complete.
In order to support growth for students and teachers in Mathematics, we have engaged the support of Geri Lorway, Consultant. Teachers in grade one and two had opportunity to partner with Geri this week to think about effective task design to develop the big ideas and important content from the Mathematics Program of Studies.
Student Handbook:
The student handbook has been sent to parents via messenger. While not comprehensive, it should supplement information available on the website and provide greater clarity on policy and procedure. This is our first iteration of the handbook. Should you have questions or require support at any time, please do not hesitate to ask. Your child’s teacher, our office staff and/or Ms. Tourigny and myself are happy to hear from you.

Dressing for the Weather:
Time spent outside is an important part of your child’s day. It appears that the cooler weather has settled in for the next few weeks. Please ensure your child is prepared by helping them pack an extra pair of socks, mittens or toque into their backpack. Dressing in layers that can be removed or added as the climate dictates is always a good idea.
Important Dates:
Non-instructional Day          Friday, Oct. 5
Thanksgiving                         Monday, Oct. 8
A message from Alberta Health Services AHS_unplug.pdf 
Ms. Tourigny's last day at West Springs School is Friday, October 5. We wish her much success as the new Principal of Bridlewood School. Her talents and expertise, highly valued at West Springs, will be missed. Ms. Muir will begin in her new role Tuesday, October 9.
Hope you are all staying warm and cozy with family this weekend,

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