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Principal's Message

June 10, 2019

​“How did it get so late so soon?”  - Dr. Suess

 
Indeed, it is difficult to believe we are coming close to the end of yet another school year!
 
This is an important time for reflection on successes and areas for growth as we begin planning and organizing for the year ahead. Thank you to all students, parents, and teachers who have participated in providing feedback, support, asking critical questions, and sharing new ideas. All of this form the basis of a strong community in which we learn and grow together to make West Springs School the best possible environment for our students.
 
As you are aware, there is budget uncertainty for the upcoming school year. The impact was discussed in detail at our council meeting last Thursday evening. For those of you unable to attend the meeting, I felt it pertinent to describe the impact of budget to our staffing and organization for 2019-20. Despite a likely increase in student enrolment for next year, our school will receive about $200 000 less funding. We have prioritized class size and student supports. We are hoping to keep class sizes similar to our current position with five classes of each grade. In order to maintain that we have reduced some time at all levels. This includes a decrease to office staff time, educational assistant time, lunch supervision and teachers.  In addition, in order to ensure that all students are supported, we will have to think flexibly about how we organize outside of the classroom to ensure each student is successful. All of these decisions will become firmer once the staffing process is completed.
 
The process of staffing for next year is not yet underway. Because we currently have many teachers on temporary and probationary contract and several teachers not returning from leave, we will not have to surplus any continuous contract positions. This leaves many of our current teachers uncertain about placements for next year, which is difficult. More staffing information will be available in later June. I am hopeful that within the next few weeks we will have confirmed information regarding teachers who will be staying and those who will be leaving so that we have adequate time to say farewell. Please know that as soon as we can confirm staff into positions we will communicate those placements and share an updated staff list.
 
As we move towards closing the year, we continue to remain focused on our learning goals. With both literacy and numeracy as our focus this year, students and teachers continue to work towards strengthening and assessing outcomes from the Programs of Study. Projects, field trips, reflection and opportunities to demonstrate learning continue through the last days. As a community, we are proud of progress towards our learning goals. Over the past weeks, teachers have been taking the time to reflect on and celebrate their students’ successes and share these with their colleagues. The ability of our students to reflect on and articulate their learning goals, achievement and next steps is exemplary. Collaboration and consistency among staff and students has never been greater. We are hopeful that our data reflects this work.
 
I would like to take the time to thank all of our staff for their on-going commitment to students, their achievement and well-being. Our community has supported our goals through volunteering time, expertise and with fundraising dollars to support programming. It takes a village! Please know that you are valued and appreciated.
 
Carrie

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West Springs School

8999 Wentworth Ave SW Calgary, AB, T3H 0P7
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School Contacts

Principal
Ms Carrie Dayman
Assistant Principal
Miss Shannon Muir
Area Director
Mr Calvin Davies
Trustee
Lisa Davis

School Information

Grades
K-04
Enrolment
583
Programs
Regular
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School Hours

Morning Start
9:10 AM
Dismissal
3:50 PM
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