Chères familles de Westgate,
As we are about to begin our summer I wanted to extend a heartfelt thank you to all members of the Westgate School community: to parents and guardians for all of the learning support they have provided to their children, to staff for the incredible way they adjusted to the new realities in our lives, and to our students who worked so hard to continue learning in very strange circumstances. Although we don’t know how things will evolve in the next school year we can all rest assured that we have a close-knit and supportive school community that will ensure success for all of our students no matter the circumstances.
We are currently planning for the re-entry in September. As we do this we follow guidance from Alberta Health Services, Alberta Education and the Calgary Board of Education. We are thinking through the various challenges that life in a school of 570 students will pose. We will have more information after August 1, 2020, which is the date that Alberta Health Services and Alberta Education will make a final decision regarding the re-entry model. Through this process I commit to you that we will provide you with clear and accurate information regarding our work to plan and create a safe educational experience for our students.
At this time of year we have to say good bye to some of our staff who have been covering the leaves of other teachers:
Thanks to you all for jumping in in very difficult circumstances and doing such an outstanding job.
We also have to say good-bye to Rhonda Griffiths, our bookkeeper, after many years of service at Westgate. Rhonda’s wealth of knowledge about all things relating to money and the purchase of educational resources will be sorely missed. Rhonda will continue to work part-time at Bishop Pinkham and part-time at Midsun. We wish you all the best Rhonda.
Rachel Goudreau is retiring and today, June 30, is officially her last day of work. Rachel has been an outstanding teacher at Westgate for many years. She is such a fantastic colleague. We will mss her kindness and sense of humour. We hope to see you back at Westgate from time to time in the future. Enjoy your retirement Rachel!
We are excited to announce that Sarah Charlebois will be returning to Westgate after completing her maternity and parental leaves.
I wish you all a safe and enjoyable summer. In French we say “Bon courage!” which means I wish you strength and courage. Take care of yourselves.
Passez un bon été et à bientôt,
Directeur, École Westgate