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Room 4 - Karina Bosse (am & pm)

Room 3 - Jessica Lynn (am) 

Room 24 - Karlee Zelmer (am)

Welcome! 

We would like to take the opportunity to welcome you to this new school year.  We are the Kindergarten team and our names are Karina Bosse, Jessica Lynn, and Karlee Zelmer We are looking forward to a great school year filled with learning and fun!



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It is important that you call the school if your child is going to be absent or arriving late. Please report all absences to the Attendance Line at 403-777-6244. See more on our Attendance page.

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Monday -Thursday 8:30 AM - 4:30 PMFriday - 8:30 AM - 1:00 PM





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Kindergarten

Grades 1-4Monday  - ThursdayMonday - ThursdayMorning

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Principal's Message

October 23, 2020


Dear Families,
 
Thank you to all our families for their on-going generosity and support. Recently, WSSDA and school council approved their budgets for the upcoming year. Our students will benefit from materials for outdoor learning such as outdoor blocks, a mud table, an outdoor easel, and wagons; science related exploration such as thermometers, binoculars, collection jars, and magnifiers; classroom reading materials; art materials such as paints and brushes; additional musical instruments; and many more items. We will be looking to book an outdoor residency so programming can be enhanced by experts in the field. We understand the economic challenges in our community and beyond, and will work diligently to ensure these precious dollars are spent to strengthen learning experiences for our students. With appreciation.
 
The primary purpose of ongoing communication is to improve student learning through conversations between educators, students, and their families so that students and their families are able to answer the question, “How am I/is my child doing in school?" This week, you will receive a learning update from your child's teacher. This highlight will include student strengths, one small goal and strategies implemented at school and how you might support at home, related specifically to literacy and/or numeracy. This early informal snapshot, along with regular programming information, helps to build an understanding of student achievement over the course of the reporting period. Students, parents and teachers will have another opportunity at conferences in November to gather around student work so that information communicated in the report card will be both expected and understood.
 
For those new to our school, West Springs School has never celebrated Halloween with costumes. Over the past few years, there have been requests by families to dress up at school given that our friends at West Ridge allow students to wear costumes to school. As we have in the past, when our community has ideas or suggestions, we consider them as a staff. Please know that we receive feedback both positive and negative around this. While there are mixed opinions, and understanding that this celebration will look different for all of us, we have decided to continue with our regular tradition. Teachers and students may engage in activities linked to the season as it relates to their specific Programs of Study and students are welcome to wear orange and black on October 29.
 
There are two primary reasons behind this decision. The first relates to safety, increased opportunities to touch and spread germs and less space to move safely around a classroom. Secondly, but of primary importance is our belief that interesting, engaging and important work occurs every day at West Springs School. It dulls the importance of our work when we say the only things that make school fun are unrelated to our learning. We by no means want to minimize how children, especially our youngest, feel about this annual celebration and are happy that students will have the opportunity to dress up and trick or treat in their community on October 31. We will continue to do our best teaching and learning in our classrooms through the amazing work that our teachers do, ensuring there is joy, laughter and celebration.
 
Despite Covid case counts going up in the city, we have been lucky enough not yet to have a case. We are balancing effective institutional practices with risk management. Our goal regardless of what happens is to maintain operational continuity by ensuring learning for students continues. Please continue to remind your children of the importance of hand washing, mask wearing and maintaining two metres distance both in and outside of school.
 
We believe that outdoor activity is essential and continue to incorporate an increase in pursuing learning outcomes while immersed in nature and the outdoors as one of our strategies related to student well-being. Students will spend time outside daily. Please ensure that students are prepared for outdoor learning and play in changing weather conditions. An extra pair of socks/mittens and dressing in layers will provide greater comfort both inside the school and out. On cold or wet days snow pants keep students most comfortable when working or sitting on the ground.
 
The safety of our students is integral. Many parents have expressed concerns in and around crosswalks and related to both parking lots surrounding the school. It is very dangerous, particularly when icy. Recently, there were no spots in our lot for staff to park because parents were parked in our school lot. We are unable to barricade the opening as many of our staff begin work at 9:00 and would be unable to enter. Please help us keep your children safe by adhering to traffic signage and pedestrian rules. Choosing safety over convenience is important modeling for our students. Should you have continuing concerns, please fill out a traffic service request https://www.calgary.ca/cps/traffic/traffic-service-requests.html
When multiple concerns are reported, police attend both to educate and ticket, but also to consider other measures to mitigate risk and ensure safety for all.
 
Sincerely,
Carrie
 
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West Springs School

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

Principal
Carrie Dayman
Assistant Principal
Shannon Muir
Education Director
Lori Cooper

School Information

Grades
K-04
Enrolment
614
Programs
Regular
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School Hours

Morning Start
9:10 AM
Dismissal
3:50 PM
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