Dear William Taylor Families,
It sure feels like Winter now...that came quickly! We are now entering the last week of school before break, as students' last day of school is December 17th. Classes resume on January 6th.
Students and staff at William Taylor have embraced the Winter Season, termed Ipákssaisstoyi in Blackfoot. Students have been engaged in some festive activities, including refurbishing old wooden palettes with planers, sanders, and paint, to create beautiful seasonal decorations! I am truly impressed with their craftmanship!
The outdoor education class has taken advantage of the fresh snow, and are often found practicing their cross-country ski skills in the afternoons. This is one of my favourite Winter activities, as it helps me feel connected to the land and those around me. The students also seemed to enjoy themselves outside, in spite of the cold weather!
Next week, students will share in some school spirit activities. They will have fun with a Christmas door decorating contest, Christmas lunch (in their classrooms), hot chocolate cart and snowshoeing (if weather and snow permits). We look forward to a time when we can invite all our families for an in-person lunch once again as we miss the opportunity to build community through family events.
On behalf of us all here at WTLC, please take care over the holiday season, and do let us know if you have any questions or would like support.
Dear Parents and Caregivers,
On behalf of the staff at William Taylor Learning Centre, I would like to welcome all students and their families to the 2021-2022 school year. As a staff, we are incredibly excited to welcome back our students, and reconnect with our families, particularly given the events over the past several months.
One of the positives to emerge out of COVID-19 challenge is the importance of heart-felt connections and our genuine need to be connected to a strong and caring network. As a school community we have emerged from this period much stronger and closer than ever, and we look forward to welcoming our new all of our new students into a culture of caring and respect. WTLC is a place to belong.
Moving forward into the 2021-2022 school year, we will continue to be vigilant and flexible, putting student and staff safety and wellbeing at the forefront of our daily routines. We will continue to enact all necessary health and safety protocols that are provided to us through our partners at Alberta Health Services. It is important that families stay connected to the school by email for the latest information. Please provide our front office updated contact information so as not to miss important information.
Prior to the start of our school year, I would strongly encourage all parents/guardians to familiarize yourself with our Student Code of Conduct which is located on our website. The primary goal of the Student Code of Conduct is to create consistent messaging that supports, reinforces and enhances student learning.
Our first day of school Tuesday, August 17th. Classroom teams will contact each family prior to August 17th to go over all important back to school information.
Some reminders for a smooth start-up:
Please complete the daily check list to ensure your child is feeling well before they leave for school.
All staff and students are required to wear a mask.
Please be sure to contact the school regarding student absences and lates. Parent(s)/guardian(s) are reminded of the importance that regular attendance and punctuality have on long-term student academic growth and success.
Please make sure that your demographic information is up-to-date and correct so that the school can contact you in a timely manner.
In conclusion, we look forward to connecting with all our students and parent(s)/guardian(s) in the coming days and weeks as we begin our exciting 2021-2022 learning journey. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me or Cailean Duggan, Assistant Principal, throughout the course of the year.
Jennifer Edmondson-Neily, Principal and Cailean Duggan, Assistant Principal
Parents and Caregivers,
I am excited to join the dynamic William Taylor Learning Centre community as the Principal. I would like to thank and acknowledge the strong leadership of Janice Richardson, who is currently supporting my transition to principal. Rest assured, I will be working closely with the entire WTLC community to attend to the safety, well-being and academic success of all of your children.
For those of you that don't know me, a couple of years ago I was the Assistant Principal at WTLC. I look forward to working with parents/caregivers and our partner, Woods Homes, to help all students belong, connect and thrive.
If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Have a safe and relaxing summer.
Principal – Woods Homes Schools
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