October 1, 2021
Dear Wes Hosford Families,
Our work on Gratitude has gone well this past month and we look forward to continuing this initiative as we head in to fall and the Thanksgiving Holiday. The whole school has collaborated to put up a beautiful gratitude centered bulletin board. Please see the pictures below, which show that each student has provided a leaf with something that they’re grateful for, written on it.
One thing I’m grateful for: our amazing Parent Council and Fundraising Association. They have several projects currently on the go. We are hoping Hot Lunches will be able to start in November, but we’ll keep you posted. Other fundraisers that are underway include:
Skip the Depot is a door-to-door bottle collection service.
- Download the app and book a pickup using https://app.skipthedepot.com/weshosford
- Place your bags outside
- Receive refund and donate to us!
- Skip The Depot allows everyone to donate directly to our organization with ease.
Please note the “One Stop” Bottle Drive on October 13 in the GARC parking lot, where you simply drop your bags of bottles by the truck from 3:00-6:00.
The Wye Road Save On Foods is donating to Wes Hosford School! Send your receipts from the Wye Road location, to the school office and our Fundraising Committee will do the rest!
A Day in the Life of a WHF Student
As a parent it’s sometimes hard to imagine what your child’s routines are. It’s especially true regarding our new respiratory illness precautions. So, I thought I’d share some of our routines with you especially since there has been some changes this week, due to direction from AHS.
- Students have a staggered enter and exit routine. Each class is called in and sent out at a designated time.
- Students stay in classroom cohorts
- This means no intramurals, assemblies or grade group activities at this time
- They wear their masks indoors except to eat or drink.
- If possible, teachers provide a brief mask break by going outside, or while inside IF the students are physically distanced. This might mean that every other column of students in their desks (facing forward) gets a break and then they switch and the other columns get a break. Teachers are being creative!
- Students have designated bathrooms and to reduce mixing, two students may wait in the hallway outside the bathroom until a stall is free. We monitored this the first few weeks to ensure there wasn’t a bathroom with too many students assigned to it, but the way we have it organized appears to be working smoothly. We will continue to monitor it.
- Like last year, we are asking that toys or personal items don’t come to school. These can be hard for students not to share with friends, and we aren’t able to control the sanitizing of these items.
- We continue to try to find ways to continue to make school fun, like: PJ days, the stories I record for the students to watch and listen to, Fit Kids classes (usually outside) run by Mr. Arndt and Mrs. Norminton.
Learning Recovery at WHF
For many students and families across Alberta, the online learning that happened last year wasn’t easy to tackle. Despite the best efforts of home and school, some students didn’t advance in some areas of learning as much as we would have hoped. To assist students in progressing with their reading and math learning, we have purchased resources that will support learning for years to come. One resource is phonics based (Fountas and Pinnell), one is for early reading in K-3 (Raz Kids licenses) and one focuses on numeracy (Graham Fletcher’s Numeracy Kits). As well, we are training several staff to use RRST (Reading Readiness Screening Tool) and DRT2 (Diagnostic Reading Test) which provides the teacher with specific areas to focus on for remediation for struggling readers.
While we are taking care of this at our end, we DO need your help! Some of you may have read a Counsellor’s Corner entry that I wrote last November (so you have to scroll way down to see it now) called Why Read?!. Please take a moment to read it again, and understand why we ask you to read with your child every day for 30 minutes or more. I know it can be hard, and that there will be days when the reading happens in the car on the way to a practice, or in the stands at the practice! But the benefits are huge! For math, even just practicing basic facts while unloading the dishwasher can help. These habits are important every year, but this year they are essential.
If you’d like to talk to your classroom teacher, or to Ralph or me, about more ways to help your child at home, please get in touch!
Municipal Election 2021: Vote October 18
The next municipal election, which includes the election of local school board trustees, takes place on Monday, Oct. 18, 2021. It’s your opportunity to get involved in public education by casting your vote for a Public School trustee.
Electors can cast their votes for municipal candidates—mayors, reeves, councillors, as applicable—and school board trustee candidates—public or separate. Voting stations are typically open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Each municipality conducts the election for its residents and establishes formal voting station hours and procedures.
To learn more about election day procedures in your area, including opportunities for advance voting and voting by special ballot, visit:
Improving Home-School Communication
To enhance communication between families and schools, Elk Island Public Schools (EIPS) has developed a how-to guide entitled, “Communication Protocol for Schools.” Topics include appropriate channels to use, standard formats and structures, timing and sequencing for regular and ongoing home-school communication, and ways to bring forward questions or concerns. The guide also offers useful tools and resources schools and families can use to enhance face-to-face meetings, email communication and various social media efforts.
Read-In-Week 2021 taking place October 4-8.
Read-In-Week returns on October 4. This year’s theme: “To Each Their Own Story.” Through various activities, students will spend the week learning ways to tell their own stories and how stories have the power to teach lessons, broaden perspectives and foster empathy. Some of the activities planned for Read-In-Week include:
- WHF invites students from Bev Facey High to virtually read to our classes.
- During our live morning announcements students from WHF will be doing book shares of their “own favorite story”
- Freiheit and Mr. Arndt will read to each of our classes
- Volunteers from the community will be recorded reading “their own favorite story” and these videos will be shared with our classes
Read-In-Week is a division wide initiative held annually to encourage a lifelong love of reading and to enhance literacy awareness among students, staff, families and community members. Wes Hosford invites all families to participate in Read-In-Week by reading yourself, with your child or with someone in the community.
Don’t forget to share what you’ve learned. Throughout the week, you can post your own stories about Read-In-Week using the hashtag #eipsreads.
WHF will celebrate Halloween on Friday, October 29th. Students are encouraged to dress up in school-appropriate costumes. We would like to thank families and students in advance for not bringing props (swords, guns, wands, etc). Each classroom will have individual celebrations. As a whole school we will play spooky music at the start and end of the day and Mr. Arndt and I will visit each classroom to appreciate the costumes. As well, students will be able to show off their costumes through an online ‘parade’ at the end of the day. We are looking forward to having a spooktacular time.
Pay School Fees Online!
School fee information for the 2021-22 school year is now posted on the PowerSchool Parent Portal. All fees are due within 30 days of being posted. To access your fee information, simply log in to the PowerSchool Parent Portal and go to “Student Fees.” There you can view your fees and pay them online using Visa, MasterCard or debit card—when available from your financial institution.
Don’t forget to also log in to the PowerSchool Parent Portal regularly throughout the year. Fees are often added to your child’s account to cover the cost of various school activities such as field trips, class projects, extracurricular activities fees and more.
For more information about school fees, waivers and payment deadlines, visit www.eips.ca/schools/fees and https://www.weshosford.ca/about/fees. Alternatively, contact Terry Snow at Wes Hosford School at 780-464-1711.
Celebrating World Teachers’ Day: October 5
October 5 is World Teachers’ Day! Launched in 1994 by the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), World Teachers’ Day is celebrated annually around the world as a way to recognize teachers and the integral role they play in providing quality education to students. On October 5, Elk Island Public Schools (EIPS) encourages all its students, parents and community members to show their appreciation for their teachers and the positive impact they make on our lives.
EIPS extends its heartfelt thank you to all Division teachers for their dedication, hard work and commitment in guiding and educating students through their kindergarten to Grade 12 years.
October at Wes Hosford
Monday, October 4 – Friday, October 8
- Read-In-Week begins
Tuesday, October 5
- World Teachers’ Day
Wednesday, October 6
- Early Dismissal
Monday, October 11
- Thanksgiving Day; no school
Monday, October 18
- Election Day; WHF is a polling station
- Professional Development Day; no school for students
Monday, October 25
- Bus Evacuation Drills and Little Elk Island Adventures (ECS)
Monday, October 29
- Halloween celebrations
I hope you have a great month of October, with lots of turkey and stuffing on the long weekend!
Mrs. Susan Freiheit