Welcome to the West Royalty Home & School Association!

We hope that this site will help keep you informed of what's going on at West Royalty Elementary School and allow you to become actively involved in your child's educational experience.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

March Break Update

I hope that March Break is off to a GREAT start for everyone, and that you are enjoying the brighter evenings! I am really looking forward to saying "Hello Spring"! 

The Winter Carnival was a success - Mother Nature tried to dampen the event, but lots of fun was had indoors. I believe that the children love to visit the school for events other than school! Thank you to Vanda Deighan who has chaired this event for some time now, and Krystal Mayne who assisted her this year. The teachers contribute so much to this event for the children - THANK YOU!!

The Literacy Event for the parents of children in grades 3-6 has been rescheduled to Tuesday April 19th at 6:30 pm. Details and registration forms will be circulated after March Break.

The next Home and School Meeting will be held on April 12th at 6:30 pm in the staff room. All parents are encouraged to attend to hear about many items that affect our school.

The PEI Home and School Federation Annual General Meeting will be held the morning of April 16th at the Rodd Charlottetown. If you are interested in attending, please contact a member of the executive.

Please don’t forget to take a few minutes to participate in the Tell Them From Me online survey before the end of the month. This survey will provide valuable feedback about our school from parent’s perspective.

For those of you with a green thumb, we are planning a Spring Clean Up at the school for families to come out and help tidy up, spruce up the beds, trim the trees, and give the grounds some TLC. Stay tuned for details.

Enjoy the March Break!

Cheers,
DB

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Provincial school inspections underway

Inspections of schools across the province have begun and all schools will be completed this spring, according to Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Doug Currie.
 
The School Inspection Committee, made up of representatives from all three school boards, as well as the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development and the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal, and the Provincial School Safety Consultant determined a school inspection priority list based on a number of factors. Those factors include:
 
• The age of the building
• The architecture and construction of the building
• Maintenance history
• Any complaints that have been received from staff or students

For more information from the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development on these inspections, click here for the news release.

Friday, March 11, 2011

March 11th Update

As anticipated, there will still be lots of snow for the winter carnival tomorrow; however, it sounds like Mother Nature will keep everyone indoors. Is it spring yet?? The winter carnival is a great time for the kids to have some fun at the school, and a nice time for parents to catch up as well. Make sure you drop into the multi-purpose room for some hot chocolate!

The request to participate in the Tell Them From Me survey was sent home last week. This survey includes teacher, staff, and parent participation. You may have noticed the media coverage of the survey lately. The provincial government has partnered with The Learning Bar Inc. to create and deliver the survey and results. Please take some time before the end of this month to share your thoughts. If your survey notice did not make it home, contact the school and they will provide the required information.

A yearbook is in the works and will be available for purchase toward the end of the school year. If you have taken any photos at school events that you would like to share for possible inclusion, please send them to westroyaltyhs@gmail.com for review.

Cheers,
DB

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Literacy Night a BIG Success!

Mother Nature cooperated and Literacy Night went ahead as scheduled last night, and it was a huge success! There were many favorable comments from the more than 40 parents in attendance.

The night consisted of an introduction by Ken Gaudet and our Home and School President, Denise Bulger.  While the children watched a movie and snacked in the multi-purpose room, the parents attended four separate educator-facilitated sessions to learn specific information related to supporting their children as they learn to read.  There was some time at the end of the evening for parents to relax and ask specific questions of the teachers on hand. All parents were provided with some valuable information to support their children's reading, and ten lucky parents went home with a copy of the book The Wednesday Surprise,  which was used during one of the sessions. For those of you who weren't able to atttend, you can find a copy of the parent guide at: http://www.peireads.com/.

We are all looking forward to our next Literacy Night for the parents of children in grades 3-6 on April 12th. 

See you at the next Home and School meeting on Tuesday, March 8th at 6:30 in the staff room.

Your Home and School Executive

PS: There is a scholastic book fair at the school next week. Anyone wishing to help out with this event, please contact Mrs. MacKinnon in the school library.