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May 29
Survey for parents - online learning
May 01
Voicemail May 1

Dear Blue Fox Families – this is a long message and I apologize but I have news that people have been waiting for.

We have been waiting patiently for the go ahead to give students their belongings from the school. You should have received a message from the District saying that providing we follow COVID safety procedures, we can start packing things up and getting them to families.

Teachers will be in the building on Monday to clean out desks and gather materials. They will put them in bags and label them.   They will also be tryng to get their classes ready to allow custodians to start a thorough cleaning of the building like they normally do each summer.  This will continue into Tuesday for anyone who wants it. 

On Wednesday we will begin our contactless curbside pickup.  If it rains, we will simply move the days forward.  Please watch for any notifications.  Hard to predict the weather this far in advance.

If someone else is to pick up your bags, please make sure you contact Mrs. Johnson to give written permission.  Verbal will not be accepted.           Louise.johnson@nbed.nb.ca

CURBSIDE PICKUP - Directions for parents:

1.       Write your last name in LARGE clear printed letters on a sheet of paper and put it on your right side passenger window with also the number of bags you are picking up. 

2.      If your child had medication housed at the school, write MEDICATION at the bottom of the sheet.

3.      You will enter the bus entrance and proceed up through the yard, stopping at the spot indicated. We will be trying to keep the line moving.

4.      Pop your trunk and a staff member will place the bag(s) in your trunk. 

Wednesday, last names A-M

10:30-12      Last names A-C            70  student bags to be picked up

12:00-2   Last names  D-G                42 student bags to be picked up

2:00- 4   Last names   H-L                 60 student bags to be picked up

4:00-6   Last Name  M                      59 student bags to be picked up

6:00-8:00  any families who work during the day and require an evening pick up or those who missed their time slot on Wednesday for some reason.  If you can make it during the day time slots, this is preferred.

Thursday, last names N-Z

10:00-12:00   Last Names N-R            44  student bags to be picked up

12:00-2:00    Last name S-Z               53  student bags to be picked up

 

NOTE: If you have items belonging to the school eg. Library books– please hold onto them for now.  We are not permitted to take them back into the school at this time.

 

Secondly,

 I have been seeing some posts from friends who are saying they feel overwhelmed with home-schooling.  Teachers do not want to overwhelm. They are trying to do their jobs to the best of their ability in unprecedented times. Talk to them. Tell them your situations. We know that everyone is handling this differently. There will be no judgement. Tell them what you are doing for learning- building with LEGO, baking, crafting, playing games, going on walks. Learning is everywhere and it will be okay! You are not failing as a home-schooling parent. There is no way you can replicate a classroom. We do not expect you too. We know as educators we can not replicate face-to- face teaching but we must continue to try because our employer says we must adapt and do what we can to provide learning opportunities in a variety of ways. We do not want to “fail” as teachers.

Teachers love your children and miss them. Virtual classes are held because of this. They also know kids are missing seeing friends. They want to provide some “normalcy” in a very abnormal situation. If one is missed, no hard feelings, the door is always open- that is what a family does! However, talk to them and be honest. I have teachers being “stood-up” for meetings that have been scheduled (time set up by a parent) which is impolite. If it is not working for you,tell them, they will adjust or will stop calling and emailing if that is a source of anxiety. We are all in this together.

And most of us are parents too so we get it! Hugs to all parents who are simply doing their best.

 

Lastly

We wanted to inform everyone of the death of one of our Blue Fox Family.  Michael Osborne has been an educational assistant at Westfield for many years and has helped us out in so many ways!  The staff is heartbroken and we will be honouring our friend and colleague with a Memorium bench outside in the future. 

Mike was very active in CUPE 2745 and is known near and far across the province and that group is also mourning the loss of a friend and leader. They will be travelling through Grand Bay on Sunday after lunch in a parade to honour Mike.  If you see this parade, please take a moment to remember one of our Blue Fox Family. 

We also will be putting out a small display on the front steps on Sunday for students or former  Blue Foxes to drop off cards for the family if they so choose.  It will be there from 2:00-4:00.  I will then gather the box and it will sit for the appropriate COVID time before I give it to the family.  I hope that some of our students and families will take this opportunity. 

Thank you everyone. 

Be sure to reach out if you have any questions about this voicemail/email.​

March 28
Voicemail for March 28

​Hello everyone


I hope that this email finds you healthy and in good spirits.  


I know that teachers have been reaching out to students and families.  I did ask teachers of students with multiple siblings in the school to try and give calls some spacing,  We do not want to overwhelm!  This is just a check in and they are trying to see if everyone is doing well and making the best of the crazy situation we are in as well as to see technology options in your home in case we move to remote learning of some type in the future.  The provincial government has not communicated any expectations to us at this point, we just want to be prepared as we work to develop a plan of action when things get revealed to us.  

I have had questions about people going in to the school to get students' personal belongings.  This is not possible at this time.  We take directives from the province and were only told that staff could go in on Friday on a Retrieve and Retreat mission.  There were many rules around this and teachers brought their suitcases to gather items to be prepared to begin some form of teaching in the future.  The school is once again disinfected and sealed off to all.  Thank you to our hardworking custodians for the cleaning and disinfecting that has been connected to this COVID 19 virus.


Communication:

District and province will be using the email feature of School Messenger as will I at times.  It is crucial that you have up to date email in our system.  If you are not getting the emails at present, you might want to call the school and leave your email on the message machine or send it to me directly at louise.johnson@nbed.nb.ca 

Occasionally I might send a voicemail but these will be limited.  The same holds true as far as phone numbers go.  Keep us up to date. 


Web-based info:  We do have a Twitter account (@westfield_elem) and that is also on our webpage.  I will continue to communicate through there with students and post things.  That will be my main form of daily communication and touching base with families.  It is just the easiest for me. I would like to post some links to videos and things for our Blue Foxes to access in the future.   I encourage you to follow us on that.  It is one of the main ways that ASD-S gives information too.

Home and School does have a FB page with information as well as fun challenges to do but I do not manage that.  I do try and alert the President to things that I am doing both here on Messenger as well as on Twitter. 


YEARBOOK:  While we do have A LOT going on, and this does not go at the top of our priority list, unfortunately, deadlines are looming and we have to still adhere to them.  I do not know what the rest of the year holds but Mme. Dupuis is our Yearbook editor and assures me that we will have a yearbook for 2020.  Looking back in years to come, this might be one of the most UNIQUE ones that we will have in terms of memories !  If you have any photos either of past school events or COVID learning and isolation activities, please email them to me or melanie.dupuis@nbed.nb.ca  OR you can send them to me on Messenger.  Some of you sent envelopes back with money to order but I have attached the online ordering info if you would like to do that.  Orders are due April 24.  

yearbook order form 2020.jpg


We miss our students greatly.  We hope to get information soon about what the plan is going forward.  Your child's teacher will then be the main point of contact. 


 If you need anything or have questions, do not hesitate to reach out.  Send me an email, contact me on Messenger, or give the school a call.   I check the school message each day.  We will do what we can to help.  

757-2020


Louise Johnson

March 15
Learning activites for your time at Home  March 2020
February 21
Voicemail 2/21/20

 March 7, 2020 at 1:15 at TD Station we will have a Community Skating event with Inglewood School and Grand Bay Primary.  Helmets are required.  Prize Draws will occur. 

There is absolutely no cost for this community event but if you choose, there will be a couple of options to help the Grand Bay-Westfield Community.
1.     Donate an item for our local food bank or
2.     Donate change to our Grand Bay-Westfield Flood Fund to buy a shelter for the Pit when filling sandbags. 
•    A note from transportation received this afternoon.  We have made the following changes to Bus routes for MONDAY -  if parents are signed up for bus planner parent portal they would have been notified directly.


               Bus 321- Morning (Nerepis Road)  will be replaced by bus 394 same stops and times
 
               Bus 389 afternoon second run (Woolastook and Valley view subdivision, highland rd. ,Inglewood drive ) will be split  
                between 389 and 396.

AM Stops and times remain the same however bus numbers have changed.  In PM some students will arrive home up to 20 minutes earlier.   

Winterfest Dress up Days and Special Things to Note 
February 24 – Dress like Royalty 
February 25 – Message on your shirt day and Popcorn sale 
February 26 – Pink Shirt and shades 
February 27 – Twin Day (find someone to dress alike with) or dress inside out and skating 
February 28 – Workout Wear and Calathumpian Performance (part of the $22.00 student fee collected)

 



January 24
Voicemail January 24

1.  There is no school on Monday as it is a Professional Learning Day for teachers.  

2.   Next Thursday is our Literacy Evening.  Feel free to send in book swap books earlier in the week and I can give children tickets to swap books on the night of the event or you can bring them along with your flashlight and blanket.  Everyone can wear their pajamas or they can dress up like a book character.  Hope to see you there!


Have a great weekend.  

January 17
voicemail January 17

1.  Reminder to check your child's head for lice.  It is the time of year where they tend to find those warm spots to live! 

2.  Skating is happening next month as you probably saw on the newsletter.  We will be going on the 13th and the 27th.  More information will come out as we hit the month of February.  We have not determined order of classes or details.  We will also be having a special community skating event at TD Station on Saturday, March 7 between 1:15 and 2:15 where we will join families from Grand Bay Primary and Inglewood.  Please mark it on your calendars! We hope this will become an annual event.

3.  A preK event where students visit the school is happening on the 28th of this month.  If you know someone who has a child starting Kindergarten, please mention to them to give the school a call to register for their timeslot if they have not done so already.

4.  Reminder to make sure your immunization records are up to date in the office as Public Health is visiting to check on our files in the next few days.  

5.  Tomorrow morning between 8-11 the River Road HUB in Brown's Flat will be holding a Buffet Breakfast in support of WES Grade 5 Snider Mountain Field Trip which will take place at the end of the year.  The cost is $8 for adults and $4 for children.  Come on out for some good food and great company!

Have a great weekend everyone.​

December 13
voicemail Dec 13

1.       Kids have Stress Too is being offered at the school in January.  This is a two night parent workshop put on by the Canadian Mental Health Association.  Parents can walk away with a toolkit of strategies to help their child deal with stress.   I have attached the poster to the email portion of this message. 

2.      The River Road Hub is starting a Hub Cyber Club afterschool on Thursdays between January 9 and May 28.  If you would like information on this, please contact greenwichrec@grmail.com

Or call 468-2784.

3.      Next week:

Tuesday – Home and School is offering a pancake lunch on this day.

There is no hot lunch or milk this week.

January lunch ordering is now open until December 23. 

4.       The last day of school is December 20 and it is a full day of school.

5.      We are getting a lot of calls again when students are getting picked up.  It would be better if teachers received notes in the morning. It makes for a chaotic day when messages are coming at them all the time.  We want to make sure everyone gets to where they need to be. 

6.      The concert is on Wednesday December 18 – two showings 9:00 and 12:00.  Best seats in the house tickets must be purchased by Monday morning.  I will be doing the drawing at that time. 

7.      Westfield Clothing has arrived.  All except the touques.  We did get the grade five hoodies all organized and were gave them out today.  The remainder of the clothing will go out on Monday. 

We are holding on to them ones where parents called and indicated they were presents.

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December 04
Voicemail November 29

A reminder to parents who received the fall Public Health letter to send Immunization information in.  Debbie Bowes from Public Health says the plan is for the nurses to blitz again in December or January to check any information received. I know they have had a number of clinics after school hours in an attempt to get more immunization records up to date.

 

We are collecting items for the Christmas Bazaar which will happen on December 11 and 12.  Please drop items off at the office. 

 

Please keep an eye out for the December Newsletter on Monday as it tells of important dates in December.  One being the concert which takes place on December 18. There are two showings 9/12 and our suggestion is that last names A-L come to the first show and M-Z come to the second. 

Best Seats in the House information will be coming home next week as well. 

 

Home and School asked me to remind parents that bidding for the online auction items goes until Sunday December 9 at 9pm.  Take a look at their FB page as there are a few things happening!

 

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