September 16, 2022
We have had the smoothest of start-ups with a wonderful joyful vibe that brought a smile to everyone’s face. Students spent the first week with their class from last year. Teachers planned afternoons outside rotating through various activities. Each teacher ran a specific activity and had the opportunity to interact with all the kids. Students were able to connect with teachers they knew from previous years and with teachers they may have in the future. Students made chalk drawings of each other using shadows, leaf art, they played gaga ball, four square, and an Indigenous game that resembles rock, paper, scissors (but they had to use hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓ words), they built tall towers and weeded the garden. The afternoons could not have gone more smoothly. Students appreciated the ability to get outside, connect with each other and with staff.
We didn’t get our grid confirmed until late Friday, so rather than quickly throw something together so that students went home knowing their teacher for the year, we delayed the delivery of that information and spent some time on Friday night making sure we got things right. The move to new classes went very well and staff and students settled quite quickly.
This year we will continue to work on our goal of improved literacy skills, as well as improving our social emotional skill set and capacity. Last year during the third term our early primary cohort took the necessary steps to provide three RTI (INFO ON RTI) blocks per week for six weeks. There were a number of adults participating by providing small group instruction on skills that were identified as needing work. Their efforts were greatly rewarded with huge progress made by students. When staff saw the impact of RTI on student learning, they decided we would do this in each cohort. This will be our main focus in improving literacy scores this year. Our work to improve student self-regulation will continue with learning about trauma informed practice. I think it is important to understand that anyone can experience trauma; it’s not limited to extreme events; it is defined as anything that causes emotional, physical, spiritual or physiological harm. There are three kinds of trauma: acute, chronic and complex. Acute trauma results from a single incident. Chronic trauma results from repeated and prolonged events, and complex trauma is exposure to varied and multiple traumatic events. It is important to have a compassionate lens when supporting others.
As in previous years I will provide you with information on our most recent work on these goals through my bi-weekly blog. You can also view our Action Plan For Learning on the school web site. Currently the information is from last year, but I will let you know when the updated version of our Action Plan is done. (Top tap Our School/scroll down to Action Plan For Learning) LINK TO PAGE
We are a close-knit community that jumps at opportunities to gather together, and our PAC is great about organizing these events. On the evening of Meet the Teacher the PAC will have some propane fire pits for us to warm ourselves by while we mingle and get reacquainted, some snacks to munch on and a few activities to keep us busy. Staff will be out there to start and then will move to their classrooms so that you can visit the space your child(ren) spend their day, and formally meet their teacher. This is not meant to be a parent/teacher interview format. Please do not engage in conversations about concerns you may have, rather use the time to meet the staff and make an appointment for a later date, if necessary. Once you are finished in the classrooms feel free to come back outside and continue conversations you may have left earlier.
School Ground Safety
Our parking lots can be a little tricky. We have our two parking lots: the one in front of the school and the one at the back. Additionally, you can park in front of the school just on the other side of the chain-link fence. We have recently had a crosswalk painted leading from the parking along the chain-link fence to the walkway beside the playground. We ask that parents leaving the parking lot give the right of way to the people crossing before exiting on to 24th. When going to the back we ask that you do not block the driveway leading to the parking lot by parking along the side, or parking in a way that blocks other people in. Also, we ask that you be careful and drive slowly; sometimes the students move towards their parent’s car without looking. Finally, we have gates leading to the parking lot that are spring loaded, so they close automatically; however, if they are pushed open wide enough, they stay open. These gates were installed to prevent students from moving from the school yard into the parking lot in an unsafe manner, so it’s important they stay closed.
National Day of Truth and Reconciliation
In previous years we have set a day aside to recognize and honour the Indigenous children forced to attend residential schools. Everyone would wear an orange shirt and we would host an assembly in the gym. Last year the federal government decided to fulfill one of the 94 calls outlined in the 2015 Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s report to formally recognize this day by making it a statutory holiday. With this in mind, together with the discovery of student remains at various residential schools throughout Canada, September 30th is now meant to be a day of reflection; a day to reflect on the true history of Canada, and steps we can take to right wrongs.
Here at Wix we actively work on our path to Truth and Reconciliation throughout the school year. We have the privilege of having Ms. Deanna full-time so we are able to provide ample opportunities to learn Indigenous culture and language. However, we will also be planning to recognize Truth and Reconciliation Day throughout that entire week with various classroom activities, as well as hosting an assembly in the gym on Thursday, September 29th.
Additionally, you are invited to attend the First Annual stalew pow wow at the Langley Events Centre. It is this coming weekend, Friday evening through Sunday. All details are on the poster attached. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend this amazing cultural showcase and event. Tickets are available for purchase online or at the door. stalew powwow flyer
Newsletter Message regarding Attendance/Absence
If your child is going to be absent, arriving late, away or leaving early due to an appointment, please notify the school of your child’s absence by email or call the school. To report an absence by email, send information including student first name and last name, grade, division, length of absence, and reason to WBEattendance@sd35.bc.ca. To report an absence by phone, call and follow the prompts for the attendance line to leave a message with information including student first name and last name, grade, division, length of absence, and reason. You can these instruction on our school webpage LINK TO SCHOOL WEBPAGE. If you have any questions about attendance/absence procedures, contact the school office.
Communicating With Your School
Schools and families continue to work together to ensure success for students. If you have an issue or concern but don’t know who to speak with, the District encourages you to read these helpful Communicating with your School guidelines for parents/guardians found on our District website here. As an additional reference, review this one-page resource here.
General Election 2022 – Advance Voting Opportunities
To support our community partners the City of Langley and the Township of Langley, we are sharing important information regarding Advance Voting opportunities for the upcoming local general election.
· Langley City residents can vote on October 4, 5, 6, and 12. To view locations, hours and more information visit this webpage here
· Township of Langley residents can vote in advance on Oct 5, 6, 7, 8, 11, 12, 13. To view locations, hours and more information visit this webpage here
· All residents can vote by mail ballot or in-person on general voting day Saturday, October 15.
As in past elections, many of our school sites will be used as polling stations. Your Vote, Your Voice. Get out and vote!
French Immersion Parent Information Session – Choice Programs: Early Years/Elementary
Do you want to prepare your child to meet the challenges of our changing world? Are they interested in learning and communicating in French, one of Canada’s official languages? Families are invited to attend our French Immersion Parent Information Session online on Tuesday, September 27 at 7:00 p.m. to learn more about one of the District’s Choice Programs. Entry into this high-demand program is offered at two levels for student entry, including Early Immersion and Late Immersion, with both programs continuing in Secondary Immersion. In this session, you will learn more about the program, its benefits for students and their families, expectations inside and outside the classroom, and the registration process. Our District’s French Immersion and Modern Languages staff will be able to provide you with additional information and resources, as well as help answer any questions you may have. For more info and to register, please go to the link on our District webpage::
Up Coming Dates:
September 22 – Meet the Teacher 5 – 7 PM
September 23 – School Improvement Day (students do not attend)
September 26 – Terry Fox Run
September 29 – Recognition of National Day for Truth and Reconciliation
September 30 – National Day for Truth and Reconciliation (not in session)
October 10 – Thanksgiving (not in session)
October 19 – Parent-Teacher Interviews (1-hour early dismissal)
October 20 – Parent-Teacher Interviews (1-hour early dismissal)
October 21 – Pro D Day (students do not attend)
November 10 – Remembrance Day Assembly
November 11 – Remembrance Day (not in session)
November 18 – Report Card Prep/Design and Assessment (students do not attend)
December 16 – Last day before winter break
January 3 – School Reopens