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How to support children when tragic events happen in the world

Last week, terrible events transpired in Beirut and Paris that shocked and saddened many. We want parents to know that there are services available within schools to help support their children in light of these tragedies. For more information, visit

Update on elementary progress reports and interviews

Labour Update ButtonWhat parents need to know about progress reports and interviews now that the elementary teachers have voted to ratify the central agreement. For more information, visit

Westminster Woods Public School

Please join us at our Book Fair Family Night!

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Book Fair

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Library, Tech Hub & Creation Station!

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books and appleHello and Happy November! We are so delighted to extend a greeting from the Library Learning Commons of WWPS. We have had such a wonderful start to the year! Our library is a super busy spot where students can often be seen doing a wide variety of things: snuggled up on a cushion enjoying a book, huddled together collaborating on a project, reading and researching on our Chromebooks, building something intriguing at our Spark Table or making something unique in our Creation Station.

Literature in our Library:
We have over 9000+ print resources in our library that are constantly flowing in and out of our library. Our students love to read and much of our collection has truly been hand-picked to reflect the diverse interests and needs of our students.Currently, our Graphic Novel section is very, very popular. Graphic Novels (such as, Amulet by Kazu Kibuishi and Bone by Jeff Smith) have a unique mix of pictures and words, challenging the students’ visual literacy skills, along with their decoding and comprehension. Our grade 6s were so fortunate to take part in a workshop with Jennifer Haines from The Dragon, a fabulous bookstore in downtown Guelph that specializes in comic books and graphic novels, to learn more about this growing genre.

Library WordleNew Spaces in our Library:
Our library has changed a lot over the past few years. Last year, we introduced the
Spark Table into our space and the students loved discovering and playing with the materials there. This year, we have also added a space that is inspired by the makerspace movement. For now, we are calling it a Creation Station, although aspects of it align with the concept of a Tinkerlab and Makerspace. Our library is definitely a space where students are researching and learning by reading AND a space where students are discovering and learning through hands-on exploration. We are always looking for donations of unique materials (scraps of fabric, beads, buttons, metal bolts and screws, etc.) for our Creation Station.

Scholastic Book Fair:
Yahoo! The Scholastic Book Fair is returning to Westminster Woods. It will arrive on Thursday, November 26th and will be here for the week. We will be hosting Family Events to celebrate the Fair, as well. More details are to follow in the weeks to come.

Parent Volunteers:
If you are free to volunteer in our library for an hour or two during the week, please let Ms. Furnival know ( We would love 1 or 2 more parent volunteers to help with shelving books and book repairs. During the promotion of the Book Fair, a volunteer form will be sent home. Several parents always volunteer their time to help make this event run smoothly and we would love your help, again, this year. Thanks!

Ms. Furnival
Teacher Librarian @ The Woods

Scout and Beaver Registration

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NoticesBeaver Scouts (ages 5, 6, 7) and Cub Scouts (ages 8,9,10) meet Monday nights at Sir Isaac Brock School.
Scouts (ages 11, 12, 13) meet at a neighbouring school.
Registration for new members will be Monday September 14th at 7pm in the parking lot at Sir Isaac Brock, by the gym door.
The first meeting on Monday September 21st.
Interested parents can email Paul at or call 519-821-6948.

Information Bulletin from City of Guelph

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New Adult Crossing Guard at intersection of Hall Avenue at Goodwin Drive

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Busing information from STWDSTS

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The staff at Wellington-Dufferin Student Transportations services will be planning new, efficient routes over the summer. Since transportation is not finalized until late August, information for individual students is not available by phone. Information will be available through the following means:

  • If your child is new to the Ontario school system, has been registered at a school prior to the end of June, and is eligible for transportation under our policies, transportation information will be mailed to your mailing address on August 24, 2015.
  • If you are new to the area, transportation cannot be arranged until your child is registered at a school, and may then take a further two weeks to be finalized. Note that elementary schools are closed over the summer until August 31, 2015. Please ask about transportation when registering your child.
  • If your child is an existing student, go to and login to this secure site with your child’s OEN number (located on report card), school name and house number. This will not be available until after August 24, 2015.

For more information about school bus transportation visit Beginning in August you can also follow on Twitter @STWDSTS

It's all about 'dem books, 'bout dem books, no kidding!

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Stack of booksIt's that time of year!! All library books are due back. Please scour your house for any outstanding books. We will do the same here. If you have any questions or want to contact Ms. Furnival regarding a book that is due back, please send her an e-mail: 

Ryan's Law - Ensuring Asthma Friendly Schools

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have you heardMay 20, 2015

As you may be aware, the Ontario Legislature recently passed Ryan’s Law, 2015. This piece of legislation is an important step to support the well-being of students with asthma in Ontario schools.

Over the course of the next school year, the Upper Grand DSB will be working to implement the requirements of this legislation.

If your child has asthma, we ask that you immediately contact the main office at your school to provide information about your child’s asthma medication. With your permission, your child will be allowed to carry their asthma medication.

The Ministry of Education website has resources on asthma that can be found at:

As a best practice and to support your child, please let the school know if your child has a medical condition so that the school is aware and can keep this information on file.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.