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Support students through tragic events

Dear Upper Grand Students, Staff and Families:

We are shocked and saddened by the tragic events that happened yesterday in Ottawa. We are keeping our thoughts focused on those affected and the bravery and service of the emergency personnel who reacted so quickly to protect the community. Read more in a letter from Martha Rogers, Director of Education (PDF).

Westminster Woods Public School

Helen O'Grady Drama Academy!

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Cat dancingCome to the Helen O'Grady Drama Academy Open House!

On Sunday, October 19th from 2 - 3 pm at the Performance Dance Academy, there will be free, trial drama classes for students ages 3-17!

These classes help young people develop:

  • Enthusiasm
  • Self-esteem
  • Social Skills
  • Confidence
  • Conversational Ability
For further information regarding classes, please click here, or visit

School Mental Health Survey

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 School Mental HealthMake a difference in the lives of children and youth:
say 'yes' to participate in the
2014 Ontario Child Health Study
and School Mental Health Surveys

The 1983 Ontario Child Health Study told us that
1 in 5 children and youth experienced serious mental health challenges.

This estimate is outdated as is much of what we know about child and youth mental health in Ontario. The 2014 Ontario Child Health Study will tell us about the mental health status and needs of children and youth living in Ontario today.

From October 2014 to May 2015, Statistics Canada will be inviting 7,000 families with children aged 4 -17 years to complete an interview in their home. At the same time, McMaster researchers will be conducting School Mental Health Surveys in 240 Ontario schools to help us learn new ways of promoting and addressing student mental health needs.

Together, these studies will be the first of their kind in Canada
to examine the influence of family, community and school environments
on child and youth mental health.

The results will be used to develop programs and services to improve the mental health of young people in Ontario. Results from the 1983 Study were partially responsible for over 3 billion dollars of investment in federal and provincial programs and services, resulting in the creation of programmes such as the Ontario Early Years Centres.

Participation in the 1983 Ontario Child Health Study was over 90%. Make sure you are heard in 2014 as well. Let's make our province a better place for children and youth. If invited to participate, please say ‘yes’ to the 2014 Ontario Child Health Study and School Mental Health Surveys.

 Mental Health

Westminster Woods Garden Clean Up!

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leaves2Come out and help with our Fall Garden Cleanup Day at the school. Saturday, October 18th, 9-11 am. Bring your whole family. We will have some drinks and snacks and you will have a chance to win some Guelph Storm tickets. Bring garden gloves, shovels and lots of energy! We will be digging weeds and mulching the gardens and trees.

Join us in the Library during Open House!!

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Library WordleOpen House: September 17th, 2014 from 6:00 to 7:00

During Open House tomorrow night, please join us in the library to hang out, read, draw, write or explore UG2GO on our computers. Students are welcome to come and create more submissions for our Browser Stick Contest, as well.

Adopt-a-Book Fundraiser: How does it Work?
We will also be hosting our annual Adopt-a-Book fundraiser. For $5.00, you may "adopt" any book in our library. The process is easy: You fill out a sticker with your name and the date and put it inside the book that you would like to "adopt". The book will stay in our library, but it will always have a sticker inside the front cover thanking you for supporting the growth of our library.

See you in the library!!

Don't Miss Out! Order Lunch Online!

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computer pictureSCHOOL CASH ONLINE!

Westminster Woods P.S has made it easy for parents to make school purchases from the convenience of their own home!
Follow these 3 easy steps below to get started!

  1. Go to the address below or click the School Cash Online link on our website.
  2. Take a few minutes to register and add your child(ren) to the newly created account. 
  3. Review and purchase your child’s school items using direct online payment. 

 Register at

If you do not have access to a computer at home or would like help with the registration process, please come to the school office, as we have a computer set up for you to use and can help you in any way.

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Notice Home and Media Release

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This notice and media release was sent home with students today.

Dear parents/guardians: 

 As you know, our school was in “hold and secure” all day yesterday due to an incident in Orin Reid Park Monday evening.  This happened offsite and not during regular school hours.  

The choice to go into hold and secure on Tuesday was to ensure the safety of our students and staff while the police began their investigation to identify the man who threatened our students during the altercation in the park. Since then they have issued a “public assistance requested” media release (on the back of this letter).  You can also see this and a photo of the man on their website at   

 This is an active and ongoing police investigation and we are collaborating with them.  The police presence around our school and the area will continue today.  The school staff  are also being very conscious of the students’ safety and are talking to any children who are anxious or upset.      

Today was a regular school day and the children were allowed outside at recess and to come back and forth from the portables. Please remind children that if anything seems amiss or strange that they should immediately tell a trusted adult at home or school.  That’s what our students did on Monday evening and it was the right and best thing to do.    

If you decide not to send your children to school, please leave a message on our attendance line, and send a note to the teachers if you decide to change your end of school day routine.    

Your children’s safety is our first priority.  This is the same for the police officers who have been helpful yesterday and today.  They will continue to advise us about their progress and work to keep everyone safe.

Media Release


 Do you know this man? 

Guelph Police are investigating an incident that occurred on September 8, 2014 at approximately 6:00 p.m. at Orin Reid Park in the south end of the city. A male was approaching youths in the park and became engaged in a verbal dispute with the youths. 

The man is described to be approximately in his mid 20’s , 5’10”, with tanned complexion, a slim build, short hair, scruffy facial hair, wearing a neon green hoodie with “Tour de France” on the back, red shorts, sunglasses and sandals.  

 Police are attempting to identify the male. Police are requesting information from anybody who may have witnessed the incident or similar incident(s). 

Anyone with information in relation to this incident is asked to contact D/Cst. Layne or Cst, Jim Gordon at the Guelph Police Service 519-824-1212 ext. 7222 or 7599 or if you wish to remain anonymous contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or submitted on-line at 


Please read! Important Information!

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This is a pre-recorded telephone message that was sent out early this morning for all our families

This is Ms. Broddy speaking, principal of Westminster Woods. In my discussion with police late last night, they have not identified the person who made threats against our students. Police will continue to be visible around our school today.

At this point in time I would ask that you make a decision as to whether or not you send your children to school. The children will be welcomed into the school upon arrival to follow a regular school day. If you choose not to send your children please leave a message on our attendance line. 

The police will continue to advise us about their progress in finding the person. We will continue to collaborate with police as the day goes on as to whether students go outside for recesses. Please send a note to the teachers if you decide to change your regular dismissal routine.

As always your children's safety is our first priority. Thank you for your patience in this matter.  

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Ministry Mandated Professional Activity Day

On Friday, October 24th, all elementary schools in the Upper Grand District School Board will be closed to students for a Ministry Mandated Professional Activity Day.

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