June 26, 2014
It’s Been an Amazing Year!
From all of us at W.T. Townshend, thank-you for another great year. You know that it is our greatest hope that we can work together with our parents to make sure ‘our kids’ are learning and maturing in the safest environment we can provide. It is an honour for me to serve this wonderful community. At this time of year, we are always sorry to say good-bye to staff member who are leaving us. Some of our teachers are off in pursuit of permanent contacts, or on maternity leave, or to try new challenges. And I want to let you know that Mrs. Webster’s time with us is also over. I want to thank her for the amazing vision, hard work, and positive spirit. It has been a great pleasure working with you, Mrs., Webster! Staffing has not been fully completed at this time, so I will not publish a new staff list until the fall.
So until September 2nd, I wish you all a safe and relaxing summer.
See you soon! Ms. Barb Brown, Principal
Fundraising Update! Congratulations to our parent community who helped to raise over $10, 000.00 with our Chocolate Bar Campaign. Thank you to the volunteers who put countless hours into collecting and counting money, and especially to Mrs., Cleasby, our School Council Fundraising Chair. We now have raised over $25,000. toward our Greening Project initiative. We’re on our way! Please see the reverse for our Fundraising Plan for next year. Also remember that participation in any of these campaigns is absolutely voluntary.
Of course we are already making plans for next year, and the first event is our annual Meet the Teacher and Bar-B-Q which will be held on Thursday, September 4th. The Bar-B-Q gets underway at 5:30 PM. with our hamburger, chips and drink meal for a small cost. We are looking forward to seeing you all then.
On Friday, August 29th our community gathers outside our front doors to eagerly see which class their children are in for the upcoming year. Please know that a huge amount of effort and consideration has gone into this process. It is not lightly done and decisions must be made in the best interest and fairness of all families. Please also be aware that occasionally a school may have to re-organize depending on new registrations, so it is possible that families may find out after a few weeks that their child needs to change classes. So let’s all be relaxed about the process, and don’t communicate any disappointment or anxiety to our children. They sometimes handle things better than us stressed-out adults!
It takes a community to build a natural playground!
As you know, WTT is raising funds to enhance our green space and build a natural playground. You can help by participating in our fundraisers throughout the 2014/2015 school year. You can even start helping us right now! Go to http://www.mabelslabels.com/ to order your personalized clothing, shoe, and lunch container labels. Select WT Townshend as your school to support; 10% from every order comes back to WTT.
Other ways you can help are canvassing for corporate sponsors, donating building supplies and natural materials, and participating in school council. Please ask for one of our pamphlets for further details.
Our natural playground and greening project enhances the health and wellness of the entire WTT community. Please consider how you can be a part of this project in the upcoming 2014/2015 school year!
June 25, 2014
Principal’s Remarks: June 25, 2014
Welcome WT Townshend families and friends, parents and guardians, and especially welcome Grade 6 Graduates. As the class of 2014 you have made your mark on your school. You will remember this day, these teachers, and all of us gathered here to mark another important passage of time. I’m sure your parents are finding it hard to believe that you are actually finishing grade 6. They are thinking, ‘it seems like yesterday when he started kindergarten”, or “she looks so much older in that dress ………where had the time gone!”
My theme of my address today is: Coming Into Your Own. It is a phrase which usually means that one is growing in confidence toward the person they will become. It is a positive acknowledgement of maturity.
As I look at you all here today, sitting before me, looking amazing I might add, I do reflect that you are coming into your own. You are still on that journey, but I see young men who earlier in the year had trouble owning their behaviour who know how to step up and take responsibility.
I see young women who have grown into a greater sense of confidence about their own special beauty. I see friendships which have developed based upon a sense of caring for each other, rather than a perception of who is cool.
I see a genuine and authentic desire to learn, and incredible young men and women taking the responsibility to participate in their learning community. I see a shift in leadership where grade 6 students can be relied upon to be role models, and to give to their school without asking what’s in it for them. I see a group of grade 6s where racism is becoming an obsolete and shameful demonstration.
So you have indeed come into your own. Your confidence has grown, your maturity has grown. Accept your own unique person. I give you permission to love yourself! You don’t all have to be the same – celebrate each other as diverse leaders of tomorrow.
And so it is time to say good-bye. I have loved the laughs, the chats, and seeing you develop as students. You have so much to offer to Queensmount, Westheights, and to the world. You will be our teachers, and bosses, and politicians someday – our school council representatives, our ministers, our police. And remember folks, they will be choosing our nursing homes!
Take our best wishes with you, our affection, and hopefully something of the lessons we have tried to impart to you. Yes you have certainly come into your own.
June 13, 2014
Wednesday, June 18th, 2014
6-7pm, in the Gym at W. T. Townshend PS
Parents of current Junior Kindergarten children and parents of children new to Kindergarten are invited to this special information night.
We will share: information about our school, information about the full day format of kindergarten, what a day in kindergarten looks like, how parents can help their children prepare for kindergarten, information about the kindergarten curriculum, how you as parents can become involved in your child’s school, extended day possibilities through the YMCA.
We are looking forward to meeting everyone!
Thank you W.T. Townshend for raising $9123.31 to help the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Canada! True Trailblazer spirit!
June 11, 2014