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<![CDATA[This Week @WLE - January 18, 2016]]>Mon, 18 Jan 2016 01:37:50 GMThttp://thisweekatwle.weebly.com/home/this-week-wle-january-18-2016Information
  • Kindergarten Registration starts Monday! Registration forms are available at the office. Please bring the following documentation: Child's birth certificate and Care Card; Proof of citizenship or permanent residence for parents, proof of address.
  • The FORCE Society for Kids Mental Health hosts monthly information sessions.
  • ​Ready Set Learn is a free program of 3- and 4-year olds and their parents. Our first of the year, Preparing Little Fingers to Write, is this Wednesday. Register at the office. Full information on the 3-part series is here.
  • Foundation Skills Assessment is upcoming for students in grades 4 and 7. This letter will be coming home for those families.
  • Connecting the Dots is a FREE 4-part series (starting this Wednesday) about parenting and connecting with kids. Register by tomorrow!
  • This is an amended version of the full-year calendar for this year.
  • FROM AROUND THE WORLD ​Did you know that Langley School District currently hosts over 800 International students from around the world? Many of our visitors come from Asian countries but many are also from Europe and South American. Most students are attending one of our high schools but about 100 students are here living with a parent and attending one of our elementary schools. Can you imagine what it must be like for a 14-17 year old to be so far from home, learning a new language and adjusting to an entirely different environment?   Fortunately, many caring Langley families host these students. Want to learn more about our programs? Go to:  www.studyinlangley.com

    From the PAC

    • Tuesday will be our first PAC meeting of 2016. Join us on January 19th at 6pm in the library. Child minding will be available.
    • Wednesday is hot lunch and its HOT DOG day.
    Cobs! Cobs! Cobs! 
    • Don't forget to mention West Langley Elementary next time your picking up your fresh bread for lunches at Cobs. This fundraiser runs all year. 

    Things to read

    ​Quote to ponder

    Dates to remember

    Monday
    • Girls' Basketball Practice - 2:45
    Tuesday
    • Grade 6 Boys' basketball Practice - 2:45
    • PAC Meeting - 6:00 in the library
    Wednesday
    • LEPS Presenter to Division 7
    • Grade 7 Boys' basketball Practice - 2:45
    Thursday
    • Hot Lunch Day
    Friday

    Later...
    • ​Basketball games start the week of Jan 24
    • Students in Divisions 3-10 will have free introduction to baseball sessions during gym times next week. Lacrosse is coming later in the year.

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    <![CDATA[This Week @WLE - January 11, 2016]]>Mon, 11 Jan 2016 03:12:53 GMThttp://thisweekatwle.weebly.com/home/this-week-wle-january-11-2016Information
    Late French Immersion (grade 6 entry)
    • The late French Immersion program at Alex Hope Elementary will be visiting our grade 5s next week to talk to them about the program. Exact date & time to be announced
    • The late French Immersion program at Noel Booth elementary is holding an open house for grade 5 students and their parents on Thursday, January 21 from 9:00-10:15 am. This is a great opportunity to see French Immersion classes in action in order to determine if this enriching and challenging program is for you. The school is located at 20202 35 Avenue, in Langley. Call 604-530-9747 for information about space availability.
    Kindergarten Registration
    • Kindergarten registration opens January 18. 
    WGSS Open House
    • Grade 7s and families, don't forget the Open House at Walnut Grove Secondary on Thursday, February 4.
    • Counsellors from WGSS will be visiting our grade 7s to talk about high school, specific programs, course selections, and answering student questions on February 12 and 24, and again on March 3.
    ​Young Rembrandts
    • The Young Rembrandts program is running again, starting this week. Check here for details.

    PAC Notes

    Let's get more kids riding their bikes to school.
    • Just a reminder to come out Monday night at 6pm in the library and join the conversation with HUB and help make riding to school safer. 

    Quote of the week

    Something to read

    The Calendar

    sMonday
    • Grade 6/7 Girls' basketball practice 2:45-4:15
    • Cycling in the WLE Community meeting with HUB Cycling - 6pm in the library
    Tuesday
    • Grade 6 Boys' basketball practice 2:45-4:15
    Wednesday
    • Grade 7 Boys' basketball practice 2:45-4:15
    • Games Club after school in the library
    Thursday
    • Early Dismissal - Collaboration Time - Students dismissed at 1:15pm
    Friday
    • Non-Instructional Day: Curriculum Implementation. Students do not attend.
    Later on...
    Jan 19 - PAC Meeting at 6pm
    Jan 20 - Hot Lunch Day​, Ready-Set-Learn at 6pm
    Feb 4 - WGSS Open House for incoming 8s.
    Feb 12 , 24- WGSS counsellors visit to grade 7s for course planning.



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    <![CDATA[This Week @WLE - January 4, 2016]]>Mon, 04 Jan 2016 01:01:53 GMThttp://thisweekatwle.weebly.com/home/this-week-wle-january-4-2016Informational

    School is back. The Speed Bumps have returned. The parking lot WILL be icy. Please drive (and walk) carefully.

    Kindergarten Registration

    All children who will be five years old by December 31, 2016 (children born in 2011) are eligible for the Kindergarten program beginning September 6, 2016.  Registrations received after March 31, 2016 will be considered late.  Late registration may affect placement in your catchment school due to space limitations.
    The following documents are required at the time of registration:
    • Proof of Age (Birth Certificate).
    • Proof of Canadian Citizenship or Permanent Resident Status must be provided for the parent (Canadian Birth Certificate, Canadian Citizenship Card, Canadian Passport, Landed Immigrant documentation, Permanent Resident documentation/cards)
    • Proof of residence (Driver’s License, utility bill or Lease/Rental Agreement).
    For more information and registration times please contact the school.

    Strong Start

    StrongStart is a FREE, early learning, drop in program for children birth to 5 years of age. Parents and/or caregivers attend this fully funded Ministry of Education program with their children. As Early Childhood Educators, the StrongStart facilitator provides a rich play based environment full of activities. The activities provided will promote opportunities where your child/children can make new friends, explore new activities and learn skills that will assist them in the preparation and successful transition to kindergarten. As adults you are encouraged to get involved in the learning opportunities - stories, music, art, puzzles, games and so much more. Join a StrongStart near you where you can discover new ways to support your child's learning, get information about community resources and make valuable connections with others attending the program.
    Morning Strong Start Centers
    • Langley Meadows 9am - 12noon
    • North Otter 8:30am - 11:30am
    • Nicomekl 9am – 12noon
    • Simonds 9am – 12noon
    • Parkside 8:35am - 11:35am
    Afternoon StrongStart Centers
    • West Langley 1pm – 4pm
    • Douglas Park 1pm – 4pm
    • Willoughby 1pm – 4pm
    • James Hill 1pm – 4pm

    ​Earthquake Drill
    With the recent earthquake still resonating in our minds, we will have an earthquake drill in the first week or two of school. Prior to the drill, we will talk in classes about procedures and expectations. It also occurred to me at home, when we had the earthquake, that my own children know better what to do if an earthquake happens at school than if it happens at home. We realized that we have to spend some time talking with our kids about where to shelter, when to leave, and where to meet up as a family in the event we have such an event outside of school time. If you haven't had that conversation at home, it would dovetail nicely with our conversations at school if you did so this week.

    TEDxLangleyED
    Don't forget that the second TEDxLangleyED event is coming on January 16. Tickets are in short supply now. Only 28 tickets remain.

    LFAS Arts Matter
    On February 11th, Join Langley Fine Arts School in welcoming Wade Davis, author, explorer, ethnobotanist and now member of the Order of Canada as he speaks about the importance of the arts in life. Find info and ticket links here.

    Quotational


    Transformational


    Organizational

    Monday
    • Back to school
    • All StrongStart Centers Closed
    Tuesday

    Wednesday

    Thursday
    • Earthquake Drill with evacuation (before recess)
    Friday
    • Treat Day - Cobs
    Later days
    • Collaboration Day - Students dismissed at 1:15 - January 14
    • Non-Instructional Day for Curriculum Implementation - Students not in session - January 15
    • TEDxLangleyED - January 16
    • Hot Lunch Day: Hot Dogs - January 20
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    <![CDATA[This Week @WLE - December 14, 2015]]>Sun, 13 Dec 2015 21:30:20 GMThttp://thisweekatwle.weebly.com/home/this-week-wle-december-14-2015Information
    It's the last TWAWLE for 2015! I am still not quite sure how that happened. It has been a great first 4 months of the school year, and I am grateful for the relationships I have been able to establish with students, families and staff at WLE! I look forward to strengthening those relationships, and to sharing more amazing authentic learning opportunities with staff and students.
    • TEDxLangleyED is coming in January. There may still be a few tickets left! It's worth a Saturday's time to hear from a great group of speakers.
    • Kindergarten Registration Opens Monday, January 18, 2016
      All children who will be five years old by December 31, 2016 (children born in 2011) are eligible for the Kindergarten program beginning September 6, 2016.  Registrations received after March 31, 2016 will be considered late.  Late registration may affect placement in your catchment school due to space limitations.

      The following documents are required at the time of registration:

                Proof of Age (Birth Certificate). 
                Proof of Canadian Citizenship or Permanent Resident Status must be provided for the parent (Canadian Birth Certificate, Canadian Citizenship Card, Canadian Passport, Landed Immigrant documentation, Permanent Resident documentation/cards)

                Proof of residence (Driver’s License, utility bill or Lease/Rental Agreement). 
      For more information and registration times please contact the school.
      Please share this information with any neighbours or family in the area who have Kindergarten-aged children.


    • Donations for the Langley Christmas Bureau are pouring in. We will be delivering hampers and gifts to our families on Thursday morning, so Wednesday morning is the last day for donations. Thank you for your generosity and community spirit. It is inspiring to see.
    • The Grade 7 Raffles are nearly at a close. Contact your closest grade 7 to buy a ticket and have a chance to win one of 10 great prize packs. Ticket sales end on Wednesday!
    • The school website will be migrating to a new location and new look in the new year. Watch for this blog, and 5 Things to ROAR About to continue, but with a modified look and new links. Information will be shared once the migration is complete.
    • We are proud of the great work and early learning happening at the West Langley StrongStart Center. StrongStart is a FREE, early learning, drop in program for children birth to 5 years of age. Parents and/or caregivers attend this fully funded Ministry of Education program with their children. As Early Childhood Educators, the StrongStart facilitators provide a rich play based environment full of activities. The activities provided will promote opportunities where your child/children can make new friends, explore new activities and learn skills that will assist them in the preparation and successful transition to kindergarten. As adults you are encouraged to get involved in the learning opportunities - stories, music, art, puzzles, games and so much more. Join a StrongStart near you where you can discover new ways to support your child's learning, get information about community resources and make valuable connections with others attending the program.

      Langley Meadows 9am - 12noon
      North Otter 8:30am - 11:30am
      Nicomekl 9am – 12noon
      Simonds 9am – 12noon
      Parkside 8:35am - 11:35am


      West Langley 1pm – 4pm
      Douglas Park 1pm – 4pm
      Willoughby 1pm – 4pm
      James Hill 1pm – 4pm

    • The International Students Program need Homestay families, both for longer-term and short-term students. One particular need is for families to act as homestays for students visiting from Thailand in April.

    PAC

    • Munchalunch ordering will close at 10am on Monday December 14th for our next session of hot lunch and treats days. Don't miss out! Ordering is for January, February and March dates. 
    • Pizza Hut hot lunch on Wednesday December 16th. 

    Read & Watch Me

    Quote of the week

    Calendar of Events

    Monday
    • Hot Lunch orders for January - March are due at 10:00 am.
    Tuesday
    • Christmas at Lochiel Field Trip for Division 7.
    Wednesday
    • ​Hot Lunch Day
    Thursday
    • Apparently there's a movie in theatres this evening that people are talking about. May the Force Be With You!
    Friday
    • Last day of school before Christmas Holidays! Have a safe, happy and restful break. See you in 2016.
    January
    • January 4 - First Day of School. Happy New Year.
    • January 14 - Collaboration Afternoon. Students dismissed at 1:15
    • January 15 - Students not in Session - Special Curriculum Implementation Day
    • January 16 - TEDxLangleyED @ Langley Fine Arts School.
    • January 18 - Kindergarten Registration opens for September 2016.
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    <![CDATA[This Week @WLE - December 7, 2016]]>Mon, 07 Dec 2015 00:52:16 GMThttp://thisweekatwle.weebly.com/home/this-week-wle-december-7-2016Info
    • As we always do, the West Langley Elementary community will be supporting three families through the Langley Christmas Bureau this year. We have already had numerous donations arrive, and I am honoured to work in such a generous community. If you are contemplating donating to one or more of those families, please check with Mrs. Swerdan regarding what has already been purchased to avoid duplication. For full information, click here.
    • Thank you to the crew of parent volunteers who are helping Monday with setting up the stage. If you are available and willing to help, we'll start right after classes start on Monday. We will be calling for helpers, too, to take it back down on Friday morning at the same 8:40 hour.
    • Thursday is our Christmas program in the gym. Showtimes will be 1:00 and 6:30, with doors opening 30 minutes before showtimes. There will be no reserved seating at the shows, with the exception of front row seats held for the families of top fundraisers in the Entertainment Book fundraiser back in October. We ask that you attend the afternoon show if you are able, as seating in the evening is always very limited. 
    • There will be double bake sales associated with the program this year - the WE Day students are offering home-baked loaves and batches of goodies on your way OUT of each concert. In addidion, they will be offering home-baked single-servings while you wait for the evening show; don't eat dessert before you come! FInally, Rafiki bracelets will be available for sale at the concert, with proceeds supporting the Adopt a Village program through Free the Children. The added bonus of purchasing Rafiki bracelets is that the purchase doesn't just support the adpoted villages, but the Kenyan artisans who hand-string the bracelets, too. The Rafikis will also be avaialble for purchase or order outside the office over the coming weeks, as well.
    • In the interest of long-term planning, please note that we are expecting January 15 to be a day not in session for students as teachers continue their work on implementing the upcoming new BC Curriculum.
    • Thanks to all of you who made purchases at last week's Scholastic Book Fair. Thanks to your support, the library will have about $1800 in credits to spend at Scholastic on new materials for students to enjoy!
    • The Grade 7 class are holding raffles for 10 excellent packages of goodies. The packages are on display in the case outside the gym. Check them out when you come for the show on Thursday. Tickets are $5 and proceeds support the grade 7 Camp experience coming in June. There are some most excellent prizes going on there! We want to thank the generous sponsors who have supported us in building the prizes, and the parents who have worked so hard to organize the raffle. Tickets are available from any grade 7 student.

    "___"

    Read

    • We have a number of classes that use principles of mindfulness in helping students self-regulate and learn better. In Business Insider​, Deepak Chopra shares some hints that help adults, be more mindful and aware as well.
    • If you're looking to see what your child can do in math, try using some Lego blocks to given him or her a communication or thinking tool. This article shows a few of the ways Lego can be used to support learning in math.
    • 98 years ago today, two munitions ships collided in Halifax Harbour, tiggering the Halifax Explosion.

    PAC

    One thing this week:
    Munchalunch ordering will open Monday December 7th at 9am for our next session of hot lunch and treat days for the new year. 

    Plan

    Monday
    • Stage setup party: 8:40 am
    Tuesday
    • 9:00 - Sand Northrup - One Woman Circus
    Wednesday

    Thursday
    • Christmas Program - Inspired by Merry Christmas, Charlie Brown! Admission = food bank donation!
      • afternoon show: 1:00 start, Doors open at 12:00. Seating will be better in the afternoon.
      • evening show: 6:30 start, Doors open at 6:00. Children to be in their classes by 6:15.
    Friday
    • Stage takedown party - 8:40
    • Movie Afternoon - The Minion Movie 2:45-4:15. Admission $3. Proceeds support Grade 7 Camp.

    Later Days
    Wednesday 16th - Hot Lunch
    Friday 18th - last day of classes before Christmas break
    Monday, January 4, 2016 - Back to School!
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    <![CDATA[This Week @WLE -November 30, 2015]]>Sun, 29 Nov 2015 19:48:56 GMThttp://thisweekatwle.weebly.com/home/this-week-wle-november-30-2015Informational
    • The Charlie Brown-inspired Christmas Program at WLE is coming up on December 10. There will be 1:00 and 6:30 shows, with general admission. We strongly encourage parents to attend the afternoon show if possible, as demand for seats in the evening often outstrip supply. Watch this space for an announcement about what we're doing with the front row! Don't forget, though, that the top Entertainment Book fundraiser's family already have front row seats reserved. Doors will open 30 minutes before showtime. There will be a WE Day Bake sale prior to the evening show, and Rafiki Bracelets available for purchase, too. We're asking that, in lieu of admission, people please bring donations of non-perishable food for the food bank as their ticket in the door.
    • The Scholastic Book Fair is coming this week. Click the document to the right for details.
    • Thank you so, so much to the parents who volunteered to help with lice checks for our primary students on Friday. They were the picture of efficiency. Check the 'Readable' section below for more details.
    • Basketball season is coming. There will be open gyms this week. See below for details.
    • The District helped us out with salting our parking lot and blacktop playground. You'll still need to watch your step, but it's a big improvement. Now, we ask for your help reminding your kids, as we have, that road salt isn't table salt! Yuck.
    • When you're driving on school property, please SLOW DOWN!
    • KIDS IN THE GROVE CHRISTMAS EXTRAVAGANZA!
      • West Langley Elementary School Gym 
      • Thursday December 3rd 2015
      • 6:00-8:00
      • Eat, Mingle, Jingle & Shop!  
      • Grade 6 & 7 students fundraisers: Rafiki Bracelets & Homemade Baked Desserts, with all proceeds raised going to WE Day! 
      • Gingerbread Men Decorating, Candy Cane Ornament Making and...Sand Art! 
      • Potluck! Bring a dish and appetizer to share with everyone! Starbucks provided!
      • Local Vendors; Scentsy, Epicure, Sand Art, Tupperware, Stella & Dot! More Vendors are welcome!
      • Special Visitor...Santa Claus! 
      • This is a special night where we, the staff, have the opportunity to express our appreciation and share in the holiday spirit with those important to us! 
      • So take the night off and join us in the festivities! 

    Instructional

    • ​​Here's some info on lice prevention, treatment, and response in schools.
      • Lice Advice
      • Myths & Facts about Head Lice
      • The book cover to the right is a great one to help kids understand head lice (helps adult perspective, too). I can't post the whole thing, but it isn't super hard to find, and the pictures are great!
    • Learned helpnesness is something I've witnessed in my own kids, and in kids at West Langley. What's wrong with that, and what should we do about it? While this article is written primarily 'to teachers,' it provides some excellent strategies for parents, too. The Questions 'For' Learning section provides great advice for anyone who interacts with kids as they try to make sense of their worlds.
    • Listen to music! Even better, play music! Here's a quick hit as to why.

    Quotable

    Picture
    from http://www.values.com

    PAC Happenings

    The orders are coming...

    Neufeld orders will be ready for pick up at 2:30pm on Tuesday December 1st at the school. All orders must be picked up at this time.

    Friday is treat day! Kernels popcorn will ready to enjoy at recess. 

    Planable

    Monday
    • Division 4 - Aboriginal Button Blanket presentation.
    • ​Open Gym for Grade 6 & 7 Boys interested in playing West Langley Lions basketball 2:45-3:45
    Tuesday
    • Scholastic Book Fair
    • Open Gym for Grade 6&7 girls interested in playing West Langley Lions basketball 2:45-3:45.
    Wednesday
    • Scholastic Book Fair
    Thursday
    • Scholastic Book Fair
    • Kids in the Grove PotLuck 6-8 in the Gym
    Friday
    • Scholastic Book Fair
    • Treat Day - Kernels Popcorn at Recess
    Beyond
    • Stage setup 'party' 8:30 Monday December 7th
    • Sand Northrup - One Woman Circus December 8
    • Christmas Program - 1:30 December 10
    • Christmas Program - 6:30 December 10
    • Stage knockdown 'party' 8:30 Friday December 11th
    • Report Cards - December 11
    • Movie Afternoon - December 11
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    <![CDATA[This Week @WLE - November 23, 2015]]>Sun, 22 Nov 2015 23:13:30 GMThttp://thisweekatwle.weebly.com/home/this-week-wle-november-23-2015Things to know...
    • So, our Christmas Concert, inspired by A Charlie Brown Christmas, is coming up on December 10 (that's a Thursday). We will have shows in BOTH the afternoon (1:00) and the evening (6:30), and, like last year, we will not be ticketing the shows. We would ask that you please, please, please attend the afternoon show if you are able. I can pretty much guarantee you better seats in the afternoon than in the evening. Doors will open 1/2 hour before showtime. We (well Mr. Oliver) are in desperate need of some strong adult volunteers to help set up the stage Monday afternoon, right after school. With a half-dozen able bodies, we can probably be done in 20 minutes. Parent help in taking the stage down on Friday morning will also be much appreciated.
    • It is Principal for a Day on Monday for Mason. Expect a special announcement around recess, and another one right after lunch. He has some excellent plans that I won't share just yet.

    • With gloomy November weather in full swing, it seems like a good time for a bright spirit day, so on Friday, November 27, wear all your brightest-coloured clothes. We'll call it 'Brighten Up Winter Day!' Don't forget the socks!
    • The Scholastic Book Fair is coming. Click below for details!
    • We're into the final week for the Kids Helping Kids clothing drive! Bring bagged donations of clean, good used clothing to the hallway outside the office. Please mark the bags with our school number (25).
    • There's a grade 7 camp movie afternoon fundraiser coming up on Friday of this week. Now playing: Shaun the Sheep​.
    • This week's weather forecast suggests I should send this information regarding school status in inclement weather out again:
    Information About School Status During Inclement Weather
    Snow closures and power outages are an annual occurrence in Langley School District.  So where do you go to get information about the status of schools during periods of inclement weather?  If you are able to access the internet via computer or smartphone, current information about Langley schools can be accessed at www.sd35.bc.ca<http://www.sd35.bc.ca>.  Alerts regarding school status will appear as a banner at the top of the District website. Clicking on ‘More Details’ will provide more information. School status information may also be found under News & Events’, ‘School Status Alerts’. We will also post updates to Twitter @LangleySchools and Facebook www.Facebook.com/LangleySchoolDistrict.<http://www.Facebook.com/LangleySchoolDistrict.>
    If you don't have internet connectivity, but your phone is working, call a relative or friend in an area that has not been affected by the storm and ask them to check the district website for you.  Current information is also recorded on the Langley School District's Information Hotline at 604-532-1453. (Do not hang up if your call is not connected right away).  Local radio stations are also informed of school status in Langley. Tune in to CKWX 1130 AM, CKNW 980 AM, Country Radio 107.1 FM or CBC 690 AM for updates.
     

    Please note that Langley District schools are all considered 'open' until a decision to close is required. Decisions on school closures are usually made by 6:30am.  As always, it is a parent's decision whether to send their child to school based on safety and individual circumstances.  If you feel it is unsafe for you or your child to travel to or attend an open school for any reason, please keep your child home and report an absence to the school.

    A thing to repeat...

    Things to read...

    Things the PAC sent...

    Thank you to all the families that placed orders and supported our Neufeld and Gift Card fundraiser. The Neufeld items will be ready for pick up on December 1st at 2:30pm at the school. 

    A reminder of our "Dough Raiser" at Cobs. Don't forget to mention West Langley next time your picking up bread, it's just that simple. A percentage of your purchase goes back to the school and the program runs all year. 

    Things to remember this week...

    Monday
    • Principal for a Day.
    • Bake Sale for Cancer Foundation - Primary Students.
    Tuesday
    • Collaboration Day - Students dismissed at 1:15.
    Wednesday
    • Bake Sale for Cancer Foundation - Intermediate Students.
    Thursday
    • Aboriginal Presentation at Division 8. Drawing.
    Friday
    • Brighten Up Winter Day - wear your brightest outfit! And maybe your sunglasses.
    • Movie afternoon supporting Grade 7 Camp. Shaun the Sheep.
    Beyond
    • Scholastic Book Fair - December 1-4
    • Sand Northrup - One Woman Circus December 8
    • Christmas Concert - December 10
    • Report Cards Home - December 11
    • Last day of school before Christmas Holiday - December 18.
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    <![CDATA[This Week @WLE - November 16, 2015]]>Sun, 15 Nov 2015 18:17:12 GMThttp://thisweekatwle.weebly.com/home/this-week-wle-november-16-2015Informative
    • So it would seem, based on the past week's weather, that our unseasonably nice fall is coming to a soggy, foggy close. Please keep a few things in mind as we drift into winter-proper:
      • We go outside to play at recess and lunch. Always. Please make sure your kids come to school with appropriate footwear and outerwear for the conditions, as we will be outside to play unless the weather is really, really, really awful.
      • We also see some very deep puddles form at the school. You know, and I know, that such things are completely irresistible to kids (and principals). Rubber boots and a pep-talk are both encouraged. While we try to keep kids from playing in the deeper waters, sometimes they're too quick for us.
      • Our nice new blacktop is going to be excellent at forming black ice. Please drive with extra care around the school when conditions are slippery, and visibility is poor due to weather and low light.
      • In keeping with the possibility of ice, please watch your step on sidewalks around the school. While we put down deicer when the forecast suggests it will be needed, sometimes the weather outdoes us, and ice manages to form anyways.
      • If you missed This Week @WLE last week, check it out (scroll down) for information from the School Board Office regarding procedures for emergency closure of schools.
    • The Kids Helping Kids Clothing Drive continues at WLE. Please drop donations of good, clean used clothing outside the office, and we'll take it from there. You could mark our school number (25) on bags, too, if you want. This drive supports the Langley School District Foundation as well as local kids in need.
    • Kiean's Christmas - in assoication with the Kids in the Grove Daycare, collecting toys for BC Children's Hospital and Canuck Place Hospice. Donations gratefully accepted all week in the big, wrapped box outside the office.
    • Several of our grade 4 students are conducting their own fundraiser in support of cancer research. They will be conducting bake sales on November 24th (primary) and November 26th (Intermediate) at recess.
    • The WE Day students are starting their first campaign of the year. It's called WE Take Charge! You probably know that household batteries contain a wide range of toxic chemicals, but did you know that they also contain Zinc, a metal with remarkable importance for human health. Throughout the developing world, Zinc deficiency kills thousands of children annually. As part of our WE Day commitment, our team will be conducting a battery drive for the dual purpose of making sure old batteries form the WLE community don't end up in landfills, and of having Teck donate the value of the zinc in our recycled batteries to UNICEF. Starting Monday, bring your acceptable dead batteries in to the office and add them to our collection box. We can also see that old cell phones & their batteries are also recycled properly.

    Quotable

    Readable


    PAC-able

    It's a busy week for PAC

    Tuesday evening is our monthly PAC meeting. Join us in the library at 6pm to hear what is happening at West Langley. Child minding is available.

    Wednesday is hot lunch. Ming and Sing is on the menu! Thank you to all the room parents who help organize and hand out lunches. 

    Thursday November 19th, all Neufeld Farm and gift card orders are due.
    Neufeld Farms offers lots of holiday favourites including appetizers, gourmet entrees and some "quick and delish" meals. Let's not forget the yummy bake and serve pies and 12 cookie doughs to choose from. 

    All orders will be ready for pick up on December 1st at 2:30pm at the school. 

    Thank you for supporting the West Langley Elementary PAC.

    Planable

    Monday

    Tuesday
    • PAC Meeting at 6:00 in the library
    Wednesday
    • Hot Lunch Day (Ming & Sing)
    Thursday
    • Aboriginal Storytelling Presentation in Division 8
    Friday
    • Report Card Prep Half-Day. Students dismissed at 11:26
    Later on
    • Collaboration Day Early Dismissal on November 24
    • Christmas Concert December 10 (afternoon and evening shows)
    • Report Cards home December 11
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    Information

    •  Not that I want it to snow anywhere but the mountains (trust me, I don't), but here is the annual information on emergency closures of schools due to things like snow:
    Information About School Status During Inclement Weather
    Snow closures and power outages are an annual occurrence in Langley School District.  So where do you go to get information about the status of schools during periods of inclement weather?  If you are able to access the internet via computer or smartphone, current information about Langley schools can be accessed at www.sd35.bc.ca<http://www.sd35.bc.ca>.  Alerts regarding school status will appear as a banner at the top of the District website. Clicking on ‘More Details’ will provide more information. School status information may also be found under News & Events’, ‘School Status Alerts’. We will also post updates to Twitter @LangleySchools and Facebook www.Facebook.com/LangleySchoolDistrict.<http://www.Facebook.com/LangleySchoolDistrict.>
    If you don't have internet connectivity, but your phone is working, call a relative or friend in an area that has not been affected by the storm and ask them to check the district website for you.  Current information is also recorded on the Langley School District's Information Hotline at 604-532-1453. (Do not hang up if your call is not connected right away).  Local radio stations are also informed of school status in Langley. Tune in to CKWX 1130 AM, CKNW 980 AM, Country Radio 107.1 FM or CBC 690 AM for updates.

    Please note that Langley District schools are all considered 'open' until a decision to close is required. Decisions on school closures are usually made by 6:30am.  As always, it is a parent's decision whether to send their child to school based on safety and individual circumstances.  If you feel it is unsafe for you or your child to travel to or attend an open school for any reason, please keep your child home and report an absence to the school.​​
    • This may come as a surprise, but we don't just post things online willy-nilly. The District has asked all schools to remind families (and students) that posts need to have permission granted by the families of the kids in them.
    • The Young Rembrandts after-school art program is being offered again. Details here.
    • Don't forget the Kids Helping Kids clothing drive! Bring donations of good, clean, used clothing to the hallway outside the office.
    • Calendar Consultations for the next three school years' worth of calendars are coming. Info is here.

    Quote of the Week


    Once again, I thank Values.com for the help on this one. I hope they have something good for Remembrance Day....


    ​Trivia: Which President in the US had Maya Angelou as his poet laureate for his inauguration?

    From the PAC

    Time to stock up for Christmas!

    Check your child's backpack on Monday for some great fundraisers that will help ease your holiday do list.

    1. Neufeld farms has delicious appetizers, meal ideas and desserts with exceptional quality and taste.
    2. Gifts card order forms that have something for everyone. 

    All orders will be due november 19th and Neufelds will be ready for pick up December 1st at 2:30pm. 

    Some-think!

    Remember Schultz on Hogan's Heroes? He inspired the title this time!
    • Ever wonder how much our kids understand when we're talking to other adults? Here's some thinking on it. 
    • You may not have a teenager yet, but some of you have people who are on the 'doorstep.' Here's a teen's guide to digital life. It just might have some parts that are useful for those of us who still feel like teenagers, at least some of time.​

    Calendar

    Monday

    Tuesday
    • Remembrance Day Assembly - 10:50 am. Students are requested to dress nicely, in black or white.
    Wednesday
    • Remembrance Day - School Closed. The Port Kells Remembrance Day ceremony is a great, community-feeling one, if you're looking for somewhere to take the kids. I expect to be there with mine.

    Thursday
    • Games club after school (library)
    Friday

    Beyond
    Nov 17 - PAC Meeting: 6:00 in the library. Child Minding available.
    Nov 18 - Hot Lunch Day
    Nov 20 - Half day for students (Report Card Prep)., Students dismissed at 11:26 am.

    Weeks of Nov 16-27 - MDI (Middle-Years Development Instrument) administration for students in grades 4 & 7.
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