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It was fantastic to see so many of you at our school during our 3-Way Conferences last week. Close to 85% of our students had parents who attended. We hope you feel welcome, respected and valued in our school. When you are involved everyone benefits and our school becomes a richer and more positive place to teach, learn and grow!
 

There has been a shift in how we communicate student learning since most of us were in school. Educational research has shown that sending home report cards three times a year followed by parent teacher interviews is not as effective as on-going communication. In the past the goal was to give parents a snapshot of learning after it had happened – with the hope of creating a partnership to support their child. Now our processes are more proactive, and student centered. We are striving to provide you with timely feedback while teaching your children how to set goals, monitor them, reflect on their learning and speak to their learning.
 

Rocky View Schools’ Communication of Student Learning initiative includes the following components: 3-Way Conferences, Real Time Reporting, June Report Cards, Student Portfolios and Goal Setting. We engage your children in these practices so they can come to know themselves as learners, their strengths and challenges and be able to advocate for their learning. With our youngest learners these processes require more teacher and parent support. As students get older, the level of adult support shifts as students gradually take on more responsibility. The ultimate goal in all of this is to teach your children how to take ownership for their learning so they able to advocate for themselves when they leave our school. We know that when students can do this, they are more successful.
 

Regularly checking new updates in PowerSchool and Myblueprint will give you a sense of how learning is going for your child. We encourage you to have conversations asking them to reflect– what is going well, what is challenging, what are they proud of, what could they improve, how do they see themselves moving forward. As with most change, it will take a little while to get the hang of it all. If you have questions or concerns, contact your child’s teacher. We value your input and want to work together. Connecting home and school in support of student learning is a priority.
 

Happy November!


STUDENTS BIKING IN THE DARK

With our dark mornings upon us, it is very important that students have lights and/or wear reflector strips on their clothing while riding their bikes.  It has been brought to our attention, buy some concerned neighbours, that students are very hard to see in the dark early mornings while they ride their bikes to school and this could be extremely dangerous.  Please make sure to wear the proper safety gear and/or have lights on your bike when riding in our dark mornings.
As you may have noticed, we have Safety Patrollers at our crosswalks on a daily basis.  The job of a Safety Patroller is to ensure that students cross our streets in a safe and timely manner.  We are asking that parents and guardians always use the crosswalks when coming to and from our school. It is very  important that we teach everyone the safety of the crosswalk and the importance it has in making sure we stay safe while crossing the street.

Windsong Heights now has a FreeB Bookshelf

ALL CHILDREN DESERVE BOOKS!

What is a FreeB Bookshelf?
FreeB Bookshelves are located in schools in Calgary, Edmonton, Airdrie, Sherwood Park and Fort Saskatchewan.  They are placed in the schools where students and parents have easy access to them.  Students are encouraged to take books for their home libraries.  If families have books that they would like to donate to the FreeB Bookshelf, they are encouraged to do so.  

BOOK OWNERSHIP MATTERS
Children need access to books so they can become good readers, but they also need books of their own.  Owning a book encourages children to read more and can turn a reluctant reader into a book lover.  Research shows the more books a child has at home the better the chance he or she will grow up to be a confident and enthusiastic reader.  
Too many Alberta children don't have books to call their own and we think that's unfair.  So every year Calgary Reads gives away thousands of new and gently used books through our Calgary Reads Book Bank and the Goodwill Impact Centre in Edmonton.

Please stop by Windsong Heights and enjoy our FreeB Bookshelf located by our elevator doors.

Picture retakes on NOVEMBER 13TH.
SCHOOL ATTENDANCE IS VERY IMPORTANT!
 
BEING ON TIME IS VERY IMPORTANT, NOT ONLY IN SCHOOL BUT IN LIFE!

It is very important for children to develop habits of arriving on time at an early age, beginning from the time they start school.  Arriving on time for school and class, makes sure that your child doesn't miss out on the important learning activities that happen early in the day when they are most alert.

Being late can negatively impact their future work ethic and employment opportunities.  Alternatively, showing up on time to school everyday can help students develop the habit of being punctual with important commitments in life.  This is a very important lesson to teach our children.


If your child is going to be late or absent, please call the absentee line (403-945-4149, press 2) and leave your child's name, (spelling your child's last name is helpful), their teacher's name,  as well as the reason of absence.
 
LET'S WORK TOGETHER TO MAKE SURE YOUR CHILD ARRIVES TO SCHOOL ON TIME EACH DAY.  EVERY MINUTE OF SCHOOL COUNTS!

News from the P.E. Department

 

Gr. K-3: For the last month, younger students have been developing locomotor skills in throwing, catching, and hitting. We have used balloons, beachballs, dodgeballs, and volleyballs to practice these skills. Students have also been learning the rules of being in the gym and the safety rules we need to follow while the volleyball nets are up.

 

Gr. 4-8: Students have been learning about volleyball, and practicing the skills needed to play the game of volleyball. To progressively learn the game of volleyball, we have taught a variety of non-traditional volleyball games: Fukahara (Under-the- Net Volleyball), Newcomb Ball, “Four-Square” Volleyball, and Blind Volleyball. Grade 6 students are learning how to play Triple Ball. Grade 7 & 8 students also have learned the rules and game play of a regular volleyball match.

 

November: Younger students will continue those locomotor skills through bouncing balls and throwing target practice. Older students will be learning the skills and game play of Basketball. *Reminder to Grade 5-8 Students that changing clothes for P.E. is mandatory! Please bring an extra pair of clothes and good running shoes to class.

 

Sports: Jr. B Volleyball Teams are starting up, and will be running the month of November. The Grade 6 Volleyball Tournament takes place Nov. 1st. Our Jr. A Volleyball Teams have their final Divisional Tournaments on November 7th.  Go Wolves!!

 

SHOES: If you have any extra runners to donate to our P.E. department, we can use them for students who are in need of a good pair of running shoes. Larger shoe sizes preferable (Grade 5-8 students).  Please drop them off to the P.E. office.

Thank-you!!

Are you looking for an enriching volunteer opportunity at our amazing school? Do you love reading with children?  Do you have one free morning or afternoon each week to come to our school?  If so, Mrs. Bang would love to talk with you to explore the Precision Reading Program at Windsong Heights School.  This program is designed to help students improve reading fluency, sight words and boost their overall confidence. Specific training is provided!

 

If you are interested, please contact Janet Bang, our school's Literacy Support teacher at: jbang@rockyview.ab.ca for further information. Thanks!


Our lost and found has started to gather quite a few items.  Please stop by and take a look to see if anything belongs to your child or have your child take a look. 
For more information regarding programs and activities with the Airdrie Public Library, please click on or copy and paste the below link:

http://www.airdriepubliclibrary.ca/sites/default/files/images/airdriepubliclibrary/Winter%20brochure%202019%20USE.pdf
ATTENTION!
 
On the west side of our school near our drop and go area we have an accessible parking spot. It’s a lot more than an empty space. For people with disabilities, an accessible parking space means full participation in the community. It is a necessity - not a privilege for those with disabilities.  Thank you for being courteous and leaving accessible space for those who truly need it – even for quick drop offs or pick ups.

Handicap Parking Permit holders are more than welcome to park in the staff parking lot in one of our designated stalls. These stalls are for ANYONE possessing a Handicap Permit.  If you DO NOT have a permit, please DO NOT park in any of our handicap parking stalls or areas that are designated as Handicap Parking.
Nov. 5 - Mayoral Visit - Gr 6 Students
Nov. 6 - Travelling Tales and Tunes @ 10:45
Nov. 6 - Girls Divisional Volleyball A Championships @ Rally Point

Nov. 7 - Boys Divisional Volleyball A Championships @ Rally Point
Nov. 7 - Healthy Hunger - Dominos
Nov. 8 - Remembrance Day Ceremonies @ Windsong Heights
Nov. 11 - Remembrance Day - No School
Nov. 13 - Picture Retakes
Nov. 13 - School Council Meeting @ 6:15
Nov 13 - Travelling Tales and Tunes @ 10:45

Nov 16- Healthy Hunger Subway Fun Lunch deadline is at 11:59 pm.
To order:  
http://windsong.rockyview.ab.ca/school-council/health-hunger-fun-lunch
Nov 20 - Grade 5 & 6 Airdrie Public Library visit
Nov 20 - Travelling Tales and Tunes @ 10:45

Nov. 21 - Healthy Hunger - Subway
Nov 25 - Girls Basketball try-outs
Nov 26 - Boys Basketball try-outs
Nov 27 - Girls Basketball try-outs
Nov 27 - Travelling Tales and Tunes @ 10:45
Nov 28 - Boys Basketball try-outs

Nov. 28 - Gr 7 Field Trip to the zoo (Reade & Bitango)
Nov 28 - Gr 5 Telus Spark Field Trip
Nov. 28 - Gr 3 Royal Tyrell Museum Field Trip
Nov. 29 - Last Day of Term 1
Dec 2 - School based PL day  - NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS


Please check our school calendar on a weekly basis for any updates and upcoming events.  We make sure to keep our school calendar current.  Click on the link http://windsong.rockyview.ab.ca/calendar






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