Dear W.F. Ready Families,
We hope that you had a restful and rejuvenating summer. As we begin another school year, we are reminded of an African proverb; “it takes an entire village to raise a child”. It seems fitting when we consider the accomplishments achieved and those to come! Your commitment to your child’s education past and present are good examples of what is required of that village to achieve success. Therefore, one of the goals we continue this school year is to help build and support an even stronger village by relying on you, the families, who are our most important partners to ensure a quality education for every student!
As the school administrators, we are thrilled to be a part of a school community where family members are visible and actively engaged, as well as an integral component of W.F. Ready. Our staff will continue a legacy of commitment, care, and dedication. We are honoured and privileged to lead a dynamic community where teachers and staff cultivate an environment where students achieve and believe in themselves and their school. As mentioned previously, your input, feedback, and support will be critical to our leadership, the teaching and learning environment, and above all to the success of your child in our school.
With our school’s aim of having a greater emphasis on individual student success, W.F. Ready will continue to incorporate the shared values of our school division:
I am Responsible. I Want to Know. I Belong. I Respect.
Using these as our guiding principles, each child will be encouraged and supported in working to his/her full potential academically, socially, and emotionally.
In order to achieve these things, we have included several ways that family members of our school community can work together with W.F. Ready staff:
- Send your child to school every day on time.
- Make sure your child gets sufficient sleep each night.
- Establish a routine for reading each and every day at home.
- Keep in touch with your child’s teachers via e-mail, notes, agendas, or blogs
- Check the school website frequently, follow us on Twitter, and subscribe to Mrs. Balkwill’s blog
- Attend school-wide events, classroom events, and conferences
Our Director, Mr. Greg Enion, has expanded our Big Rocks this year so that as a division we are focusing on seven priorities through Leadership for Learning:
- High expectations for all students
- Literacy achievement for all students
- Climate of belonging
- Authentic engagement for all students
- Focusing on Attendance Matters
- Improvement and Success – Celebrating what we do well
- Improving graduation rates of FNMI students
Throughout the school year you will find our staff committed and focused on these seven Big Rocks. Our priorities, efforts, and resources will align with this commitment to enhance the learning journey for every child at W.F. Ready School.
Introducing the 2016-17 W.F. Ready Staff
|Beata Leskun||Administrative Assistant|
|Andrea Ulriksen||Arts Education Specialist|
|Ruth Adema||Arts Education Specialist|
|Deb Skoczylas||Band Teacher|
|Jillian Tunison||Core French Specialist|
|Alexandra Duran||Core French/Arts EducationSpecialist|
|TBA||DPS Educational Assistant|
|Elaine Kelly||DPS Educational Assistant|
|Stacey Yea||DPS Teacher|
|Autumn McCaskell||Educational Assistant|
|Brooke Cooper||Educational Assistant|
|Cassandra Richards||Educational Assistant|
|Megan Hannah||Educational Assistant|
|Niki Miller||Educational Assistant|
|Tracey Mitchell||Educational Assistant|
|Spartak Latska||Evening Facilities|
|Janelle Clarke||FIAP Educational Assistant|
|TBA||FIAP Educational Assistant|
|Ronda Keck||FIAP Educational Assistant – AM|
|Jen Huber||FIAP Teacher|
|Tessa Vibe||Grade 1|
|Tracey Vargo||Grade 1|
|Sienna Borland||Grade 1/2|
|Brooke Plant||Grade 2|
|Jennifer Huntington||Grade 2|
|Sarah Schuchardt||Grade 3|
|Taylor Peters||Grade 3|
|Bevan Nye||Grade 3/4|
|Parry Johnson||Grade 4|
|Jodie Ross||Grade 4/5|
|Jordan Bali/Kim Markwart||Grade 5|
|Michelle Toshack||Grade 5|
|Laura Slack||Grade 5/6|
|Raquel Oberkirsch||Grade 6|
|Shianne Crichlow||Grade 6/7|
|Corinne Toews||Grade 7/8|
|Denny Park||Grade 7/8|
|Shelby Hersberger||Grade 8|
|Ramon Fernandez||Head Facilities|
|Jana Wlock||Learning Resource Teacher|
|Vanessa McIntosh||Learning Resource Teacher|
|Krista Tameling||Occupational Therapist|
|Ashley Lipp||Public Health Nurse|
|Cst. Shaun Young||School Resource Officer|
|Joanne Patron||Teacher Librarian|
|Kim Markwart||Vice Principal/Grade 5|
Remember it does take a village to raise a child; and we add it takes a very special school like W.F. Ready to educate them. Please know that we welcome your participation, support, and efforts as they are greatly valued and appreciated. We are in this together! Wishing you a wonderful upcoming year of success! We look forward to seeing you bright and early for our first day of school, Thursday, September 1st!
We will be Walking on Sunshine as students head back for another amazing year at Ready!
Mrs. Balkwill (Principal) Mrs. Markwart (Vice-Principal)
More detailed information on the topics below and more will be found in our School Handbook which will be posted on our website later this month. A copy of the School Handbook will also be sent home to each family during the first week of school.
- Where does my child go when they arrive on the first day of school?
All students who are already registered will be on the playground until 8:53 AM. At that time the Kindergarten to Grade 2 students will be escorted into the school where they will learn who their teacher will be for the school year. Students in Grades 3 to 8 will remain on their designated playground where they will learn who their teacher will be for the school year. In the event of inclement weather, all students will meet in the gym. We will have plenty of staff on hand to ensure students are greeted from the busses, taxis, and parent vehicles and walked to their designated playground area.
Students that are not already registered should come to the school office where staff will assist you through the registration process.
- Where do I find a school supply list?
- What is the policy if I have a question regarding my child’s classroom placement?
As was communicated in Mrs. Balkwill’s June blog:
“Please understand that one question that comes to the office at the beginning (and end) of each school year is how we determine which class students will be in. The first thing parents need to know is this is a carefully considered process. There are a number of factors that go into this decision including the number of students in each grade, trying to get a balance of gender and abilities, and maintaining some social supports for each student. In the end, the most important consideration is what is in the best academic interest of all of our 550 students.
The reality for many of our students is they will be in a split-grade classroom at some point during their academic careers, often more than once. Considering the diverse needs and abilities of students, no class is a “straight” grade. Our teachers will use a variety of strategies to best meet the individual needs of their students, which would include flexible groupings within and beyond their regular classrooms. Being in a lower split does not mean that students are lower in their ability, the same way a higher-grade split is not comprised of the highest achieving students. Each classroom needs a heterogeneous balance.
Finally, students cannot be grouped solely based on where their friends are or whether they will have the favourite teacher they have always wanted. We do pay attention to social supports, but working in the same classroom with your best friend(s) is not always the best thing from an academic point of view. While each teacher has their own strengths that may be somewhat different from their colleagues, all have incredible talents to share in a challenging, rewarding, learning environment. I would welcome the opportunity to have my child educated in any one of their classrooms.
On very rare occasions, changes may be made if it is determined to be in the best academic interests of a particular child. The final decision rests with myself in consultation with the staff. We appreciate your understanding and support regarding this matter.”
- What are the hours of school?
School starts at 8:53 AM and dismisses at 3:37 PM. Lunch is from 11:45 AM to 12:45 PM. We have recess at 10:30-10:45 AM and 2:15-2:30 PM. The playground is supervised from 8:38 AM to 8:53 AM.
- How do I pay for school items (trips, agendas, etc)?
Majority of school items are set up to be paid online. In order to access this service you must register through School Cash Online. You can find detailed information on our school website on how to do this. If an item is set up to be paid through School Cash Online, you will not be able to send cash or a cheque without an exemption form (please see school office). Our goal is to significantly minimalize the amount of cash and cheques that are received at the office and move to the more secure system of School Cash Online. Thank you to those families that are already using School Cash Online!
- How do I find out about school and classroom events?
Over the past two years we made a decision to reduce the amount of paper consumption at the school. Therefore, we do not send home a monthly newsletter from the office. Instead, Mrs. Balkwill frequently contributes to her school blog which is full of information for families. You can subscribe to her blog by visiting our school website. Speaking of our school website . . . it is another source of information regarding events that are taking place at the school. You can also follow our Twitter account @WF_ReadySchool to keep in touch. Teachers may use agendas, websites or blogs to keep families informed of the particular events pertaining to their classrooms. You can also access Parent Portal to see your child’s attendance, academic assignments, and teacher schedule. You must obtain a password in person from Mrs. Leskun in the office to gain access to Parent Portal. The link to Parent Portal is found on our school website.
7. How do we register and pay for lunchroom?
Please find information that was shared with families last school year about upcoming changes to lunchroom fees HERE. All students staying for lunch will receive registration forms during the first week of school.