Friday, 27 September 2013

Numeracy PALS Information

��Numeracy PALS
Peer-Assisted Learning Strategies

��What is Numeracy PALS?

Numeracy PALS is an evidence-based program that systematically provides students  additional structured practice opportunities on fundamental computational skills required for mathematical proficiency.

During Numeracy PALS sessions, students work together in pairs to practice mathematics skills.  Each session involves partner coaching as well as opportunities for individual practice.  Weekly quizzes provide ongoing tracking of progress.

PALS research meets the highest standard of research based evidence—15 years of research PALS is internationally recognized as a best practice and has shown positive outcomes for students.

Numeracy PALS 2:
Adding Basic Facts
Adding Without Regrouping
Adding With Regrouping
Numeracy PALS 3:
Subtracting With Regrouping
Subtracting With Regrouping Using 0

Your child's teacher can assist in determining the best program for your child.

Dear Parents,
The Windsor-Essex Catholic District School Board, in partnership with the Ministry of Education, is offering our Grade 3 and 4 students an opportunity to refine and master their basic numeracy skills, while participating in an evidence-based numeracy program called Numeracy PALS (Peer Assisted Learning Strategies in Math).
This tutoring initiative is being offered as a voluntary after school program at no cost to parents.  Your child will receive additional mathematics support, by a trained tutor, under the supervision of one of our staff members.  Tutors will be delivering the Numeracy PALS program, which focuses on the basic computational skills we know are essential to students' mathematical success.  This is not intended to be a "homework club".
The tutoring sessions will take place two afternoons a week for 45 minutes.  They will be offered Mon./Wed. OR Tues./Thurs., dependent upon preference, tutor availability and the number of interested participants.  The sessions will begin immediately after school in the library, and will be conducted by our post-secondary trained tutors and supervised by one of our own staff members.  
The Fall session is six weeks in length, with a total of 12 lessons.  The Fall session is scheduled from October 21 – November 29, 2013.  
Please take a moment to review the attached flyer for more information about the program.  Once again, we are very excited to offer this free enrichment opportunity for your child.  
Please express your interest by completing the bottom portion of this letter, and return it to school no later than Monday, October 7th, 2013.  You will be contacted with further information and details.

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Student's Name____________________________________
Student's Grade and Teacher __________________________________
Yes, I am interested in having my child participate in the FALL Numeracy PALS tutoring opportunity.  I understand that my child's attendance at the lessons is an integral part of the program.  I understand that I am responsible for my child's own transportation at the end of each lesson.

Parent Signature ______________________________________________
Days of Preference: (please circle)
Mon./Wed.                       Tues./Thurs.                    No preference

Wednesday, 11 September 2013

Pesticides Information

September  11, 2013

RE:  Application of Pesticides

Dear Parents/Guardians

We would like to share with you our Board's practice regarding pesticides and herbicides.  In the unlikely event that a pesticide spray treatment is to be applied inside a building, the CSC as well as any parent that has expressed a desire to be informed shall be notified prior to the application of the pesticide.  

The WECDSB shall, when possible, spray pesticides on weekends to allow for a more than ample flash off of the pesticide.  Pesticides are not to be brought onto WECDSB property by anyone other than the approved Pest Control Contractor (as approved by the Facilities Services Dept.). Personal insect repellents are exempt, e.g. OFF, Skintastic, etc.

To help eliminate a favorable environment for pests, Board facilities are encouraged to:

  • Maintain good housekeeping to eliminate food sources
  • Clean out lockers and desks on a regular basis
  • Report cracks and crevices in floors and walls as well as damaged external doorways
Please note that the WECDSB does not partake in the spraying of herbicides.  If you would like to be informed prior to the application of a pesticide please call the school by Thursday, September 19, 2013.

Mrs. Vivier & Ms. Dorion

Meet the Staff BBQ

Meet the Staff BBQ
Tuesday September 24th, 2013
5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Looking forward to seeing you!

Monday, 9 September 2013

Kids Plus Accident Insurance:

Kids Plus™ Accident Insurance
For your convenience, we have made arrangements for families to voluntarily purchase student accident insurance through the Kids Plus™ Accident Insurance program, underwritten by Industrial Alliance Insurance and Financial Services Inc.

Kids Plus™ Accident Insurance offers protection against the unexpected costs of injury from accidents, and is especially valuable for families who:
•     do not have medical or dental plans,
•     have limited plans, as it may help supplement health and dental benefits, or
•     have active children who enjoy sports and outdoor activities.

For complete plan details, please visit