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Category: Willowgrove School
October 31, 2014
Dear families of the Willowgrove School community,
As we get closer to the opening of the new Willowgrove School, Saskatoon Public Schools would like to provide an update on the construction and preparations taking place.
At a recent meeting, the general contractor for the construction of the new school reaffirmed its commitment to complete all required pre-occupancy work before the end of December 2014. If this work progresses as expected, the school will begin offering classes for students on January 5, 2015. Since it is a shared facility between Saskatoon Public Schools, Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools and the City of Saskatoon, both Willowgrove School and Holy Family School will open at the same time.
Over the next few weeks, a number of important construction milestones must be met to ensure the facility’s readiness for students, including ensuring it is a dust-free environment and testing key mechanical and electrical systems. Our school division is beginning preparations to ensure that equipment, furniture, technical requirements and staff resources are in place for the January opening. We want to ensure that a safe, secure and comfortable learning environment will be ready for students and staff when we begin offering classes. We appreciate the hard work of numerous staff members, contractors and other related stakeholders that are helping to deliver this project.
Thank you to the students and families of Willowgrove School, who have shown incredible understanding and patience as we worked through the contingency plan this fall. Our dedicated staff members at Willowgrove, Forest Grove and Dr. John G. Egnatoff schools have done an admirable job of ensuring all students have a comfortable learning environment by being creative and thoughtful in adapting to students’ needs. The official opening of this incredible facility is drawing near and we look forward to sharing it with all of you.
The school division will provide another school update to parents in approximately a month, at which time we hope to confirm the opening date. As we get closer to the school’s opening, detailed information about procedures for the start of classes in the new building will be shared with students and families. If you have questions, please contact Principal Shane Armstrong at 306-683- 7971 or by email at ArmstrongSha@spsd.sk.ca.
The team at Saskatoon Public Schools
Willowgrove School Coin Drive
The first Home and School fundraiser of the 2014—2015 school year will be raising funds for classroom accounts—to support student learn- ing opportunities, field trips etc. as well as towards an addition to the playground behind Willowgrove School.
Mark your calendars now! COIN DRIVE— October 20—23
Bring in all of your spare change to help support student learning and future playground expansion!
Monday, October 20 Tuesday, October 21 Wednesday, October 22 Thursday, October 23
Mixed Coins—bring in your pennies,
nickels, dimes, quarters, loonies, twoonies, or bills and cheques if you like!! Cheques or other denominations of cash will gladly be accepted.
There will be a prize for the Willowgrove classroom at Forest Grove and at Eg- natoff that brings in the most coins. Students will be part of a short assembly next Friday to celebrate the new playground and give recognition to the top fundraising classes.
The facebook page with more information about the playground is as follows:
Information on how to register for the late bus notification system and what to do if the bus is late can be found here:
Sept 2014 Safety of Students – FirstStudent
Preston Early Learning still has openings available in the 2 Preschool programs that will be opening in Sept & if people are interested they could contact Lisa Leibel, Executive Director at 306-290-9095 or via email at: email@example.com
A chance to meet the Willowgrove Staff, have dessert, and see Forest Grove and Dr. J.G. Egnatoff Schools.
Please see http://www.spsd.sk.ca/school/willowgrove/Pages/default.aspx for more details.
Due to the inclement weather, the playground meeting that was scheduled for this evening at 7 pm, at the playground behind Willowgrove School, has been rescheduled to Monday, May 12, at 7 pm at the playground. If the weather does not cooperate, the meeting will still be held at an indoor location that evening.
Also a reminder that the School Community Council (SCC) meeting will be held this Thursday, May 1, at 7 pm in the library at Dr. John G. Egnatoff School. Please note that childcare will be provided.
WG Office in Forest Grove School: 306-683-7977
WG Office in Dr. J.G. Egnatoff: 306-683-7970
Preschool Provider: Preston Early Learning
Lisa Leibel: firstname.lastname@example.org
Before & After School Provider: Boys & Girls Club