Welcome to Watson!
We are all excited to open our doors for students in grade 1-6 on Monday, September 22. We will be having a short day on Monday so we can welcome students and see who has moved into our school and who may have left during the summer. The grade 1 to grade 6 students will be in session from 8:30 - 10:00 on Monday. Tuesday will be a full day from 8:30 - 2:30. Our newest Watson Wildcats (the kindergarten students) have had one of our Kindergarten teachers contact them. Half of the Kindergarten students will have their first short day on Wednesday and the other half have their first short day on Thursday. Friday will have all kindergarten students in the building until lunch time. Monday, September 29 will see all kindergarten students in class for their first full day together.
Monday, September 22
Students will arrive at school and will return to their teacher from last year. New students will meet in the gym with our grade 6 teachers. Dismissal will be 10:00. Please ensure you are here to pick your child up or arrange for their safe travel home.
Tuesday, September 23
Students will be placed into grade groupings and will be with a new teacher (this won't necessarily be their teacher for the year). New students will be moved in with their peer group and teachers will be doing different activities with the students for the first week.
September 17, 2014
We are optimistic regarding the outcome of the ratification process of the tentative agreement with the BC Teachers Federation (BCTF). The agreement requires ratification not only by teachers but also by Boards of Education across the province. Teachers will vote on Thursday, and Boards have been asked to complete their ratification by this Friday. It is possible that we may know the outcome of the ratification by teachers on Thursday and that teachers and staff may return to work on Friday. This will provide opportunity to ensure that Monday’s opening is smooth and positive for all involved.
If there is a ratified agreement, the first day of school for grade one to grade twelve students will be Monday, September 22. We have well-established routines and we would follow our normal opening day routines with a shortened first day. Buses will run accordingly. This first day of school with students is important as it allows us to greet students, set preliminary classes and schedules, and finalize staffing levels at each of our sites. Following this first day, regular school hours will be in effect.
Gradual Entry for Kindergarten
For our youngest learners, some of whom are still 4 years old, gradual entry includes a phasing in of small groups and shortened attendance times. This gentle introduction to kindergarten builds a foundation for success in school. The gradual start allows children to adjust to a new school environment and allows time for the family to meet with teachers to develop relationships. A gradual entry for these young students is important. Kindergarten parents will receive this information directly.
Non-Instructional Day Rescheduled
As part of our District Calendar, many of our schools had Friday, September 26 or Friday, October 3 set as a School-Based Non-Instructional Day. These are important days for staff development. Our top priority is to get students in school and we will, therefore, be rescheduling this school-based professional development day for a later date in January/February 2015.
Provincial Exams/Instructional Time and Calendar Changes
Information we have received to date from the Ministry of Education is that we are able to adjust Semester 1 with Provincial Exams being offered in the first week in February. We do not have those dates yet. At this time, with current information, it is unlikely that we will see any adjustment to the length of the school day or adjustments to the Christmas break or spring break.
We look forward to welcoming the return of our students, teachers, staff and parents to our schools. We sincerely appreciate your continued patience and understanding as we move toward the opening of schools for the 2014-2015 school year.
Superintendent of Schools
June Newsletter is now online. Please check the Newsletter section.
IT'S TIME TO REGISTER FOR KINDERGARTEN!!! Drop by the school to fill out a registration form, bring in your child's birth certificate or passport, and proof of your current address. Priority is given to in-catchment students, and to students who's siblings already attend Watson.
Watson Elementary is located 100km east of Vancouver in Chilliwack, British Columbia. We are within walking distance to the Canadian Armed Forces Base, which closed down four years ago. We are a K-6 elementary school of about 400 students.
In an effort to promote a positive learning environment, Watson has many special programs that are a part of the fabric of our school. This includes our StrongStart and Montessori Preschool.
Please see our PARENT INFORMATION PAGE to download the school calendar.