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Valentines

As valentines approaches let's remember what it was like for us as a child. Remember carefully picking out which card would go to each person in class. Excitedly handing them out in class to each person, being careful not to miss anyone. Then after getting home, finding a spot to lay out every card. Then basking the the feelings of affirmation that people in class appreciated you. It can be such an exciting time as a child to celebrate Valentine's Day. Unfortunately these feelings of appreciation fade over time. If we teach our students to rely on God's love, during Valentines, we will build a security of His goodness. 1 John 3:1a “See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God!” And that is what we are! Let's use this week show love to those we care about and remember the great love the father has for you.
 
Mrs. K. Poort
 
God's Valentine gift of love to us
Was not a bunch of flowers;
It wasn't candy, or a book
To while away the hours.
 
His gift was to become a man,
So He could freely give
His sacrificial love for us,
So you and I could live.
 
He gave us sweet salvation, and
Instruction, good and true--
To love our friends and enemies
And love our Savior, too.
 
So as we give our Valentines,
Let's thank our Lord and King;
The reason we have love to give
Is that He gave everything.
 
By Joanna Fuchs
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NO SCHOOL TODAY

THURSDAY JANUARY 7TH: Due to poor road and driving conditions in our region, WCS buses are cancelled and the school will be closed for the day.

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SNOW & ICE DAY

SNOW/ICE DAY: Wed Feb 6 - Due to poor road and weather conditions, WCS buses are not running and the school is closed. Hockey practice and electives are cancelled. Kindergarten registration day will be rescheduled. 

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Go Outside and Marvel!

Get Outside and Marvel!
Public Health agencies across Ontario are promoting a WinterWalk day this week. They are recognizing and promoting the benefits, not only for regular physical activity and leaving the car at home, but of getting outside. What an amazing world God made for us to explore: icicles, animal tracks, snow of various textures from powder to packing, trees with a variety of branching patterns and colours, migrating birds, and so much more. I recently read of an old fashioned Christian practice, called 'marveling' which involved taking walks every Sunday afternoon and finding things to marvel at and to share with others. When we take the time to 'marvel', we are appreciating the beauty and detail in creation, developing our sense of wonder, which translates into thankfulness to God for his creative goodness.
We have seen the traffic snarls around local schools at drop-off and pick-up times. Because almost all of our students are bussed from all over the city and county, walking to school is not an option. However, we can take advantage of the opportunity for parents and kids to get outside together and stretch those legs! Walking outside improves physical and mental health, creates a healthier environment, safer streets, opportunities to make friends and have fun! It's also a great cure for winter blues and helps students concentrate better in class.
Check out the Winter Walk I-Spy game at http://ontarioactiveschooltravel.ca/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/Winter-Walk-
 
C. Verbeek, Principal
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JANUARY 29 SNOW DAY

JANUARY 29 SNOW DAY:  Due to weather and poor road conditions, all buses to WCS are cancelled today and the school is closed

 

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Armor of God

How often do we listen to the lies of the devil? How often does the devil try to distort the truth in our lives? How often do we feel defeated? How often do we remember whose we are? How often do we turn to the truth? How often do we put on the armor of God? 

 

In SONbeams we are learning about the armor of God. Each week we talk about and make a different piece of armor. We sing songs that talk about the armor and how we are to use it against the evil one. That they are to stand strong and don’t believe the lies of the devil. 

 

Paul tells us to put on the armor. That our war is not against flesh and blood but of the spiritual world. More than ever there is a battle for our children. There are more distractions, more gateways to temptations, and more disconnect with each other. It is so important in our world today that we learn and teach our children the truth of who they are (who we are). It is important to learn and teach of the tools/weapons God has given us to stand in truth and fight. 

 

It is exciting to impart such truth to young children. Praying that they will not forget to put on the armor and stand strong!

 

Ephesians 6:10-18

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armor of God that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. …

                                                                                                Victoria Body 

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SNOW DAY!

JAN 23: Due to weather warnings and poor road conditions, all buses to WCS are cancelled today and the school is closed. Enjoy your snow day.

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January 21

The Daily 5

 

You have heard WCS teachers and your children refer to “the Daily 5”. In case you are wondering about features and purposes of this very effective literacy tool, here are some details.

According to their website (thedailycafe.com), the Daily 5 is a “literacy framework that instills behaviors of independence, creates a   classroom of highly engaged readers, writers, and learners, and provides teachers with the time and   structure to meet diverse student needs.”  Because it is a framework, teachers can insert curricular content   for their geographic / educational region (Ontario Ministry of Education & Ontario Christian Schools) and   make it work well.

 Often, when we read such claims, we are sceptical. When it comes to the Daily 5 at WCS, we love it and   support those claims! Read to Self, Work on Writing, Read to Someone, Word Work, and Listen to Reading   are the five tasks that make up the Daily 5 structure. God has gifted humans with words and language and it is wonderful to see students grow in communication skills. Teachers schedule several literacy blocks   throughout the week and students work through a rotation of tasks. These are routine periods during which   students read on their own, practicing old and new skills, but throughout there is focused instruction that   introduces new skills and guides student practice. And there is choice! Students have personal book bins   loaded with print material specifically geared to their reading level. When we host our WCS Education Week open house, or if you wish to make arrangements to come and observe, try to catch your child’s literacy block. Seeing students engaged in Daily 5 literacy work is seeing beautiful teaching and learning happen.

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January

January, the beginning of a new year and many new beginnings, is a great time to reflect and re -evaluate our habits and patterns. Some habits and patterns are difficult to break and change. One of our greatest challenges of parenthood is evaluating our children's uses of technology and being effective guides for them. 
"Everywhere I go, I see some kind of technology. It has transformed society, much like the printing press, radio or TV. However, what makes technology unique is that it's so intertwined in our lives that it's unavoidable. Technology was supposed to make life easier. More information at our fingertips. More shortcuts to simplify daily routines. But as parents, technology often makes our lives more difficult. Apps, video games and social media can become a time drain for our kids. They also create a direct - and sometimes dangerous - portal to our children. Instead of enhancing our kids' lives, technology can isolate them and open them up to cyber-bullying and risky behaviours. The goal of this resource is to encourage you to stop and think about the technology your family uses. It will also help you understand and navigate the pitfalls of today's most popular digital platforms and games. Technology will capture our children's attention. As parents, we need to educate and support them in developing healthy technology habits. God, through His Word, tells us to be attentive, be authentic and pursue unity with one another. That's great advice on how to live-and how to act in our use of technology"
This is an excerpt from Focus on the Family's Parent's Guide to Today's Technology 2018. It is full of questions, answers and conversation starters for your family Co to Focus on the Family Canada website to get your free copy.
Linda Westerveld
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Walk With God in 2019

Walk with God in 2019
 
Here we are in a brand new year - with brand new opportunities to learn more about God, about the world, about the people around us, and about ourselves. We have a God who loves us - a God who makes and keeps his promises to us and to the world. We've just come through the celebrations of Christmas - Jesus' birthday - and reminders that all of those prophecies and teachings in the Old Testament Bible really did come true.
What does God have in store for us this year? What will happen this year in our families, in our community, in world events? We can be assured that good things will happen - that we will be blessed. We also know that sad and hurtful things will happen. Our school theme is "Walk with God, Talk with God". The words of 1 Thessalonians 5 remind us: "Rejoice always, pray without ceasing,  give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you." In everything, we will keep praising God, encouraging each other, and praying for those in our community - those who know Jesus and those who don't. We will pray that God will also use us to do his work - to love and serve others.
Last year is past, but not forgotten. Take what you learned last year, learn from it, and keep growing in knowledge and in understanding and in wisdom. May God bless you and guide you as you walk with Him and talk with Him in 2019.
 
C. Verbeek, Principal
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