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First Day of School September 5th, 2017

Wishing all our WPS family community a Happy Labour Day weekend!  We hope you are enjoying the last long weekend of summer!

We are looking forward to seeing your children back to school on Tuesday morning bright and early. Staff will meet them in the back yard of the school and class lists will be called out at 8:30 a.m. Teachers will have signs with their name and grade and your children should go to the grade teachers to hear their name on class lists. Senior Kindergarten students should go directly to the kindergarten enclosures. Once the class is assembled children will be escorted inside to their classes. We ask that family members say good bye to their children outside before they enter the school. Thank you. 

We have an organization created for the school to begin the year. Please be aware that as in all schools, adjustments and reorganizations may occur within the first three weeks of September when student enrollment is confirmed.  

We know that the first day of school is an exciting time and many of you like to escort your children to school on the first day. For safety reasons and to make things run smoother for your children, we remind you that parents will not be allowed to enter the school and are asked to say goodbye at the back doors once class lists have been called. 

Besides this, if you will be driving your child to school, please plan to regularly use our Kiss 'n Ride program in our front drive way area. We have designated staff supervising safe traffic for all students and ready to escort our kindergarten children to their doors. 

Please remember NOT to park in this Kiss 'n Ride area even for a few minutes to take your children into school. Doing so, quickly creates a pile up and safety hazard in the mornings. If you want to wait with your children you MUST park in the front parking area, the first 13 parking spots, or on the street. Please also do not park in the back parking spots reserved for staff.

The driveway in front of our school entrance is a Fire Route, no parking area, and a No Entry zone allowing only for School Buses. Please respect our bylaws and safety precautions to ensure the safety of all our children.

Thank you for your cooperation. We look forward to happy, stress-free morning drop offs this year. 

Welcome back to school and another terrific year at Westminster!


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