The kindergarten program at Westmount Elementary School in Strathmore, AB supports happy, passionate learners. We take pride in building a #collaborative#thinkingculture for our #passionatelearners. We support an #inclusive#community focused kindergarten program that will meet the needs of your child. Join us as we open the doors to our program and welcome you inside. See you soon!
Join our kindergarten students in their journey of learning as they share their moments from our kindergarten classroom in Westmount's Kindergarten Corner.
Westmount School's International Student Program
Westmount School is proud to be able to welcome students from around the world into our #inclusive learning #community. International students who attend Westmount School become immersed in our learning environment, participate in school activities and programs, have the opportunity to develop language skills and to learn about Canadian customs and culture.
Where in the World is Westie?
Westmount School's mascot is a lovable dog named Westie. Students and teachers have the opportunity to take Westie with them when they go on a trip. Westie loves attention, so we encourage those who travel with him to take lots of pictures and to journal about the experience.
Westmount School's 2020-2021 extra curricular drama production will be The Lorax. Keep posted for more exciting news about this production and how we will be incorporating it into a school wide collaborative project.
Westmount School's 2018/19 Grade 5 and 6 extra curricular drama production was entitled Vasilissa and Bony Legs. We had about 40 Grade 5 and 6 students acting in the production this year. All the students in the school were also involved in the production through our collaborative K to Grade 6 drama project. Students were placed into groups and will collaborate on a project that focuses on the production (e.g., costumes, set design, advertising, make-up, etc.)
Circle of Excellence
Every second month, students from each classroom in the school are selected by their teacher to share some of their work with the principal or Associate Principal. Students can be selected for a variety of reasons: academic work, art work, work habits, citizenship, etc. The selected students meet as a group and share their work with each other and the Principal or Vice Principal. After the students have shared their work, they receive a certificate and a special pencil. A picture of the group is taken with the Principal or Associate Principal, which is posted on the wall at the School's Office. Students also sign their names in the Circle of Excellence wall display. The goal of this program is to recognize all students regardless of where their strengths lie.
Westmount School is proud to offer a hockey program to our Grade 5 and 6 students.
The Hall Monitors of Westmount School are on duty before school and at both recesses making sure the hallways are safe for the students. They are also responsible for opening the doors for any student who gets hurt during recess. Hall Monitors are Grade 5 and 6 students who volunteer their time to keep Westmount School safe for all children.
The Safety Patrollers are a dedicated team of grade 5 and 6 students. They patrol the busy crossing in front of our school in the mornings and after school. The kids that are a part of the team complete training at the start of the year through AMA and are dedicated to doing a good job through all types of weather during the school year to ensure the safety of our students and others using the crosswalk.
Our weather policy: There will be no patrols on duty if the temperature is -25oC or colder with wind chill.
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The Strive program offers special needs students a safe environment to learn basic skills for living and curriculum material based on their abilities and learning needs. Some activities include swimming, baking, arts and crafts, number and letter recognition, reading and writing and an awareness of their environment. Click here for the Strive Video. Strive students have the opportunity to participate in adaptive Phys. Ed. and Music Therapy through Project H.O.P.E. And, they also are integrated back into a regular classroom for interaction with their age appropriate peers.
2019/20 School Virtues
Every month Westmount School holds an assembly, reviews the virtues and hands out certificates to students from each class who best exemplify the virtue of the month. The virtues and assembly dates are listed below:
September – Responsibility - Monday, Sept. 30 - 2:15pm
October – Respect - Wednesday, October 30 - 12:00pm
November - Collaboration - Friday, November 29 - 2:15
December – Empathy - Friday, December 20 – 12:00
January - Perseverance - Thursday, January 30 – 12:15
February – Responsibility - Friday, February 28 – 2:15
March – Respect - Monday, March 30 – 12:00
April – Collaboration - Thursday, April 30 – 12:00
May – Empathy - Wednesday, May 27 – 2:15
June – Perseverance - Friday, June 26 - 9:00
The Native Club is a fun lunchtime club where we focus on learning about Native culture in the form of crafts, music, baking, guest speakers, videos, language, and games. We usually meet two days of the week, Thursdays for grades 1-3 and Fridays for grades 4-6. Everyone is welcome to attend!
There are two components to Project H.O.P.E., Music Therapy taught by staff working for J.B. Music (Calgary) and Adaptive Phys. Education, taught by Kelly Montford. In Westmount School, Project H.O.P.E provides therapeutic services for children in Kindergarten to Grade 6 with severe learning needs, including communication, cognitive, self-help, social-emotional and/or behavioral difficulties. Project H.O.P.E provides group music and adaptive physical education to promote the development of communication and life skills.
In the Roots of Empathy program, a parent and baby (who is two to four months old at the start of the program) from the community visit a classroom nine times over the course of a school year. A trained Roots of Empathy instructor visits with the family to guide children as they observe the relationship between the baby and his or her parent. The instructor also visits before and after each family visit to reinforce teachings. There are 27 classroom visits in total in a Roots of Empathy program. In the program, the baby is the "teacher." With each family visit, the instructor leads the children in noticing how the baby is growing and changing over the course of his or her first year of life. The children also watch the loving relationship between the parent and baby and see how the parent responds to the baby's emotions and meets the baby's needs. The attachment relationship between a baby and a parent is an ideal model of empathy. Children learn to understand the perspective of the baby and label the baby's feelings, and then are guided in extending this learning outwards so they have a better understanding of their own feelings and the feelings of others. This emotional literacy lays the foundation for more safe and caring classrooms, where children are "Changers." They are more socially and emotionally competent and much more likely to challenge cruelty and injustice.
Our student government consists of an elected group of Grade 6 students that have been elected by their peers to represent the students at Westmount School. Our student government meets regularly with the principal and is responsible for a number of different tasks throughout the year such as planning school-wide spirit days (photos Above), MC’ing assemblies, helping to run and organize our Christmas food drive and our Christmas Shoe Box program (Photos Above) tabulating house league points, and other various jobs around the school.
Early Literacy and Numeracy Intervention Programs
The Early Literacy and Early Numeracy programs are division wide programs, designed for grade one and two students. The goals of these programs are to develop skills and enhance students’ abilities and successes in literacy and basic numeracy. Both programs are student-centered and focus on strategies that the student is able to bring to the reading and writing process and basic numeracy operations. Students are picked based on teacher recommendations and then assessed by the E.L.I. or E.N.I. teacher to make sure they fit the program criteria. The E.L.I. and E.N.I. programs run all year and are split into two terms, with each group of students receiving the intervention program for one term. Students in the program receive individualized teaching, with the goal of reading, writing and using these numeracy strategies taught to help them when in class
Westmout School's Reading and Writing Support Programs
Literacy Success is a pull-out program supporting students in Grades 3 and 4. Students visit the Literacy Success each day and work in a small group setting. This program focuses on various literacy skills; strong focus on reading, comprehension and writing skills.
Emerging Readers supports students in Grade 1, 2 and 3 through guided reading and writing sessions for 30 minutes each day. Students work in small groups and progress through a series of leveled lessons with a strong classroom and home connection. Students are expected to apply what they have learned in their regular classrooms and practice their reading skills at home as well.