Parents, please complete the Accountability Pillar Survey

As an annual check-up on the education system, the Accountability Pillar provides an opportunity for Alberta Education and school authorities to ensure we are equipping students for success.  Because we are a small school with less than 120 students, all Visions West Outreach School parents should receive the survey directly from Alberta Education.

 

All surveys are anonymous and ask questions about experiences in our school.  Your participation in the survey helps provide important information on the quality of education your child is receiving, so we encourage you to complete the survey and return it promptly.  Visions West will receive data in May.  We use that data to move our school goals forward.

Thank you, in advance, for taking the time to complete the survey.

 

Sincerely,

Mrs. Bobbie-Jo Douglas

Principal

 

Grads - Important dates

April 9, 2018

Students must be registered in all required courses.

April 26, 2018

Grad meeting at school at 7:00pm.

May 15, 2018

  • Students must be meeting all graduation credit requirements.
  • Students must be achieving a passing grade in all necessary graduation courses.
  • Students must be no more than 10 credits from graduation.
  • Students must have written the midterm in all courses.

May 30, 2018

Food prep in the Foods Lab at WCHS from 4:00pm to 7:00pm.

May 31, 2018

Graduation Ceremony at the Lou Soppit Community Centre 4:00pm.

Celebrating National Aboriginal Day.

Students dress their burgers.

Students dress their burgers.

In honour of National Aboriginal Day, WRSD Student Services provided hamburgers for our students and staff.  A portion of the grant received from the Next to New provided coleslaw and fresh fixing for the burgers.  

Norwex Fundraiser

This year we are offering a foods program to our students at Visions West.  Since we do not have a stove or oven, we are being very creative in meeting curricular objectives.  We are having a lot of fun learning some essential life skills.  However, we do require some equipment and food in order to keep moving forward with the program.


The attachment below provides information about the fundraiser and Norwex products.  If these products are something you would use, please feel free to use the links below to make a purchase.  All ordering must be complete by November 15, 2017.


Here is the online ordering link- http://kellydubois.norwex.biz/en_CA/customer/party/2571257

Here is the online catalogue- http://ow.ly/eB6h30g36Xe

Our staff and students thank you for your support!

Farm to School Fresh Canadian Vegetable Fundraiser

From November 1 - 23, 2017, our Farm to School fundraiser will be open for purchases.  Product delivery will take place on December 5 with orders ready to be picked up on December 6.

Bundle A ($12) includes 2 lbs carrots, 5 lbs red potatoes and 2lbs yellow cooking onions.

Bundle B ($22) includes 3 lbs carrots, 10 lbs red potatoes, 3 lbs yellow cooking onions, 1 lb parsnips and 1 head green cabbage.

All staff and some of the students have order forms.

 

Thank you community for your support!

Thank you to all who purchased Norwex products and ordered vegetables.  Your generosity raised almost $1100 to put towards enhancing student programs here at Visions West.  We sincerely could not have done it without you!

Have a Great Summer!

We would like to take this opportunity to thank our community partners for their generous support of our students.  We were blessed to provide nutritious food on a daily basis with hot food served at least once a week to our students thanks to the generosity of our community partners.  Moreover, our graduates were able to enjoy a wonderful celebration of their accomplishments including a supper which they prepared themselves.  

We hope our students, their families and support networks, and our community enjoys a wonderful summer filled with fun and frivolity.  We look forward to working with you again in September.

Sincerely,

The Staff of Visions West

School Cash Online Payments

School Cash Online To make paying school fees easier, Wild Rose School Division will soon be accepting online payments. School Cash Online allows parents and community members to pay school-related fees online safely, quickly and easily. With School Cash Online, you can purchase items like sports team fees, lunches and field trips.
How it Works?

School Cash Online puts all of the school fees available for your student(s) online to purchase. You can have students in different schools and choose to pay fees online through credit card, eCheck and myWallet.
What is School Cash Online http://kevgroup.com/intro/?

For more information on this program or if you have any questions, please contact, Communications Coordinator, Nathan Klosse at 403-845-3376 or nathan.klosse@wrsd.ca

Thank you Next to New!

Next to New has donated generously to our school to support both the breakfast program and enhance our foods program.  We currently have many high school students enrolled in foods courses.  Thanks to the generous support received from Next to New, we have been able to offer onsite cooking and food preparation classes.  Students are having a great deal of fun while learning about healthy and nutritious food preparation.  Moreover, they are cooking for each other and providing hot lunch at least twice a week.  

We are sincerely grateful for the generous sponsorship that allows our students to thrive.

 

"The Village's" Support Remains Strong

According to an old African proverb, “it takes a village to raise a child”. Never have I witnessed this to the extent that I have here at Visions West Outreach School.  Our community has come together to support our students – not just in this Holy Season – but throughout the year.  With the Next to New’s sponsorship of a breakfast program in addition to parent and staff donations, our school is able to offer food on a daily basis to students.  At least twice a month our students are provided with a hot meal.  As Christmas has drawn closer, several local businesses and private donors have sponsored a Christmas feast and gifts for our students.  In particular we would like to thank: AR Croteau Welding Inc., M&M Foods, Rocky Mountain House Co-op, and Sobeys.  I would also like to thank the staff at Visions West and Wild Rose School Division along with the aforementioned whose generosity demonstrate to our students that there are many in our community standing behind them and encouraging them to be the best they can be, knowing supports exist for their well-being. 

As 2016 draws to a close, I would like to take this opportunity to wish you a very Merry Christmas and the richest blessings throughout the New Year.

Bobbie-Jo Douglas

Principal

Grade 7 Cultural Camp

Students learn to make symbols out of rocks.

Students learn to make symbols out of rocks.

On Friday, June 16, our Visions West Grade 7 students, Zane and Chaya, along with Mrs. Croteau joined Pioneer’s Grade 7s at the Rocky Mountain House National Historic Site.  Highlights of the day included games and activities, visiting a tipi where stories were told and learning about sweat lodges.  Zane really enjoyed the drumming while Chaya found the day interesting and particularly enjoyed learning about the four stages in the Circle of Life.

Welcome Back!

We hope you all had a wonderful summer filled with both adventure and some relaxation.

We have made a few changes over the summer. I would like to welcome Ms. Heather Molchanko to our teaching staff. She will be predominantly responsible for our English curriculum.

Our student hours are Monday 11:30am - 3:30pm and Tuesday - Friday 9:00 - 3:30. Our junior high students will have direct instruction and support on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 10:00am - 1:00pm.  

Office hours are 8:30am - 12:00pm and 1:00pm - 4:00pm.  

Please remember to call the school at 403-844-2355 starting on Friday, September 1, to arrange your intake meeting.  

We are very much looking forward to catching up with returning students and meeting our new ones!

Which Lung Do You Prefer?

Personally, I like the pink lung!

Personally, I like the pink lung!

Nathan Hostland from Alberta Health Services spent time with our students on September 20, 2016.  His tobacco presentation included a lung demonstration where students were able to inflate both a healthy pink lung and a diseased blackened lung.  Students learned about the risks associated with tobacco use.

Terry Fox Run

As part of our Fun and Fit Fridays, Mrs. Croteau and Mrs. Simmelink along with a group of students participated in the Terry Fox run last week.  The weather was beautiful and students and staff enjoyed being out in the sunshine savoring the fabulous fall colours.  Students returned to school in time for lunch with a special treat of homemade buns brought in by one of our parents.  What a marvelous way to end a week of learning!

Happy Halloween Costume Contest

Put on your glad rags, witches hat or... be creative and join in the fun.  We have a few prizes for those who dress in costume on Monday, October 31.  Severed fingers disguised as Halloween hot dogs will be served at lunch.  We will also have some fun and board games in the afternoon.  Don't worry - the lights will remain on!  Thank you to Hope and Dignity as well as Visions' staff for prizes and treats.  We look forward to a spooktacular afternoon.

 

 

Merry Christmas!

Each year as I write my family’s annual Christmas letter, I reflect on the year and the many blessings experienced in the past 12 months.  This year, more than ever, I have so much for which to be grateful.  As in years past, the Next to New continues to support our students through healthy and nutritious foods in addition to our onsite foods program.  This year Glamour Studio joined our “food family” as did our Rocky Co-op who generously donated turkey and cooked it for our Christmas feast as well as provided treat bags for our students. 

As Visions West moves towards hosting its inaugural graduation ceremony, our community has joined forces to ensure our students will benefit from a beautiful ceremony with minimal cost to each participant.  I would be remiss if I did not list the amazing organizations who have already provided sponsorship for Grad 2018: Challand Pipeline Ltd, Col Lar Construction, DEL Construction, Rainbow Ford Sales, Rocky Credit Union, Rocky Mountain House Co-op, and Rocky Mountain Dodge Chrysler Jeep.

Thank you to everyone who supported our Norwex and Farm to Schools fundraisers.  Thank you to the Anderson, French, Hansen, Matheson, and Unwin families for their generous donations.  Thank you to the incredible staff at Visions who make everyday fulfilling with their countless acts of kindness and generosity.

It has been said before that it takes a village to raise a child.  I am so proud to be a part of Rocky Mountain House; our community is incredibly generous in its support of our students.  We honestly would not have this much success were it not for the village coming together.

As 2017 draws to a close, I would like to take this opportunity to wish you a very Merry Christmas and blessed New Year!

Sincerely,

Bobbie-Jo Douglas

  

Cooking for the Crowd!

Now we need to clean up!

Now we need to clean up!

For the first time, Visions West students are cooking at school.  In preparation for tomorrow's Terry Fox run, (we want our students to have a hot and tasty meal waiting for them upon completing the course) Alyssa, Darian and Marlee prepared a massive slow cooker full of chili.  We are very much looking forward to sampling their offering!