Breakfast and Lunch Programs
Since its inception in 2001, our breakfast program has served a healthy and balanced cold breakfast to every student every day. The result of this initiative has been most significant, positively impacting student attendance, punctuality and readiness for learning. It has also increased our students' awreness of the benefits of eating a healthy breakfast. With the help of the Breakfast for Learning Grant and community donations, we have been able this year, to serve 3 of 4 food groups daily. In addition we purchased a 4 slice toaster for every classroom.
Each morning, volunteers arrive early with a group of three students to stock and deliver breakfast bins to every classroom. The menu is varied and can include milk and juice, fresh fruit, cereal, English muffins, yogurt, applesauce, toast and cheese. We also receive muffins from The Good Earth Cafe on a regular basis.
The staff prepare and serve breakfast to all students during the first 20 minutes of school where every child is welcome to eat. Every second month our students receive a hot breakfast of pancakes, sausages and milk from our friends at Cargill Animal Nutrition.
We are so grateful for friends of Westminster School and our community partners who make it all possible! We see the impact of a balanced healthy breakfast and know that our students are off to a great start.
We are also grateful for the support of St. Michaels and Covenant Health who provide milk for our students and fresh lunches on a daily basis.
Breakfast for Learning
Breakfast for Learning supports Westminster's Breakfast program. Please find related articles of interest below.
Registrations for the program for the 2019/2020 school year began on February 4, 2019. A child must turn 3 years of age by September 1, 2019 in order to register in February. If they turn 3 after September 1st they can inquire about available spots once their child has turned 3. Fees are $175/month for four days/week and $90/month for two days/week. There is a $40 (cash only) non-refundable registration fee. Please contact the school regarding possible subsidies. If you would like to register or know of anyone who would like to register, you can leave their contact information at the office so we can send a reminder. Spots will fill up quickly!
Early Education students new to our school for the 2019/2020 school year are asked to please schedule your one hour block Pop-in time for a child development assessment with the school. These assessments will take place in early June 2017.
Please read the District 51 Early Education Handbook 2015 2016.
Full Day Kindergarten
Westminster is pleased to announce that we will be offering a Full Day Kindergarten program in the upcoming school year. Westminster boundary students willl have the opportunity to attend Monday - Thursday for the 2019 - 2020 school year. We are very excited to offer this additional programming to our incoming students!
Kindergarten registration for the 2019/2020 school year begins January 14, 2019. Space is limited and will fill up quickly! You can complete the 2019/2020 Registration Form and the rest of the package when you come to the office. Don't forget to bring your child's Birth Certificate when you register. Please see our Full Day Kindergarten Brochure for more information.
The Snoezelen room is a controlled multisensory environment which offers students with disabilities a safe way in which to explore sensory experiences and exercise choice. Opened in 2012 as a district resource, and dedicated "Jake's Bridge" after a former student, the Snoezelen room is available for Lethbridge School District Students. The Snoezelen room includes a bubble tube, fibre optic cables, marble wall, a projector and a glow in the dark carpet.
You can read more about the Snoezelen room and its dedication as "Jake's Bridge" here.
Bookings can be made by contacting Kim Cameron at 403-327-4169.
The Resiliency Program is a district program housed at Westminster School. It is an educational program designed to assist students who exhibit severe and challenging behaviours in developing greater social and academic success. This program is an opportunity for students who currently meet the Alberta Education criteria for moderate to severe disabilities where behaviour is the primary interfering factor to receive small group instruction within a specialized setting.
Referrals to this program are made through the principal of the school and the school based learning teams of the school at which the child attends. Students must be currently attending schools within Lethbridge School District #51.
The Resiliency Program offers a multi-disciplinary team approach with interagency support to assist with programming. It is a fully supervised structured program which implements the holistic approach in supporting students.
- Academic – course work, subject areas, work habits, future goals
- Social/Emotional Objective – friendship, relationships, emotional, positive self image
- Life Skills – health and well being, leisure, nutrition, healthy choices, work habits, effective communication
- Behavioural – collaborative problem solving, anger management, stress management, coping skills
- Field Trips/Other – special interests, unique needs, personal pursuits
- Students attend Monday- Thursday from 9:00 to 3:00 and attend their community school on Friday. Over time they integrate back into programming at their community school.
Parental involvement is an essential component of the program. Parents must be included in the referral process and receive regular updates regarding academic and behavioural progress. A Mental Health Consultant works closely with the Resiliency Program. The Resiliency Program helps facilitate a connection with a Mental Health Therapist and the family to work on family therapy and skill development.