I trust you had an enjoyable summer break with your family and friends, and that you are looking forward to the start of the 2014-2015 school year. The schools and centres staff is privileged to welcome you to the Western Québec School Board. This is a busy time of year as we are busy finalizing the school organization, the transportation schedules and readying the classrooms to welcome students on their first day of school. I want to take this opportunity to update you on upcoming events for this school year, which you will find enclosed. I wish everyone a successful year.
Please see below, important updates for 2014-2015.
Paul Lamoureux Director General
SEAC (Special Education Advisory Committee)
The SEAC Committee is mandated through the Education Act for parents of children with special needs. SEAC may advise the School Board on issues that affect students with special needs. Topics covered during the 2013-14 SEAC meetings included: Policy, Funding, Assistive Technology, and IEPs.
WQSB’s Special Education Policy will be distributed to parents, and reviewed with the Director of Complementary Services.
Notice of Annual General Meeting, Monday, September 15th @ 7:00 pm at the Western Québec School Board, 15 Katimavik St. Gatineau, Québec (Aylmer Sector)
Parents who wish to participate on the school/centre’s governing board may do so by informing the school administration in early September.
All parent volunteers working in schools/centres are required to provide proof of a security background check. Documents are available at your school/centre, and there is no cost to the parent volunteer.
LEARN (Leading English Education and Resource Network) is a non-profit educational foundation for Minority Language Education that provides educational materials, services, and on-line services. It is a great website for parents, students, and educators (www.learnquebec.ca).
On June 30, 2014, the Council of Commissioners adopted the 2014-2015 School Board Budget
Please contact the school administration for all changes in address/contact information during the school year.
Consult our website for transportation cancellation and/or school closures due to inclement weather or follow us on twitter! WQSB @WQSB_Inclement
Polling day for the upcoming school board elections will be November 2nd, 2014. As parent of a child registered in the Western Québec School Board, you will be registered on our list of electors.
Don’t forget to vote! If you wish to run for a position on the Council of Commissioners of the Western Québec School Board, or for the position of Chair, you may obtain authorization and nomination papers from the Returning Officer. For more information, please visit our website at www.wqsb.qc.ca .
Tips for parents
Homeschooling is an option available to all parents under the Education Act
Families interested in this option need to contact Dr. Marian Lothian ,Director of Educational Services for the WQSB at the board office, who oversees homeschooling
Perspective families should inform themselves by reading the Québec Government Policy Framework for Home Schooling which outlines the duties and responsibilities of all stakeholders, and review the Québec Education Program for the grade levels of the children to be home schooled. Both electronic links can be forwarded from our director’s office
The educational yearly plan for each child to be homeschooled needs to be forwarded to the WQSB for approval prior to the start-up of the school year, and general guidance is offered to families as needed
The planning, textbooks and learning materials are the responsibility of the homeschool family
Once approved for homeschooling, students are to be evaluated annually within their local community school during term 3 (April to June). Results are given to parents in order to provide feedback as to how the student is progressing academically.
The Western Québec School Board would like to inform the public of the following:
Monday to Thursday: 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Friday: 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Reception is closed from noon to 1pm Monday to Thursday
School Tax Invoicing
Taxation invoices for the 2014-2015 school year will be mailed on July 28th, 2014 and are payable on August 28th, 2014. New! FAQ [opens in new window]
School Registration 2014-2015
Starting August 5th, please call the Western Québec School Board to make an appointment to register students during the summer holidays.
Address: 15 Katimavik, Gatineau
819.684.2336 ext.1155 or 1.800.363.9111
Monday-Thursday 8:30am-12:30pm & 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Documents required for the appointment
- Child’s long form birth certificate
- Proof of parent’s Canadian Citizenship
- Proof of Québec residency (ex: Québec driver’s licence, lease/house deed, and a utility bill)