My children are really enjoying school, as well as achieving academic success. Their kindergarten teacher, Ms. Hancock, is simply wonderful. I hope the school will be supportive of its teachers so that teacher retention will increase.
It's hard to say, because if it were up to me there would be no homework until at least 3rd grade. But my first graders do their homework pretty quickly. Playtime is very important for young children, including outside time, so I would like to see less homework personally. But it is good for the parent to give one on one attention to their child's school work. Teachers with 15-20 children in a class can't always do that for each child every day, and it does need to be done.
I think the kids could be given more free time to talk and interact, because the administration and teachers are very focused on the halls and common areas being quiet. Friendships develop anyway, but I would like to see quiet talking emphasized, rather than silence.
I volunteer frequently at Whitefoord, and attend events and programs. The children are friendly and respectful, and the teachers are adept at avoiding and resolving the minor conflicts that arise.. My young kids sometimes leave their jackets and other things where they don't belong, but I always get them back in short order. The kids play nicely together during free time.
Whitefoord Elementary School has been great for both my son and I. He is in 2nd grade and have been attending WES since February of this year. During this time I have seen his behavior turn around almost 100% and that makes me proud as a parent and let's me know that his teacher (Ms. Herbert) and other staff are assisting me in raising a well behaved young man. I love to see the principal (Mr. Foster) greeting the students and parents in the morning as they walk in the building and must I say the carpool is flowing just fine. I would however love to see a more secure entrance when a visitor or whomever enters the building. What I mean by that is once someone is allowed into the building, they have access to many parts of the building before arriving at the office which to me puts the children and staff there more vulnerable to danger or what not. That would make me feel more secured in sending my child to school. Another concern would be better fencing around the playground area. Right now it's just easy access for children to wander or for someone off the streets to come and have close contact with students and teachers. Overall, I am pleased with Whitefoord Elementary School.