Winter 2016 Recess Update

Dear West Portal Community,

A lot's happening on the recess yard - despite the rain! Our Playworks coach, Reya, is on site this week having fun with individual classrooms and facilitating positive play on the recess yards as possible with the weather.

Looking ahead to the rest of the year, Mr. Lucey and Ms. Walter want to add even more positive aspects to recess. As a result, we have two exciting

#1 - West Portal is hiring!

West Portal is looking for a part-time recess coordinator to work with our children and Playworks coach. This is a paid position, with funds coming from the school site budget. This opportunity is posted on local job boards, but please forward the attached listing to anyone you think is qualified for this position.

#2 - Let's Open the Butterfly Garden!

Yard 2 offers wonderful creative play opportunities with the wood area and butterfly garden. Mr. Lucey and Ms. Walter would like to open this yard as often as possible for children who would benefit from a quieter environment during lunch recess. In order to do this, we need committed volunteers. Could you commit to 1 day a week? 1 day a month? Here are the requirements for wonderful volunteers:

  • Facilitate positive play and actively engage with a mixed-grade group of up to 30 children
  • Commit to a consistent schedule of 1 day a week, 1 day a month or similar
  • Available for the duration of lunch recess
  • Coordinate and communicate with WP staff and teachers regarding activity on the yard

Interested? Please contact parent volunteer, Stephanie Stanko or Ms. Walter ( We would like to set up a schedule and open Yard 2 within the month of January.

If you have questions about recess or Playworks, feel free to contact Mr. Lucey or Ms. Walter or myself.

All the best,
Stephanie Stanko
Parent: 4th, 1st, andKinder waiting in the wings