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March 05
March Update

Excerpted from our March Newsletter​.

​The Importance of the Arts

". . . the arts have been an inseparable part of the human journey; indeed, we depend on the arts to carry us toward the fullness of our humanity. We value them for themselves, and because we do, we believe knowing and practicing them is fundamental to the healthy development of our children's minds and spirits. That is why, in any civilization - ours included - the arts are inseparable from the very meaning of the term 'education.' We know from long experience that no one can claim to be truly educated who lacks basic knowledge and skills in the arts."

–National Standards for Arts Education

The arts are a crucial piece of the curriculum, often taught both as standalone subjects as well as being embedded in all of the other subject areas, such as language arts, science, and social studies. Art gives our students an opportunity to explore the curriculum in different ways, as well as providing an alternate way to demonstrate learning. The arts can have many different forms, including but not limited to things like painting, dancing, sculptures, music, and drama. The arts provide our students an opportunity to express creativity, passion, or even emotion.

The students of Ethel M Johnson School have an amazing opportunity coming up in the month of March. Quest Theatre, a group that works with students in schools, will be working with the students of EMJ from March 5-9. Each class will have multiple opportunities over the course of the week to work with this theatre group, creating, writing, and developing a theatrical performance. 

Students will spend the first four days of this residency working directly with artitsts and classmates to come up with a message that they feel strongly about, creating a performance that will be presented in front of the school on Friday morning. This performance is truly student-generated, created, and performed. We will be having two performances on Friday, March 9 to display our learning. Half the school will perform at 9:15 am and the other half at 11:00 am (classroom teachers will be providing further information next week about when they will be performing). We hope you are able to come and join us! Thank you to the Alberta Foundation of the Arts Grant Program for helping us make this happen, as well as the support of our School Council.

The benefits of arts exposure and experiences cannot be over stated. I am looking forward to seeing what kind of amazing endeavors our students will be undertaking in the upcoming months.

Chris Radu
Ethel M Johnson School


January 08
January Update

​Excerpted from our January Newsletter​

As we wound down the month of December en route to 2018, our school community was left with many fond memories. December felt very much like a celebration, and seasonal themes were evident throughout our work. Art, drama, and music, and community events took centre stage. On December 7, the gym was buzzing with activity for EMJ’s first annual Gingerbread Night. Families had the opportunity to build houses together, and there was a real sense of community in the air. It was a wonderful night, and a tradition to continue for many years to come!

The winter celebration at Ethel M Johnson was on December 14th, with many of our youngest students performing. It was an amazing performance by all standards. Special thanks to Ms. Dafoe for her hard work and countless hours that went into this production.

As always, our school events would not be as successful without the support of our parent community, who helped out immensely with all events over the course of the month. Thanks to all of our parents that attended our events, and a special thanks to our school council for their continued support. We wish all of our families a Happy New Year. We look forward to working with you in 2018! 

Chris Radu​
Ethel M Johnson School  

December 01
December Update

December is looking to be an incredibly busy and exciting month here at Ethel M Johnson School, with events for both students and families. We started the month with a breakfast kick-off to the Mayor’s Food Drive, where we will be collecting donations to the Food Bank. It was a great school community event eating breakfast together in the gym in our pyjamas. 

Huge thanks to the Superstore in Shawnessy for donating our breakfast food! There are also some performances in December for a number of our students. The choir will be performing off-site twice this month – Dec. 5 at the Core downtown, and Dec. 12 at Southcentre Mall. Both will be great experiences for our students, and these experiences provide our students with an opportunity to give back to the community. 

We also have the gingerbread house building night on Dec. 7. This is a chance for students and their families to come and enjoy a social evening at the school. It should be a fun-filled night! We have the winter celebration performance on Thursday, Dec. 14. Many hours of practice and preparation have gone into this event, and it will be truly amazing! There will be both a morning and an evening performance. I look forward to seeing the final result of all of the hard work that has gone into this event! More information can be found further in our December newsletter​

Please note: classes that are not performing during the winter celebration will have a separate performance in the spring. Finally, we look forward to meeting with parents on Dec. 21 and 22 for Parent-Student-Teacher interviews. Booking information will be coming out shortly. We will also be running our Scholastic Book Fair from Dec. 18 to 21. Of course, without our amazing parent community support many of these events would not be possible. 

We appreciate the partnership with you, the parents of Ethel M Johnson School, because without you we would not be able to do nearly as much as we do. From volunteering in classrooms, counting money, checking forms, working casinos, attending school council meetings, fun lunches, fundraising initiatives… and of course most importantly working with and supporting your children, it is this partnership that continues to make EMJ the awesome place that it is. 

I look forward to seeing many of you throughout the month at our various events! 

Chris Radu
Ethel M Johnson School


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