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The month of February was packed with activities and went by very quickly. Our Annual Janet Johnstone School ‘Carnaval d’Hiver’ was a great success. The carnival atmosphere and related activities were evident throughout the week that culminated in our closing assembly on the Friday.
Carnival: The Ice Castle was built with the help of our dedicated volunteers for whom we are very thankful. Due to the cold weather, students were able to enjoy the structure for a longer time than in the past years. Students also participated in winter sports and had a taste of “la tire d’érable” (maple sugar toffee) which hardens in the cold and can be eaten rolled up on a stick. At the closing assembly, students were excited to see the PowerPoint produced by our grade 4 French Immersion students that included many photos of students engaged in the carnival activities. This year was our best carnival yet!
Lunchtime clubs: Lunchtime clubs took place during the month of January and February. The new format of having Lunchtime Clubs taking place in one session instead of four different sessions for each grade throughout the year, allowed teachers to offer clubs that utilized the gym and provided students a greater variety of activities from which to choose.
Spring Concerts: During the month of March, grades 1 and 2 students presented their performances on March 7 and the grades 3 and 4 on March 14. We were appreciative of the support that parents and families showed by attending the concerts and celebrating with us the wonderful display of their child’s learning in music. Many family members commented how much they enjoyed the concerts and were delighted to see their children showcase their learning in music. You could see the progression from the movement and song of the grade 1 performance to the addition of instruments in the grade 2 concert to the combination of dance, singing, reading of poetry as well as an increase in the complexity of the pieces performed on the instruments by the grade 3 and 4 students.  What a wonderful display of all of our students’ musical skills and learning!
The Accountability Pillar survey conducted by Alberta Learning every year to assess the progress made by schools in improving teaching and learning was completed by all grade 4 students. The survey was also sent to all the parents of our grade 4 students. We hope that many parents were able to fill it out and submit their responses. This survey was completed by all of our teaching staff as well. The results of this survey will be shared with our school in May.
A parent survey will be posted on our website during the month of March to obtain parents’ feedback in regards to the teaching and learning that has been taking place at our school this year. An email will be sent to all parents when the survey is available.
Planning for next year: This is the time of year when all school principals start preparing their budget and staff assignments for the coming school year. In order to provide the best learning environment for our students and make an informed decision about the number of teachers required to maintain a lower class size for kindergarten to grade 3 classes, a letter was sent out to parents asking to share with us their plan for their child for next year.
Individual professional conversations of each staff member with the principal also provide information regarding the progress made this year in our processes and teaching approaches and suggestions for further improvement for the coming school year. Budget considerations in planning for next year will be shared with parents in the coming months.
Weather conditions: There has been an unusual number of very cold days in February and March. In order to ensure the safety of our students, we have been following CBE guidelines in deciding when students should be allowed outside on those days. Please note, as indicated on the CBE website and on p. 14 of our Parent/Student Handbook that when temperatures reach – 20 Celsius or colder including the wind-chill factor, students are kept inside. We use the temperature indicated on the Weather Network website for our school’s location as a reference because it is more accurate for our site.  The Weather Network station that measures temperature is close to our school. On the other hand, the temperature indicated on our school website is the temperature that is measured at the airport which is far from our school and can be very different from what we are experiencing in Shawnessy.
April Activities: A number of activities are being planned to take place after our return from Spring Break. During the month of April, teachers will be teaching the gymnastics unit using the equipment appropriate for that unit. Some classes will be going on field trips and we are also preparing a Safety week during which students will be learning how to stay safe in a number of situations at school, at home and outside in the community. Parent-Teacher conferences are scheduled for April 22 during which conversations about students’ progress in learning will be discussed with their parents.
On behalf of the Staff, I wish all of our families an enjoyable Spring Break!
Michèle Wills

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Janet Johnstone School

224 Shawnessy Dr SW Calgary, AB, T2Y 1M1
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Dr Michele Wills
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Mrs Krista Schmitt
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Mr Jeff Hutton
Julie Hrdlicka

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