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  • Grade 1 Off-Site Excursion to Corn Maze- POSTPONED!

  • Important Incident at School- Monday, Sept 30

  • JJ Superhero day- Thursday, October 10!

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Principal's Message

Welcome to October!

​The Janet Johnstone community finished September with a bang!  The Terry Fox Run was a complete success in many ways.  We far exceeded our fundraising goal of $1000 for The Terry Fox Foundation- we raised $2807.63!  Students and staff will be celebrating with a Superhero day on October 10 where we can all be superheroes like Terry.  Mrs. Wideman (an English grade 2 teacher) described the Terry Fox Run perfectly in her tweet from September 29: “The best part of the Terry Fox Run was the coming together of our community and in the acts of kindness and encouragement that I witnessed.  Yes, we did a great job fundraising but we also did an amazing job in bringing truth and reality to our school motto ‘Better Together’”.  Thank you to the entire Janet Johnstone community for making it such a success! 
Our enrollment based on the final September 30 count is 440 students (K-4), which is an increase of eight students from what was projected.  The provincial government will be handing down the budget on October 24 and then CBE will know exactly how much money they will have for the 2019/20 school year.  

October started out with Safety Week.  Students focused on a variety of safety topics- pedestrian, fire, digital, health, and playground safety.  We have noticed that many of our students have been showing their parents the safe and legal way to cross the street.  It is extremely important that pedestrians around our school use the crosswalk, avoid jaywalking, and do not cross between the buses.  All students have learned how to “point, pause and proceed” when crossing the street.  Ask your child to show you how to cross the street safely! 

JJ students go outside each day for recess, lunch recess, and sometimes for gym class.  Students need to come to school dressed and prepared to play and explore outside. It’s a good idea to have gloves and a hat in their backpack at all times- we all know how the weather in Calgary can change in a minute!   

Our lost and found is very full.  If your child is missing an article of clothing (or two or three!) please ask them to check the lost and found. Parents are encouraged to also pop in to look at the items in the lost and found- parents have a keen eye for their child’s items. 

We continue to work on enhancing our communication.  Our website is updated frequently and all families have our Student Handbook. A week at a glance is sent to all parents (every Friday) that have subscribed to School Messenger messages.  For more information on how to subscribe, please check our website.   

Halloween is right around the corner!  Students can wear their costumes to school on October 31 (please do not send masks, accessories, or violence themed costumes).  Classes will engage in curricular based Halloween tasks.  Please watch for more information from your child’s teacher.   

We have spent time analyzing our school data (report cards, CBE survey, Accountability Pillar survey) in order to create our School Development Plan for 2019/20.  It is important that we continue the good work that was started last year in understanding and implementing a variety of high impact strategies to enhance student learning. 
We will have three goals on this year’s SDP:  Literacy, math, and well-being.  We are approaching all three of these goals through the lens of personalization.  Teachers spent time working through the following two questions: 
How does personalization in teaching and learning drive student well-being and academic success?​ 
What does this look like for student mental health, mathematics, and language arts? 
The ideas gathered from this work will help to provide direction for strategies and specific targets for this year’s SDP.  We are excited to share this with you in November. 

If you have any questions, comments or concerns, please contact your child’s teacher or the administration.   ​

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Janet Johnstone School

224 Shawnessy Dr SW Calgary, AB, T2Y 1M1
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Mrs Bobbi Kivi
Assistant Principal
Mrs Krista Schmitt
Education Director
Mr Martin Poirier
Julie Hrdlicka

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Early French Immersion Regular
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8:00 AM
2:29 PM
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