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Principal's Message

December 2018

​The joyful season of the winter holidays is once again upon us. We look forward to a great month of December during which many learning experiences will be taking place before the well-deserved break.
Many events took place in November that were captured in photos, some of which appear at the top of our school webpage: 
The grade 3 students at the Field of Crosses who attended the raising of the flag ceremony and sang the national anthem at the beginning of November. 
The Remembrance Assembly that was attended by many parents
Take me Outside day during which students spent an hour of learning outside
The performance by the choir and handbell choir at Spruce Meadows
The fundraising event at Chapters during which teachers read to the students and was a great success in raising money to purchase more books for our library.
School Council meeting
At the School Council meeting on Nov. 13, 2018, the draft of the School Development Plan for the 2018-19 school year was presented and discussed. The school development plan sets the overall focus and direction for the school to improve a student learning outcome connected with school results.
Input and feedback is valuable to the development of the school development plan, and is considered along with fiscal realities, student learning results (report cards) and other data (accountability pillar, and other data). When students, parents and staff work closely together, students achieve greater success in their learning.
You will find the following documents posted on our website under the tab Get Involved> Community Engagement> School Development Plan Engagement > on the right hand side on that page under Resources.
The PowerPoint presentation at the School Council Meeting on Nov. 13 
The Feedback Form: responses to questions recorded at the meeting  
Survey results from parents who attended the meeting 
On our website under the tab About Us > Our School you will find the following documents:
The finalized copy of the School Development Plan (SDP) for 2018-19 
The 2017-18 School Results Report And under the tab Registration > Fee
The 2017-18 CBE Report to Parents (Fees report) 
Report cards and parent-teacher conferences
Please note that report cards will be sent home on Jan. 25, 2019 as scheduled. However, there is a change in the dates for conferences. The first day of conferences will be on Jan. 31, 2019 as planned but the second day of conferences will now take place on Feb. 8, 2019 from 1 to 4 PM instead of the original Feb. 1, 2019 date. February 1, 2019 will remain a non-instructional day for students but students will attend school on Friday Feb 8, 2019 from 8 am to 12:15 PM as usual.
Staff update
We are pleased to welcome some new staff to our school.
Mrs. Stahl will fill the half time position of school secretary in the office. We look forward to her joining the team as she also continues to fulfill her duties of Lead lunchroom supervisor for the other half of the time. Mrs. Denise Hetherington has joined the lunchroom supervisor team and will start her work on Dec. 3, 2018.
Lost and Found
In order to address the issue of the great number of items of clothing that are collected and placed on the Lost and Found rack, we have implemented a new measure which we hope will allow students to retrieve their belongings more efficiently.
When items are brought to the Lost and Found, the items are checked for labels with names. If parents label their child’s clothing, (any piece of clothing that a child might take off at school including shoes) with their child’s initials and room number, the piece of clothing can easily be returned to the child. FJJSA will be sending home a flyer advertising Mable’s Labels that can be used for that purpose and serve also as a fundraiser for the school. However, if parents do not wish to purchase labels, simply using a pen on a clothing tag will also be just as effective. 
Clothing from the Lost and Found rack will be displayed in the gym every Thursday to make the clothes more visible and accessible to students. The clothes left over will be donated after a period of 2 weeks. 
We are thankful to one of our parents who has volunteered to wash all remaining clothes and take them to a donation center.  
Lunchtime Clubs
Lunchtime clubs will start in January and take place from Jan. 9 to Feb. 13, 2019 This year, we have adopted a new approach. The clubs for all of the grades will be offered during that period instead of having different sessions for each grade throughout the year. Information about the choices for clubs will be sent home for parents to review with their child before the break since the clubs will start the first week back after the Winter break.
Holiday traditions at the school
As it is the tradition at our school during the last week of school in December, every day we will have a short period of time during which we will get together to sing carols that which the students always enjoy. We will also be collecting money to purchase toys to donate to Toy Mountain that provides presents for children less fortunate in our city. If you wish to purchase and donate toys, you can drop them off in the office. Please note that they should be unwrapped.
We would like to thank all of our volunteers​ who have worked diligently to raise money to enhance all of our students’ learning experiences. Thank you for accompanying students on field trips, volunteering in the classroom, for participating in fundraising activities such as the Admazing campaign, the Chapters event, the Purdy’s Chocolate sale as well your involvement as a school community in the fall dance that was a great success. 
The last day of school is Dec. 21, 2018. Classes resume on Jan. 7, 2019.
On behalf of the staff, I wish everyone a wonderful and safe Holiday Season to enjoy time with family and friends.

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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