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Alert:  All In-Person Classes Cancelled - Do Not Send Your Student to School

All CBE in-person classes have been cancelled indefinitely due to COVID-19. Please do not send your students to school until further notice. Your... View Full Details

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2020/21 School Information
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June Report Cards will be Available Online
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Cancellation of Kindergarten Parent Orientation
  • School Re-Entry Survey Launching Today | Please Provide Feedback

  • Technical Assistance Now Available for Ongoing Learning

  • 2020/21 School Information

  • June Report Cards will be Available Online

  • Cancellation of Kindergarten Parent Orientation

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Principal's Message

Spring has sprung!

Welcome to May, everyone!  There is something very refreshing about spring- it's a time for renewal, promise and hope.  As we all continue to adjust to being at home for work and school, I think we can all agree that looking outside and seeing the grass starting to turn green and buds appearing on trees has helped us all to feel much more energized.  There is nothing like being able to get outside of the four walls of our homes to be in nature.  I hope everyone is taking time to go outside and enjoy the fresh spring air.   

Technology 
Teachers have been busy adjusting to their steep learning curve.  Our staff have fully embraced the digital world of ongoing learning from home.  As you can imagine, we try to help each other with technology trouble shooting through calls, texts, emails, and virtual meetings.  We also understand that students have encountered some technological glitches as they navigate through Google Classroom tasks and Google Meets.  Trouble shooting is the hardest part about working with technology.  Please know that we will always do our best to help you and your child navigate through any tech glitches that may arise.  It’s important for everyone to remember that there is rarely a “one size fits all” approach with meeting the needs of a wide variety of tech devices that students are using at home.  Please know, if for some reason, something is not working for you, the best approach is to inform the teacher and then leave the task.  With any luck, the teacher will know to how to help but sometimes, the troubleshooting may not fix the issue.  It’s okay to leave the task and move onto a different assignment for your child to complete. 

Class Lists for 20/21 
In May and June, teachers and administration will be meeting multiple times (through SKYPE) to assign students to classes for next year.  This is not a task taken lightly at Janet Johnstone School.  Professionals who have worked with these children will engage in discussions to determine the best possible placements.  We will revisit our class lists multiple times. We kindly request our families trust and respect the professional judgment of our staff.  Placement considerations will include multiple factors. Each class will consist of a heterogeneous mix of students.  The achievement and ability level, as well as the independent work habits of each student will be reviewed. 
Classrooms will be balanced in terms of numbers of children with special learning needs, social/emotional concerns, English Language Learners, and gender 
Children’s needs will be considered in terms of their working relationships with peers as well as their individual strengths 
Children’s learning style 
Chemistry of the classroom dynamics  

 

Please understand that these are important decisions that need to be made by the educators in our school. Through your ongoing conversations with your current child’s teacher, Janet Johnstone staff are aware of unique circumstances.  Through personalization of learning and our focus on building relationships with our students, staff have a thorough understanding of the students that they work with.  Class placements will reflect our sincere effort to create balanced classrooms where each child is valued, challenged and successful.  Tentative class lists will be created in early June, with the final adjustments being completed in August.  Staffing is often not finalized until August- the final staff list plays a key role in completing our class lists.   

Due to the nature of our enrollment numbers, we are unable to confirm if there will be combined grades for the next school year.  When planning, administration will make every effort to avoid having single classes of combined grades, however, it is not guaranteed.  Once we know more about our enrollment and projections for next year, we will share our initial plans at our School Council meetings. 

If a parent has a specific or extenuating request about student placement for the upcoming school year, a specific process must be followed.   
Parent requests must be sent in the form of a letter to the principal, Mrs. Kivi, by email (blkivi@cbe.ab.ca).  Please do not send your requests to teachers.  Verbal requests will not be considered.  The administrative team plays a key role in the creation of each class list, so please know that your letter to the principal will be considered in a professional and thoughtful manner. 
Please indicate in your letter a specific learning need/ learning style for your child.   
We will place students together that have good working relationships.  Friendship requests will not be considered.   
Your letter should only talk about your own child’s needs. 
Please note: requests are only requests.  They will be considered (within the reasoning listed above) but are not guaranteed. 
Requests will need to be made by May 31, 2020.  Requests made after the deadline will not be considered. 

 
We are very much looking forward to the next school year- it’s hard to believe that we are already starting to think about it!  Thank you in advance for your understanding of the complex processes that we need to adhere to and honor in order to ensure that our students are set up for success for September. 

Refunds for Transportation and Noon-Supervision 
CBE finance will begin processing online payment refunds for noon supervision and transportation fees.  Refunds will first be provided to online payments, crediting the payment card that was used for the original payment.  Once online refunds are processed, if we are unable to credit the original payment card, we will begin contacting families about providing a refund through an electronic transfer of funds through online banking (an e-transfer).  Families will require a MyCBE account for us to process an e-transfer.  If you have not already created an account, you are encouraged to do so to help prevent any delays.  Visit MyCBE/PowerSchool to create your account.  We anticipate that electronic refunds for noon supervision and transportation fees should be completed by the end of June.  Please note: this work is being completed through the Finance department of CBE, not at the school level. 

Gradual Removal of Pandemic Restrictions 
The government has outlined a plan for gradual removal of pandemic restrictions.  They have also made the decision to not have students return to in-school classes for the remainder of the school year.  It is important that students maintain a connection with their class and teacher through Google Classroom and Google Meets.  Please don’t hesitate to reach out to the teacher if you require assistance with the tasks assigned.  All tasks are designed to cover the remaining essential outcomes that student will need to start the next grade.  Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the cancellation of classes, our Education Minister has stated that all students will move on to the next grade for the 2020/21 school year.  https://www.alberta.ca/student-learning-during-covid-19.aspx  
 
We also understand that each family has unique circumstances within their home which can make completing the work difficult.  We are here for you- please reach out to the teacher or the school administration.  We will work hard to help you with resources and support. 

Staffing Update 
We are very excited to announce that we have hired Mrs. Donna Larsen as our new Administrative Secretary.  She will be starting with us on Monday, May 11.  Mrs. Larsen is coming to us from McKenzie Towne School where she has worked for the past 4 years.  We are looking forward to seeing her smiling face each day in the office- and she can hardly wait to meet all of you!   

As a staff, we are looking forward to seeing everyone along our JJ Staff Parade route on Friday, May 8!   

Stay safe and healthy, everyone! 
Bobbi Kivi 

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Janet Johnstone School

224 Shawnessy Dr SW Calgary, AB, T2Y 1M1
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School Contacts

Principal
Mrs Bobbi Kivi
Assistant Principal
Mrs Krista Schmitt
Education Director
Mr Martin Poirier
Trustee
Julie Hrdlicka

School Information

Grades
K-04
Enrolment
461
Programs
Early French Immersion Regular
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School Hours

Morning Start
8:00 AM
Dismissal
2:29 PM
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