January came and went in a flurry of activity! The month was spent preparing for some Hub students returning, accepting and process ongoing Kindergarten registrations for next year, working with colleagues and students on assessment and reporting in preparation for report cards, and settling into some cold weather. We had our first blue days last week and they went really well with students working on fun activities in their classrooms with their lunch supervisor. Thank you for sending students dressed for the weather each day- teachers tried to take students out for shorter recess times and for gym when the weather warmed up at bit. Students are outside multiple times a day so having them dressed for the weather is very important!
On Friday, January 29, teachers spent the morning in a virtual professional development session with Jeff Stockton. Jeff Stockton is a master story teller who weaves his stories into music with the help of his harp. As part of our School Development Plan, our focus this year is on oral proficiency. Teachers will use the tools and skills learned from Jeff Stockton to begin weaving the development of oral story telling into the classroom with students. We will continue this work for the next few months and teachers will have at least one more opportunity to work with Jeff Stockton virtually on one of our Friday afternoons in March.
Report cards will be released online in PowerSchool for our school on Wednesday, February 3 after 9:00am. Information on how to view your child's report card was sent in the Week at a Glance on Friday, January 29. There will be no printed report cards at this time.
February has lots of important dates so please watch the Week at a Glance to ensure that you're in the know. We are very excited about Carnaval this month (Feb 16-19). There will be lots of information coming out about it, including the return of the Ice Castle! We are planning all of our school wide activities with Covid restrictions and regulations at the forefront in order to keep everyone safe and healthy. There will be some differences this year compared to previous Carnaval traditions but we guarantee that students will have an educational and very fun Carnaval experience. Carnaval is an important tradition at JJ as it brings the French Immersion track together with the English track to learn about French-Canadian culture. Our French Immersion grade ¾ classes will be taking on the leadership role for Carnaval this year.
We would like to thank our school council, once again, for the purchase of three class sets of snowshoes. Our students have been so excited to get outside and use them. Follow us on Twitter ( @JohonstoneSchool) to see an exciting video of one of the kindergarten classes snowshoeing across our field! Would you like to know more about how school council supports students at JJ? Come to our next virtual council meeting on February 9 at 6:30pm!
Thank you to our students, staff, and parents for being so vigilant about all of the Covid protocols and processes. We have had no positive cases to date within our school. Please keep reviewing the self-assessment checklist each day and keep your child home if they are unwell. Our goal is to simply keep everyone safe, healthy, and happy each day at school.