Nov 18
November updates

Dear Families,

I would like to take this opportunity to thank Mr. Chris Alyesworth for support during my absence over the last two weeks.  Students and staff enjoyed his presence as he brought a great energy to the school!  I will be officially back on Monday and I'm looking forward to seeing everyone.  Thank you for all of your kind and supportive emails and messages.  I appreciated every single one of them.

Health and Safety

As you know, Alberta Health Services has declared a GI outbreak at JJ.  Our absence rates continue to demonstrate a high level of illness in our students.  Our staff have also been hit with illness and we've had a sub shortage this week.  We are doing our best to follow the health and safety guidelines provided by Alberta Health Services and the Calgary Board of Education.

Conferences November 24 & 25

In order to limit the amount of exposure at school, we have had to make the difficult decision to move our conferences on November 24 and 25 to an online format.  Hosting over 1000+ people during conferences will only contribute to our high level of illness. 

When you book your conference time through you My CBE/PowerSchool account, you will receive a Microsoft TEAMS link in your email.  Please use that link to attend your conference.  ALL conferences must be booked through My CBE/PowerSchool account.  Teachers do not book conferences for families.  If you have questions, please contact your child's teacher.  Conference bookings open on Monday, November 21 at 8:00am.

Please note:  we are unable to use Zoom or Google Meet to host a conference conversation about student progress.  These platforms are not secure.

Scholastic Book Fair

Our Scholastic Book Fair will continue to run November 21-27.  Students will create wish lists when they view the book fair selection next week with their class.  Later in the week, students can bring money to school and do some independent shopping.  Parents and adults can make purchases with the online link provided.  Items can be ordered online at

Pizza Lunch for Grades 1-4

Our first Pizza Lunch will go ahead on Thursday, Nov 24.  Our Lunchroom supervisors and school staff will run lunch as per our usual practice.  There will be a minimal number of volunteers required to sort the pizzas during a short period of time on Thursday.  Please note: Pizza Lunches are ONLY for grades 1-4 students, not Kindergarten.

Art Cards

Most art card samples have been sent home over the last few days.  All orders are due November 24- this is hard deadline. 

The theme of our Art Cards this year is “Self Portraits".  Our school wide inquiry for the year is “Belonging" and part of this work is learning about our own identity.  Having students create self-portraits has been an excellent way to start the year and developing a sense of belonging.

Week at a Glance:

  • Monday, Nov 21:
    • Drop Everything and Read Day! We will be dropping everything to read numerous times on Monday. 
  • Tuesday, Nov 22:
  • Wednesday, Nov 23:
    • dress like an action or superhero day!  Please keep all masks and props at home.
  • Thursday, Nov 24:
    • Kindergarten conferences 8:00am-7:45pm ONLINE
    • Regular school day for Grades 1-4
    • Conferences for Grades 1-4 – 4:00-7:45pm ONLINE
  • Friday, Nov 25
    • Conferences 8:00am-11:45am ONLINE

Our goal is to have fewer absences next week due to illness.  We want our students and staff as healthy as possible, as quickly as possible.  We know that none of this ideal- we were looking forward to hosting families for conferences and the book fair but we've done this before, and we can do this again. 

Thank you for your understanding and support. 

Mrs. Kivi



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