Jan 26
Administrative Staffing Update

Dear Parents & Guardians,

I wanted to provide you with an administrative staffing update- it's been a very busy and complex week. Mme. Lina, our Assistant Principal, will be on a short term leave of absence.  In her absence, Ms. Kelly Galvin, Learning Leader and Resource Teacher, will be Acting Assistant Principal.  This is a very natural step for Ms. Galvin as she's got a firm understanding of the administrative role and how the office runs.

While Ms. Galvin is in the Acting AP role, Mrs. Tegan Paul, our music teacher and Learning Leader, will be supporting in the resource role.  This time of year is very busy with deadlines for special program applications, student assessments, and the beginning stages of planning for next year.  It's important that this work continues with a strong admin team.  Mrs. Paul's contribution to this work will be valued and appreciated and will be a great leadership opportunity for her.

For the next ten days or so, students will not have music.  We have hired Mrs. Jacquie Strom, a parent in our school, to teach physical education in lieu of music.  Mrs. Strom recently joined CBE as a substitute teacher with French and personal training as part of her skill set.  Our students are very lucky to have her work with them in the gym!

Thank you for your understanding and support as we make these temporary teaching adjustments.  If you have any questions, please reach out to me directly.

Sincerely,

Mrs. Kivi

​ 


Jan 25
Information about Report Cards

Dear parents, 

By the end of January, your child’s report card  will be available to view in your MyCBE account. The report card is one of the ways teachers communicate how your child is progressing in their learning. Teachers may also communicate learning progress through parent/teacher conferences, your child’s daily work and assignments, and other ongoing communication with you. In October, families received communication (K-6 New Curriculum | Revised Report Card) about changes to this year’s report card, which included information about updated reporting Stems. 


Please note:  Only grades 1-4 will receive report cards this term.  Kindergarten students will receive a report card at the end of the year.  

What to Expect in Your Child’s Report Card 

This fall, the CBE began implementing new curriculum in Mathematics and English Language Arts and Literature (K-3, and grade 4) and Physical Education and Wellness (K-6). Some of the learning outcomes in the new curriculum are new or may have previously been taught in later grades.  


Please note: our French Immersion program is also piloting the new French Immersion Lanugage Arts curriculum. 



This means that students may be learning new curriculum without having had instruction in related outcomes in the previous grade and may see grades lower than what they might previously have achieved. This is to be expected whenever new curriculum is introduced. It may take more than one school year to build these foundational skills. While curriculum is grade-specific, many concepts are revisited each year, giving students the opportunity to build on their previous knowledge and achieve success. 

Teachers work to plan the delivery of curriculum content in ways that are engaging, creative and inspiring and will continue to respond to the needs of students as we work through this transition together. As always, if you have specific questions about your child’s learning please connect with their teacher. 

Thank you,  

Mrs. Kivi​


Dec 19
Relaxed Entry & Severe Weather

Hello JJ families,


I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend filled with last minute shopping!  Or perhaps you stayed home with cozy, snuggly blankets to stay warm!

We have been gripped with severe cold weather and it looks like it's sticking around for the last week of school.  Given the extreme cold, I would like to invite all students to enter through the most convenient door during relaxed entry for the next 4 days.  This means, students can enter through any door, not just their assigned door.  My wish is to get students into the building as quickly as possible.  


Parents, I'm asking a few things of you:


1.  Please do not use the parking lot to drop off or pick up your student.  The parking lot is incredibly icy and is not a place for children to be walking through. The parking lot is a very busy place with a variety of start and end times for staff and daycare staff.  Please adhere to the signage in the drive way of the parking lot.


2.  The "Hug and Go" zone in the front of the school is a great place to quickly pull in and drop off your child.  They can just run straight to the front door for entry (this week).  Please have your child exit the passenger side of the vehicle so they get out on the sidwalk, instead of the street.  Parents, if you stay in the vehicle, it will help to speed up the amount of time you are in the zone.  


3.  Please drive through the crosswalk very cautiously and stop for ALL pedestrians, not just the children.  I have witnessed many vehicles drive through the crosswalk while an adult is crossing.  Eventhough superivison is not required when it's colder than -20 degrees, I will be out there tomorrow morning to monitor the crosswalk.  Please drive slowly!


4.  Students need to be dressed properly from head to toe!  Even if they are running from the car to the school, they need a hat, mitts, and their jackets should be done up.  We often have kids come to the door not dressed properly.  Skin can freeze within seconds in this weather.


5.  We will have blue days all week.  This means that we will not be going outside for recess, gym or lunch recess.  We are required to stay inside if the weather dips colder than -20 degrees (with or without the wind chill).


6.  Parents, if you are joining us for caroling tomorrow morning at 8:05, I would ask that you park your vehicles and enter through the front doors.  We will need all parents to congregate in the front foyer until the gym is ready.


Everyone is looking forward to a fun week ahead!  Only 4 more early mornings for students- everyone is in need of a restful holiday!


If you have questions, please don't hesitate to reach out.  Thank you for sending kind and respectful emails.  Stay warm!

Mrs. Kivi​


Nov 29
Outbreak Update

Dear Families,

I hope everyone is staying warm during this cold snap!  We are staying warm at school with our indoor recesses.  As a reminder, we are required to stay inside when the temperature dips below -20 degrees (with wind chill). 

I have been in communication with Alberta Health Services today and we are able to officially declare that the GI outbreak is over!  We are so happy that our students’ tummies are feeling much better.  Our GI illness rate yesterday was 2.7% and only 1.3% for today.

Overall, our absence rate for today was 10.5% due to illness (15% yesterday).  This means that there are still plenty of other germs going around, especially respiratory.  We are all learning how to fight these viruses together by washing our hands, keeping our hands and fingers away from our faces, and coughing and sneezing into our arms.

Please continue to keep students at home if they are sick.  This helps immensely in keeping our staff and students healthy. Due to illness among CBE staff, substitute teachers are streteched very thin.  This means that sometimes a sub does not show up when we have absent staff.  We have had to be very creative in covering these classes internally.  I am so grateful for the flexbility that staff have shown as we do our best to make sure every single classroom has a teacher.

I would like to thank AHS for their guidance during our outbreak.  A big shout out to our cleaning staff for helping with lots of “wet clean ups”, disinfecting, and keeping our school as sanitary as possible.

If you have any questions, comments or concerns, please reach out to me directly.

Stay warm, everyone!

Mrs. Kivi​


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 https://virtualbookfairs.scholastic.ca/pages/5166480

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:
    • NO SCHOOL FOR KINDERGARTEN STUDENTS
    • 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
    • NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS
    • 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

Principal​


Nov 06
Leave of Absence Announcement

Dear Families,

I hope everyone had a cozy and warm weekend- fall disappeared rather quickly and the snow has created a beautiful winter wonderland!

My apologies for sending an email on a Sunday, but I need to inform you that effective tomorrow, November 7, 2022, I will be taking a leave of absence.  I'm not sure how long I will be away, however, in my absence, Mr. Chris Aylesworth will be acting Principal.  He is a retired CBE principal - he was principal of Jennie Elliott School in Lakeview, and at Sunalta School.  He retired three years ago and has stayed busy taking on acting leadership roles to support administrators on leave. 

I have spoken with Mr. Aylesworth and shared with him the information he needs to start at JJ tomorrow.  He is looking forward to meeting the wonderful students, staff, and parents.  I know everyone will make him feel very welcomed.

I promise that I will return when I am able to.  Please let your children know that I will be okay and will miss everyone very much.  I am surrounded by a lot of love and support while I step away for a bit.

In my absence, you can contact Mr. Aylesworth by email caaylesworth@cbe.ab.ca. Mme. Lina, our Assistant Principal, will work alongside Mr. Aylesworth.  Mrs. Paul and Ms. Galvin, our Learning Leaders, will continue to support the administrative team. 

Thank you for being a wonderfully supportive parent community.  I am so lucky to be part of such a great school and I look forward to returning when I can. 

Sincerely,

Mrs. Kivi​


Nov 03
Winter Information

Winter has finally arrived!  The snow can provide hours of fun for children and we are excited for our students to have lots of play time in the snow.

It's important that students wear proper winter clothing to school each day.  Students in grades 1-4 are outside at least twice day, each day. Kindergarten also goes outside at least once each day.  In order for students to be warm and dry during the snowy season, each student should wear the following to school:

  • winter jacket (that they can do up on their own)
  • hat
  • mitts/gloves (water proof)
  • snow pants
  • winter boots

Please label every single article of winter clothing that your child wears to school, including the boots!  Our lost and found always ends up full of black snow pants, COSTCO jackets, and black mitts- it's really hard to know who owns what when many families all shop at the same stores. Labelling each item helps a lot!

For our students in Kindergarten and grade 1, it's really important that they know how to dress themselves in their winter gear.  Please practice at home, even if it takes a long time.  When we are in and out numerous times a day, students need to be independent and efficient when getting ready.  It's also a good idea to practice taking it all off, too- make a plan with them on where to put their mitts and hats, and how to unzip their snow pants.   

We go outside in all kinds of weather!  Although we stayed inside yesterday because of the blowing snow on our field, we usually only stay inside if the weather is colder than -20 C.  Please send your child to school each day knowing that we will be outside.

If you have snow pants or winter jacket that your child has grown out of and have been gently used, we are accepting donations.  There are days when some extra winter clothing can come in handy in the office.  Please know, if you are having difficulty with providing winter clothing for your child, please reach out to me by email and I will do my best to help find support for you.

Do you have extra gloves or mitts at home?  We would like to have a basket of extras for students that need them for recess.  Please feel free to send them in to the office.

Stay warm, everyone!

Mrs. Kivi

​ 


Sep 29
October Update

Dear JJ Families,

I have some very exciting news that I would like to share with you!  My daughter, Sofia, is on Team Alberta (SWU FC07) U 15 soccer and her team will be playing in the Toyota National Championship in Charlottetown, PEI October 5-10.  This means that I will be the ultimate soccer mom, cheering on my girl from the stands!  Therefore, I will be away from school October 4-11.  My family is incredibly lucky that we get this chance to go away together and cheer on this amazing team of girls. The team will also be participating in some Hurricane Fiona clean up when they aren’t playing games or practicing.  This travel opportunity will be a very impactful opportunity for the team and families on many levels.  


The games will be live streamed, so if anyone has a big soccer fan in their house and would like to cheer on my girl and her team, please reach out to me and I’d be happy to share the links.  


Mme. Lina, Ms. Galvin, and Mrs. Paul will be working together to make sure the school continues to run smoothly while I am away.  In the event that you require administrative assistance, please contact Mme. Lina by email (lidilov@cbe.ab.ca) or call the school office.  


I will be back on October 12 and look forward to sharing all the exciting travel and game news with staff and students.  Thank you so much for your understanding and support in my absence.  


Sincerely, 

Mrs. Kivi​


Sep 22
Grade 3 Announcement

Thank you for your patience while we continue to manage our increasing enrolment for the 2022/23 school year.  Our numbers in English grade 3 are quite high, sitting at 63- Mrs. Wideman has 32 students and Ms. Puffer has 31 students. These numbers are much higher than what we anticipated.

 

The number of students enrolled at school determines the amount of funding we receive.  The increased numbers of students has provided us with more money to hire additional staff.  This means that we are able to add an additional grade 3 teacher to the current grade 3 team.

 

We would like to inform you that we have hired Mr. Zane Fentiman to join the grade 3 team!  He has been the guest teacher for Ms. Puffer this week while she was away.  The students and staff have thoroughly enjoyed having Mr. Fentiman at JJ for the past few days.  He has already started building relationships with students and his new colleagues. 

 

Mr. Fentiman will be present at the Open House tonight, Thursday, September 22 from 6:00-7:30pm.  He will be in the grade 3 rooms with Mrs. Wideman and Ms. Puffer to meet and greet students and their families. Thank you in advance for welcoming him to the JJ family!

 

At this time, we have not made any decisions about how having a third grade 3 teacher will be structured.  We will know more next week and will share updates with you as soon as we know them.  Please know, our top priority is for students to have positive relationships with all of their teachers and for our grade 3s to have a very successful year!

 

Please don't hesitate to reach out to your child's teacher or administration if you have any questions.

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Aug 23
Janet Johnstone Back to School Information

Dear JJ families,

I hope everyone has had a wonderfully adventurous and enjoyable summer!  July and August always fly by at an alarmingly rapid rate.  It really is true- time flies when you're having fun!​

I would like to take this opportunity to welcome everyone to the 2022/23 school year.  If you are new to JJ, I am so excited for you to join our wonderful learning community.  If you are returning to JJ- welcome back!  The hallways and classrooms are looking forward to having you back on September 1.

 

As I sit alone in the school, I am keenly aware that the heart and soul of the school are the staff, students, and parents.  This building is nothing without all of you!  I'm anxious to have the building full of noise, activity, and laughter.  Having the teachers back on August 29 is very exciting!  We have a lot of work to get started with – especially since we are implementing and piloting the new curriculum from Alberta Education.  We will kick start our time together with professional development about the new curriculum.  Many teachers have spent part of their summer in sessions learning all about it.  Your children are in very good hands as education transitions into this new phase of learning.

 

STAFFING

Lots has been happening behind the scenes in preparation for the new school year.  Our school staff has had some big changes!  All of our new staff members have been hand-picked to join the JJ team.  Every single one of them have incredible skills to contribute to the learning community.  We look forward to you meeting all of them!  For a list of staff members, click here

 

ENROLLMENT

I have been closely watching our enrollment since May.   Student enrollment determines our staffing needs and budget for the year.  At the end of June, based on the numbers that were confirmed, we made the decision to configure our French Immersion program to straight grades.  We will have two grade one classes, one grade two class, one grade three class, and one grade four class.  Class size will range from about 24-29, with the exception of grade one which is sitting around 20 in each class.  These class size numbers align with the class sizes of the English Program. 

 

START UP INFORMATION

Teachers and some staff are back to school August 29-31.  The school is not open for students and parents at that time unless specific arrangements have been made.  On August 30 and 31, Grades 1-4 teachers will be calling the students/families in their classes to introduce themselves and provide information about the first day of school on September 1.  Please do not call the school- we ask that you are patient and wait for your child's teacher to call you.  The school only has two lines so making all the calls takes some time.  Thank you in advance for your patience. 

 

KINDERGARTEN STAGGERED ENTRY

Kindergarten staggered entry information is posted on our website.  Please check the schedule to find out when your child attends staggered entry on September 1 and 2.  Regular Kindergarten classes begin on Tuesday, September 6. 

 

Please note: Kindergarten teachers are not call families.  They will meet you at the Kindergarten door for your staggered entry time.

 

CALENDAR

Our school follows the traditional CBE calendar.  JJ's calendar is set up with specific dates for our school only, such as AM and PM Kinder dates, conferences, etc.  Please make sure you have our school calendar downloaded for your own records (see below).  It helps with planning for winter and spring break, as well as other non-instructional days. 

·      Please check the calendar page on our website to stay up to date with events and special days

·      Download Janet Johnstone's 2022/23 Calendar

 

FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL- GRADES 1-4

The first day of school for grades 1-4 is Thursday, September 1.  School hours are 8:00am-2:32pm.  Relaxed entry is from 7:45-8:00am, however, on the first day of school, students will meet their teacher outside of their entry door.  The location of graded entry doors will be published in the coming days.  Teachers will share all of the first day information when they call to introduce themselves to you.  Please watch your email closely as more information will be sent prior to the first day of school. 

 

Important note: parents are not allowed in the school on the first day.  Parents and students will say good-bye prior to teachers bringing in their classes at 8:00am. 

 

ADDITIONAL BACK TO SCHOOL INFORMATION

For other back to school information, please refer to our school website.  It's updated frequently with details and should be your go-to for information.  For information about our school bell times, lunch times, etc., please refer to the Back to School Information news story on our website. 

 

OFFICE HOURS

Mrs. Larsen and Mrs. Stahl will be happy to take your phone calls starting Monday, August 29.  If your call isn't answered, please know they will return your call as soon as they can.  You are welcome to email the school with your questions and inquiries, as well.  Please send your email to the school account JanetJohnstone@cbe.ab.ca.

 

I hope everyone enjoys the last week of summer!  Back to school is one of my favorite seasons! 

 

See you soon!

Mrs. Kivi

Principal

blkivi@cbe.ab.ca

 


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