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Oct 23

Good Afternoon SJAMERs,There is a lot of information to share with you today after a very busy week at school. Covid19 UpdateCurrently, SJAM does not have a COVID19 case.  Students and staff have been excellent with following protocols and adapting to the necessary emergent changes.  We need to continue to be mindful of physical distancing, mask wearing, and avoiding large gatherings as much as possible to keep everyone safe.Our School Survey (For Students)We have asked our students to try and get over 60 minutes of moderate physical activity per day.  We are measuring this parameter with the Our School Survey over the next few weeks.  Our students have been doing a fantastic job in our Physical Education and Outdoor Education being active outside.  As winter sets in, please remind students to bring appropriate warm clothes.  At lunch, students will be expected to manage 20 minutes outside (unless -20 or colder) should they choose to leave the classroom.We are also measuring “feeling safe” at school.  As COVID19 has created a disturbance with our mental well-being, we are focusing upon choosing kindness in addition to increasing physical activity.  Please ask your student how they are planning to choose kindness at school.  We have many wonderful examples of how students are looking after each other and want to expand our reach to others.LunchtimeWe are asking our students to bring lunch to school and discourage unnecessary trips to local restaurants and stores.  Our goal is to limit exposure to areas prone to large gatherings where physical distancing is not possible and risk for COVID19 transmission is higher. For the continuous safety of our Grade 7 students, we remind them that staying on campus is expected.MasksThere are some students that are forgetting their masks each day.  We are asking for your support to help students remember their masks as the school supply of disposable masks is low.Parking​Please be mindful of safe drop off / pick up of children.  It is important that families do not use the Diefenbaker High School”driveway” between Diefenbaker school and Diefenbaker portables for drop off / pick up.   It is getting dangerous in this area with a lot of vehicles making safety a concern.  This area can also become slippery in poor weather.Next Week RemindersThursday, October 29th  is a full day of school (no early dismissal) and our first Spirit Day for this school year. Students can dress up for Halloween in school appropriate costumes.  Please be conscientious of cultural appropriation when making a costume selection.  Wearing orange and black is also a great way to participate in Halloween Spirit Day. Students must continue to use face coverings under their costumes. Costumes with attached masks or other “Halloween masks” may not be suitable for preventing the spread of airborne droplets. Friday, October 30th is a Professional Development Day for Staff.  There is no school for students.School CouncilThank you to those who attended our recent School Council AGM and congratulations to our new executive.  We want to express our sincere gratitude to all of you who have stepped up and taken on / continued with executive roles.  Your support and hard work is appreciated and valued! Heartfelt thanks to our outgoing chair, Ms. Amanda Trudel for her 13 consecutive years of service to the School Council.  Her leadership will be missed.  Our next virtual school council meeting will be held November 17th at 6:30pm.  Details will be sent closer to that date.Community Opportunity Canadian Safety Council Home Alone Safety Course       Youth Ages 9-12 Come and learn the necessary skills to be safe and responsible when home alone for short periods of time.  This is a free 3 day online course. November 10, 17, 24 from 4-6pm Please contact the North Central Family Resource Network for registration details at (403) 543-0555 or​Stay safe. Stay warm.Darren, Andrea, and Chris​

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Sir John A. Macdonald School

6600 4 St NW Calgary, AB, T2K 1C2
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Darren Toews
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Andrea Byrne
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Christopher Hooper
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Teresa Martin
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