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 (email@example.com) 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Classes might be over but staffing continues! We are excited to announce the following new additions to our school.
· Mme. Ellen Cameron, who went on maternity leave a year ago, is returning to us! She is going to be half time in English Kindergarten. She is excited to work with our English students and to work half time so she can be at home with her little ones.
· Mme. Taylor Smith, who completed her practicum experience with in Ms. Dermody's class and Mme. Cindy's class this year, will be joining our French Immersion team. She is very excited for this opportunity!
· Mme. Jennifer Dore will be our new French Immersion Educational Assistant for next year. We are looking forward to having her join our staff!
· Ms. Amy Ferguson has accepted a promotion as Learning Leader with Inclusive Education. She is very deserving of this new role and we are so excited to see where this new professional development opportunity takes her.
For all of your Back To School Information- please check the website. Staff are back on August 29 and the first day of classes is September 1.
It's hard to believe that the end of the school year is upon us! Time flies when you're having fun at school- especially at JJ!
As part of staffing for the new school year, all CBE staff have had the opportunity to explore open jobs in other schools. Being engaged in professional development fosters continued growth in our jobs, and one of the best ways to grow is to work in new environments. Many of our staff will be moving to new schools in the fall.
Please join me in congratulating the following teachers on their new placements:
· Mme. Cindy Chin (gr ¾)- Varsity Acres School
· Mme. Jenna Sorrenti (gr ½)- Sundance School
· Mme. Natasa Tilleman (gr ½)- King George School
· Mme. Carly Renaud (Educational Assistant)- Auburn Bay School
· Ms. Michelle Ries (gym)- Mahogany School
· Ms. Alisa Nixon (gr 4)- Nelson Mandella School
The following staff are temporary staff that stepped in for staff on leave. They have not yet secured a position for the Fall and we wish them the best of luck in their next steps.
· Mr. Michael Peace- grade 3 teacher
· Ms. Tanya Bello- grade 1 teacher
· Ms. Brooke Ellsworth- grade 3 teacher
· Mme. Nicoletta Vulcu- grade 1/2 teacher
· Ms. Kailey Harrison- Educational Assistant
· Ms. Kristin Davies – cleaner
We are would like to welcome the following staff to the JJ family:
· Ms. Brittany Jolivette- from Penbrooke Meadows School
· Mme. Dana Popic- from Nosecreek School
There are other soon to be staffing announcements- we are waiting for final confirmation before we share any more new staff updates.
Each and every staff member has left an incredible impact on the JJ family. We are sad to see each of these family members leave us but we are so excited to see what their future holds. CBE is a large organization but we are all connected….and of course, we are Better Together!
A special thank you to you, our marvelous parents and guardians, for supporting the staff and students all year long. Without your support, the year would not have been the success that it was! Your generosity continues to astound us- thank you for everything you do!
We hope everyone has a wonderful and relaxing summer- everyone deserves it!
See you on September 1!
Mrs. Kivi & Mme. Lina
STAFFING UPDATES AND CHANGES:
We have several staffing updates to share! Please note, all classes that have had a staffing change were notified and informed at the time. This information is intended to inform all
families of all the changes that have occurred in the last month.
1. One of our Educational Assistants, Mrs. Joanne Hoppenreys, retired on March 17. We have secured a replacement for the remainder of the school year- her name is Kaley Harrison. She is currently working with the English grade two team.
2. Alberta Education has extended the funding for literacy intervention for the remainder of the school year. This means that Ms. Kelly Galvin will continue her intervention leadership with students in grades 1-3. This also means that Ms. Brooke Ellsworth will remain in grade 3 for the rest of the school year.
3. Mrs. Christie Dueck went on medical leave at the end of March, prior to the upcoming arrival of her baby in May. We have secured Mr. Michael Peace as the teacher for Mrs. Dueck's grade 3 class. Mr. Peace will be with us for the remainder of the school year.
4. Mme. Natasa has gone on medical leave, likely for the rest of the school year. We have secured Mme. Nicoleta to teach Mme. Natasa's grade 1/2 class until the end of June.
If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Kivi firstname.lastname@example.org
Spring has sprung and it feels wonderful! Spring is such a refreshing time of year- it's filled with excitement and a sense of renewal. This time of year also kicks off the planning for the new school year. We have started gathering our projections for enrollment for next year, solidifying our registrations for September, and staffing for the 22/23 school year is underway.
Please read the information below so that you're informed about how we plan for September and what's coming up to finish off the final months of this school year.
Requests for Class Placement/ Class List Creation for 22/23
In May and June, teachers and administration will be meeting multiple times 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 judgement 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.
1. Parent requests must be sent in the form of a letter to the principal, Mrs. Kivi, by email (email@example.com). 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.
2. Please indicate in your letter a specific learning need/ learning style for your child.
3. We will place students together that have good working relationships. Friendship requests will not be considered. Students are given many opportunities to engage with their peers from their cohorts at recess, lunch recess, and gym/music.
4. Your letter should only talk about your own child's needs.
5. Please note: requests are only requests. They will be considered (within the reasoning listed above) but are not guaranteed.
6. Requests will need to be made by May 20, 2022. 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.
Kindergarten Orientation for Next Year Students
We will be hosting a Kindergarten Orientation on May 26 (6:30pm) for next year's Kindergarten students. We were very excited to welcome the newest batch of JJ learners. This orientation will be IN PERSON. Parents and future Kindergarten students are welcome to attend to learn about the Kindergarten, see the classrooms spaces, and to answer all the questions that new parents might have. We look forward to welcoming our newest and youngest learners in September!
Transportation- Yellow School Bus Pre-registration
If your child will be taking the Yellow School bus next year, please watch for information in the coming weeks about pre-registration.
For any Transportation inquiries, please contact:
t | 403-817-7433 or e | firstname.lastname@example.org
Mark Your Calendars
There are lots of exciting, fun and important events coming in the final three months of the year. Please make sure you are aware of these dates and plan accordingly. The calendar feature on the school website is a great resource for parents! Our website is updated regularly and holds a wealth of information about everything happening at JJ. Please keep the following dates and information in mind:
· Assemblies & Performances
· Trickster May 2-6, evening performance May 5
· Pizza Lunches
· May 12: English grade 4s to tour Sam Shaw
· May 20: Non—instruction day- no school
· May 23: holiday- no school
· June 2: French grade 4s to tour Woodman
· June 10: Volunteer Tea
· June 24: JJ Jamboree! (watch for more information)
· June 24: Kindergarten performance at assembly (to kick off JJ Jamboree); Kinder last day
· June 28: Last day of classes for grades 1-4
If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to reach out to me directly.
I hope you had a restful long weekend, despite the blast of artic air and dump of snow! Students enjoyed their blue day today- we will continue to keep an eye on the weather and wind chill with hopes that we can go outside tomorrow.
There are several important pieces of information so please read each item carefully.
1. Pink Shirt Day- tomorrow, Feb 23
All students and staff are encouraged to wear pink tomorrow to raise bullying awareness. Students will participate in conversations about pink shirt day in class. To learn more, click here.
2. Janet Johnstone Merchandise- HOODIES ARE HERE!
Want to order a hoodie with the NEW JJ logo on it?! Shopping is easy- adult or youth hoodies are available in grey. Go to our online store and order yours today! ORDER NOW Store closes on March 13.
3. French Immersion Kindergarten registration-
Spread the word- Online registration opens on Friday, Feb 25 for French Immersion Kindergarten. If you have already completed your Expression of Interest form, please complete your registration form online starting February 25. Please contact Mrs. Stahl if you have any questions email@example.com
Dear JJ Families,
Happy New Year! I hope everyone had a restful holiday break. The weather certainly didn't cooperate and Omicron added another layer of complexity that affected many households. My thoughts are with anyone who has been dealing with COVID- sending healthy vibes your way.
The extension of the winter break for students has added twist to start off 2022. As announced by the Alberta Education Minister last week, students will remain on winter break this week, January 4-7. At this point, we have no information about the return to learning on Monday, January 10. Once there has been more information provided and announced by the government, CBE will share information with families. Until further notice, we are assuming that students will return to regular school on January 10. Please be advised that this is just an assumption until we have firm communication from AB ED in conjunction with AHS.
This week the school is running with very few staff in the building. Most staff are working from home and are in close communication with administration. Our office is not open to the public, however, if you have an inquiry, please call the school. If your call is not answered, please leave a message. You are also welcome to email Mrs. Stahl directly firstname.lastname@example.org.
· Our office hours this week are 9:00am-12:00pm.
We are reviewing our COVID protocols in preparation for the return of students. At this time, please be reminded of the following:
· Staff and students need to wear a mask upon entering the school. Students should have extra masks in their backpacks.
· All staff and students are required to sanitize upon entering the building each time (recess, lunch recess, going outside for gym)
· Students will continue to wash their hands before eating
· Everyone is required to wear their masks when moving around the school. When students are at their desks, they are allowed to remove their masks, as all students are facing the same direction.
· When possible, gym will be outside.
· When gym is inside, students are required to keep their masks on while doing low-impact activities in the gym. Students can sit on the bench to take a mask break as they need it.
· All shared items are cohorted. When items (such as computers and gym equipment) are being signed out, there is a 72 hour quarantine period between uses, as well as sanitizing protocols.
· All high touch points are cleaned and sanitized numerous times each day by our cleaner, Ms. Davies.
· Class cohorts remain intact. Cohorts do not mix within the building our when outside
· Students will continue to eat in their cohorts in classrooms. All desks are sanitized before and after eating.
In the event that we pivot to learning from home, students will be working in their Google Classroom. Our Google Classrooms have been used in classrooms all year long to provide a level of readiness for teachers and students. All students should know how to access their GC from home. If we move to learning from home, teachers will communicate with families about GC access. At this time, there is no need to worry about it. Please watch your emails for further information should we require to pivot.
The school has no information at this time about the rapid test kits (as announced last week by the Alberta Health Minister) that will be sent home with students. Once we have information, we will share it with you. Thank you for your patience and understanding.
We look forward to finding out more information in the coming days and to having our school return to “normal" with students and staff in classrooms. Please don't hesitate to reach out if you have any questions.
Stay healthy and warm!
Principal; Janet Johnstone School
November has been a very busy month with lots on the go! Below are some important updates that everyone should be aware of. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask.
Thank you to the parents/adults that are doing everything they can to model traffic safety for our students. We see you and we appreciate you!
In the event that you see unsafe traffic practices around the school at drop off and pick up, please contact 311. In the event of a near miss, please try to capture the license plate number of the car(s) involved and contact the Calgary Police.
Since it is darker each morning, please consider putting reflective tape on your child's backpack. This will help cars to see children crossing the street. Mrs. Kivi has observed that cars can spot children in bright and reflective colors much easier. Students in dark winter gear are really hard to see in the mornings.
The Library is Open….almost!
Mrs. Knox, our Library Assistant, is very excited that we can start to open the library for book exchange! We will be starting with English Grade 4 Classes on Monday, Nov 29 and will gradually add classes. Mrs. Knox and the classroom teachers will be training the students on the new library protocols and routines. Students will be going to the library on their own to exchange books, not as a whole class (due to complex scheduling issues). We are hopeful in the New Year we can have volunteers to help in the library with sign out and putting books away. Stay tuned!
Kindergarten Attendance and Early Dismissal
For parents with students in Kindergarten, please be aware of the Fridays that your child attends. There is an increasing number of Kinder students showing up on the wrong Fridays. This information is communicated in a number of ways:
· The weekly parent week at a glance sent by email
· Posted on the Kindergarten doors
· Posted on the school website (scroll to the bottom of the home page and click Calendar Print out to view the entire month)
There are also an increasing number of Kindergarten students that are not being picked up on time on Fridays. Dismissal is at 12:15 every Friday. It is the caregiver's responsibility to have pick up arranged for dismissal time. We do not have supervision for students that are not picked up. The office does not have the staff or the means to supervise the students for long periods of time. Teachers are on their deserved lunch break and are not required to keep students in class. If you are running late, please call the school office 403-777-8670.
Metis Week (Nov 15-19)
Metis week was another huge success at JJ, all thanks to Mrs. Rivard! Once again, she took time to share her Metis heritage with students and staff. On November 23, Mrs. Rivard spent the day telling oral stories to each cohort. Students were engaged and hanging off every word!
“I have felt much pride this past week teaching and sharing my knowledge of the Metis with the staff and students. The teachers explored and discussed the Metis people through teachings of the sash, the buffalo, the jig and many examples of Metis art. Children throughout the building were buzzing with excitement and wonder. I hope the excitement carried on at home through sharing and rich conversations". ~Mrs. Rivard
“We must cherish our inheritance. We must preserve our nationality for the youth of our future. The story should be written down to pass on". ~Louis Riel
Squid Games- not recommended
We have had an increasing number students that are talking about and playing their version of Squid games (a show from Netflix) while outside during recess. JJ is a primary school setting and Squid Games is TV-MA show (rated for Mature audiences only). Students are not allowed to play any of the games related this show at recess or lunch recess, google Squid games on school technology, or engage in conversations about the show. If you have any questions about this, please contact Mrs. Kivi directly (email@example.com).
Travel Outside of Canada
It is so exciting that families can begin travelling outside of Canada again- HOORAY! As you begin to book family vacations, please be advised that children under 12 who are not fully vaccinated, are required (as per the Government of Canada) to quarantine for 14 days. This means that students that have travelled, are not able to attend school during quarantine. Please know before you go:
· Teachers are not required to provide work as their programs can't simply be photocopied and written down with instructions. Any work completed will not be assessed. It is up to the parent(s) to provide any work during a child's absence.
· Travel (although a very good experience) is marked as an unexcused absence in PowerSchool.
· Students will be marked as absent during their quarantine- they are not allowed to return EVEN if they have several negative COVID tests. If you have questions, please talk to the boarder agent at Customs about the required quarantine time for children.
· Please contact Mrs. Stahl in the office and she will assist you with understanding the required absent dates (403-777-8670). She will share with you the required Extended Absence form that will need to be completed before your vacation.
Please visit https://www.canada.ca/en.html for the latest travel information.
Unvaccinated children under 12 must complete pre-entry, arrival and Day-8 tests, unless you have evidence that the child had a positive COVID-19 test taken 14 to 180 days prior to arrival in Canada or the child is under 5 years of age.
For the next 14 days, the children must also:
- not attend school, camp or daycare
- not attend large or crowded settings, indoors or outdoors, such as an amusement park or sporting event
- not take buses, subways, trains or other crowded transportation
- not attend a setting where they may have contact with vulnerable people (e.g. long term care facility), including people who are immunocompromised, regardless of that person's vaccination status or public health measures
- stay in a place that allows the child to avoid all contact with any person that:
- has an underlying medical condition that makes the person susceptible to complications related to COVID-19
- has a compromised immune system from a medical condition or treatment; or
- is 65 years of age or older
- limit contact with others:
- remain with their fully vaccinated parent or guardian, as much as possible
- wear a mask and physically distance when in contact with non-household members
(Hidden) Michèle Wills, Principal
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