Apr 15
Staffing Updates


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 blkivi@cbe.ab.ca​

Apr 11
Spring has Sprung!

​​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 (blkivi@cbe.ab.ca).  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 | transportation@cbe.ab.ca


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.


Mrs. Kivi


Feb 22
February updates

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 jnstahl@cbe.ab.ca


Jan 04
January 4 Update

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 jnstahl@cbe.ab.ca.   

·      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!

Bobbi Kivi

Principal; Janet Johnstone School


Nov 25
November Updates

​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.

Traffic Safety

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 (blkivi@cbe.ab.ca).


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​

Nov 22
Staffing and Funding Update

Our school has received additional funding from Alberta Education for students in Grades 1-3 who may require extra support in reading and mathematics. We have received funding to hire a full-time temporary teacher.  This funding from Alberta Education is intended to help support learning as a direct result of the impacts from COVID-19.​

Each year, teachers complete a variety of assessments to determine what students know.  This year, some additional assessments were required for Alberta Education.  All Grade 2 and 3 students were assessed in September (in literacy and math) and this has helped inform where support is most needed. In January 2022, we will be required to assess all Grade 1 students for Alberta Education in order to determine who else will benefit from this support.


In the coming weeks there will be some changes at the school as we shift teacher responsibilities and welcome some new, temporary staff to our school.

The following changes will occur:

·       Ms. Galvin will be providing support to our English students in Grades 2 and 3, as well as the Grade 3 students in French Immersion

·       Newly hired teacher, Brooke Ellsworth, will be the new temporary teacher for Ms. Galvin's grade 3 class.

·       Ms. Galvin will continue to be actively involved with her grade 3 class.  The support that she will be providing will be within the inclusive environment of the grade 2 and 3 classes. 

·       In addition, to provide support to the French Immersion grade 2 students, Mme. Cindy, will work with identified students to provide additional learning supports.  Ms. Ellsworth will relieve Mme. Cindy during English instruction a couple of times each week. There will be minimal impact on Mme. Cindy's classroom.

These changes will take effect November 29, 2021 and are scheduled to be in place until the end of March. We will work to ensure there is the minimal disruption to student learning during the transition.  At this time, we are working to analyze the data of the assessments to identify what students will require support.  If your child will require additional support based on the specific assessments for Alberta Education, the classroom teacher will contact you in the coming week.


I would like to officially welcome Ms. Ellsworth to the JJ family!  We are looking forward to having her join our staff.  I would also like to thank Ms. Galvin and Mme. Cindy for their leadership and flexibility as we re-structure their teaching load mid-year.


If you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact me.

Oct 19
What stories does the land have to tell?

Our school's inquiry focus this year is “What stories does the land have to tell?".  This question allows for rich and rigorous exploration of land-based learning through the graded curriculum. 


On October 18, CBE had it's first ever Indigenous Professional Learning day.  Janet Johnstone staff participated in an outdoor exploration of Fish Creek Park with a focus on how to connect our curriculum with our school inquiry question.  The question “What stories does the land have to tell?" will help develop the following concepts:

·      Students will learn about the history and the land around our school (what it means to live on Treaty 7 land)

·      Students will develop a personal connection to the Acknowledgement of the Land

·      As a school, we will develop a shared and collective understanding of the Acknowledgement of the Land


All of this learning is part of our school's commitment to the Truth and Reconciliation call to action 63.iii Building student capacity for intercultural understanding (equity), empathy, and mutual respect.  Our School Development Plan will continue to focus on developing empathy and respect for each other. The SDP for the 2021/22 school year will be available in November.  Please watch for more information about our goals and progress over the coming weeks. 


Our school received a grant from the Alberta Foundation for the Arts to help enrich our focus on “What stories does the land have to tell?".  We will be working with Trickster Theater in May!  Trickster Theater is a theater group that works with each class in the school, in both language programs.  As part of our School Development Plan's focus on oral language proficiency, each class will have the opportunity to express their understanding of the school wide inquiry question through drama.  We are looking forward to this rich and rigorous experience that will be a culmination of our work for the 2021/22 school year.  More information about our work with Trickster will be provided in March.  Thank you to our incredible School Council for matching the monetary amount from the AFA grant so that we can work with Trickster for the week long residency (May 2-6). 


Aug 25
Back to School Information

Hello JJ families!

Welcome back to school!  The time has come to wind down our summer and start gearing up for back to school.  Time sure flies when we are on summer holidays!  I truly hope everyone had a fun and relaxing summer.


There is lots of information to share with you, so please read each of the items thoroughly.




All families received communication from CBE on August 18 about the COVID protocols that schools are required to have in place.  If you didn't get a chance to read the information, please read it here.   It is posted on our website for easy access.


As a CBE school, we are required to follow all protocols set out by our board in conjunction with Alberta Health Services and Alberta Education. 


·       This is a reminder that all students and staff are required to wear masks each day at school.  This measure will be in place for the time being.  Students are required to wear masks when working in groups, moving around the classroom and walking in the halls.  When students are sitting at their desks and facing the same direction, they are allowed to remove their masks. 


·       No parents or outside visitors are permitted entry to the school under any circumstances.  Thank you for your understanding.


·       Students and staff will be required to sanitize and wash hands multiple times a day.  Students will sanitize upon entering the school, entering and exiting the gym for music, and entering and exiting classrooms. 


·       Physical distancing will occur when and where possible. 


·       Cohorting will remain in place.  This means that classes are cohorted by language grades within our school.  There will be no buddy classes or mixing of cohorts are any time.  As part of cohorting, each grade will have a specific entry and exit door that they are permitted to use. 


·       Staff vaccination information is private and confidential to each individual staff member.  It is not appropriate to ask staff if they are vaccinated- they are not expected to divulge any personal information.




The school office opens on Wednesday, August 25.  Mrs. Larsen and Mrs. Stahl will be answering phones and will be happy to take your calls!  They will not be sharing class list information with families. Please see the next information item for more detail about teachers and class lists.  Office hours are as listed:

·       Monday to Thursday 7:45 am – 3:00 pm

·       Friday 7:45 am – 12:30 pm

For more information about how to contact the school, please check our website under CONTACT US.




Teachers are officially back to school on Friday, August 27.  We will have three staff days- August 27, 30, 31.  Teachers will be meeting with admin for professional development and back to school meetings.  During this time, they will get to know their teaching team and set up their classrooms, review their class lists and start making personal phone calls to families. 


Each teacher in grades 1-4 will call each family on their list starting MONDAY, AUGUST 30.  Do not expect a phone call prior to that date.  It will take time for teachers to make these calls so please be patient.  These calls may take two days to complete so do not be surprised if you hear from them on August 31.  Please be reminded that there will be no class switches made.  This is an important policy in place by administration.


During each phone call, teachers will share first day of school procedures, entry and exit doors, relaxed entry, dismissal, classroom number etc. 


Due to COVID protocols that are in place, there will be no in school tours as part of any transition meetings. 


4.      KINDERGARTEN STAGGERED ENTRY (both language tracks)


We will have a staggered entry for Kindergarten students on September 1- 3. If a student is new to the school in August, the date for the first day of classes will be communicated at the time of registration.  Regular classes for Kindergarten begin on Tuesday, September 7, 2021.

Please meet the Kindergarten teachers at the designated Kindergarten door (the doors by the school garden on the west side of the building) at the times below.  Kindergarten teachers will share additional classroom information with parents at staggered entry. 

Wednesday, September 1



8:00-9:15 AM: Surname that begins with A-M

9:33-10:48 AM:  Surname that begins with N-Z



Surname A-M 11:50am-1:05pm

Surname N-Z 1:15pm-2:30pm



Thursday, September 2



8:00-9:15 AM: Surname that begins with N-Z

9:33-10:48 AM:  Surname that begins with A-M



Surname N-Z 11:50am-1:05pm

Surname A-M 1:15pm-2:30pm


Friday, September 3



8:00-10:00 AM: Surname that begins with A-M

10:15-12:15 PM: Surname that begins with N-Z



AM CLASS STUDENTS 8:00am-10:00am

PM CLASS STUDENTS 10:17am-12:17pm​




Please find our school information at any time on our website.  Go to ABOUT US, then CONTACT US for school times. 



Grades 1-4
Monday – Thursday 

·       Relaxed Entry:  7:45-8:00 AM

·       Start Time:  8:00 AM

·       Dismissal Time:  2:32 PM


·       Relaxed Entry: 7:45-8:00 AM

·       Start time 8:00 AM 

·       Friday dismissal time 12:17 PM

Lunch time: more details to come re: staggered lunch schedule


Due to COVID 19, there will not be a common recess this school year.  Cohorts will schedule their own recess time for Monday to Thursday for 13 minutes in duration.

Kindergarten A.M. 
Monday – Thursday 

·       Relaxed Entry: 7:45-8:00 AM

·       Start time:  8:00 AM 

·       Dismissal time: 10:48 AM


·       Relaxed Entry: 7:45-8:00 AM

·       Start time: 8:00 AM

·       Dismissal time: 12:17 PM





Janet Johnstone School follows the CBE traditional calendar.  To find out when we have non-instructional days, holidays, and alternating Fridays for Kindergarten, please refer to the calendar on our website.  For a quick reference, the school calendar can be seen and saved here.




We have had some staffing changes this year.  For a complete list of our amazing JJ staff, please check Our Staff page on the website.  Each teacher's name is hyperlinked to their email address for quick use!




Don't Miss Out on School Messages!!!  Each Friday, parents will receive a Week at a Glance email that outlines everything that's happening for the upcoming week.  You will want to be in the know each week so make sure that you have opted in to receive these messages!  Please read the information below very carefully.

Due to Canada's Anti-Spam Legislation, parents and guardians need to subscribe online to receive some school messages on topics like student fees, picture days, field trip costs, yearbooks, fun lunches and more. Subscribe online at www.cbe.ab.ca/subscribe

In addition, to receive any text messages from our school or the Calgary Board of Education, please opt in for texts. Use the cell phone on file with the school to text the word YES to the six-digit number 978338.

There is no extra cost to receive SMS messages from CBE, but standard message rates and data charges from your carrier apply when you receive messages from us. See all terms and conditions at www.cbe.ab.ca/SMS.

For more information, visit www.cbe.ab.ca/subscribe or view Questions and Answers.



Please read the information on how to receive text messages from CBE here.




Transportation information can be found on our website.  Please know, the school does not set bus routes or stops


Parents/guardians whose children access yellow bus service can view the status of their bus using the MyBusStop App or on My School Bus Monitor.

Visit CBE Transportation  for forms and more information.


Your student's classroom supplies are purchased by the CBE.   Later in the school year you will find, an Instructional Fee in your students MyCBE Powerschool Account under Fee's to pay for these supplies. The first day of classes please send your student to school with their backpack, 2 facemasks (one to wear into the school, a spare in their backpack) indoor shoes, water bottle, a snack for nutrition break, and lunch if they will be a part of the Lunch Program. It is a good idea to include a spare set of clothing for students in Kindergarten and Grade 1.


Please remember that all lunches and snacks must be nut aware- please do not send any food that contains traces of nuts.  Thank you for your understanding.



We will advise parents of when the CBE Lunch Program Registration opens. This is also done through your student's MyCBE Powerschool Account. All students are welcome to begin bringing their lunch, and be a part of the Lunch Program the first days of classes.



If your student requires use of a puffer or administration of epi-pen/other medications while at school, a Student Health Plan Form (below) must be filled out and brought to the office with the medication.  

https://www.cbe.ab.ca/FormsManuals/Student-Health-Plan.pdf - search=student%20health%20plan


Thank you for your time and attention to the above information.  We know there is a lot to process but hopefully you are feeling well informed! 

We look forward to seeing everyone on September 1!  Enjoy the last few days of summer vacation!


Bobbi Kivi




Jun 29
Goodbye to the 2020 - 2021 School Year

"How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard" - Winnie the Pooh

This time of year is full of mixed feelings as we recall fond memories and look ahead to new adventures.  Our staff would like to say to our students that we are extremely proud of you all for approaching this uncertain school year with positivity and empathy for each other.  Every day, we see many wonderful examples of what we can accomplish because we are "Better Together"! 

Parents and guardians, we would like to that you for trusting us with your children every day and supporting us in following all of the guidelines to keep us all safe at school.  We would also like to thank all of the parents who have volunteered in a not-so typical year to support our school.  When we work together, we can provide amazing opportunities for our students!


We would like to say goodbye and thank you to the following staff members who will not be with us next year:

Mr. McMahon - best of luck in your retirement!

Mrs. Decoux - happy retirement to you!

Miss Aisenstat - thank you for spending the year with our grade 2 students!

Miss Hutchison - thank you for working with our grade 3 team!

Mme Ellen - best wishes with your new baby!

Mme Julia - best wishes at your new school!

Mme Victoria - thank you for being part of our grade 1/2 team!

Mme Claire - best wishes at your new school!

Mrs. Hildebrandt and Mrs. Imach - thank you for your hard work in our lunchroom!

Miss Melanie - thank you for working so hard to keep our school clean!

Welcome to Janet Johnstone:

We would like to welcome the following new members to our team:

Mrs. Christie Dueck will be joining our English team.

M Kyle Sorrenti will be joining our French Immersion team.

Mme Jamie McLean will be joining our French Kindergarten team.

Mme Natasa will be coming back after her maternity leave to our French Immersion team.

Melanie and Vidhya will be joining our lunchroom team.

Tasha Brooks will be joining us as an educational assistant.

Back to School:

The first day of the new school year is Wednesday, September 1, 2021.  Teachers will call their students and welcome them to their classes on Monday, August 30 or Tuesday, August 31.  Back to school information can be found on our school website: https://school.cbe.ab.ca/school/JanetJohnstone/registration/register/back-to-school/Pages/default.aspx

Goodbye from Mrs. Schmitt:

On a personal note, I would like to thank our school community for the past 4 years that I have spent as assistant principal.  I have enjoyed getting to know all of you and working together to support our students.  Like our school song says, "Our school is not windows, concrete and steel.  It’s the people who are in it and the way that they feel" that make Janet Johnstone a special place to be!

We wish you all a safe and fun summer!

The Janet Johnstone Team

Jun 18
Important Staffing Announcement

Dear JJ Families,

I’m writing to share some very exciting news!  I am very pleased to announce that our very own Mrs. Schmitt has been appointed as the new Principal of Sunnyside School, effective August.  She is very deserving of this appointment and Sunnyside is one lucky school to get her! 

Mrs. Schmitt has been an integral part of the learning community at Janet Johnstone for the past 4 years.  Personally, she has been an assistant AND co-principal with me for the past 2 years, she’s become a very good friend, and a tremendous mentor.  I have learned so much from working alongside her during my time at JJ. 

I know I am not alone in my sentiments about Mrs. Schmitt.  I am confident in my belief that the staff, our students and parents have been positively impacted by her work. Mrs. Schmitt builds such positive relationships with everyone that crosses her path.  Our entire school community should be proud of her new accomplishment but we will also deeply feel the loss of her presence each day.

I am working closely with our Area 6 Education Director on finding the just right Assistant Principal to join our team at JJ.  We are hopeful that we can fill Mrs. Schmitt’s shoes before the end of the school year.  Once we have hired for the position, we will share the news with you as promptly as possible.

Please join me in congratulating Mrs. Schmitt on this tremendous accomplishment!  Feel free to send her an email with how you or your child have been positively impacted by her work- I know she would love to hear from you!  kaschmitt@cbe.ab.ca

Way to go, Mrs. Schmitt!

Bobbi Kivi

Principal, Janet Johnstone School

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