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!

Goodbyes:

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




Jun 01
Why We Wear Orange

We wanted to share with families about how we have been taking up discussions about the Orange Shirt focus for the week. 

 

All year long, as part of our School Development Plan, we have been focussing on empathy and respect.  Our Well-being for Learning instructional actions and outcomes have included:

·      Developing a common language about what respect looks like, sounds like, feels like

·      Discussing effective strategies for teaching social skills

·      Planning purposeful interactions with students to practice social emotional skills

·      With students, staff have developed social emotional skills and vocabulary including empathy, respect, self-advocacy, and self-control

·      Staff have modelled respectful communication with students

·      Students can provide examples of respectful words and actions

·      Students participated in school-wide story telling event and had opportunities to give and receive feedback in a respectful way

 

This work will be reflective in the following two ways:

1.     The percentage of students who feel that students respect each other will increase (Alberta Education Assurance Survey)

2.    The percentage of students who have Exemplary (EX) on the report card stem “Treats others with respect and compassion" will increase (report card data January and June 2021)

 

Our whole school inquiry question this year has been 'What can we learn from the land?" which has helped foster a deeper understanding of the land and developed a new found respect for nature.  Learning from the land is part of our work of incorporating Indigenous ways of knowing within our teaching and learning (as part of CBE's Education Plan). We have been using the CBE's Indigenous Newsletter to guide some of our learning about plants and animals and their significance to the land.  This work has been led by our Grade four French Immersion students.

 

We have acknowledged Orange Shirt day in September, Metis Week in November, Winter Solstice in December, and we used the Medicine Wheel for Mental Health Week in May.  We will continue our work with Orange Shirt week this week as part of demonstrating empathy with residential school survivors, and we look forward to acknowledging Summer Solstice on June 21. 

 

We have approached this learning all year by accessing age appropriate resources that are recommended for a K-4 setting.  Some of the resources we have used are:

·      All are Welcome by Alexandra Penfold, Suzanne Kaufman

·      I Am Human: A book of empathy by Susan Verde

·      Say Something! By Peter H. Reynolds

·      Stolen Words by Melanie Florence

·      When We Are Kind by Monique Gray Smith

·      The Sharing Circle by Theresa “Corky" Larsen-Jonasson

·      Phillys's Orange Shirt by Phyllis Webstad

 

Our work this year has had an authentic approach to learning about empathy and respect.  In light of the events this week, and CBE encouraging staff and students to wear an orange shirt to show solidarity with residential school survivors and help send the message that every child matters, we feel that our students are well versed in understanding what this means. All year long, and this week specifically, teachers have guided class discussions and sharing circles with a focus on the following:

·      Every child matters

·      School is a safe place to be

·      How we can use the medicine wheel to take care of ourselves and each other

·      What we can do to make everyone feel welcomed at JJ

·      What we can do to make everyone feel safe and honored at school each day (a sense of belonging)

 

We encourage all families take up the discussion of belonging, and what it means to say that Every Child Matters at school.  As adults, we recognize that the events of the Kamloops Indian Residential School Burial Site are hard to hear and even harder to understand.  When students ask complex questions concerning details that are not age appropriate about what they may hear on the news, through side conversations, or possibly as playground talk, please be assured that we are encouraging them to ask you.  We respect every parent's decision in how they choose to inform their children about current events. Within the walls of the classrooms, we are working very hard to help students understand only what is developmentally appropriate for their age.  Teachers have done an outstanding job facilitating conversations and redirecting the more complex questions to private conversations and to talk to their parents. 

 

We encourage you to check out the resources listed and to spend some time talking to your child(ren) about the reason why we are wearing orange this week.  You'll be surprised at how empathetic and respectful children can be about such a complicated and difficult topic. 

 

As always, please do not hesitate to reach out to me directly if you have any questions, comments or concerns.  Thank you for supporting us and the growth of your child(ren) as respectful and empathetic citizens of the world. 

 

 

​ 


May 31
Staffing Update

Dear Parents and Guardians of JJ,​


I'm writing to inform you of some important staffing updates that you need to be aware of.  I'm sorry to inform you that effective Tuesday, June 8, I will need to take another medical leave for the remainder of the school year, as I will be undergoing another major surgery.  I very much look forward to returning in the fall feeling healthy, strong and excited for a new school year.  I am aware that this may be concerning to many of you, but I can assure you that the school will be in great hands while I am away for the last three weeks of the school year.  Again, Mrs. Schmitt will take on the Acting Principal position and Mrs. Galvin will take on the Acting Assistant Principal position. In Mrs. Galvin's absence from her classroom, the temporary teacher taking her place will be Jamie McLean.  

 

Starting next week until the end of the year, should you need to contact the school's administration, please feel free to reach out by email.

Mrs. Schmitt:  kaschmitt@cbe.ab.ca

Mrs. Galvin: kmgalvin@cbe.ab.ca

 

For the remainder of this week, I can be reached at blkivi@cbe.ab.ca.

 

Thank you for your support and understanding during this busy time of year. I hope everyone has a wonderful summer full of fun, rest, and sunshine!  I look forward to seeing everyone in the fall.  If you have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to reach out to me directly. 

 

Bobbi Kivi

 

 

 

 


May 14
May Updates

Thank you so much for your ongoing support for students and staff as we edge closer to the end of the year.  Pivoting to Scenario 3 (learning from home) has been a challenge but everyone took it in stride- staff, students, and parents!  This week, as I arrived at school each day, nothing could prepare me for the empty hallways and classrooms.  Working in the school with only a handful of staff present has made for the days to feel very long and quiet.  Turns out, we like the noise and the chaos that our students bring to the school! 

 

Chromebooks

We are hopeful that students will return on May 25.  If you borrowed a Chromebook, we would ask that it be returned the day students come back to school.  The charging chords need to be accounted for, along with the computer.  Thank you to Mrs. Schmitt for ensuring that students who required a Chromebook with such short notice, got them out to families in such a timely manner!  We are so grateful that the school has such a good selection of technology so that we could loan them out to families.  Thank you to our very, very incredible School Council for supporting technology use at JJ- it's because of this active group of parents that we have all of our technology!

 

Transportation- Yellow School Bus Pre-registration

Yellow school bus service levels and proposed fees for the 2021-22 school year are now available. Service levels will remain the same as the current school year. The proposed fees are lower than last year and have been subsidized by the transportation surplus from the current school year. As part of our long-term, sustainable transportation system we no longer subsidize the costs of transportation from the larger CBE budget. We continue to ensure the delivery of safe and efficient transportation for students.

Pre-registration is available using MyCBE / PowerSchool. Families must register by June 6 for students to be added to routes for the start of the school year. Transportation continues to accept registrations after the deadline; however, students are added to the closest existing stop with available space. Processing times could be up to six weeks at the beginning of the school year due to volume.

For any Transportation inquiries, please contact: 

t | 403-817-7433 or e | transportation@cbe.ab.ca

 

Class Lists for 21/22 

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 judgment 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 31, 2021.  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. 

 

Start up in September

We are very excited to announce that we will have staggered entry for Grades 1-4 on September 1 and 2.  Information will be provided at the end of June.  Kindergarten will have Staggered entry the entire first week back.  More information will be provided to Kindergarten parents mid-June. 

 

Grade 1-4 Teachers will call students and families to inform them of their class placement at the end of August.  They will share with you on the call where the classroom entry and exit will be as well as their classroom location.  This process worked really well this year and thought we would continue this process for the fall.  We had a lot of positive parent feedback about start up this year!  We look forward to another smooth start up in September. 

 

Please expect the year to start with many of the same COVID-19 protocols in place.  Students are familiar with them so adjusting in the fall will be easier this year.  Closer to the first day of school, we will have more information about what protocols will remain.  We will communicate that with you as it becomes available. 

 

We will also publish our bell times once they have been approved.  You can expect very similar bell times to this year, give or take a couple of minutes here and there.  Our calendar for next year will be coming soon, as well.  Once we have final approval from our Education Director, we will share all of this important information with you.  Please watch your email in the coming weeks.

 

Kindergarten Orientation

We had a very successful virtual Kindergarten Orientation on May 13.  We had about 35 parents attend with some very adorable and eager looking future Kindergarten students!  We were very excited to welcome the newest batch of JJ students. We look forward to welcoming them in September!

 

School Council Meeting with the MLA

We had a very good meeting with our MLA Rebecca Schulz on May 11. Rebecca attended the meeting for about 40 minutes.  She answered a variety of questions about the new curriculum, childcare, and support for Education.  Thank you to the parents that attended and represented our school and learning community.  We are very lucky to have such strong advocates for our school!

 

I look forward to having everyone back at school with me soon!  We really are Better Together on so many levels!  Please don't hesitate to reach out to me by email to say HELLO!​


Apr 06
April Message

​I have been reflecting back on the month of April 2020 and I simply cannot believe that we are in April 2021, still worried about COVID-19, meeting virtually, using copious amounts of hand sanitizer, and trying to begin planning for a new school year in a pandemic.  The good news though, green grass is sprouting, there are more sunny days than snowy ones, and we are rested from a relaxing spring break. 

 

COVID-19 Update and Reminders

The office has received many calls about families and/or students who are isolation due to being a close contact of a positive case.  If your child is in isolation for being a close contact OUTSIDE OF SCHOOL, teachers are not responsible for providing “learning from home" resources or materials.  Students can access what is posted in their Google Classroom.  However, Google Classroom is not the full extent of what students are learning or working on in school for Face to Face learning.  The Alberta Government continues to mandate that we are in Scenario 1 (Face to Face learning) and anything provided in Google Classroom is a snapshot of the work being done in school. 

 

If an entire classroom is in isolation because of a positive case at school, then the class is transitioned to Scenario 3 (Learning from Home).  At that point, Google Classroom is used for all teaching and learning.

 

We understand that many of you have many questions and concerns about the increasing number of cases due to the variant in Alberta.  We continue to be in Scenario 1 (Face to Face learning) as mandated by Alberta Health Services and Alberta Education, therefore, students are expected to attend school.

 

At this time, we feel that it is necessary to remind everyone of the protocols that are in place to keep students and staff safe and healthy in their learning environments. Every parent is required to review the COVID-19 symptom checklist each day before sending students to school.  We would ask you to review it daily.  This is best way to keep us all healthy at school each day.

 

Attention all Grade Four Parents!

Each year Alberta Education sends an important survey to all parents and legal guardians of students in Grades 4, 7 and 10. In schools with fewer than 120 students, surveys are sent to parents/legal guardians of all students. The 2020-21 school year is the first year of the Alberta Education Assurance (AEA) survey, which replaces the former Accountability Pillar (AP) survey. This year's survey will be available for parents/legal guardians March 25 to April 23, 2021.

 

Families have received survey packages mailed from Alberta Education. The survey package includes:

  • a copy of the Education Minister's letter to parents;
  • a letter containing a Random Access Code (RAC) for accessing the survey online; and
  • instructions for accessing the survey in other languages.

Completing the survey online is the quickest way for Alberta Education to receive a completed response. For more information, please click here.

Last year we only had 18 parents respond to the survey.  We want your feedback!  We encourage all grade four parents to respond to the survey.  Thank you in advance!

 

Planning for the New School Year!

We have started gathering data and information for planning for the 2021/22 school year!  The next three months will be focused on enrollment, staffing, and preparing for September.  If you have not yet informed the school that your child(ren) will NOT be returning to JJ for next year, please inform the school ASAP.  Grade Four students are automatically enrolled in their designated school for grade five (Sam W. Shaw for English students and Woodman for French Immersion students).  If your grade four child is NOT attending one of these designated schools or is switching to English for grade five, please inform the school ASAP.  The receiving schools need accurate numbers in order to staff accordingly.

 

Please contact the school the following ways:

·      School email JanetJohnstone@cbe.ab.ca

·      Office phone 403-777-8670 (our office hours are M-Th 7:45am-3:00pm and Fridays 7:45am-12:30pm).

 

Class Lists for 21/22 

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 judgment 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 31, 2021.  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. 

 

Spring Weather

As you know, students are outside multiple times a day.  It's very important that they are dressed for the weather.  In Calgary, that means that all four seasons can happen in one day!  Please always send your child with a jacket, hat, mitts, proper outdoor footwear (not sandals or flip flops) and dry socks. 

 

Garden Project

Administration has been working with our School Council on a large garden project.  The good news is that it's moving along much faster than we anticipated!  The garden area will be on the grassy area between the Kindergarten doors and the creative playground.  Our goal is to have large planter areas for each grade to take ownership of each year, based on their inquiry question and the graded curriculum.  We hope to involve members of the community to also help support the project, especially during the summer months.  You will see progress over the next few weeks on the west side of the school.  Thank you to Jacqueline Strom and our amazing School Council for the funding for this project!  Please stay tuned on the progress!

 

If you have any questions, comments or concerns about the information shared with you or any other matters, please don't hesitate to reach out to me directly by email blkivi@cbe.ab.ca.​


Mar 03
March Message

They say if March comes in like a lamb it will go out like a lion….we are thoroughly enjoying the spring-like weather that the beginning of March is already offering!  With students being outside multiple times a day for gym, recess and lunch, the weather has given students so much more enjoyment! We really don't want the wintry cold blasts of winter to return!

 

Inside the school, rigorous learning continues!  Students are engaged in their oral story telling work.  Teachers worked with professional story teller Jeff Stockton at the end of January and learned about how to engage students in oral story telling.  This work is part of our School Development Goal for oral proficiency in both French Immersion and English tracks.  Students will be showcasing their oral stories during March Virtual conferences on March 25 and 26.  Please watch your email and the school website for more information about booking your conference time.

 

Teachers have been learning a lot about feedback in our Professional Learning Communities on Friday afternoons.  Providing students with feedback is important in order for student to know how and what they need to do next, what they need to change or continue trying.  By making our learning intentions clear and by providing differentiated tasks that allow students to demonstrate their own abilities and understanding, teachers can provide authentic feedback about the student's achievement.  The goal is to have students respond to their teacher's feedback and use it to enhance their work- specifically, apply it to their oral storytelling to improve their oral proficiency.

 

As administrators, we also review feedback from surveys and data and respond accordingly.  We will be examining report card data from January report cards as well as information gathered from the OurSchool Survey that some students have completed.  This information helps us to plan and engage in professional development related to our School Development Plan. 

 

Now that March is here, we are starting to gather important information as we begin planning for the 2021-22 school year.  Mrs. Schmitt will be sending out an online survey to all families about next year.  Please watch your email for this important questionnaire.  We would ask that you complete it to help us know who may or may not be returning next year.  Every student counts as we begin planning our budget and preliminary staffing for the Fall.  Our projections for next year show a possible increase in enrollment.  We are looking forward to having more students in our school!  Please remember that Kindergarten registration is open and ongoing for both English and French Immersion.

 

We have had many exciting things happening in our school over the last few weeks.  Carnaval was a huge success and helped to make us feel a bit of normalcy!  Bonhomme made a one day appearance, the ice castle was constructed, snow-shoeing, curling and hockey were played, and we heard all of our favorite Carnaval songs in music.  Mrs. Paul's creative juices were flowing again as she had every student make their own set of spoons in music class.  Spoons are a traditional Canadian folk music sound that fit with our week of Carnaval!  We raised enough money in our Hot Chocolate Raffle to purchase two indoor curling sets- thank you for your support!  Students were very excited to purchase their raffle tickets.  Four students were the lucky winners of hot chocolate in the ice palace with Mrs. Schmitt and myself.  We had a great discussion about Carnaval and enjoyed our warm beverages in the beautiful sunshine!

 

If you would like to particiate in JJSC or FJJSA, please virtually attend our next meeting on Tuesday, March 9 at 6:30pm.  Information about accessing the meeting will be sent on the day of the meeting and will be posted on our website.  We look forward to “seeing" you at the next meeting!

 

 


Feb 01
February Message

January came and went in a flurry of activity!  The month was spent preparing for some Hub students returning, accepting and process ongoing Kindergarten registrations for next year, working with colleagues and students on assessment and reporting in preparation for report cards, and settling into some cold weather.  We had our first blue days last week and they went really well with students working on fun activities in their classrooms with their lunch supervisor.  Thank you for sending students dressed for the weather each day- teachers tried to take students out for shorter recess times and for gym when the weather warmed up at bit. Students are outside multiple times a day so having them dressed for the weather is very important!

 

On Friday, January 29, teachers spent the morning in a virtual professional development session with Jeff Stockton.  Jeff Stockton is a master story teller who weaves his stories into music with the help of his harp.  As part of our School Development Plan, our focus this year is on oral proficiency.  Teachers will use the tools and skills learned from Jeff Stockton to begin weaving the development of oral story telling into the classroom with students.  We will continue this work for the next few months and teachers will have at least one more opportunity to work with Jeff Stockton virtually on one of our Friday afternoons in March.

 

Report cards will be released online in PowerSchool for our school on Wednesday, February 3 after 9:00am.  Information on how to view your child's report card was sent in the Week at a Glance on Friday, January 29.  There will be no printed report cards at this time. 

 

February has lots of important dates so please watch the Week at a Glance to ensure that you're in the know.  We are very excited about Carnaval this month (Feb 16-19).  There will be lots of information coming out about it, including the return of the Ice Castle!  We are planning all of our school wide activities with Covid restrictions and regulations at the forefront in order to keep everyone safe and healthy.  There will be some differences this year compared to previous Carnaval traditions but we guarantee that students will have an educational and very fun Carnaval experience.  Carnaval is an important tradition at JJ as it brings the French Immersion track together with the English track to learn about French-Canadian culture.  Our French Immersion grade ¾ classes will be taking on the leadership role for Carnaval this year. 

 

We would like to thank our school council, once again, for the purchase of three class sets of snowshoes.  Our students have been so excited to get outside and use them.  Follow us on Twitter ( @JohonstoneSchool) to see an exciting video of one of the kindergarten classes snowshoeing across our field!  Would you like to know more about how school council supports students at JJ?  Come to our next virtual council meeting on February 9 at 6:30pm!

 

Thank you to our students, staff, and parents for being so vigilant about all of the Covid protocols and processes.  We have had no positive cases to date within our school.  Please keep reviewing the self-assessment checklist each day and keep your child home if they are unwell.  Our goal is to simply keep everyone safe, healthy, and happy each day at school.


Jan 04
January 4, 2021 Message to Parents

Dear Janet Johnstone Families,

Welcome to 2021! I trust that you had a relaxing break with your family. It certainly was a unique break for us all! As you already know, our first week back has been mandated as Learning At Home, Scenario 3. Please see below for important reminders about how this week will look.


I would like to extend a very large THANK YOU to Mrs. Schmitt and Ms. Galvin for taking on their acting designations during my absence in November and December. They both worked extremely hard to keep the school running smoothly. I was very impressed by their dedication to the Acting Principal and Acting Assistant Principal roles- they both took on the work with positivity, professionalism and an eagerness to learn about the roles. Thank you to Mrs. Paul for continuing to support the administrative team through her Learning Leader designation. Mrs. Paul takes her music and learning leader position to new heights each day.


I would also like to thank all of the JJ teachers and support staff for their incredibly hard work leading up to Winter Break and in preparation for Learning At Home this week. Their hard work has not gone unnoticed!


To all of the parents and students in the JJ community- THANK YOU for the many well wishes and positive thoughts that I received during my medical leave. I have felt very cared for, even during my absence. The power of a simple note can speak volumes, and I cherished every single one! I am so happy to be back at work and starting the new year feeling very healthy. Walking into my office this morning filled me with so much happiness- I received some very lovely notes from many, many students. The welcome back decorations put a huge grin on my face! I very much look forward to seeing all of the students when they return on January 11.


If you have any questions, comments or concerns, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me directly at blkivi@cbe.ab.ca  


Please note, for this week only, the school office hours will be 7:30am – 1:15pm. Mrs. Stahl will be answering the phones during the school office hours.


Please read the information below very carefully:

Important Information About Learning at Home January 4 to 8, 2021 for Kindergarten to Grade 4:

o Google Classroom:

  • All learning activities will be accessed through your child’s Google Classroom, using their CBE email address. Please email your child’s teacher if you need help logging in.

o Schedules:

  • Teachers have been working on their schedules for the week, keeping in mind that families may have to share technology. Attendance will be taken twice a day, at the beginning of a literacy or math lesson. These meetings are mandatory and are marked on the schedule (posted in the Google Classroom).
  • You will also find other learning activities in the Google Classroom for other subjects and a suggested schedule you can follow with your child.

  • Please visit Mrs. Paul’s Google Classroom during your child’s grade’s assigned time for live music lessons and for phys ed activities.

  • You will also find links to online resources for your child to explore.

o Educational Assistants:

  •  Ed Assistants will also be working online this week and will meet with some students on Google Meet. If your child is in one of these groups, you will receive an email from Mrs. Schmitt later today.​


Dec 17
Farewell to 2020!

Thank you, Janet Johnstone community for a successful first 4 months of our school year.  Since September 1, students and staff have approached each day with a positive attitude and ​have continued to show that we are better together at JJ.   Even with the new challenges and protocols, we have found silver linings, including:

  • ​the benefit of daily phys ed outside
  • music and movement in the gym with Mrs. Paul
  • continued school-wide focus on empathy and respect
  • ​an emphasis on enhancing all students' oral proficiency
  • a whole-school inquiry question that looks at indigenous perspectives and makes connections to our lives: What can we learn from the land?
  • a school-wide food drive

Our staff would like to thank our School Council members and all parents who have supported fundraising initiatives so far this year.  A big thank you for the gift cards and thoughtful cards that were given to all staff.

Looking forward, all students will be spending the first week of January learning online at home.

Google Classroom:  
  • All learning activities will be accessed through your child's Google Classroom, using their CBE email address.  Please email your child's teacher if you need help logging in.
Schedules:  
  • Teachers have been working on their schedules for the week, keeping in mind that families may have to share technology.  Attendance will be taken twice a day, at the beginning of a literacy and math lesson.  These meetings are mandatory and are marked on the schedule (posted in the Google Classroom).
  • You will also find other learning activities in the Google Classroom for other subjects and a suggested schedule you can follow with your child.
  • Please visit Mrs. Paul's Google Classroom during your child's grade's assigned time for live music lessons and for phys ed activities.

We wish all of our Janet Johnstone families a very happy holidays and we look forward to seeing you online on January 4 and back at school on January 11, ​​​2021!


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