Nov 24
Crabs in a bucket? Ware Time at Ware

This week, we started our new schedule for Ware Time, a homeroom block to support our work in student wellbeing and supporting a positive school culture. Also, Mrs. Eskerod has been working with our grade 7 classrooms to talk about how we all come together as a community to help shape school culture. The metaphor of crabs in the bucket, where people pull one another down, contributes to a negative school culture. By being unkind, vandalism, rumors, intentionally hurting others through actions and words in person and online, etc., we are not able to fully accomplish what we all want both individually and collectively.
This week’s first conversation and activities in Ware Time addressed:
- To feel comfortable and uncomfortable
- To establish agreements for students and teachers
- To define confidentiality and privacy
- To define reporting
- To improve emotional intelligence (EI)
- To begin building a foundation where students can be self-reflective, share their opinion and engage with the group
The lesson concepts and ideas are the same in grades 7, 8 & 9 each week, with different levels of complexity and nuance. We are working to develop common language and understanding as a school, based on the work of Rosalind Wiseman, Owning Up; Empowering adolescents to create cultures of dignity and confront social cruelty and injustice.
Please ask your child about the conversations they had today to begin this collective journey.​

Oct 25
IB at Henry Wise Wood for Grade 9s

​On behalf of Henry Wise Wood High School 

​Dear CBE Area V and VI Families:

Henry Wise Wood High School is your CBE Area V/VI designated IB school. The IB program is an academic program of choice offered to ALL students who are interested in registering who live in Area V and VI. If students are passionate about content in at least two school subjects in junior high, they can register in the IB program and be provided with the opportunity to delve into the school subjects of interest more deeply in Grade 10, 11 and 12. IB courses are available in all Core Subjects - English, Social Studies, Math, and Science as well as complementary areas of Philosophy, Art, Film Studies, French and Spanish.

Students designated to HWW by address are eligible to submit IB registration documents. Students not designated to HWW by address are eligible to apply to transfer to HWW for the IB Program providing:
1. Interested families live in Area V or VI.
2. Grade 9 students are passionate about becoming an IB student.
3. Students select two IB courses (minimum) in the IB program. This is a minimum two-year commitment for students applying from out of area.
4. Interested IB learners are currently successful in their Grade 9 courses in which they want to pursue IB – 3’s and 4’s.
5. Parents complete the:
a. IB registration paperwork before the March 15, 2022 deadline.
b. Online Transfer Form before the March 15, 2022 deadline and submit the required paperwork listed on the HWW website.

We would like to invite you to our online IB Information Night in order to find out the necessary information so your family can make an informed decision for Grade 10.
Henry Wise Wood – IB Information Night
Tuesday, November 2 @ 5:30pm – 7pm
Microsoft Teams meeting

We look forward to seeing you online on November 2! We will not be accepting any IB registration paperwork until February 1, 2022. Following the meeting on November 2, we will provide you with homework - access to our IB Video & IB Registration Booklet for your viewing and reading pleasure.

Scott Garen – IB Coordinator

Sep 14
School Team Tryouts

Students are excited for the return of school sports. Families are asked to please make note of times for tryouts and make arrangements for drop off / pick up. 

September 14 

7:30 am SR Boys Volleyball Tryout 

September 15 

7:30 am JR Girls Volleyball Tryout 

Cross Country Meet #1 - Stanley Park 5:00 - 6:30

Girls Soccer Game vs. Fairview @ John Ware 4:30 - 5:30 pm

JR Boys Volleyball Tryout 3:30 - 4:45 pm

September 16 

SR Girls Volleyball Tryout 7:30 - 8:30 am 

Boys Soccer Practice 3:30 - 4:45 pm

SR Boys Volleyball Tryout 3:30 - 4:45

September 17

Cross Country Training 7:30 - 8:30 am

September 20

JR Boys Volleyball Practice 7:30 am

Cross Country Training 3:30 - 4:30 pm

Girls Soccer Practice 3:30 - 4:45 pm

JR Girls Volleyball Practice 3:30 - 4:45 pm

September 21

SR Boys Volleyball Practice 7:30 

Cross Country Meet #2 - North Glenmore Park 5:00 - 6:30 pm

Boys Soccer Game VS Woodman @ John Ware 4:30 - 5:30 pm 

SR Girls Volleyball Practice 3:30 - 4:45 pm

September 22 

JR Girls Volleyball Practice 7:30 am 

Girls Soccer Game VS. Woodman @ John Ware 4:30 - 5:30 pm

JR Boys Volleyball Practice 3:30 - 4:45 pm 

September 23

SR Girls Volleyball Practice 7:30 am 

Cross Country Training 3:30 - 4:30 

SR Boys Volleyball Practice 3:30 - 4:45 pm 

September 2

Cross Country Final Meet - North Glenmore Park 5:00 - 6:30 pm

Boys Soccer Practice 3:30 - 4:45 pm

Girls Soccer Practice 3:30 - 4:45 

September 29 
Girls Soccer Game VS Dr. George Stanley at Dr. George Stanley 4:30 - 5:30 pm 

October 2 - Alternate date for Cross Country Final Meet (North Glenmore Park 5:00 - 6:30 pm)

Aug 27
Ready for School September 1st

Oki, Tansi, Danit'ada, Umba-watich, Tawnshi, and Hello

We are thrilled to be getting geared up for the start of our 2021-22 school year. It has been a beautiful summer, and we as a staff sincerely hope you have enjoyed time with your children and had some fun in the gorgeous weather.

​Our staff are working to prepare classrooms and planning activities for your child(ren)'s arrival next week to start the school year. Families will receive an email from their child's homeroom teacher on Tuesday at 3:00.

Please see the key dates for our staggered entry schedule:

Wednesday, September 1st         

Grade 7 (only) AM 8:30 – 12:00,                                         Grade 8 & 9 (only) PM 1:06 – 3:10

*CTS routes available before and after school only

Thursday, September 2nd            

Grade 7 (only) AM 8:30 – 12:00

Grade 8 & 9 (only) PM 1:06 – 3:10

*CTS routes available before and after school only

Friday, September 3rd  All students, 7, 8 & 9

Friday Schedule  8:30 – 11:50

​School Supplies:

The following is a general list of supplies required by all students at John Ware School. Students are responsible for replacing these items as they are depleted through the year. Please label everything. 

  • Geometry set (protractor/compass)                    
  • Binders & Dividers (3)
  • Agenda/Daytimer (optional)                                
  • Glue Stick
  • Calculator (recommend TI 30X  yx  and (+/-)       
  • Highlighters
  • Scissors                                                           
  • Duotangs
  • Pencil Crayons                                                  
  • Erasers
  • Pencils (box)                                                     
  • Fine tip black marker
  • Pencil Case                                                      
  • Loose-leaf lined paper
  • Pens – several in blue or black ink                      
  • Markers
  • Ruler (metric)

Things to look forward to:

We are bringing many elements of typical junior high life back this year.

  • Use of lockers                           
  • Continued away for the day policy (cell phones)
  • Daily intermural activities           
  • Students able to meet with friends in the library for lunch
  • Field trips                                  
  • Guest speakers
  • Sports teams                             
  • Clubs & Special Events

We will continue to be a “closed campus" through the end of September, when CBE will review the COVID protocols and masking expectations. 

​Thank you, 

Tanis Greenlaw, Principal

Aug 25
Welcome Back!

John Ware Families, 

We are so excited to have your children return to in person learning next week. 

Students will start attending in person classes on Wednesday, September 1st. We plan to have a staggered entry schedule for students to provide a calm re-entry and support the return to moving through the building for options and core classes. 

Wednesday, September 1

Grade 7 Only - 8:30 - 12:00

Grade 8 & 9 Only - 1:10 - 3:10

Thursday, September 2

Grade 7 Only - 8:30 - 12:00

Grade 8 & 9 Only - 1:10 - 3:10

Friday, September 3

All grades attend 8:30 - 11:50

Teachers will be contacting families on August 30/31 to welcome students to their classrooms for the year. 

Thank you, 
Tanis Greenlaw, Principal​

Jul 14
Casino Volunteers Needed - John Ware School

Hello fellow John Ware parents!! 

Our Casino is fast approaching - and we are in need of approximately 40 volunteers to fill positions over the two days, August 31 and September 01, of our casino. This two day commitment means  our school will receive in the neighborhood of $70,000....that's a lot of cookie dough, meat, chocolates...or other things  we don't need to sell!

Please - check your schedule, and sign up for a shift. It's easy work - and helps our students immensely!

Project Goals: 

- updated furtinture, flexible seating and equipment for the Learning Commons 

- additional technology purchases for accessibility in classrooms 

Location: Deerfoot Inn & Casino

Date: August 31 & September 1, 2021

Jun 21
Indigenous People's Day - Call to Action

In recognition of National Indigenous Peoples Day,

in alignment with the CBE Education Plan,


John Ware School


acknowledges and supports the

Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) Calls to Action.

Collectively, we make the following commitment to action

for the 2021-2022 school year:


All students will engage in land-based learning throughout the year in all subject areas. We are of the land, which influences our lives and experiences in understanding ourselves.

In making our commitment,

we are inspired by Calls to Action # 57 & # 63.


Date: June 21, 2021​

May 31
Tragedy in Kamloops

​This weekend's events have once again reminded us of the fragility of life, and the many atrocities of the Residential School system. With the discovery of 215 children's remains at the Kamloops Indian Residential School, many feelings are surfaced for our students, families and staff. 

This week, flags will be flown at half mast in recognition of the lost lives of residential schools and staff and students are encouraged to wear orange. 

Why is this issue important to all Canadians? Why should it matter to those who didn't attend residential school? 

It matters because it continues to affect First Nations, Inuit and Metis families - people from vibrant cultures who are vital contributors to Canadian society. 

It matters because it happened here, in a country we call our own - a land considered to be a world leader in democracy and human rights. 

It matters because we share this land. We may not be responsible for wat happened in​ the past, but we all benefit from what First Nations, Inuit and Metis have had to relinquish. We are responsible for our actions today.  

(from 100 Years of Residential Schools in Canada)

Families can explore more about residential schools through 100 Years of Loss: The Residential School System in Canada 

A virtual exhibition can be viewed at  

We continue to support the implementation of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Calls to Action as part of the CBE's system Indigenous Education Holistic Lifelong Learning Framework.

The CBE acknowledges the words of Murray Sinclair, Chair of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada: “Education is how we will heal, teaching our children that we are all equal is how we will stop racism and bring about reconciliation."

Survivors of the Indian Residential School system can get support through the 24/7 crisis line (1-866-925-4419), and additional support is available through the Kids Help Phone (1-800-668-6868). Support is available to CBE employees through Homewood Health (1-800-663-1142).

Thank you, 

Tanis Greenlaw, Principal

May 13
Online Life as a Teen

As educators, our job is to teach. What we were somewhat unprepared for was the work needed in response to the much-increased use of technology for our students to both engage in learning from home, and to “connect" with their friends and peers. Ironically, many students' time online is not making people feel good. Many students report the perceived need to be online (Fear of Missing Out / FOMO), and also share they don't feel close to others, and often times feel worse after having experienced something negative online, such as fighting on a group text, chat, or on social media.


As a school, we are one part of a child's network of support. Families are asked to spend time talking to their child(ren) around their experiences online, what they have observed and heard from others, which they may not feel comfortable with or know what to do about, and what help they may need.

​Online time on social media and other platforms on evenings and weekends is a family focus; we support students when engaging in learning during the day and become involved when outside activities impact students' sense of safety coming to school. We rely on our working relationship with families to support the school by maintaining a vigilant level of supervision around your child's online behavior and activity.


Students do not need their phones/devices overnight. Nothing good comes from texts at 1 am. Turn off all notifications and location services on apps.

Regularly check in on your child's activities and concerns around social media.

Have parameters for screen-free times to engage in other activities.

The Internet Does Have Rules of Conduct – Just Like Life

The anonymous and instant nature of the Internet makes it easy to believe people can say or do what they want without repercussions. But there are rules for safe and acceptable online behaviour.

Never treat someone online in a way you wouldn't feel comfortable doing face to face.

Never share passwords with anyone other than a trusted adult.

Never share cellphone numbers or email addresses unless you know and trust the person.

Never share personal information or photos in a chat room.

Never post, email or forward naked photos of yourself - or anyone else – to anyone.

Always stand up to bullying behaviour you see online. If you know who the sender is, let him or her know that cyberbullying is not okay with you but don't engage in responding to nasty or aggressive messages. Reach out to the person on the receiving end. Let them know that you are there and you care. Delete the message and do not pass it along.

Always talk to a trusted adult about your online relationships and what you see online. If you are being cyberbullied or concerned that someone else is, you don't have to deal with it alone.

Always protect yourself. If you think you or someone else is being harassed or threatened, make a copy of the message before you delete it. Internet service providers, cell phone service providers, and social networking websites like FaceBook have terms of use that forbid bullying, harassing, malicious or illegal behaviour. Contact them so they can investigate the issue or remove the offending material. Approach the police when physical threats are involved or a crime has possibly been committed.

Apr 26
Family Learning: The Tech Solution (Book Club)

As parents and educators, we are very aware of the digital world and the power of devices. As a school, we have committed to an "away for the day" policy in the hopes we can give students the space to engage IRL (in real life). We are finding an increasing number of conflicts and bullying situations connected to online behaviour and communication through different social media platforms. 

We would like to provide the opportunity for families to come together and "read" the book, The Tech Solution by Shimi Kang, and advocate for and with our students. Conversation will take place monthly online for 30 minutes prior to each school council meeting - you don't have to read the book to participate. 

The Tech Solution outlines all you need to know about hte short-term and potential long-term consequences of tech use. The book is available in print, e-book and on Audible. ​​

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