Apr 11
Staffing, Planning and Farewells - OH MY!


Last week, we welcomed our new secretary, Mrs. Peggy Leung to our office team. Mrs. Leung was previously at Griffith Woods School and is a very welcome addition to our school. Welcome, Mrs. Leung!
On Wednesday, we said adios to Mr. Just Bechthold who has accepted a Math Specialist role with CBE and is working downtown in support of developing teacher capacity around math instruction, as he did here within his teaching teams as a Learning Leader. We are fortunate to welcome Mrs. Crystal Hedeman, who was already successfully working with the grade 7 team for a short-term leave, and has moved down the hall to work with 7-2, creating a somewhat seamless transition for our students.


It’s that time of year where we are making decisions around staffing and class organization for next year. If you know of any changes impacting your child(ren)’s enrollment for next year, we greatly appreciate if you can let us know as soon as possible.


ASAP Send in a baby/toddler photo to homeroom teacher
April 13 Lunch meeting for those interested in being class historian
April 29 Nominate or apply for awards – deadline
April 29 Indigenous Transitions Ceremony (afternoon)
May 2 Baby/toddler digital photos is due to homeroom teacher
May 3 or 4 Tryouts with prepared speech - after school
(Students sign up for one of the two days)
May 20 Gift of Art submission deadline
June 15 Farewell–students must be present in the am
Formal ceremony – PM
Student celebration at Heritage Park – evening

Feb 21
​ Reflections on a year; time flies when you're having fun.

​This week is the one-year mark of my move to John Ware and what a year it has been. Meeting and getting to know staff, students and families during a pandemic (while wearing masks) is not a typical experience when joining a school. We hit the ground running last February, and it seems like we haven't stopped.

Schools are a micro version of our world and as seen in the news, the world can be a strained and challenging place. As in the greater community, times are challenging for our students during one of the key developmental phases of their young lives. As shared on her blog, Dr. Jody Carrington shares, “According to a 2021 surgeon general report, symptoms of depression and anxiety doubled in youth during the pandemic. Our emotions, our mental health, the way we process and acknowledge emotions in ourselves and in each other is critical right now – it's a matter of life and death…I love Adam Grant's reminder that many of our “best practices" were created for a world that no longer exists."


There is no denying the increase in depression and anxiety in many youth and their families, and much of this year has required additional time and support to re-develop a school community and establish norms for positive behavior in our building. This work has been seamless for many students, and an ongoing conversation for some; this is the work we do in meeting students where they are in their personal development as learners and members of our school community.


With the added layer of social media, the world of “school" is not limited to the typical school day, and for some, getting away from potentially negative influences and messaging is difficult. Social media is a tool for youth to connect, and simultaneously, a source of stress. These are trying experiences for our growing learners.


Albeit we are not yet out of the proverbial woods, we see many signs of success each day and on the horizon. We have returned to school sports and activities. We are able to welcome special guests and attend off site field trips. We look forward to being able to hold a whole school assembly, in person, to come together as a community. Things are beginning to look up for a return to what we consider “normal", and also recognize we don't know what normal means anymore, as we embrace change and respond to the needs of students.

We all have a role to play in this work; staff, students and families have a responsibility and role to play in contributing to a welcoming, caring, respectful and safe learning environment. Thank you for your support and ongoing relationship with the school in helping navigate a challenging world and carving out a new path.



Tanis Greenlaw, Principal


Education Act https://www.qp.alberta.ca/1266.cfm?page=E00P3.cfm&leg_type=Acts&isbncln=9780779826476

Dr. Jody Carrington – Blog https://www.drjodycarrington.com/blog/

Engaging Middle Years Students in Learning https://www.edu.gov.mb.ca/k12/docs/support/my_foundation/full_doc.pdf


Feb 09

​We are continuing to find success in our Owning Up work each week during our homeroom blocks. Teachers are working to explore important concepts in supporting a common language and understanding of how to show respect and honor people's differences and unique qualities, maintaining dignity even when facing conflict and challenge. We have set aside this time each week to allow for meaningful work in helping our students' wellbeing and finding ways to connect and address common themes in adolescence. 

RESPECT: Admiring someone because they can do things that are difficult to do, have gone through a hard experience, or have achieved a difficult goal. Respect is earned through someone’s actions. You can also earn people’s respect by how you treat other people.Respect is earned.

DIGNITY: Dignity means that every person has the same amount of worth that can’t be taken away. Dignity is a given.​

Jan 11
Welcome back & happy 2022!!

​John Ware Families, 

We are thrilled to have students back in the building this week with all the anticipation around returning to learning amongst the ever-changing health situation. We appreciate families being vigilant in monitoring their child(ren)’s health with the UPDATED Daily Health Checklist prior to students attending school each day. Our goal is to maintain in person learning, and understand students will be coming and going, and will be accessing learning both online through their teachers’ Google Classrooms, and in person.

Monitor for the following symptoms, new or worsening:
Shortness of breath 
Runny nose
Sore throat 
Painful swallowing 
Nasal congestion
Feeling unwell/fatigued 
Unexplained loss of appetite 
Muscle/joint aches 
Conjunctivitis (pink eye)

Continued “cohorts” of groups going off campus:
Monday - Grade 9
Tuesday - Grade 7 & 8
Wednesday - Grade 7 & 8
Thursday - Grade 9

Students and staff are expected to be masked while in school with masks covering the nose and mouth. Doing so is important to help limit COVID transmission and keep in-person learning in place. Staff will be reminding students of this expectation. Should students require further reminders, they may be invited to have a conversation around the shared responsibility for everyone’s wellbeing at the office and with families as needed.

Rapid Antigen Tests (RATs) and masks for every student are expected to arrive this week. We encourage the use of these rapid tests to make sure any asymptomatic positive cases of Covid 19 are caught before arriving at school.

Thank you for your help in keeping schools open and safe. 

Tanis Greenlaw, Principal

Jan 11
Basketball Season Update

Good afternoon John Ware students & families,

Middle/Jr High principals have been asked to pause the start of basketball season.  The Athletic Association and senior administrative  team are focused on maintaining in school learning as our key priority. As such, we are currently discussing the logistics around a potential start date for basketball. Some of the parameters being examined include:

- the availability of coaches and replacements should coaches become ill

- student absence rates

- staff absence rates

- the extent to which teaching staff are being reassigned due to a shortage of substitute teachers

- shortage of officials and lack of staff able to referee games

- game schedules and needed adjustments

- potential inequity among schools

The situation in schools will be re-evaluated on or before January 28, 2022. At this time a decision will be made to either cancel the remainder of the season or begin the season with a condensed schedule. In the event the season is cancelled, we will develop an in-house opportunity for students to participate in developing their basketball skills as an alternative to a typical season.​

Please do not hesitate to contact me should you have any questions.

Thank you for your understanding.


Tanis Greenlaw, Principal

Dec 10
Last week before winter break

​​​We are excited to have a number of fun activities for our staff and students for the last week prior to winter break. Thank you to the Student Leadership team for planning and running activities. 

Daily: Pin the nose on the snowman & candygram sales

Monday: Just Dance Holiday Style - in the gym at lunch

Tuesday: Holiday Karaoke - at lunch in the drama room 

Wednesday: Festive or Crazy Holiday Hat Day

Thursday: Ugly or Cozy Holiday Sweater Day 

Friday: PJ Day & Candygram delivery 

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 sagaren@cbe.ab.ca

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

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