Jan 17
Jan. 16

Hello SJAMmers,

We have enjoyed seeing the smiling eyes of the students this week. Thank you for following the AB Health protocols by having students complete the daily check and staying home if they are displaying symptoms.  As indicated in an email yesterday, masks and rapid test kits have been given to students - enough for 1 week - two per day, 10 more to be distributed.  Please use a rapid test prior to returning Monday and then 3 days later before returning Thursday.  With Test kits now available the possibility for an increase in COVID positive results exists. Identification of asymptomatic students and staff may impact the school.  Please continue to be flexible, as things are ever changing. If your child was not here on Friday they will be able to get the test kit when they return to school. 

Monday. January 17 is day 6.

Semester Change and Option Classes

Students will complete their semester one Option courses on January 28th. Semester two classes will begin Tuesday, February 1st. Please ensure your student has logged into PowerSchool to check their scheduled options for the second semester.

If a student requires a change to their Option class or has an empty block, they must see Mr. Bliss for an Option Change Request Form. This form must be completed, signed by both teachers and guardians, and returned to Mr. Bliss by Friday Jan 21st, in order to be considered. Please Note: Option changes will only be made if students have a strong reason or learning need. Changes will also be restricted based on class availability, so not all submitted requests will be possible.

School Council 

Our virtual School Council meeting on Tuesday, January 18 at 6:30pm using Microsoft Teams. Mr. Bliss, our Learning Leader for Resource will be sharing information on what is happening at the school and updates with high school registration for our grade 9’s. We will also be sharing updates on activities at SJAM including the Covid-19 pandemic.  This is a great place to connect with other parents and find out what is happening at SJAM.

If you were unable to attend our previous Council meetings this year and would like to receive an invite to access this meeting, please send an email to sjam.council@gmail.com.

Yearbook

Hit the jackpot and get your 2022 SJAM YEARBOOK for only $35. Our students have been working hard, going all in to make this year's book great. Purchase your copy by following the steps in this link. You can also get these details by visiting the school website.

 We hope you are having a safe and wonderful weekend.

Darren, Andrea & Cat


Jan 17
Jan. 9

Hello SJAMmers,

We would like to take this time to thank you for your patience and understanding as we followed the information coming from Alberta Education regarding this past week.  We are excited to see the students return to school Monday, January 10th.  Teachers have taken this past week to prepare for the upcoming weeks and the possibility of having to transition to online learning.  Students should continue to access D2L if they are missing school for any reason.  A message came to you this week called “Back to School and COVID-19 Update for Families”, please read through that message with your student.  We also want to emphasize that now, more than ever, it is important that anyone feeling unwell must stay at home. Students and staff must use the daily checklist​ to identify if they should attend or stay home.
                                                                       
ABSENCES AND LATES - please call the school at 403-777-7670 and press 1 to go directly to the attendance line, do not press 0 to get to the main office for attendance messages. The office is incredibly busy in the morning and the attendance line was created solely for this purpose.  Speak clearly, leaving your child’s first and last name, homeroom, and the reason for late or absence such as medical appointment (details not required, you can just say medical appointment as it covers dentist, doctor, counselling, physio, etc.), illness (if you feel comfortable sharing a positive COVID case for a student, this is confidential and we will not share names, however, it will help us keep up with safety measures), slept in, missed bus, court, immigration appointment, vacation, religious holidays, hockey tournament, whatever the reason is.

We hope you are having a safe weekend and warming up with the weather!
Darren, Andrea & Cat


Jan 04
Dec. 17

Hello SJAMmers,​

This is the last WAG for the year 2021.  We would like to take this time to wish you a safe and happy break.  We hope students use the opportunity to take time to recharge their batteries, however, if you or your student would like to make sure that they are up to date on all their work during their down time they can look at their work in PowerSchool and D2L.  
 
We want to thank families for their support with the recent food drive.  We were able to support approximately 30 families for the holiday.  $5300 was raised and approximately 100 grocery bags of food were donated. Also our friends at T.B. Reilly School generously donated their surplus food drive items.  The opportunity to contribute through Education Matters is still available.  We will be doing another support for families in the spring. 
 
STUCO Newsletter

Welcome to this week's STUCO Newsletter!
This Week’s Past Events!
•           This was our final school week of 2021!
•           Friday the 17th was our last day.
•           We had hot chocolate sold in room 1 at lunch on Thursday.
•           This Friday we held our ugly sweater spirit day!
•           Art club is wrapped up for the year, big thanks to Ms.Beniuk!
 
Upcoming!

•           We will resume classes on January 4th 2022!
•           Basketball tryouts will be held when we return back to school
•           Semester change is on February 1st 2022
•           Have a great holiday!
 
WEEKLY QUOTE

“The only person you should strive to be better than, is the person you were yesterday.”
-Matty Mullins

Thanks for reading everyone, we wish you happy holidays! See you next year! - Jemie
 
We hope you have a safe and restful holiday and we wish you all the best in the New Year! 
Darren, Andrea and Cat


Dec 17
Dec. 12

Hello SJAMmers,​

We are counting down the days to our winter holiday that will start Friday, Dec 17 at noon.  Five more “get ups” for our outstanding Mustangs prior to their break and time to rest and recharge their batteries.  Classes will resume on Tuesday, January 4, 2022.  On Friday the 17th we are planning some festive activities along with an assembly where we are expecting a famous guest in a red suit to show up.  We considered running an Activity Day as we have in the past however, as we are still in a pandemic situation and with the new Omicron variant virus, we are going to continue being cautious and ensure we remain in our class cohorts for the day and run the normal Friday Schedule.

As we prepare for the holidays and the break we are attempting to recycle our lost and found.  Any items not claimed by Friday the 17th will be donated to a local charity.  One of the items to note is an airpod charging case with only one airpod.  Please email the school at sirjohnamacdonald@cbe.ab.ca with the serial number so we can verify the owner.  

Our school nurse was at SJAM this past week to vaccinate all of our Grade 7’s with their age appropriate (not a Covid-19 vaccination) shot.  Our grade 9’s are next for their Grade 9 vaccination (again not a Covd-19 vaccination) and we are still expecting 76 consent forms so please return those as soon as possible please. If you have any questions please reach out to our nurse. 

Upcoming Events:

Monday, Dec.13:  Door Decorating Challenge begins

Tuesday, Dec. 14:  Carolling in the front foyer when students arrive 

Wednesday, Dec 15:  Carolling in the front foyer when students arrive

Thursday, Dec 16:  Hot Chocolate at lunch $1/ cup

Friday, Dec 17:  Ugly Sweater Day, noon dismissal


STUCO (Student Council) Newsletter

This week’s past events:

● This week we sold holiday candy grams!

● The toy and food drive ended this Thursday, thank you for all the donations

● In first place we had 76!

●  Following, we had 78, STUCO, 92, 74, TASC, 86, 72, 84, and 98!

● Board game club has officially begun.


Upcoming: 

● The last day of school and the start of winter break is on December 17th!

● Monday will start with block four.

● Ugly sweater day is also on December 17th

● School will resume on Tuesday, January 4th (Block 5)


This will be a cold winter, please make sure to bring appropriate clothing for the weather!

WEEKLY QUOTE = “Success is not final, failure is not fatal; it is the courage that counts.”

 -Winston S. Churchill

Thanks for reading everyone! See you next week! 


Lifetouch Photography

Lifetouch Photography is excited to announce the launch of a new way to access photos online.  After much safety and security testing, Lifetouch developed a way for families to access their child’s photo using their student ID number.  

Here are the quick and easy steps to access photos online by using your child’s student ID number: 

·         Go to mylifetouch.ca 

·         Click on “Student ID” 

·         Enter in your school's city, province and school name 

·         Then click the blue button “Continue” 

·         Enter in your child's full name, student ID number and the relationship to student 

·         Then click on the blue button “Find Student” 

·         Once the image of your student comes up, you can click on the blue button “Yes this is my student” 

·         From here you can go onto order from one of our many photo package offerings 

If you have any questions on this ordering process, please call the Lifetouch Customer Care Line at 1.866.457.8212 

Parents can still access their photos online by using their child’s portrait ID and access code. By enabling the option of using your child’s student ID number, gives people another way to access photos if they lose their proof sheet.  

We hope you are keeping warm and safe!
Darren, Andrea & Cat



Dec 17
Dec. 5

Hello SJAMmers,


T
his past week we had 2 amazing field trips for our students.  Ms. Greenham along with Ms. Hackman, Mr. Bliss and Ms. Hardy took 2 Grade 8 & 9 Leadership classes to Kamp Kiwanis on Tuesday.  This field trip included students participating in several low-risk leadership and group-dynamic building activities, as well as doing a workshop with an Indigenous Elder focused on understanding more about certain Indigenous customs and traditions (including a Sweat Lodge)  and exploring Reconciliation issues.  Another group of students in Ms. Hardy’s Outdoor Education classes went snowshoeing in Kananaskis with Mr. S on Wednesday.   We finished off the week with a fun Crazy hair and PJ day.  What great opportunities for our Mustangs!

School Council

Reminder that there is no School Council meeting this month. Our next one will be on January 18th.  At our last meeting we discussed drafts of our School Development Plan along with our School Improvement Report.  On our website you will find both of these finalized reports:  the School Dev Plan for the 2021-22 school year, last year’s (2020-21) School Improvement Results Report, and the Report to parents on fees for the 2020-21 school year.  These all can be found on our website page: 
Grade 7 Vaccinations

Alberta Health Services Public Health will be coming to the school on Tuesday, December 7, 2021 to vaccinate the grade 7 students with routine childhood vaccinations. Most of the grade 7 students received their 1st dose of the 2 dose series of Human Papillomavirus (HPV) and/or Hepatitis B immunizations last year while in Grade 6. Unfortunately, with the many interruptions to the school year due to the Covid-19 pandemic, AHS was not able to complete the second and final dose in the series. AHS Public Health will only be vaccinating those students whose parents have previously provided consent. The signed consent submitted last year is still considered valid until the series is complete and your child receives all doses they need. If your child has had any changes to their health status, please call your school's public health nurse to let them know. If you have previously agreed to the immunizations but have since changed your mind, please call your school's public health nurse prior to Wednesday, December 1, 2021 to withdraw your consent. Please note that Covid-19 vaccine is not currently being offered through the school immunization program, and only routine immunizations with previously signed consents will be provided.
Flourishing Life Survey:

Reminder to Grade 8 / 9  students (who are new to SJAM or who didn’t complete the questionnaire last year) please return your permission form to be involved with the Flourishing Life Survey.  The information gathered from the survey is helpful for students to understand their strengths and to create achievable goals.
Upcoming Events:

Monday, Dec 6:  Visit from Superintendent Andrea Holowka and Director Teresa Martin 

Tuesday, Dec 7:  Grade 7 Vaccinations

Wednesday, Dec 8:  Another great day at SJAM 

Thursday, Dec 9:  Food Drive Ends

Friday, Dec 10:  Noon Dismissal (This was originally a NID but changed to a normal Friday)

We hope you are enjoying your first December weekend of the year!
Darren, Andrea & Cat


Dec 02
Nov. 28

Hello SJAMmers,

Thanks to all the parents who participated in conferences on Thursday and Friday.  We very much enjoyed the opportunity to speak with families for interviews this week. We appreciate your efforts to connect and together build a rich learning experience for your student(s).  Although it was again virtual and not face to face, it was great seeing our parents’, guardians’, and students’ faces and hearing their voices. If you were unable to sign up and you would still like to connect with teachers please feel free to contact them via email.  All our teacher’s email addresses can be found on our website at:  Sir John A. Macdonald 

Grade 9 Outdoor Education students had a fabulous trip to Grotto Canyon this past Wednesday.  By all reports students were laughing and connecting and exploring nature and did not want it to end.  One of our parent volunteers was an amazing resource who educated staff and students on the pictographs created by Indigenous peoples approx. 1300 years ago.  This same parent also made an offering of tobacco before the group entered the canyon and educated the group on why this was so very important as we were entering a very sacred place. Thanks to Ms. Gladden for supervising and Ms. Hardy for putting this great experience together for our mustangs! 

Thanks to all of those who have brought in food and money for our Toy and Food drive so far.  The end of the drive is December 9th, less than 2 weeks.  Please contact Mr. Bliss (email: rfbliss@cbe.ab.ca ) if you or someone you know is an SJAM family in need and is in need of a hamper. 


Flourishing Life Survey:

Grade 8 / 9 students (who are new to SJAM or who didn’t complete the questionnaire last year) will be bringing home a letter this week requesting permission to be involved with the Flourishing Life Questionnaire. This questionnaire is not an assessment tool but rather a way for us to gather information about how students understand and draw upon their strengths, performance capacities, and innate protective factors - like their sense of confidence, self-care, desire to achieve, character strengths and relationships with adults in their families, school and community.  Understanding how students perceive their strengths plays an important role in schools being able to engage students in meaningful ways that support a positive learning experience where they feel valued and leads to academic as well as life success. 

This questionnaire is not a test and will not be used for diagnosis or psychological assessment purposes. Your child's responses and their individual flourishing profile are confidential; student names will not be identified on the questionnaires; and all records in the control of the school board will be stored on a secured data-site. 

In keeping with information recently shared by our Physical Education team regarding student self identified healthy habits, we have attached a link for  Healthy Eating Resources.


Napi and the Rock Story - Virtual Event

The Making Treaty 7 Cultural Society partnered with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra to produce a dramatic and musical re-telling of the traditional Blackfoot story Napi and the Rock (referring to the big rock  in Okotoks). In Blackfoot "o'kotok" translates to “rock”. The score was composed by Indigenous composers Sonny-Ray Day Rider (Blackfoot) and Cris Dersken (Cree). The actors sharing the story are Cory Beaver (Stoney Nakoda) and Marshall Vielle (Blackfoot). This event occurred on November 20th but is available online here.


Upcoming Events:

Monday, Nov 29:  Lockdown at 9:30 AM with Calgary Police

Tuesday, Nov 30:  Leadership students going to Camp Kiwanis 

Wednesday, Dec 1:  Outdoor Education snowshoeing Trip to Sawmill in Kananaskis 

Thursday, Dec 2:  Another great day at SJAM 

Friday, Dec 3:  PJ Day / Crazy Hair Day  Noon Dismissal 


STUCO (Student Council) Newsletter

This week’s past events:

● This week was a short week, four days!

Our toy and food drive continued throughout the week.
Parent teacher interviews were this week.  Thursday afternoon and Friday morning.

Upcoming: 

● Monday will start with block four.

● Toy and food drive continues!

● Please make sure to bring in anything you can.

● Please remember we do not accept toys.

● Next week will be a full week..


WEEKLY QUOTE = “Spread love everywhere you go.  Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier.”       -Mother Teresa

Thanks for reading everyone! See you next week! 

We hope you are having a safe weekend!

Darren, Andrea & Cat


Dec 02
Nov. 21

Hello SJAMers,​​

A reminder to sign up for Parent / Teacher / Student Conferences next week.  The sign up opened at noon on Saturday, Nov 20 (see Message sent out on Thursday, Nov 18 for details).  We encourage your children to attend these conferences with you.

Thank you to our parents who showed up for our virtual school council meeting this past Tuesday.  

Highlights:

The Humanities Learning Leaders, Ms. Hansen and Mr. Hoblak shared how teachers are differentiating tasks and giving a variety of reading levels in their lessons to meet students where they are.  

School Development Plan: A draft of our school development plan was presented. There was an opportunity to give feedback before it is finalised at the end of November.  

Cold Weather / Lunchtime:  Students are allowed to eat inside in their homeroom for the first half (25 mins) of our lunch break and then are asked to head outside for some fresh air. We are strongly encouraging students to be appropriately dressed to be outside for the second half unless they are in a club.

Parking issue along 64 Ave.: We are encouraging parents to drop off their students at the Thornhill Pool /Library and allow them a healthy walk across the back field.  However, many parents are still choosing to use 64 Ave entrance.  One parent noted that:  “I know the school has recognized that there’s an issue there and has asked people to stop dropping off in that area. This is my 5th year dropping a child off at SJAM. I can honestly say the problem is not the people dropping off in that area, the problem is people that arrive early and then park there until the bell rings. This is the first year I’ve ever seen this happen, it has always been “drive in, child out, drive out” if the area is used this way it works. If there is space for people to do a quick drop off they don’t need to stop where the buses are. If there is space for people to do a quick drop off there doesn’t end up being a lineup on 64th.”  

This week we will be out early to encourage cars to move along and create a “Hug and Go” on 64th Ave.  Thanks in advance for your co-operation.


Upcoming Events:

Monday, Nov 22: STUCO will be welcoming students at all doors in the morning.

Tuesday, Nov 23:  Another great day at SJAM

Wednesday, Nov 24:  Grade 9 Outdoor Education Field Trip to Grotto Mountain 

Thursday, Nov 25:  Full Day of School - Parent / Teacher / Student Conferences from 4:00 - 8:00 

Friday, Nov 26:  No School - Parent / Teacher / Student Conferences from 9:00 - 1:00   


STUCO (Student Council) Newsletter

This week’s past events:

● Our toy and food drive began Tuesday.

○ Students can bring donations to their homeroom teacher.

○ They were reminded that food donations are non-perishable, cash donations are accepted as well.

○ Despite the name we cannot accept toys.

● This week our school's art club students learnt silk screen printing and will have a contest this coming Wednesday!


Upcoming: 

● We have finished all of our sports seasons until after winter break.

● Next week starts with block 1.


WEEKLY QUOTE = “Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.”

-Mahatma Gandhi

Thanks for reading everyone! See you next week! 


Community Resources:

Please see the attachment​ ​​​​​​​ for detailed information regarding YYC Christmas resources from our community Social Worker Tina Buchan (Email: Christina.Buchan@calgary.ca)


We hope you are having a safe weekend!

Darren, Andrea & Cat​


Dec 02
Nov. 14


Hello SJAMers,

We are very proud of the amazing Remembrance Assembly that was performed this past week by our Mustangs.  The Masters of Ceremonies: Makena and Lorelai did an outstanding job presenting the material in a meaningful way and our band performances were remarkable.  It was great to hear them perform once again and hear O’Canada live!  Thanks to Ms. Armstrong, Mr. Marinucci and Ms. Beniuk for their contributions and organization of the assembly.  

The volleyball season has come to a close. We want to thank all of the volleyball coaches:  Mr. Jones, Mr. Miller, Ms. Gladden, Ms. MacPhee, Mr. Boivin, Ms. Isackson, Ms. Sterling, Ms. Hardy and Ms. Ralph. Our teams played well in the playoffs and learned a great deal; they should be proud of their efforts!  

We are starting our Food Drive next week and Ms. Greenham and her Leadership students will be sending out information to the school community.  
Upcoming Events:

Monday, Nov 15: Rock your Mocs Day (see below)

Tuesday, Nov 16:  School Council Meeting at 6:30 (see below)

Wednesday, Nov 17:  Another great day at SJAM

Thursday, Nov 18:  Information will be coming out to book a conference with your child’s teachers.  Bookings start at noon on Saturday, Nov 20.

Friday, Nov 19:  Noon Dismissal    
Métis Week – November 14-20 

In Alberta, Métis Week is celebrated for one week surrounding the date of Louis Riel’s execution on November 16th, Louis Riel Day.  People across Canada pay tribute to the Métis leader with commemorative ceremonies. 

The Métis Nation of Alberta hosts several virtual events all week that allows people to take part in the celebrations and learn more about the Métis people and culture. The Métis Week website has a daily schedule of events suitable for all ages. 

Alberta Métis Youth has their own activities all week including Jigging lessons via Zoom on Monday November 15th. You’ll find events on Facebook and Instagram @ABMetisyouth. 
Métis Week at the Calgary Public Library - The CPL is hosting two virtual events featuring Métis Historians Tereasa Maillie and Matt Hilterman. Click here​ for more details and registration information.
Rock Your Mocs

This worldwide event promotes Indigenous pride and diversity of Nations by wearing moccasins all day on Monday November 15th. You can show your moccasins at #RockYourMocs or #CBEIndigenousEd
School Council 

Our virtual School Council meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 16 at 6:30pm using  Microsoft Teams. Ms. Hanson & Mr. Hoblak, our Learning Leaders for Literacy and Humanities classes will be sharing information on what is happening at the school and updates within the program of studies. We will also be sharing our School Development Plan for this year and looking for your feedback.  This is a great place to connect with other parents and find out what is happening at SJAM.

If you were unable to attend our previous Council meetings this year and would like to receive an invite to access this meeting, please send an email to sjam.council@gmail.com.
Math Whole School Agreement

We want to let you know about an important new approach we are taking at the SJAM to support your student’s mathematics learning. It is called a Mathematics Whole School Agreement. All teachers are working hard to match our instructional approaches across the different grades, and we are starting by improving the mathematics vocabulary we use. For example, were you taught to reduce fractions? Actually, that’s not what is happening, as the fractions are not getting smaller; they are being simplified. So, we are using the phrase simplifying fractions. We are working to change these often misunderstood terms in favour of more accurate mathematical language that your student needs to use now and in the years to come. Please help by using this new or revised language at home (see attachment ​ ).  If you want to ask about other phrases, please contact your child’s teacher or Ryan MacLeod at rjmacleod@cbe.ab.ca. Thank you for joining us in making this shift to precise and accurate mathematical language to support your learner as we prepare them for their bright futures!
STUCO (Student Council) Newsletter

This week’s past events:

● This week we held a Remembrance day assembly.  The school took time to properly educate the importance of remembrance day and then we all had a moment of silence to show our appreciation and respect.

● Our volleyball teams entered playoffs and we are looking forward to hearing how it went next week!

● This week was a short one, having both the 11th and 12th off left us with a 3 day week and a 4 day weekend.

Upcoming: 

● As winter approaches, please make sure students come to school prepared with suitable clothes for the weather.

● Next week Monday begins with block one.
“There are two ways of spreading light:  to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.” Edith Wharton

Thanks for reading everyone! See you next week! 

If you have any questions, please feel free to email one of us!
josic2@educbe.ca, emilyb115@educbe.ca, anniex6@educbe.ca 



We hope you are having a great long weekend!
Darren, Andrea & Cat


Nov 11
Nov. 7

Hello SJAMmers,

This coming week is a short yet busy week in the building.  We are recognizing Indigenous Veteran’s Day and Remembrance Day in our virtual school assembly on Wednesday and we are looking forward to our first Band performance in more than one year.  This WAG includes our first STUCO update (Student Council) on all the engaging events that are happening at SJAM.  Please take the time to read the attached link​ .  Next week we will be sharing details of our Annual Food Drive for our SJAM families in need over the holidays.  This is a great way to have our students involved in showing generosity to their peers and the school community.

Honouring our Veterans

In November we all pause to honour the sacrifices of the people that served in the Canadian military in many different roles be it combat, peacekeeping, medical, or intelligence (to name a few). Canada has received many accolades for their war efforts. The battle at Vimy Ridge is one that often comes to mind. Much of the freedoms we experience today are a result of the thousands of people that have risked or sacrificed their lives for the future of not Canada, but the world. It is for these people and their families and friends that we make the time every year to pay tribute to our war veterans on November 11th. 

Indigenous veterans, however, have not always been treated equally or honoured for the same service as other Canadian veterans. After returning from war, Indigenous veterans faced discrimination through the denial of benefits, pension, loss of status and some lost their land to non-Indigenous veterans. It wasn’t until 1995 that Indigenous veterans were included in the national celebration in Ottawa. Indigenous Veterans Day was first recognized in Winnipeg on November 8, 1994 to signify the equally important contributions of First Nation, Métis and Inuit peoples. 

It is important for Canadians to celebrate all people from all cultures that volunteered to serve for their country and treat them with the equal respect and honour they deserve.

Upcoming Events:

Monday, Nov 8: Indigenous Veteran’s Day, Boys Volleyball Teams @ Senator Patrick Burns

Tuesday, Nov 9:  Girls Volleyball Team Playoffs

Wednesday, Nov 10:  Remembrance Day Assembly, Boys Volleyball Team Playoffs

Thursday, Nov 11:  Remembrance Day (school is closed)

Friday, Nov 12:  NID (no school for students)

We hope everyone enjoyed an extra hour of sleep last night!
Darren, Andrea and Cat 


Nov 11
Oct. 31

Hello SJAMers,

We had a spirited costume day on Friday with some great outfits and lots of smiles with students and staff.  Thanks to our leadership students (and of course Ms. Greenham) for creating all of the special messages in their Hallow-grams - we had almost 700 messages delivered!  It was amazing to feel the excitement and energy in the building that has been lacking during COVID-19.  We want to remind our school community to stay safe and follow our COVID-19 restrictions as we were notified from AHS this week that there was a positive case at SJAM recently.

 We are trying to be mindful of our extra-curricular events and ensure we are advancing in a conservative approach.  Our STUCO (Student Council) is starting up again and they will be contributing to a weekly update in future WAGs so you can see what SJAM looks like through the eyes of our amazing students.

A New Addition to the SJAM Family

 Congratulations to Ms. Bower and family on the safe arrival of baby boy Bower this week.  New baby and mom are doing well. 

Honouring Spirit: Indigenous Student Awards 

First Nations, Métis and Inuit students are nominated for their commitment to pursue their personal educational paths. The students are recognized for embracing their own gifts, strengths, and potential (their Spirit). It is our opportunity to celebrate students for their leadership, courage and commitment to their culture or educational path.

Every year, 12 students are recognized from three regions in Alberta (north, central and south) as award winners. In addition to the twelve major awards, students are recognized as honorary recipients. We are pleased to celebrate two students. Sarah, a current Grade 10 student at John G. Diefenbaker School, nominated at SJAM last year. K’Anna, a Grade 7 student and nominee from CN Gunn.    
                     
Hand to heart Sarah and K’Anna. Congratulations to both of you and your families for raising amazing individuals.

Flourishing Minds 

Grade 7 students brought home a letter this week requesting permission to be involved with the Flourishing Life Questionnaire. This questionnaire is not an assessment tool but rather a way for us to gather information about how students understand and draw upon their strengths, performance capacities, and innate protective factors - like their sense of confidence, self-care, desire to achieve, character strengths and relationships with adults in their families, school and community.  Understanding how students perceive their strengths plays an important role in schools being able to engage students in meaningful ways that support a positive learning experience where they feel valued and leads to academic as well as life success. 

 This questionnaire is not a test and will not be used for diagnosis or psychological assessment purposes. Your child's responses and their individual flourishing profile are confidential; student names will not be identified on the questionnaires; and all records in the control of the school board will be stored on a secured data-site. 

Students new to the building, in Grade 8 & 9, will soon receive their letter requesting permission to participate in the survey. Please assist us by returning the permission slip to the school. 

Upcoming Events:

Monday, Nov 1: Boys Volleyball Teams BYE (no games)

Tuesday, Nov 2:  Girls Volleyball Team @ SJAM

Wednesday, Nov 3:  Boys Volleyball Team @ SJAM

Thursday, Nov 4:  Girls Volleyball @ Senator Patrick Burns

Friday, Nov 5:  Noon Dismissal

We hope you are having a safe weekend,
Darren, Andrea & Cat​


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#SJAM is so grateful to be a part of the #mookaaksin circle. ❤️ #WeAreCBE https://t.co/0nDasXTUVr

RT @yyCBEdu: It’s the last weekend to pre-register for yellow school bus transportation for next year. Please log into your My CBE/PowerSchool account to apply before Friday, May 31. https://t.co/5WKzXrGLt4 #yycbe #WeAreCBE https://t.co/kmFAYoncFg

Our #SJAM musicians rocked the house tonight with their amazing talents! Our conductor #MrsArmstrong was in fine form, like always! 👏🏽 ❤️ The music was so good that our Trustee @AltheaGAdams & principal #MsLori were up busting some old school #YMCA moves. 😎 Y-M-C-A 😎 #WeAreCBE https://t.co/vjjtZXkVH4

Our #SJAM Drama Production was a huge success last week! Thank you #MrLancaster for giving so much of yourself to #SJAM students. We ❤️ you and we are grateful for your teaching and coaching. #Bravo 👏🏽 #WeAreCBE #LostThenFound #DrJekyllsSecret https://t.co/PPYlMXdDyV