Jun 09
June 4

Hello SJAMmers,


June is here, we can tell by the excitement of the students and the ever-changing weather that summer is near. Teachers are covering the last of the year’s curriculum, making sure that students are ready for final projects or PATs. Track and field practice has been happening before and after school preparing for the Track meet on Tuesday.  We are encouraging students to start to clean up their lockers.  Library books need returning by Friday. It is time to bring home that winter coat and the container that is the start of a science experiment! Wednesday will be a very special day for our Grade 9 students as we have a wonderful Farewell Celebration planned for them. 

 
STUCO Newsletter! 

Hey everybody! It’s Josi, Annie, and Emily! 

Welcome to this week's STUCO Newsletter! 

This Week’s Past Events! 

● It’s been a while since we have sent out a STUCO newsletter. Due to our short weeks a lot has happened! 

● Track team lists were released today 

● Badminton wrap ups were held throughout the last two weeks 

Upcoming!

● Track meet on the 7th

● Our grade Nine farewell is this upcoming Wednesday the 8th 

● PATs will continue on the 17th! 

● Good news! SJAM will be holding our Annual Science Olympics toward the end of the year, some grade nines will remember this from grade seven! 

 

WEEKLY QUOTE “Only in the darkness can you see the stars.” - Martin Luther King 

Thanks for reading everyone! Have an astonishing weekend! - Jemie


Melissa’s Corner

A big thank you to the SJAM School  Council for organizing and presenting Wednesday's online presentation, Navigating the Digital World with Nicole Doughtyon.  It was well attended by our parent community and Nicole addressed many ways to positively manage the internet in our junior high student's lives.  If you'd like more information or would like to view the slide deck, please contact  School Council.  My favourite take-home message was to start with connecting with your child to get to know how they use the internet in their lives; we will have more success by asking questions and listening as opposed to lecturing.  There was also lots of helpful information on different ways kids use the internet and how to start conversations with kids...so much to learn.  Thanks again.  


We hope you are having a great weekend.  

Cat, Andrea & Sandy


Jun 09
May 29

Hello SJAMmers,


It has been a busy couple of weeks in the building. Students have gone kayaking, visited Calaway Park, attended Badminton Competitions, and performed / shared art at the Fine Arts Evening   There is also a huge group of students practicing for the upcoming Track and Field Day. 

 

Congratulations to the SJAM Badminton Teams for the wonderful showing and great sportsmanship. The grade 9s placed 1st and the grade 7 and 8s placed third in their tournaments.

 

The Fine Arts Night was a resounding success.  Congratulations to our artists and performers from the Fine Arts Evening for sharing their talent. Thank you to our friends and families that supported the event.


Melissa’s Corner

Parent Workshop

It would be great to see many parents / guardians join us for the virtual presentation on Wednesday, June 1st at 6:30 PM. Thanks to the School Council for arranging this. We will be sending out the meeting link prior to Wednesday.

 

Navigating the Digital World with Nicole Doughty

Nicola Doughty is a registered clinical counselor who has worked in education and private practice for the past 25 years. Nicola’s work is always centered on building deeper connections in relationships in order to promote resilience and positive growth.

 

There are many benefits that come with using technology, but how do we gain enough knowledge to make thoughtful decisions that support our tweens and teen's physical, mental and emotional health while maintaining close, connected relationships? Keeping up with what's going on in the digital world is a challenge for most families. Navigating the various forms of technology can cause frustration, arguments and disconnection within relationships. Along with the many benefits of technological progress, there can also be an unmistakable cost. There is no one perfect plan for every family.

 

Learn how apps, games and messaging tools can be effectively managed. Discussion will focus on the common ways that students misuse their technology (typically amongst their peers) and guide parents in determining what is best for their family in terms of filters, controls, supervision, and communication at home.


We hope you are having a great weekend.  We look forward to seeing you online this week for the Parent Workshop.

 

Cat, Andrea & Sandy


Jun 09
May 13

Hello SJAMmers,


This past week has been a full week of adventure, including amazing Band performances at some of the feeder elementary schools, grade 9s going to the Zoo, and Outdoor Ed. students having a lovely morning canoeing. On Thursday, we had a motivational speaker, Michael Chaisson, come to the school. His message was about decision making, “The decisions we make today will determine the stories we tell tomorrow.”

 

In honor of Asian Heritage Month Mr. Crossman and some students have been working to bring attention and open discussions amongst our school through a large graphic in the Learning Commons.

 

Students have also been preparing for a school-wide written exam on Monday, which will occur while the grade 9s are writing their English PAT. 

 

Grade 9 English PAT Part A:  Students are reminded to come to school on Monday prepared to spend the morning in an exam writing situation. 

 

Please note, as a result of the next two weeks being short four day weeks, this will be the only Week-at-a-Glance until May 27th. 
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Melissa’s Corner

Last week was Canadian Mental Health Week (May 2-8th) and my apologies for not acknowledging it in last week's Melissa's Corner.  I firmly believe in the saying, "better late than never" so I'd like to encourage you to explore the Canadian Mental Health Association's Website marking the occasion.  The year's theme is around empathy and the links are still live so I encourage you to check it out.  Having empathy and compassion for others (and ourselves!) goes a long way to boost our mood through connection and understanding.  Here is the link: 

 


 

STUCO Newsletter!

 

Hey everybody! It’s Josi, Annie, and Emily! Welcome to this week's STUCO Newsletter! 

 

This Week’s Past Events! 

• Grade 9s went to the Calgary Zoo on Friday 

• Track and field tryouts continued throughout this week 

• Jazz band students performed at elementary schools this Wednesday! 

 

Upcoming! 

• Grade 9s have their first PAT on Monday, good luck everyone! 

• Badminton tournaments @Churchill High School 

• Grade 7s Tuesday the 17th 

• Grade 8s Wednesday the 18th 

• Grade 9s Thursday the 19th 

• Next week starts with a block 7 

• Next week is a long weekend with Friday and Monday off. 

 

WEEKLY QUOTE “Forgiveness does not change the past but it does enlarge the future.” -Paul Boese Thanks for reading everyone! Have an astonishing weekend! - Jemie


HIGH-SPEED INTERNET FOR $20

The federal government has expanded a program that provides high-speed internet at $20 per month to low-income families and Seniors across Canada. By working with 14 participating providers, including major players such as Telus, Bell Media and Rogers many more people with have access to affordable internet.  The plan will provide people with 200 gigabytes of data usage per month, at speeds of 50 megabits per second download and 10 megabits per second upload. It expands eligibility from families receiving the maximum Canada Child Benefit to Seniors receiving the maximum Guaranteed Income Supplement.  Eligible households will receive a letter from the government to allow them to sign up for the program.​

 

Canada has some of the highest costs for internet (and mobile plans) in the world.  A recent study found Canadian plans offering 100 gigabytes of data averaged around $80, compared to $55 in the United Kingdom and $62 in the United States.

 

We hope you are having a great weekend.  

Cat, Andrea & Sandy


Jun 09
May 8

Hello SJAMmers, 

 
As you are aware there have been some temporary changes in the leadership team at SJAM.  Ms. Gammell is stepping into an acting Principal role, and we welcome Ms. Sandy Mann to an acting Assistant Principal. role. These changes will allow things to continue to run smoothly during Mr. Toews leave.  Many of you have forwarded well wishes to Mr. Toews.  He certainly appreciates the thoughtfulness that has been shown.  
 
Another busy week at SJAM.  On Wednesday many students and staff wore their hats to show support for Mental Health Awareness. Thursday was Red Dress Day, The National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG) and 2SLGBTQQIA. Red dresses were hung in the courtyard to honor the day.  Thank you to Mr. Crossman’s classes and the TASC class for getting the courtyard ready.  Thursday evening was full of excitement as we had our first school dance in over 2 years. Thank you to Ms. Greenham and the Leadership classes as well as Mr. Jones for their preparations for the evening. There were over 300 tickets sold for the event which made staff very appreciative of the parent volunteers.  Area 2 Principal, Mr. Hutton and Area 2 Director, Ms. Healing even came by for a visit.   It was a wonderful evening for all.  
 
Asian Heritage Month 

Since the late 1700s, people of Asian descent have made important contributions to Canada's history and identity. In 2002, the Government of Canada officially recognized the month of May as Asian Heritage Month; a time to reflect on and celebrate the contributions that Canadians of Asian descent have made and continue to make, to the growth and prosperity of Canada (Source: Canada.ca).   Asian Heritage Month Facts 
 
Moose Hide Campaign - May 12th 

Eleven years ago a small gathering of men and boys came together to raise awareness about the violence towards women and girls. The Moose Hide Campaign is a national movement that calls upon all Canadians to stand up against this violence. You may see people wearing a small square of moosehide pinned to their clothing as a pledge to support this campaign. On May 12th, Moosehide Campaign Day is a livestream event that includes traditional ceremonies, keynote speakers, and interactive online workshops. Learn more here​
 
Melissa’s Corner 

This is the time of year that tests and exams are scheduled as final assessments and report card writing begins.  Test anxiety can be very common and it is important to note that it is normal to have these feelings. Anxiety can even be helpful if it cues us to pay attention and prepare.  Here are a few strategies for making sure that normal anxiety doesn't get in the way of test-taking.   
1. Take advantage of opportunities to practice. Practice reduces the uncertainty of the unknown and can increase confidence. PATs are resuming this spring (May 16th is the first day) after several years hiatus and Grade 9 teachers are scheduling practice tests so students will understand what the process is like.  Grade 7's and 8's will have the chance to practice the same day as the Grade 9's write so the whole school will have a chance to experience PATs. 
2. Reassure your child that feelings of anxiety are normal and can be managed.  Practice relaxation techniques that can be used while test-writing. For example, deep breathing (box breathing) can be done while sitting at a desk and it is one of the most effective ways of calming our brain and body.  Progressive relaxation can also be done while test-taking - take 30 seconds to notice any tension in the body and purposely let it go while breathing (especially the shoulders, neck, jaw and hands).   
3. Get a few nights of good sleep.  Take a week or so (now is a great time to start) to get bodies back in a healthy sleep rhythm by creating a routine with similar times for getting to bed and getting up, so that students can be well-rested the day of the exam.  (This is important for regular school days too, not just during exam time.) 
4. EAT BREAKFAST.  Research has shown that hungry people (even prepared hungry people!) have less success on exams than people who eat something in the morning.  Even if your student doesn't usually like to have breakfast first thing, have a conversation about how this can happen.  Can they get up a bit earlier so they don't have to rush?  Can a favorite food be prepared the night before so it just has to be heated in the morning (whole grain pancakes are great in the toaster the next day)?  Can they take extra snacks (especially high protein) so they can eat a little later?  It is significantly harder to focus and manage emotions on an empty stomach. 
5. Ask for help ahead of time.  Is there something specific your child is worried about?  Have a conversation now so there is time to ask your child's teacher about opportunities for help, extra time, or extra practice.  Now is the time to seek these things out. 
Exams in May and June are another marker that things are getting back to "normal" along with activities like dances, band concerts and field trips. Resuming/taking part in activities can sometimes cause stress but learning how to deal with stress and anxiety is an important life skill to develop so we can enjoy a well-rounded life. 
                                                 
                                                             
STUCO Newsletter! 

Hey everybody! It’s Josi, Annie, and Emily! Welcome to this week's STUCO Newsletter!  
 
This Week’s Past Events!                                                                                                                                    
●  Our school held our first dance in over 2 years!                                                                 
●  Track and field tryouts began this week.
●  This weekend was the deadline for the Spring Fling Fitness Challenge. Thank you to everyone who participated!                         
●  This Thursday was Red Dress Day.                                                                                            
●  Hats On For Mental Health Day was Wednesday.                                                                            
Upcoming!                                                                                            
●  The zoo trip for grade nines is next Friday on the 13th                                                                   
●  Next week starts with a block 7 
 
WEEKLY QUOTE  “Change your thoughts and you change your world.”       -Norman Vincent Peale                                                         
Thanks for reading everyone! Have a marvelous weekend - Jemie  
  
HIGH-SPEED INTERNET FOR $20 
The federal government has expanded a program that provides high-speed internet at $20 per month to low-income families and Seniors across Canada. By working with 14 participating providers, including major players such as Telus, Bell Media and Rogers many more people with have access to affordable internet.  The plan will provide people with 200 gigabytes of data usage per month, at speeds of 50 megabits per second download and 10 megabits per second upload. It expands eligibility from families receiving the maximum Canada Child Benefit to Seniors receiving the maximum Guaranteed Income Supplement.  Eligible households will receive a letter from the government to allow them to sign up for the program. 
  
Canada has some of the highest costs for internet (and mobile plans) in the world.  A recent study found Canadian plans offering 100 gigabytes of data averaged around $80, compared to $55 in the United Kingdom and $62 in the United States. 
 
We hope you are having a great weekend.  Wishing a Happy Mother’s Day to all the mothers in the community. 
Cat, Andrea & Sandy 


May 05
May 1

​Hello SJAMmers,​​

There is a buzz in the building as students and staff prepare for our first SJAM dance since March  2020.  Our Leadership students are selling tickets at lunch and after school along with creating some fantastic tropical art work in the front foyer.  The upcoming week has other significant and important events as Ramadan concludes and Eid al-Fitr is celebrated starting on Monday, May 2.  Wednesday, May 4th is Hats On for Mental Health Day part of Mental Health Week. Students are encouraged to show their support for mental health awareness by wearing a hat.  Red Dress Day is on Thursday, May 5 to honour missing and murdered indigenous women and girls across Canada.   Please wear red to show your support!

Upcoming Events:

Monday, May 2  (Block 7 Start):  AM Grade 9 Badminton / PM Grade 7 Badminton

Tuesday, May 3  (Block 6 Start):  PM Grade 8 Badminton  

Wednesday, May 4 (Block 5 Start):  AM Grade 7 Badminton / PM Grade 9 Badminton

Hats on for Mental Health Day

Thursday, May 5 (Block 4 Start):  AM Grade 8 Badminton - Red Dress Day -  School Dance (4:30 pm -7:00pm)                         
Friday, May 6 (Block 3 Start):    AM Fit Club 

Red Dress Day 

The National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG) and 2SLGBTQQIA is May 5th and also referred to as Red Dress Day. Each year we honour those that are no longer with us by wearing a red dress, red shirt, or red ribbon. Some of Mr. Crossman’s classes are working on a display of red dresses around SJAM school to bring more awareness to this crisis. The leadership classes are creating many displays to share information and making red ribbons for students that don’t have red. Lesson plan ideas will be shared with teachers to use during the week. 

 Red Dress Day began in 2010 by Jaimie Black, a Métis artist from Winnipeg. Her art installation of red dresses has appeared all over Canada and in Washington, DC at the Smithsonian Museum. Read more about it in this  video.

The inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls began in August of 2016 and concluded in June, 2019. Almost 2400 people participated in the inquiry. There were 1484 family members and survivors who provided testimony from sea to sea to sea. It was determined that the history of colonization and the attacks on culture through Residential Schools, Sixties Scoop and other discriminatory practices were a starting point for violence against Indigenous women, girls and 2SLGBTQQIA people. Reclaiming Power and Place: The Final Report of The National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Women and Girls is a synopsis of almost three years of investigation. We challenge all Canadians to become informed about this crisis and how to put an end to this violence. We can all play a part.  Start by reading the first chapter entitled “Centering Relationships to End Violence” here

Grade 9 Indigenous Transition Ceremonies - April 29th

Each year as part of the holistic transition of Grade 9 Indigenous students to high school, the Indigenous Education Team arranges for Elders and Knowledge Keepers to conduct ceremonies that mark the passage of one stage of life to another. This year we were able to have a combination of virtual and in-person ceremonies at SJAM. 

Elder Kerrie Moore conducted a virtual Grandmother Tea ceremony. Hal Eagletail of the Tsuut’ina Nation held a virtual Pipe Ceremony and Dr. Albert Mcleod, Cree/Métis Two-Spirit Elder hosted the third ceremony for students who invited a parent, grandparent, auntie,uncle or another important adult to support them. We hosted two in-person ceremonies at SJAM and several more students joined virtually. We were also fortunate to have three generations represented at  the Grandmother Tea ceremony. Ay hay Elder Kerrie and Elder Albert. Siyasgaas Hal! Hand to heart for your teachings today. 

Melissa’s Corner

As the end of the school year approaches we start to think about students moving forward.  It brings the opportunity for us all to review the year and look for growth and celebrate successes.    Did you try a new club, activity or option this year?  We have had students out on field trips for band camp, outdoor education (climbing, snow shoeing, skiing, canoeing, to name a few) and there are upcoming things like Drama Club and trips to the Zoo, for example.  Will you be attending your first dance (coming up on May 5th!), contributing to the Art Show, performing in an upcoming band concert, or sports tournament for the opportunity to take part?  Maybe you are working hard to keep up with assignments, preparing for PATs or working to catch up after an illness or absence.  These experiences may cause moments of stress and worry but challenges that lead to growth often do - keep breathing and keep trying.  Remember, trying new things, taking risks, and asking for help all take courage but can lead to joy and feelings of accomplishment - something we all deserve.  

STUCO Newsletter

 This Week’s Past Events!

There was no fit club on Monday and there will continue to be no fit club on Monday until the badminton season is over. Fridays are still on though! Feel free to come by and join us!
 Upcoming!

Next week starts with a block 7
This weekend is the deadline to complete the Spring Fling Fitness Challenge.  Submission checklists with a parent signature are to be handed in to Mr. Jones May 2nd-5th.
Our track and field try-outs are beginning next week. Schedules will be posted in the school and on our website.   We look forward to a great month of activity.
Our dance is scheduled for May 5th!
Our theme is Tropical/Beach, get ready to get your groove on!
Tickets are being sold for $2 in the foyer during lunch and after school! The last day to get your tickets is Tuesday.

 WEEKLY QUOTE

“You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face; You must do the thing you think you cannot do.”

-Eleanor Roosevelt

 Thanks for reading everyone! See you next week! - Jemie


We hope you are having a great weekend and Eid Mubarak everyone!

Darren, Andrea & Cat


May 05
Apr. 24

​Hello SJAMmers,


We hope that you have been enjoying the signs of spring and the moisture from all our snow that has been coming for the fields and green spaces. This short week has been full of great experiences for our students, there have been field trips to the climbing center, Band camp at Lake Chestermere, labs, projects, and other engaging opportunities to learn.  We would like to thank the parents and Staff who have supported the field trips. A thank you also goes out to all our parents who came to the School Council evening and had the opportunity to listen to Dr. Wayne Hammond.


Upcoming Events:

Monday, April 25 (Block 7 Start):  AM Grade 9 Badminton / PM Grade 7 Badminton

Tuesday, April 26 (Block 6 Start):  PM Grade 8 Badminton  

Wednesday, April 27 (Block 5 Start):  AM Grade 7 Badminton / PM Grade 9 Badminton

Thursday, April 28 (Block 4 Start):  AM Grade 8 Badminton                                   

Friday, April 29 (Block 3 Start)      AM Fit Club 


Melissa’s Corner

We have been talking and hearing a lot about stress and anxiety lately and I'd like to share a useful resource that helps us know the difference.   Here is a link to an infographic and a quick video for kids and parents.


Stress itself is not necessarily a bad thing.  It can motivate us and signal us that we need to prepare for a challenge.  When we face a situation that is causing stress and deal with it successfully (instead of avoiding it!) it can increase self-esteem and self-confidence.  Avoiding stressful situations often creates more anxiety as the problem remains unsolved.  Supporting our kids to face things that cause stress helps them build skills like problem-solving, good communication and emotional regulation.  


STUCO Newsletter

 This Week’s Past Events!

This week was a short week.  Monday was off!
Badminton teams were set for the 8’s and 9’s and the last tryouts were held for the 7’s this week!  We are looking forward to the upcoming season.
Band students went to band camp on Thursday
Students in outdoor ed went rack climbing at the Calgary climbing center!
 Upcoming!

Mrs. Beniuk has started an art show!
If you have any art you would like to submit, you can hand it to her before May 16th
Our dance is scheduled for May 5th!
Our theme is Tropical, get ready to get your groove on!
 WEEKLY QUOTE

“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched—they must be felt with the heart.”

-Helen Keller

 Thanks for reading everyone! Have a remarkable weekend! - Jemie


We hope you are having a terrific weekend!

Darren, Andrea and Cat​


May 05
Apr. 10

Hello SJAMmers,

We are in our second week of April which means badminton tryouts and our budgeting process for next year are upon us.  Administration will be crunching numbers and staff will be looking at some different scenarios to make SJAM an even better school next year which is what we continually strive to do!

The next two weeks are short as we have no classes next Friday, April 15 as it is a holiday and Monday, April 18 is a non-Instructional Day.  For this reason the WAG will cover the next two weeks and please do not expect one on April 17th.

We have some exciting trips coming up for our students in the next two weeks as our Band students are headed to Camp Chestermere, we have Outdoor Education students climbing the walls at the Climbing center and Heritage Park.  Thank you to Ms. Hardy for organizing a hike out to Grotto Canyon and Ms. Gladden for accompanying them.


Upcoming Events:

Monday, April 11 (Block 3 Start):  FIT Club PM

Tuesday, April 12 (Block 2 Start):  Another fabulous day at SJAM   

Wednesday, April 13 (Block 1 Start):  Pink Spirit Day - make sure to wear Pink!

Thursday, April 14 (Block 7 Start):  Another fabulous day at SJAM                                   

Friday, April 15 No school    Good Friday 

Monday, April 18 No school   Professional Development Day  

Tuesday, April 19 (Block 6 Start): School Council at 6:30
                                                       Outdoor Ed Climbing Field Trip - Grade 9’s

Wednesday, April 20 (Block 5 Start):  Another fabulous day at SJAM 

Thursday, April 21 (Block 4 Start):  Band students at Camp Chestermere
                                                          Outdoor Ed Climbing Field Trip – Gr. 7s

Friday, April 22 (Block 3 Start): FIT Club (all students) AM / Noon Dismissal


Melissa’s Corner

This past week, I had the pleasure of meeting with all the Grade 8 classes along with the Mt. Royal nursing students, who did a fun Jeopardy-style presentation on mental health and wellness.   The Grade 8's were impressive in their knowledge about the topic and their willingness to talk openly.  I then spoke to them about the acronym THINK, which is a helpful reminder to think before posting, texting or speaking to others and to consider if what is about to be said is True, Helpful, Illegal, Necessary and Kind.  We had very interesting discussions about how hard it is to take a few seconds and reflect in this fast-paced world with technology at our fingertips.  We also talked about how much power each person has with their individual choices; the power to contribute positive messages, support each other and avoid making problems bigger by choosing NOT to spread rumors or participate in negative conversations.  Small individual choices to be kind and THINK before we speak, text and post can help create positive classrooms and communities.


STUCO Newsletter

 This Week’s Past Events!

Grade nine outdoor ed went to Grotto Canyon.
Diefenbaker IB transfer forms were emailed out.
Badminton tryouts were held this week for all grades!
Candy grams were sold this week and will continue through next week!

 Upcoming!

Next week is a short week. Friday is off!
Next week is the last week for badminton tryouts.
Next week starts with block 5 day.

 WEEKLY QUOTE

“I think it’s important to find the little things in everyday life that make you happy”

-Paula Cole

 Thanks for reading everyone! Have a remarkable weekend! - Jemie

We wish everyone a good week as well as an enjoyable long weekend.  For those of you celebrating Easter we hope your celebrations go well and those families participating in Ramadan, we wish you a Happy Ramadan. 

Darren, Andrea and Cat


May 05
Apr. 3

​Hello SJAMmers,

Spring is here with some fabulous weather upon us.  Traditionally robins and crocuses are the first signs of spring and if you haven't seen any yet we are sure you will soon.  Get up to Nose Hill and check it out!

Having returned from spring break, staff and students are working towards completion of curricular objectives and getting ready for final assessments, which for our grade 9s include the PATs (Provincial Achievement Tests).

Our school has been on the news this week for a variety of topics.  One was our plumbing issue on Wednesday where we had to evacuate our students to John G. Diefenbaker High School, due to shutting water off throughout the building.  It turns out that some tree roots have made their way into our sanitation pipes and the building is as old as our principal and both are showing signs of aging.  We were able to route through the roots and our plumbing system is working once again.  There will be regular maintenance in the future to prevent this from happening.  
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We also have had media interest around changing the school name.  We want to remind our community that this is a trustee decision and the school must remain neutral.  
Upcoming Events:
Monday, April 4  (Block 3 Start):  FIT Club PM
Tuesday, April 5 (Block 2 Start):  Another fabulous day at SJAM   
Wednesday, April 6 (Block 1 Start):  Outdoor Education Grotto Canyon Trip 
Thursday, April 7 (Block 7 Start):  Another fabulous day at SJAM                                   
Friday, April 8 (Block 6 Start):  FIT Club (all students) AM  /  Noon Dismissal
STUCO Newsletter
 This Week’s Past Events!
This was our first week back from spring break!
We hope you had plenty of time to relax and recharge. We’re pushing the last few months of our 2020-2021 school year!
This week we got to see the old SJAM return!
We brought back a game called pirates from pre-covid times! Our phys ed staff and some students volunteered to set up the gym to be the ultimate space for lava tag. We loved seeing everyone have a great time!

 Upcoming!
Badminton will be held next week!
Just a reminder that fit club is Monday after school and Friday mornings before school!
Feel free to join us in a workout and fun game!
Due to the beginning of badminton, fit club may start to be held only once a week on Fridays. 

 WEEKLY QUOTE
“Together we are better.”
-John Paul Warren
 Thanks for reading everyone! Have a fantastic weekend! - Jemie​
We hope you are having a great weekend!
Darren, Andrea and Cat


Mar 17
Mar. 13

Hello SJAMmers,

At the beginning of March, our covid restrictions were lifted by our provincial government. It is great news that numbers are declining in our hospitals and our students are returning to some pre-Covid activities.  There is a sense of celebration in the halls of SJAM as well as our Band room is full of beautiful music during and after school from our Jazz band.  Our gym is also filled with enthusiastic dancers during school and shouts of basketball cheers before and after school.  

However there are still many other current events that are occurring in our SJAMmers lives such as the  heartbreaking news from the Ukraine and the recent discovery of 169 unmarked graves at a former residential school in Northern Alberta.  We know that information like this will have a different impact on everyone.  Please let us know if your child would like to speak to someone at the school regarding this. The Distress Centre is also available 24/7 for yourselves and your students if you are in crisis.  (403-266-4357 or https://www.distresscentre.com)

Thank you to students and parents/ guardians for their participation in our Student Conferences.  The exchange of information and celebrations of learning is always appreciated and valuable. If booking an appointment wasn’t possible or you feel something more needs to be shared please do not hesitate to contact your child’s teacher via email to continue the conversation. 

Leadership students have organised a Blue and Yellow day to support Ukraine on Friday, March 18.  Sjam students are encouraged to wear blue and yellow colours that day.  Leadership students will be collecting money at the doors first thing in the morning and all donations will be sent straight to the Red Cross Foundation then to the Ukraine.  Thank you Ms. Greenham and her students for their kindness and making a difference!  

On Saturday night you should have advanced your clocks one hour so please don’t forget to do so.  This will result in one less hour of sleep so be mindful of this in the next few days as Mr. Jones reminded this week in his message to the entire school community on the importance of sleep.


Lost & Found

Please have your children look through the lost and found in the office.  There is clothing, water bottles, eye glasses, jewelry, a phone, wallet.  Any items not claimed by Friday, March 18th will be donated to a non-profit organization.


School Council Meeting

Our virtual School Council meeting on Tuesday, March 15 at 6:30pm using  Microsoft Teams. Ms. Hackman, our Indigenous Strategist will be sharing information on what is happening at the school and updates on our journey of Truth and Reconciliation.  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.


Melissa’s Corner

Protective factors are things in a student's life that offer positive experiences, which counteract uncertainty and minimize risks.  Research shows that things like extracurricular activities and hobbies, scheduled time with family and positive mentors, and participating in anything that gives a student a sense of belonging and accomplishment can enhance mental health and well-being.  Sometimes this takes time and resources to organize but concentrating on engaging, fun activities offers an alternative to unstructured and unsupervised time. We have all missed some of these protective factors in our lives as the pandemic made our worlds smaller but now that things are reopening, it is time to remember and seek out these positive experiences for our kids and ourselves.  For example, SJAM offers clubs at lunch and afterschool activities like basketball and badminton (coming soon).  Extra-curricular activities, community centers and events across the city are opening up again and offering opportunities to volunteer and take part in creative arts, sports, clubs and music, just to name a few.  Helping our kids to prioritize activities and relationships that are positive and protective is well worth our efforts to improve mental health and well-being. 


Upcoming Events:

Monday, Mar 14  (Block 3 Start):  Grade 8 FIT Club PM

Tuesday, Mar 15 (Block 2 Start):  AM Grade 7 Girls’ Basketball / PM Grade 7 Boys’ Basketball
                                                       School Council at 6:30    

Wednesday, Mar 16 (Block 1 Start):  AM Grade 8 Girls’ Basketball / PM Grade 8 Boys’ Basketball  

Thursday, Mar 17 (Block 7 Start):  AM Grade 9 Girls’ Basketball / PM Grade 9 Boys’ Basketball
                                                        Spirit Day - Wear Green                                   

Friday, Mar 18 (Block 6 Start):  FIT Club (all students) AM   /   Noon Dismissal
                                                    Blue and Yellow Day to support Ukraine
                                                    Start of Spring Break!


STUCO Newsletter

 This Week’s Past Events!

This week was a short week!
Friday is off.
We took team/club yearbook photos Tuesday!
We had our book fair this week!
Book Fair ends on March 14th.
This week we had our first all grade Monday fit club!
Every student is welcome to join fit club Mondays after school and Friday mornings before school! We workout together and have plenty of fun!
 Upcoming!

Next week is our last week before spring break!
The last day of classes will be March 18th, and spring break will last until March 28th.
Next week starts with block 3.
St. Patrick's Day is on the 17th!
Wear green!
Most of our classes are in SJAM’s dance unit!
Feel free to dress up! We love to see old SJAM reappear!
Parent teacher conferences are this Thursday afternoon and Friday morning.
 WEEKLY QUOTE

“Your journey begins with a choice to get up, step out and live fully.”

-Oprah Winfrey

 Thanks for reading everyone! Have a tremendous weekend! - Jemie

We hope you are having a great weekend!

Darren, Andrea and Cat


Mar 17
Mar. 4

Hello SJAMmers,

​We had some great events at SJAM over the past week.  One of these included the first annual Black Student Association Summit for junior high and high schools across Alberta. The event was a great success with having over 400 students in attendance from many different ethnic backgrounds. Students heard from many different presenters, including: MLA David Shepherd, Robyn Taylor of YEG the Come Up, Alain Intwali (studio producer and music engineer), Mayer Amarjeet Sohi, Bernie from Black Owned Market YEG, and University of Alberta BSA. Our students also had an amazing opportunity to meet one of SJAM’s success stories in Shane Richards (the #1 overall pick in the 2019 CFL draft). Shane not only catered the event with his delicious Jamaican Patties and wings, he stayed for the entirety of the event. This was a major highlight for many students, especially the boys.  Thank you to Mr. Crossman and Ms. Mensah for organizing and leading this event along with several of our staff who participated.  We also had the Global News team at SJAM interviewing students and Ms. Mensah on the impact of Soup Sisters.  See the story at Soup It Forward Day: teens learn about helping to feed struggling Calgarians | Watch News Videos Online   The entire school population also received yummy soup from this Soup Sisters program on Thursday - thanks Ms. Mensah! 

Book fair

Our school’s Scholastic Book Fair will begin tomorrow March 7th and run straight through March 14th. Students will have time to browse and shop in person at our school every day during the fair. 

And don't forget! You can experience the joy of our Book Fair online by visiting our Virtual Book Fair Extension on the same dates!

https://virtualbookfairs.scholastic.ca/pages/5164872

See full details can be found on this link to our website at this link 


Parent-Teacher Interviews 

Parent-Teacher-Student interviews will occur virtually next week from 4 - 8 pm on Thursday, March 10, and 9am - 1pm on Friday, March 11. We want to remind you again, that the opportunity to sign up for virtual interviews started yesterday, March 5, at noon.   Please go to the following link to sign up.    Student and Parent / Legal Guardian Sign In

 This link will be open from Saturday, March 5 at noon until March 9th at 3:00 pm.

 We have developed 3 separate conferences that you may sign up for:

Academics - these will be 10 minute interviews with your student’s SMath (Science & Math) and Humanities (Language Arts & Social Studies) combined.  See Chart below for the correct green Homeroom selection 
PE / Options - these will be 5 minute interviews with your student’s option teacher.  Every student has 2 options per semester.  
SPED - these will be 30 minute interviews with your student’s Special Education teacher in either ALP, PLP or TASC.
Name of HR (homeroom)

Humanities Teacher

SMath Teacher

ELL 71 / 81 / 91 

Mr. Langille

Ms. Hopley & Ms. MacGougan

HR 72 / 73 / 74

Mr. Crossman

Mr. Manery

HR 75 / 76 / 77

Ms Zakus

Ms. Hande

HR 78

Ms. MacPhee

Mr. MacLeod

HR 82 / 83 / 84

Ms. Isaakson

Ms. Champion / Mr. McIvor

HR 85 / 86 / 87

Mr. Smith

Mr. Wear

HR 88 

Ms. Hansen 

Ms. Else

HR 92 / 93 / 94 

Ms. Sterling

Mr. Miller

HR 95 / 96 / 97

Mr. Hoblak

Mr. Leavitt

HR 98

Ms. Hudson

Ms. Ralph


If you are having difficulty with the process of setting up your virtual interview please phone the office at 403-777-7670 for support.


Upcoming Events:

Monday, Mar 7  (Block 7 Start):  Grade 8 FIT Club PM

Tuesday, Mar 8 (Block 6 Start):  AM Grade 7 Boys’ Basketball / PM Grade 7 Girls’ Basketball    

Wednesday, Mar 9 (Block 5 Start):  AM Grade 8 Boys’ Basketball / PM Grade 8 Girls’ Basketball  

Thursday, Mar 10 (Block 4 Start):  AM Grade 9 Boys’ Basketball / PM Grade 9 Girls’ Basketball                                                    Parent/Teacher/Student Interviews 4pm - 8pm

Friday, Mar 11:  NID - Parent/Teacher/Student Interviews 9am - 1pm


STUCO Newsletter

 This Week’s Past Events!

The last chance to guarantee yourself a 2021-2022 SJAM yearbook was March 2nd.
March third was soup day!
Each student got a free cup of soup. Big thanks to Mrs. Mensah for organizing the whole thing.
Social dance started this week for many of our students
Feel free to dress up! We are so excited to see the old SJAM return!.
 Upcoming!

Spring break is coming up! Two more weeks to go!
Spring break starts on the 21st and classes resume on the 28th.
Next week is a short week. Friday is off!
Our scholastic book fair is back and will be on Monday March 9th.
Next week starts with a block 7.
 WEEKLY QUOTE

“The purpose of our lives is to be happy.”

-Dalai Lama

 Thanks for reading everyone! Have a tremendous weekend! - Jemie


Melissa’s Corner

There is a lot happening in the world right now and it makes sense that anxiety is running high for kids and adults alike.  Connecting with our kids for a conversation is a great way to check in and see how they are doing. But sometimes it's hard to know what to say or know what to do when our kids tell us they are worried, sad or scared.  It's normal to feel this way and there are resources out there that can help guide us through and also to know when it is time to reach out for more help. Here are some resources to check out for coping with anxiety and other mental health information.

Anxiety Canada: Home - Anxiety Canada Great site for accessing information and strategies on how to cope.  Created by Canadian mental health professionals.

Mind Your Mind: Support and information for how to help yourself, others and many strategies and resources.  mindyourmind.ca | reach out, give help, get help

CASA Child, Adolescent and Family Mental Health has a Resources for Specific Mental Health Issues page: https://www.casaservices.org/resources-specific-mental-health

If you would like to reach out for help in the community, you could reach out to your family doctor.  They can check out any physical issues and provide support but the first step for all Albertans to get mental health support through AHS is to contact the centralized intake at Access Mental Health at 403-543-1500.  Here is the link: Calgary Zone and Area - Access Mental Health | Alberta Health Services​


We hope you are having a safe and relaxing weekend!

Darren, Andrea and Cat​


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