JPS Week Ahead for Families

February 22-26

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Dear Families,

It was a short week, but a good week! Buses were cancelled on Tuesday which made for a quieter day at school. On snow days, asychronous learning will be posted on teacher's Google Classrooms - please check this for tasks to complete! We welcomed Ms. Gillian, a student from St. Lawnrence College who will be working in Ms. Norman's class. Ms. Norman's class, Mr. Guild's class, and Mr. Gallagher's class participated in a welcome and brief drumming exercise from Danka Brewer, an Indigenous Knowledge Keeper. Due to unforseen circumstances, she was virtual. Next time, she will be here face-to-face! She will be returning to work with other classes in the near future. We also welcomed Superintendent Babcock who walked around to each class to participate in student learning!


We are looking forward to a great week ahead! We are encouraging students to keep their coats on at recess time. Thank you for your support with this. As we are spending lots of time outside for recess and additional learning time, please ensure your child has warm clothing and appropriate outdoor attire!


While we do have a limited supply of water bottles and disposable cups for students who forget their water bottles, it is important for students to bring their own water bottles each day to fill up and stay hydrated!


Looking forward to a great week ahead!


Mrs. Paquin, Ms. Stephen & the JPS Team!

LDSB Seeking Feedback on Student Mental Health

The Limestone District School Board is currently working on its Mental Health and Substance Use Strategy for 2021-2024. This strategy helps the board make decisions about how to support student mental health and well-being at school. To help Limestone develop its updated strategy, the board is engaging students, families, staff and community partners through a voluntary survey so that as many voices as possible inform our strategy development.


Students in Grades 7 to 12 and staff will receive the survey directly via their Limestone email.


Families can participate in the survey via this anonymous link. The family survey should take about 10 minutes to complete. At the end of the survey, a list of community mental health and substance use supports will be available; this is also available for those who choose not to complete the survey after clicking the link.

School Mental Health Ontario - For Families

Last Week At Joyceville PS!

Indigenous Knowledge Keeper, Danka Brewer Came to JPS Virtually!

Danka Brewer, an Indigenous Knowledge Keeper came in this week to work with Mrs. Norman's class, Mr. Guild's class, and Mr. Gallagher's class. Due to unforseen circumstances, she joined us virtually.


Students welcomed Danka, learned more about this land (i.e., Turtle Island), drew out their own drums, and learned a few drumming techniques. She will be back in March to teach us more!


Thank you to Mrs. Paquin for applying for this grant and to the Limestone DSB for providing this grant so we can continue with our work on Indigenous Education.

This Week:

Monday, February 22nd:


Tuesday, February 23rd:

-Challenge Auditions


Wednesday, February 24th

-Boys & Girls Club Pink Shirt Day

https://bgc-kingston-2021-pink-shirt-day.myshopify.com/

-LEAP, Challenge, and Atlas Make-Up


Thursday, February 25th:

-LGBTQ2S+ Families' Focus Group 6-8 p.m.

-Purim (senset to sunset)


Friday, February 26th:

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Coming Up:

March 22nd:

-Term 2 IEPs go home to families


April 12-April 16:

-New "March Break" Dates

Report A Student Absence

School Messenger App
1. Use your mobile device to download and install the free SchoolMessenger blue app from the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store, the SchoolMessenger website portal, or from within the LDSB mobile app.
2. The first time you use the app, you must select Sign Up to create your account. Please ensure you use the same email address your student’s school has on file. If you do not use that same email address, you will not be able to create an account, or may not be able to see the "Attendance" option. You may have already created an account when we introduced the Communicate broadcast system.
3. Select Attendance, then select Report an Absence and follow the prompts.

SchoolMessenger SafeArrival Website Portal


Website Portal

1. Visit the SchoolMessenger website portal.
2. The first time you use the app, you must select Sign Up to create your account. Please ensure you use the same email address your student’s school has on file. If you do not use that same email address, you will not be able to create an account, or may not be able to see the "Attendance" option. You may have already created an account when we introduced the Communicate broadcast system.
3. Select Attendance, then Report an Absence and follow the

prompts.


Toll-free Telephone
1. Call 1-855-257-9349 toll-free to report an absence using the automated phone system.
2. Follow the prompts.

Kindergaten September 2021 Registration Now Open! #SeeYourselfInLimestone

Spread the word about our amazing Kindergarten program and team at Joyceville Public School! We offer a full day of learning for four- and five-year-olds over a two year period in English! (Please note, the child must be 4 or 5 by the end of December!)

Our Kindergarten program aims to nurture the whole child. In our Kindergarten classroom, a teacher and an early childhood educator work together as a team. This partnership helps to create a nurturing learning environment; giving every student the opportunity to learn in the way that is best suited to their individual strengths and needs. You can feel confident your student will be cared for within safe and inclusive environments.


Now is the time to register.

February is Black History Month

The LDSB's Equity and Inclusion consultants have put together lots of resources to help facilitate learning in the classroom during Black History Month! These resources were a huge help last week to kick off Black History Month. Some learning that is continuing this week includes:

*daily facts about Kingston's Black History fact compiled by Trustee Brown.

*daily videos about Black Canadian History

*reading of Mentor texts about significant people and events

*merging learning with the arts (the Grade 4/5s practiced a West African dance last week!)

*tvokids.com has provided Black History Videos for school-aged children (see the link below).

Please Screen Every day Before School!

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Masks

Our students are doing a great job wearing their masks with only a few reminders here and there!


All students, K - 8 are required to wear masks on the bus and in the school. Student are also required to wear masks outdoors if they cannot maintain a two metre distance. Masks need to cover the nose, mouth and chin and need to provide an adequate barrier.


The health unit has suggested if you are able to blow out a candle through your mask, it is not adequate. Please pack a few masks, especially with the cold weather as they get wet. We do have extra masks at the school for student just in case.

Did You Know?

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Opportunities for Students

Indigo strikes again!

We have been so fortunate to have been adopted by Indigo last year. Once again, the Kingston Indigo store has struck again! We have just received an additional $2000 for classroom and school materials. We'd like to publicly thank the Kingston Indigo store for supporting reading in our school. We've added books to our classroom libraries, provided books to our educators for professional development, sent books into the community, and so much more!

JPS Advisory Council (SAC)

School Advisory Council (SAC) Exec:


Amy Currie - co-chair

Melissa Robertson - co-chair

Deborah Smith-Minaker - treasurer

Donna Maillet - secretary


If you need to get a hold of a parent council representative, here is their email:

JoycevillePTA@outlook.com



Our Parent Council has organized three on-line fundraising opportunities. All fundraising is being done on-line this year. Now you can shop from the safety and convenience of your own home and our school gets a kick-back!

Thank you Play! Gaming and Entertainment for their funding support at Joyceville Public School.
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