Jayhawk Family Update

November 22-26

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Dear Families,

A huge thank you to our amazing School Advisory Council for volunteering their time for our JPS wreath and planter fundraiser. Thank you to Amy and Melissa for organizing all of this to ensure it was successful. Thank you to Amy and Beth (Amy's mom) as our daytime helpers, as well as Melissa and Kim G. as our evening helpers. This would not have been a success without you. In total, approximately 213 items were ordered. Stay tuned for how much money went to support our beautiful school community.

Another huge shout out to our amazing School Council who will soon resume volunteering as bingo greeters at 'Play! Gaming and Entertainment.' Our school receives a significant amount of money as a result. If you are interested, and have a couple of hours to give, please email our School Council to sign up! Available dates and times to be Bingo greeters for 2 hour shifts include:

-Thursday, December 30th at 12:00 pm

-Monday, January 24th at 10:15 pm

-Friday, March 11th at 4:00 pm

This week is Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week. This week, students will participate in various activities to develop a better understanding of the term "bullying" and how they can be a friend or an ally to those in need. This week, there will be a focus on kindness and students will be recognized or "caught being kind."

The Boys and Girl's club after school program has hired another staff member and there are now a limited number of new space available. Interested families can reach out to Darcey to inquire about remaining space and to get more information on how to register (darcey@bgcsoutheast.ca)

Looking forward to another great week ahead,

Jean Paquin, Principal & Emily Stephen, Vice Principal

paquinj@limestone.on.ca ; stephene@limestone.on.ca

Mental Health Resources

School Mental Health Ontario


The Maltby Centre


Last Week @ JPS:

This Week: Bullying Awarness/Prevention Week

Monday, November 22: (Day 2)

-Beginning of Bullying Awareness/Prevention Week (student will be participating in a variety of activities)

Tuesday, November 23 : (Day 3)

-Grade 7/8 Immunizations in the library

Wednesday, November 24: (Day 4)

-Choices at 9 - AP @ LCVI Webinar 7:00pm

Thursday, November 25: (Day 5)

-Choices at 9 - IB @ KSS Webinar 7:00pm

-JPS Swag Day

Friday, November 26: (Day 1)

-Pink Shirt Day

Coming Up:

December 2:

-Picture Re-Takes

February 18:

-Term 1 Reports to Families

May 20:

-Jump Rope for Heart

June 28th:

-Term 2 Reports to Families

*NEW means we recently added them to this "Coming Up" section

Opportunities for Our Intermediate Jayhawks!

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EarlyON is @ JPS!

EarlyON Child and Family Centres offer a range of quality, drop-in programs that are free and open to all parents, caregivers and their children, aged 0-6.

They will be running programs at JPS starting next week on Tuesdays and Thursdays 9:30-12:00 & 12:30-2:00

Families have access to the accessible bathroom for this program.

Drop off and pick-up reminders...

Parents/guardians will be asked to wait outside instead of entering the building. Here is some information for our new Jayhawk families:

  • Drop-off for both busses and families begins at 8:55 am. Supervision is not available before this time.
  • Students will remain masked in their cohort line-up areas between 8:55-9:10 am.
  • Please go through the drive thru lane and drop off by the JPS sign - a quick kiss & go!
  • If you want to walk your child(ren), Gr. 1 - 8 parents park on the road and walk to the sign, kiss & go
  • Kinder parents may park in the lot and walk their children to the fence
  • Please do not go on the school yard
  • Please do not walk between the busses


  • Kinder parents may park in the lot and meet their child at the fence
  • Gr. 1 - 8 parents will need to park on the road and meet their child(ren) at the JPS sign at 3:35 - Gr. 1-8 students will not be dismissed before 3:35 pm.
  • Please do not go on the school yard
  • Please do not walk between the busses

What if my child is late or needs to leave early?

If your child is late for school, please come to the front door and ring the bell to speak with a staff member. Parents will need to wait outside, physically distanced, until your child has been welcomed in. We will make sure that young students get to their classrooms safely.

If you are picking your child up early, please come to front door and ring the bell to speak with a staff member. We will bring your child to the door to meet you. If you arrive early to pick up your child, we ask that you wait off property until dismissal at 3:35 pm in order that we may stick to our safe dismissal routines as much as possible.

Triboard Busing Information

No Bus Passes

Due to the role bus manifests and seating plans have in contacting tracing, students are not allowed on a bus they are not registered to or off at a stop they are not assigned to. This means no bus passes can be issued to students for any reason. All changes to transportation, including additional stops and periodic transportation, must be provided to the Triboard office using a Transportation Application.

There will again be an increased likelyhood of bus delays and cancellations this year due to circumstances related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Transportation to and from school is not guaranteed. Families should have a backup plan to transport their student(s) to school, and to arrange child care where required, if their bus is cancelled for any reason and they cannot transport their student to school.

Families should ensure they are signed up to receive direct notifications, either by email, or Tri-Board’s app. Delays and cancellations are also posted to Tri-Board’s Twitter account.

Within the City of Kingston, secondary students have access to free Kingston Transit bus passes. If your student doesn’t have a pass but would like one, please visit the City of Kingston website. All children under the age of 14 may also ride Kingston Transit for free. No pass is required. Please note, all passengers on Kingston Transit are required to wear a face covering/mask.

If students are unable to find an alternate route to school and cannot attend in-person due to bus cancellations, teachers and schools will work with affected students and families to ensure students are kept engaged in learning. Families should contact their teacher directly to determine a plan for the makeup of work.


If you are driving your child, please ensure your child's bus driver knows your plans. This will help immensely. Thank you!

What is the best way to receive messages from the school?

If you are new to our school, please take the time to download the School Messenger App to stay connected and report student absences. If you wish to receive our weekly family updates, please follow the instructions for selecting email as one of your preferences.
LDSB SchoolMessenger App Tutorial: How to Sign Up & Log In

The 2021/2022 School Year Calendar

Please visit the LDSB website to view next year's calendar.


JPS Advisory Council (SAC)

School Advisory Council (SAC) Exec:

Amy Currie - co-chair

Melissa Robertson - co-chair

Elizabeth Brothers - treasurer

Donna Maillet - secretary

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


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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