JSS Newsletter

Jack Stuart School - September 2022

Administrator's Message

By Jack Stuart School Administration

Mr. Todd Sieben, Principal

Ms. Erica Easton, Assistant Principal

Proud of Our Promise …

Today I Promise To:

Take Care of Myself

Take Care of Others

Take Care of This Place

I Won’t Forget My Promise

Welcome back everyone for what should be exciting school year! It is with great pleasure that we welcome your family to Jack Stuart School (JSS) and Battle River School Division (BRSD) for 2022/23.

This year we have over 275+ students from pre-Kindergarten to Grade 5. JSS is a wonderful school with lots going on. We have many returning staff members, along with a couple new ones. We are also very excited to see so many returning student faces and extremely pleased with our new students this year.

This year promises to be exciting, challenging and ultimately rewarding as we work together in the best interests of our students. We look forward to the cooperative efforts of staff, students and parents/guardians as we continue to enhance JSS throughout the 2022/23 year.

Our goal is to make a safe, caring and productive environment for all our students and staff, and provide them with choice and a place where they feel confident and comfortable to strive to be the best they can be. This will create a school environment where courtesy and kindness prevail and respect is mutual.

Our JSS staff learning this year continues around literacy, numeracy and the critical 2 (high quality teaching and optimum student learning). We are excited to share our learning with you. Stay tuned in future editions of our JSS newsletter.

We look forward to making your child’s educational experience positive and rewarding at JSS. We believe that you, as parents/guardians and family members, play a tremendous role in your child’s education. Essential to your child’s success is your continual interest and support. A child who knows that their family is interested in and supports school programs will most always enjoy greater success.

We extend an open invitation to all families and friends to attend our school events, extra-curricular competitions and other functions open to the public throughout the year. Your support is greatly appreciated and input/feedback is always welcome.

If you would like to assist with any of our school (parent) council, teams/clubs or one of our school programs, please notify the school with your requests and intentions. Volunteers make a difference!

Have a great school year!


Jack Stuart School provides convenient ways for parents to stay connected to important information and events at school. It is vital that parents know and use the different lines of communication that are available.

Our school newsletters will only be available electronically. The newsletter will be sent to families through School Messenger and a copy will be posted on our school website.

Frequent, high quality communication is essential. Parents can expect contact from classroom teachers through monthly class newsletters or weekly news emails, phone calls, student agendas and emails.

More ways to follow us …

Website: http://jstuart.brsd.ab.ca

Twitter: @jstuartschool

Instagram: jackstuartschoolbrsd

Facebook: Jack Stuart School

2022-2023 School Staff

Mr. T. Sieben - Principal
Ms. E. Easton - Assistant Principal
Miss. A. Badry - Pre-Kindergarten
Mrs. K. Skoglund - KMW
Ms. M. Broekhuizen - KTT
Mrs. B. Buckland - EXCEL
Mrs. L. Atema - Grade 1A
Ms. J. Ewasko - Grade 1E
Mrs. N. Harty - Grade 2H

Mrs. A. Mooney - Grade 2M
Mrs. J. Desjardins - Grade 3D
Miss. B. Knull - Grade 3K

Mr. J. Nelson - Grade 4N

Mrs. M. Steil - Grade 4S

Mrs. J. Mitchell - Grade 5M

Mrs. K. Radchenko - Grade 5R

Support Staff:

Mrs. L. Macahonic - Administrative Assistant

Mrs. S. Biletski - Learning Commons Facilitator

Mrs. T. Bonter - Educational Assistant

Mrs. M. Buchholz - Educational Assistant

Miss. B. Curran - Educational Assistant

Mrs. G. Gates - Educational Assistant

Mrs. J. Lechelt - Pre-K Educational Assistant

Mrs. S. Lemko - Pre-K Educational Assistant

Mrs. D. Rak - Educational Assistant/Breakfast Program

Mrs. J. Raynard - Educational Assistant/Breakfast Program

Mrs. J. Smith - Educational Assistant

Mrs. S. Thiessen - Educational Assistant

Mrs. D. Weiler - Educational Assistant (M/W Kindergarten)

Mrs. L. Wilde - Educational Assistant

Mrs. N. Woods - Educational Assistant

Mrs. J. Wrubleski - Educational Assistant

Other Staff:

Mr. L. Lam - Custodian

Ms. C. Fitzgerald - Family School Liaison Worker

Mrs. K. Kienitz - MHCB Wellness Coach

Safe Arrivals Program

A practice at Jack Stuart School is to have parents contact the school before 8:30 am in the morning if their child will be absent from school. If a student is absent and we have not received a call from the parent, we will make every attempt to contact parents to verify an absence.

BELL SCHEDULE for 2022/23

8:15 am - Welcome time

8:30 am - Classes begin with announcements

10:13 am - AM snack/recess dismissal bell

10:43 am - Classes resume

12:26 - 1:06 pm - Lunch/recess dismissal bell

1:06 pm - Classes resume

3:06 pm - Dismissal

** On our monthly early dismissal days (1st Thursday of every month)

students will be dismissed at 2:06pm.

Student Drop off and Pick up

We have 3 drop off zones:

Zone 1 - As you enter to the right of the parking lot

Zone 2 - South end of the parking lot

Zone 3 - Bike rack as you leave the parking lot

Thank you for using the crosswalk when dropping or picking up your child.

Parent parking is the last two rows of the parking lot. The first two rows are for staff.

Please help keep our students safe by not walking between vehicles and using the assigned crosswalks.

For pick up, your child can wait outside their classroom door or meet you at the crosswalk where you can walk them to your vehicle. Please do not walk between vehicles. Please adhere to the posted traffic signs.

AMA Safety Patrol

To help ensure that all students arrive and leave school safely, we will continuing our AMA safety patrol. Forms will be given to Grade 5 students wishing to participate in this important program. Patrolling will start once all training has been completed. The first meeting will take place on Thurs., Sept. 15. Please have forms signed and returned to school by this date.

School Council

by Terra Manion, Chair: jackstuartparentadvisory@gmail.com

JSS Council & Parents’ Society

Jack Stuart School Council and Parents’ Society is a group of parent/guardian volunteers that do a lot of extras for the school. We volunteer and fundraise for our school - eg. a new playground addition, Gaga pit, skating, swimming, parfait days, classroom supplies (extras) and many other fun things. We meet virtually once a month to discuss with teachers and administrators what is happening within the school and the division. This is a place for us to ask questions, make suggestions and learn about what is upcoming in our school. We are always looking for new members to hold various positions and for anyone interested in learning more about what is going on at JSS. Everyone is always welcome at any or all of our meetings.

Over the past 2+ year, we have applied for approximately 15 grants for our fully inclusive, wheelchair accessible and playable playground addition. This summer we received $3000 from the Gord Bamford Foundation and $10,000 from the City of Camrose. We are very grateful for these funds and hope this will get the ball rolling on others.

We will be running the DFS Fundraiser once again this year. Catalogues and more info will be sent home with students on Oct. 3rd.

We do not yet have a date set for our first meeting but will let you know when we do. A Google Meet link will be sent out via school messenger prior to our monthly meetings for anyone to join. Hope to see you then!

Fundraising with Save-On-Foods

JSS Parents' Society continues its partnership with Save-On-Foods to generate playground funds. Here is how you can help this fundraising effort:

1. Shop at Camrose Save-On-Foods (starting immediately and ongoing).

2. On the back of your receipt write 'Jack Stuart School' or 'JSS'.

3. Give your receipt to any cashier with instructions that it is for the Jack Stuart School's fundraising program.

4. Cashier will then photocopy your receipt and return the original to you.

5. JSS will receive 5% of total purchases made according to the receipts that have been submitted.

6. Money earned will go towards our fully inclusive, zero barrier playground addition.

News from the Learning Commons

By Mrs. Biletski mailto:sbiletski@brsd.ab.ca

I am looking forward to welcoming students to a new year in the Learning Commons. Our Kindergarten to Gr. 5 students will have library classes once a week. Children will borrow books on their assigned library day (teachers will let you know your assigned days) and are expected to return their books the following week. If students do not return their books within a week, they will be unable to check out any new books until their overdue books are returned.

Please help your child remember to pack their library books on their assigned library days so they have the opportunity to check out new books every week. Books that take students longer to read can certainly be renewed as well.

I will send out reminders throughout the year for outstanding lost or missing books. Please feel free to contact Mrs. BIletski if you have any questions/concerns about library. Looking forward to keeping JSS kids excited about reading!

JSS Vikings - Cross Country Club

3:15 - 3:45 pm - Mondays and Wednesdays - Grade 3, 4 & 5 students

JSS Vikings Cross Country Club will meet in the gym after school to run on the Valley trails.

Practices will run every Monday and Wednesday until Thanksgiving. XC Club will resume again in the Spring. Consent forms are found at the end of this newsletter. Please print out, sign and return to school. (XC Club will be opened up to Grade 2's in the spring session).

Parent/Teacher Interviews

September 28, 2022

Time: 3:30 - 8:30 pm

Information will be sent home to parents to sign up for an in-person appointment.

Terry Fox Run

Jack Stuart School will be participating in this year's Terry Fox School Run for cancer research. The run will take place on Friday., September 23. Fundraising sheets are attached below.

National Truth and Reconciliation Day

BRSD schools and worksites will be closed on Fri., September 30th to recognize our National Truth and Reconciliation day.

Important Dates

Sept. 23 - Terry Fox Run

Sept. 28 - Parent/Teacher Interviews 3:30 - 8:30 pm

Sept. 30 - No School - National Truth and Reconciliation Day

TBA - First School Council Meeting

Oct. 6 - Early Dismissal 2:10 pm - Staff Meeting

School Happenings

Jack Stuart School provides convenient ways for parents to stay connected to important information and events at school. It is vital that parents know and use the different lines of communication that are available.

Learn about our school happenings in these ways:
  • School newsletters every first Wednesday of every month. Please sign up to receive the newsletter through School Messenger. The newsletter will also be posted on our website
  • School web page
  • Jack Stuart Council Facebook page
  • Twitter users can follow us @jstuartschool

Wishing our students a successful 2022/23 school year!

Treaty 6 Acknowledgement - We acknowledge that Battle River School Division is located on Treaty 6 territory, and we respect the histories, languages, and cultures of First Nations, Inuit and all First Peoples of Canada, whose presence continues to enrich our vibrant community.
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