JSS Newsletter

Jack Stuart School - December 2022

In Our House

JSS School Administration Message by

Mr. Todd Sieben, Principal

Ms. Erica Easton, Assistant Principal


At JSS, we continue to recognize students who say and do the right thing, especially when no one is looking. Each week, we randomly pick two student Jaguar Cards (submitted into the “Caught in the Matrix” Jaguar Card Bin in the school office) to enjoy a free lunch (made possible by our local eatery/restaurant supporters). Those students have their picture taken and uploaded to the electronic bulletin board in our north entrance lobby. Each Jaguar Card remains in the bin for the entire month, then we start over with an empty bin the next month. 198 JSS students received Jaguar Cards in September, 262 students in October, and another 102 students in November ... for a total of 562 Jaguar Cards so far. We are very proud of all our students living the school pledge each day.

December is a month of great excitement. Thank you for supporting our teachers by having your child attend school, focus on learning, get enough rest and plenty of fresh air. As we close off 2022, we look back at a year of many challenges, but also a time for all of us to take care of ourselves and others. Our students have shown us how to go with things as they happen, ask questions to understand and enjoy all the small things. We continue to learn as much from our amazing students as they learn from us. Our Gift of Giving to others is priceless.Help, make time for, give thanks to and leave positive messages for others.Make this Christmas season extra special by giving your time to others.

Please plan to attend one of our live Christmas Concerts this December in our gymnasium. Our pre-Kindergarten, Monday/Wednesday Kindergarten, and Tuesday/Thursday Kindergarten performance will start at 4 pm on Tuesday, December 20, 2022 (doors open at 3:30 pm). And, our grade 1 to 5 performances (same concert) will take place at 1:30 pm (doors open at 1 pm) and 7 pm (doors open at 6:30 pm) on Tuesday, December 20, 2022. Thank you to all the teachers for the many hours of preparation for this year’s Christmas concert. Our 4 pm and 7 pm performances will be live streamed. Stay tuned for the link in the weeks to come.

Thank you to …

  • Mr. Nelson and our University of Alberta: Augustana Campus students for coordinating and coaching our Grade 5 Jaguar Volleyball Team this fall. .

  • Mrs. Radchenko, Mrs. Mitchell, our students, and all other staff and parents/guardians who helped organize and facilitate our JSS Remembrance Day Ceremony on November 8, 2022. Big thanks to all our guests who attended the event as well.

  • The parents/guardians that continue to help out with our School (Parent) Hot Lunch program.

  • Parents/Guardians who have helped supervise field trips and assist in our classrooms already this year.

On behalf of Jack Stuart School and the JSS staff, we wish you all a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Enjoy the Christmas break from Thursday, December 22, 2022 to Wednesday, January 4, 2023, with classes resuming on Thursday, January 5, 2023.

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Jack Stuart’s Week of Giving

Christmas is upon us and the time of giving is alive. Jack Stuart would like to collect donations for a variety of Organizations this holiday season.

Our collecting will begin on Wednesday, December 7th and end on Thursday, December 15th.

  • On the 1st day of giving, the EXCEL class will collect bottles & bucks for the “ACTIVE START FUNdementals” -Dec 7th

  • On the 2nd day of giving, the Grade 1's will collect baby wipes/diapers/toothbrushes, etc. for the “Camrose Women’s Shelter” -Dec 8th

  • On the 3rd day of giving, the Grade 2’s will collect socks and hygiene products for the teens of “The Open Door” -Dec 9th

  • On the 4th day of giving, the Grade 3’s will collect pet essentials (kitty litter, food, paper towel, etc.) for the “Camrose & Area Animal Shelter Society” -Dec 12th

  • On the 5th day of giving, the Pre-K & Kindergarten’s will collect & deliver cookies/treats to the “Fire Station, Police Station, EMT’s” -Dec 13th

  • On the 6th day of giving, the Grade 4’s will collect non-perishable food items for the “Camrose Food Bank” -Dec 14th

  • On the final day of giving, the Grade 5’s will collect Loonies & Toonies for the “Stollery Children’s Hospital” -Dec 15th

Our staff and students are excited to bring back the season of giving! Please decide as a family which day(s)/charities/organizations work for you, but please do not feel obligated to contribute to all.

Thank you for helping to make someone else’s Christmas a little more joyful!

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Best Seats in the House.. with a Twist

Who: For JSS Families

When: December 20th: Christmas Concert (1:30pm & 7pm)

What: Collecting cereal boxes for the Camrose Food Bank

Where: Jack Stuart School Lobby

How: Bring a full box of cereal to the concert and you will receive a ticket that will be drawn at the beginning of the concert for 2 best seats. The more cereal boxes you bring, the more tickets you receive!

1 box = 1 ticket, 2 boxes = 2 tickets

Donation with a Twist: On December 21st, all cereal boxes collected will be lined up in hallways like dominos. Students and staff will line the hallway to watch our “Cereal Box Run” We will see how far we can make a domino line around the school!

JSS Council & Parents' Society

by Terra Manion, President: jackstuartparentadvisory@gmail.com

JSS Council & Parents’ Society

JSS Council/Parents’ Society will be having a small concession before each of the 3 Christmas concerts on Dec.20. There will be bottles of water and fresh made popcorn for sale so bring your loonies and toonies!

We have purchased a popcorn machine to replace the one that we no longer have access to. It will be used for fundraising concessions and other events as well as treats for the students and staff for many years to come. It has been missed over the last couple of years and we are excited to be able to have one again.

We will also be providing a food related staff appreciation this month that is yet to be determined.

Thank you to all of the volunteers that show up for Hot Lunch, you are greatly appreciated!

Next Hot Lunch will be Subway on Dec.14 for those who have ordered. It will then resume in the new year.

As the holiday hosting season approaches, please remember that our partnership with Save-On-Foods is ongoing so if you or any of your family or friends shop there please tell the cashier you would like to donate your receipt to Jack Stuart school. You will still get a regular receipt and we will receive 5% back from total purchases monthly. Thank you for supporting our school!

There will not be any meetings this month. We will meet again near the end of January.


MRS. DESJARDINS - Grade 3 (3D)

How long have you worked at JSS? 7 years

What are you currently watching? Ozark

When I was a kid I wanted to be? A teacher

What would we find you doing on the weekends? Reading, playing with my kids and my French puppy Martin

What is something that people don't know about you? I love Halloween, dressing up with a group costume is my favorite.

If you could have any superpower what would it be? Superspeed to complete all of the things on my to do list

MRS. EWASKO - Grade 1 (1E)

How long have you worked at JSS? 3 years

When I was a kid I wanted to be a...? Teacher or a psychologist

What is something that people don't know about you? I went to an all girls boarding school in high school.

Pet Peeves? Poor grammar and bad manners

If you could have any superpower what would it be? How amazing would it be to be completely fearless in all things?!

What is your go-to coffee order? Skinny hazelnut latte

Important Dates

Dec. 1 - Early Dismissal 2:06 pm - Staff Meeting

Dec. 5 - Staff Collaboration Day - No school for students

Dec. 7-15th - JSS Week of Giving

Dec. 12-16th - Holiday Spirit Week

Dec. 14 - Hot Lunch - Subway

Dec. 20 - Christmas Concerts: Kindergarten Concert 3:30 pm;

Grades 1 to 5 Concerts at 1pm and 7 pm

Dec. 21 - Last day of school before Christmas break

Dec. 22 - Jan. 4 - Christmas break

Jan. 5 - First day back to school

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.