Joyceville Public School

May 2016 Newsletter

As always, there have been many interesting and exciting opportunities for students this month!

Cafe Francais was a huge success. This is a wonderful authentic experience for all of our students to practice their French speaking skills as they order food and engage in conversation during a meal. Our 7/8s demonstrated excellent leadership skills as they planned, organized and executed the event as part of their French program. They also learned valuable food handling and serving skills! Mr. Fleet hosted other French teachers from our board to see the event and they were impressed with the leadership of our students ("I wish we had 7/8s like these!") and the level of French spoken by our students. Bravo!

We had a very successful junior basketball season! Several Grade 4, 5, and 6 students participated on these teams to learn basic skills and how the game works. Thanks to our fantastic coaches, Mr. Guild and Mr. Cahill. The future is bright for basketball at Joyceville!

Wow! We had many students participate in the LCVI Road Race. They all made us proud as they put in their best efforts. I was most impressed by the daily training in rain and shine that these students put in during the month leading up to the race! A big thanks to Mr. Guild and Mrs. Roberts for your work with the runners!

I would like to highlight how staff and students managed our recent Primary Zoo trip dilemma, after the owner was in the news for animal mistreatment. Well done! What a great example of critical thinking and student voice. Mrs. Diamond's students, who are focusing on perspective this term, did a great job preparing a public debate about the issue. Primary students were able to watch this debate to help them decide whether we should still go. The majority of the students voted to find an alternative trip! We found a perfect place, Big Sky Ranch, that takes in rescued animals, which will provide a wonderful opportunity for students to extend their thinking about animals in captivity. Our primary teachers also extended learning through literacy and math as a follow up. And as the organizer for the trip, Mr. Fleet, is giving them the opportunity to extend this to French. Students get to see connections between many areas of learning at school. A truly collaborative effort!

Check out this link to see what's happening across our district. The blog post from our director has some great messages about Math learning:

The upcoming months are very busy! Please have a look at the school calendar to see what's ahead. As always, please contact me with any questions, concerns or ideas you would like to share.

Heather Campbell, Principal

School Calendar

May 16 Country Fair Planing Meeting 6pm

May 17 Grade 4/5 to Sports Day at Queen's

May 17 Discover Kindergarten 6-7 pm

May 18 Palmer, Norman, Pope and Mr. Fleet to Big Sky Ranch

May 19 Jump Rope for Heart 2:30-3:30

May 24 Country Fair Planning Meeting 6pm

May 25, 26, 30 - Grade 3 and 6 EQAO

May 25 Grade 7/8 to Queen's Sports Day

May 27 Grade 3/4 and 7/8 to Gould Lake

May 28 Country Fair

June 8 Regional Track and Field Meet

June 14 District Track and Field Meet

June 22 Grade 8 Trip

June 24 Grade 4/5 and 6/7 to Montreal

June 28 Grade 8 Grad

Parent Council Update

  • Country Fair has been scheduled for Saturday, May 28th!
  • The next planning meetings are May 16th and 24th at 6 pm in the library. All are welcome!

Please consider volunteering for the Country Fair - an easy and fun way to support our school!

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Read-a-thon Results

In March, we held a read-a-thon to raise funds for our library. We raised $820!!!! The following students were the top two pledge collectors from each class.

JK/SK Emilie, Willa

1/2N Angelica, Roger

1/2P Kristen, Hailey

3/4 Corbin, Carson

4/5 Gavin, Victoria

6/7 Ashley, Avah

These students have been working with Pam to choose new print material for our library and will have the first chance to take these books out as they arrive!

Discover Kindergarten

If you know a child who will be 4 or 5 by the end of December, please encourage them to register as soon as possible. This helps us with the staffing process. Students must show proof of immunizations, birth certificate and proof of address (e.g. utility bill).

Our Discover Kindergarten night will be Tuesday, May 17th at 6 pm for all new Kindergarten students and their parents.

Information about ticks and Lyme disease

It is tick season. We have had students come to school with ticks and a few have been bit by ticks at school. We recommend that you check your child regularly to avoid bites and potential for lyme disease. If you would like more information, please contact the health unit or check out the link below:

Hot Lunch Tuesdays

May 17 Pepperoni Pizza

May 24 Gino's Lasagna

May 31 Cheese Pizza

June 7 Gino's Chicken Tenders

June 14 Pepperoni Pizza

June 21 Gino's Spaghetti and Meatballs

Thank you!

A BIG Jayhawk shoutout to Faye Cooper for her assistance with hot lunch orders this year! Anyone interested in volunteering next year, please contact Wendy in the office.

Grade 3 and 6 EQAO Assessments

The Primary (Grade 3) and Junior (Grade 6) Assessments of Reading, Writing and Mathematics will take place at school May 25th-26th and 30th. We have moved the final day of the assessment from May 27th to May 30th. Please note these on your calendar and if possible avoid scheduling appointments during this time period.

Milk Shake Days

May 16th, 24th and June 6th.

Country Fair Poster Winners

Overall Winner: Emily Fowler

JK/ SK division: Cooper Currie

Primary division: Courtney Sonneveld

Junior division: Rayne Heymans

Intermediate Division: Emma Sharpe

Buddy poster: Chayse Olive & Taya Cooper and Henry & Jack Paul

Hotel Dieu Art Gallery Winners

Congratulations to the following students whose art pieces were selected for the Hotel Dieu Art Gallery!

Grade 3/4: Ronan O, Jeff L, Violet M, Theron M

JK/SK: Emilie K and Violet M

Thanks again to Barb Morris for sharing her artistic talents with the 3/4 students.


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