JPS Week Ahead for Families

Oct 19 - 23

Hallowe'en @ JPS

In consultation with the health unit, we have had to re-imagine some of the ways we would normally celebrate. However, October 30th will still be a day of Halloween fun! Students can come dressed in their spooky colours (as long as nothing worn interferes or covers their face masks). Please do not send costumes to change into.

If you would like to send in pre-packaged nut-free items (ex. chips, mini chocolate bars, candy) in the week before (so that it can sit for 72 hours untouched) treat bags can be made for each student in that class. Please don't feel obligated to send in treats, we know that parents often like to do this each year.

This year, we will be having a virtual Halloween parade. At home, dress up in your full costume, pose somewhere fun or creepy and take a picture to add to our collection. All pictures will be compiled into a video that we can watch in classes on October 30th. The bonus is that parents will get to see the show as well. Pictures should be submitted by Tuesday, October 27th. Please click on the button below to submit!


Drop off/Pick Up

  • drop off for students in Gr. 1 - 8 is at the JPS sign only (not in the parking lot)
  • drop off for Kindergarten students is in the parking lot
  • please park on the road if you are picking up your child(ren) and meet them at the sign - do not come into the parking lot
  • do not park by the dumpsters
  • entry is on the south side, exit is on the north side

Google Classrooms

  • please make sure your child is able to access his/her Google Classroom at home
  • parent-teacher communication about their child should not go through comments on the Google Classroom - please phone the school or e-mail directly to contact your child's teacher

Personal Devices

  • students are not allowed to use personal devices as per the Ministry of Education during school hours (8:50 - 3:35), unless specifically directly/allowed by the classroom teacher
  • please teach your child how to turn off notifications on their phone during the school day

Toys/Sports Equipment

  • students are not allowed to bring toys/sports equipment from home, we have not received permission from Public Health


  • if students are listening to music on their bus ride, they must have earphones
  • masks must be worn at all times on the busses
  • students are not allowed to eat/drink on the busses
  • please let your driver know if you are driving your child(ren) for an extended period of time

This Week and Beyond...

Monday, October 19 - Day 1

Tuesday, October 20 - Day 2

Wednesday, October 21 - Day 3

Thursday, October 22 - Day 4

Friday, October 23 - Day 5


October 27 - Parent Council Meeting (6 p.m.) - this will be done virtually - a link will be provided in next week's Week Ahead for JPS Families

October 30 - Spooky Colours Day!

Early-On Programs will resume on October 27th

EarlyON offers free programs for parents and caregivers with children from birth to 6 years. Programs have moved to a pre-registration format where all participants are required to sign-up in advance and to answer additional screening quesions upon arrival. To register, go to Click "Register" and follow the instructions.

EarlyON at Joyceville P.S will be starting on Tusesday, October 27th, and will run every Tuesday and Friday from 9:30 to 1:30.

Revised COVID Screening Tool

The Ontario Ministry of Health has again revised the COVID screening tool for children in school. The main change is regarding symptoms that are commonly associated with other illnesses, such as a runny nose or headache:

  • students with only one of these symptoms (not including fever/cough) will be advised to stay home for 24 hours, after which they can return to school if their symptoms are improving
  • students with two or more of these symptoms (or one symptom if it is fever or cough) will be advised to stay home until they are able to consult with a health care provider and receive an alternative diagnosis or a negative COVID-19 test

Please see the newly revised Screening tool for Children in School and Child Care (October 1, 2020).

Virtual After School Program for Girls (Gr. 4 - 8)

Our Virtual After School Program for girls* in grades 4-8 is getting started! This is an opportunity for virtual social time and hands-on activities with peers after school! Activities will be creative, challenging, engaging and FUN!

This is the link to the virtual registration form and the details are there:

We are running the program on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays and we will be delivering activity supplies to all registrants on a monthly basis to ensure everyone can participate. You’ll notice on the form that there are options for participants who can’t access virtual programming – we are providing curbside visits and participant phone calls as well to try to keep connected or create new supportive connections during this time. Curbside visits are outside and follow Public Health protocols for safety and social distance.

Questions can be directed to:

Justine Marchand

Girls Ed Program Manager

Cell: (613) 561-4487

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers (what’s this?)

JPS Parent Council

Parent Council 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:

The next Parent Council meeting is Tuesday, October 27th. We are anticipating that this meeting will need to be virtual.


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!


Just download the app and put in the code. Every time you do an on-line purchase from the selected stores, a kick back will go to the school and no extra cost to you! See link below!

Code: LDJ4YK


Get those precious items labelled with Mabel's Labels! Keep JPS's Lost & Found empty!


See below for our very own e-store! Now parents can order JPS swag whenever they want, pay on line. You can pick up at the store or have it delivered to the school. The school gets a kick back on every purchase!



Posted on LDSB website (Sept. 18)

Tri-Board Student Transportation has indicated there will likely be more 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!

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