JPS Family Update

June 7th-11th

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Dear Families,

While the news that we will stay in virtual learning may not have been surprising, it was not the news many of us were hoping for. We know that there are many feelings attached to hearing that we will not be returning to face-to face learning this year. We also know that for many of you, learning at home is not easy, or not what you 'signed up for.' I assure you that many of our staff feel the same way. We were really hoping for a couple of weeks to see each other's (masked) faces in person and get some closure to the year. However, we shall move forward with our smiles on and make the best of this month of June!


Please continue to have your child/ren log in to their Google classrooms to stay connected for a few more weeks. The last day of school is June 24. This is not only important for their academic progress, but also for their social and emotional well-being as well. Teachers are working so hard to make learning engaging and accessible while at home: there have been lots of cooking lessons, sharing of family photos, virtual field trips, and many hands-on experiments and inquiries.


Class Organization:

Please note that this is our current class organization. This class organization is based on 7 classes and could be subject to change due to enrollment, etc.


JK/SK

Grade 1/2

Grade 2/3

Grade 3/4

Grade 4/5

Grade 6/7

Grade 7/8


Grade 8 Graduation:

We are still finalizing our plans for our Grade 8 Graduation. Before we determine if any aspects of this can happen in-person, we need to wait for the Public Health Unit and the School Board to provide us with updated safety protocols. Thank you for your patience.


Cocid-19 Vaccination Youth Clinics - Ages 12-17:

Click the link below for more information.

https://limestone.on.ca/news/what_s_new/c_o_v_i_d-19_vaccination_clinics_for_youth


Phone Messages Checked Daily:

If we do not answer the phone, please leave a message. Phones are monitored from 9:10-3:35 pm each day, even when office staff are working from home. We will return your call as soon as we can! Alternatively, you can email Ms. Stephen, VP/SST at stephene@limestone.on.ca if you need to get in touch.


Are You Moving?

It is that time of year again when we start planning for next year. If you know your child will be moving to a different school and will not be at JPS for September 2021, please let us know!


Attendance:

Please continue to complete attendance for your child if you know they will be away that day! We are still doing call-outs as attendance is taken each day. Please make sure your child checks-in with their teacher in some way throughout the day so that they are not accidentally marked absent. Thank you in advance.


Take good care of yourselves and one another.


Mrs. Paquin, Ms. Stephen, and the Jayhawk Team

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June is National Indigenous History Month 2021

In June, we commemorate National Indigenous History Month 2021 to recognize the history, heritage and diversity of First Nations, Inuit and M├ętis peoples in Canada.

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Whole-school Mohawk Knowledge Keeper Assembly with Mandy & Crystal

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Flags to Fly at Half-Mast


Flags across the Limestone District School Board will be flown at half-mast in memory of the 215 children killed as a result of genocide at a residential school in British Columbia.


We extend our sympathies to survivors, families and First Nations communities affected by this unspeakable tragedy.


Flags at the Education Centre and all schools will remain lowered for 215 hours (9 days) - one hour for each child whose life was taken - from May 31 to June 8, 2021.


The discovery of this mass grave will serve as a difficult reminder for survivors of residential schools and their families, and a reminder of traumas they have endured. We will support students and families who will find this news triggering and are in need of support or resources.

The National Indian Residential School Crisis line is 1-866-925-4419. Kids Help Phone can be accessed 24/7 by calling 1-800-668-6868 or visit the Kids Help Phone website for text and chat options.


Limestone recommits to our important role in educating our school communities about the shameful legacy of residential schools, and the ongoing need for Truth and Reconciliation.

June is Pride Month - Let's Celebrate Love, Diversity, and Inclusion

June is PRIDE month. Many students, staff, families and community members identify as members of the Rainbow or LGBTQ+ community. We fly the Pride flag and hold events to demonstrate our commitment to our community and to demonstrate that our schools are safe spaces for anyone, no matter who you are. We want everyone to see themselves in Limestone!

To support this, we have provided every school in Limestone with a PRIDE flag to be flown for the entire month of June under the Canadian flag.


Today we are sharing a newsletter that provides information and resources to help us all grow in our understanding of how we can be Allies in our community.


Please take a moment and visit the link:

PRIDE The Story of Harvey Milk and the Rainbow Flag || Read Aloud || by Rob Sanders Steven Salerno

Term 2 Report Card Information

Teachers are beginning to prepare to complete Term 2 Report Cards. They will be considering evidence collected during "in person" and remote learning. This year has been exceptional in terms of remote learning; however, assessment continues to be based on conversations, observations, and products (student work, projects, etc.). Teachers will continue to use these sources, their professional judgment, and their knowledge of your child to provide commentary on student progress. Students will be assessed based on grade-level expectations unless they have an IEP with modified expectations. Attending live lessons and small group sessions and/or completing assigned activities during remote learning will give your child's teacher more fulsome evidence on which to base marks and comments. As well, some units and strands may only be taught during the remote learning period. These units will be assessed based on the evidence of learning online (e.g. observations, conversations, products).


There are a variety of potential scenarios that may have occurred:


  • If your child has participated in online learning and submitted assigned tasks, this learning will be assessed and commented on within the final report card, along with assessment data collected prior to April 9th.
  • In some cases where there isn't enough information or assessment data to inform the report card due to limited online participation or assessment data collected prior to April 9th, you may see the comment: "Insufficient evidence of student work."
  • In some cases where online participation is limited but enough assessment data was collected prior to April 9th, the student may receive a grade based on that information with a comment that reflects the assessment timeframe.
  • If your child has not submitted online assignments, you may see the comment: "Student is encouraged to complete tasks and to submit them for feedback and assessment during the term."
  • We recognize that in some cases families had to make critical decisions about what they or their child were able to manage at home to meet the needs of their family during remote learning. These are often difficult decisions and respected by our staff.


Your child's report should give a clear indication of the progress made to date and provide next steps for learning. Undoubtedly, this year has been exceptional in all ways and our students have demonstrated a great deal of resilience navigating not only the disruption to learning, but also the platform of virtual learning. As a staff, we will continue to focus on assessment/evaluation and use this information to inform our practice and approach to learning moving forward.


If you have any questions, please reach out to your child's teacher, Mrs. Paquin, or Ms.Stephen.

School Mental Health Ontario - Great Resources!

Family Opportunities Through the Maltby Centre

This Week:

Monday, June 7th: (Day 4)


Tuesday, June 8th: (Day 5)

-IPRC Meetings for some families

-Mr. Cahill's & Mr. Gallagher's Classes on School of Rocks Virtual Field Trip @ 9 am


Wednesday, June 9th: (Day 1)


Thursday, June 10th: (Day 2)


Friday, June 11th: (Day 3)

-JPS Swag Day

-Kindergarten Talent Show in Mrs. Barratt's & Mrs. Allen's Google Classroom @ 9 am

Coming Up:

June 21st:

-Grade 8 Graduation @ 6 pm


June 23rd:

-Term 2 Report Cards go home to families


June 24th:

-Last Day of School


June 25th:

-PA Day

Kindergaten September 2021 Registration Now Open! #SeeYourselfInLimestone

Spread the word about our amazing Kindergarten program and team at Joyceville Public School! We offer a full day of learning for four- and five-year-olds over a two year period in English! (Please note, the child must be 4 or 5 by the end of December!)

Our Kindergarten program aims to nurture the whole child. In our Kindergarten classroom, a teacher and an early childhood educator work together as a team. This partnership helps to create a nurturing learning environment; giving every student the opportunity to learn in the way that is best suited to their individual strengths and needs. You can feel confident your student will be cared for within safe and inclusive environments.


Now is the time to register.

JPS Advisory Council (SAC)

School Advisory Council (SAC) 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:

JoycevillePTA@outlook.com



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!

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