May Newsletter

Ecole James S McCormick School


April showers bring May flowers .... we hope! Welcome to a beautiful new month! Things are really kicking into high gear here at EJSMS as we enter our last 2 months of the school year. Read on to find out what is happening!
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Staffing Update - COVID Disruption Grant

We are pleased to inform our parents & guardians that based on student assessments completed by the classroom teachers in January, Wolf Creek was awarded funding through the COVID Disruption Grant to support literacy and numeracy intervention at the grade 1 level. This has allowed us to hire additional staff, while redeploying some of our current staff to support this endeavor.

We are delighted that Mrs. Nesta Morris has accepted this role and will continue to provide interventions on a full-time basis on Monday-Thursdays. On Fridays she will remain in her grade 3 classroom.

Tracy Somers-Brown will return to her grade 1 classroom position on a full-time basis. Additionally, Caitlin Ranger will be joining the classroom team to teach math each day while Mrs. Somers-Brown pulls her own classroom students for intervention. Miss Hannah Reiter, who has split her time between the grade 1 and grade 3 classroom, will now teach exclusively in the grade 3 classroom with Nesta Morris. Hannah will teach in that room on Monday-Thursdays.

Carey Flewelling has also accepted this new literacy intervention role on a part-time basis. Carey will be offering French Immersion intervention to grade 1 students every afternoon. This means that Carey will continue in the grade 2 classroom in the mornings, and Caitlin Ranger will be teaching in the afternoons in Carey's classroom.

We are looking forward to supporting our grade 1's with this additional grant funding and fostering their literacy skill even further.

Family Bike Safety Night

You and your child are invited to our JSM Family bike night, please bring your own bikes and helmets. Students will be able to try a variety of bike stations in our school parking lot, and will have the opportunity to learn some bike safety skills. Please meet in the JSM gym at 6:00pm for a quick bike and helmet safety talk with our Lacombe Police School Resource officer. Then we will head outside to the parking lot to practice our biking skills. We will have a staff member watching over the bikes while you are inside for the safety talk. The stations are a parent led activity, so parents do need to attend. *If it is raining or snowing we will reschedule for another night*

Date: Tuesday, May 31st

Time: 6:00pm - 7:30pm

~JSM Healthy Schools Committee

Sport Balls Donation

Myles Pallister, a former student at EJSMS, is now a college baseball player at Niagara University. As a child, he was blessed to have the opportunity to play many sports and learned that these times when he & his friends cheerfully played sports as kids were irreplaceable. He believes that the opportunity to play simple sports is something every child should have, whether playing organized sports or kicking a ball around the yard.

Through his efforts in raising donations to support the children of his hometown, Myles has proudly presented a set of 25 basketballs, 25 soccer balls & 18 rubber balls to EJSMS students for our outdoor recess bins. Thank you, Myles, for your incredibly gracious contribution to the students of EJSMS!

Mental Health Week @ EJSMS

May 2nd - 6th is Mental Health Week. Our FSLW Kim McLean will be leading our school through various activities throughout the week to teach awareness on mental health. Wednesday May 4th is HATS ON FOR MENTAL HEALTH Day; wear your hat to support Mental Health Awareness!

For some great resources online, you can visit the Canadian Mental Health Association website.

Transportation for Next Year: 2022-2023

Urban (town) students and Cross Boundary students must re-apply every year.

Pre-Registration Deadline for the 2022-2023 School Year is June 1, 2022!

All Wolf Creek student busing registrations (for new or current students who now require transportation) must be submitted through the Parent Portal; click on School Engage to reach the Busing Application forms.

Physical Education - Red Cross Swimming Lessons!

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Permission Forms & Payment

All of our field trip & other off-site activity forms are now online. This includes the RED CROSS SWIMMING LESSONS and any other classroom field trips. Please login to your parent portal to access these forms. Forms must be signed and payment submitted in order for your student to participate in the activity. Below are some simple steps to help you along!

If you require assistance, please call the office @ 403.782.3096

Field Trips & Parent/Guardian Volunteer Info

We are thrilled to be able to head out on field trips once again! Our teachers have some amazing trips planned for their students; they are bound to be full of adventure, learning & fun!

A few things to note:

  • All field trip permission forms & payments will be available online in your parent portal
  • Your classroom teachers will advise you when your field trips are active online


Please note that there is a Wolf Creek Public Schools policy relating to all volunteers in our schools and on field trips. Please visit our school website HERE to learn more & begin the volunteer process!

Around the School

Our First Assembly!

Decade Day!

Outdoor Classroom

Ms. Wald's class has been making excellent use of our Outdoor Classroom! Check it out these great photos!

My First Bicycle Foundation

The My First Bicycle Foundation provides bicycles to youth in financially disadvantaged households across Canada. The package includes a bicycle, helmet and lock. Our charity encourages physical and mental well-being through outdoor activities and exercise.

The My First Bicycle Foundation is a registered Canadian charity established in 2014. We began as a foundation that helped financially disadvantaged kids play hockey. We have now transitioned to donating bicycles to under privileged children across Canada.

Our foundation believes that all youth deserve access to outdoor activities and exercise. Physical activity and sports give kids an extra opportunity to grow and develop physically and mentally while building character, confidence, and relationships.

To apply to the My First Bicycle Foundation, click HERE

Literacy Development

Reading Rockets is a great online resource for launching young readers!
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Community Events

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Its Never Too Late: Healing Parent-Child Relational Stress Using Emotion-Focused Family Therapy (MFFT)

When we experience relationship challenges with our children, it can be stressful for all involved, leaving parents confused, frustrated, even walking on eggshells. This one-hour presentation will provide techniques to support parents to heal relational ruptures with kids and teens using an emotion-focused approach.