Jayhawk Family Update

May 22 - 26

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Dear Families,

Wow! We've had a jam-packed week of fun here at Joyceville! Our week started off with a school-wide visit to The Dragon Dome!!! This inflatable planetarium was set up in the gym with the company called Astronomy In Action! This on-site "field trip" was organized and brought to us compliments of our JPS BINGO Committee!! Pictures don't do this amazing program justice! Students and staff alike gave this program and experience a 10/10! Such a great opportunity to learn more about our amazing planet!

On Tuesday, our Kindergarten Team hosted Discover Kindergarten in LDSB. We welcomed our newest learners to the school as they are gearing up to start JK in September here at Joyceville! The students explored play centres, a variety of activities, and also had their very first ride on a School Bus! We look forward to welcoming our new students and families in September! Registration for JK remains open so if you, your family or friends have a child who will be 4 years old by Dec. 31, 2023, remind them to register for Junior Kindergarten!

And...the fun didn't end there! On Wednesday, we participated in the Celebration of Dance! A shout out to Mrs. Lavergne who, with her high energy and enthusiasm, lead our school during the Celebration of Dance, an initiative organized by KFLA Public Health. Many schools across Kingston participated in learning and performing a choreographed series of dances and we had a great time coming together dancing our hearts out! Earlier in the year a group of JPS students were involved in filming one of the set dances for this event and the video was used for students across Kingston to follow and learn some awesome dance moves! Congrats Joyceville - we can't wait to dance together again!

We are also excited to share that we are deep into learning and focusing on the Science of Reading at Joyceville. Many new resources have made their way into our classrooms and our educators are learning and working to bring researched based teaching techniques and strategies that target literacy gaps in reading and writing. Big thanks to our dedicated team for their passion for continued learning and diving into resources so that we are doing what is best for kids. See below for online and free decodable books that children can use at home, if interested.

Track & Field participants have been working hard this week training for a number of events. If your child is participating in Track & Field on May 26th, you would have received information on School-Day to sign permission forms and submit payment to confirm participation in this LESAA event. Please contact your child's track & field event coach if you have any questions!

Coming next week, the Grade 4/5's have been working hard to organize and host a Joyceville Candy Sale! Students are invited to shop at the Candy Sale, which will take place on May 25th. Grab bags of candy will be sold for $1 each and students are allowed to buy up to a maximum of 5 bags. All candy is nut free. Thank you for your support.

Also, another shout out and THANK YOU to our BINGO committee - they have generously added some new picnic tables to our yard for our staff and students to use and enjoy outside! Thank you BINGO and to the crew recruited for building and setting them up! Much appreciated!

And finally, Country Fair is almost here! Thanks to all of the families that have been donating items to be included in the class theme baskets! The planning committee is still accepting donations - so feel free to send them in! See message below!

Wishing our amazing Joyceville families a wonderful long weekend ahead and we'll see you back at school on Tuesday May 23!

Happy Weekend everyone!

Jean Paquin, Principal & Amie Domingo, Vice Principal

paquinj@limestone.on.ca ; domingoa@limestone.on.ca

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A message from our School Advisory Council (SAC)

Hey Jayhawks families!

Forgot to send in your classroom donation? Needed the long weekend reset?! No worries, we are still accepting donations!!! Thanks to all for your contributions so far!

Also, if you or someone you know runs a business and would like to donate products/gift cards/services, we would be so appreciative. Feel free to include a business card with the donation so we can recognize you and your generosity!

Thank you to all the students who summitted posters for the Country Fair Poster Contest!

And the winners are:

Brooklyn Hunt - Primary Division

Sam Beaudry - Primary Division

Alex Pasculescu - Junior Division

Sabrina Minaker - Intermediate Division

And...drum roll please....

GRAND PRIZE WINNING POSTER goes to Emilie Kaufmann!

Congrats to all! See you at the Country Fair!

School Advisory Council – Joyceville Public School

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This week...

Monday, May 22

Victoria Day Holiday - No school

Tuesday, May 23 (Day 1)

Pizza Order for May 26 due

Football with M Fleet - Afternoon Recess (2nd half)

Choir with Mrs. Lavergne (Morning Recess)

Wednesday, May 24 (Day 2)

Football Tournament (M Fleet)

Open Music Practice with Mrs. Lavergne (morning recess)

Thursday, May 25 (Day 3)

Field trip to Gould Lake: JK/SK Barratt/Allen & SK/1 Banham

Football with M Fleet - Afternoon Recess (2nd half)

Open Music Practice with Mrs. Lavergne (morning recess)

Candy Sale (hosted by Ms. Johnston's class! See info below!)

Country Fair Planning meeting 6pm JPS Library

Friday, May 26 (Day 4)

Regional Track & Field Day at Caraco Field

EarlyON Early Years program for Children 0-6yrs old and their caregivers, 9:30-2:30pm

Pizza Day

Football with M Fleet - Afternoon Recess (2nd half)

Open Music Practice with Mrs. Lavergne (morning recess)

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Coming Up:

May 30 - June 1 Quebec Trip, Grade 7s & 8s

June 2 PA DAY (Friday)

June 3 Country Fair! 10am-2pm

June 15 Parent Council Meeting (SAC) 6pm

June 21 JPS Musical Showcase featuring SQUIRM: A Musical! Stay tuned for info!

June 23 Grade 8 Grad Trip - Stay Tuned for Info!

June 27 Grade 8 Graduation (evening) - Save the Date!

June 28 - Term 2 report cards go home

June 29 Last day of school for the 2022-23 school year!

June 30 PA DAY (Friday)

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A few reminders:


Unfortunately the nice weather also brings out ticks. Please review information from KFLA regarding ticks and lyme disease in our area and be vigilant about checking your child each day.


Any parents wishing to volunteer need to have a valid CPIC (with vulnerable sectors check), Offense Declaration form and an Oath of Confidentiality in order to go on a trip. CPICs are completed at the Kingston Police Department and can be requested in person or on-line. Offense Declarations and and Oath of Confidentiality can be signed at the office.

Covid Screener - Please remember to screen your child for Covid every day. The screener can be found here: https://www.ontario.ca/school-screening/

Anyone who is feeling sick or has any symptoms of illness, including those not listed in this screening tool, should stay home and seek assessment from their health care provider if needed.

Cashless Schools - As you know, our cashless system is up and running! Thank you to families who have already registered and linked their students! A reminder that codes are student specific and can be found on the paper forms that have already been distributed. Please don't hesitate to contact us if you need another copy of the form for your child(ren). Go to www.school-day.com, click Log In, then Register.

TriBoard Transportation
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.

Private Music Lessons - Carol Kenny offers private piano/vocal/ukulele lessons on Wednesday mornings at Joyceville. Derek McGowan offers private guitar/bass/ukulele lessons on Monday afternoons. Families who are interested in these music opportunities are welcome to contact Carol and Derek directly to sign-up! Contact information for both musicians is included below.

Indigenous Self-Identification form and process

Shé:kon, Boozhoo. This online form is meant to make the Self-Identification process more accessible for students and families, as well as reduce our use of paper across LDSB.

This online form can be filled out on both a computer and mobile device here.

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Opportunities for Students and families:

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Private Music Lessons

Derek McGowan, a member of the Joyceville community and also a parent of two JPS students, is excited to offer private music teaching services on Mondays 12:00-3:30 at Joyceville.

Derek is a full time Guitar/Bass/Ukulele teacher with over 30 years experience, teaching all popular styles of music, from Pop, Hip/Hop, Country, Blues to Hard Rock. If you’re interested in signing up your child; please contact Derek directly for more information.


Private Music Lessons:

This year Carol Kenny will again be offering private music lessons at Joyceville public school on Wednesdays. She teaches piano, ukulele and vocals.

She is a qualified Royal Conservatory music teacher but can also teach all styles such as contemporary , classic, pop etc. If you’re interested in signing up your child please contact her directly and she can give you more details.

Carol Kenny

Email is : kid_inc6@hotmail.com

Phone number is: 613-572-3000

EarlyON Drop-In Program at Joyceville!

The EarlyON centre offers a free drop-in program for parents and caregivers with children zero to six years old. Come and learn and play with your child, meet other parents in the area, and receive support from Registered Early Childhood Educators. Currently, the centre is open Tuesdays, 9:30am - 2:30pm, at Joyceville Public School. Visit www.keyon.ca or call 343-364-0289 to register; drop-ins are also welcome! You can email earlyon@bgcsoutheast.ca for more information. Follow BGC EarlyON Kingston on Facebook for program updates. All are welcome!
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JPS Advisory Council (SAC)

School Advisory Council (SAC) Exec:

Amy Currie - co-chair

Melissa Robertson - co-chair

Elizabeth Brothers - treasurer

Donna Maillet - secretary

If you need to get a hold of a parent council representative, here is their email:


Our Parent Council has several ongoing fundraising opportunities. Check out the links below!

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