Major Family Remote Learning Update

École Sir John A. Macdonald PS - Week of June 7th 2021

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Dear Families:

As you know, the Ministry announced this week that students will not be returning to in-person learning. We are disappointed, but we will continue to support students and families as we look ahead to wrapping up a challenging school year. Once we have more information from the Board and Public Health, we will be able to finalize plans for our Grade 6 Celebration (June 22nd), pick-up of student belongings and return of borrowed technology. We will be in touch once we know more. Looking ahead, we are greatly encouraged by the growing vaccination rate and drop in cases. This gives us hope that next year we will be in a better place!

Canadian Armed Services Day-June 6th

The staff and students at Sir JAM extend a special thank-you to those who serve in the Canadian Armed Forces in our community and beyond.
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ESJAM SAC Invitation to Free Online Art Workshop

Our school council still has a special surprise coming up on Wednesday, June 16th 6-8pm. Families are invited to participate in an free online art workshop facilitated by Melanie Gray, a young indigenous artist. Melanie will guide families in learning about dream catchers as they build their own with materials provided. This FREE workshop is made possible thanks to the PRO (Parents Reaching Out) Grant our council received.

Online registration for this workshop is required at Spaces are limited and will be provided on a first come first served basis. Free material kits will be available for pick-up at the school gazebo on Monday, 14 June and Tuesday, June 15 from 3pm to 4:30pm following safety guidelines.

Anti-Racism Workshop

Thank-you to the PIC chairs for organizing Thursday's Anti-Racism Online Workshop with Selam Debs. . It was so wonderful to see so many SJAM staff and parents in attendance as we continue the learning and work necessary to provide equity of outcomes for black, indigenous, and racialized students.

Every Child Matters

The Canadian flag and rainbow flag will be flown at half-mast until June 8, 2021 in memory of the 215 children killed as a result of genocide at a residential school in B.C.
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Playground Painting

Thank-you to the Pittsburgh Township Council Fund for there generous grant of $9000 that went a long way in the repainting of our schoolyard. Our School Advisory Council is supporting a wonderful improvement plan that includes tree planting in the fall and additional outdoor learning areas.

Major Pride

June is Pride Month. We fly our Pride flag at Sir JAM in support of all those staff, students, and members of our school community who identify as LGBTQS2+. We are all in this together!

Motion to Review School Name

At the EPOC meeting on Wednesday, June 1st, a notice of motion was put forward to ask for a review of the name of Ecole Sir John A Macdonald PS. for discussion/debate at the June 16th Board Meeting. (see motion below)

"That staff initiate a potential renaming process, including all stakeholders outlined in Administrative Procedure 552, and including consultation with the Indigenous Education Advisory Council, to review the name of Ecole Sir John A MacDonald Elementary School to ensure it reflects our board's mission, vision, values, with a lens on reconciliation, decolonization, anti-racism, and anti-oppression principles.

Please be assured that such a process requires consultation and feedback from the school community and stakeholders. For more information, please follow the link to the administrative procedure for renaming a school.

Ahead of the Board Meeting, you can share your input with Trustee Bob Godkin.

Kindergarten Registration

We're getting ready to welcome future Majors! LDSB has begun the process of registering students for Kindergarten for 2021-2022 school year.

If your student is 4 or 5 by the end of December, now is the time to register.

Our school offers both English and French Immersion programs. Please follow the link below for more information about Kindergarten in LDSB.

Coming Up:

June-Pride Month & National Indigenous Peoples Month

June 6th -Canadian Armed Forces Day

Monday, June 7th Day 4

Tuesday, June 8th Day 5

Wednesday, June 9th Day 1

Thursday, June 10th Day 2

Friday, June 11th Day 3

  • Red Friday!

Coming Up:

June 15th -ESJAM School Advisory Council Meeting

June 16th -Indigenous Art Workshop 6-8 pm

June 19th-Annual Diversity Dinner-see info below

June 21st -National Indigenous Peoples Day

June 22nd -Grade 6 Celebration

June 23rd-Report Cards go home

June 24th-Last Day of School

June 25th -PA Day

BGC Summer Camps

BGC Summer Camp information is now available. Please follow the link below for more information about how to register your child at various site locations including Sir JAM.
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Youth Vaccination Clinics

Youth aged 12 and older are now eligible to receive COVID-19 vaccination in Ontario. KFL&A Public Health will be offering special youth vaccination clinics beginning the week of June 7 and continuing to June 28.

How to book a first dose appointment at Youth and Family Vaccination Clinics

  • To make a vaccination appointment, please use the link below.
  • Youth clinics will be held beginning on June 8 to June 28.
  • Please note you will need to be 12 years of age at the time of the appointment.
  • Appointments are for parents/guardians as well as the youth and the link can accommodate different booking options. For example, youth only (if both parents/guardians are already immunized) or a parent/guardian with multiple eligible youth.

KFL&A Public Health - COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic | Scheduling and Booking Website (

School Advisory Council

You can follow council updates on twitter or on the SAC Facebook page. Look for some fun family challenges and opportunities to win some prizes.

Next Virtual Meeting: Tuesday, June 15th 2021 at 6pm -Please join us!

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Maltby Virtual Supports

Super Siblings Workshops

Having a sibling with autism can be a great experience but sometimes it’s beneficial to connect with other people in a similar situation to work through common situations and issues that may arise. Parents are not required to attend this workshop but are expected to meet individually with the facilitators following the workshop to learn about the workshop content and strategies that may have been developed with their child regarding their sibling.

As a result of participating in this workshop, you will be able to:

• Describe what Autism is

• Understand how Autism may affect your sibling

• Understand how your sibling may be affecting you

• Create strategies with your parents to help resolve issues between you and your sibling

Dates: Tuesday, June 1, 2021

Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Time: 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

**the parent sessions can be booked by the facilitators upon completion of the workshop**

Register via Eventbrite:

Location: This is a virtual workshop offered on Zoom. Links to join on your phone, tablet, or computer will be sent a day prior to the event.

Requirements: To access this workshop, or a follow up session, you will need a valid Ontario Autism Program Reference number. If you do not have an OAP Reference number please contact the Maltby Centre at 613 546 8535 and ask to speak to a Family Support Coordinator. This is a free workshop.

Wellness Supports


Contact 613-308-9338 or email


We continue to get support from the Food Share program. If your family is struggling, please reach out to the school and we will connect you with support from our local Food Share Program for bi-weekly deliveries to your home.


Kids Help Phone – Children and youth can contact Kids Help Phone 24/7 from anywhere in Canada, via phone, text or online chat.

Wellness Together Canada: Mental Health and Substance Use Support – Provides free online resources, tools, apps and connections to trained volunteers and qualified mental health professionals when needed

Anxiety Canada - Free online, self-help, and evidence-based resources on anxiety, including resources specific to COVD-19.

Government Support for Learners

The new COVID-19 Child Benefit announced in the 2021 Ontario Budget will provide direct payments to families and students to help with additional costs during the COVID-19 pandemic.

If you received a payment through the Support for Learners program, you do not need to apply. Starting on April 26, 2021, we will begin issuing additional payments of:

  • $400 for each child or youth up to Grade 12
  • $500 for each child or youth up to age 21 with special needs

If you missed applying for the Support for Learners program, you will have the opportunity to apply for this new round of payment. Applications will open from May 3, 2021 to May 17, 2021.Learn more on the government’s Support for Learners webpage liked below.

How to Report a Student Absence

This link will take you to information and LDSB tools for reporting student absences.


Students are invited to participate in voluntary asymptomatic testing (no symptoms) for COVID-19 during designated times. Families must book appointments for students using the assessment centre’s existing booking process (online or by telephone). Walk-ins are not permitted. Parent/guardian consent is required for testing of students under the age of 18. This testing is only for students, staff and bus drivers who DO NOT have COVID-19 symptoms. Anyone with symptoms of COVID-19 must self-isolate and get tested for COVID-19 at a Community Assessment Centre. Learn more and review the schedule for your student's school at


KMFRC Partnership

Our school is partnering with KMFRC to facilitate easier access to community supports and resources. Please check out the resources available to military families in our community.
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