Joyceville Public School

January Newsletter

Cultivating Critical and Creative Thinking in Responsive Learning Environments

Happy New Year!

Welcome back. I hope you all enjoyed a happy and healthy holiday with family and friends.

December was filled with many magical moments!

A big thank-you goes to our Parent Council volunteers and Julie Cameron and her culinary students from Bayridge SS for a delicious Christmas Dinner. It is wonderful to have such a dedicated group of parents!

Also, a huge thank-you to Crystal McCracken, who coordinated the Gift Room, and her team of volunteers. It was priceless to watch the excitement of students as they "shopped" for their loved ones!

Congratulations to all our students who were involved in Lights, Camera, Christmas performance! What a show! I was impressed with the enthusiasm and talent both on stage and behind the scenes! Part of the magic came from having top-notch sound and light equipment so thank you to Al Torrence for donating his time and equipment! I would also like to extend a congratulations to our tremendous staff for their teamwork and leadership. We are very lucky to have a staff with many talents they are willing to share! A special shout-out to Mr. Cahill, Mr. Nesbitt and retired teacher Mrs. Mangan for playing in the "band" and a very special thank you to Mrs. Diamond for her outstanding direction of the the whole show!!!

Progress Reports went home for students in Grades 1-8 just before the break. Please complete and return the bottom portion of the second page if you have not already to help your child set goals, provide comments and/or request to meet with your child's teacher.

We look forward to another busy and productive month of learning!

As always, please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions, concerns, or ideas you would like to share.


Heather Campbell,

Check out what's been happening at school!

Go to this link to see a collection of school tweets from December!

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January Calendar

January 15 - Jersey Day - any sport, any team!

Janaury 21 - Grade 6/7 to Gould Lake

January 29 - Superhero day! What's your superpower? Dress as your favourite superhero or make up your own! Challenge - use only what you already have at home!!!

February 9 - Mardi Gras!

February 29 - Term 1 Report Cards go home

Junior Boys and Girls Basketball Clubs

All students in Grades 4, 5, 6 and any Grade 7/8's who are not on the Intermediate basketball team are welcome to come to our basketball clubs! The focus will be on developing skills and learning more about the game. We will do drills for the first part and then a scrimmage to practice the skills.

Girls: Tuesdays at 8:00 am

Boys: Thursdays at 8:00 am

Grade 3 and 6 EQAO Assessments

The Primary (Grade 3) and Junior (Grade 6) Assessments of Reading, Writing and Mathematics will take place at school May 25th-27th. Please note these on your calendar and if possible avoid scheduling appointments during this time period.

Hot Lunch Tuesdays

January 12 Turkey Sub

January 19 Pepperoni PIzza

January 26 Gino's Lasagna

February 2 Cheese Pizza

February 9 Gino's Chicken Tenders

February 16 Pepperoni Pizza

February 23 Taco Wrap

Bring IT - Student use of Electronics at School

Students are permitted to bring cell phones and other electronic devices to school, such as iPods, to enhance their learning. They may use these ONLY WITH PERMISSION FROM A STAFF MEMBER during the instructional times and breaks. All devices must be turned off as soon as students arrive at school and kept in a safe location. Students may not use them during outdoor recess - they are encouraged to socialize with others and be active during this time!. Students are responsible for any equipment brought to school and the school is not responsible for lost, stolen or damaged items.

Office 365

Each student has access to Office365 (Word, Outlook, Excel, Power Point, One Note, One Drive, Sway). If they do not know their login and password, you can get that from your child's teacher or contact Mrs. Campbell.

To access Office365, go to the Limestone DSB Website and click on My O365 login at the very top of the home page.

Students can also download desktop versions of Microsoft office. Go to MyITS at the top of the Limestone DSB website and then click on Office 365, then Getting started.

Keep the Conversation Going...

There is no better time for your child to learn new vocabulary than during his/her everyday conversations with you. Researchers have found that the more parents talk with their child, the more words the child learns. The key to building language competence is encouraging them to engage in conversations!

Here are some conversation tips:

  • Give your child a chance to initiate so they have an interest in what you will talk about.
  • Get face to face to notice expressions and body language that goes along with the words.
  • Make a comment and wait for your child to take another turn. Keep it going back and forth.
  • Follow up a comment with a genuine question.
  • Be careful of these conversation stoppers:
  • A one sided running commentary. Stop talking!
  • Too many questions. (sounds like testing!)

Provided by: Ontario Early Years Literacy Specialists


Buses may be delayed or cancelled for a number of reasons such as mechanical problems or inclement weather. Delays or cancellations are posted on the website These delays and cancellations may be viewed by parents/guardians or school administration by going to our website and clicking on our Cancellations & Delays icon. You may sign up for direct notification of delays and cancellations by going to our Delays and Cancellations tab near the top of our webpage. There is also other pertinent information regarding delays and cancellations for parents/guardians at this location including a listing of local radio stations that will air cancellations and delays. You may also follow Triboard on Facebook or Twitter.

Dress for the Weather!!!

The cold weather is here! Students go out for three recesses each day if it above a "feels like" temperature of -25 degrees C.

Looking for....

The Grade 6/7 class is planning a Mardi Gras celebration as part of their French program. They are looking for a few toy wagons they can use to make floats. If you have one they could borrow, please contact Mr. Fleet!


  • Morning supervision starts at 8:50. Please do not drop your child off before this time unless there is a scheduled practice or club.

  • If you need to change dismissal plans for your child, please contact the office by 3:00. This gives us time to get the message to your child.

Parent Council Update

  • Next Meeting is scheduled for January 27th at 6 pm in the library. Please contact the office if you require child care to attend.