Joyceville Public School

March 2016 Newsletter

Cultivating Critical Thinking and Creativity in Responsive Learning Environments

Report Cards came home a few days ago. All of our students have proven capable of working hard to demonstrate curiosity, initiative, critical thinking skills and creativity across the subject areas. We are very proud of their efforts and accomplishments!

As you have conversations with your child about the report card, I encourage you to focus on learning skills and not as much on actual marks. If we praise effort and good work habits, rather than ability, students are more apt to develop a growth mindset, and set goals for improvement. Check out the video below to see how this works! Also using the comments as feedback to improve will help children set goals. It's the character that children develop through hard work, perseverance, and responsibility that will help them be most successful now and in the future!

As a staff we are committed to working with you and your children to ensure success. This is a great point in the year to connect with your child's teacher. Please use the return slip on the report card to indicate whether you would like to arrange to discuss your child's report. Home-school partnerships are a very important part of your child's education.

Check out the link below to see Tweets in Review for February to see what's been happening at school:

As always, please contact me with any questions, concerns, or ideas you would like to share.

Heather Campbell,



Carol Dweck - A Study on Praise and Mindsets
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School Calendar

March 3 Grad and Sibling photos

March 4 Grade 6, 7, 8 Ski trip to Calabogie

March 11 Chain of Words Play - LTTC @1:30

March 11 School Spirit Day - wear your Jayhawk gear!

March 14-18 March Break - No classes

March 21 Vision Screening JK/SK/1

March 24 PJ Day (Miss Wendy missed the last one, so this one's for her!!!)

March 25 Good Friday - No classes

March 28 Easter Monday - No classes

Parent Council Update

  • Country Fair has been scheduled for Saturday, May 28th!
  • The next planning meeting is Wednesday, March 30th at 6 pm in the library. All welcome!


Our parent council has generously purchased two wall mounted short throw data projectors with built-in speakers for Ms. Norman's classroom and Ms Barratt's and Mrs. Walker's classroom! These projectors have been installed and allow teachers to do a variety of things such as project books for shared reading, access limitless on-line resources for bringing the world into the classroom, and share student work and thinking. The school has purchased a data projector for Mrs. Pope's classroom which will be installed soon. As well, parent council purchased three bluetooth speakers that are shared around the school - these make it possible to connect to a variety of devices to play music and sound for videos.

Congratulations to our Public Speakers!

We are very proud of all our students who prepared and presented speeches on a topics of interest for their classes. Congratlutions to the following students who presented with confidence to the entire school!

Courtney S, Theron M, Cadence P, Paige M, Beau C, Hope H, Corlyn S, Ashley G, Wynter H

Mardi Gras!

Mr. Fleet and the Grade 6/7 class prepared a fun and interesting day "en francais" for the rest of the school to learn about the culture, traditions, food, and activities associated with Mardi Gras. Check out the link below to article in the Whig Standard about the event:

Global School Play Day

This day gave us an opportunity to acknowledge the many benefits and great amount of learning that can happen during unstructured free play:

  • helps children learn how to work collaboratively, to share, to negotiate, to empathize, to resolve conflicts, and learn self advocacy and self regulation skills
  • children practice decision-making skills, move at their own pace, discover areas of interest on their own, and ultimately engage fully in the passions they wish to pursue
  • by trying again and again (e.g to build a block tower), he/she learns about perseverance and gains a dash of courage and confidence in his/her own problem-solving abilities.
  • children develop a unique sense of self-worth from being creative
  • allows for peer interactions and is an important component of social-emotional learning
  • active child-centered play is a time-tested way of producing healthy, fit bodies and helps with physical development

Online Math Tools

Mathies is a website developed by the Ontario Ministry of Education to support parents and students in grades K-12. It is designed to help support an understanding of mathematical concepts through games, activities and interactive learning tools. The website can be accessed through the following link:

CLIPS is another on-line interactive learning tool students can use for learning Math at home:

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Order forms went home last month for buying a school yearbook. Only $15 for a beautiful, colour yearbook! The deadline is April 18th. If you did not receive the form, please contact the office.

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-26th and 30th. We have moved the final day of the assessment from May 27th to May 30th. Please note these on your calendar and if possible avoid scheduling appointments during this time period.

Hot Lunch Tuesdays

March 8 Turkey Sub

March 22 Pepperoni Pizza

March 29 Gino's Stuffed Rigatoni

April 5 Cheese Pizza

April 12 Gino's Chicken Tenders

April 19 Pepperoni Pizza

April 26 Gino's Spaghetti and Meatballs

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.

Kingston Minor Ball Hockey

The Kingston Minor Ball Hockey League is gearing up for another successful season. The league has been filled to capacity for the past 5 years. On-line or walk-in registration is now available for players 3 to 18 years of age.

League and registration information can be found at

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  • The parking spot closest to the school near the front entrance along the fence is handicap parking at all times. Please refrain from parking there unless you have a handicap pass.

  • 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.