Jayhawk Family Update

September 27-October 1

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Dear Families,

We had a very rainy and busy third week of school. There were lots of indoor recesses, but we made it! If it is misting rain, we will be going outside for recess to get some fresh air. Thank you for ensuring your child has a rain coat and rain boots.

Our Terry Fox Run is this Tuesday! Please wear red, white, or your Terry fox t-shirt or hoodie. Classes will be signing up for time slots to walk or run the track. At this time, the event at JPS is solely for staff and students.

Our picture day is on Wednesday! It will be held in the library. Pictures will be taken individually. Dress in your favourite outfit and hairdo! We cannot wait to see everyone looking their best!

Our boys and girls soccer teams (Grade 7 & 8 students) have a tournament this Thursday! More information will be coming home regarding the tournament soon. Families will be responsible for transportation to and from the soccer tournament. Ms. Norman and another staff member (TBD) will be accompanying the teams to the tournament. Watch out for permission forms early this week!

We have a busy four-day week this week! This week is Truth and Reconcilation week, with the National Truth and Reconciliation Day being September 30th. It is a day for Indigenous and non-Indigenous People to come together in the spirit of hope and reconciliation to honour former residential school students whose families and communities have been impacted by the policies and actions of the Government of Canada and the churches that operated the schools. At the core of The Orange Shirt Story is the message that every child matters. LDSB Schools and the Board office will lower flags to half-mast for the week, effective Monday, September 27 at sunrise until sunset Friday, October 1, 2021.

September 30th is also Rowan’s Law Day was established to honour the memory of Rowan Stringer, a high school rugby who died from a condition known as second impact syndrome. This day has been designated to help raise awareness about concussion safety. We continue to ensure the safety of our students at JPS no matter how big or small the head bump. Every head situation requires a phone call home and for us to follow concussion protocol (you may have received a pink sheet home). Thank you for your continued support with our protocol.

On Friday, October 1st, there is no school for students. Staff will be working on the School Improvement Plan, IEPs, and so much more to ensure a successful year at JPS!

We wish Cathy Hudson, our Student Support Counsellor (SSC), well in her new journey with LDSB's Behaviour Action Team. Thank you for all that you have done for staff, students, and families. We have not yet been assigned a new SSC. As more information is shared with the school, it will be made available to families.

Looking forward to this jam-packed 4 day week ahead!


Jean Paquin, Principal & Emily Stephen, Vice Principal

paquinj@limestone.on.ca ; stephene@limestone.on.ca

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Last Week @ JPS:

This week is Truth and Reconciliation Week

Monday, September 27: (Day 5)

-Beginning of Truth and Reconcilation Week

Tuesday, September 28: (Day 1)

-Terry Fox Run - classes will sign-up for their timeslot throughout the day to walk along the track

Wednesday, September 29: (Day 2)

-Picture day (in the Library) - dress in your best outfit!

Thursday, September 30: (Day 3)

-Rowan's Law Day

-Orange Shirt Day - National Truth and Reconciliation Day

Friday, October 1:

-PA Day (no school for students)

Terry Fox Run - September 28th

Joyceville Public School is proud to be participating in this year’s Terry Fox School Run. Let’s get our fundraising going and show everyone how we can “try like Terry”!. Donate to: http://www.terryfox.ca/JoycevillePSJoyceville. Together, we can all make a difference. #terryfoxschoolruns #tryliketerry @terryfoxfoundation

Coming Up:

October 11:

-Thanksgiving Holiday

November 23:

-Grade 7/8 Immunizations in the library

A Friendly Reminder During Covid...

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Student Accident Insurance for Extra-Curriculars

The Limestone District School Board requires that students have student accident insurance in order to participate in extra-curricular activities. Before students will be allowed to participate in these events, parents/guardians must confirm their own coverage for items not covered under the Provincial Health Plan, or purchase an insurance plan.

You may purchase student accident insurance directly online at www.insuremykids.com. If your child is not covered under an existing family plan.

An update from The Boys & Girls Club:

The Boys and Girls Club will be ready to run after school prorgaming at Joyceville P.S. starting October 4th! They will be reaching out to all families on the waitlist for Joyceville shortly to inform them of their secured space in the program and start date.

Attention JK Families!

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EarlyON Child and Family Centres ofer a range of quality, drop-in programs that are free and open to all parents, caregivers and their children, aged 0-6.

They will be running programs at JPS starting next week on Tuesdays and Thursdays 9:30-12:00 & 12:30 - 2:00

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There are many strategies teachers use in the classroom and families can try at home without an OT referral. We hope you find this site helpful in exploring some of these strategies.

Drop off and pick-up reminders...

Parents/guardians will be asked to wait outside instead of entering the building. Here is some information for our new Jayhawk families:

  • Drop-off for both busses and families begins at 8:55 am. Supervision is not available before this time.
  • Students will remain masked in their cohort line-up areas between 8:55-9:10 am.
  • Please go through the drive thru lane and drop off by the JPS sign - a quick kiss & go!
  • If you want to walk your child(ren), Gr. 1 - 8 parents park on the road and walk to the sign, kiss & go
  • Kinder parents may park in the lot and walk their children to the fence
  • Please do not go on the school yard
  • Please do not walk between the busses


  • Kinder parents may park in the lot and meet their child at the fence
  • Gr. 1 - 8 parents will need to park on the road and meet their child(ren) at the JPS sign at 3:35 - Gr. 1-8 students will not be dismissed before 3:35 pm.
  • Please do not go on the school yard
  • Please do not walk between the busses

What if my child is late or needs to leave early?

If your child is late for school, please come to the front door and ring the bell to speak with a staff member. Parents will need to wait outside, physically distanced, until your child has been welcomed in. We will make sure that young students get to their classrooms safely.

If you are picking your child up early, please come to front door and ring the bell to speak with a staff member. We will bring your child to the door to meet you. If you arrive early to pick up your child, we ask that you wait off property until dismissal at 3:35 pm in order that we may stick to our safe dismissal routines as much as possible.

Triboard Busing Information

No Bus Passes

Due to the role bus manifests and seating plans have in contacting tracing, students are not allowed on a bus they are not registered to or off at a stop they are not assigned to. This means no bus passes can be issued to students for any reason. All changes to transportation, including additional stops and periodic transportation, must be provided to the Triboard office using a Transportation Application.

There will again be an increased likelyhood of bus delays and cancellations this year due to circumstances related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Transportation to and from school is not guaranteed. Families should have a backup plan to transport their student(s) to school, and to arrange child care where required, if their bus is cancelled for any reason and they cannot transport their student to school.

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.

Within the City of Kingston, secondary students have access to free Kingston Transit bus passes. If your student doesn’t have a pass but would like one, please visit the City of Kingston website. All children under the age of 14 may also ride Kingston Transit for free. No pass is required. Please note, all passengers on Kingston Transit are required to wear a face covering/mask.

If students are unable to find an alternate route to school and cannot attend in-person due to bus cancellations, teachers and schools will work with affected students and families to ensure students are kept engaged in learning. Families should contact their teacher directly to determine a plan for the makeup of work.


If you are driving your child, please ensure your child's bus driver knows your plans. This will help immensely. Thank you!

What is the best way to receive messages from the school?

If you are new to our school, please take the time to download the School Messenger App to stay connected and report student absences. If you wish to receive our weekly family updates, please follow the instructions for selecting email as one of your preferences.
LDSB SchoolMessenger App Tutorial: How to Sign Up & Log In

The 2021/2022 School Year Calendar

Please visit the LDSB website to view next year's calendar.


School Mental Health Ontario - Great Resources!

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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 organized three on-line fundraising opportunities. All fundraising is being done on-line this year. Now you can shop from the safety and convenience of your own home and our school gets a kick-back!

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