Week Ahead for Our Jayhawk Families

January 13 - 17

Labour Update

The Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario (ETFO) has announced it will begin phase three of its work-to-rule job action beginning January 13, 2020.

This means that in addition to withdrawing various administrative duties, educators will not participate in extra-curricular activities except for those that are scheduled within the regular school day; educators will not plan or participate in any assemblies, except to provide supervision to students; and educators will not participate in field trips. Extra-curricular activities after the school day are cancelled effective January 13, and previously planned field trips are also cancelled. Schools will work with families on refunding any fees paid where possible.

It is important for families to know that there continues to be no impact on student learning and the delivery of the curriculum at this time.

ETFO has also indicated that if the government does not address critical issues by January 17, 2020, ETFO members will begin rotating strikes beginning January 20, 2020. While we have no further information on what this might look like for families in Limestone, it may be prudent for families to begin seeking alternative arrangements for child care should rotating strikes occur. The Board will be given five days notice should strike action take place.

We remain hopeful that an agreement can be reached soon at the central bargaining table between the province, the unions, and the Ontario Public School Boards’ Association (OPSBA), which represents public school boards at the provincial table.

The Board will continue to provide updates as more information becomes available.

As a school, we will continue with intramurals, sports teams and clubs during the school day. During job action, there will be no after school games, or tournamants. All field trips are on hold, except, we hope the ski trip may proceed on January 23rd with Mrs. Campbell if we have enough parent volunteers and we will continue planning the Gr. 7 - 8 trip to Quebec City with Mrs. Diamond.

Please contact Mrs. Campbell or Mrs. Diamond if you have any questions.

This Week and Beyond...

Monday - Day 1

Tuesday - Day 2

  • Music - grade 6-8
  • Hot Lunch: pepperoni pizza

Wednesday - Day 3

  • last Karate day

Thursday - Day 4

  • Music - grade 6-8

Friday - Day 5

Upcoming Dates...

January 24 Musical Theatre Club (open to all Gr. 3 - 8 students who love to sing, act & dance - first recess

January 21 - Hot Lunch: cheese pizza

Janaury 23 Parent Council Meeting 6:00 pm

January 23 Ski Trip - Grades 6-8

January 28 - Hot Lunch: Pepperoni pizza

January 29 - Teens Trashing Tobacco - Grade 7s and 8s

Janaury 29 - Grade 8 Parent Info Night - LaSalle 5-7 pm

January 30 Grade 8 Day at LaSalle (am)

February 4 - Hot Lunch: cheese pizza

February 11 - Hot Lunch: pepperoni pizza

February 18 - Hot Lunch: cheese pizza

February 25 - Hot Lunch: pepperoni pizza

March 3 - Graduation and Siblings Photo Day

March 3 - Hot Lunch: cheese pizza

March 10 - Hot Lunch: pepperoni pizza

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Student Use of Cell Phones at School

Just a reminder that students are not allowed to use their cell phones during school hours (8:50 - 3:35) as per Ontario Legislation - Nov 1/19. The exception is if your child's teacher requests/allows students to use their devices for teaching/learning purposes. If you need to get a message to your child during the school day, please call the office.

Inclement Weather and Bus Cancellations

The snow has come so early this year! Wow! Just a reminder that families need to check the Limestone District School Board website for bus cancellations, also you can have Tri-board notify you or check their Twitter feed or listen to our local radio stations.

School is usually open during inclement weather days, so parents will need to use Safe Arrival to report child's absence if he/she is not coming to school, regardless whether the busses are cancelled. Please indicate "bus cancellation" as the reason.

You can drop students off no earlier than 8:50 and pick up no later than 3:35. Please come in and sign them in during these days - there will be a sign-in and a sign-out at the front door.

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Safe Arrival, Pick Up & End of Day Arrangement

As part of the Ontario Government's Safe Welcome program, all elementary schools have secure access where all doors are locked during the school day when students are inside the building (doors will be unlocked at recess). Parents/Guardians are still welcome to access the building through the front door. You will need to ring the buzzer (to the right) when you arrive and a staff member will assist you. If you plan to stay at the school between 8:50-3:35, please sign in and get a visitor or volunteer tag. We also ask that if you are waiting for your child, that you wait outside the office and not by the classrooms or in the hallways. If possible (we know that at times there are appointments/circumstances that can't be helped!), we ask that you wait until 3:35 to pick up your child. This will help decrease the interruptions into the classrooms as our students are learning until 3:35. We thank you for your cooperation and support with this initiative.

Every day we have students who are unsure of their end of day arrangement. This often leads to last minute phone calls and holding up the busses. Please ensure that your child and your child's teacher knows what your end of day arrangements are if they differ from the regular routine. Please write a note to your child's teacher indicating that there has been a change. If there is no communication, we will send students to their regular after-school destination (e.g. bus home or Boys and Girls club).

Student Absences

Just a reminder that parents/guardians need to use the Messenger app/website to report student absences. Please do not phone in or e-mail the school. Below is a video tutorial on how to report student absences.
LDSB SchoolMessenger App Tutorial: How to use the app