Jayhawk Family Update

- September 13-18

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Dear Families,

What a great first week, Jayhawks!

We spent our first week working on routines, safety procedures, connecting with people (staff and students), making sure we know our bus driver/number, and learning more about one another. It was so nice to see students playing outside, learning in their classrooms, walking the hallways safely, etc. And, it was so nice to hear laughter, coversations, cheers when a goal was scored, and students collaborating on various tasks in the classroom.

Each morning, classes screen for Covid-19 symptoms. Please keep your kids home if they have any symptoms or are not feeling like themselves. We need to know where our students are, so please make sure you are putting in their absence.

We did a great job of litterless lunch this week! A reminder that whatever comes to school in lunchbags should be returning home. Why the extra wrapper? Your child may have accessed the food share program while at school. Thank you for checking in with your child about their likes and dislikes for lunch items!

A huge thank you to one of our amazing parents for calling the City of Kingston to see if Joyceville Road can be made into a school zone. Thank you for slowing down by the school in the meantime - stay tuned!

We cannot wait for Week 2 and all that is to come!


Jean Paquin, Principal & Emily Stephen, Vice Principal

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

An update from The Boys & Girls Club:

"BGC South East is currently working hard to recruit qualified staff for our Joyceville and Glenburnie after school programs. We appreciate the patience and understanding of families while we work to get this program operational. We will continue to provide frequent updates to the school and community and will reach out to those parents who have applied for the waitlist to confirm spaces once we have secured our staff teams."

There plan is to offer after school programming for students age 4 and up.


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

Last Week @ JPS:

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This week...

Monday, September 13: (Day 5)

Tuesday, September 14: (Day 1)

-Outdoor, in-person school council meeting! - The first one of the year. Bring your lawn chairs!


Wednesday, September 15: (Day 2)

-Yom Kippur

Thursday, September 16: (Day 3)

Friday, September 17: (Day 4)

-JPS Swag day (wear your school clothes or purchase some new swag through the e-store below)

First School Advisory Council Meeting

The first School Advisory Council meeting will take place on Tuesday, September 14th at 6:00 pm. It will be outside and in-person - so bring your lawn chairs! All parents/guardians are welcome to attend! Just email JoycevillePTA@outlook.com and the meeting link will be shared with you.

Yom Kippur

Yom Kippur (from sunset to sunset September 15-16)) is the Day of Atonement in Judaism. It is the most solemn Holy Day devoted to prayer and fasting. A day of forgiveness, and purification.

Coming Up:

September 29:

-Picture Day

September 30:

-Orange Shirt Day

-Rowan's Law Day

November 23:

Grade 7/8 Immunizations (in library)

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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

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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A friendly reminder...

Just a friendly reminder that dogs are not allowed on LDSB property. This includes cats, giraffes, lions, guinea pigs, etc. Thank you for your understanding in keeping our students safe!

JPS Advisory Council (SAC)

School Advisory Council (SAC) Exec:

Amy Currie - co-chair

Melissa Robertson - co-chair

Deborah Smith-Minaker - 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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