Joyceville Public School
February 2016 Newsletter
Cultivating Critical and Creative Thinking in Responsive Learning Environments
It was so nice to finally have some winter weather with snow the students could play in! And so strange that it's all gone and feels like spring now (along with which comes mud!). The students love to play outside... in snow, cold, and even rain!!! We are heading into the days when it can be quite cold or warmer and wet. Please help ensure your child dresses appropriately for outdoor play - we have 3 recesses each day. As well, please consider sending a change of clothing for younger students and at least a change of socks for older students! This avoids calls to you requesting clothing when students get wet or muddy!
One of our school goals is to help students develop critical thinking skills. As the world becomes more and more complex and changes rapidly, the only thing we do know is that students will need to be able to solve problems, work with others and think creatively as they head into the future! Good thinking starts with curiosity, wondering about the world and asking questions. You can encourage your child to ask questions and investigate things that do not make sense to them. Helping your child follow-through in seeking answers to those questions is also important. When a child asks, “Why is the sky blue?”, we can respond, “That is a great question. What made you think of it? Where do you think we could find the answer?” This may be followed by a visit to the local library or a search on the Internet. In other words, we can demonstrate how we transform curiosity and wonder into taking action. Although asking the question is important, searching for the answer is more important.
Here's a link to a collection of tweets from Janaury! Get a glimpse into all the great learning that's been happening this month!
As always, please contact me with any questions, concerns or ideas you would like to share!
Heather Campbell, Principal
February 9 Mardi Gras!
February 12 Red, Pink and White Day
February 15 Family Day - No classes
February 19 Camo/Plaid Day
February 29 PA Day - No classes
March 1 Term 1 Report Cards go home
March 3 Grad and Sibling photos
March 4 Grade 6, 7, 8 Ski trip to Calabogie
March 14-18 March Break - No classes
Parent Council Update
- The Country Fair is scheduled for Saturday, May 28th.
- A Country Fair planning meeting is scheduled for February 24th at 6 pm in the library.
In the News!
The junior basketball club will continue until March 3rd. Any students in grade 4, 5, and 6 or any 7/8s not on the team are welcome to come!
Tuesdays 8:00-9:00 am Girls
Thursdays 8:00-9:00 am Boys
Hotel Dieu - Art Gallery Winners
LDSB seeking input on special education services
Grade 3 and 6 EQAO Assessments
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.
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 www.kingstonballhockey.ca.
1st Joyceville Scouts Pancake Dinner Feb. 9th 5-7 pm
IS MY BUS CANCELLED OR DELAYED TODAY?
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 www.triboard.ca. 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.
- 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.