JPS Family Update

June 14-18th

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Dear Families,

We hope you had a chance to take advantage of the beautiful weather we had this weekend! It looks like another beautiful week ahead!


It is hard to believe that we are almost in the middle of June and near the end of our school year. With only 9 more school days to go - home stretch! From virtual field trips, to talen shows, the JPS staff is working hard to keep students engaged. Thank you for families for continuing to encourage your child/ren to hop on Google Meets and submit work.


A huge thank you to Miss Melissa and Mrs. Greenlees, who are part of our School Advisory Council (SAC) for giving up their time to safely hand out plants on Friday, drive-thru style! It was such a HUGE success! A big thank you to families for your kindness and appreciation as you picked up your plants - this truly showed that Joyceville is the place to be! Check out Mr. Gallagher's video all about honeybees - it's not only informative, but bee-utiful! https://youtu.be/w0ANY7KWzl8


Final Farewell, Report Card Pick-up and Item Retrieval:

We will be sending out another family newletter early this week (Tuesday or Wednesday) about item and report card pick-up and technology drop-off once we get further clarification from LDSB. Thank you for your patience as we ensure the safety of staff and our families. While we are working out the final plan, you might want to consider reserving the morning of June 24th. Any reports not picked up will be mailed home.


Grade 8 Graduation:

Grade 8 Graduation will be a combination of in-person photos and item pick-up, as well as an MS Teams evening celebration beginning at 6:30 pm. We are inviting our graduates to the school for a quick photo op with 2 guests on Monday, June 21st. This will require graduate and family member sing-up in advance (10 minute time slots), distancing and masking for all attendees. The evening celebration will be reserved for grduates and their immediate family members. The recording will be available following graduation for others to enjoy! A huge thank you to the Grade 8 Graduation Committee for all of your hard work, brainstorming, and flexibility - it would not have been possible without you!


Welcome New JK Kindergarten Students!

On Tuesday, June 22nd, we invite all of our new JK Jayhawk families to come to the school to drive-thru and meet our Kindergarten team (please enter and the pylon and be masked in your car). We have a little something for you and would love to give you a wave and a smile (from behind our masks) to welcome you to our school. This would also be a great time to bring any outstanding paperwork and documentation. Please come to the school between 9 and 11 am if you can. We can't wait to meet you!


Cocid-19 Vaccination Youth Clinics - Ages 12-17:

Click the link below for more information.

https://limestone.on.ca/news/what_s_new/c_o_v_i_d-19_vaccination_clinics_for_youth


Technology Support:

If you are experiencing any technical difficulties with a school device, please review the IT documents below, or contact the IT Support Team:

How to Connect with a Chromebook How to Set Up an iPad

IT Support Team email: learningathome@limestone.on.ca

IT Support Team phone: 613-217-3559 (7:30-4:30)


Phone Messages Checked Daily:

If we do not answer the phone, please leave a message. Phones are monitored from 9:10-3:35 pm each day, even when office staff are working from home. We will return your call as soon as we can! Alternatively, you can email Ms. Stephen, VP/SST at stephene@limestone.on.ca if you need to get in touch.


Attendance:

Please continue to complete attendance for your child if you know they will be away that day! We are still doing call-outs as attendance is taken each day. Please make sure your child checks-in with their teacher in some way throughout the day so that they are not accidentally marked absent. Thank you in advance.


Take good care of yourselves and one another. We will be in touch again this week!


Mrs. Paquin, Ms. Stephen, and the Jayhawk Team

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Term 2 Report Card Information

Teachers are beginning to prepare to complete Term 2 Report Cards. They will be considering evidence collected during "in person" and remote learning. This year has been exceptional in terms of remote learning; however, assessment continues to be based on conversations, observations, and products (student work, projects, etc.). Teachers will continue to use these sources, their professional judgment, and their knowledge of your child to provide commentary on student progress. Students will be assessed based on grade-level expectations unless they have an IEP with modified expectations. Attending live lessons and small group sessions and/or completing assigned activities during remote learning will give your child's teacher more fulsome evidence on which to base marks and comments. As well, some units and strands may only be taught during the remote learning period. These units will be assessed based on the evidence of learning online (e.g. observations, conversations, products).


There are a variety of potential scenarios that may have occurred:


  • If your child has participated in online learning and submitted assigned tasks, this learning will be assessed and commented on within the final report card, along with assessment data collected prior to April 9th.
  • In some cases where there isn't enough information or assessment data to inform the report card due to limited online participation or assessment data collected prior to April 9th, you may see the comment: "Insufficient evidence of student work."
  • In some cases where online participation is limited but enough assessment data was collected prior to April 9th, the student may receive a grade based on that information with a comment that reflects the assessment timeframe.
  • If your child has not submitted online assignments, you may see the comment: "Student is encouraged to complete tasks and to submit them for feedback and assessment during the term."
  • We recognize that in some cases families had to make critical decisions about what they or their child were able to manage at home to meet the needs of their family during remote learning. These are often difficult decisions and respected by our staff.


Your child's report should give a clear indication of the progress made to date and provide next steps for learning. Undoubtedly, this year has been exceptional in all ways and our students have demonstrated a great deal of resilience navigating not only the disruption to learning, but also the platform of virtual learning. As a staff, we will continue to focus on assessment/evaluation and use this information to inform our practice and approach to learning moving forward.


If you have any questions, please reach out to your child's teacher, Mrs. Paquin, or Ms.Stephen.

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Last Week @ Virtual JPS:

This Week:

Monday, June 14th: (Day 4)


Tuesday, June 15th: (Day 5)

-Family newsletter to be sent out today or tomorrow about final farewell, belonging retrieval, and LDSB item drop off (i.e., technology, books, etc.)


Wednesday, June 16th: (Day 1)


Thursday, June 17th: (Day 2)


Friday, June 18th: (Day 3)

-JPS Swag Day

Coming Up:

June 21st:

-Grade 8 Graduation @ 6:30 pm (note: time change!)


June 23rd:

-Term 2 Report Cards go home to families


June 24th:

-Last Day of School


June 25th:

-PA Day

Kindergaten September 2021 Registration Now Open! #SeeYourselfInLimestone

Spread the word about our amazing Kindergarten program and team at Joyceville Public School! We offer a full day of learning for four- and five-year-olds over a two year period in English! (Please note, the child must be 4 or 5 by the end of December!)

Our Kindergarten program aims to nurture the whole child. In our Kindergarten classroom, a teacher and an early childhood educator work together as a team. This partnership helps to create a nurturing learning environment; giving every student the opportunity to learn in the way that is best suited to their individual strengths and needs. You can feel confident your student will be cared for within safe and inclusive environments.


Now is the time to register.

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:

JoycevillePTA@outlook.com



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!

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