Jayhawk Family Update

January 23-27

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Dear Families,

The week was a little bit 'wonky' with so many bus cancellations, but these days also provide opportunities for some small-group and 1:1 learning and assessment that can be more challenging with a full class. Students and staff enjoyed the days together, but we are always happy to get back to our normal routines!

BAKE SALE!!! Fundraising Initiative for Sandy Pines - The students in Ms. Savard's Grade 6/7 class, through an initiative planned and led by student leader Abbigail Kennedy, have planned a Fundraising Bake Sale! The bake sale is TOMORROW, Monday January 23, 2023! All items will be priced at $0.50 and $1.00! Our Joyceville students will have the opportunity to buy yummy treats with all proceeds being donated to Sandy Pines Wildlife Centre! We welcome any donations of nut-free baked goods (we'll happily accept store bought treats too!) that we can add to our bake sale table.

Upcoming staffing changes - As some of you may already know, there will be some staffing changes for Term 2, which begins February 3rd. Ms. Sarah Peltier will be coming in as teacher in the 3/4 class (replacing Mr. Sanvido) and Ms. MacDonald will be returning to Grade 6/7 (replacing Ms. Savard). We have loved having Mr. Sanvido and Ms. Savard at Joyceville and we hope to see them again in the future! At the same time, we are excited to welcome Ms. Peltier and Ms. MacDonald! All teachers are committed to providing as smooth a transition for students as possible as we move into our second term.

Upcoming Pizza Days & Milk Orders - Pizza Orders for this Friday, January 27, are available to purchase online on and are due on Tuesday Jan 24th. Milk orders for the month of February are also available to purchase.

Just a reminder for families: Pizza orders placed for Dec 16 & Jan 13 (but missed because of bus cancellations/snow days), will automatically be included in the Pizza Order scheduled on Thursday, Feb 2. Families who did not previously order on Dec 16 or Jan 13, but wish to have pizza on Feb 2, may purchase online as per our usual practice.

Pink Shirt Day - February 23rd is Pink Shirt Day. Shirts can be purchased from the Boys and Girls Club (link attached below), if you wish to purchase one.

We are looking forward to another great week ahead!

Amie Domingo & Jean Paquin


FREE Kingston Frontenacs Tickets!!!!

Date: Sunday Feb 26th 2pm

Location: Leons Centre, home of the Kingston Frontenacs

Attention Families! Check this out!!!

All current JPS students have the opportunity to receive a FREE ticket to the Kingston Frontenacs hockey game on Sunday Feb 26th at 2pm. The students ALSO have the opportunity to sing the national anthem on the ice pregame!! Of course, singing is an option, not mandatory!! For those interested, practices will be arranged at school with Mrs. Lavergne, our music teacher.

Some of the Kingston Frontenac players will even spend some time visiting at JPS, in the days leading up to the game!

The Catch: There must be a parent/guardian present for the duration of the game to be responsible for the student(s). Parent/caregiver tickets will be available for purchase at a discounted rate, approx. $20 each. Stay tuned for the Order Form on School Day later this week! There is no limit to the amount of additional tickets for purchase, feel free to invite family and friends as well. All the tickets will be purchased as a lot, so you will have seats with your friends/family. Tickets will be delivered to the school and sent home with your child the mid-week before the game.

We would like to thank the BINGO committee for providing this seriously cool event!

Jayhawks! Let's Save the Date and keep an eye out for the ticket Order Form that will be available on School Day - coming soon! Go Fronts Go!

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This week...

Monday, January 23: (Day 5)

Bake Sale Fundraiser to support Sandy Pines: Any donations of nut-free baked goods and treats, homemade or store bought, are welcome!

Tuesday, January 24: (Day 1)

EarlyON Early Years program for Children 0-6yrs old and their caregivers, 9:30-2:30pm

Pizza Orders Due for Jan 27

Wednesday, January 25: (Day 2)

Thursday, January 26: (Day 3)

Milk orders Due

Friday, January 27: (Day 4)

Field Trip to Gould Lake Outdoor Education Centre (Ms. Savard Gr. 6/7 & Mr. Sanvido Gr. 3/4)

EarlyON Early Years program for Children 0-6yrs old and their caregivers, 9:30-2:30pm

Pizza Day

Coming Up:

February 2

Pizza Day (**includes orders placed for Dec 16 & Jan 13)

February 3

P.A. Day - No School for Students

February 13

Country Fair Planning Meeting (school council) 6pm in the Library

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A few reminders:

Covid Screener - Please remember to screen your child for Covid every day. The screener can be found here: https://www.ontario.ca/school-screening/

Anyone who is feeling sick or has any symptoms of illness, including those not listed in this screening tool, should stay home and seek assessment from their health care provider if needed.

It is strongly recommended that all individuals age 2 or older wear a well-fitted mask in indoor public settings. This includes school and child care due to the additional risk of Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) and influenza.

Children age 2 to 5 should only wear a mask if they are supervised, can safely tolerate masking, and can put their mask on and take it off.

Cashless Schools - As you know, our cashless system is up and running! Thank you to families who have already registered and linked their students! A reminder that codes are student specific and can be found on the paper forms that have already been distributed. Please don't hesitate to contact us if you need another copy of the form for your child(ren). Go to www.school-day.com, click Log In, then Register.

TriBoard Transportation
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.

Private Music Lessons - Carol Kenny offers private piano/vocal/ukulele lessons on Wednesday mornings at Joyceville. Derek McGowan offers private guitar/bass/ukulele lessons on Monday afternoons. Families who are interested in these music opportunities are welcome to contact Carol and Derek directly to sign-up! Contact information for both musicians is included below.

Indigenous Self-Identification form and process

Shé:kon, Boozhoo. This Fall, the LDSB Indigenous Education Team has worked to improve the Indigenous Self-Identification Form and process. With collaboration and feedback from our Indigenous Education Advisory Committee, the board has created an online version of the form that will be available on the K-12 Indigenous Education Minds Online page and on the LDSB website. This online form is meant to make the Self-Identification process more accessible for students and families, as well as reduce our use of paper across LDSB.

This online form can be filled out on both a computer and mobile device here.

Kindergarten registration is now open

Welcome to Kindergarten! This is an exciting time for both you and your student.

Kindergarten offers a wonderful new world of learning and growing. We learn how to read, how to write and we make new friends. At [insert school name], our Kindergarten program helps children get the best possible start in school. Your student will be challenged and encouraged to do their very best.

We are now accepting new student registrations for this September 2023. If your student is four or five by the end of December, now is the time to register.

The Kindergarten program allows children to develop emotionally, socially and physically: to grow creatively, and to engage in rich oral language opportunities and celebrate their learning. In Kindergarten classrooms, 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. Our caring team of educators is with them every step of the way!

We typically welcome new families to orientation events in May of each year. We will share more about these opportunities soon. We want everyone to see themselves in Limestone. You can feel confident your student will be cared for in a safe and inclusive environment.

Starting Kindergarten is an exciting time for everyone, and we are ready to welcome your student to a wonderful new world of learning and growing.

Thank you for choosing Joyceville.

We look forward to meeting you.

Opportunities for Students and families:

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Queen's Camps Bursary

Queen's has opened their bursary applications for the 2023 Camp season.

Our bursary applications will be open until February 1st 2023. We are asking families to fill out this Q-Camps Bursary Application Form to submit the request.

All bursary decisions will be made after February 1st 2023 and before our Registration opening day of February 8th 2023.

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out.

Have a great day,

Sarah Utting (she/her)

Coordinator, Youth Programs

and Community Engagement
Student Affairs
Athletics & Recreation
613-533-6000 ext 77686

Virtual Tutoring Winter 2023

Virtual Tutoring will continue to be available for students in Grades 1-10 during the winter months.

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Maltby Centre is now offering a series of workshops for parents, caregivers, and youth! Our workshops are designed to help families understand concepts related to Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA), access resources, and increase overall parent/ youth capacity. These online and in person workshops are for families living in Ontario with a valid OAP registration number.

Click here for the full winter 2023 schedule

Contact Us: https://maltbycentre.ca/ 1-844-855-8340 https://www.facebook.com/MaltbyCentre/

Private Music Lessons

Derek McGowan, a member of the Joyceville community and also a parent of two JPS students, is excited to offer private music teaching services on Mondays 12:00-3:30 at Joyceville.

Derek is a full time Guitar/Bass/Ukulele teacher with over 30 years experience, teaching all popular styles of music, from Pop, Hip/Hop, Country, Blues to Hard Rock. If you’re interested in signing up your child; please contact Derek directly for more information.


Private Music Lessons:

This year Carol Kenny will again be offering private music lessons at Joyceville public school on Wednesdays. She teaches piano, ukulele and vocals.

She is a qualified Royal Conservatory music teacher but can also teach all styles such as contemporary , classic, pop etc. If you’re interested in signing up your child please contact her directly and she can give you more details.

Carol Kenny

Email is : kid_inc6@hotmail.com

Phone number is: 613-572-3000

EarlyON Drop-In Program at Joyceville!

The EarlyON centre offers a free drop-in program for parents and caregivers with children zero to six years old. Come and learn and play with your child, meet other parents in the area, and receive support from Registered Early Childhood Educators. Currently, the centre is open Tuesdays, 9:30am - 2:30pm, at Joyceville Public School. Visit www.keyon.ca or call 343-364-0289 to register; drop-ins are also welcome! You can email earlyon@bgcsoutheast.ca for more information. Follow BGC EarlyON Kingston on Facebook for program updates. All are welcome!
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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 several ongoing fundraising opportunities. Check out the links below!

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