JSS Newsletter

Jack Stuart School - June 2022

Administrator's Message

We are approaching the finish line!

As we begin to close off the school year, it again proved to be another year like no other. Thank you to everyone for working with us this year managing the number of changes we faced with the pandemic.

Thank you to the teachers for their exceptional work with our students this year. Despite the challenges posed by COVID and the recovery, we were able to finish the year strong and enjoy a healthy balance of learning and June activities for our students. Also, thank you teachers for working through the challenges of booking activities with a shortage of bus drivers and limited access to some venues.

Thank you Jack Stuart School Parent Council for working with the administration and staff to support positive experiences for our students. We accomplished a lot: the outside basketball court, a new gaga pit, pink parfaits, replacing end of life Chromebooks, purchasing new library resources, purchasing new flower boxes, skating, bowling and swimming to name a few of the many things. ......

Finally, the admin team would like to thank everyone for the past 4 years for Mrs. Lazaruik and 3 years for Mr. Sikorski. It has been an honor and pleasure to serve the Jack Stuart school community. You will always hold a special place in our heart.

Have a wonderful summer everyone! School resumes on September 6, 2022.

By Mrs. Lazaruik, Principal & Mr. Sikorski, Assistant Principal

Student Principal for the Day

I supervised this morning and made coffee for the staff. I called mom also! I sat in Mrs. Lazaruik chair. I took some pictures of some classrooms. We played freeze dance in the gym at recess because it started raining.

Elle - 2H

It was a good day because I made coffee for the first time! I liked calling my dad on the office phone and telling him I was principal of the morning. I visited my sister's class and I did work with Mrs. Lazaruik.

Jack - 1E

My day was good because it was very fun. I liked doing announcements and I liked making coffee for the teachers. I got to call my mom and say I love you.

Ty - kindergarten

Caught in the Matrix

Congratulations to the following students 'Caught in the Matrix' (doing the right thing without being asked) this month:

  • Kindergarten - Mak and Kinsley
  • Grade 1 - Carson and Dominic
  • Grade 2 - Addy and Sawyer
  • Grade 3 - Brylie and Nixon
  • Grade 4 - Bennett and Nathan
  • Grade 5 - Alayna and Caleb
  • Bus - Bam

From the Learning Commons

As the end of the year quickly approaches, the due date to return all books to the Learning Commons will be Wed., June 8. Any books that are not returned by that morning will be considered overdue and letters will be sent home with students that still have any outstanding books. Any payment for lost/unreturned books must be paid for by cash or cheque written out to 'Jack Stuart School'. (This payment cannot be accepted online). Thank you for your cooperation in getting all books returned back by this date. This will ensure enough time to account for all outstanding books and to run a year end inventory of our collection.

On Wed., June. 15 we will be running a 'Summer Book Swap' in the Learning Commons during both recesses. Students may bring up to 5 books from home that they have already read and would like to exchange (with parental permission) for a different book. This will be a great way to get new reading material for the summer without spending money!

The Book Swap will run as a 'BRING 1 - GET 1' system. Students will receive 1 ticket in exchange for each book they bring. Each book at the Swap will cost 1 ticket to swap. We remind parents to send used fiction or non-fiction books, appropriate for Kindergarten to grade 5/6 students. Books for swapping can be brought to homerooms teachers at any time up until June 13. (To avoid any accidental swapping by our younger students please indicate to your teachers that they are indeed books to swap).

Thank you for assisting your children throughout the year in being responsible students who have take care of both borrowing and returning books in our Learning Commons. Happy Summer Reading!

JSS School Council/Parents' Society Report

By Terra Manion, School Council President

jackstuartparentadvisory@gmail.com (780)975-6533

Thank you for all of your support this year!

We are still trying to acquire grant money for the new playground addition and are steadily applying for them as they pop up. We have applied for approximately 13 grants in total at this point, 3 in the month of May, so please know we are trying.

This past school year we have been able to add a Gaga Pit to the playground, give a discretionary fund to the library and to the school, which pays for many different things throughout the year so parents don’t have to (ie; skating and swimming including bussing for the entire school, etc.) We were also able to purchase 44 new replacement Chromebooks through BRSD’s evergreening program. We, along with a donation from the Camrose Horticultural Society, installed planter boxes in front of the school and they are being filled with Growing Smiles Fundraiser flowers by the Gr.1 & 4 classes for their science units.

Thank you to all of the volunteers for Parfait Day, Skating & hot chocolate day and everything else you have helped with. We truly can’t do any of this without your help and we greatly appreciate all of you support.

Also we would like to say farewell to Mrs. Lazaruik and Mr. Sikorski. Thank you both so much for your years of service and dedication to Jack Stuart School. We wish you both all the best in your future endeavours.

Our first meeting for the new school year will be held in September. There will be positions available if anyone is interested in joining our team. We hope to see you then.

One last reminder that our Save-On-Foods partnership is ongoing, year round so please continue to donate your receipts to JSS when you shop there.

Thank you all and have a great summer!

Last Student Day - Tuesday, June 28

The last day of the school year for students is Tuesday, June 28. Students and staff will participate in our year-end Celebration of Learning assembly. This celebration will be closed to the public due to FOIP policies. Following the assembly, students will return to their homeroom and just prior to dismissal at 3:06 pm they will be given their report card.

Report cards cannot be given out earlier. If a student is not in attendance to pick up their report card, please make sure the office has an email address where the report card can be sent. Report cards not picked up will be sent home with your child in September.

Bussing Applications - 2021/2022 School Year

Did you know ...?

ALL City of Camrose bus students must reapply for busing each school year.

Eligible students must apply using the online form; registration begins June 1. (link)

The deadline for applications is August 12, 2022. Applications received after Aug. 12 may not be processed until after school starts. Click here for answers to the most frequent bussing questions and for more information.

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Thank you!

We are very grateful to the JSS School Council for the many hours of organizing this year's fundraising efforts and for supporting the many activities we have enjoyed throughout the past year such as our skating party, parfaits for Pink Shirt Day, the building of the Gaga Pit, volunteering for hot lunches and beautifying the school front with planter boxes and plants.

Thank you especially to Terra Manion, School Council President, for all of the tireless work you have put into our school.

Important Dates

June 2 - Early Dismissal 2:06 pm - Staff Meeting

June 8 - All library books DUE back

June 15 - Summer Book Swap

- AMA Patroller Picnic Party

June 17 - Grade 5 Farewell

- Last day Breakfast Program

June 20 - Splash Parties grades K-2 (11:00) & 3-5's (1:45)

June 22/23 - Last Day of School for Kindergarten

June 27 - Sports Day

June 28 - Last Day of School for students

- Celebration of Learning assembly

- Report cards sent home

June 29 - Last Operational Day (for staff only)

This is the last newsletter of the 2021/22 school year.

Treaty 6 Acknowledgement - We acknowledge that Battle River School Division is located on Treaty 6 territory, and we respect the histories, languages, and cultures of First Nations, Inuit and all First Peoples of Canada, whose presence continues to enrich our vibrant community.