Major Family Update

École Sir John A. Macdonald PS - Week of April 5th 2021

Dear Families:

Many families are celebrating the end of Passover today or celebrating Easter Sunday. We hope that everyone is enjoying the extra time this long weekend. Thank-you for following the lockdown guidelines to restrict your activities to family members in your household. We are pleased that schools will remain open and we want to make sure this continues. In preparation for possible school closures, students took home personal belongings. Please review what fits etc. and return required items for school with students. We know that plans may change, but we appreciate your continued support and collaboration. Enjoy your weekend!
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See Yourself at Sir JAM

Some our of educators are leading the learning on equity, inclusion and antiracism at our school. They have are sharing resources for educators to help us lay the foundations to for equity, inclusion and anti-racism learning at Sir JAM. An important goal is to better represent and celebrate the diversity in our school so that students can see themselves represented and included. Mme Zirpolo and Mme Sauve-Leroux's class led the way with a shared reading of the book, Brown. We continue to explore the intentional uses of mentor texts in the primary grades, and the team ordered multicultural crayons for all classes so that students have a better selection of colours of skin tones in crayon boxes.

Scholastic Virtual Book Fair Last Day!

Thank-you for supporting our Scholastic Virtual Book Fair! The fair ends today, April 4th. All purchases over $40.00 are eligible for free shipping. All orders will be shipped directly to your home address.

Visit our school’s Virtual Book Fair site using this link:

Click on the SHOP NOW button and there will be over 450 titles for you to enjoy. This includes over 150 French titles! You will have to create a NEW user login to shop.

Earth Hour LDSB

On Friday March 26, 2021 Limestone District School Board schools were encouraged to turn off any unnecessary lights for the duration of their lunch hour. This action showed the school's dedication to environmental stewardship and sustainability. Sir JAM's Earth Hour saved 57.58 kWh; that could power a 15-watt LED bulb for 3839 hours!

Yard Improvement

As a part of our yard improvement project, we have been surveying students and classes engage students in the decision making process involving outdoor games and line painting and planting our new grove of trees. Six classes volunteered to select their top choices for our new grove. The number one picks were maples, but students gave excellent reasons for the varieties they selected. Here are a some of their thoughts:

Red Maple: We looked at many trees and our class chose red maple! (Allen)
  • We love the pretty colour in the fall and it does well in an open space. (Donaldson).
  • We love the rich red colours in the fall! ( Pilutti).
Silver Maple or Autumn Blaze Maple: The students would like to have a strong colourful tree. Also, it has the leaf like on our flag! (Madame Louise & les amis.)
Silver Maple: On a choisi celui-là parce que c’est tolérant de plusieurs climats variés et nous fournissons de l’ombre, quelque chose dont notre cour a besoin. Nous aimons aussi que l’arbre aura des jolies couleurs pendant l’automne.
White Pine: On a choisi celui-là car c’est l’arbre de l’Ontario, et ça grandit rapidement.
  • We will happily plant and care for any tree! (Trevors)

The SAC outdoor yard improvement committee to review selection preferences and partner with the city to set aside preferred species with a goal of planting them at the beginning of May. We will share some of the updates from this committee at our next virtual SAC meeting on Tuesday, April 6th at 6 pm.

Coming Up:

April is Sikh Month

April 5th-Easter Sunday

Monday, April 5th -Easter Monday-no school

Tuesday, April 6th Day 2
  • Virtual School Council Meeting 6:00 pm
  • Equity & Inclusion Virtual Workshop 7:00 pm

Wednesday, April 7th Day 3

Thursday, April 8th Day 4

  • Holocaust Remembrance Day
  • Family Dinner Night Pizza Pizza

Friday, April 9th Day 5

  • Jersey Day: Support your favourite team!

Coming Up:

April 12th -Ramadan Begins and continues until May 11th

April 12th -April16th Spring Break

April 14th -International Day of Pink & Vaisakhi

April 15th -Yom-Ha 'Atzma'ut

April 19th - Return to Classes

April 20th -First Day of Ridvan

April 22nd -Earth Day

April 22nd -Pizza Pizza Family Dinner Night

April 23rd -Red Friday

April 23rd -Yearbook orders due

April 28th -National Day of Mourning: A day to remember and honour those lives lost or injured due to a workplace tragedy.

April 30th- Good Friday Orthodox

Yearbook Orders & Photo Submission Info for Sir JAM VS Students

We welcome photos of our Majors who are attending Virtual School this year! If you would like your child included in the school's 2020-2021 yearbook, email pictures of them by April 3rd to or Please include your child's or children's first and last name(s) and the grade(s) they're in.

For good yearbook portrait photos, your child should be framed so that the bottom of the photo is just above your child's waist and the top of the photo shows space above your child's head. We also welcome photos of students engaged in activities for Virtual School.

Yearbook orders can be made at Our Yearbook ID Code is 12306721 for Ecole Sir John A. Macdonald Public School. Yearbooks are full-c

Kindergarten Registration

We're getting ready to welcome future Majors! LDSB has begun the process of registering students for Kindergarten for 2021-2022 school year.

If your student is 4 or 5 by the end of December, now is the time to register.

Our school offers both English and French Immersion programs. Please follow the link below for more information about Kindergarten in LDSB.


Students are invited to participate in voluntary asymptomatic testing (no symptoms) for COVID-19 during designated times. Families must book appointments for students using the assessment centre’s existing booking process (online or by telephone). Walk-ins are not permitted. Parent/guardian consent is required for testing of students under the age of 18. This testing is only for students, staff and bus drivers who DO NOT have COVID-19 symptoms. Anyone with symptoms of COVID-19 must self-isolate and get tested for COVID-19 at a Community Assessment Centre. Learn more and review the schedule for your student's school at


Covid 19 Active Screening

Parents and caregivers must review the following checklist with their child/student before sending them to school each day and before putting them on a school bus.

Online COVID-19 School and Child Care Screening Tool is available in English and French (updated February 19, 2021). This new version replaces what was provided previously and includes updated symptom screening criteria and sibling/household isolation information. Please note that the presence of even one symptom requires self-isolation and testing follow-up.

In addition to daily screening, good hand hygiene, masks, and physical distancing, KFL&A Public Health Advises:

  • Stay local and avoid non-essential travel outside of the KFL&A region, especially travel between areas that remain under the stay-at-home order.
  • Limit close contact to your household (the people you live with).
  • Stay home as much as possible.

Thank-you for supporting the health and well-being of our staff and students.

Traffic Safety

Please help us to keep students safe:
  • Do not drop off or pick up students in the staff parking lot at arrival and dismissal times.
  • Please do not park in fire lanes.
  • Please do not stop in the roundabout in the visitor parking lot.
  • Please respect parking signs and time limits. Please note that bylaw enforcement officers will be patrolling our neighbourhood.
  • Always slow down and watch for children in the vicinity of the school.

School Advisory Council

You can follow council updates on twitter or on the SAC Facebook page. Our next Meeting is on April 6th @ 6 pm.

Family Dinner Nights -Pizza Pizza & Pita Pit

Thank-you to our school advisory council for organizing upcoming family dinner nights:

  • Pita Pit will donate $1 for every Pita ordered to Sir JAM. Just make sure to mention our school name. This is a daily fundraiser that runs until the end of March. A big thank-you to Pita Pit for supporting our school!
  • Every second Thursday, call Pizza Pizza's local number and dedicate your order specifically to our school fundraiser and pick up your own pizza. 5% of your order is donated back to our school. So, make sure to dial the local number 613-545-1639 to order and do your own pick up! A big THANK YOU to our local Pizza Pizza store on Hwy 15. Pizza Pizza Night is scheduled for Thursday, March 25th!
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KMFRC Partnership

Our school is partnering with KMFRC to facilitate easier access to community supports and resources. Please check out the resources available to military families in our community.
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How to Report a Student Absence

This link will take you to information and LDSB tools for reporting student absences.

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