JSS Newsletter

Jack Stuart School - April 2023

In Our House

JSS School Administration Message by

Mr. Todd Sieben, Principal

Ms. Erica Easton, Assistant Principal


We hope you had a restful and rejuvenating spring break. Welcome back! We were excited to see all of our JSS students and staff back on April 3, 2023. We are now on the last leg of this 2022/23 school year. We have observed great leaps in student learning, social-emotional learning and connections with each other. Our students have the foundation to finish the school year off strong.

Students will soon be experiencing spring and year end field trips, and our Grade 2 and 4 students will enjoy swimming lessons before the end of this school year.

Thank you to all our JSS parents/guardians who attended our Student Led Conference on March 21 (T/Th Kindergarten) and 22 (pre-Kindergarten, M/W Kindergarten and Grade 1 to 5). JSS will be sending home Grade 1 to 5 Report Cards for Term 3 on April 28. Please keep your eye out for that.

As we continue to recognize students who say and do the right things, especially when no one is looking, we randomly pick two student Jaguar Cards (submitted into the “Caught in the Matrix” Jaguar Card Bin in the school office) each week to enjoy a free lunch (made possible by our local eatery/restaurant supporters). Those students have their picture taken and uploaded to the electronic bulletin board in our north entrance lobby. Each Jaguar Card remains in the bin for the entire month, then we start over with an empty bin the next month. 198 JSS students received Jaguar Cards in September, 262 in October, another 102 in November, 96 students in December, 204 more in January, 68 in February and 207 more in March…for a total of 1137 Jaguar Cards this school year. We are very proud of all our students living the school pledge each day. Stay tuned for our April totals and beyond.

Thank you to …

  • Our Grade 5 Safety Patrollers for showing up for early morning and afternoon duty.

  • Mrs. Rak and Mrs. Raynard for coordinating our breakfast program.

  • The parents/guardians for helping out with our School (Parent) Council hot lunch program.

  • Parents/Guardians for supervising field trips and assisting in our classrooms this year.

Follow us …

Website: http://jstuart.brsd.ab.ca

Facebook: Jack Stuart School

Instagram: jackstuartschoolbrsd

Twitter: @jstuartschool

JSS Council & Parents' Society

by Terra Manion, President: jackstuartparentadvisory@gmail.com

JSS Council & Parents’ Society

We are currently running our Spring Plant Fundraiser. It runs online until April 24 and orders will be available for pick up starting May 10th in the school gym. Details to come. Please visit this website for order information: http://jackstuartschool.growingsmilesfundraising.com/

Volunteers are needed May 9th for unloading the truck and organizing the plants into individual orders. A delivery window time will be given the night before. If you are available to help please text or email Terra: (780)975-6533 or jackstuartparentadvisory@gmail.com

JSS Parents’ Society has recently given the Library/Learning Commons $2000 of this years fundraised money to help replace some old and worn out things and buy a few new things. (Example: There are still books dating from 1980 and several bean bag chairs are beyond repair). There is no longer funds left in the budget for any extras and since this space is used by the whole school we feel it is a good place for our fundraised money to go.

Reminder that our Save-On-Foods 5% Cash Back to the school is ongoing so please remember to donate your receipts to Jack Stuart School when shopping there.

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Vision Credit Union's $10,000 donation

JSS Parents’ Society has received another grant for our special needs/fully inclusive playground addition. Thank you so much to the Vision Credit Union’s Helping Hand Grant for donating $10,000 to our playground fund! This brings our total to just under $34,000 of grant money awarded to us so far!



How long have you worked at JSS? 7 years

When I was a kid I wanted to be? A wildlife biologist

What are you currently reading or watching? Lots of Bluey and Paw Patrol with my 2 yr old

What is something that people don't know about you? Fun fact about you? I have a "fear" of velvet (strongly dislike it).

Do you have any pets? Yes: dogs, cats, and chickens!


How long have you worked at JSS? 5 years

When I was a kid I wanted to be a...? A teacher or a doctor

What are you currently reading, listening to or watching? Harry Potter with my daughter, always listening to country music and watching reruns of friends and Yellowstone

What is something that people don't know about you? I love to tackle home improvement projects.

Pet Peeves? Leaving dirty dishes in the sink

Important Dates

Apr. 7 - No School - Good Friday

Apr. 10- No School - Easter Monday

Apr. 11 - No School - PD Day for teachers

Apr. 12 - School resumes

Apr. 24 - Spring Plant Fundraiser online deadline

Apr. 26 - Parent Council & Parent Society Meeting via Google Meet and/or at JSS - 7 pm

May 4 - Early Dismissal 2:06 pm - Staff Meeting

May 10 - Spring Plant Fundraiser order pick up starts today

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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.