Jayhawk Family Update

October 11-15

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Dear Families,

We hope everyone had a nice long weekend and had a nice Thanksgiving! We have lots of exciting things planned for October for our staff and students!

Thank you to Mrs. MacDonald for organizing yoga for our students the week after next and to the SAC for funding so many amazing opportunities for our students this Fall. Some of these opportunites include How to Code a Sandcastle (a streamed production from the Thousand Islands Playhouse) for K-Grade 3/4 and a streamed production of The Secret Life of Riley K (Musical Writers and Ontario Trillium Foundation) for our Grades 4-8. Thank you to Ken Sands for your kind donation of pumpkins for each student and to Waddell Apples for donating apples for the whole school! Check out Waddell Apples at this link: https://www.waddellapples.com/.

We will be having 2 weeks of mental health awarness (this week and next) which is an extension of World Mental Health Awareness Day on October 10th. See below for our mental health activity/focus each day this week.

Thank you to Mrs. Barratt for getting our whole-school Truth and Reconciliation project up, displaying our unique hands. We will be using this board for the remainder of the school year to display our Indigenous learnings. Mrs. Rowbothom will be taking on the role of Equity Champion & Truth and Reconciliation Lead. She will be sharing back events and information to staff.

Mr. Guild will be taking the Cross Country Team to the meet on Thursday, October 14th. More details below. Permission forms were already sent home last week.

We are so glad to be back in-person and to be remaining in person! Thank you for your continued efforts with screening your child each day and for picking up your child if we need to call you throughout the day. We love our JPS community. Thank you to our awesome families for your continued support and to our amazing educators who give up their time to plan and provide so many opportunities for our students.

Looking forward to this short week!


Jean Paquin, Principal & Emily Stephen, Vice Principal

paquinj@limestone.on.ca ; stephene@limestone.on.ca

School Mental Health Ontario - Great Resources!

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Last Week @ JPS:

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This Week: Mental Health Awarness Week

Monday, October 11:

-Thanksgiving Monday (no school)

Tuesday, October 12: (Day 4)

*Talk About It Tuesday - students will be learning about talking circles.

Wednesday, October 13: (Day 5)

*Wellness Wednesday - students are encouraged to spend extra time outside with their classes enjoying the fresh air!

Thursday, October 14: (Day 1)

*Thankful Thusday - students will be making gratitude lists.

-Cross Country Meet @ Fort Henry with Mr. Guild (12:30 pm start)

Friday, October 15: (Day 2)

*Feel Good Friday - students will be sharing compliments with one another.

Cross Country Meet on October 14th @ 12:30 pm

Inter-school Cross Country:

An inter-school cross country meet has been approved for next week. Mr. Guild will be taking students to the meet. Our day is Thursday, October 14th beginning at 12:30 pm at Fort Henry. Vaccine protocols for students are not in effect for Cross Country. Students will need to find their own way to and from Fort Henry. Unfortunately, there are no spectators allowed.

  • Cross Country is for students in grade 3-8
  • Age groups: Midgets (born 2007 or earlier) Bantam (born 2008 or 2009) Atom (born 2010 or 2011)
  • Midgets and Bantams run approximately 2.5 kms
  • Atoms run approximately 2.0 kms
  • No canteen will be available
  • There is a $5 registration fee per athlete
  • The top 30 finishers and top 4 members of the medaling teams in each race will advance to the district meet
  • There is to be absolutely no parking on the side of the road leading up to Fort Henry Hill, cars must be parked in the parking lot at the bottom of the hill or at the top of the hill

*Permission forms have already been sent home and should be returned to Mr. Guild ASAP.

Coming Up:

October 18:

-Waddell has donated apples for the entire school! - Thank you, Waddell!

October 18 or 20:

-Outdoor Yoga (K-8)

October 19:

-Wellness Week

-The Secret Life of Riley K (Musical Writers and Ontario Trillium Foundation) - Grades 4-8

October 20:

-IEPs home to families

October 25:

-Pumpkins for each student! - Thank you, Ken Sands!

October 26 (am):

-How to Code a Sandcastle (Thousand Islands Playhouse - Streamed Performance) - Grades K-3/4

November 2:

-Holiday Fundraiser Orders Due

November 9:

-JPS Picture Re-take Day

November 19:

-Holiday Fundraiser Pick-Up @ JPS Outside Between 12-6 pm

November 23:

-Grade 7/8 Immunizations in the library

May 20:

-Jump Rope for Heart

Holiday Fundraiser with C.C. Farms

We are happy to announce that Joyceville will be partnering with C.C. Farms this year for our holiday fundraiser.

C.C. Farms is a local family run company that has been producing fresh handmade evergreen Christmas products since 1997. They specialize in fresh wreaths and planters, making everything fresh and made to order. Nothing is prepared ahead of time. They have sold directly to the public as well as to Rona Inc.

From the company: “What we make are fresh wreaths and planters. Our wreaths are made with a base of greens, spruce, white cedar and pine. We decorate the wreaths with either sumac or ilex (Ontario Holly). The size of the ring are 12” or 18” and the wreath finishes out to 20” or 24” wide and a thickness of about 5” deep. Our planters are made in a plastic 2 gallon pot. They fit well into urns. They come with a variety of spruce, white cedar, white pine, and red pine (Scotch pine). They are decorated with sumac, ilex, and dog wood (tall red sticks) in the center. Everything is cut and made fresh from local products.

One order form will be sent home per family. Please let us know if you need more forms. The deadline to return the forms is November 2. Pick up is November 19th at JPS Outside from 12-6 pm.

Socktober Challenge Is Underway!

We have been collecting new socks for Socks Kingston (@socks_kingston) in partnership with Fresh Radio 104.3. A friendly competition per class has started! We also have a friendly competition with Glenburnie PS! Let's see how many socks can be donated in the month of October! Please, new socks only! Thank you in advance for your kindness.

*Please note, this is completely voluntary.

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Opportunity for Our Parent/Guardian Jayhawks!

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Opportunities for Our Intermediate Jayhawks!

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Opportunity for Our Younger Jayhawks!

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EarlyON Child and Family Centres offer a range of quality, drop-in programs that are free and open to all parents, caregivers and their children, aged 0-6.

They will be running programs at JPS starting next week on Tuesdays and Thursdays 9:30-12:00 & 12:30-2:00

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There are many strategies teachers use in the classroom and families can try at home without an OT referral. We hope you find this site helpful in exploring some of these strategies.

Drop off and pick-up reminders...

Parents/guardians will be asked to wait outside instead of entering the building. Here is some information for our new Jayhawk families:

  • Drop-off for both busses and families begins at 8:55 am. Supervision is not available before this time.
  • Students will remain masked in their cohort line-up areas between 8:55-9:10 am.
  • Please go through the drive thru lane and drop off by the JPS sign - a quick kiss & go!
  • If you want to walk your child(ren), Gr. 1 - 8 parents park on the road and walk to the sign, kiss & go
  • Kinder parents may park in the lot and walk their children to the fence
  • Please do not go on the school yard
  • Please do not walk between the busses


  • Kinder parents may park in the lot and meet their child at the fence
  • Gr. 1 - 8 parents will need to park on the road and meet their child(ren) at the JPS sign at 3:35 - Gr. 1-8 students will not be dismissed before 3:35 pm.
  • Please do not go on the school yard
  • Please do not walk between the busses

What if my child is late or needs to leave early?

If your child is late for school, please come to the front door and ring the bell to speak with a staff member. Parents will need to wait outside, physically distanced, until your child has been welcomed in. We will make sure that young students get to their classrooms safely.

If you are picking your child up early, please come to front door and ring the bell to speak with a staff member. We will bring your child to the door to meet you. If you arrive early to pick up your child, we ask that you wait off property until dismissal at 3:35 pm in order that we may stick to our safe dismissal routines as much as possible.

Triboard Busing Information

No Bus Passes

Due to the role bus manifests and seating plans have in contacting tracing, students are not allowed on a bus they are not registered to or off at a stop they are not assigned to. This means no bus passes can be issued to students for any reason. All changes to transportation, including additional stops and periodic transportation, must be provided to the Triboard office using a Transportation Application.

There will again be an increased likelyhood of bus delays and cancellations this year due to circumstances related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Transportation to and from school is not guaranteed. Families should have a backup plan to transport their student(s) to school, and to arrange child care where required, if their bus is cancelled for any reason and they cannot transport their student to school.

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.

Within the City of Kingston, secondary students have access to free Kingston Transit bus passes. If your student doesn’t have a pass but would like one, please visit the City of Kingston website. All children under the age of 14 may also ride Kingston Transit for free. No pass is required. Please note, all passengers on Kingston Transit are required to wear a face covering/mask.

If students are unable to find an alternate route to school and cannot attend in-person due to bus cancellations, teachers and schools will work with affected students and families to ensure students are kept engaged in learning. Families should contact their teacher directly to determine a plan for the makeup of work.


If you are driving your child, please ensure your child's bus driver knows your plans. This will help immensely. Thank you!

What is the best way to receive messages from the school?

If you are new to our school, please take the time to download the School Messenger App to stay connected and report student absences. If you wish to receive our weekly family updates, please follow the instructions for selecting email as one of your preferences.
LDSB SchoolMessenger App Tutorial: How to Sign Up & Log In

The 2021/2022 School Year Calendar

Please visit the LDSB website to view next year's calendar.


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 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!

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