JPS Family Week Ahead

March 29th-April 2nd

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Dear Families,

It's hard to believe that we have just three months left of this school year! We continue to be so proud of our students' hard work, strong character and ongoing learning and achievement, and we thank all of our parents/guardians for your great support.


April 2nd is World Autism Day. Although we will not be in school that day, all week long, we will be raising awareness about Autism and celebrating the amazing contributions of so many famous people with Autism. On Thursday, we will "light it up blue" (wear blue) in support of Autism awareness.


April is also Volunteer Appreciation Month. We would like to thank the many, many parents, guardians, and community members who volunteer their time and talents in so many ways to support our students and school. We are also so thankful of our School Council for their hard work and dedication. THANK YOU! Although many things are different this year, the support from our families is as strong as ever!


This week and next week are only four day weeks. Please note that there is no school on Friday, April 2nd and Monday, April 5th.


We welcome Rick Revelle, an Indigenous Knowledge Keeper, into some of the classrooms this week at JPS.


A warm welcome to Ms. E. Robinson who will be teaching and supporting the Grade 4/5 and Grade 6/7 classes for the remainder of the school year.


Masks:

Students are being reminded to wear their masks outside if they cannot distance themselves from others by 2 metres. Thank you for reminding your child(ren) to wear their mask for their own saftey and the safety of others.


April Break:

A reminder that March Break was postponed until April. As a result, there is now an April Break from April 12-16! Please mark these dates in your calendar!


Dress for the Weather:

As the weather is getting warmer, our school yard is quite wet and muddy! We are asking that students still wear boots (winter or rain boots) in order to keep their socks and feet dry! As the mud is also sometimes slippery, accidents happen. Please pack an extra change of clothing for our younger students. As the temperature is supposed to be cooler this week, please make sure your child comes with dressed with a coat and warmer layers!


Drop Off and Pick Up Reminders:

As a friendly reminder, please do not drop students off in the morning in the bus lane. This causes congestion in our parking lot. For pick-up, only Kindergarten parents should be coming to the fence. All other parents should be waiting by the JPS sign. Thank you for passing this information along to anyone who comes to pick-up!


Thank you for your continued support. We look forward to a wonderful, but short week ahead!


Mrs. Paquin, Ms. Stephen & the JPS Team!

School Mental Health Ontario - For Families

Asymptomatic Testing for Staff and Students

As part of the Ministry of Education’s enhanced COVID-19 school protocols, school boards are required to offer voluntary asymptomatic COVID-19 testing to students, staff and bus drivers.



Families must book appointments for students using the assessment centre’s existing booking process (online or by telephone). Please ensure you use the online booking link provided below, or, if you are booking by telephone, indicate you are a Limestone student or staff member at time of booking. Walk-ins are not permitted. Testing of asymptomatic family members is also not permitted under this program.

  • Kingston Assessment Centre (KHSC) or 613.548.2376. Appointments are available from 4-4:30 p.m. daily. Should there be no registrations, or insufficient registrations, scheduled by 10 a.m. the same day, testing will be cancelled for that day. Staff will be invited to reschedule on a different testing day.
  • Napanee Assessment Centre (LACGH) or 613.354.8254. Appointments are available from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. daily via drive-thru.


Students may continue to attend school while awaiting asymptomatic test results provided they pass the daily COVID-19 screening.

Addressing Anti-Asiam Racism in Limestone

The Limestone District School Board is working with staff and students to provide resources and other supports to confront anti-Asian racism as part of its ongoing efforts to create safe, welcoming and identity-affirming spaces for everyone.

Last Week At Joyceville PS!

This Week:

Monday, March 29th: (Day 3)

-Pesach (Passover) Continues


Tuesday, March 30th: (Day 4)


Wednesday, March 31st: (Day 5)

-Rick Revelle to JPS (Norman, MacDonald, and Gallagher)


Thursday, April 1st: (Day 1)

-Rick Revelle to JPS (Palmer, Cahill, Barratt/Allen)

-Sikh Heritage Month

-Recognizing World Autism Awareness Day (Beginning of Autism Awareness Month) - wear blue


Friday, April 2nd: (Day 2)

-Good Friday - no school

-World Autism Awareness Day

Coming Up:

April 2nd:

World Autism Day

Good Friday


April 4th:

Easter


April 5th:

Easter Monday


April 12-April 16:

-New "March Break" Dates

March: The Kingston Gets Active Month Challenge

Let's break the Covid blues and have some fun getting active!

Here's how it works: Community members can download or check out the calendar of activities during the month of March 2021, challenge themselves to get active each day, and then enter for a chance to win prizes.


Check out the website for more information!

https://kingstongetsactive.ca/about/kga-month/

Ministry Revises COVID-19 Screening Tool

First, the province has released a new version of the COVID-19 School & Child Care Screening Tool. The revised tool includes changes to stay-at-home requirements for those with symptoms and isolation requirements for household contacts of those with symptoms. A printable/downloadable version from KFL&A Public health is also available.


Effective immediately:

1. Students and staff with any new or worsening symptom of COVID-19, even those with only one symptom, must stay home until:

  • They receive a negative COVID-19 test result.
  • They receive an alternative diagnosis by a health care professional, or
  • It has been 10 days since their symptom onset and they are feeling better.


2. Students and staff are now required to stay home from school or child care if anyone in their household has new or worsening symptoms of COVID-19, and has been recommended for isolation and testing. All asymptomatic household contacts of those with symptoms are required to quarantine until the symptomatic household member:

  • receives a negative COVID-19 test result, or
  • receives an alternative diagnosis by a health-care professional

If the symptomatic individual tests positive for COVID-19, or is not tested, and does not receive an alternative diagnosis from a health-care professional, the symptomatic individual must isolate (including from household members) for 10 days from symptom onset. All household contacts must isolate until 14 days from their last contact with the symptomatic individual (a total of 24 days if the symptomatic individual is not able to effectively self isolate from other members of the household).

Please Screen Every day Before School!

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Kindergaten September 2021 Registration Now Open! #SeeYourselfInLimestone

Spread the word about our amazing Kindergarten program and team at Joyceville Public School! We offer a full day of learning for four- and five-year-olds over a two year period in English! (Please note, the child must be 4 or 5 by the end of December!)

Our Kindergarten program aims to nurture the whole child. In our Kindergarten classroom, 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. You can feel confident your student will be cared for within safe and inclusive environments.


Now is the time to register.

Opportunities for Families

Indigo strikes again!

We have been so fortunate to have been adopted by Indigo last year. Once again, the Kingston Indigo store has struck again! We have just received an additional $2000 for classroom and school materials. We'd like to publicly thank the Kingston Indigo store for supporting reading in our school. We've added books to our classroom libraries, provided books to our educators for professional development, sent books into the community, and so much more!

JPS Advisory Council (SAC)

School Advisory Council (SAC) Exec:


Amy Currie - co-chair

Melissa Robertson - co-chair

Deborah Smith-Minaker - treasurer

Donna Maillet - secretary


If you need to get a hold of a parent council representative, here is their email:

JoycevillePTA@outlook.com



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!

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