JSS Newsletter

Jack Stuart School - March 2022

Administrator's Message

Hello March!

The start of new beginnings. Our first new beginning is the lifting of cohorting and masking restrictions. For our students, this change will require an adjustment period, for example, learning how to play with a large group of students in the playground. Secondly, we were able to have a Student Recognition Assembly on March 1 to acknowledge those students who are living our school pledge by making good choices each day. We really enjoyed gathering as a family. Finally, we will start planning in-person field trips, which for some students will be a new experience as they have not been on a bus for two years. Our first field trip will be to the skating rink on Thursday March 24. More information on cost and schedule will be coming.

Kindergarten registration is open. Please see our website for more information. We are waiting for information when we can start registration for preschool.

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

Covid Daily Health Checklist

Please note were are continuing to follow Alberta Health DAILY CHECKLIST for Covid 19. The checklist for children is on pages 3 and 4.

Children should be screened every day by completing this checklist before going to school.

Caught in the Matrix

Many schools in BRSD use a Behaviour Matrix, which is a grid that outlines expected behaviours and life skills we want our students to learn. The JSS Behaviour Matrix is based on our school pledge: Take Care of Myself, Take Care of Others, Take Care of This Place.

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

  • Excel - Tyler
  • Kindergarten - Aubrey & Nolan
  • Grade 1 - Kash & Zaiden
  • Grade 2 - Eve & Kiedis
  • Grade 3 - Brinley & Chelsea
  • Grade 4 - Mira & Rylee
  • Grade 5 - Amrie & Nixon
  • Bus - Kyle

Rock your Socks for Down Syndrome

Rock Your Socks Day is an international celebration of all peoples born with Down syndrome. In schools this day helps students respectfully understand differences in their world. At Jack Stuart we are also going to use this day to CELEBRATE our students with Down Syndrome. On March 21st students will gather in the gym to learn more about Down Syndrome and how our students with Down Syndrome make our school special, then have a sock hop to celebrate!

We are asking students to:

  • Rock your Socks on March 21!

    • Wear fun socks or even mis-matched socks as a way to show that different types, shapes and sizes of the same thing can be unique in their own way yet do the same thing

  • Lots of Socks!

    • Between March 14-21st students are encouraged to bring in a pair of new socks to donate to the Open Door

JSS School Council/Parents' Society Report

By Terra Manion, School Council President

jackstuartparentadvisory@gmail.com (780)975-6533

Jack Stuart Parents’ Society is currently running a Rolling Hills Coffee Company fundraiser. All orders/payments are due by March 7th. If you or anyone you know drinks coffee, please consider buying a bag. You will be helping the school and supporting a local small business. Orders should arrive at the school before spring break and can be sent home with students or picked up. Thank you for your support!

The Alberta School Council Association will be running some free workshops in the coming months that are open to anyone. The first being March. 15 - School Council Purpose. If anyone is interested in attending, please let Terra know so she can send you the info.

If shop at Save-On-Foods, please tell a cashier that you would like to donate your receipt to our school and we will get 5% back.

Thank you to the wonderful volunteers who helped serve parfaits on Pink Shirt Day. Students and staff were excited and grateful to receive a treat from our hardworking volunteers. Thank you for coming to help make this event possible.

The next School Council Virtual Meeting will be on Mar. 23 at 7 pm, immediately followed by the JSS Parents' Society Meeting. All are welcome and encouraged to attend. Get updates, ask questions and have your voice heard.

Thanks to all who supported the Scholastic Book Fair. We were able to add $237 worth of new books into our Learning Commons through this fundraiser.

Hot Lunch Program - Subway

Subway will be the provider for March Hot Lunch. Orders will be delivered on Wed., Mar. 23. Hot lunch orders and payments must be done on the Online payments and Ordering system located under the Quick Links button on the JSS website.

ORDERS MUST BE IN BY MIDNIGHT MAR. 16. No late orders will be accepted.

If you have any questions, please call the office.

Important Dates

Mar. 3 - Early Dismissal 2:06 pm - Staff Meeting

Mar. 21 - Rock your Socks for Down Syndrome Day

Mar. 23 - Hot Lunch

Mar. 24 - Skating (schedule for classes TBA)

Mar. 28 - Spring Break Begins (Schools Closed)

Apr. 4 - School Resumes

Apr. 7 - Early Dismissal 2:06 pm - Staff Meeting

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.