Week Ahead for Our Jayhawk Families

September 3 - 6

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Welcome Back!

On behalf of all the staff, we extend a warm welcome to all our students and families, both returning and new! We look forward to working with you in pursuit of learning and well being for all our students.

Our staff have been hard at work this summer cleaning and preparing classrooms and the school. We are ready and excited for this school year. A special thanks to our caretakers, Mr. Inwood and Pete & Dylan, for our sparkling school! We feel fortunate to continue to work with such a dynamic, dedicated, and talented group of people who learn and work together every day to matter in the lives of students.

Our hope for this year is that each and every student is able to celebrate their own and others' differences. We encourage you to help your child be mindful of his/her strengths...things that make them unique and special, ways they contribute, positive characteristics they have. Give your child examples of why you think this about them. Hopefully, this will fuel them to embrace challenges and opportunities this upcoming school year! Often our differences are believed to be something we need to "fix", and this year we'd like to start flipping that script to fixing the learning environment to suit our students. We look forward to your partnership because you matter, and are so important in your child's life! Developing positive partnerships between home and school through effective communication will help ensure your child will be the best they can be.

This is an exciting time of year, full of opportunity and new beginnings! Students have a variety of feelings: anxious, hesitant, excited. We encourage you to help your child continue to develop a growth mindset and set goals to get better at something, to learn more about something, and to grow as a person.

Please do not hesitate to contact us with questions, concerns, or ideas you would like to share.


Heather Campbell, Principal

Dawn Diamond, Vice Principal


Our Buses

Here's a few reminders...

  • enter south/west (closest to Hwy 401), exit north/east (closest to Hwy 15) - as usual
  • additional parking spaces are by the fence - please park in open parking spaces or on the road (please never park in the bus lane - this is also our emergency vehicle route)
  • buses will enter the parking lot single file (so students will not have to go through the parking lot to to embark/disembark)
  • student drop off/pick up zone is the area just outside the office windows by the planters - for safety reasons, students and parents may NOT walk in between the buses to get to and from vehicles
  • the accessible parking is the first/closest parking space in the lot

Upcoming Dates...

Sept 3 -Welcome Back! - First day of school

Sept 16 - Bus Patroller training (a.m. @ Glenburnie PS)

End of September - open house/corn roast (date TBA) - a JPS swag (t-shirts/sweatshirts) will be there for ordering and sizing! More info to come!

Sept 27 - P.A. Day

Oct 14 - Thanksgiving

Oct 28 - Gr. 7 immunizations (hep B/hpv)

We need PAID part time Primary/Kinder lunch supervisors!

We're looking for community members who would like to work 1 hour a day part time (1:10 - 2:10) and for emergency work (in case one of our lunch supervisors are sick/can't make it in). Folks need a current CPIC to work in the school. If you are interested in 1 - 4 days or being on-call, please let Wendy know at the office. The position is a paid position.

Many items are coming home next week! Please return as soon as possible:

  • Digital Citizenship Agreement
  • Advance Absence Notification Card
  • Accident Insurance Application Package (Please note that Board Policy requires all students who participate in school sponsored extracurricular activities are to have Accident Insurance Coverage either through Reliable Insurance Company or provide another carrier. Proof of insurance must be provided prior to your child's participation in school sponsored sporting events.)
  • Social Media Permission Form
  • School Year Calendar
  • Indigo Adopt-a-School information

Parent Council

The first meeting will be Tuesday, September 10 at 6 p.m. in the library. All parents are welcome!!! Parent Council is a wonderful way to to stay involved in our school community. Please contact our school office if you have any questions or require childcare to attend the meeting.


This is just a reminder that class placements are always tentative and reorganization is always a possibility. Our organization is based on actual enrollment numbers which is sometimes hard to predict. If reorganization were to occur, parents will be notified of class placement changes in the second week of school.

Here is our start up:

JK/SK - Mrs. Barratt & Mrs. Walker

SK/1 - Mrs. Norman

1/2 - Mrs. Palmer

3/4 - Mrs. Bocking

4/5 - Mr. Cahill

6/7 - Mrs. MacDonald

7/8 - Mr. Guild

French - M. Fleet

Planning Time - Mrs. Ewart

Educational Assistants: Ms. Pam, Mrs. M-K, Ms. Davis Langille

Custodial Staff: Mr. Inwood (day), Dylan (evening)


Hot lunch and milk programs will start up later this month. Stay tuned for details!

Welcome back to our Early ON program!

Welcome back to Krista, Megan & Francine who continue to run EarlyON - which is a parent/child (babies & toddlers) drop-in. They will be housed in Room 10 and will be open starting September 3rd on Tuesday afternoons (1:30 - 4:30) and Thursday mornings (9:30 - 12:30). Please use the entrance near the courtyard. There will be a doorbell that you can ring to be let in. Please help us spread the word to our community!

Allergies, Asthma or Medical Needs

No foods containing nuts or peanuts should be sent to school. We do have students with nut allergies.

If your child has allergies, asthma or another medical condition that we need to know about, please contact the office or your child's teacher.

As per new Ministry policy, we will require a Plan of Care to be filled out by parents for any student with an Anaphylaxis, Asthma, Diabetes or Epilepsy. This will replace our current Medical Safety Plans.

Safe Arrival & Pick Up

As part of the Ontario Government's Safe Welcome program, all elementary schools have secure access where all doors are locked during the school day when students are inside the building (doors will be unlocked at recess). Parents/Guardians are still welcome to access the building through the front door. You will need to ring the buzzer (to the right) when you arrive and a staff member will assist you. If you plan to stay at the school between 8:50-3:35, please sign in and get a visitor or volunteer tag. We also ask that if you are waiting for your child, that you wait outside the office and not by the classrooms or in the hallways. If possible (we know that at times there are appointments/circumstances that can't be helped!), we ask that you wait until 3:35 to pick up your child. This will help decrease the interruptions into the classrooms as our students are learning until 3:35. We thank you for your cooperation and support with this initiative.

Student (and Parent) Use of Cell Phones and other Electronic Devices

Students are permitted to bring cell phones and other electronic devices to school (e.g. iPad/chromebooks). They may use these ONLY WITH PERMISSION FROM A STAFF MEMBER during the instructional times and breaks. Cell phones must be turned off as soon as students arrive at school and kept in a safe location. Students may not use any electronics during outdoor recess. Please try not to text/message your child during instructional hours. This becomes quite a distraction for our students. If your child texts you with a problem, please ask them to see their teacher or a staff member. Students are responsible for any equipment brought to school and the school is not responsible for lost, stolen or damaged items. We will be asking students to bring their own headphones in, if possible. This will help reduce the noise in the classroom while students are using devices to enhance their learning.

JPS Dress Code

The following dress code was designed by a student focus group to be inclusive and respectful. We expect all students, staff and community members who visit the school to abide by the following guidelines:

  • we have a dress code that applies to everyone in our school and does not discriminate (age, gender)

  • slogans/advertisements are appropriate for all ages in our school

  • Clothing does not reveal undergarments

  • Waistband and shirt hem must meet (no belly showing)

  • Footwear must be appropriate for activity - running shoes for phys-ed, DPA, climber (no sandals/flip flops for these activities)

  • Shirt straps are secure (e.g. proper attire in the gym for phys-ed)

School Timetable

8:50 - 9:10 - recess (supervision provided)

9:10 - 10:50 - instruction

10:50 - 11:35 - recess, nutrition break

11:35 - 1:15 - instruction

1:15 - 1:55 - recess, nutrition break

1:55 - 3:35 - instruction

Donate your old JPS swag!

Got t-shirts/sweatshirts that don't fit anymore? Instead of giving them away, please consider donating them back to the school!

We've Been ADOPTED!

We are so fortunate to be participating in Indigo's Love of Reading Adopt-a-School program! This means from September 14 - October 6 Joyceville PS will be featured in the Kingston store. There will be a special day where students can go in and help behind the counter and promote our school. Students will be making wish lists in the classrooms for patrons to purchase for the school. It will be an exciting time!

Please look for the beige Indigo information page and return the signed Indigo consent for video/photography form if you are willing. This is a wonderful opportunity to supplement our library and classroom libraries. Stay tuned for our JPS day at Indigo!


Electronic newsletter: For the rest of the school year, we will send the newsletter via email, post it to our website and tweet the link.

Paper copies: We will not be sending home paper copies this year. Wendy will have a few at the office if you'd like to stop by and pick one up each week.

Newsletter email list: If you wish to add or delete an an email, please complete the google form at the link below and submit or complete the form below and return to school or jot us a note with your email address.

Reducing our Garbage...

  • we are looking to eliminate single use plastic water bottles - if your child needs a reusable water bottle, come see Mrs. Diamond and we'll get them set up
  • we have our recycling program continuing at JPS, all garbage that we're not able to recycle/compost will be coming back home

Threat/Risk Assessment Notification and Process

The Limestone District School Board and community partners are committed to making our schools safe for students and staff. As a result, schools will respond to all student behaviours that pose a potential risk to other students, staff, and members of the community. The Community Violence Threat Risk Assessment Process is designed to be proactive in developing intervention plans that address the emotional and physical safety of those involved. A Threat/Risk Assessment is initiated by the school administration or community partners when behaviours have been identified by staff or students that pose a potential risk to self and/or others. Please note: it is important for all parties to support the Violence Threat Risk Assessment Process. However, if for some reason there is a reluctance to participate in the process, by the student of concern or parent/guardian, the threat assessment process will continue in order to ensure a safe and caring environment for all. Families are asked to review the steps of a Threat/Risk Assessment online at http://bit.ly/LDSBthreatassessment .

Boys and Girls Club

The Boys and Girls Club will once again will run their After School Connections! It runs Monday-Friday from 3:30-6:30 pm. This will be held in M. Fleet's old room, next to the staff room. Welcome to Megan (co-ordinator), Ryan and Josh!

To inquire or register, please contact the program coordinator at 613-453-1408 or email joyceville@bgckingston.ca.