JSS Newsletter

Jack Stuart School - October 2022

In Our House

Administration Message by

Mr. Todd Sieben, Principal

Ms. Erica Easton, Assistant Principal



In reviewing a number of practices in the past, JSS came up with strategies to help students prioritize their academic and behavior targets, while being better prepared for challenges at school. So, we developed our school “Jaguar Pledge”. Our students and staff are “Proud of our Promise”.

Today I promise to:

● Take care of myself

● Take care of others

● Take care of this place

I won’t forget my promise.

So what?

From our jaguar pledge grew our “School Matrix” to help guide the efforts of our students and staff.

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Now what?

When our students get “Caught in the Matrix” by taking care of themselves, others and this place, they are presented with “Jaguar Cards”. Students are excited to submit their jaguar cards to the office “Jaguar Draw Box’. Each week two student jaguar cards are randomly selected from the draw box for a free lunch at one of our community restaurants/eateries, and each month we start from an empty draw box. In September 2022, 198 student jaguar cards were submitted into the jaguar draw box. Great work JSS students and staff, and thanks to the local eateries and our entire community for supporting this program.

School Picture Day

School photos will be taken Tues., Oct. 18

Picture retakes are scheduled for Nov. 18.

School Council

by Terra Manion, President: jackstuartparentadvisory@gmail.com

JSS Council & Parents’ Society

Executives for 2022-23 school year:

President: Terra Manion

Vice-President: Jennifer Klein

Secretary: currently still NEEDS to be filled

Treasurer: Jenna Friend

Hot Lunch Coordinator: currently still needs to be filled

Hello JSS families! This year we would like to continue our Parent Council & Society but we NEED a secretary for both in order to do so. The requirements would be to attend monthly meetings to take notes on what we talk about. We really need your help so please consider!

Hot lunch is running at this time on a trial basis. If we get a hot lunch coordinator and enough parent volunteers on every hot lunch day for organizing and distributing then it will continue. Our first hot lunch day is Oct.19. An online sign up sheet will go out the week before and/or show up at noon on that day to help

The school will be given a discretionary fund of $2500 again this year. It will be used for the good of the school/students as needed at the discretion of the administrators. The teachers will also be getting $200 per homeroom to buy some educational and fun items for their classrooms.

The 44 evergreened (replacement) chromebooks that were purchased at a cost of $10,000 last year through fundraising are now in use throughout the school. We are required to replace chromebooks almost every year, due to previous councils buying extras. A lot of our fundraising money goes towards this purchase. Funds also go toward a lot of fun things for the kids, as well and many classroom educational items students would not have if not for the fundraising. Your fundraised dollars are always going back into the school in many ways.

We are looking for more parent involvement in council/society. We would love to have 1 parent rep from every class or grade to attend. We are a group of parents that are trying to enhance our children's school experience however we can. If you are reading this please write the words “school spirit” on a piece of paper and initial it by Fri., Oct. 14. Tell your child (or children) to give it to their teacher. They will then get a small treat or prize and we will get an idea of how many parents read these updates. Thank you for reading this.

We would love to have 1 parent rep from every class that is willing to come to meetings. The more parents we have involved, the better we can understand what the kids need and want, areas to grow, what’s going on that may not be known and many other things that parent input would help with.

Please consider attending meetings to help us decide what to spend money on, what fundraisers to run, hear about what’s going on in the school, division updates from board trustees, upcoming events, principal reports and updates. Voice your opinions, ask questions and learn about your child’s school and help the staff learn more about what’s going on that they may not be aware of.

We are running the DFS Fundraiser once again this year. Catalogues and info were sent home with students last week.

Please join us at our next Parent Council meeting followed immediately by our Parent Society Meeting on Oct. 28.

If you are at all interested in being our secretary please come to the meeting or contact Terra:


Halloween Celebrations

We will celebrate Halloween on Monday, Oct 31. This will include:

  • students arriving at school with their costumes on - must be comfortable to sit in all day. No gory costumes (eg. blood ), no weapons.

  • in lieu of a costume parade, students will participate in homeroom celebrations from 2:00 pm to the end of the day.


MRS. HARTY - Grade 2 (2H)

How long have you worked at JSS? 11 years

What are you currently reading? Stephen King

When I was a kid I wanted to be? A teacher

What would we find you doing on the weekends? Hiking, paddle boarding, gardening

If you could have any superpower what would it be? Flying powers

Do you have any pets? Rusty the dog and Simba the cat

What is your 'go to' coffee order? Brown sugar oat Americano

MRS. MITCHELL - Grade 5 (5M)

How long have you worked at JSS? 15 (ish) years (work experience student in grade 12, substitute teacher and teacher)

What are you currently watching? I love documentaries

Tell us something that people don't know about you? My family was lucky to live abroad when I was a kid (Tembagapura, Indonesia & Warsaw, Poland)

What was your favourite subject when you were in school? Art

What would we find you doing on the weekends? Cheering on my kids playing hockey, baseball and softball

If you could have any superpower what would it be? The ability to speak any language

Do you have any pets? A dog named Molly and a cat named Milo

Jack Stuart gear

Anyone wishing to promote school spirit by purchasing Jack Stuart School branded clothing can shop the following link. All school clothing orders are done online at Entripyshops.com (link to Jack Stuart Store here:) https://jackstuart.entripyshops.com/

Choose from a variety of clothing items, colours, logos and sizes. Enjoy shopping for official JSS merchandise from this convenient and secure eCommerce platform. Shop anytime.


by Mrs. Radchenko

For our Remembrance Day assembly we would like to honour loved ones in our lives who have served in the Army, Navy or Air Force. We are asking for you to please send a picture, along with the person’s name, rank and how they are related to your child(ren), by Monday, Oct. 24. If you could also indicate what grade/class your child is in that would be great! You can send your pictures by emailing them to kradchenko@brsd.ab.ca, or send a hard copy, which will be returned to you after the assembly. We will be showing a powerpoint presentation of our loved ones during our Remembrance Day ceremony.

Even if you have sent pictures in previous years, I am asking you to resend them as I would like to start fresh this year!

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Important Dates

Oct. 6 - Early Dismissal 2:06 pm - Staff Meeting

Oct. 10 - Thanksgiving Day - No School

Oct. 11 - Collaboration Day - No School

Oct. 18 - School Photos (Nov. 18 retakes)

Oct. 19 - Hot Lunch

Oct. 24 - Remembrance Day photos due to Mrs. Radchenko

Oct. 28 - School Council/Parent Society Meeting 7 pm

Oct. 31 - Halloween celebrations start at 2 pm

Nov. 2 - Hot Lunch

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

Canadian Parents for French (CPF)

Canadian Parents for French (CPF) is a national network of parents, volunteers and advocates dedicated to the promotion and creation of French Second Language learning opportunities for young Canadians.

Did you know Camrose has a CPF Chapter? Membership includes access to resources, special events for French learning, French classes for parents, and more. CPF Chapter members also work to help support and provide learning opportunities for French in their communities.

Join us October 20, 7pm at the Camrose Public Library for the CPF Camrose AGM for members or anyone interested in learning more information. You can also check out the website: https://ab.cpf.ca/en/ or email:cpfcamrose@gmail.com

Camrose Family Resource Centre

Scan the QR Code to find information on Camrose Family Resource's monthly newsletter.
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