Arrowsmith Program, RFRK Lunch Club, Pizza Lunch, No Left Turns, After School Club, Homework Club, Canadian Test of Basic Skills, Science Fair, Field Trip, Right To Play, Professional Development, Staffing News, Upcoming Events

Arrowsmith Program, RFRK Lunch Club, Pizza Lunch, No Left Turns, After School Club, Homework Club, Canadian Test of Basic Skills, Science Fair, Field Trip, Right To Play, Professional Development, Staffing News, Upcoming Events

Wednesday, March 8, 2017


Dear JA Families,


It was terrific to see so many parents at the school last evening for the Parents’ Association meeting and information session hosted by Arrowsmith.  Attendees were treated to dinner by Real Food for Real Kids.  The food was excellent!  Further information for the Monday to Thursday lunch program is below.  If you are interested in participating from April 3rd until the end of this school year, please be sure to sign up soon so RFRK knows what numbers to expect.

Arrowsmith Program

If you are interested in investigating the Arrowsmith Program for your son or daughter, please contact Paul Bamberger ( so that we can facilitate a further conversation about the program and the possibility of bringing it to Junior Academy.

RFRK Lunch Club

Beginning on April 3, the Real Food Lunch Club at Junior Academy will provide delicious hot lunches, with an intense focus on quality and nutrition to help give your kids a great start in life.

This opt-in lunch program is available to all grades (and teachers too) for Monday through Thursday of each week, for the remainder of this school year.

The litterless, family-style service also matches our eco efforts at school. Kids bring in a reusable, resealable lunch container and cutlery each day for lunch, then bring it back home for washing. The price is $5.20 daily for a healthy meat or veggie protein, side veg, healthy grain, and piece of fruit. Parents must order for all 4 service days per week.  Parents with more than one child in the program receive a 5% discount.

Tree-nuts, pork, and shellfish are always excluded. Other allergies and dietary restrictions are accommodated for an additional $.30, to cover the cost of tracking and providing delicious substitutes to flagged menu items.

If you have questions or concerns, please contact Real Food for Real Kids directly at 416-410-5437 extension 2

To sign-up, please go to


Pizza Lunch

Because our new Lunch Club program will only be offering lunch for four days per week and general feedback at the Parents’ Association meeting indicated that Pizza Lunch every Friday would be welcome, we are adding four additional pizza lunches, to cover the unserved Fridays. (March 31, April 28, May 5, June 9)

If you would like to order pizza for these dates, please return your completed order form (attached) and payment to the school office on or before the start of school (March 28th).  The next Pizza Lunch is Friday, March 31st!


No left turns

A reminder to all that there are no left turns out of our parking lot.  This is particularly important between 8 :00 – 9:00 a.m.  and 3:00 – 4 00 p.m. as a long line up of vehicles can result.


After School Clubs – Please see the attached flyer for details and sign up.

Monday: Robotics, Grades 1-4
Tuesday: Keyboarding for Kids Club (6 week program), Grade 2 and up

Tuesday: Pawsitively Pets, SK and up

Wednesday: Hatch (Coding and computer programming)

Wednesday: Yoga with Christie Chapman Grade 1 and up. (During first recess)

Thursday: Tasty Travels Cooking Club, Grade 1 and up


Homework Club

The after school homework club will again run on Monday and Thursday after school from 3:30 p.m. to 4:20 p.m.  If you wish for your child to participate in homework club during term three, please contact Paul Bamberger (  The fee per daily session is $15.00.


Canadian Test of Basic Skills

The Canadian Test of Basic Skills (CTBS) will be administered from Wednesday, March 29th to Friday, April 1st to students in grades 4, 5, 6 and 7, during their regular Language Arts and Math classes.  The CTBS is a standardized test that provides objective, norm-referenced information about a child’s development in the area of Language Arts and Mathematics.

The purpose of administering the CTBS is to:

– Provide information that can be used to identify a child’s strengths and weakness within their academic development.

– Allow classroom teachers to adapt materials and instructional procedures to best meet the child’s academic needs.

– Provide achievement information that makes it possible to monitor year-year development

Parents will be invited to see their children’s results. If, for any reason, you would not like your child to participate in this activity, please let us know by this Friday, March 10th.


Science Fair

Our grades 5-8 students have been working exceptionally hard on their Science Fair and they are eager to share this Friday, March 10th. The younger grades will have an opportunity to browse the science projects and parents are invited to come from 8:40 – 9:20 to browse. We ask that you begin at the south end of the school, visiting the grades 5 and 6 classes first, and then move north to the grades seven and eight projects.


Field Trip

The grade 4 class had a fabulous trip to Medieval Times on Thursday March 2nd.  According to Ms. B our students cheered their hearts out for the yellow knight and enjoyed watching their social studies content come to life.  It was an educational and highly entertaining experience.


Right to Play

Play Your Part is a school engagement initiative, designed to unite students with their peers across the globe. Developed and conducted by Right To Play, the initiative educates students about the transformative power of play, encourages them to invoke their inner global citizen, and nurtures their budding leadership potential. Through this initiative, Canadian students learn how they can play their part, here in Canada and around the world. With 1 million children participating in Right To Play programs every day, more children than ever are staying in school, developing leadership skills, learning good health habits, and are contributing to building peaceful communities.

Junior Academy has already had a speaker some in an present Right to Play and their initiative Play Your Part.

After march break, some Junior Academy students will also be invited to attend the Play Your Part Leadership Workshop where they will be trained as Right To Play Junior Leaders and will learn to lead Right To Play games themselves. They will also learn to lead important “Reflect, Connect, and Apply” conversations with their peers following each game. Additionally, they will take part in an “action planning” session to begin planning how they will use their new leadership skills to engage students back at their own schools. This will lead into the exciting Play Your Part Schools Challenge, details coming soon!


Professional Development

On March 2nd, Mrs. Fox and Ms. Stewart were at the Microsoft office learning new ways to use their platforms in the classroom. They are excited to try some of these strategies in the near future!

Ms. Stewart is also in the process of a course at York University which has some creative new ideas for the class to try next term, particularly in Friday’s LEAP experiences!


Staffing News

We wish Ms. B all the best as she begins her maternity leave on Friday, March 10th.  We will be sure to let everyone know when her little bundle of joy arrives.  Ms. Zoe Stark will be teaching the grade 4 class for the remainder of the school year.  She is very familiar with Junior Academy and is in the school this week for the transition.

We also welcomed Ms. Nicole Burul to Junior Academy this week.  She will be teaching the full day STEPS class for the remainder of this school year as well as next year.  Ms. Burul has a Master’s of Education with a major in Special Education.  Prior to joining us at Junior Academy, Ms. Burul was the Head Special Educator at Morneau Shepell.  She has a wealth of experience working in multidisciplinary teams, both in the United States and Canada, planning and orchestrating educational initiatives for children with a variety of needs.


Upcoming Reminders:


Mar 8                           Carnaval Day

Mar 10                          Science Fair Morning – Parents are invited 8:40 a.m. to 9:20 a.m.

Mar 27                          Professional Development day for teachers (students not at school)
Mar 27                          Babysitting course for those who signed up

Mar 28                          Tour Tuesday Open House
Mar 29-Apr 1         Canadian Test of Basic Skills for grades 4 to 7

Wishing everyone a wonderful March Break!  See you on Tuesday, March 28th.


Heather Rees

Paul Bamberger