Boys Basketball, Parent Info Night, 7&8 Quebec City Trip, Re-Registration, Ski Trip, Testimonials, Lego Club, Uniform, Hot Chocolate, Chinese New Year, PJ Day, Bake Sale,

Boys Basketball, Parent Info Night, 7&8 Quebec City Trip, Re-Registration, Ski Trip, Testimonials, Lego Club, Uniform, Hot Chocolate, Chinese New Year, PJ Day, Bake Sale,

Wednesday, January 31, 2017

Dear JA Families,

On Monday, the Boys’ Basketball team competed in their second game of the season our gymnasium after school. It was a great game and the boys were victorious, winning by four points. Congratulations on your victory and congratulations on playing with spirit and integrity.
Thank you to the parents who attended last week’s Pub Night for parents of students in grades 5-8. I would also like to extend a thank-you to Tali Golombek for organizing this event. Though our turn-out was light, it was a valuable event and we look forward to offering it again in the future.

Parent Information and Discussion Night: Strength Based Education
Thank you to those who have already RSVP’s about our Strength Based Education Evening. If you haven’t committed to joining use yet, it’s not to late! Join us for an evening of conversation and California wines to find out about strength-based learning and talent development.
JA Parents, Shima Kassirian and Leanne Muir will share their California experience, what they learned about and how it has impacted them as parents.
We encourage all parents to attend and learn about this innovative approach to education by a group of talented educators.
This evening will take place on Thursday, February 1st at 7:00 in the JA library. Guests are welcome!
This will be the first topic in a series of monthly parent discussions about the topics that matter to you and your family.
Please RSVP to Paul Bamberger,

Grade 7 & 8 Quebec Trip Information Session
On Monday, February 12th, 2018 at 6pm in the school library, a representative from our tour company Explorica, we will be hosting an Information Evening for parents and students in grade 7 & 8! We really encourage that you and your child attend this info session to find out all about our upcoming spring trip to Quebec City. If you are able to attend, please RSVP to Sarah Fox,, so that we can prepare sufficient seating.

Re-Registration Packages
Please remember to return signed forms no later than February 9th as this helps us forecast next year’s programming. If there are any matters you would like to discuss regarding re-registration, please contact me.

Ski Trips
A reminder that our final ski trip will occur next Friday, February 9th. A final reminder will be issued next Wednesday.

We are looking for some testimonials that can be used to augment our print an web literature. If you would like to provide a quote or testimonial about your experience at Junior Academy, please send it to Matthew Johnson,

Lego Club
A reminder that LEGO club is looking for any LEGO you may have at home that is no longer being used. In particular, LEGO club is hoping to collect LEGO mini-figures as these are the pieces they are low on. Thank you in advance!

Uniform Store Updates
Cathy met with InSchoolWear last week to discuss some concerns in order for them to increase the level service to our school community. InSchoolWear representatives are aware of long wait times for orders and are working towards solving internal issues to improve the availability of their products.
During this conversation, we also learned that the Quarter Zip Sweatshirt will be discontinued. All remaining Quarter Zip Sweatshirts will be on sale for a discounted price at the store. Please call ahead to see if they have the size you need!
InSchoolwear is delighted to let you know that their newly updated website will be up and running on Thursday, February 1st.
In order for parents to shop on the new website, they will need to register with a school code. Our school code is: juac . Please note: The annual ‘Save the Tax Sale’ is also coming up from February 3rd – February 18th.

Hot Chocolate Fundraiser
Tomorrow is our final hot chocolate Fundraiser. Hot chocolate will be sold in the atrium at first recess with proceeds going towards the grade eight graduation gift to the school. Hot chocolate will be sold for $2.00 per cup or $2.25 with marshmallows.

Valentines Bake Sale – February 14th
As is tradition at Junior Academy, there will be a Bake Sale on February 14th. We are looking for parents to help sell baked goods on the day of the event and we will be asking for donations of baked goods to sell. Each class also decorates a cake which is raffled off on the day of the bake sale. If you are able to help with this event, or if you can send in some baked goods or a plain, baked cake for classes to decorate, please email Ms. Stark to let her know. (

Chinese New Year
We will be celebrating Chinese New Year at Junior Academy on Thursday, February 15th. A large group of volunteers has begun organizing decorations for the school. If you would like to contributes, please contact Nick Johnson, and we will put you in touch with the group.

Pyjama Day – February 8th
The Grade 8 class is pleased to be organizing the 6th annual Pyjama Day on February 8, 2018! The cost of participating in this event is $5.00, and proceeds from this event will go toward the purchase of the Grade 8 graduation gift for the school.

2018 Olympics
One of Junior Academy’s past students, Jack Crawford, who is a member at Georgian Peaks Ski Club and Whistler Ski Club, will be representing Canada in Pyeongchang at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Alpine Racing. In addition to the Olympics, Jack will be competing at the World Junior Championships in Davos, Switzerland. Good Luck, Jack!

Thursday, February 1: Parent Information Evening: Wine and Strength based education.
Monday, Feb. 5: Grade Two – Scientist in the school
Monday, Feb. 5: Boys’ Basketball game. – Away
Thursday, Feb. 8: Pyjama Day
Friday, Feb. 9 Final Ski Day
Monday, Feb 12: Evening Parent Information Session – 7/8 Que. City Trip
Wednesday, Feb. 14: Valentine’s Bake Sale
Thursday, Feb. 15 Chinese New Year Celebrations