Coffee Mornings, Annual Fund, Pick-Up, Camp, Field Trips, Skating, Reminders

Coffee Mornings, Annual Fund, Pick-Up, Camp, Field Trips, Skating, Reminders

Wednesday October 4, 2017


Dear JA Families,


Congratulations to our first round of Character Champions who exhibited the trait of inclusiveness throughout September. Our Character Champions include: Macy J, Myles H, David L, Katherine W, Erik L, Amanda T, Claire K, Lilly M-P,. Our Attribute for October is Respect!


Last week, two of our JA classroom socials took place. I would like to thank Andrea Charlton and Johnathan Willson for organizing and hosting the grade 3 and 4 social as well as Shima Kassirian and Amir Khashayar for organizing and hosting the grade 1 and 2 social.

Despite some light rain towards the tail end of our Terry Fox event last Friday, the staff and students all partook in the run. We are extremely proud of all of our students for their participation.


Morning Coffee Meetings

Over the next couple of weeks, I would like to invite you to come in to the school, have a coffee and meet with me.  During this time, I will be offering specific focus groups and I would like to hear your comments on a variety of topics.  Your feedback is valuable and will help to shape Junior Academy’s strategic plan.  Please mark your calendar for the appropriate session and RSVP to Nick Johnson, .

Kindergarten, Grades 1 and 2: Tuesday October 10, 8:45

Grades 3, 4 and 5: Thursday October 12, 8:45

Grades 6, 7, and 8: Wednesday October 18, 8:45


We will also have an all grades session if you were unable to attend any of the above on the evening of Thursday, October 19th, from 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.


Annual Fund

Today, Junior Academy officially kicks off the 2017-2018 Annual Fund Campaign.  This year, the school is raising funds for a number of projects and new initiatives.  Details are described in the attached letter.  We will also mail a paper copy of the letter and pledge form.  Our goal is to raise $80,000 and we hope that every family will make a contribution suitable to their individual circumstances. 


End of Day Pick-Up

In order to ensure a safe, and effective pick-up at the end of the school day, we ask that you please arrive on as close to your son/daughter’s dismissal time. Over the last week, we have noticed that our pick-up cue has extended out to Bayview Avenue. If you happen to arrive early, we suggest remaining on Bayview Ridge, which is just to the North of the school or Arjay to the South, until your son/daughter is dismissed.

Dismissal times are as follows:

K, 1, 2:       3:00

3:                3:10

4:                3:15

5-8:             3:30


Camp Onondaga – By Abigail Walenta

Last week, the grades 5s, 6s, 7s, and 8s had their annual trip to Camp Onondaga!

We arrived at Onondaga on Tuesday, September 26th. From there on, we had lots of fun activities: we got to use the giant, 70-foot-tall swing, climb on the high ropes course, and do some archery, too! Since it was very hot, we had the option of taking a quick dip in the lake as well. The next day was full of even more activities, from ziplining and ball hockey to capture-the-flag and manhunt. It was a bit chillier, though…. Bad news for the brave people who did the polar bear dip (I can tell you from firsthand experience that it’s no hot tub). The next day, Thursday, was our last, and even though there were some ups and downs throughout our three days at camp, I think we were all a bit sad to be leaving.  At least we got to pick some apples on the way back!


In conclusion, Camp Onondaga, despite the crazy weather, was lots of fun, and I hope we can go back next year!


Field Trips

In addition to the Camp Onondaga trip, the kindergarten, grades one and two students all went to Applewood Farms last week. They had gorgeous weather, lots o opportunity to run around and pick a wide array of apples!

Instead of leaving the building for a trip, the grade three and four students completed a morning activity run by Scientist in the School. Many great scientific connections were made and all of the students loved the ‘hands-on’ component of the program.

On Monday of this week, the grade six class went on a field trip to the Evergreen Brickworks where they participated in a number of activities related to science and social studies.




A reminder to all of our families that skating lessons at York Mills arena will begin on Tuesday, October 17th. Students who are participating will need their own equipment including skates, a helmet with face mask and gloves.




Oct. 2:                  After school program “Lego Stories” begins

Oct. 2-5:               Thanksgiving Food Drive

Oct. 3:                  After school program “Top Chef” begins

Oct. 4:                  Recess program “Yoga” begins

Oct. 4:                  After school program “Hatch” begins

Oct. 5:                  After school program “Robotics” begins

Oct. 6 and 9:       No School due to the Thanksgiving weekend.


I wish everyone a very safe and relaxing Thanksgiving weekend.





Paul Bamberger



Junior Academy