Weekly Wednesday

Weekly Wednesday is written by our Principal, Heather Rees. She sends a weekly newsletter out to our school community to keep them informed of events going on at the school and new initiatives.

 

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 (pbamberger@junioracademy.com) 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 my.rfrk.com/register

 

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 (pbamberger@junioracademy.com).  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.

Sincerely,

Heather Rees

Paul Bamberger

 

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

 

Dear JA Families,

 Thank you to everyone who has already completed the short ‘Survey Monkey’.  So far, about half our families have provided us with valuable insight, opinions and feedback.  The survey is completely anonymous.  It consists of 10 questions and should take no more than 5 to 10 minutes of your time.  We would greatly appreciate your response prior to January 26th.   https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SBSFHH3

We are celebrating Chinese New Year at Junior Academy!  The foyer has been decorated with traditional Chinese Décor and on Monday, January 30th, students will be treated to authentic Chinese Food.  Thank you to parents Min Zhang, Robert Liu, Sandra Hao, Jack Chu, Bin Yang, Lily Zheng, Li Sha Graham and Rie Hisano for their assistance decorating and organizing for the celebration.

 

Re-Registration Packages

Packages were sent home yesterday.  If you have not received yours, please check your child’s bag.  In order to forecast our needs as accurately as possible, it is necessary to know how many students to plan for.  As the school’s population has grown in the past year, please note that registration in our specialty programs will be limited and on a first come, first serve basis.  Please do not delay and return the signed forms no later than February 10th.  If there are any matters you would like to discuss regarding re-registration, please contact me.

 

Uniform Sale at InSchoolWear

Junior Academy’s uniform supplier is having a ‘Save the Tax” sale from February 4th to 18th for all items purchased in store or online.  Please see the attached flyer for details.

 

Movie Night: Thursday, February 2; 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Would you like a quiet evening or a dinner out without kids in tow?  JA has the answer!  Bring your child(ren) to Movie Night on February 2nd.  After our first Movie Night was snowed out, we’re trying for round two!  Children and their siblings (relatives and friends are also welcome) may be dropped off at school for The Secret Lives of Pets .  A pizza dinner and popcorn will be served.  The cost for one child is $20.00 and each additional child from the same family is $15.00. Please note, if you registered for Movie Night in December, you are registered for Movie Night on February 2nd. If you still wish to reserve a space, please contact Paul Bamberger (pbamberger@junioracademy.com).

 

Rose Reisman Lunch Program

Unfortunately, our lunch order numbers are such that our current hot lunch provider, ‘Rose Reisman’ will cease to deliver to our school after March Break.  Over the next month, we will investigate other options.  We will share more information once it is available.

 

Social Skills Weekly Lunch Time Program

The response to the Social Skills program offered by Kristine Locklin has been significant.  Kristine will be in touch this week let you know if your child will be in session one (beginning next week) or two (beginning in March).

 

Usborne Book Fair
Back by popular demand, the Usborne Book Fair will be taking place in the library on February 13th, 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. and February 14th, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Once again, there will be a large selection of activity and informational books, as well as novels and storybooks.  Parents are welcome to come and browse during those times.  Teachers will have pre-selected some books for use in their classrooms.  Please consider purchasing a book to donate to your child’s classroom.  We look forward to seeing you there.

 

Bake Sale – February 14th
As is tradition at Junior Academy, there will be a Bake Sale on February 14th.  We are still looking for a parent to co-ordinate this event as well as 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 coordinate this event with Julie Stewart, or if you can send in some baked goods, please email Julie to let her know. (jstewart@junioracademy.com) Please note, we are also looking for a volunteer(s) to bake the cakes for each class to decorate for the raffle.

 

Illness Policy

With the winter months often comes sneezes and sniffles.  However, if your child experiences: diarrhea, vomiting or fever, Ministry of Health policy requires that they are immediately sent home from school.  Children must be free of all symptoms for 24 hours before returning to school.

Even though your child may seem better, returning to school too soon can cause them to relapse into sickness again, because of a weakened immune system.  Returning too soon also may result in their sickness being passed onto other students and staff.

We thank you for your cooperation in this matter.

 

 Field Trips
Every class will have an experiential learning day or field trip during the winter term.  All field trips are tied in to curriculum that students are learning in class.  Teachers will provide details about the trip in advance.  Please note the following dates:

Kindergarten, Grades 1 and 2 – Science Centre – February 22nd
Grade 3 – Scientists in School – February 23rd

Grade 4 – Young People’s Theatre to watch James and the Giant Peach – February 15th

Grade 5 – To be arranged when Mr. Sidler Returns

Grade 6 – Silver City to see Hidden Figures – January 30th

Grades 7 &8 – Harbour Front Centre for media activity. -January 24th

 

Upcoming Reminders:


Jan. 27                                          Pizza and free dress day

Jan. 27                                          Ski Team Race

Feb. 1                                          JA Open House 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. for prospective parents – Full Dress
Feb. 2                                         Movie Night
Feb.  7                                        Pyjama Day
Feb. 8                                         Parents Association meeting 8;30 a.m.
Feb. 8                                         Author Visit – Kevin Sylvester
Feb. 10                                       Ski Dates for Heights Ski and Country Club

 

Sincerely,

Heather Rees

 

 

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

 

Dear JA Families,

 

The first day of skiing at Heights of Horseshoe was a great success! Even with the cold and windy weather, students enjoyed their day tremendously.  Please remember that the bus leaves promptly at 8:00 a.m. and that all students are expected to be at the school by 7:45 a.m.  There are two different lunch specials are offered for $6.00.  One includes a hotdog and French fries with a drink and the second includes chicken fingers and French fries with a drink.  We look forward another fun-filled ski day this Friday, January 20th.

 

For students in grades 1 to 8 not skiing, please ensure they come to school with outdoor clothing suitable for an extended Outdoor Education class.

 

Parent Survey
We value your input and feedback!  Below, you will notice a link to a ‘Survey Monkey’ which we are asking all Junior Academy families to complete.  The survey is completely anonymous, it consists of 10 questions and should take no more than 5 to 10 minutes of your time.  Of particular interest to us are questions pertaining to the colour of the JA crested polo shirt (as we are considering a switch from white to navy) and also the lunch program.  We would greatly appreciate your response prior to January 26th.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SBSFHH3

 

Re-Registration Packages

It is the time of year when we look ahead and begin to make plans and organize staffing for next year.  In order to forecast our needs as accurately as possible, it is necessary to know how many students to plan for.  With this in mind we are now preparing re-enrollment packages for distribution to current students, next week.  I would ask that you return the signed forms no later than February 10th.  If there are any matters you would like to discuss prior to re-registration, please contact me to set up a time for either a phone call or meeting.

 

School Directory

We are excited to welcome a number of new families to the JA community.

Please find an updated copy of our school directory, attached.

 

 Movie Night: Thursday, February 2; 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Would you like a quiet evening or a dinner out without kids in tow?  JA has the answer!  Bring your child(ren) to Movie Night on February 2nd.  After our first Movie Night was snowed out, we’re trying for round two!  Children and their siblings (relatives and friends are also welcome) may be dropped off at school for The Secret Lives of Pets .  A pizza dinner and popcorn will be served.  The cost for one child is $20.00 and each additional child from the same family is $15.00. Please note, if you registered for Movie Night in December, you are registered for Movie Night on February 2nd. If you still wish to reserve a space, please contact Paul Bamberger (pbamberger@junioracademy.com).

 

Hot Chocolate Fundraiser – from student Liam M.

Do you remember the hot chocolate fundraiser in 2016 for the 3D printer? We raised $714, which was more than our goal and more than half of the cost of the 3D printer. The new printer was delivered on the last day of classes before the break. We are busy working out the details and come February, we will be doing tutorials for both teachers and students on how to use this great new device. Thanks to everyone for their support on this project!

 

Social Skills Weekly Lunch Time Program

The response to the Social Skills program offered by Kristine Locklin has been significant.  Kristine will be in touch once we figure out how to accommodate as many students as possible during the winter term.  Given the demand we will also offer the program in the spring.

 

Bake Sale – February 14th
As is tradition at Junior Academy, there will be a Bake Sale on February 14th.  We are still looking for a parent to co-ordinate this event as well as 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 coordinate this event with Julie Stewart, or if you can send in some baked goods, please email Julie to let her know. (jstewart@junioracademy.com) We are also looking for a volunteer(s) to bake the cakes  for each class to decorate for the raffle.

 

Reminder about Labelling Items

Our lost and found contains a growing assortment of items. Please label all uniform pieces as well as seasonal outerwear so we can return missing items to their owner. Similarly, we recommend that all devices brought in for use contain a label. Thank you for your help in this regard.

 

Chinese New Year
We would like to celebrate Chinese New Year at Junior Academy on Monday, January 30th.  If this is something you are able to assist with organizing (decorating, providing food, or if you have other ideas), please contact Julie Stewart (jstewart@junioracademy.com).  We will proceed with this celebration pending sufficient volunteers.

 

Would you like to receive 10% off next year’s tuition?
Let your friends know about our upcoming Open House on February 1st, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

When a new student enrolls at Junior Academy as a direct result of your personal referral, we will give you 10% off next year’s tuition.  If you refer a second family who also enroll, an additional 5% will be deducted.

 

Upcoming Reminders:

 

Jan. 20, Feb. 10                    Ski Dates for Heights Ski and Country Club
Feb. 1                                            JA Open House 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. for prospective parents – Full Dress
Feb.  7                                          Pyjama Day

 

Sincerely,

Heather Rees

 

 

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

 

Dear JA Families,

 

Happy New Year to all!  I hope that the past few weeks have been enjoyable and allowed for some rest and relaxation between celebrations with family and friends.

 

With the cold weather upon us please ensure your child(ren) come to school with warm, labelled outdoor clothing including snow pants, a hat and mittens.  Putting an extra pair of socks and mittens in your child’s bag is a good idea in case either ends up wet.  A reminder that students will also be venturing outside for Outdoor Environmental Education class during the winter months.  Just as we do on a daily basis for recess, we will monitor the temperature and wind chill values before sending the students outside for outdoor classes.


Ski Days:
Jan. 13, 20 and Feb. 10 at The Heights of Horseshoe
Students must be dropped off by 7:45am as the coach will depart from the school at 8:00 a.m. sharp.  The coach will leave the ski resort by 2:30 p.m. for the return trip.  We estimate the students to be back at the school between 4:00 & 4:30 p.m. (subject to traffic).  Students may pack a lunch or bring money to purchase lunch at the cafeteria.  The Heights will have a kids’ menu with $5.00 and $6.00 options.

 

For the students who will be attending classes at Junior Academy on the three ski days, they may wear their regular uniform, rather than full dress on those Fridays.

 

Staff Professional Development

During the Fall Term, the staff used several facets of Edsby for communication and reporting. While using Edsby, it became clear that the platform offered many other features, which could be utilized by JA teachers. On Monday, the staff participated in a professional development tutorial focusing on these features. We look forward to employing these new skills in the months to come.

 

Rose Reisman Lunch Program

Junior Academy has been participating in the Rose Reisman lunch program since the fall of 2015.  Rose has been labelled the “Nutrition Guru of Canada” for over 25 years.  She is a nutritionist, TV personality, cookbook author and Adjunct Professor of Health at York University.  Her elementary school lunch program meets the requirements of Canada’s Food Guide to Healthy Eating: Bill 8, ‘Healthy Foods for Healthy Schools Act’, The Trans Fat Regulation and the “PPM150” – Food and Beverage Policy. 

 

Over recent months, the number of daily lunches delivered to JA has hovered around 20.   We have been informed that unless our daily lunch order number exceeds 25 each day in January, the company will be unable to continue daily delivery to the school.  We will monitor this situation and begin to investigate alternative options should that be required in the future. 

 

If you have any feedback on the Rose Reisman lunch program that you have not already shared with us, please contact Julie Stewart (jstewart@junioracademy.com) prior to January 15th so we may attempt to resolve any outstanding issues. 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

Movie Night: Thursday, February 2; 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Would you like a quiet evening or a dinner out without kids in tow?  JA has the answer!  Bring your child(ren) to Movie Night on February 2nd.  After our first Movie Night was snowed out, we’re trying for round two!  Children and their siblings (relatives and friends are also welcome) may be dropped off at school for The Secret Lives of Pets .  A pizza dinner and popcorn will be served.  The cost for one child is $20.00 and each additional child from the same family is $15.00.  To reserve a space for your child(ren) for movie night please contact Paul Bamberger (pbamberger@junioracademy.com).

(see the attached poster)

 

Social Skills weekly lunch time program

Social Skills lunch groups are back by popular demand!  Recent research tells us that social intelligence is the largest predictor of adult success (Michelle Garcia Winner).

The program will be run by Kristine Locklin, Occupational Therapist at Junior Academy.  Kristine has been successfully running social skills groups at the school for the past four years.  The groups will consist of a maximum of four children and be grouped according to age and stage.

 

The program uses Kristine’s experience as an Occupational Therapist and training with a combination of programs including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, The Zones of Regulation and Social Thinking Curriculum. The program will run for one hour over the course of six weeks.  The first few sessions will focus on developing the individual while the second half will focus on learning skills and friendship.

 

The cost of a six-week program will be approximately $200.00.  The exact cost will be determined once the number of students in each session is confirmed.  If you are interested, please contact Kristine Locklin (​klocklin@gmail.com​) by January 16th.  Groups will be filled on a first come first serve basis and compatibility.  The winter program will start the week of January 30, 2016 and if demand warrants it, Kristine will also consider running a spring program.

 

After School Clubs  – Sign up continues until this Friday, January 13th!

Specific details for the winter term after school clubs are attached.

Monday –Primary Robotics with CASMA: Begins January 16th

Wednesday-Hatch, registration available online: Begins January 11th

Wednesday-Yoga with Christie Chapman: Begins January 18th

 

Pre-Authorized Debit Program (PAD)

To help reduce the flow of paper and save you from writing cheques, Junior Academy has introduced a Pre-Authorized Debit Program in order to pay for all additional expenses that may occur throughout the school year (i.e. Skiing, After School Programs, etc.).  If you would like to participate in the PAD program, please submit a VOID cheque to the office so your account can be set up.  If you have any questions about the PAD, please contact Matt Johnson mjohnson@junioracademy.com.

 

Attendance and Punctuality

As mentioned in September, I will be periodically reminding everyone about the importance of arriving to school on time.  The New Year seems like the perfect time to do so.

Research tells us there is a correlation between students’ attendance at school and student achievement.  Student achievement is also positively impacted when students are consistently on time for classes.  We ask that you ensure that your children are on time for the start of the school day, arriving no later than 8:35 a.m.  When students are late for school they miss important information that ‘sets the stage’ for the day.  Similarly, we ask that whenever possible, any private lessons such as piano, be scheduled at a time outside of school hours.   By avoiding such appointments throughout the school day, it not only ensures your child’s consistent participation in class activities, but also reduces disruption to the class lessons that occur when students are frequently pulled out before the end of the day.  Thank-you for working together with us to set up our students for success.

For helpful hints on How to Establish a Morning Routine that Actually Works  visit: http://afineparent.com/lighten-up/morning-routine-for-kids.html

 

Would you like to receive 10% off next year’s tuition?

We need your help to spread the word about Junior Academy!  From now until June, 2017, we will offer 10% off your child’s tuition (one per family) when a new student enrolls at Junior Academy as a direct result of your personal referral.  If you refer a second family who also enroll, an additional 5% will be deducted.  We have postcards (both paper and electronic versions) to help you spread the word.  If you have suggestions as to how we can help you let others know about Junior Academy, please contact me to discuss, hrees@junioracademy.com.

 

Upcoming Reminders:

 

Thurs. Jan. 12                             Lice Crew 11:30 a.m.

Thurs. Jan. 12                             Pizza Lunch

Jan. 13, 20, Feb. 10                 Ski Dates for Heights Ski and Country Club
Wed. Jan. 18                            Parent’s Association Meeting, 8:30 a.m. in the library


Sincerely,

Heather Rees

 

 

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

 

Dear JA Families,

 

I hope you enjoyed the concert last Thursday evening.  It was great to see so many families and friends come out to watch our students perform.  The variety of artistic talents presented were fantastic!  Thank you to Mr. Spratt and all of the JA teachers and staff for making the evening possible.  If you have any feedback on the new format and timing, please let us know.

 

Movie Night: Thursday, December 15th; 6:00 p.m.- 8:00 p.m.

Would you like a quiet dinner out or perhaps the opportunity to do some Christmas shopping without kids in tow?  JA has the answer!  Bring your child(ren) to Movie Night on December 15th.  Children and their siblings (relatives and friends are also welcome) may be dropped off at school for The Secret Lives of Pets .  A pizza dinner and popcorn will be served.  The cost for one child is $20.00 and each additional child from the same family is $15.00.  To reserve a space for your child(ren) for movie night please contact Paul Bamberger (pbamberger@junioracademy.com).

(see the attached poster)

 

Toy Drive 2016 – 2 days remaining!
Annually, Junior Academy participates in a Holiday Toy Drive.  For the second year in a row, we have partnered with the Toronto Firefighters’ Toy Drive.  Continuing until December 16th, students are asked to bring in a new, unwrapped toy.  Donations should be shown to homeroom teachers (for house point tracking) and then placed under the Christmas tree in the foyer.  The toys will be picked up from the school on December 16th, perhaps by the Toronto Firefighters themselves.  If you have any questions about the Toy Drive please contact Mr. Sidler (msidler@junioracademy.com).

 

Volunteers for Latke Day – December 19
Latke day at JA has become a tradition!  Thus far we have one parent who has offered to contribute Latka’s.  In order to run the event we still require assistance on the morning of the 19th and further contributions of latkes (homemade or purchased), sour cream and/or apple sauce, as well as plates and cutlery.   Please contact Samara Ejchental (sejchental@junioracademy.com) by tomorrow, December 15th, so we know if we are able to continue with this activity next Monday.

 

After School Clubs  – Sign up continues this week!

Specific details for the winter term after school clubs are attached. 

Monday –Primary Robotics with CASMA

Wednesday-Hatch, registration available online; Yoga with Christie Chapman

Thursday-Robot Olympics

 

Guitars & Ukuleles for Wire Choir (begins Dec. 13) – Message from Music Teacher, Mr. Spratt
Many parents have asked about what the best options are for purchasing instruments. I usually recommend the music store Long and McQuade because of their excellent selection and customer service. There are many other great music stores in Toronto, such as Dave Snider music near Yonge and Lawrence or The Twelfth Fret near Woodbine and Danforth.

Here are two links to the Long and McQuade website which shows ukuleles and guitars.
Ukuleles are priced low to high: https://www.long-mcquade.com/?page=departments&DepartmentsID=1762&FilterCost=1
Acoustic guitars are priced low to high: https://www.long-mcquade.com/?page=departments&DepartmentsID=10&FilterCost=1

Also, many music stores offer rentals or rent-to-own programs, providing an affordable option with less commitment.

If you are planning on buying a guitar or ukulele, I would also recommend buying a tuner and a method book. In class, I use a Snark brand tuner and the book I recommend is “Hal Leonard Guitar Method Book 1” or “Hal Leonard Ukulele Method Book 1”.

We started our “Wire Choir” on Tuesday, December 13th. The Wire Choir features guitars and ukuleles and will rehearse Tuesdays at 1:30pm. This is an exciting new project for myself and the school and I am looking forward to it!

 

Winter Holiday CASMA and Hoop House Basketball Camp

Choose from a variety of sports, arts, music, programming and other activities offered at CASMA’s yearly holiday camp. Participants will develop skills in one of several popular programs such as basketball, soccer, art, violin, coding, French and more!

Date: January 2nd, 2017 – January 6th, 2017
Time: 9AM – 4PM (early and late care available)
Full Day / Half Day / Daily Passes available (call to inquire)
Ages 4-12
Location: Junior Academy (2454 Bayview Ave.)

Registration is online: www.casmacamps.com

ENTER CODE: “HOHOHO” to receive 20% OFF, valid until December 20th, 2016

 

Upcoming Reminders:

 

Thurs. Dec. 15th – Movie Night, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

 

Mon. Dec. 19th – Latka Day.

 

Wed. Dec. 21st – Last day of classes for 2016!  Regular dismissal times apply.  Aftercare is available.

 

Mon. Jan. 9th – Professional Development Day for JA staff.

 

Tues. Jan. 10th – First day back to school after the break.

 

Don’t forget!  Hot chocolate days are December 14, 16, 19 and 21

 

This will be the last Weekly Wednesday of 2016.   Wishing everyone a safe and happy holiday season! 


Sincerely,

Heather Rees

 

 

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

 Dear JA Families,

 

Junior Academy’s December concert is tomorrow, December 8th.  Food will be served for students from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.  The concert will begin at 7:00 p.m. and wrap up by 8:00 p.m.   Students will be supervised by their teachers between 5:30 p.m. until the end of the concert.  Parents are welcome to socialize and enjoy a selection of finger foods, wine and beer between 5:30 p.m. and 6:45 p.m.  Tickets are $10 per person and are available at the office.

 

Dress for this event is full uniform for all students.  Adults generally come in business casual attire.

 

Please park on side streets around the school and be sure to obey no parking zones.   Families who won ‘priority parking’ at the 2016 Fun Fair Silent Auction will have a space reserved.

 

Our school looks very festive!  Thank you to parents Monika Gaggioli, Alison Reid, Rie Hisano, Helen Shin, Leanne Muir, Sue Thompson, Karrie Singer and Carolina Stoliar for giving their time to put up the tree and decorate the school.  Also, thank you to Alison Reid for the winter themed planters as the front and back doors of the school.

 

Toy Drive 2016 – Concert night is a great time to bring an unwrapped gift to place under the tree.
Annually, Junior Academy participates in a Holiday Toy Drive.  For the second year in a row, we have partnered with the Toronto Firefighters’ Toy Drive.  This event provides opportunities for teachers to discuss the importance of giving with our students and the variety of things we do at Junior Academy to support our local community.  Beginning Monday, December 5th and continuing until December 16th, students are asked to bring in a new, unwrapped toy.  Donations should be shown to homeroom teachers (for house point tracking) and then placed under the Christmas tree in the foyer.  The toys will be picked up from the school on December 16th, perhaps by the Toronto Firefighters themselves.  If you have any questions about the Toy Drive please contact Mr. Sidler (msidler@junioracademy.com).

 

Hour of Code

We live in a world surrounded by technology and computers are everywhere, changing every industry on the planet. We know that whatever field our students choose to go into as adults, their ability to succeed will increasingly depend on understanding how technology works.

However, only a tiny fraction of us are learning how technology works. Fewer than half of all schools teach computer science. The good news is, Junior Academy is on its way to changing that.

Every class from grades 1-8 will be joining in on the largest learning event in history: The Hour of Code, during Computer Science Education Week (December 5-11).

The Hour of Code, organized by the non-profit Code.org (which students have been using to learn coding skills already) and over 100 others, is a global movement that believes the students of today are ready to learn critical skills for 21st century success.

Our Hour of Code is making a statement that Junior Academy is ready to teach these foundational 21st century skills.

 

Ski Trip

Thank you to everyone who has registered for our upcoming ski days. Registration is now closed.

 

After School Clubs  – Sign up continues this week!

Specific details for the winter term after school clubs are attached.

Monday –Primary Robotics with CASMA

Wednesday-Hatch, registration available online; Yoga with Christie Chapman

Thursday-Robot Olympics

 

Hot Chocolate Fundraiser
One of our grade five students, Liam, has planned a fundraiser with funds raised going towards the purchase of a 3D printer for student use at the school.  Liam’s message is below.

Have you ever broken something and couldn’t find any spare parts? You can use a 3D printer to make spare parts for the broken device. A 3D printer can print anything you want, from iPhone cases to prototypes of cars to educational tools.  I am to fundraising for a 3D printer for the school. For the fundraiser, I am making and selling hot chocolate at first break. One hot chocolate costs $1.75, and for $2.00 you can get marshmallows in your hot chocolate.  Hot chocolate will be available on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays up until the Winter Holiday breaks begins.

 

Volunteers for Latke Day – December 19
Latke day at JA has become a tradition!  If you are able to assist by either donating Latka’s or helping for a couple of hours on Monday, December 19th to reheat and distribute Latka’s to homerooms, please contact Samara Ejchental (sejchental@junioracademy.com) by Friday, December 9th.   Usually, about a dozen families donate a dozen latkes each (homemade or purchased), sour cream and/or apple sauce to the event.

 

Police Checks

Beginning September, 2016 anyone who wishes to volunteer in any capacity at the school, must, like all teachers and staff members, complete a Police Reference Check (which will include a vulnerable sector screening) and be cleared before participating in activities with our students.  Examples include field trips, coaching sports and volunteering within the school (classrooms/library).  This requirement is for the safety and security of our students and will be strictly enforced. Please note that the police department will not take cash and that families whose address is not ‘Toronto’ need to go to their local Police check facility to obtain their police record check.  The process can take several weeks.  Once you receive your ‘cleared’ form back, please bring a copy to the School Office.

 

Guitars & Ukuleles for Wire Choir (begins Dec. 13) – Message from Music Teacher, Mr. Spratt
Many parents have asked about what the best options are for purchasing instruments. I usually recommend the music store Long and McQuade because of their excellent selection and customer service. There are many other great music stores in Toronto, such as Dave Snider music near Yonge and Lawrence or The Twelfth Fret near Woodbine and Danforth.

Here are two links to the Long and McQuade website that show ukuleles and guitars.
Ukuleles priced low to high: https://www.long-mcquade.com/?page=departments&DepartmentsID=1762&FilterCost=1
Acoustic guitars priced low to high: https://www.long-mcquade.com/?page=departments&DepartmentsID=10&FilterCost=1

Also, many music stores offer rentals or rent-to-own programs that provide an affordable option with less commitment.

If you are planning on buying a guitar or ukulele, I would also recommend buying a tuner and a method book. In class, I use a Snark brand tuner and the book I recommend is “Hal Leonard Guitar Method Book 1” or “Hal Leonard Ukulele Method Book 1”.

We will be starting our “Wire Choir” on Tuesday, December 13th, after the Vocal Group performs at the concert. The Wire Choir will feature guitars and ukuleles and will rehearse Tuesdays at 1:30pm. This is an exciting new project for myself and the school and I am looking forward to it!

 

Internet Safety
In grades 5-8 Health class, students are exploring the topic of internet safety with Mrs. Hibbert. Topics such as cyberbullying, gaming addiction, cyber civics and cyber harassment are introduced and discussed with students. OPHEA has some great resources which we use in the classroom. You can access all of the educational videos at http://teachingtools.ophea.net/lesson-plans/connected (grades 4-6) and you can look at the Grade 7 and 8 programs Mirror Image and Air dogs.   Grade 7 and 8 students will be completing the Mirror Image unit this year.

Movie Night – Save the Date!  Thursday December 15th, 6:00 p.m.- 8:00 p.m.

Would you like a quiet dinner out or perhaps the opportunity to do some Christmas shopping without kids in tow?  JA has the answer!  Bring your child(ren) to Movie Night on December 15th.  Children and their siblings (relatives and friends are also welcome) may be dropped off at school for The Secret Lives of Pets .  A pizza dinner and popcorn will be served.  The cost for one child is $20.00 and each additional child from the same family is $15.00.  To reserve a space for your child(ren) for movie night please contact Paul Bamberger (pbamberger@junioracademy.com).

(see the attached poster)

 

New iPads!

With donations from this year’s Annual Fund, we have just purchased a second set of iPad for use by students in Kindergarten to Grade Four.  Thank you to everyone who made a contribution!  Over the coming months will continue to invest in the others items on our wish list.

 

Upcoming Reminders:

 Please return signed copies of SSP’s to the school.

 If you attended the Anxiety Presentation given by Kristine Locklin last week, please complete the Survey Monkey survey that was sent to your email.

 Wed. Dec. 7th – Parent Association Meeting in the Library, 8:30 a.m.

 Thurs. Dec. 8th – Holiday Concert, 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

 Thurs. Dec. 15th – Movie Night, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

 Mon. Dec. 19th – Latka Day

 Wed. Dec. 21st – Last day of classes for 2016!

 Mon. Jan. 9th – Professional Development Day for JA staff.

 Tues. Jan. 10th – First day back to school after the break.

 And don’t forget!  Hot chocolate days are December 5, 7, 9, 12, 14, 16, 19 and 21

 Sincerely,

Heather Rees

 

 

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

 

Dear JA Families,

 

On Monday evening, Junior Academy hosted a parent workshop on child anxiety.  The session was well attended and parents left with an understanding of what is usual anxiety and what is not, as well as some strategies for helping children to deal with their feelings of worry.  Thank you to Kristine Locklin for her presentation and sharing information and resources.

On Monday, we conducted our lockdown practice. I am pleased to report that the staff and students reacted quickly, calmly and appropriately. The exercise was a success and we will have one more practice late in the winter term.

 

Skiing Program 2017

A reminder that Skiing Program registration is due today, November 30th.

 

This year, students in grades 1 to 8 are invited to participate in our winter ski program at Heights of Horseshoe.  Heights of Horseshoe is a private club and I would like to thank Leah Carey for making this possible for us.  Since Junior Academy will be the only school present, we will spend a lot more time on the slopes rather than in lines.  Given the capacity of the coach we are able to accommodate 50 students on each of the three ski dates.  Please complete the attached forms and return them no later than Wednesday, November 30th.   If your child requires additional support beyond the planned student to teacher ratio of 8:1 please let Paul Bamberger know by November 30th so we may discuss whether this request is able to be accommodated.

 

Hour of Code

We live in a world surrounded by technology and computers are everywhere, changing every industry on the planet. We know that whatever field our students choose to go into as adults, their ability to succeed will increasingly depend on understanding how technology works.

However, only a tiny fraction of us are learning how technology works. Fewer than half of all schools teach computer science. The good news is, Junior Academy is on its way to changing that.

Every class from grades 1-8 will be joining in on the largest learning event in history: The Hour of Code, during Computer Science Education Week (December 5-11).

The Hour of Code, organized by the non-profit Code.org (which students have been using to learn coding skills already) and over 100 others, is a global movement that believes the students of today are ready to learn critical skills for 21st century success.

Our Hour of Code is making a statement that Junior Academy is ready to teach these foundational 21st century skills.

 

 

Term Two Clubs
Term Two Clubs begin this week!  Please encourage your child to join.  Prior experience is not needed – only a willingness to try!

 

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
 

Before school

 

 

 

 

 

Badminton

4-8

 

Basketball

4-8

 

 

 

 

First break

 

Chess

3-8

 

 

 

Trading Cards

1-8

 

Lego

3-6

Until Dec. 8 

Dance Crew

4-8

 

Lunch break

 

Art Club

1-3

*Wire Choir 

3-6

Ball Hockey

1-3

 

 

 

 

Intramurals

Big Bros 

&

Big Sisters

 

After school

 

 

Badminton

4-8

 

Basketball

4-8

 

*Wire Choir is Guitar & Ukulele and it will begin after the Vocal Choir wraps up (following the Dec. 8th concert).

 

After School Clubs 

Specific details for the winter term after school clubs are attached.

Monday –Primary Robotics with CASMA

Wednesday-Hatch, registration available online; Yoga with Christie Chapman

Thursday-Robot Olympics

 

Homework Club

The after school homework club is again running 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 two, please contact Paul Bamberger.  The fee per daily session is $15.00.

 

Hot Chocolate Fundraiser
One of our grade five students, Liam, is planning a fundraiser with funds raised going towards the purchase of a 3D printer for student use at the school.  Liam’s message is below.

Have you ever broken something and couldn’t find any spare parts? You can use a 3D printer to make spare parts for the broken device. A 3D printer can print anything you want, from iPhone cases to prototypes of cars to educational tools.  I am going to fundraise for a 3D printer for the school. For the fundraiser, I am going to make and sell hot chocolate at first break. One hot chocolate costs $1.75, and for $2.00 you can get marshmallows in your hot chocolate.  Hot chocolate will be available beginning December 5th on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays up until the Winter Holiday breaks begins.

Decorating
Each year at this time, Junior Academy is decorated for the holidays.  If you have a knack for tree trimming and can help with other interior decorations around the school please let Paul Bamberger by Wednesday, November 30th.  Once we know who is available, a convenient day will be selected.

Holiday Concert – Thursday, December 8th

Junior Academy’s December concert will take a slightly different format this year.  Food and refreshments will be served for students from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.  The concert will begin at 7:00 p.m. and wrap up by 8:00 p.m.   Students will be supervised by their teachers between 5:30 p.m. until the end of the concert.  Parents are welcome to socialize and enjoy a selection of finger foods, wine and beer between 5:30 p.m. and 6:45 p.m.  Tickets are $10 per person and will be on sale in December.

We require parent assistance to decorate the gym for the concert and with the set up and organizing of food on the afternoon of the 8th.  Please contact Paul Bamberger by December 2 if you are able to assist.

 

Toy Drive 2016
Annually, Junior Academy participates in a Holiday Toy Drive.  For the second year in a row, we have partnered with the Toronto Firefighters’ Toy Drive.  This event provides opportunities for teachers to discuss the importance of giving with our students and the variety of things we do at Junior Academy to support our local community.  Beginning next Monday, December 5th and continuing until December 16th, students are asked to bring in a new, unwrapped toy.  Donations should be shown to homeroom teachers (for house point tracking) and then placed under the Christmas tree in the foyer.  The toys will be picked up from the school on December 16th, perhaps by the Toronto Firefighters themselves.  If you have any questions about the Toy Drive please contact Mr. Sidler (msidler@junioracademy.com).

 

Music Lessons Available at Junior Academy – only a couple spaces remain!

Our very own music teacher, Mr. Ryan Spratt, is going to begin offering music lessons after school on Tuesdays and Thursdays.  The fee for a 30 minute lesson is $30.00 and spaces will be filled on a first come, first served basis.  There are only a couple of slots remaining so do not delay!  If you are interested please contact Mr. Spratt directly to discuss whether your child’s instrument of choice can be accommodated.  (rspratt@junioracademy.com).

 

Movie Night – Save the Date!  Thursday December 15th, 6:00 p.m.- 8:00 p.m.

Would you like a quiet dinner out or perhaps the opportunity to do some Christmas shopping without kids in tow?  JA has the answer!  Bring your child(ren) to Movie Night on December 15th.  Children and their siblings (relatives and friends are also welcome) may be dropped off at school for The Secret Lives of Pets .  A pizza dinner and popcorn will be served.  The cost for one child is $20.00 and each additional child from the same family is $15.00.  To reserve a space for your child(ren) for movie night please contact Paul Bamberger (pbamberger@junioracademy.com).

 

Upcoming Reminders:

 

Fri. Dec. 2nd – Kindergarten to Grade 3 class trip to Munsch all Over, George Brown Theatre

Wed. Dec. 7th – Parent Association Meeting in the Library, 8:30 a.m.

 

Thurs. Dec. 8th – Holiday Concert, 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

 

Thurs. Dec. 15th – Movie Night, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

 


Sincerely,

Heather Rees

 

 

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

 

Dear JA Families,

 

After a mild fall the cold weather has now arrived.  Students are outside for two 30 minute recess breaks as well as Outdoor Education class.  Please ensure that your child comes to school with warm labelled clothing including hats, mitts, snow pants and boots.  For the winter term, all Physical Education classes will be held indoors unless otherwise communicated.

 

Annual Fund

I am thrilled to share with you that not only did we meet our 2016 Annual Fund Campaign target of $70,000, we exceeded it!  The total funds raised is $73,034.  It is noteworthy that 54% of families participated this year.  Whether it was $20, $200 or $2000, we sincerely appreciate your participation and contribution.  We now look forward to moving ahead with purchasing resources and items for which the funds were raised.  In fact, just this morning we purchased a second class set of ipads for the primary grades.

 

Skiing Program 2017

This year, students in grades 1 to 8 are invited to participate in our winter ski program at Heights of Horseshoe.  Heights of Horseshoe is a private club and I would like to thank Leah Carey for making this possible for us.  Since Junior Academy will be the only school present we will spend a lot more time on the slopes rather than in lines.  Given the capacity of the coach we are able to accommodate 50 students on each for the three ski dates.  Please complete the attached forms and return them no later than Wednesday, November 30th.   If your child requires additional support beyond the planned student to teacher ratio of 8:1 please let Paul Bamberger know by November 30th so we may discuss whether this request is able to be accommodated.

 

Anxiety Workshop

Junior Academy’s Occupational Therapist, Kristine Locklin, is inviting you to join her on Monday, November 28th at 7:00 p.m. for a presentation on child anxiety.  Kristine has been working in Pediatrics for 16 years and has most recently taken additional training in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy.

By the end of the evening parents will walk away knowing:

-What is normal anxiety and what is not

– Practical strategies to assist your child with managing anxiety at home and school

– Treatment approaches and community resources
There is no cost to attend but we do require your R.S.V.P. by November 23rd.

 

Term Two Clubs
The remaining term one clubs will wrap up this week.  Next week, beginning on November 28th we will begin term two sports and clubs.  The following activities (in the table below) are being offered by Junior Academy teachers.  Please note the grades for which the activity is intended.  Sign-up sheets have been posted and we encourage all students to pick at least one activity to participate in.

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
 

Before school

 

 

 

 

 

Badminton

4-8

 

Basketball

4-8

 

 

 

 

First break

 

Chess

3-8

 

Trading Cards

1-8

 

 

 

Lego

3-6

Until Dec. 8 

Dance Crew

4-8

 

Lunch break

 

Art Club

1-3

*Wire Choir 

3-6

Ball Hockey

1-3

 

 

 

 

Intramurals

Big Bros 

&

Big Sisters

 

After school

 

 

Badminton

4-8

 

Basketball

4-8

 

*Wire Choir is Guitar & Ukelele will begin after the Vocal Choir wraps up (after the Dec. 8th concert).

 

After School Clubs

There are a number of after school clubs being offered during the winter.  Specific details about each after school club and sign-up sheets will be available next week.   In the meantime, here are the offerings:

Monday –Primary Robotics with CASMA

Wednesday-Hatch, registration available online

Thursday-Robot Olympics

 

Teachers will review these adjustments with the students and forward the slightly modified schedules by the end of the week.

 

Homework Club

The after school homework club took place Monday and Thursday after school (3:30 p.m. to 4:20 p.m.) during term one.  Students can choose to come for two or three days per week.  If you wish for your child to participate in homework club during term two, please contact Paul Bamberger by Nov. 24th, indicating the days you are interested in, so that we can assess the level of interest and specifically confirm which days Homework Club will run during term two, which begins next week.  Please note that if your child participated in homework club during term one and you wish for them to continue, you need to re-register.   The fee per daily session is $15.00.

 

Adjusted Class Schedules

Beginning next week, there will be some minor scheduling changes in order to accommodate a bi-weekly double period for Outdoor Education.  With the onset of colder weather, the students require more time to dress appropriately for the cold.  To make this possible, a 10 day cycle has been created.  Almost everything will continue to be the same in week one and week two.

Decorating
Each year at this time Junior Academy is decorated for the holidays.  If you have a knack for tree trimming, preparing outdoor planters or can help with other interior decorations around the school please let Paul Bamberger by Wednesday, November 30th.  Once we know who is available, a convenient day will be selected.

Holiday Concert – Thursday December 8th

Junior Academy’s December concert will take a slightly different format this year.  In hopes that more of our younger students are able to join in we are starting the evening earlier than in past.  Food and refreshments will be served for students from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.  The concert will begin at 7:00 p.m. and wrap up by 8:00 p.m.  Parents are welcome to socialize and enjoy a selection of finger foods, wine and beer between 5:30 p.m. and 6:45 p.m.  Tickets are $10 per person and will be on sale in December.

We require parent assistance to decorate the gym for the concert and with the set up and organizing of food on the afternoon of the 8th.  Please contact Paul Bamberger if you are able to assist.

Scholastic Book Sale

This year’s Scholastic Book Fair was a huge success.  Students, parents and teachers alike participated and enjoyed the selection of books and paraphernalia that were available.  A great big thank you goes out to all of the volunteer helpers for their time and support as well as to Ms. DeJean for organizing the event.

 

Lockdown Practice
On Monday, November 28th, we will be practicing our lockdown procedures at the school.  It is important that we run through the procedure so that students and staff know what to do should there ever be the need to call a lockdown.  Beforehand, teachers will review the procedure and expectations with the students so they know what to expect.

 

Music Lessons Available at Junior Academy

Our very own music teacher, Mr. Ryan Spratt, is going to begin offering music lessons after school on Tuesday and Thursday.  There will be four slots available: 3:30 p.m., 4:00 p.m., 4:30 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.  The fee for a 30 minute lesson is $30.00 and spaces will be filled on a first come, first served basis.  If you are interested please contact Mr. Spratt directly to discuss whether your child’s instrument of choice can be accommodated.  (rspratt@junioracademy.com).

 

Movie Night – Save the Date!  Thursday December 15th, 6:00 p.m.- 8:00 p.m.

Would you like a quiet dinner out or perhaps the opportunity to do some Christmas shopping without kids in tow?  JA has the answer!  Bring your child(ren) to Movie Night on December 15th.  Children and their siblings (relatives and friends are also welcome) may be dropped off at school for The Secret Lives of Pets .  A pizza dinner and popcorn will be served.  The cost for one child is $20.00 and each additional child from the same family is $15.00.  To reserve a space for your child(ren) for movie night please contact Paul Bamberger (pbamberger@junioracademy.com).

 

J.A. Parent Directory

Attached, is an updated version of the Junior Academy Parent Directory. Please note, only those families who have previously indicated their willingness to be published in the directory have been included.

Reports
We are currently in the process of preparing Term 1 report cards.  With this in mind, I would like to remind you that we follow the Ontario Ministry of Education curriculum and grading descriptions.  Below are the grading descriptions that you will see on your child’s report card as well as how levels on achievement charts and rubrics correspond to letter and percentage grades.

Grading Description for Curriculum Strands
Letter Grade Achievement of the Provincial Curriculum Expectations
A- to A+ The student has demonstrated the required knowledge and skills with a high degree of effectiveness. 

Achievement surpasses the provincial standard. (Level 4)

B-  to B+ The student has demonstrated the required knowledge and skills with considerable effectiveness. 

Achievement meets the provincial standard. (Level 3)

C-  to C+ The student has demonstrated the required knowledge and skills with some effectiveness. 

Achievement approaches the provincial standard. (Level 2)

D- to D+ The student has demonstrated the required knowledge and skills with limited effectiveness. 

Achievement falls much below the provincial standard. (Level 1)

       R      R                The student has not demonstrated the required knowledge and skills.  Extensive remediation is required.
I Incomplete, insufficient evidence to assess
IEP– Individual Education Plan
NA – No instruction for subject/strand this reporting period

 

The Grade 7 and 8 report card will differ only in that percentages are used instead of letter grades:

A = 80% to 100%
B = 70% to 79%
C = 60% to 69%
D = 50% to 59%

I would like to highlight that a B grade or 70% to 79% means the student is meeting the provincial standard.  The following is taken from the Ministry of Education Document, Growing Success, and outlines the four levels of achievement in greater detail.

Level 1 represents achievement that falls much below the provincial standard. The student demonstrates the specified knowledge and skills with limited effectiveness. Students must work at significantly improving learning in specific areas, as necessary, if they are to be successful in the next grade/course.  (Level 1 equates to a D or 50-59%)

Level 2 represents achievement that approaches the provincial standard. The student demonstrates the specified knowledge and skills with some effectiveness. Students performing at this level need to work on identified learning gaps to ensure future success. (Level 2 equates to a C or 60-69%)

Level 3 represents the provincial standard for achievement. The student demonstrates the specified knowledge and skills with considerable effectiveness. Parents of students achieving at level 3 can be confident that their children will be prepared for work in subsequent grades/courses.  (Level 3 equates to a B or 70-79%)

Level 4 identifies achievement that surpasses the provincial standard. The student demonstrates the specified knowledge and skills with a high degree of effectiveness. However, achievement at level 4 does not mean that the student has achieved expectations beyond those specified for the grade/course. (Level 4 equates to an A or 80-100%)

Upcoming Reminders:

 

Wed. Nov. 23rd – Open House.  Full (Friday) uniform required.

 

Fri. Nov. 25th – Free dress and pizza lunch

 

Mon. Nov. 28th – Anxiety workshop by Kristine Locklin, 7:00 p.m. R.S.V.P. required.

 

Tues. Nov. 29th – Student Leadership Meeting, 3:30 – 5:00 p.m.
Wed. Dec. 7th – Parent Association Meeting in the Library, 8:30 a.m.

 

Thurs. Dec. 8th – Holiday Concert, 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

 

Thurs. Dec. 15th – Movie Night, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Sincerely,

Heather Rees

 

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

 

Dear JA Families,

 

Please join us tomorrow for our Remembrance Day assembly, beginning at 8:45 a.m. in the gym.   Mr. Sidler and his grade 5 class will lead the Remembrance Day assembly. The grade 5 class will provide a brief history of how the poppy came to be a symbol of Remembrance Day, and will recite John McCrae’s famous and timeless poem, In Flanders Fields. We will also be joined by Major Butler from the Canadian Forces College here in Toronto. Please note, parking will be at a premium and we ask that you park on Arjay, our closest side street.

 

Poppies will be distributed to students tomorrow morning before the assembly. Donations are greatly appreciated and go directly to the Royal Canadian Legion to help needy veterans, widows & orphans as well as our community.
JA students have created Remembrance Day inspired artwork that will adorn the halls and gymnasium.

 

After the assembly parents are invited to join me in the library for refreshments.

 

Annual Fund

The 2016 Annual Fund campaign formally ends tomorrow.  We have currently raised $65, 434 and are so close to reaching our goal of $70,000.  53% of families have participated and we hope this number will grow further by tomorrow.  Donations have ranged from twenty dollars to many thousands.  We are grateful for a contribution of any size.  Over the coming weeks, we look forward to moving ahead with purchasing the items on our ‘wish list’.

 

I have again attached the contribution form and hope that you will considering making a contribution if you have yet to do so.  Our hope is that every family will make a contribution suitable to their individual circumstances.

 

Kiss and Ride
Generally, our Kiss and Ride program operates quite smoothly.   From time to time cars do get backed-up and your patience is appreciated as we try to manage pick–up as efficiently as possible.  Given a minor ‘fender bender’ and two recent close calls I am highlighting a couple key points so that we can ensure the safety of our children during drop-off and pick-up.

Under no circumstance while in the Kiss and Ride cue, should you put your car into reverse.  For safety reasons, please adhere to the protocol outlined below.

  • Have your child prepared for a quick exit (backpack ready inside the car and not in the trunk as the vehicle approaches its stop). On a typical drop off, parents should not need to exit the vehicle; however, if you do you are required to park your car in a designated parking spot.
  • Placing your vehicle in park while your child exits or enters (a staff member will be available to open and close the vehicle door should assistance be needed)
  • Saying goodbye to your child and exiting the drop-off area quickly, stopping only long enough for your child to exit your vehicle
  • It is important that cars wait in a single file line and not reverse or drive around a car in front that has yet to move unless being signalled to do so by a teacher on duty.

Signing up for Parent and Teacher Conference on Edsby

Sign-up for Parent and Teacher conferences will be done using Edsby this year.  The system just opened for sign-ups last week.

  • Please look for a message in your message folder (envelope icon on the top left of the screen) which will read, “November 17 PT Conference”.
  • Click on the message and then click on the button, “Book a Parent-Teacher Interview”
  • This will take you to a spreadsheet of available times with your child’s teachers. Click on a “Free” time to book.

If you require technical support when signing up for an interview, please contact Mr. Bamberger in the office.

Interviews will occur on Thursday, November 17th from 2:30 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. and there is an early staggered dismissal as described below.  Interviews are scheduled in 15 minute blocks and teachers will be required to keep to their scheduled timeline so that the afternoon runs smoothly.  If you wish for your child to remain in the After Care Program and he/she does not usually attend, please contact Mr. Bamberger so arrangements can be made.

Perryman/Stewart dismissal at 1:50 p.m.
Reiter/Bialkowski dismissal at 2:00 p.m.
Grades 5 to 8 dismissal at 2:10 p.m.

 

Message from Grade 7 Science Class
The Grade 7 Science Class are taking on an Eco Challenge at Junior Academy!  They have been researching the impacts of vehicles on the environment and have decided to try to educate parents about the impacts of idling their cars. Look for them outside at pick up time on Wednesday, November 9th, encouraging drivers to turn off their car when picking up their students. (Non-idlers will be rewarded!)

 

QSP
This is the final week for QSP orders.  If you purchase any type of magazine, please consider renewing your subscription through our QSP Fundraiser.  Last year’s sales meant just over $900.00 was returned to the school for programs and resources.  For your reference, our online ID is 3745189.  If you have any questions free feel to contact our QSP co-ordinator, Mr. Bamberger (pbamberger@junioracademy.com)

 

Scholastic Book Sale

Our annual Scholastic Book Fair will be taking place in the library from November 15-17  this year. Come and see all the latest titles for children of all ages, purchase books for your child’s classroom and start your holiday shopping!

 

Doors are open each morning between 8:15 a.m. and 9:15 a.m. and again in the afternoon from 3:00-4:30 p.m.  On Thursday, November 17th, the Book Fair will stay open during parent/teacher interviews from 2:00-6:30 p.m.  Thank you to the parents who have already volunteered to help out.  We still require assistance at the following times:

Thurs. Nov. 17: 2:00-3:30 p.m. (1 person)

Thurs. Nov. 17: 3:30-5:00 p.m. (2 people)

Thurs. Nov. 17: 5:00-6:30 p.m. (1 person)

 

If you are able to help, please contact Jill DeJean jdejean@junioracademy.com today.

 

Anxiety Workshop

Junior Academy’s Occupational Therapist, Kristine Locklin, is inviting you to join her on Monday, November 28th at 7:00 p.m. for a presentation on child anxiety.  Kristine has been working in Pediatrics for 16 years and most recently has taken additional training in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy.

By the end of evening parents will walk away knowing:

-What is normal anxiety and what is not

– Practical strategies to assist your child with managing anxiety at home and school

– Treatment approaches and community resources
There is no cost to attend but we do require your R.S.V.P. by November 23rd.

 

FLEX Program and Recommended Reading

We are already seeing the results our new FLEX program (friends/social skills, learning skills and executive functioning) at school, both in the classroom and on the playground.

This short article (a five minute read) from the Center of the Developing Child at Harvard University highlights the importance of routines both at home and school, adults modelling correct behaviours & physical activity.  http://developingchild.harvard.edu/science/key-concepts/executive-function/.  In essence it is a lot of what we are doing in the FLEX program.

Below is the description of JA’s new FLEX program:

Our FLEX program combines explicit instruction and situational discovery to help students develop some of the most important skills needed in our rapidly changing 21st century.  FLEX utilizes the Tribes Learning program (http://tribes.com/about/) to promote social and emotional growth, while incorporating the six key learning skills outlined by the Ontario Curriculum – Responsibility, Organization, Independent Work, Collaboration, Initiative and Self-Regulation. Through discussion, role-play, team-building exercises, cooperative games, organizational tasks and many other varied activities, students learn how to be respectful of differences, flexible in unforeseen circumstances, and resilient in the face of adversity. The FLEX program at Junior Academy is reflective of our mission as an institution, where we strive to instill in students a growth mindset and a desire to become lifelong learners.
The measure of intelligence is the ability to change.

~ Albert Einstein

Reminders:

 

Wed. November 9th – Parent Association Meeting in the Library: 8:30 am in the library.

 

Thurs. November 10th – JA Remembrance Day Assembly. Students are required to come in Full Dress.

 

Thurs. November 10th – Pizza lunch (not a free dress day – full uniform)
Tuesday November 15th – Last skating day.  Parents are invited to attend to watch their child’s lesson.  Kindergarten , grades 1 and 2 skate at 11:30 a.m. and grades 3, 4, 5 and 6 skate at 12:10 p.m.

 

Thurs. November. 17th – Parent and teacher Conferences, 2:30 p.m. to 6:45 p.m.  Early dismissal.

 

Due to the long weekend, the next edition of Weekly Wednesday will be on Wednesday, November 23rd.   In the meantime, be sure to log on to Edsby for updates from your child’s classroom teacher.  Have a great November long weekend!

Sincerely,

Heather Rees

 

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

 

Dear JA Families,

I hope a fun Halloween was enjoyed by all.  With the abundance of candy and treats around I would ask that you carefully monitor what your child adds to their school lunch.  It is essential that we continue to be nut free and that students bring a healthy lunch and snacks to school.  One treat is ok but more than that can lead to a problematic afternoon for many students.

Annual Fund

We have currently raised just over $55,000 and are moving closer to reaching this year’s Annual Fund goal of $70,000.  Although we are moving closer to our goal, we are far from last year’s level of participation.  Last year, over 80% of Junior Academy families made a pledge to the Annual Fund compared to 23% this year.  Returning families make up 61% of the families who have made a pledge. In order to try and reach our goal and to give everyone the opportunity to make a contribution, we are extending the Annual Fund campaign one more week to Thursday, November 10th.

The JA Staff Silent Auction was a great success.  We raised in excess of $1,100 for the Annual Fund.   Thank you staff for supporting your school and students – you make JA a wonderful place to learn!

I have again attached the contribution form and hope that you will considering making a contribution if you have yet to do so.  Our hope is that every family will make a contribution suitable to their individual circumstances.

Morning Coffee with the Principal

It was great to chat with parents last Friday morning after the Halloween Assembly.  If you were unable to join us, please consider dropping in on Thursday, November 10th, 9:15 a.m. until 10:00 a.m. after the Remembrance Day Assembly.  It is a great way for new parents to meet other parents.  Hope to see you there!

Signing up for Parent and Teacher Conference on Edsby

Sign-up for Parent and Teacher conferences will be done using Edsby this year.  The system has just been opened for sign-ups.

  • You will receive a new message in the message folder (file folder icon on the top left of the screen) which will read, “November 17 PT Conference”.
  • Click on the message and then click on the button, “Book a Parent-Teacher Interview”
  • This will take you to a spreadsheet of available times with your child’s teachers. Click on a “Free” time to book.

If you require technical support when signing up for an interview, please contact Mr. Bamberger in the office.

Interviews will occur on Thursday, November 17th from 2:30 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. and there is an early staggered dismissal as described below.  Interviews are scheduled in 15 minute blocks and teachers will be required to keep to their scheduled timeline so that the afternoon runs smoothly.
Perryman/Stewart dismissal at 1:50 p.m.
Reiter/Bialkowski dismissal at 2:00 p.m.
Grades 5 to 8 dismissal at 2:10 p.m.

School Schedule

Last week, teachers provided me with feedback on our new school schedule.  Overall, the change to the “Balanced School Day” has gone very well.  Teachers identified a few areas to look at, including the need for a longer Outdoor Education period (due to travel time) and they also shared that they are finding the LEAP (learners engaged activity in projects) period on Friday to be a little too long for the students.  To address the length of LEAP, we are going to transition to having two LEAP periods per week. The third period will become Language Arts (The change is denoted by highlighted part of attached schedule).  This small change will go into effect this coming Friday.  The timing issue for Outdoor Education is a little more challenging to address.  I am going to look at the implications of having a double period every other week, particularly as we move to colder weather and the students need time to get properly dressed before heading outdoors.  I hope to be able to do this prior to the start of term two at the end of November.  If you have any further feedback with regards to the new school schedule this year, I would be happy to hear from you.

QSP
Through our annual QSP Fundraiser, families and friends of Junior Academy students and staff can order and renew magazine subscriptions from a choice of hundreds of popular titles.  It is an easy and fun process which allows for online ordering while raising funds for the school. Students also earn prizes for themselves each time they sell a subscription.  A QSP package with ordering instructions has been sent home with each student.  For your reference, our online ID is 3745189.  If you have any questions free feel to contact our QSP co-ordinator, Mr. Bamberger (pbamberger@junioracademy.com)

Scholastic Book Sale

Our annual Scholastic Book Fair will be taking place in the library from November 15-17  this year. Come and see all the latest titles for children of all ages, purchase books for your child’s classroom and start your holiday shopping!

Doors are open each morning between 8:15 a.m. and 9:15 a.m. (note revised time), and again in the afternoon from 3:00-4:30 p.m.  On Thursday, November 17th, the Book Fair will stay open during parent/teacher interviews from 2:00-6:30 p.m.  Thank you to the parents who have already volunteered to help out.  We still require assistance at the following times:

Tues. Nov 15: 3:00-4:00 p.m. (1 person)
Wed. Nov. 16: 8:15 a.m.-9:15a.m. (1 person)
Wed. Nov. 16: 3:00-4:30 p.m. (1 person)

Thurs. Nov. 17: 8:15-9:15 a.m. (2 people)
Thurs. Nov. 17: 2:00-3:30 p.m. (2 people)

Thurs. Nov. 17: 3:30-5:00 p.m. (2 people)

Thurs. Nov. 17: 5:00-6:30 p.m. (1 person)

If you are able to help during any of these times, please contact Jill DeJean jdejean@junioracademy.com by November 3rd.

Anxiety Workshop

Did you know that one in five children suffers from anxiety?

Two weeks ago, Junior Academy’s Occupational Therapist, Kristine Locklin, presented a workshop for teachers on the topic of anxiety.  Kristine has been working in Pediatrics for 16 years and most recently has taken additional training in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy.  The workshop for teachers focused on understanding the many forms of anxiety, what it looks like in the school environment and strategies for helping kids manage and overcome their anxiety.

Kristine is going to offer a session on anxiety for JA parents on Monday, November 28th at 7:00 p.m. at the school.

 

By the end of evening parents will walk away knowing:

-What is normal anxiety and what is not

– Practical strategies to assist your child with managing anxiety at home and school

– Treatment approaches and community resources

– A supportive parent community

This workshop will be the first of several educational workshops that JA will be offering the parent community throughout the school year.

There is no cost to attend but we do require your R.S.V.P. by November 23rd.

On a related note, please see the Integra Flyer for additional workshops on this topic.

Lost and Found:

Last Friday, all of the items in our Lost and Found were placed on a table in the atrium. Please take a look through these items to see if any of them belong to your child. At the end of this week, we will be donating unclaimed items.

 Reminders:

Wed. November 9th – Parent Association Meeting in the Library: 8:30 am in the library.

Thurs. November 10th – JA Remembrance Day Assembly. Students are required to come in Full Dress.

Thurs. November 10th – Pizza lunch (not a free dress day – full uniform)

Thurs. November. 17th – Parent and teacher Conferences, 2:30 p.m. to 6:45 p.m.  Early dismissal.

Sincerely,

Heather Rees

 

 

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Dear JA Families,

Tomorrow is our first Open House (11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.) of this school year. Classes will continue as usual with the exception of the morning nutrition break being earlier. Students should be in full dress. For grades one to eight this includes a tie and blazer.

A big thank you to everyone who took a sign to advertise our upcoming Open Houses! We have a few left if you can think of any other places to put a sign, just let us know.
You can also help us let others know about our amazing school by liking us on face book: https://www.facebook.com/thejunioracademy

Annual Fund
Last week, the Annual Fund thermometer moved up another level to $40,000. Thank you to the 15 families who have already made a contribution (this number represents 20% family participation to date). Last year, over 80% of Junior Academy families made a pledge to the Annual Fund and we are hopeful that many more will get involved during the remaining two weeks of the campaign. We greatly appreciate your support!

The JA staff silent auction is this week. Staff are donating goods and services for other staff members to bid on. All monies raised will go towards the 2016 Annual Fund.

I have again attached the contribution form and hope that you will considering making a contribution if you have yet to do so. Our hope is that every family will make a contribution suitable to their individual circumstances.

Halloween
The JA Leadership Crew will be selling goodie bags on October 27th and 28th from 8:15 a.m. to 8:40 a.m. in the foyer. The cost is $5 per bag and supplies are limited. Funds raised will go towards our music program.

Students are invited to come in costume on Friday, October 28th (not Monday October 31st as noted in the Special Events Calendar). If your child chooses to wear a costume for Halloween, please ensure that their choice is appropriate, inclusive, and respectful. Toy weapons of any sort are not permitted at school. Any participation in Halloween activities is completely voluntary. Those who choose to participate and those who choose not to are both equally deserving of respect during Halloween celebrations. Students wearing a costume may change into ‘free dress’ clothing during morning break if they wish. Should you want to send in a treat with your child as part of Halloween activities, we require that it be nut-free, and we encourage you to consider non-food treats such as cards, pencils, or stickers.

During the Friday morning assembly (8:45 a.m. to 9:15 a.m.), parents are invited to join us in the gym for a costume parade and a Halloween story. Parents are welcome to stay for morning coffee in the library from 9:15 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Due to limited parking in the lot behind the school, we ask that parents park on a side street.

After Halloween, we ask that you limit the number of treats coming to school and closely monitor anything your child brings so that nuts do not mistakenly appear at school.

Morning Coffee with the Principal
Please come for coffee in the library on October 28th and/or November 10th, 9:15 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. If you plan on attending one of these sessions, please RSVP to the office, indicating which session you will be attending.

Edsby
We currently have 111 of 146 parents registered on Edsby. This week anyone who has not yet set up their account will receive another invitation to join. It is important to check in on a regular basis to see what is going on in your child’s classes. We are currently working on setting up an online sign up for Parent and Teacher Conferences (Nov. 17th) and to sign up, your Edsby account will need to be active. I will let you know when it is time to log in and sign up.

QSP
Through our annual QSP Fundraiser, families and friends of Junior Academy students and staff can order and renew magazine subscriptions from a choice of hundreds of popular titles. It is an easy and fun process that allows for online ordering and raises funds for the school. Students also earn prizes for themselves each time they sell a subscription. A QSP package with ordering instructions has been sent home with each student. For your reference, our online ID is 3745189. If you have any questions free feel to contact our QSP co-ordinator, Mr. Bamberger (pbamberger@junioracademy.com).

Scholastic Book Sale
Our annual Scholastic Book Fair will be taking place in the library from November 15-17 this year. Come and see all the latest titles for kids of all ages, purchase books for your child’s classroom and start your holiday shopping!

Doors are open each morning between 8:30 a.m. and 9:30 a.m., and again in the afternoon from 3:00-4:30 p.m. On Thursday, November 17th, the Book Fair will stay open during parent/teacher interviews from 2:00-6:30 p.m. Thank you to the Parent’s Association members who have volunteered for set up and take down. We also require parental assistance with taking orders and book payment. If you are able to help during any of the times listed below (2 parents required during each time slot), please contact Jill DeJean jdejean@junioracademy.com by November 3rd.
Nov. 15, 3:00-4:30 p.m.
Nov. 16, 8:30-9:30 a.m. or 3:00-4:30 p.m.
Nov. 17, 8:30-9:30 a.m., 2:00-3:30 p.m., 3:30-5:00 p.m. or 5:00-6:30 p.m.

Anxiety Workshop
Did you know that one in five children suffers from anxiety?
Last week, Junior Academy’s Occupational Therapist, Kristine Locklin, presented a workshop for teachers on the topic of anxiety. Kristine has been working in Pediatrics for 16 years and most recently has taken additional training in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy. The focus of the workshop for teachers was understanding the many forms of anxiety, what it looks like in the school environment and strategies for helping kids manage and overcome their anxiety.

Kristine is going to offer a session on anxiety for JA parents on Monday, November 28th at 7:00 p.m. at the school.

By the end of evening parents will walk away knowing:
-What is normal anxiety and what is not
– Practical strategies to assist your child with managing anxiety at home and school
– Treatment approaches and community resources
– A supportive parent community

This workshop will be the first of several educational workshops that JA will be offering the parent community throughout the school year.

There is no cost to attend but we do require your R.S.V.P. by November 23rd.

Cross Country – From Ms. DeJean
Cross Country has ended for the season and it was incredibly successful. Despite the rain and wind last Friday, our runners put forth their full effort at the SSAF meet and showed determination and incredible dedication to their team. Ms. B. and Ms. DeJean want to congratulate all of the runners for their progress and team spirit and would like to thank all those who helped by driving and cheering.

Parent Grade Socials
Last call for someone to step forward from the grades listed below to organize or host a parent get together. If you are able to help, please contact Julie Stewart jstewart@junioracademy.com.
Preschool and Kindergarten
Grades 5 and 6
Grades 7 and 8

Reminders:

Thurs. Oct. 27th – JA Open House. Students are required to come in Full Dress.

Thurs. Oct. 10th – JA Remembrance Day Assembly. Students are required to come in Full Dress.

Thurs. Nov. 17th – Parent and teacher Conferences, 2:30 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. As usual, there will be staggered dismissal (see below). After care is available. Please contact Paul Bamberger if your child will be staying and does not usually attend after care.

Perryman/Stewart dismissal at 1:50 p.m.
Reiter/Bialkowski dismissal at 2:00 p.m.
Silder/Fox/DeJean dismissal at 2:10 p.m.

Sincerely,
Heather Rees

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Dear JA Families,

Weekly Wednesday is coming out on Tuesday this week because I would like to remind Parents of the Parent’s Association meeting tomorrow morning, Wednesday, October 19th at 8:30 a.m. in the library. We are hoping that parents who are new to Junior Academy will join us as we begin planning and organizing upcoming events.

I hope everyone is enjoying the beautiful fall weather. The mornings are cool but the afternoon recess can still be quite warm. As a result, students are taking off their sweaters and jackets. Please ensure names are in all pieces of clothing that may be taken off at school. It is much easier for us to return items left behind when there is a name on the item.

Thank you to everyone who contributed to ‘Sarah’s Food Drive’ last week. We are awaiting the results of ‘The Battle of Bayview’ to see whether the schools east or west of Bayview donated the most food in support of the Daily Bread Food Bank.

Annual Fund
As promised I am sharing an update as to the progress of our 2016 Annual Fund campaign. You can also see the progress on the thermometer banner that is posted near the rear entrance of the school building. Thus far we are approximately 50% of the way to our goal of raising $70,000 for various initiatives at the school. Thank you to the many families who have already made a pledge. We greatly appreciate your support. JA staff are jumping on board as well! Mme. Wood is organizing a silent auction whereby staff are donating items and services for other staff to bid on. All funds raised from this particular activity will go towards classroom resources requested by teachers.

I have again attached the contribution form and hope that you will considering making a contribution if you are yet to do so. Our hope is that every family will make a contribution suitable to their individual circumstances.

Halloween
The JA Leadership Crew will be selling goodie bags on October 27th and 28th from 8:15 a.m. to 8:40 a.m. in the foyer. The cost is $5 per bag and supplies are limited. Funds raised will go towards our music program.

Students are invited to come to school in costume on Friday, October 28th. If your child chooses to wear a costume for Halloween, please ensure that their choice is appropriate, inclusive, and respectful. Toy weapons of any sort are not permitted at school. Any participation in Halloween activities is completely voluntary. Those who choose to participate and those who choose not to are both equally deserving of respect during Halloween celebrations. Should you wish to send in a treat with your child as part of their Halloween activities, we require that it be nut-free, and we encourage you to consider non-food treats such as cards, pencils, or stickers.

During the Friday morning assembly (8:45 a.m. to 9:15 a.m.), parents are invited to join us in the gym for a costume parade and a Halloween story. Parents are welcome to stay for morning coffee in the library from 9:15 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Due to limited parking in the lot behind the school we ask that parents park on a side street.

Parent Grade Socials: In past years, parents from various classes have gotten together for an evening either at someone’s home or at a local restaurant for drinks, to chat and get to know each other. The grades three and four classes have plans in the works and we are hopeful that someone from the classes listed below will volunteer to organize or host a get together. Please contact Julie Stewart jstewart@junioracademy.com if you are able to assist.

Preschool and Kindergarten
Grades 1 and 2
Grades 5 and 6
Grades 7 and 8

Morning Coffee with the Principal
Last year, I hosted a series of morning coffee meetings with parents. In my first year at JA, this greatly assisted me with getting to know parents and hearing feedback about the school. I would again like to offer two fall Q&A sessions in the library and hope you are able to join me during of the following two dates: October 28th and November 10th, both from 9:15 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. If you plan on attending one of these sessions, please RSVP to the office by October 26th, indicating which session you will be attending.

Pre-Authorized Debit Program (PAD)
Many families have signed up for the Pre-Authorized Debit Program in order to pay for all additional expenses that may occur throughout the school year (i.e. Skiing, After School Programs, etc.). It is not too late to set up your account. If you would like to participate in the PAD program, please submit a VOID cheque to the office so your account can be set up. If you have any questions about the PAD please contact Matt Johnson mjohnson@junioracademy.com.

Open House and 10% off next year’s tuition!
Our first Open House of this school year is on Thursday, October 27th from11 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and we need your help to spread the word about Junior Academy! Beginning this week and continuing until June, 2017, we will offer 10% off your child’s tuition (one per family) when a new student enrolls at Junior Academy as a direct result of your personal referral. If you refer a second family who also enroll, an additional 5% will be deducted. We have postcards (both paper and electronic versions) to help you spread the word. If you have suggestions as to how we can help you let others know about Junior Academy, please contact me to discuss, hrees@junioracademy.com.
*Please note that Open House day are ‘Full Dress’ (Friday Uniform).

Fire Drills
Thus far, we have completed two of our three fall fire drills (we are required to have six per school year – three more will take place in the spring). The time for everyone to exit the building during the first fire drill was three minutes. We improved significantly to just over two minutes during the second drill. Our goal is to have everyone safely out of the building in under two minutes. In November, will we practice a lockdown drill so that should one ever be needed, the students and teachers know exactly what to do. More information will come in advance of the lockdown practice.

Police Check – Another reminder!
Beginning September, 2016, anyone who wishes to volunteer in any capacity at the school, must, like all teachers and staff members, complete a Police Reference Check (which will include a vulnerable sector screening) and be cleared before participating in activities with our students. Examples include field trips, coaching sports and volunteering within the school (classrooms/ library) and driving students to events. This requirement is for the safety and security of our students and will be strictly enforced. Please note that the police department will not take cash and forms can either be mailed to the police or brought to the police department in person. An important consideration is that the process can take several weeks, especially if you mail in your form. Police Reference Check forms are available from the Office. Once you receive your ‘cleared’ form back, please bring a copy to the School Office.

Intramural Program
One of the ways Junior Academy facilitates interaction across grade levels is through our weekly intramural program which takes place every Thursday at lunch. Two House teams at a time are invited to play cooperative games (within the house) and competitive games (against the other house).
At the beginning of the year we focus on cooperative games wherein students get to know each other and the Captains have a chance to practice their leadership skills. Captains also teach the House cheer so entire group can say it together during school wide events such as Terry Fox and Sports Day.
Extra points are given for wearing house shirts, displaying sports etiquette, and winning games.
Some of the games we have played thus far include: Australian Baseball, 3 ball Soccer, Relays, Bowling Pin games and Elephant Ball.
House Captains are responsible for planning and leading intramural games. They end games by leading cheers for the other house and also bringing Kindergarten students back to their classroom.
Camp Feedback
If you are interested in reading what some of our students had to say about camp, please see the attached Camp Reflections document. It’s worth a few minutes of your time!

Reminders:

Wed. Oct. 19th – Grades 4 and 6 students are going to the zoo. Grade 8 students are going to the “Me to We” event.

Fri. Oct. 21st – The SSAF cross country meet takes place at Sunnybrook Park. Good luck to our 16 cross country runners!

Thurs. Oct. 27th – JA Open House. Students are required to come in Full Dress.

Sincerely,
Heather Rees

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Dear JA Families,

Our grades 5 to 8 students returned on Friday night after three fabulous days at Camp Onondaga.  Comments I’ve heard thus far include, “best camp ever”, “I can’t wait to go back” and “can we do it again next week?”  I’m told by JA Staff that the Camp Onondaga Staff were extremely complimentary of our students. Parting words from the camp director to our JA teachers was that the camp staff loved working with our students because they were so kind, they were constantly showing pride in their own accomplishments but also in the accomplishments of their peers. The director and her staff appreciated how positive the whole group was and they enjoyed the humour of the kids as well. She said that having us as their last group of the season was a great way to wrap up the year!  Thank you to Sarah Fox and Graham Douglas for organizing the trip and also to Jill DeJean and Jessica Jakymyc for supervising and ensuring a great experience for all.   Stay tuned for some student camp reflections next week.

Thank you to everyone that has contributed a non-perishable item to “Sarah’s Food Drive”.  Students can place food items in their house team box in the foyer.  Tomorrow is the final day for collection.

Annual Fund

Today, Junior Academy officially kicks off the 2016 Annual Fund Campaign.  This year, the school is raising funds for a number of projects and new initiatives at the school.  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 $70,000 and we hope that every family will make a contribution suitable to their individual circumstances.

Parent’s Association: Next meeting is October 19th at 8:30 a.m. in the library.

Parent Grade Socials: In past years, parents from various classes have gotten together for an evening either at someone’s home or at a local restaurant for drinks, to chat and get to know each other. We are excited to hear that there are already some plans in the works! If anyone would like to organize or host for any of the following grades listed below, please contact Julie Stewart jstewart@junioracademy.com prior to October 7th.

Preschool and Kindergarten

Grades 1 and 2

Grades 5 and 6

Grades 7 and 8

 

Police Check

Beginning September, 2016, anyone who wishes to volunteer in any capacity at the school, must, like all teachers and staff members, complete a Police Reference Check (which will include a vulnerable sector screening) and be cleared before participating in activities with our students.  Examples include field trips, coaching sports and volunteering within the school (classrooms/ library) and driving students to events.  This requirement is for the safety and security of our students and will be strictly enforced. Please note that the police department will not take cash and forms can either be mailed to the police or brought to the police department in person. An important consideration is that the process can take several weeks, especially if you mail in your form. Police Reference Check forms are available from the Office.  Once you receive your ‘cleared’ form back, please bring a copy to the School Office.

 

Skating and Shinny

A reminder that skating begins on Tuesday, October 11th. All skaters are required to provide their own skates as well as a CSA approved helmet with face mask. Students are also strongly encouraged to bring gloves for their skating session. Those students who have signed up for shinny need to have the following equipment: a CSA approved helmet with face mask, neck guard, hockey gloves, stick, shin pads, elbow pads and skates. (Shinny is available for students in grade three and up) Skaters are urged to only bring the equipment that is necessary as transporting additional equipment is not possible.

 

Rude vs. Mean vs. Bullying From time to time I share articles of potential interest.  Topics range from education to children to parenting.  This week I would like to share an article called: Rude vs. Mean vs. Bullying: Defining the Differences.  More and more, I see the term ‘bullying’ being used to describe situations in which there has been rude and mean behaviour.  As adults, we need to use the terms appropriately so that children do as well.  Please take a few moments to read it. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/signe-whitson/bullying_b_2188819.html.

Reminders:

Parent Interest Inventory – if you have not returned yours please do so tomorrow!

Oct 5: After school program “Hatch” begins.  Chopped begins on Oct. 11 and Lego on Oct .17.

Oct. 7 and 10: No School due to the Thanksgiving weekend.

Oct. 11: Skating program begins – skates and a CSA approved helmet with face mask are required.

Due to the long weekend the next edition of Weekly Wednesday will be on Wednesday, October 19th.  In the meantime, be sure to log on to Edsby for updates from your child’s classroom teacher.  Have a great Thanksgiving weekend!

Sincerely,

Heather Rees

 

 

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Dear JA Families,

Last Friday marked Junior Academy’s 20th year of participation in the Terry Fox run. It was a fantastic event that saw our students and teachers walk and run together in support of cancer research. Check out the News section of Edsby to see a video of the event! The school’s goal is to raise 4,000 to bring Junior Academy’s 20 year total to $90,000. Thank you to everyone who has already contributed. If you have not yet had a chance to make a pledge there is still time to do so, either online or at the school office. Please go to terryfox.org, click on the Terry Fox School Run, then Find/Search for Junior Academy.

Parent’s Association Monthly Meeting: The first Parent’s Association meeting took place on Wednesday, September 21st at 8:30 a.m. in the library. Thank you to the six parents who came out to the first meeting. There was discussion that perhaps, not everyone realized the date and time of last week’s meeting. With this in mind we are scheduling another meeting for Wednesday, October 19th at 8:30 a.m. All are welcome and I hope to see many new faces out to plan events and activities for the students in the upcoming school year. If you are not able to make meetings but would like to help behind the scenes, please let us know via the parent interest survey that was sent home. There are many ways you can still help out!

Parent Grade Socials: In past years, parents from various classes have gotten together for an evening either at someone’s home or at a local restaurant for drinks, to chat and get to know each other. The parents present at the Parents Association meeting last week would like to see this continue and asked that I put out a request for parents to step forward to organize a parent event for their child’s class. Classes could be grouped as follows:

Preschool and Kindergarten

Grades 1 and 2

Grades 3 and 4

Grades 5 and 6

Grades 7 and 8

If you are interested in organizing something for your child’s class, in either October or November, please contact Julie Stewart jstewart@junioracademy.com prior to October 6th.

Class Parent: During the Parents Association meeting there was also discussion about having a returning parent from each class act as a ‘parent buddy’ for parents new to the school. If you have a little time to welcome and field questions from new parents, please contact Paul Bamberger in the office.

Police Check

Beginning September, 2016, anyone who wishes to volunteer in any capacity at the school, must, like all teachers and staff members, complete a Police Reference Check (which will include a vulnerable sector screening) and be cleared before participating in activities with our students. Examples include field trips, coaching sports and volunteering within the school (classrooms/library). This requirement is for the safety and security of our students and will be strictly enforced. Please note that the police department will not take cash and forms can either be mailed to the police or brought to the police department in person. An important consideration is that the process can take several weeks, especially if you mail in your form. Police Reference Check forms are available from the Office. Once you receive your ‘cleared’ form back, please bring a copy to the School Office.

Annual Fund

Junior Academy will soon kick off the 2016 Annual Fund Campaign. This year, the school is raising funds for a number of projects and new initiatives at the school. Please look for a message detailing the specific goals of the campaign as well as items that we are fundraising for this year. We hope that every family will make a contribution suitable to their individual circumstances.

Food Drive

Beginning Monday, October 3rd Junior Academy will be participating in a Thanksgiving Food Drive known as Sarah’s Food Drive School Challenge, which supports the Daily Bread Food Bank. Over the past 7 years, Sarah Jordan, her little sister Claire and their parents, have raised over 150,000 pounds of food for the Daily Bread Food Bank, and they are just getting started. This year, they have over 14 schools and approximately 7,000 kids participating in what they are calling the “Battle of Bayview!” Schools like us, West of Bayview Avenue will compete as one team against schools East of Bayview, to raise the greatest weight in food items! Let’s help win this battle for the West this year!!

Here is a list of some of the most needed items that the Daily Bread Food Bank is looking for:

Peanut Butter

Baby Formula and Food

Canned Fruits or Vegetables

Canned Fish or Meat

Dried Pasta and Tomato Sauce

Rice

Lentils

Cans of Soup or Hearty Stew

Powdered, Canned or Tetra Pak Milk

Cans of Beans

Macaroni and Cheese

Each day during the week of Oct 3rd, students are encouraged to drop their donations in their House coloured box inside the back doors. To find out more about these inspiring young ladies and the Battle of Bayview, please visit http://sarahsfooddrive.com.

Parent Interest Inventory

In an attempt to know you better, we are going to ask you to fill in a short questionnaire to help us plan a variety of events, field trips and other activities throughout the school year. We are also looking for guest speakers who are willing to present on a variety of topics. Please look for this form in your child’s agenda this week and kindly return it by Monday, October 3, 2016.

Student Handbook Inserts

Unfortunately, the company that looks after printing our agendas made an error and our order for this school year was not processed as expected. In addition to the generic agendas previously sent to us they have now forwarded a small insert with the Junior Academy Student Handbook portion. This will be coming home with your child soon. The company has acknowledged and also apologized for their error.

School Photos

We have traditionally had school photos taken at the end of September or beginning of October. We intend to have picture day during the winter term this year because there are still new students joining the school over the next few months and portraits in the winter will more accurately reflect the school population.

Homework Club

After school homework club is up and running on Monday and Thursday afternoons from 3:30 p.m. to 4:20 p.m. If you wish to join for Term 1 please contact Paul Bamberger (pbamberger@junioracademy.com).

Student Success Plans – SSP (formerly IEP)

Teachers, in conjunction with Lindsay MacKinlay, SSP coordinator, have been working on updating all SSP’s. If your child has an SSP, you can expect to have a copy sent home for review and comment by the end of this week, or Monday, October 3 if your child is away at camp Wednesday through Friday.

Reminders:

Staff email addresses at JA have changed! It is the person’s first initial, last name @junioracademy.com. For example, mine is now hrees@junioracademy.com. Currently, emails addressed to previous email accounts are being forwarded; however, this will cease to happen in October. The good news is that with the click of a button you can use Edsby to send JA staff a message.

Be sure to sign in to Edsby on a regular basis as your child’s teacher is posting messages and updates on a regular basis.

 

Sept. 28 -30: Grades 5 to 8 at Camp Onondaga

Sept. 29: Mr. Perryman’s/Ms. Dunn’s/Ms. Stewart’s Class to Willowgrove Farm

Sept. 29: Mrs. Reiter’s class to the Science Centre

Week of Oct. 3: After school clubs begin

Oct. 7 and 10: No School due to Thanksgiving weekend

Sept. 11: Skating program begins

Sincerely,

Heather Rees

 

 


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Weekly Wednesday

Weekly Wednesday is written by our Principal, Heather Rees. She sends a weekly newsletter out to our school community to keep them informed of events going on at the school and new initiatives.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Dear JA Families,

Last Friday marked Junior Academy’s 20th year of participation in the Terry Fox run. It was a fantastic event that saw our students and teachers walk and run together in support of cancer research. Check out the News section of Edsby to see a video of the event! The school’s goal is to raise 4,000 to bring Junior Academy’s 20 year total to $90,000. Thank you to everyone who has already contributed. If you have not yet had a chance to make a pledge there is still time to do so, either online or at the school office. Please go to terryfox.org, click on the Terry Fox School Run, then Find/Search for Junior Academy.

Parent’s Association Monthly Meeting: The first Parent’s Association meeting took place on Wednesday, September 21st at 8:30 a.m. in the library. Thank you to the six parents who came out to the first meeting. There was discussion that perhaps, not everyone realized the date and time of last week’s meeting. With this in mind we are scheduling another meeting for Wednesday, October 19th at 8:30 a.m. All are welcome and I hope to see many new faces out to plan events and activities for the students in the upcoming school year. If you are not able to make meetings but would like to help behind the scenes, please let us know via the parent interest survey that was sent home. There are many ways you can still help out!

Parent Grade Socials: In past years, parents from various classes have gotten together for an evening either at someone’s home or at a local restaurant for drinks, to chat and get to know each other. The parents present at the Parents Association meeting last week would like to see this continue and asked that I put out a request for parents to step forward to organize a parent event for their child’s class. Classes could be grouped as follows:

Preschool and Kindergarten

Grades 1 and 2

Grades 3 and 4

Grades 5 and 6

Grades 7 and 8

If you are interested in organizing something for your child’s class, in either October or November, please contact Julie Stewart jstewart@junioracademy.com prior to October 6th.

Class Parent: During the Parents Association meeting there was also discussion about having a returning parent from each class act as a ‘parent buddy’ for parents new to the school. If you have a little time to welcome and field questions from new parents, please contact Paul Bamberger in the office.

Police Check

Beginning September, 2016, anyone who wishes to volunteer in any capacity at the school, must, like all teachers and staff members, complete a Police Reference Check (which will include a vulnerable sector screening) and be cleared before participating in activities with our students. Examples include field trips, coaching sports and volunteering within the school (classrooms/library). This requirement is for the safety and security of our students and will be strictly enforced. Please note that the police department will not take cash and forms can either be mailed to the police or brought to the police department in person. An important consideration is that the process can take several weeks, especially if you mail in your form. Police Reference Check forms are available from the Office. Once you receive your ‘cleared’ form back, please bring a copy to the School Office.

Annual Fund

Junior Academy will soon kick off the 2016 Annual Fund Campaign. This year, the school is raising funds for a number of projects and new initiatives at the school. Please look for a message detailing the specific goals of the campaign as well as items that we are fundraising for this year. We hope that every family will make a contribution suitable to their individual circumstances.

Food Drive

Beginning Monday, October 3rd Junior Academy will be participating in a Thanksgiving Food Drive known as Sarah’s Food Drive School Challenge, which supports the Daily Bread Food Bank. Over the past 7 years, Sarah Jordan, her little sister Claire and their parents, have raised over 150,000 pounds of food for the Daily Bread Food Bank, and they are just getting started. This year, they have over 14 schools and approximately 7,000 kids participating in what they are calling the “Battle of Bayview!” Schools like us, West of Bayview Avenue will compete as one team against schools East of Bayview, to raise the greatest weight in food items! Let’s help win this battle for the West this year!!

Here is a list of some of the most needed items that the Daily Bread Food Bank is looking for:

Peanut Butter

Baby Formula and Food

Canned Fruits or Vegetables

Canned Fish or Meat

Dried Pasta and Tomato Sauce

Rice

Lentils

Cans of Soup or Hearty Stew

Powdered, Canned or Tetra Pak Milk

Cans of Beans

Macaroni and Cheese

Each day during the week of Oct 3rd, students are encouraged to drop their donations in their House coloured box inside the back doors. To find out more about these inspiring young ladies and the Battle of Bayview, please visit http://sarahsfooddrive.com.

Parent Interest Inventory

In an attempt to know you better, we are going to ask you to fill in a short questionnaire to help us plan a variety of events, field trips and other activities throughout the school year. We are also looking for guest speakers who are willing to present on a variety of topics. Please look for this form in your child’s agenda this week and kindly return it by Monday, October 3, 2016.

Student Handbook Inserts

Unfortunately, the company that looks after printing our agendas made an error and our order for this school year was not processed as expected. In addition to the generic agendas previously sent to us they have now forwarded a small insert with the Junior Academy Student Handbook portion. This will be coming home with your child soon. The company has acknowledged and also apologized for their error.

School Photos

We have traditionally had school photos taken at the end of September or beginning of October. We intend to have picture day during the winter term this year because there are still new students joining the school over the next few months and portraits in the winter will more accurately reflect the school population.

Homework Club

After school homework club is up and running on Monday and Thursday afternoons from 3:30 p.m. to 4:20 p.m. If you wish to join for Term 1 please contact Paul Bamberger (pbamberger@junioracademy.com).

Student Success Plans – SSP (formerly IEP)

Teachers, in conjunction with Lindsay MacKinlay, SSP coordinator, have been working on updating all SSP’s. If your child has an SSP, you can expect to have a copy sent home for review and comment by the end of this week, or Monday, October 3 if your child is away at camp Wednesday through Friday.

Reminders:

Staff email addresses at JA have changed! It is the person’s first initial, last name @junioracademy.com. For example, mine is now hrees@junioracademy.com. Currently, emails addressed to previous email accounts are being forwarded; however, this will cease to happen in October. The good news is that with the click of a button you can use Edsby to send JA staff a message.

Be sure to sign in to Edsby on a regular basis as your child’s teacher is posting messages and updates on a regular basis.

 

Sept. 28 -30: Grades 5 to 8 at Camp Onondaga

Sept. 29: Mr. Perryman’s/Ms. Dunn’s/Ms. Stewart’s Class to Willowgrove Farm

Sept. 29: Mrs. Reiter’s class to the Science Centre

Week of Oct. 3: After school clubs begin

Oct. 7 and 10: No School due to Thanksgiving weekend

Sept. 11: Skating program begins

Sincerely,

Heather Rees

 

 


contact-us_button  and book your tour of Junior Academy today!

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