Wednesday November 29, 2017
Dear JA Families,
Thank you to all of the families who have recently donated to our Annual Fund Campaign. We greatly appreciate your support as your donations are paramount to us developing and implementing innovative programming.
A reminder that report cards will be sent home this Friday, along with an update from the Advisory Committee and our Winter Special Events Calendar and ski sign-up letter.
I look forward to seeing everyone at parent-teacher conferences next week.
Parent – Teacher Conferences
A reminder that Parent-Teacher Conferences will be held on Monday, December 4th from 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. and Tuesday, December 5th from 4:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Please note, there will be an early dismissal on December 4th. Kindergarten, grades one and two will be dismissed at 1:30, grade three and four at 1:40 and grades five through eight at 1:50.
If you wish for your child to remain in the After-Care Program and he/she does not usually attend, please contact the office so arrangements can be made.
Round Table Follow-Up
Thank you to all of the parents who came out to our Round Table Follow-Up presentation last Thursday evening. If you missed this evening but are curious as to what was presented, a PDF of the slideshow has been attached for you!
Last week, a small group of parents and staff got together to discuss hosting a JA Gala event early this spring. I ask that you complete this brief survey monkey to determine if there is sufficient interest to plan this event and to aid us in the preliminary details.
Skiing Program 2018
This year, students in grades 2 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 again this year! Given the capacity of the coach we are able to accommodate 52 students on each for the three ski dates. Ski trip forms will be sent home along with the report cad this Friday. Registration is on a first come, first served basis and all registration forms and payment must be received by December 15th, at the latest! If your child requires additional support beyond the planned student to teacher ratio of 8:1 please let me know by December 15th so we may discuss whether this request is able to be accommodated.
A reminder that Term Two Clubs begin next week! Please encourage your child to join a club or sport. Prior experience is not needed – only a willingness to try!
*** Please note: due to interviews Lunch and Afterschool clubs will not be offered on Monday and afterschool clubs will not be offered on Tuesday. ***
After School Clubs
Specific details for the winter term after school clubs are attached.
Monday –Mad Science, K and 1. Mad Science 2-6. (registration available online)
Tuesday – Jui Jitsu
Wednesday- Jui Jitsu AND Hatch 3-8, registration available online
Yoga 4-6 (at morning recess)
Thursday- Keyboarding 5-8, registration available online
All program registrations, with the exception of Jiu Jitsu and Yoga are available online.
If you don’t have this marked on your calendar already, our annual Holiday Concert will take place on December 14th, 2017. The theme of this year’s concert will be ‘Snowtastic’! The concert will begin at 7:00 p.m. and wrap up by 8:00 p.m. There will be a social for parents between 6:00 p.m. and 6:45 p.m. in the library, and students will be supervised in their classroom at this time.
Tickets will go on sale next week and they will be $10 each.
If your child will be staying at school until 6:00 and requires dinner, please fill out the pizza form which will accompany the form for ticket purchases.
Holiday Decorating Volunteers Needed
We are also looking for volunteers to help decorate for our winter concert. We will have a decorating planning meeting on December 6th in the library at 8:45. If you are able to help with decorating and / or attend the meeting, please let Nick Johnson know. firstname.lastname@example.org
We will be decorating:
-The library for our December 14th winter concert. (Afternoon of December 14)
-The stage for our December 14th winter concert. (Morning of December 14th)
Next week, we will be setting up our Christmas tree for the Holiday toy drive and we would appreciate any volunteers who could commit to decorating the tree as well as the Atrium. Ideally, we would like this to happen December 6th, following our decorating meeting.
If you are able to help with this, please let Nick Johnson know, email@example.com
Volunteers for Latke Day – December 18
Latke day at JA has become a tradition! If you are able to assist either by donating Latka’s or helping for a couple of hours on the Monday of December 18th to reheat and distribute Latka’s to homerooms, please contact Jacqui Robbins (firstname.lastname@example.org) by Friday December 8th. Usually about a dozen families donate a dozen latkes each (homemade or purchased), sour cream and/or apple sauce to the event.
Movie Night – Save the Date! Tuesday, December 19th, 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 19th. Stay tuned for more details!
Our Term 1 report cards will be sent home with your child on Friday, December 1st. 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||The student has not demonstrated the required knowledge and skills. Extensive remediation is required.|
|I||Incomplete, insufficient evidence to assess|
|SSP– Student Success Plan
ELL– English Language Learner
The Grade 7 and 8 report card will differ only in that percentages are used instead of letter grades:
A+ = 90% to 100%
A = 80% to 89%
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.
Wednesday, November 29: Grades 7 and 8 Trip to YPT
Wednesday, November 29: Open House, 11:00 – 1:00
Friday, December 1: Report Cards sent home
Monday, December 4: Interviews: Early Dismissal
Tuesday, December 5: Interviews: Regular Dismissal
Wednesday, December 6: Decorating Committee Meeting. Tree and Atrium decorating 8:40