Ski Days, Professional Development, Rose Reisman Lunch Program, Movie Night, Social Skills weekly lunch time program, Attendance and Punctuality, After School Clubs, Pre-Authorized Debit Program (PAD), Upcoming Events

Ski Days, Professional Development, Rose Reisman Lunch Program, Movie Night, Social Skills weekly lunch time program, Attendance and Punctuality, After School Clubs, Pre-Authorized Debit Program (PAD), Upcoming Events

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 ( 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 (

(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 (​​) 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


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:


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,


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


Heather Rees