Terry Fox Follow Up, Morning Coffee Meetings, Open House Signs, Skating, Annual Fund and Halloween

Terry Fox Follow Up, Morning Coffee Meetings, Open House Signs, Skating, Annual Fund and Halloween

Wednesday October 18, 2017


Dear JA Families,


The staff have been engaging a number of professional development undertakings over the last couple of weeks. The entire staff received CPS training on October 6th and Mr. Bamberger, Mr. Douglas and Kristine Locklin along with Leanne Muir and Shima Kassirian have recently returned from a professional development trip to California. A separate letter has been attached outlining the exciting developments at our school.


Terry Fox Follow-Up

A big thank you to everyone who raised money for our Terry Fox run this year. As a school, we raised over $4 000 for this cause!

Final Morning Coffee Meetings

We have completed our first two round table meetings and the final two will both occur tomorrow.

The first session is for grades 6, 7, and 8 was at 8:45 a.m.

A reminder that the final session is open to parents of all grades and will be held this evening, from 6:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m.


Your feedback during these meetings is valuable and will help to shape Junior Academy’s strategic plan. If you plan on attending, please RSVP to Nick Johnson, njohnson@junioracademy.com .


Open House Signs

Throughout the month of November, we will be a weekly Open House every Wednesday from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. We need your help to get the word out!  We have 100 small signs that we would like placed in neighbourhoods within driving distance of Junior Academy to advertise the November Open Houses.  We hope that you will take a sign (or a couple) and put them on your yard and street.  Perhaps relatives in the area will let you put a sign on their yard?

JA Staff will be handing out the signs at pick up, beginning Thursday afternoon.  Thank you in advance for your assistance in spreading the word about our Open House dates.


Annual Fund

We have had a good start to our 2017-2018 Annual Fund Campaign and the JA teachers are conducting a silent auction amongst the staff to support the Annual Fund. The school is raising funds for a number of initiatives and all of the details are described in the attached letter.  At his time, we have still only had a small number of families participate and it is my hope that every family will make a contribution suitable to their individual circumstances. 



We had our first skating session yesterday morning at York Mills arena. Thank you to those parents who came to tie skates for your students in the younger grades! Students who are participating are reminded that they need their own equipment including skates, a helmet with face mask and gloves. Shinny players also require elbow pads, knee pads and a neck protector.



Students are invited to come in costume on Tuesday, October 31st.  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 should bring a change of clothing, free dress, as well as skating attire (if they participate in skating)

Should you wish 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.

We will have a brief assembly on Tuesday morning 8:45 a.m. and parents are invited to join us in the gym for a costume parade followed by a Halloween story. Assembly should conclude by 9:10. Due to limited parking in the lot behind the school we ask that parents park on a side street.


Please note, there are no after school clubs on October 31st



Oct. 18, 8:45 a.m.:                 Round-Table, Grades 3,4,5

Oct. 18, 6:30 p.m.:                 Round-Table, All Grades

Oct. 19 and 20:                      Open House signs available.

Oct. 20:                                  Cross-Country Event