Welcome Back BBQ, Nut Awareness, Curriculum Night, Lunch Club, After School Club Registration, Pizza Lunch, QSP Magazine Campaign

Welcome Back BBQ, Nut Awareness, Curriculum Night, Lunch Club, After School Club Registration, Pizza Lunch, QSP Magazine Campaign

Wednesday, September 6th, 2017


Dear JA Families,


It is my pleasure to extend a warm welcome to both new and returning families to the Junior Academy community. We are looking forward to hearing about your summer adventures and to seeing all of you at our school’s Welcome Back BBQ on Thursday evening, September 7th.


Our students and parents can look forward to working with highly talented, caring staff, who are dedicated to providing the highest quality education for the children who attend our school. We believe in working as partners to provide a positive environment where everyone feels that they are part of the JA Community.



Welcome Back Barbecue

Please consider joining us for our Welcome Back BBQ tomorrow evening from 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.  The event will be held outdoors so all parking must be on nearby side streets.  Hot dogs, Hamburgers, and Veggie dogs with chips and a drink will be available for $6.  Thank you to everyone who have helped us prepare for this event.



Nut Awareness 

In our school, there are students and staff with potentially life-threatening forms of allergic reactions called Anaphylaxis.  If by accident, the allergic child is to come into contact with even a small quantity of peanut or nut products, their residues, or even the scent of nuts, the child may develop hives, swelling and demonstrate difficulty in breathing. Please be aware that Junior Academy is a Nut Free Zone. If you have any questions, please contact the office.



Curriculum Night

Curriculum Night is next Tuesday, September 12th, beginning at 6 pm.  We will begin with a Wine and Cheese reception from 6:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., followed by a presentation in the gym to all parents.  Following the presentation in the gym, teachers will go to their homeroom to discuss their classroom routine and programming for your child.  All specialty teachers will also be on hand to discuss programming. We look forward to an excellent turnout.  Please note that there is very limited parking on site and for all school events, it is necessary to park on nearby side streets.



RFRK Lunch Club

Our lunch program, ‘The Lunch Club’ will begin next week, on September 11th.  If you haven’t signed up for the Real Food for Real Kids Lunch Program, you can still register by visiting: https://lunchclubs.rfrk.com/collections/junior-academy

A reminder to all families who are using the program, please be sure to send your child with a re-usable container as well as utensils. If you are interested in helping out as a Lunch Club Coach, you can gain additional information by visiting: https://rfrk.hiringthing.com/job/48184/lunch-club-coach.



After School Club Registration

Please find the Fall Clubs registration sheet attached for afterschool clubs at Junior Academy.  All registrations may be returned to the school office; Hatch registrations are direct through their website.




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. Several classes have something in the works and we are hopeful that someone from the classed listed below will step up to organize or host a get together.  Please contact Cathy Hibbert chibbert@junioracademy.com if you are able to assist.

      Grades 5 and 6

      Grades 7 and 8


QSP Magazine Campaign

Our yearly QSP magazine fundraiser will begin shortly! If you are eager to order before our official campaign begins, you can support our students anytime by shopping online. Just go to www.qsp.ca! All early orders will count toward the student rewards.

Every purchase benefits our campaign.


Pizza Lunch

Our first Pizza Lunch of the year will take place on Friday, September 29th. If you haven’t submitted a pizza form, there is still time to do so.

Subsequent pizza dates for the year are as follows:

October 27th                  November 24th

December 15th              January 18th

February 23rd                March 9th

April 13th                        May 4th

June 1st

Home Tips for Helping Students to be Ready to Learn

–      A consistent and appropriate bed time

–      Limiting screen time (tv, phone, ipad), particularly before bed

–      Arriving at school on time

–      Healthy snacks and meals

–      Reading with siblings and adults

–      Talking about the school day (What was the best part of your day? What is something you were proud about?, How did you solve a problem?)

–      Talking with teachers about your child’s progress

–      Encouraging effort over achievement

I look forward to seeing you tomorrow night at the Welcome Back BBQ and again, next week, at Curriculum Night.


Paul Bamberger