Spring BBQ – Sponsored by WEJ School Council

WEJ Spring BBQ and Social!
 Join your friends at WEJ for a Spring BBQ and social THIS coming Friday, May 22nd from 5:30 – 7:30!

Purchase BBQ by Grill Master (Prices and food choices below), buy delicious Yogurty’s desserts, be entertained by Crash the Clown, bring your bike or scooter and decorate it for the bike parade, get your face painted, be entertained by the renowned WEJ Guitar Club!  Fun and games for the whole family!  Most importantly, enjoy mingling with other WEJ families!

FREE to attend (buy dinner from Grill Master or bring your own picnic!). Bring your own chairs or blankets to sit on.  Visit  http://wejcouncil.ca/

New Kanata North Elementary School Attendance Boundary Study

A public consultation meeting took place on the evening of May 7, 2015 at the Earl of March Secondary School.  Board staff presented two proposals and received public feedback.

Existing elementary schools involved in the study:

Jack Donohue Public School

Roland Michener Public School

South March Public School

Stephen Leacock Public School

The meeting information package is available on the Board website, the School Council Website and through the url below.

http://www.ocdsb.ca/sch/Pages/New-Kanata-Elementary-School.aspx

W. Erskine Johnston Public School

In addition, there are some paper copies of the study in the school office.

We welcome your feedback.  We would encourage parents to provide the planning department with your comments so that they can be included and considered in the recommendation report. Please contact us via the following:

Email:   newkanataes@ocdsb.ca
Fax:      613-820-6968
Mail:     New Kanata North E.S. Attendance Boundary Study,
Planning Department
133 Greenbank Road
Nepean, ON
K2H 6L3

Please check the Board website for updated information.

 

April 2015 Update

Welcome to Spring At Last !!!!!

The students have been participating in numerous academic pursuits and in a variety of activities and events.

WEJ Senior Band participated at the Kiwanis Music Festival at Sacred Heart High School, which is a music festival for any bands and soloists from the Intermediate to the High School level.  Our Senior Band performed extremely well and came away with the highest possible rating; Gold! Congratulations to all.

Three outstanding WEJ students were recognized by City Councillor Marianne Wilkinson for Kanata Youth Citizen of the Year and presented with certificates.  Congratulations to Divya Menon, Tony Olliviere and Nasser Nayed.  Ms. Stephens was also honoured for WEJ’s Recess Guitar Club, at the ceremony.

This month, as part of character education, the primary classes focused on the trait of OPTIMISM. We can demonstrate this trait in many ways. For example…people who are optimistic believe that challenges are opportunities. They choose to see goodness and have hope for the future.  Winners names have been added to the other recipients in the upper hallway.

Congratulations to the Intermediate boys and girls in the Badminton Tournament held at WOM Thursday, April 30th and Friday, May 1. The girls placed first and second in the Tier 2tournament. The first place team went on to compete in the Tier 1 tournament and finished second. They get to go to the board championships next Wednesday.

Girls on the Run, for girls in grades 3 to 5 and Girls on Track, for girls in grade 6 to 8 are up and running.

All our students have been dancing away to the tunes of Luv 2 Groove these last two weeks.

The grade 6 students experienced an enlightening field trip to the Aviation Museum.

Our Junior Band played at Fisher Park Public School.

Junior pinball concluded this month, as did Skating.

Dance group continues !

Primary students were introduced to Yoga!

Yearbook participants are busily taking photos of the grades 6, 7 and 8 students and getting the yearbook ready.  The winner of the Yearbook Cover Contest is Liza Kokina.  Congratulations, Lisa.

On behalf of the school, a very special thank you is extended to our committed School Council for their fundraising activities, which includes the organizing of the lunch programs.  The next fundraiser is the Spring Plant Sale which is just in time for Mother’s Day.  Planters are from the Richmond Nursery.  Information and how to order can be found on the School Council website www.wejcoucil.ca.

A heartfelt thank you is extended to everyone who participated and volunteered in the lunch programs this year.  Sixteen thousand dollars of the proceeds have been allocated to increasing our technology for the school.  Chrome Books and IPads have been purchased to augment the technology for Kindergarten and Primary students.

Staffing 2015-2016:  The OCDSB has allocated staffing levels for next year.  As the Intermediate portion of WEJ will be moving to the Earl of March this coming school year, our school enrolment is reduced, which in turn translates into fewer staff.

Class Organization:  Planning for individual classroom’s compliment of children for the 2015-2016 school is underway.  The task is challenging as all staff strive to place every child in an optimum learning environment.  As this school year has progressed, the teachers have worked closely with each student ascertaining their learning abilities.  As a cautionary note, teachers have been instructed not to accept requests for a specific placement.  However, if there are extenuating circumstances that you as a parent feel is relevant, please inform the Principal in writing prior to May 7, 2015.

 Upcoming Events – Mark your Calendars

Three months ago, 5 students successfully auditioned for the OCDSB All Star Band.  They have been rehearsing for 4 hours per week for the last 5 weeks and will be presenting their performance this weekend at the Gala Concert at Earl of March.  Admission is free, and everyone is welcome to attend.  The concert starts at 2pm on Sunday, so come out and show your support for our hard-working students

Kindergarten Information Evening:  Parents of kindergarten students new to the school for this upcoming September are cordially invited to attend an information session in the school gym on Monday, May 4th at 6pm.  Please note this meeting is for adults only.

Education Week runs from May 4th to the 8th.  Please join us for an open house on Tuesday, May 5th and visit your child’s or children’s classrooms from 9:15 – 10:00 am.

WEJ’s CHEO Walk-A-Thon is scheduled for the morning of Tuesday, May 12th.  Kindergarten students will remain on school property, while the rest will walk through the Beaverbrook community.  We would love for you to come and walk with us, in this worthwhile cause.  Please ensure your child(ren) are dressed for the weather; hat, sunscreen or rainwear. Only in the case of extreme weather, will we move to the rain date of Friday, May 15th.

The Spring Band Concert is scheduled for Thursday May 21st at the Earl of March at 7:00pm

Our Annual Volunteer Breakfast will take place on Friday, May 22nd.  Stay tuned.

Intermediate Exchange students from Columbia will be joining our school family for four weeks later this month.  This will be a tremendous learning experience for all involved.

Provincial mandated EQAO testing has rolled around again for students in grades 3 and 6.  Grade 3 students’ testing will take place from May 25th to May 27th.  Grade 6 begins May 28th until June 1st.  Please make every effort possible to ensure each student(s) attendance on their respective testing days.

Notice from the Director of Education

April 30, 2015

 Dear Parents/Guardians of Elementary School Students:

IMPORTANT NOTICE:

Potential job action by elementary teachers in Ontario

I wanted to make you aware of some important changes regarding the status of labour negotiations with elementary teachers. Effective Sunday, May 10, 2015, all elementary teachers in the province of Ontario will be in a legal strike position. This includes elementary teachers and occasional teachers with the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board. A strike may include any labour action including work to rule or partial withdrawal of service, up to and including a full withdrawal of service.

While the union will be in a legal strike position as of May 10th, a strike cannot happen unless the union provides five days’ advance notice. For example, this means that the union would have to advise of strike action by May 6th in order to implement any kind of strike action on Monday, May 11th.   We are committed to keeping you informed and will communicate with you immediately, if and when we become aware that strike notice has been provided.

There are some important differences between the elementary and secondary teachers’ potential strike action. At the elementary level, the union is in a legal strike position with respect to ‘central bargaining’‎. The school district does not sit at the central bargaining table; all Ontario school districts are represented by the Ontario Public School Boards Association (OPSBA) and the government of Ontario.  At the local level, the school district is continuing to meet with our elementary teachers and occasional teachers; however this is separate from the ‘central table’ negotiations.

We understand that the potential for labour disruption can create anxiety for our students, parents and staff. We want to assure you that we will be communicating regularly with parents and students to provide you with as much information as possible, as early as possible so that you can plan accordingly. Decisions about the impact on school operations will depend on the nature of any strike action. All decisions will be based on student safety. For example, in the event of a full withdrawal of service, it is likely that all elementary classes would be cancelled.  More detailed information will be shared if and when strike notice is provided.  At the present time, regular school operations continue.

More information about labour relations is posted on the District website and to the OCDSB’s Facebook and Twitter accounts (@ocdsb). This information is updated regularly. Schools will also be communicating directly with their school community. If you have questions, please feel free to contact your school principal or e-mail us at chat@ocdsb.ca.

Yours sincerely,

Jennifer Adams

Director of Education/Secretary of the Board

Labour Relations Update

April 8, 2015

Dear Parents/Guardians of Elementary School Students:

You may have heard about the possibility of labour disruption at the OCDSB.  I want to reassure you that this is currently an issue affecting secondary schools, not elementary schools.

The collective agreements for all unionized school board employees in Ontario, including teachers, occasional teachers and support staff expired on August 31, 2014.  Currently, none of our bargaining units is in a legal strike position; however the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation (OSSTF) representing secondary school teachers and secondary occasional teachers will be in a legal strike position on April 19, 2015.

The OCDSB is committed to negotiating in good faith in order to reach fair and fully funded collective agreements with all its employee groups. Negotiations with the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO) and other employee groups are underway.  At this time, those discussions are continuing and there is no immediate risk of labour disruption.  

We understand that the potential for labour disruption can create anxiety for our students, parents and staff.   That’s why we wanted to clarify that at this time, there is no immediate risk of labour disruption in elementary schools.  We want to assure you that we will be communicating regularly with parents and students to ensure that you have as much information as possible, so that you can make informed decisions and undertake any long range planning.

More information about labour relations is posted on the District website and to the OCDSB’s Facebook and Twitter accounts. This information is updated regularly.  Schools will also be communicating directly with their school community.   If you have questions, please feel free to contact your school principal or e-mail us at chat@ocdsb.ca.  

In closing, I would like to reiterate that there is no immediate risk of labour disruption at elementary schools.  We are committed to providing safe and caring learning environments and ensuring parents and students are kept informed as soon as information becomes available.  In the interim, regular school operations will continue at all elementary schools.  

Yours sincerely,

Jennifer Adams

Director of Education/Secretary of the Board

March News Update

The month of March has come and gone, and hopefully winter with it!!! 

Congratulations to the Intermediate Boys Basketball team who took second place at the Tier 2 Northwest Regionals at Jack Donohue P.S.  Way to go!

WEJ hosted the OCDSB French Public Speaking Regional contest and we rocked it!!! Our student participants took first place in each of their categories.  Felicitations!

Twenty-four of WEJ’s top chess players competed against students from all across the city in the OCDSB Elementary School Chess Tournament.  WEJ sent four teams to the tournament.  Our Intermediate team and our Junior B team each placed in the top 6 of their respective pools after seven rounds of play.  Our Junior A team did very well and was close to advancing to the playoff round-robin.  Our primary team were gold medal winners! Congratulations to all participants.

The two Junior – Intermediate Winter Activity Days at Mount Pakenham were an unqualified success.  Even the winter weather cooperated on our final day, Friday March 13th.  A HUGE thank you to the many parents who accompanied the students and staff on these very fun outdoor activity days.  Your assistance made this event possible.

During the month of March, as part of character education, the primary classes focused on the trait of Perseverance.  This trait is demonstrated in many ways, for example  . . . people who persevere, work hard and never give up. They stick with something until it is finished.  They care enough to finish what they have stared, even if the work is difficult.  Congratulations to the primary students who demonstrated this important character trait this month.  Their names have been added to the other recipients in the upper hall.

Students participated in a myriad of activities throughout the month which included: Intermediate House League Basketball; Junior Intramurals (pinball); Dance Club; Finger Knitting club; Junior and Intermediate students thoroughly enjoyed their skating sessions at The Mlack Center.

A heartfelt thank you to those lunch helpers that assisted our kindergarten and primary students during the winter session from January to March. 

Please keep the following upcoming events in mind:

Wednesday, April 22 – Parents who have a student who will be attending Earl of March Intermediate School for Grade 7 and 8 are invited to an Information Evening at the Earl of March.  If your student will be entering grade 7, your session is at 7 p.m.  If your child will be entering grade 8, your session begins at 8 p.m.

Monday, May 4 – Kindergarten Information Evening in the Library at 6:00 p.m.

As winter washes away and spring “floods” in, it is advisable that your child(ren) have an extra pair of socks and pants tucked into their tote bags.

Marilyn Burans