Welcome to Spring; At Last!

Our school population has participated in numerous academic pursuits and a variety of activities and events:

  • Junior and Intermediate students thoroughly enjoyed their skating sessions at The Mlack Center
  •  Junior and Intermediate Chess Club members well represented WEJ at South March P.S.’s Chess Tournament
  • Mr. Bradley’s and Ms. Stephen’s classes experienced a most pleasurable and enlightening field trip to the Aviation Museum
  •  Grade 8 students were treated to a stellar performance of Sweeny Todd when they attended a tour at the Earl of March S.S.
  • Ms. Keeling’s grade 7/8 class went to WE day at The Canadian Tire Center and experienced a wonderful outing
  • School scientists have held a number of eye opening and informative workshops for the primary and junior grades
  • MFI students danced away two afternoons to the tunes of Luv 2 Groove
  • Congratulations to Adrian Khani, Alice Qui and Shireen Faisal for winning their respective French speaking categories at the OCDSB level!

A heartfelt thank you is extended to everyone who participated and volunteered in the Pizza Lunch Program. The proceeds coupled with remaining funds from last year totalled $28,000.00. Ipads, laptops, Chrome Books, projectors and other computer technology were primarily purchased for Kindergarten through grade 6 classrooms. The intermediate classes were similarly outfitted last year.

On behalf of the school a very special thanks is extended to our committed School Council for their fundraising activities. $2,000.00 purchased primary level books for the Primary Read at Home program and for Middle French Immersion resources. Another $100.00 has been allocated to purchasing outdoor recess play items.

With the support and the generosity of students, staff, and families across the OCDSB, Toonie Tuesday 2014 raised more than $35,000 this year – an increase of 30% over last year and 110% over 2012.

Congratulations and thanks to all schools for their support with special thanks to four schools – Bell HS, W.O.  Mitchell ES, W. Erskine Johnston PS and Roch Carrier ES – who raised more than $1,000 each.

All funds raised through this event goes directly to the OCDSB Students in Crisis Fund which supports the extraordinary and emergency needs of individual students brought about by financial hardship. The EFO supports requests for food, clothing and medication for those students in need

Staffing 2014-2015: The board has allocated staffing levels for next year and WEJ will maintain the school’s present compliment of teachers. The only significant change is grade 7 Middle French Immersion will be added to the MFI program.

Class Organization: Planning for individual classroom’s compliment of children for the 2014-2015 school year will soon commence. 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 2, 2014

Lunches: Probably due to growth spurts, the office staff is experiencing an increasing influx of students expressing a desire for additional nourishment. Please initiate a discussion concerning hunger requirements to ensure your children attend school with enough food stuffs to satisfy two breaks.

Extra Utensils: More and more students are requesting a plastic spoon or fork. Please pack extras in their backpacks. The office is always hectic over the lunch hours.

 

Upcoming Events – Mark your Calendars

Kindergarten Information Evening

Parents of junior and senior kindergarten students registered for this upcoming September are cordially invited to attend an informal briefing session in the school’s library on Thursday, May 1st at 6 pm. Please note this meeting is for adults only.

Education Week runs from May 5th to the 9th. This year’s theme is ‘Moving from Great to Excellent in Education.’ Please join us for an open house on May 6th and visit your child’s or children’s classrooms from 9:15 to 10:00 am. The Book Fair will be set up as of Wednesday, May 7th for student viewing.  Parents are welcome to drop in, view and buy! Students will be able to purchase books Thursday and Friday morning.

An added bonus Peter Joynet, a motivational speaker, will address the grades 4 through 8 classes on May 12th.

Please join in wishing good luck to the intermediate boys and girls in their upcoming Badminton tournament at Jack Donahue May 1st, and to the junior girls and boys in their upcoming basketball tournament at W.O. Mitchell P.S., May 6th and 13th.

WEJ’s first CHEO Walk-A-Thon is scheduled for the morning of Friday May 16th. Kindergarten students will remain on school property and the balance will walk through the Beaverbrook community. Information will be coming home shortly.  If you’re free, please come and walk with us, in this worthwhile cause.

Another major highlight is seven intermediate exchange students from Columbia are joining our school family for four weeks starting on May 20th. I know this will be a tremendous learning experience for all involved and lasting friendships will be made. Please welcome them with our typical Canadian hospitality.

The time of year for the provincial education ministry’s mandated EQAO testing has rolled around again for grades 3 and 6. Grade 3 students testing is from May 26 through to May 28th,  and grade 6 students from June 2 through to June 4th.  Please make every effort possible to ensure each student(s) attendance on their respective testing days.

The school has exhibited tremendous growth over the year’s progression as our students have strived to reach their potential. The upcoming final months will continue to challenge and enhance each community member’s potential.

M. Burans

 

Spring Cleaning the Lost and Found

Lost adn Found PicDare we say that spring is upon us? As we shed a layer of snow, it seems as though our kiddos have been shedding a layer as well. Items that were in the Lost and Found are now nicely displayed in the front foyer of the school. If you have been wondering where that go-to sweater went, come and have a look. Students will be brought down to do a walk through with their classes over the next few days and then on April 8th the items will be donated to those in need.

Parent Resource Library

WEJ School Council has received a

“Parents Reaching Out” Grant to create a Parent Resource Library for our school.

This will be located in our school library, where parents and guardians will be able to sign out books through Mme Poirier. A list of the titles in our special collection will be available on the WEJ School Council website.

We would love your input! If you know of any book titles that you feel would benefit our school community, please email your suggestions to wejcouncil@gmail.com with “Library” in the subject line, or place a note in our mailbox in the office by March 26th.

We will also gladly accept any book donations, that are in good/excellent condition, on topics that you feel will help guide our school’s parents and guardians. Desired subjects include any books that would help assist our students with their at home learning (literacy, math, ESL, etc.), books discussing mental health, physical health, learning disabilities and all other family & life issues.

Thank you for your support!
WEJ School Council

International Students Coming To WEJ

March 17, 2014

Dear Parents,

Students from Colombia will be visiting W E Johnston School May 20 – June 18!

Host families needed!

On May 20, five students (boys and girls) from the Abraham Lincoln School in Bogota, Colombia will arrive to spend a month in our school community. These students are part of a larger group of 45 who will be hosted by 8 – 9 OCDSB schools across the region. We are very excited to welcome these students and the teachers who will travel with them.  However, we must first find families willing to host them for their one month study visit.

The OCDSB has had the pleasure of welcoming international students into its schools as part of its successful International Student Program for close to 15 years. Hosts tell us that welcoming an international student into their home has changed their lives. Developing life-long friendships and learning about cultures different than their own has been enriching and enjoyable. Students and host families alike have benefitted from the experience.

So families can investigate this wonderful opportunity, the Canada Homestay Network (CHN), our partner in this wonderful adventure, will be hosting an information session in the School Library at 7 pm on Thursday, March 20, 2014.

Among the subjects discussed will be the support offered to both hosts and students, including pre-arrival orientations, ongoing access to a professional Relationship Manager, 24/7 emergency assistance, and a generous host stipend to offset expenses.

We invite anyone interested in becoming a homestay family to register their intention to attend by contacting Louise at louise@canadahomestaynetwork.ca or 613-686-6764 x 2059. Please note that colleagues, neighbours, friends and relatives are also welcome to attend!

Sincerely,

Marilyn Burans

Principal

February 2014 Update

The last few weeks have been full of exciting and rewarding activities.

Kindergarten registration began on January 27th and still continues.

Throughout January, the continuing character education program for primary classes focused on the trait of Cooperation. The learning centered on daily student interactions including the want to work with others to make WEJ a safe and caring community, and the ability to compromise and negotiate in order to negate problems.

On Sunday, January 29th, the Royal Canadian Legion presented their Youth and Education awards. Everyone at the school extends their congratulations to our winners: Anndee Rowe and Aya Elsharif in the Junior Poem category, Mie Victoria Sudo and Annabel Liu in the Black and White Junior Poster category, and Cindy Mo in the Colour Primary Poster category.

WEJ’s Skills Canada crew competed at Longfields-Davidson Heights Secondary School, on January 29th. Four groups entered the event: the Technology team constructed a device which unloads cargo ships, the Health and Safety team participated, the Construction team built a small scale house and the Green Energy team devised a realistic and environmentally friendly wind turbine.

The following day, two WEJ teams’ pieced together boats, at Jockvale ES. Each team employed a roll of duct tape, a small quantity of adhesive, and two sheets of cardboard. The vessels raced one length of the Walter Baker pool. Due to their perseverance and ingenuity, they captured the gold and silver medals.

City-wide auditions were held for the OCDSB All Star Concert Band for musically talented grade 8 students.  More than a smattering of our musicians attended. Diane Kim, Zelia Fang, Kevin Liao, Nadia Miller, and Forest Yeung made the grade. Congratulations!

On February 6th, John Harris, Principal at The Earl of March and Mary Saunders, a guidance teacher, spoke with grade 8 students about what to expect in high school and succinctly covered available options.

Middle French Immersion information night was held on February 6th. This registration process is on-going.

MFI finalists’ speeches were delivered in the gym on February 12th.  Three participants are moving on to the regional finals on March 4th at Roch Carrier ES: Adrian Khani, Alice Qui and Shireen Faisal.  Congratulations and Good Luck!

MFI students also participated in the Luv 2 Groove dance afternoon, February 18th.

Grade three students are participating in the Swim to Survive Program, which is being held at the Boy’s and Girl’s Club.

Junior teams are participating in numerous intramural activities including pinball, roller hockey and chess.

A Junior volleyball tournament is being scheduled at Stonecrest P.S.

On February 11th and again on the 21st, students helped cheer on Canada’s Olympic heroes by adorning appropriate attire. Primary students revelled in the Olympic spirit by participating in an Olympic Play day organized by teachers and junior students.

The School Council hosted a Valentine’s Day Family Dance which even included a break dancing demonstration. Everyone in attendance thoroughly enjoyed the evening.

Candy grams were sent during the week’s festivities and many students wore pink on the special day.

Congratulations are in order to the Senior Concert Band who performed at The Capital Region Music Fest. In true Olympic form, each student rose to the occasion.

A District Review has recently concluded. This is a process where professionals from across the board share strengths and accomplishments realized in student learning. DR teams, composed of Principals and VPs visit a school for a day, review data, conduct classroom observations, document evidence of alignment with the School Effectiveness Framework, debrief staff and a report is forwarded to the Principal and the Superintendent.

Student teachers from Ottawa U spent the morning of February 25th facilitating art classes for grades one through eight.

Graduation photos for grade 8 students will take place on Thursday, February 27th.

A reminder that on hot lunch day (Pizza and Pita), students still need to pack healthy snacks in order to get through the day!

The myriad of activities could not occur without the dedication of our committed staff, students and parent volunteers. A heartfelt thank you goes out to one and all.

Marilyn Burans