January 2015 News Update

It’s 2015 and we are off to a busy and active start.

Intramurals are back.   Bordenball at the Junior level continued for the first couple of weeks of January and has now concluded. Pinball is now underway. “Les Maisons” are accumulating points!

The Intermediates are in full volleyball play during recess times.

This fall, some classes participated in the Royal Canadian Legion’s Literary and Poster competition.  WEJ did an amazing job with 10 students placing in different categories.  A BIG CONGRATULATION to those students who placed in the top 3 in various categories and who were recognized at the Kanata Legion on Sunday January 18th.

During the month of December, as part of our continuing character education, the primary classes focused on the trait of Appreciation.  The students demonstrated this in many ways; by being grateful for all that they have, by being thankful for the support that others have given them, and by being generous in recognizing the contributions of others.  During the month of January, the classes focused on the trait of Cooperation.  The attribute is demonstrated in a number of fashions.  A few examples are: people who cooperatively work with others help make a peaceful community.  They are willing to listen to others’ ideas and suggestions.  They work well with others to solve problems and differences of opinion. Congratulations to a number of primary students who demonstrated these two very important character traits.  Their names are added to the other recipients on the upstairs wall.

On January 9th, two student reps from each grade 6 and 7 class, along with the same groupings from Stephen Leacock and Roland Michener attended a preliminary transition Field Trip to the Earl of March. Jon Harris, Principal of the Earl of March, along with teachers and high school students made them feel at home.  Activities included: thinking about items for a time capsule, seeing the plans of the new school, a tour of the construction site, lunch in the cafeteria with grade 12 students sitting and talking to them about the EOM, games in the “big” gym and a chat session with grade 9 students. These students have shared their experiences with their classmates and will be taking comments and posing questions back on a return visit.

More transition activities are in the planning phase – i.e., a parent evening, a BBQ with students, parents, teachers . . . we will keep you posted.

On January 9th, the Intermediates attended an OCDSB presentation “OCDSB Youth Talks” and on January 27th were back at the Earl of March for a “Tech Tour”.

January 14th saw the Intermediate students attend a MADD presentation in the school’s gym.

A number of families were out and thoroughly enjoyed Disney’s Big Hero 6 which aired in WEJ’s gym on Thursday January 15th.  Once again A BIG thank you to our School Council parents for organizing this fun evening activity.

An EOM transition meeting was held on Monday January 19th.  Superintendent, Brett Reynolds, Principals and Teachers from W. Erskine Johnston, Stephen Leacock and Roland Michener, Trustee Christine Boothby, Facilities personnel, School Chairs, and transition representatives attended. Discussion items included: construction schedule; (progressing on time); EOM renovations; upcoming logistic meetings with the respective schools; staffing of teachers; EOM start time of 8:40 and transportation.  Minutes of the transition meeting should be published shortly and will be available on the OCDSB website and will also be posted on WEJ’s website.

Kindergarten Information Night was held on January 22nd.  Kindergarten registration began on Monday January 26th and is on-going.

WEJ’s Recess Guitar Club was invited by Councilor Marianne Wilkinson to perform “O Canada” at City Hall to Council this past Wednesday morning. The students not only played “O Canada”, but were asked by Mayor Watson to play another piece.  The club enthusiastically performed a Taylor Swift song, which inspired a number of councilors to get up and dance.  Following their performance, the students were treated to a tour of City Hall and some treats.  Look for this activity in the Kanata Kourier soon!

On Wednesday evening, January the 28th, four grade 8 students auditioned for the OCDSB All Star Concert Band, a group made up of the top grade 8 musicians from around the city.  Congratulations to all four students who were accepted in the All Star Band.  WOW!!

We had an exciting couple days this week for WEJ competitors at Skills Canada events! On Wednesday, January 28th our teams competed with honour in Construction, Lego Robotics, Lego Mechanics, Tech, Health & Safety, Character Animation and Green Energy. We’re thrilled to announce that WEJ placed FIRST in Health & Safety, receiving the gold medal and some students will be going to Waterloo to compete in the provincials in May!! We also took home silver in Lego Robotics, Lego Mechanics, and Construction whose teams surprised the crowd! The Green Energy team was also given an honourable mention by judges for their risk taking by designing a truly green wind turbine that amazed them all. Tech and Character Animation teams met the difficult challenges with grace and put in an admirable effort.

On Thursday January 29th, 2 teams competed in the Cardboard Boat Race. Our teams kept up a WEJ tradition and brought home gold and silver medals! One boat held the most weight at 490 pounds, the other an incredible speed of 23 seconds! Both teams will be going to Waterloo to compete at provincials in March!

Intermediate students have had immunization clinics this month.

Intermediate and Junior students have attended presentations by the school’s Public Health Nurse here at the school.

Throughout the month, Grade 4 – 6 MFI students are invited to “Club de Lecture” with Mme Gunn.

Students are continuing to participate in Chess and Scrabble with Mme Noel this month.

A HUGE THANK YOU to our grade 5 and 6 students who are our Lunch Helpers this term.

Primary students have been invited to be part of a new finger knitting club which takes place every Wednesday during the recesses.

Primary chess Club occurs in Mr. Jackson’s room.

Reports cards for students from Senior Kindergarten to Grade 8 will go home Wednesday, February 4th

The Middle French Immersion Information Evening takes place Thursday, February 5th starting at 6:30 p.m.in the Library

The Transfer period runs from February 9th to the 20th.  Transfer forms are available from the school office.

“Girls on the Run” and “Girls on Track” are coming to WEJ.  This program is a positive youth development program which combines an interactive curriculum developing self-respect, with training for a non-competitive 5 KM run/walk.  WEJ will be running the “Girls on the Run” program for girls in grade 3 to 5 and the “Girls on Track” program for girls in grades 6 to 8.  The program runs for 10 weeks on Tuesday and Friday afternoons from 4:00 – 5:15 p.m.   Information was presented to the girls on January 27th and registration information was handed out.  Space is limited to 20 spots for each program.  For more information please visit girlsontherun.ca or contact Mme Winters.

Student Absence

Thank you very much for calling in your child’s absence or late arrival.  It is a tremendous help in ensuring students have been accounted for in a timely fashion.  Please call 613-592-4492 and leave a message on the voicemail 24 hours a day or by email at werskinejohnstonps@ocdsb.ca.

Marilyn Burans


Reminder of Grade 8 Information Night at the Earl of March


Thursday, January 22, 2015, 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. School Auditorium

The evening is appropriate for parents of Grade 8 students who will be attending Earl of March Secondary School next year. Students are encouraged to accompany their parents.

Information and discussion will include:
  • secondary school requirements for graduation
  • courses offered in grade 9
  • special programs available to students
    • Advanced Placement
    • International Certificate Program
    • French Immersion
    • Innovative Technology Programs
  • Extra-curricular programs
  • services and support provided by the school
  • an opportunity to ask questions