Hello. We are excited to be back and starting the 2015-2016 school year here at W. Erskine Johnston P.S. It is a great time to set up our classrooms, lay out the new school supplies, and enjoy the optimistic, energetic feeling after having enjoyed a wonderful summer break.
A special “Welcome” to our new students who are joining us at WEJ this year. We are happy to see our students this week looking fresh, eager and excited to be back with their friends.
This a good time for families to start the year off with positive routines that will enhance your child’s school success:
- A regular bedtime
- Healthy litterless lunches and snacks
- A regular review/homework/study time of 10 minutes per grade level
- Ensuring your child’s agenda is checked and signed, and/or checking the class blog each evening
- Time for reading and less in front of the TV
- Time for exercise and fresh air
- Helping your child take responsibility for his/her cooperative behaviour and commitment to achieving a personal best this year.
The first month of school is a great time to get these positive habits in place.
We extend a warm welcome to our new office assistant, Ms. Avan Hoshyar and we welcome back Mrs. Shannon Keeling, who was on leave last year. We are fortunate to have Mme Benyelles, who is teaching the Grade 6MFI class and Mme Breese, who is teaching Primary Core French.
It is most important that you report your child’s absence or late arrival by calling the school at 613-592-4492 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Do We Have Your Number?
We have sent home a number of forms for you to read, sign and return. Kindergarten students will have their forms this coming Monday. Please return these forms to the school as soon as possible. Thank you. It is essential to let the office know IMMEDIATELY should your home, work or cell numbers change throughout the school year. It is also very important to let us know should you move or your daycare changes.
School Bus Transportation
WEJ has 9 buses and 3 van taxis this year. The OCDSB transportation policy clearly outlines protocol for bus privileges. Only those students who qualify for busing will be permitted to ride on the busses. Students will be transported only on their designated bus with consistent pick-up and drop-off locations. Any change will only be considered in the case of an emergency and must be arranged through the school office.
If you are picking up your child who normally rides the bus, you must sign him/her out in the office at the end of the day.
Parents can go on line and review any “bus delay” information from the OSTA website at www.ottawaschoolbus.ca. Parents may reach the Transportation Office at 613-224-8800 # 2383 until 5 pm for information about buses or in case of emergencies.
Student Drop-Off and Parking
Please help us to keep the children safe. PLEASE DO NOT DRIVE EITHER IN THE BUS LOOP NOR IN THE FRONT OF THE SCHOOL LOOP WHEN DROPPING CHILDREN OFF AT SCHOOL IN THE MORNING OR PICKING THEM UP AT THE END OF THE DAY.
Thank you to the parents who are dropping their children off at the Lay-By on Varley Drive.
Please be advised that the small parking lot located off Varley Dr. can only accommodate about a dozen vehicles and is intended for parents of Kindergarten students. Therefore, parking is limited to less than 5 minutes in this lot. Due to the high number of school buses entering, the entrance way must be kept clear at all times, and therefore, there may be limited access to the small lot at any given point in time.
Older students, driven to school, should be dropped off at the Varley Lay-By. Parents are asked not to park in the larger parking lot as those spots are reserved for school staff.
Litterless Lunches Please
At our school, we participate in the Litterless Lunch Program. Please send your child’s lunch in reusable containers in order to avoid creating extra waste. Any litter remaining from your child’s lunch will be sent back home in his/her lunch box. Don’t forget to include spoons and forks. The office is not able to supply these items. Thanks for your participation!
As a visitor/volunteer, you are asked to report to the main office upon school entry. Please do not go directly to any classroom or onto the schoolyard at recess times. If you are staying, we ask that you sign in and wear a visitor sticker while you are in the school building or on school property. If you are withdrawing your child(ren) from school during school hours, please send a note to the teacher indicating the date, time and reason for leaving. Office staff will call students down to the office to meet you. Parents are required to come in and sign out their child(ren) at the office if they are departing during school times.
Students who arrive late must receive an admit slip from the office.
We ask that you refrain from telephoning or coming into the office near the end of the school day to sign out your child, as office staff will not be able to contact your child in time.
W. Erskine Johnston Web Site
The school website is www.wejps.net. We will be updating information on staff, class blogs, and upcoming activities over the next several days.
Extended Day Program
Before and after school care (EDP) is offered before and after school for students from JK to Grade 6. Morning care is from 7:00 – 9:00 am and after school care is from 3:45 – 6:00 pm. Entry and pick-up is through the door at the back of the school by the bus loop. Registration is ongoing and forms are available at the school office.
School staff is not permitted to administer medication (prescription or non-prescription) to any students without authorization from the parent and physician. If it is necessary for your child to receive medication at school, an Ottawa-Carleton District School Board form must be completed by your doctor and brought to the school office. Forms must be signed by the physician who prescribed the medicine. Please do not send a note asking staff to administer any medicine on a casual basis; legally, we are not permitted to do so. Should medication or dosage change, a new form must be completed and signed by the physician.
Help to make WEJ an “allergy smart” school by creating a safe environment. Please do not send nuts/nut products or other allergens to school if your child has a classmate with a life-threatening allergy. We appreciate you taking time to read labels of items to ensure there are no “hidden” ingredients that are of concern.
Please consider getting involved in supporting W. Erskine Johnston P.S. by joining our School Council. The first meeting and the elections of the new Council for this year will be held on Tuesday, September 22nd in the library at 6:30 p.m.
Student Accident Insurance
Creating a caring and safe environment for our students is our top priority. Unfortunately, despite all reasonable precautions being taken, accidents can still happen. Some injuries may result in medical, dental or other expenses that are not covered by provincial health care or employer group plans. As a parent/guardian, you become responsible for these expenses.
Student accident insurance is available for purchase, on a voluntary basis, through Reliable Life Insurance Company. Forms can either be picked up from the school office or downloaded at www.binks.ca, or you may apply online at www.insuremykids.com.
The OCDSB encourages all parents/guardians to consider purchasing this insurance. If your child is involved in school related sports activities or is participating in any field trips out of the province you may wish to seriously consider the coverage options, which range from $13.00/year to $31.00/year. This coverage is for the entire calendar year and also applies outside of school hours. If you have any questions, please call Binks Insurance Brokers directly at 613-226-1350.
Meet the Teacher and Barbecue
We have not been able to organize this event as yet.
Special Lunches and Milk and Juice
Thanks to the School Council, students will be able to participate in special lunches and/ or the Milk and Juice program. Information will be coming from School Council shortly.
School Photo Day
On Thursday, October 15th, a photographer from Earl Havlin Photography will be taking individual and class photos of all our students and classes. You are under no obligation to purchase the pictures. This year, on the same day after school, a family photo evening will also be provided beginning at 4:30 p.m.
We are fortunate to have an adult crossing guard at Varley Dr. and Carr Cres. Students, who cross there, do so under the supervision of the crossing guard.