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

 

 

 

 

 

Lost and found

We have displayed the many lost winter articles of clothing on the tables in the front lobby. Teachers will take their classes by during the next few days. Please feel free to come into the school if your child(ren) are missing anything. At the end of next week, leftover clothing will be donated to charity.

Exchange student opportunity

March 2015

Dear W E Johnston parents,

We have a wonderful opportunity for the families in our school community to make a friend of a student from abroad and to be an ambassador for our city and region. Families who have done this before have told us that the experience of hosting has been enriching and enjoyable for everyone.

We are inviting families to consider this vision; we will be holding a Host Recruitment Information Night at W E Johnson on April 1st at 7:30 PM.

Among the subjects discussed will be the support offered, ongoing access to a professional Relationship Manager, twenty-four hour emergency assistance, and a generous host stipend to offset expenses.

If you are interested in attending, please register by contacting Nelson Williams at 613 686-6764 ext. 2046 or by emailing nelson@canadahomestaynetwork.ca. Please note that colleagues, neighbors, friends and relatives are also welcome to attend!

Sincerely,

Marilyn Burrans

Parent Resource Library

A sincere thank you to the School Council  and especially to Mrs. Jennifer Ljungstrom, for purchasing and setting up a Parent Resource Library.  The following books/resources have been purchased and are available for parent sign-out.  Should you wish to sign out a book, simply send an email to our Library Technician, Mme Poirier.  monique.poirier@ocdsb.ca   Mme Poirier will send the requested item home with your child.

 

  • 1-2-3 Magic – Effective Discipline For Children 2-12            
  • The 6 Most Important Decisions You’ll Ever Make – A guide for teens        
  • The 7 Habits Of Highly Effective Families – Building a beautiful family culture in a turbulent world            
  • 7 Keys To Comprehension – How to help your kids read it and get it!          
  • The 7 Worst Things Parents Do        
  • The ADD Answer – How to help your child now        
  • All Cats Have Asperger Syndrome   
  • All Dogs Have ADHD
  • Better Food For Kids – Your essential guide to nutrition for all children from age 2 to 6       
  • Better Food For Kids – Your essential guide to nutrition for all children from age 2 to 10     
  • Between Interruptions – 30 women tell the truth about motherhood 
  • Beyond The Blues – A workbook to help teens overcome depression         
  • Boundaries With Kids 
  • Bringing Up Boys       
  • Bullied Teacher, Bullied Student – How to recognize the bullying culture in your school and what to do about it                     
  • The Bully, The Bullied, And The Bystander – From preschool to high school:how parents and teachers can help break the cycle of violence        
  • Catch A Falling Star   
  • Clark Smart Parents, Clark Smart kids – Teaching kids of every age the value of money 
  • A Cook’s Bible – More than 100 mouth-watering recipes for the whole family         
  • Coping With Depression In Young People    
  • Creating Young Writer – Using the six traits to enrich writing process in primary classrooms         
  • Cyber Bullying           
  • Don’t Pick On Me – Help for kids to stand up to & deal with bullies
  • Einstein Never Used Flash Cards – How our children really learn–and why they need to play more and memorize less            
  • Everything You Never Wanted Your Kids To Know About Sex, (but were afraid they’d ask – The secrets to surviving your child’s sexual development from birth to the teens   
  • The Explosive Child – A new approach for understanding and parenting easily frustrated, chronically inflexible children       
  • French Kids Eat Everything (and yours can too) – How our family moved to France, cured picky eating, banned snacking and discovered 10 simple rules for raising happy, healthy eaters
  • Get Out Of My Life, But First Could You Drive Me And Cheryl To The Mall – A parent’s guide to the new teenager                     
  • Goodnight iPad – A parody for the next generation    
  • The Grief Recovery Handbook – The action program for moving beyond death, divorce, and other losses                       
  • Hard Time & Nursery Rhymes – A mother’s tales of law and disorder        
  • Help! My Family’s Messed Up          
  • Help Yourself For Teens – Real-life advice for real-life challenges  
  • Honey, I Wrecked The Kids  
  • How Good Parents Raise Great Kids – The six essential habits of highly successful parents         
  • How To Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk 
  • How You Can Survive When They’re Depressed – Living and coping with depression fallout        
  • I Bet I Won’t Fret – A Work book to help children with generalized anxiety disorder           
  • I Don’t Want To Talk About It
  • The Incredible 5-Point Scale -Assisting students with autism spectrum disorders in understanding social interactions and controlling their emotional responses          
  • The Incredible Years – A trouble-shooting guide for parents of children aged 2-8 years      
  • Inside Asperger’s Looking Out           
  • Keys To Parenting Your Anxious Child                     
  • Kids Are Worth It – raising resilient, responsible, compassionate kids          
  • Kids, Parents, And Power Struggles – Winning for a lifetime
  • Last Child In The Woods – Saving our children from nature-deficit disorder
  • Letters To A Bullied Girl – Messages of healing and hope    
  • Life Strategies For Teens      
  • Lifetimes – A beautiful way to explain death to children        
  • Little Girls Can Be Mean – Four steps to bully-proof girls in the early grades           
  • Look Me In The Eye - My life with Asperger’s
  • Making Sense Of Phonics – The hows and whys     
  • Mother-Daughter Wisdom – Understanding the crucial link between mothers, daughters, and health                                
  • The Motivation Breakthrough – 6 secrets to turning on the tuned-out child  
  • My Friend Has ADHD           
  • My Friend Has Autism           
  • My Friend Has Down Syndrome       
  • My Friend Has Dyslexia        
  • No Body’s Perfect – Stories by teens about body image, self-acceptance, and the search for identity      
  • Now That You Know – What every parent should know about homosexuality                     
  • The Optimistic Child – A proven program to safeguard children against depression and build lifelong resilience        
  • Other People’s Children         
  • The Pampered Child Syndrome – How to recognize it, how to manage it, and how to avoid it : a guide for parents and professionals      
  • Parenting Through Crisis – Helping kids in times of loss, grief, and change 
  • The Parent’s Success Guide To Organizing 
  • Perfect Girls, Starving Daughters – How the quest for perfection is harming young women          
  • Perfect Parenting – The dictionary of 1,000 Parenting Tips
  • Raising Your Spirited Child – A guide for parents whose child is more intense, sensitive, perceptive, persistent, energetic   
  • Reaching Out, Joining In – Teaching social skills to young children with autism      
  • Reading Magic – Why reading aloud to our children will change their lives forever 
  • The Reading Zone – How to help kids become skilled, passionate, habitual, critical readers                      
  • The Rules Of Parenting         
  • The Schools Our Children Deserve – Moving beyond traditional classrooms and “tougher standards”                   
  • Secrets of the teenage brain: research-based strategies for reaching & teaching today’s adolescents : research-based strategies for reaching & teaching today’s adolescents      
  • Secrets Of The Teenage Brain – Research-based strategies for reaching & teaching today’s adolescents                       
  • Sexual Predators – How to recognize them on the Internet and on the street : how to keep your kids away                       
  • Smart But Scattered – The revolutionary “executive skills” approach to helping kids reach their potential 
  • A Smart Girl’s Guide To Friendship Troubles – Dealing with fights, being left out & the whole popularity thing           
  • Some Kids Are Blind  
  • Some Kids Are Deaf  
  • Some Kids Have Autism       
  • Some Kids Use Wheelchairs 
  • Some Kids Wear Leg Braces
  • Study Strategies For Early School Success – Seven steps to improve learning                  
  • Talking To Your Kids About Sex – Turning “the talk” into a conversation for life                  
  • Train Your Brain To Be A Math Genius         
  • Trust Me, Mom — Everyone Else Is Going – The new rules for mothering adolescent daughters               
  • The Ultimate Allergy-Free Snack Cookbook – Over 100 kid-friendly recipes for the allergic child             
  • Understanding Nonverbal Learning Disabilities – A common-sense guide for parents and professionals                
  • Very Short Tall Tales To Read Together       
  • What Do I Do About The Kid Who – 50 ways to turn teaching into learning                                     
  • What Happens When Someone Dies – A child’s guide to death and funerals                      
  • The “What’s Happening To My Body?” (Book for boys)                   
  • Wheat-Free, Milk-Free, Egg-Free Cooking   
  • When A Parent Is Depressed – How to protect your children from the effects of depression in the family 
  • When Gifted Kids Don’t Have All The Answers – How to meet their social and emotional needs   
  • When Someone You Love Has Cancer        
  • When Your Kids Push Your Buttons And What You Can Do about It.          
  • The Whole-Brain Child           
  • The Wonder Of Boys – What parents, mentors and educators to do to shape boys into exceptional men  
  • The Working Parents Handbook       
  • The World Needs Your Kid – Raising children who care and contribute       
  • You Read To Me, I’ll Read To You – Very short stories to read together      
  • Your Child’s Self-Esteem – The Key to Life    

 

     

  

     

February 2015 News Update

February 2015 has been an extremely cold month and we have spent more than a fair share of recesses indoors. However, there are still lots of activities taking place.

Intramurals continue: pinball at the Junior level; basketball and volleyball at the Intermediate level.

Many primary students have been playing chess in Mr. Jackson’s room or learning to knit in Ms. Lewis’ Finger Knitting Club. Primary Dance is just beginning.

 Junior and Intermediate students continue to participate in Chess and Scrabble with Mme Noel.

Band students are rehearsing for Music Fest.

The Junior and Senior Kindergarten students, along with the Grade 2 students had Dental screenings.

 Grade 3 students participated in a “Swim to Survive Day” – they so enjoyed a day in the pool rather than another indoor recess on a frosty day.

Grade 8 students visited the Earl of March for a tour and discussion about transitioning to High School. Their graduation photos have been taken!!

The MFI students have participated in their class and school “Art Oratoire”. The finalists will be participating in the Board finals in March.

“Scientists in the School” have led our Grade 1 students in a myriad of activities and experiments.

Boys and Girls Junior Triple Ball team attended a tournament at A. Lorne Cassidy. The players displayed excellent teamwork and spirit.

Thank you for supporting Toonie Tuesday, which occurred February 24th in support of the OCDSB Education Foundation.  This fund supports students in emergency situations with food, clothing and medical needs. We raised $1,476.00!

Our primary students thoroughly enjoyed their Primary Winter Play Day. A special thanks to the junior leaders and their friends for helping the younger students. Also a warm thank you to our parent volunteer, Mrs. Cramm, for making the hot chocolate for all to enjoy when they came back inside.

The Junior and Intermediate Winter Activity Day at Mount Pakenham finally took place on the 26th. Regrettably, the first Activity Day had to be cancelled on the 20th, due to the extreme cold weather. This day has been rescheduled for Friday, March 13th. A heartfelt thank you to all the parent volunteers, who helped make this a fantastic and fun day.  This activity would not have been possible without you!

The Kindergarten’s Winter Play day also took place on Thursday the 26th. The children enjoyed pancakes in the morning and outside fun in the sunny afternoon.

During the month of February, as part of character education, the primary classes focused on the trait of INTEGRITY. We can demonstrate this trait in many ways. For example…people who have integrity behave ethically and honourably. They are truthful and courageous. They are honest, loyal, and trustworthy. They stand up for what is right even when it is hard. Congratulations to a number of primary students who demonstrated this important character trait so well. Their names are added to the other recipients on the upstairs wall.

Grade 8 students returned to the Earl of March, Friday February 27th to participate in “Youth Talks“, which gives the students the opportunity to hear from their high school peers on a variety of topics that influence their school and everyday lives.

We are looking forward to busy March and hopefully the warmer weather will begin to roll in.

Marilyn Burans