Thursday is going to be RED BLACK day at WEJ! Wear RED and BLACK to support Ottawa’s football team as the play their first playoff game in franchise history on Sunday the 22nd! Go RED/BLACKS!!!

Earlier today, a REDBLACKS flag was raised during a ceremony at Ottawa City Hall.  Deputy Mayor Bob Monette encouraged all Ottawa residents to support our team by wearing red and black on Friday and, since Friday is a PD Day for thousands of Ottawa students, GM Marcel Desjardins invited fans to attend an open practice for free.

Since it is a PD Day on Friday, some of you might want to take advantage of what the football team has to offer.


The practice, which runs from 11:15 a.m. to 1:00 p. m., will be preceded by a free public skate in the arena at TD Place.  So bring the kids, bring your skates and a helmet and we’ll see you on the ice starting at 10:00 a.m.

To attend the skate and/or open practice on Friday, visit TD Place, 1015 Bank St.  Enter at Gate 2.

Skaters should note that the use of helmets at TD Place Arena is mandatory for all aged 17 and under. The use of helmets by all other skaters is strongly encouraged.

Your French Teacher at Home

Bonjour chères enseignantes, enseignants,
As a not-for-profit organization, our main objective is to support children and their families in their French education.

We are proud to provide you with information about our available programs to support your children in French and math:

Thanks for your support and recommendation.
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A French tutor at home will help your child improve in Reading, Writing and Comprehension. Extra support in French will also help your child gain self-confidence in French.

Our Free Online Teachers are available every Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 4pm to 8pm to help your child with French homework.

Upcoming Carleton Athletics PD Day Camps


After the successful launch of last year’s PD Day camps, we will be continuing to offer our one-day PD Day camps during the 2015-2016 school year.

The next PD Day Camp is this Friday, November 20, 2015.

Full List of remaining PD Day Camps:

  • Friday November 20th
  • Friday January 22nd
  • Friday February 12th
  • Friday June 10th

Each one day camp runs from 8.30am-4.30pm and is now open for registration. Featuring a full day of sports activities, a swim and a full cafeteria lunch, it provides an active option for children on their day off.

Full details and a list of upcoming PD Day Camp dates can be found here.

Please find more details and register here.

Holiday Camp – Begins December 20th

As always, we will be offering a holiday camp during the school holidays at the end of the year. This year there will be a three day camp from Monday December 20nd to Wednesday December 23th and a three day camp from Monday December 28th to Wednesday December 30th. Single day registration will also be available for each of the six days and registration and details are available here.

We’ll be offering a CYBER MONDAY special this year on our  Holiday Camps. Be sure to check our website on Monday November 30th for details.



Report Cards and Parent-Teacher Interviews

November 13, 2015

Dear Parents,

I wanted to share information with your regarding progress reports and parent teacher interviews.  Under the terms of the central agreement for elementary teachers, the timing of the fall progress report was delayed.  At the OCDSB, elementary progress reports will be issued for all students in grades 1 through 8 on December 10, 2015. These reports will cover the regular fall reporting period, from the first day of school to October 30th, 2015. The reports will include information about progress and teacher comments.

A reminder that Friday, November 20th is a Professional Activity Day.  This is the date scheduled for parent teacher interviews.  Under the terms of the central agreement, teacher-parent interviews remain at the discretion of the teacher and will be initiated if the teacher has a concern about a student’s progress.  If your child’s teacher feels that an interview would be required, he or she will contact you directly to arrange a time on either the evening of Thursday, November 19th or on the morning of Friday, November 20th.

As always, parents are encouraged to contact their child’s teacher if they have any questions or concerns about their child’s progress. Teachers remain committed to ongoing communication with individual parents/guardians regarding student progress and development.

Although job action has ended for elementary teachers, we continue to have sanctions in place for our educational support workers.  This does have an impact on school operations and we appreciate your ongoing support as we work through those issues.

I want to assure you that our key priority remains working to ensure students have a successful school year. We appreciate your continued patience and understanding.

Kindest regards,

Marilyn Burans  

Principal W. Erskine Johnston P.S.


Poinsettias Plant Fundraiser

School Council is partnering with Richmond Nurseries to sell poinsettias with a portion of the proceeds going to the council. This fundraiser will use the online ordering system at the following link:

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Choose a plant size:

• 4.5″ pot, single plant – $8

• 6″ pot, large single plant – $16

• 8″ pot, two plants – $36

• 10″ pot, three plants – $48

Ordering from Wednesday November 11th until Wednesday November 18th. Delivery is on Tuesday, December 1st 3pm – 6pm.

Please support your school!  Richmond Nurseries is offering a great deal with exceptional beautiful plants with a portion of the sale going to the school council!  Payment with Paypal only.


WEJ Book Fair Cancelled

Unfortunately, WEJ’s Scholastic Book Fair slated for November has been cancelled. A big heartfelt thank you goes out to the parents who had volunteered their time. Plans are being formulated to hold the Fair in the spring and a notice will be posted as to the new dates in the new year.

Secure School this Afternoon

For your information, following a report of an unusual activity on the school yard at the end of the afternoon recess, we put the school into a “Secure School” mode.  In a “Secure School”, students remain in their classrooms, pull the curtains, stay away from the windows, and continue with quiet class activity.

Following established protocol, the Ottawa Police Department was contacted and officers responded.  The school then went from “Secure School” into “Shelter in Place”, where the students continued with regular activity, inside the school.  After a thorough examination of the area and neighbourhood, the Police determined there was no danger to students or staff and the “Shelter in Place” was also lifted.  Dismissal was normal.


The Heat Is On !!!

The heating difficulties that we were experiencing last week are over.

Students really warmed up Friday afternoon, as all divisions participated in “Fitness Dance Activities” in the gym.

This Friday, October 30, students are invited to come to school either in costume or to dress in orange and black.  There are a number of ‘spooktacular’ activities taking place on Friday.


Hot Lunch Program NOW Accepting Orders

WEJ School Council will be offering Jo Jo’s Pizza and Pita Pit lunches for all students in grades 1-6 this year!  Milk and Juice orders will be available for grades JK – 6.

Pita:  Fresh, healthy pita sandwiches are offered in a 6-inch size called a Petita™ that’s perfect for children.   Five tasty pitas are available (chicken breast, turkey, chicken souvlaki, ham, and veggie), each with the choice of five toppings, cheese, and a choice of two sauces!
Pizza slice choices are: cheese, veggie and pepperoni.
Beverage choices are:  White milk, chocolate milk and orange juice.

NOW ACCEPTING ORDERS until Friday, November 6th

The Hot Lunches ordering system,, is up and running.  
The access code is WEJLUNCHES! .
Orders can be made from October 23, 2105 until November 6th, 2015.

Pizza and Pitas deliveries start the week ofTuesday, November 10th.
Milk and Juice deliveries start Tuesday, November 10th.

All food orders must be paid in advance by Midnight Friday, Nov 6.  If orders are not paid, those orders will be cancelled and as a result no food will be delivered for those orders.  The ordering system will close after Nov 6.
Please be aware that all ordering must be paid for using PayPal  this year due to the Ontario elementary teachers union work action.  No cash or cheques will be accepted.

See the How to Order sub-menu on the Hot Lunch Program menu tab for detailed order instructions  If you are experiencing difficulties with ordering, please contact