Spring BBQ – Sponsored by WEJ School Council

WEJ Spring BBQ and Social!
 Join your friends at WEJ for a Spring BBQ and social THIS coming Friday, May 22nd from 5:30 – 7:30!

Purchase BBQ by Grill Master (Prices and food choices below), buy delicious Yogurty’s desserts, be entertained by Crash the Clown, bring your bike or scooter and decorate it for the bike parade, get your face painted, be entertained by the renowned WEJ Guitar Club!  Fun and games for the whole family!  Most importantly, enjoy mingling with other WEJ families!

FREE to attend (buy dinner from Grill Master or bring your own picnic!). Bring your own chairs or blankets to sit on.  Visit  http://wejcouncil.ca/

New Kanata North Elementary School Attendance Boundary Study

A public consultation meeting took place on the evening of May 7, 2015 at the Earl of March Secondary School.  Board staff presented two proposals and received public feedback.

Existing elementary schools involved in the study:

Jack Donohue Public School

Roland Michener Public School

South March Public School

Stephen Leacock Public School

The meeting information package is available on the Board website, the School Council Website and through the url below.

http://www.ocdsb.ca/sch/Pages/New-Kanata-Elementary-School.aspx

W. Erskine Johnston Public School

In addition, there are some paper copies of the study in the school office.

We welcome your feedback.  We would encourage parents to provide the planning department with your comments so that they can be included and considered in the recommendation report. Please contact us via the following:

Email:   newkanataes@ocdsb.ca
Fax:      613-820-6968
Mail:     New Kanata North E.S. Attendance Boundary Study,
Planning Department
133 Greenbank Road
Nepean, ON
K2H 6L3

Please check the Board website for updated information.

 

April 2015 Update

Welcome to Spring At Last !!!!!

The students have been participating in numerous academic pursuits and in a variety of activities and events.

WEJ Senior Band participated at the Kiwanis Music Festival at Sacred Heart High School, which is a music festival for any bands and soloists from the Intermediate to the High School level.  Our Senior Band performed extremely well and came away with the highest possible rating; Gold! Congratulations to all.

Three outstanding WEJ students were recognized by City Councillor Marianne Wilkinson for Kanata Youth Citizen of the Year and presented with certificates.  Congratulations to Divya Menon, Tony Olliviere and Nasser Nayed.  Ms. Stephens was also honoured for WEJ’s Recess Guitar Club, at the ceremony.

This month, as part of character education, the primary classes focused on the trait of OPTIMISM. We can demonstrate this trait in many ways. For example…people who are optimistic believe that challenges are opportunities. They choose to see goodness and have hope for the future.  Winners names have been added to the other recipients in the upper hallway.

Congratulations to the Intermediate boys and girls in the Badminton Tournament held at WOM Thursday, April 30th and Friday, May 1. The girls placed first and second in the Tier 2tournament. The first place team went on to compete in the Tier 1 tournament and finished second. They get to go to the board championships next Wednesday.

Girls on the Run, for girls in grades 3 to 5 and Girls on Track, for girls in grade 6 to 8 are up and running.

All our students have been dancing away to the tunes of Luv 2 Groove these last two weeks.

The grade 6 students experienced an enlightening field trip to the Aviation Museum.

Our Junior Band played at Fisher Park Public School.

Junior pinball concluded this month, as did Skating.

Dance group continues !

Primary students were introduced to Yoga!

Yearbook participants are busily taking photos of the grades 6, 7 and 8 students and getting the yearbook ready.  The winner of the Yearbook Cover Contest is Liza Kokina.  Congratulations, Lisa.

On behalf of the school, a very special thank you is extended to our committed School Council for their fundraising activities, which includes the organizing of the lunch programs.  The next fundraiser is the Spring Plant Sale which is just in time for Mother’s Day.  Planters are from the Richmond Nursery.  Information and how to order can be found on the School Council website www.wejcoucil.ca.

A heartfelt thank you is extended to everyone who participated and volunteered in the lunch programs this year.  Sixteen thousand dollars of the proceeds have been allocated to increasing our technology for the school.  Chrome Books and IPads have been purchased to augment the technology for Kindergarten and Primary students.

Staffing 2015-2016:  The OCDSB has allocated staffing levels for next year.  As the Intermediate portion of WEJ will be moving to the Earl of March this coming school year, our school enrolment is reduced, which in turn translates into fewer staff.

Class Organization:  Planning for individual classroom’s compliment of children for the 2015-2016 school is underway.  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 7, 2015.

 Upcoming Events – Mark your Calendars

Three months ago, 5 students successfully auditioned for the OCDSB All Star Band.  They have been rehearsing for 4 hours per week for the last 5 weeks and will be presenting their performance this weekend at the Gala Concert at Earl of March.  Admission is free, and everyone is welcome to attend.  The concert starts at 2pm on Sunday, so come out and show your support for our hard-working students

Kindergarten Information Evening:  Parents of kindergarten students new to the school for this upcoming September are cordially invited to attend an information session in the school gym on Monday, May 4th at 6pm.  Please note this meeting is for adults only.

Education Week runs from May 4th to the 8th.  Please join us for an open house on Tuesday, May 5th and visit your child’s or children’s classrooms from 9:15 – 10:00 am.

WEJ’s CHEO Walk-A-Thon is scheduled for the morning of Tuesday, May 12th.  Kindergarten students will remain on school property, while the rest will walk through the Beaverbrook community.  We would love for you to come and walk with us, in this worthwhile cause.  Please ensure your child(ren) are dressed for the weather; hat, sunscreen or rainwear. Only in the case of extreme weather, will we move to the rain date of Friday, May 15th.

The Spring Band Concert is scheduled for Thursday May 21st at the Earl of March at 7:00pm

Our Annual Volunteer Breakfast will take place on Friday, May 22nd.  Stay tuned.

Intermediate Exchange students from Columbia will be joining our school family for four weeks later this month.  This will be a tremendous learning experience for all involved.

Provincial mandated EQAO testing has rolled around again for students in grades 3 and 6.  Grade 3 students’ testing will take place from May 25th to May 27th.  Grade 6 begins May 28th until June 1st.  Please make every effort possible to ensure each student(s) attendance on their respective testing days.

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

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

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