December was a short school month; however the students were busy with:
Junior girls and boys Bordenball
Kanata Food Bank
Holiday Cards for Seniors
Fund Raising for Syrian Refugees
*NEW* PA Day
A Professional Activity Day has been added to this school year’s calendar. Please note the date of this PA Day is Friday, 15 April 2016.
Outside Play/Recess Time
Children well dressed for the cold learn to enjoy and play in our Canadian winters. Students go outside for all recesses unless it is so cold as to be unsafe. Please ensure your child comes to school with warm clothing; hats, mittens, boots, and snow pants. We appreciate an extra pair of socks and mittens being put into their school bag.
Our school play structures are now closed. A reminder that all children are not to play on the playground structures before, during or after school.
From the School Council
Please visit the School Council website at www.wejcouncil.ca. There is also a link to it from the school website. Check it out for updates, information and Council news! Next meeting is Monday, January 11th at 6:30 in the Library.
Reminder: When buses are cancelled, so is the School Council food program at school. Send your child to school with a lunch from home.
Registration for Kindergarten
A Parent Information Night regarding the Full Day Learning Kindergarten program will be held on Wednesday, January 27rd at 6:00 in the school Library. This is for those parents of new kindergarten students, who are planning to attend W. Erskine Johnston P.S. in September 2016. If your child is already in Junior Kindergarten and is going on to Senior Kindergarten, you do not have to re-register him/her.
Kindergarten Registration will be from January 25th– January 29th, 2016, however registration is ongoing throughout the year. Parents can register in the school office from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Please bring proof of age, your child’s Ontario Health Card, Proof of Address, and Immunization record.
Student Transfer Timelines
The application period for a cross boundary transfer to another elementary school is only from February 8th – 19th, 2016. Applications can be obtained from school office staff.
Guidelines for the transfer process can be found on the OCDSB web site: www.ocdsb.edu.on.ca
Middle French Immersion
If your child is in grade 3 and you are contemplating their entry into the Middle French Immersion program for grade 4, the program is offered here at W. Erskine Johnston P.S. A Parent Information Night is planned for Thursday, February 18th, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. in the Library. Registration for Middle French Immersion begins on February 16, 2016 through to February 22nd, 2016, however it is also ongoing. Transportation for students is provided by the Board, for those students who meet the criteria.
Ottawa Public Health Immunization Notice
This week OPH will be sending suspension letters to parents if their child’s records are not up-to-date. To avoid school suspensions, parents who received a letter requesting immunization information must contact OPH by phone at 613-580-6744 or submit immunization information online, by fax, by mail or by the ImmunizeCA app.
Parents can visit parentinginottawa.ca/immunization for more details about how to submit their child’s immunization information to Ottawa Public Health. Suspension letters for OCDSB students will be sent home starting in January 2016. Information has been added to our website and sent home through backpacks as well. This information has also been translated into: Arabic, Farsi, French (Canadian), Nepali, Russian, Somali, Spanish, Urdu, Vietnamese, Chinese (Simple), Chinese (Traditional)
Please note that only those parents that received a letter from Ottawa Public Health in the last month and have not responded need to contact Ottawa Public Health.
Dental Screening for Students in JK, SK and Grade 2
Lucy Charbonneau, a registered dental hygienist with Ottawa Public Health, will provide a dental screening using a tongue depressor on February 2, 2016*, for grades JK, SK & 2 and other children as necessary. If your child’s grade is not selected, but you wish for the dental hygienist to see him/her, please advise the school. Only children identified as having dental needs will bring home a form. Follow-up school visits by the dental hygienist for individual children may be done. THIS DOES NOT REPLACE REGULAR DENTAL VISITS WITH YOUR FAMILY DENTIST.
* Some date(s) may be subject to change
This dental screening is offered in accordance with the Ontario Public Health Standards from Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care. Personal Health Information is collected in compliance with the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act and the Personal Health Information Protection Act and will be used for the purpose of dental assessment, treatment and oral hygiene instruction, and for statistical purposes. Questions concerning the collection and use of this information should be directed to the Supervisor of Dental Health Promotion, Ottawa Public Health, 400-1580 Merivale Rd., Ottawa, ON, tel.: 613-580-6744 ext. 26376.
Dates to Remember
Friday, January 22 PA Day
January 25 – 29 Kindergarten Registration
Wednesday, January 27 Parent Information Evening for Full Day Early Learning Kindergarten
Thursday, February 4 Report cards home
February 8 – 19 Transfer Period
February 16 – 22 MFI Registration
Thursday, February 18 MFI Information Evening