Spring Cleaning the Lost and Found

Lost adn Found PicDare we say that spring is upon us? As we shed a layer of snow, it seems as though our kiddos have been shedding a layer as well. Items that were in the Lost and Found are now nicely displayed in the front foyer of the school. If you have been wondering where that go-to sweater went, come and have a look. Students will be brought down to do a walk through with their classes over the next few days and then on April 8th the items will be donated to those in need.

Parent Resource Library

WEJ School Council has received a

“Parents Reaching Out” Grant to create a Parent Resource Library for our school.

This will be located in our school library, where parents and guardians will be able to sign out books through Mme Poirier. A list of the titles in our special collection will be available on the WEJ School Council website.

We would love your input! If you know of any book titles that you feel would benefit our school community, please email your suggestions to wejcouncil@gmail.com with “Library” in the subject line, or place a note in our mailbox in the office by March 26th.

We will also gladly accept any book donations, that are in good/excellent condition, on topics that you feel will help guide our school’s parents and guardians. Desired subjects include any books that would help assist our students with their at home learning (literacy, math, ESL, etc.), books discussing mental health, physical health, learning disabilities and all other family & life issues.

Thank you for your support!
WEJ School Council

International Students Coming To WEJ

March 17, 2014

Dear Parents,

Students from Colombia will be visiting W E Johnston School May 20 – June 18!

Host families needed!

On May 20, five students (boys and girls) from the Abraham Lincoln School in Bogota, Colombia will arrive to spend a month in our school community. These students are part of a larger group of 45 who will be hosted by 8 – 9 OCDSB schools across the region. We are very excited to welcome these students and the teachers who will travel with them.  However, we must first find families willing to host them for their one month study visit.

The OCDSB has had the pleasure of welcoming international students into its schools as part of its successful International Student Program for close to 15 years. Hosts tell us that welcoming an international student into their home has changed their lives. Developing life-long friendships and learning about cultures different than their own has been enriching and enjoyable. Students and host families alike have benefitted from the experience.

So families can investigate this wonderful opportunity, the Canada Homestay Network (CHN), our partner in this wonderful adventure, will be hosting an information session in the School Library at 7 pm on Thursday, March 20, 2014.

Among the subjects discussed will be the support offered to both hosts and students, including pre-arrival orientations, ongoing access to a professional Relationship Manager, 24/7 emergency assistance, and a generous host stipend to offset expenses.

We invite anyone interested in becoming a homestay family to register their intention to attend by contacting Louise at louise@canadahomestaynetwork.ca or 613-686-6764 x 2059. Please note that colleagues, neighbours, friends and relatives are also welcome to attend!


Marilyn Burans


February 2014 Update

The last few weeks have been full of exciting and rewarding activities.

Kindergarten registration began on January 27th and still continues.

Throughout January, the continuing character education program for primary classes focused on the trait of Cooperation. The learning centered on daily student interactions including the want to work with others to make WEJ a safe and caring community, and the ability to compromise and negotiate in order to negate problems.

On Sunday, January 29th, the Royal Canadian Legion presented their Youth and Education awards. Everyone at the school extends their congratulations to our winners: Anndee Rowe and Aya Elsharif in the Junior Poem category, Mie Victoria Sudo and Annabel Liu in the Black and White Junior Poster category, and Cindy Mo in the Colour Primary Poster category.

WEJ’s Skills Canada crew competed at Longfields-Davidson Heights Secondary School, on January 29th. Four groups entered the event: the Technology team constructed a device which unloads cargo ships, the Health and Safety team participated, the Construction team built a small scale house and the Green Energy team devised a realistic and environmentally friendly wind turbine.

The following day, two WEJ teams’ pieced together boats, at Jockvale ES. Each team employed a roll of duct tape, a small quantity of adhesive, and two sheets of cardboard. The vessels raced one length of the Walter Baker pool. Due to their perseverance and ingenuity, they captured the gold and silver medals.

City-wide auditions were held for the OCDSB All Star Concert Band for musically talented grade 8 students.  More than a smattering of our musicians attended. Diane Kim, Zelia Fang, Kevin Liao, Nadia Miller, and Forest Yeung made the grade. Congratulations!

On February 6th, John Harris, Principal at The Earl of March and Mary Saunders, a guidance teacher, spoke with grade 8 students about what to expect in high school and succinctly covered available options.

Middle French Immersion information night was held on February 6th. This registration process is on-going.

MFI finalists’ speeches were delivered in the gym on February 12th.  Three participants are moving on to the regional finals on March 4th at Roch Carrier ES: Adrian Khani, Alice Qui and Shireen Faisal.  Congratulations and Good Luck!

MFI students also participated in the Luv 2 Groove dance afternoon, February 18th.

Grade three students are participating in the Swim to Survive Program, which is being held at the Boy’s and Girl’s Club.

Junior teams are participating in numerous intramural activities including pinball, roller hockey and chess.

A Junior volleyball tournament is being scheduled at Stonecrest P.S.

On February 11th and again on the 21st, students helped cheer on Canada’s Olympic heroes by adorning appropriate attire. Primary students revelled in the Olympic spirit by participating in an Olympic Play day organized by teachers and junior students.

The School Council hosted a Valentine’s Day Family Dance which even included a break dancing demonstration. Everyone in attendance thoroughly enjoyed the evening.

Candy grams were sent during the week’s festivities and many students wore pink on the special day.

Congratulations are in order to the Senior Concert Band who performed at The Capital Region Music Fest. In true Olympic form, each student rose to the occasion.

A District Review has recently concluded. This is a process where professionals from across the board share strengths and accomplishments realized in student learning. DR teams, composed of Principals and VPs visit a school for a day, review data, conduct classroom observations, document evidence of alignment with the School Effectiveness Framework, debrief staff and a report is forwarded to the Principal and the Superintendent.

Student teachers from Ottawa U spent the morning of February 25th facilitating art classes for grades one through eight.

Graduation photos for grade 8 students will take place on Thursday, February 27th.

A reminder that on hot lunch day (Pizza and Pita), students still need to pack healthy snacks in order to get through the day!

The myriad of activities could not occur without the dedication of our committed staff, students and parent volunteers. A heartfelt thank you goes out to one and all.

Marilyn Burans



Welcome to 2014 

The weather has been mercurial in the last few weeks, resulting in occasional cancellation of buses. Thank you very much for your cooperation on these days as it affects the dropping off and picking up of children at school.  Reminder: When buses are cancelled, so is the food program at school.  Send your child to school with a lunch from home

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.  It is extremely important that children wear 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

The Council website is up and running.  Please find it at www.wejcouncil.ca.  There is a link to it from the school website.  Check it out for updates, information and Council news!


New and gently used winter clothing, hats, mitts, and food items were collected in December. Once again, thank you very much for your generosity.

Registration for Kindergarten

A Parent Information Night regarding the Full Day Learning Kindergarten program will be held on Thursday January 23rd at 6:30 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 2014. 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 27th– January 31st, 2014, however registration is ongoing throughout the year.  Parents can register in the school office from 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 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 from Monday February 10, 2014 to Friday, February 21, 2014. 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 6, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. in the Library.  Registration for Middle French Immersion begins on Tuesday February 18, 2014 through to February 24, 2014., however it is also ongoing.  Transportation for students is provided by the Board, for those students who meet the criteria.


Many students experience life-threatening allergies. Thank you for monitoring the food your child brings to school to ensure the continuing of a safe environment for their peers.

Reading with Your Child

This is a treat that gives both pleasure and benefits. No matter the age of your child, reading inspires learning about the world around us. It is important for intellectual development, as well as for social and emotional development. Reading helps your child develop language and listening skills, and prepares him/her to recognize written words. Reading with your child is quiet, fun and a great way to wind down before bedtime. Make it a part of your daily routine.

Dates to Remember

Thursday, January 23                 Parent Information Night for Full Day Kindergarten

Wednesday, February 5             Report cards home

Thursday, February 6                 Middle French Immersion Information Night

Wednesday, February 12           Earl of March Grade 8 Information Night