I’d like to remind our parent community about photographing students at school events. It would be foolish for the school not to permit proud parents from capturing their children’s performances – of course , we want you to have those memories. The one caution that I’d like to offer is the temptation to post your footage on social media sites. We would ask that your digital images remain for your own personal use & that you be mindful of those students whom we do not have authority to photograph. Thanks for your consideration. Sincerely, Ms. Shirley
A reminder to intermediate parents that Wed December 1st is vaccination day at WEJ. Grade 7 students can receive the Manactra vaccination. Grade 8 girls can receive the Human Papillomavirus (HPV). Students should eat a good breakfast, bring an extra snack, and wear a short sleeve shirt. For further info, parents can call Ottawa Public Health at 613-580-6744 or visit www.ottawa.ca/health.
Free presentations on arts education are offered by the OCDSB Advisory Committee on the Arts (ACA). For the third year, members of the ACA are visiting school councils across the district, giving presentations about the importance of arts education, and providing parents with ideas of how to support arts programs in their schools.
The presentations are no more than 30 minutes, unless otherwise requested. The ACA is an independent, standing committee made up of parents, artists, teachers, school trustees, and representatives of Ottawa’s arts organizations. Its members share a passion for the arts and a commitment to ensure that all OCDSB students have good programs in dance, drama, music and visual arts. For more information, or to book a presentation, contact ACA Co-Chair Judy Kirsh through your school Principal.
The second information evening on topics related to teen mental health will be held on November 22, 2010, at 7:00 pm in the Auditorium at the Earl of March Secondary School in Kanata. This evening is about addictions and the teen. Everyone is welcome, coffee and snacks will be available. Elementary school parents may also be interested in this hopeful glimpse of an often-feared facet of their future world.
November 22, 2010
“Teen Addictions and Substance Abuse” – Positive approach to possible substance abuse, causes, symptoms, and avenues of help. Amanda Neilson, Rideauwood Addiction and Family Centre
February 28, 2011
“Technology and Teen Mental Health” – Impact of electronic social networking on teens, use and abuse, cyberbullying, stalking, how much is enough? (Speakers TBA)
May 2, 2011
“Anxiety and Stresses on Teens” – How much stress is too much, how it can be reduced, anger and risk management (Speakers TBA)
Our next school council meeting will occur at 7pm, Tuesday November 16th , in the staffroom. All parents are welcome to attend this informative session. Agenda items in Ms. Shirley’s report include: Canspell , Holiday Baskets, the new Progress Report card, full day kindergarden update, Accommodation Review Update for Kanata North, the OCDSB Student Survey, Book Fair information.
We hope to see you… Ms. Shirley always provides hot tea and sweet treats! Thank you.
Our school ceremony will take place on Thursday, November 11th beginning at 10:30am in the gymnasium. Parents are most welcome to attend. In addition to musical performances by our students, each homeroom will create a wreath in memory of a fallen soldier. The last post will follow at 11am. Thank you. Ms. Shirley
The weather is turning towards winter as we make our way into November. Please remember to ensure that your child comes to school prepared to go outdoors for recess: hats, mittens, warm coats and rain gear are a must in response to the season. We go outside every day, even if it is drizzling.
Progress Report Cards
Progress reports went home today, November 4th. Please review reports with your child, add your comments and return the bottom of page 2 with your signature. Information regarding the new progress reports was sent home earlier in the week and for more information, please see here.
Parent/Guardian – Teacher interviews will take place on the evening of Wednesday, November 10th and during the day on Friday, November 12th. Please communicate with your child’s teacher to arrange an interview, if you wish.
Sports and Activities at WEJ
The fall has been very busy for students at W Erskine Johnston. The junior cross-country team enjoyed a strong finish at the meet in October. Several members of the intermediate cross-country team participated in the board finals. The boys’ football team won the divisional title and participated in the board finals. The girls’ football team demonstrated great effort and attitude at their tournament. The intermediate boys’ and girls’ volleyball teams are practicing hard in anticipation of their upcoming competitions. Finally, band is well under way at WEJ, thanks to Mrs. Cooke. Students have been rehearsing in preparation for our Remembrance Day ceremony next Thursday. Please see the band page of the blog for rehearsal schedules and t-shirt order forms.