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