December News

Intermediate Band Concert

The holiday concert, held on Thursday, December 12th, at the Earl of March Secondary School was a tremendous success. Congratulations to all involved.  It was easy to see that everyone in attendance thoroughly enjoyed the performances. The junior band, the jazz band, and the senior band all performed brilliantly. Thank you, Mr. Steiner and all the band members for your hard work and dedication. The results showcased everyone’s talents. WEJ is very fortunate to have so many talented students and staff. Thank you also to the many parents for supporting the band with your attendance and the many yummy treats for the bake sale.  There was quite a crowd around the tables following the concert.

Holiday Cards

A BIG thank you to the following classes who participated and created Holiday Cards for Seniors: Ms. Jo-Anne’s SK class, Ms. Cleiman and Ms. Martinak’s Grade 1 class, Ms. Duncan’s Grade 2 class, Ms. McIntyre’s Grade 2 class, Mr. Jackson’s Grade 3 class, Mr. Small’s Grade 3 class, Ms. Shank’s Grade 4/5 class, Mme Gunn and Ms. Wilson’s Grade 4/5 MFI class and Mr. Bradley’s Grade 5/6 class. 262 cards were sent along to a representative from Home Instead Senior Care who provides gifts to seniors during the Holiday season. WAY TO GO WEJ!!

WEJ Mitten Tree

WEJ helped the Snowsuit Fund this year, by creating our very own “WEJ MITTEN TREE”. This tree, which was located in the front entrance, was heavily decorated with warm winter gear, such as gently used or new mittens, toques or scarves, which children in this city will use to stay warm this season.

Holiday Concerts

Tuesday, December 17th, was an absolutely marvelous and thoroughly enjoyable day. The Kindergarten and Primary Junior Holiday Concerts were a huge success and were executed to perfection. The hard work of students and staff alike showcased everyone’s talents and dedication. Thank you to all the parents who attended.

Food Cupboard

Ms. Martinak and Ms. Cleiman wish to extend a huge thanks to all our families, students, and staff, for your support and help collecting donations for the Kanata Food Cupboard.  We collected more than anticipated and are very proud of WEJ. A special thanks to Mr. Osborne and his grade 7’s for collecting and helping load, and to the many staff members, who pitched in to make delivery yesterday to the Food Bank possible.

Bracelet Sale

Some students in Ms. Keeling grade 7/8 class have been making and selling bracelets to students and staff members. They wish to thank everyone who supported their bracelet sales.  The money they raised was donated to the Children’s Wish Foundation. The grand total raised was $750.00.  A representative from the Children’s Wish Foundation came to school yesterday to talk about the Children’s Wish Foundation with the students in Ms. Keeling’s class and to accept the donation.  A reporter from the Kanata Kourier also attended the cheque presentation.  Watch the Kanata Kourier over the holidays for the story about it.  Way to go, WEJ!!

 School Council Holiday Fair

 Don’t forget to bring your whole family to the Holiday Fair tonight here at the school, from 6-9 p.m. to enjoy some last minute shopping for some great gifts, face painting, crafts and music!”

 PA Day

All students will be off on Friday, December 20, 2013, for a planned professional activity day. The students will then begin their winter break from December 23 to January 3, 2014.

Full and part-time OCDSB teachers will also be off on December 20, 2013. The teachers will be on an unpaid day as required by Bill 115 (Putting Students First Act). Meanwhile, long term occasional teachers will be participating in professional activities planned for that day.

Other employee groups such as principals, vice-principals, office staff, educational assistants, early childhood educators and other support workers will be participating in professional activities either at the school or off site, on an unpaid day, or on a vacation day.

Extended day programs will be operating on December 20, 2013.

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

 Happy Holidays

As Principal at W. Erskine Johnston P.S., on behalf of all of us at the school, we send out to you all, our warmest wishes for a very Happy Holiday season in whatever way your family celebrates.

Marilyn Burans



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To the 2013 W. Erskine Johnston Holiday Fair 

You are invited…

Thursday, December 19th

6pm – 9pm

The WEJ Holiday Fair will be a fun night with lots for the whole family.

 How you can get involved: 

Donations for the used book and DVD sale can be dropped off in the box by the school gym.  Please email to let us know you will be donating to the bake sale or the raffle!

Volunteer: Can you help volunteer for an hour or two at the Fair?  We need parent volunteers to help with set up, help supervise a craft table and help with the event and clean up.  Please send us an email at

Most importantly, come and join us for a fun-filled evening!

Don’t Forget

On Thursday, December 12th, the WEJ Bands will be holding their annual Holiday Concert at the Earl of March Secondary School.  The concert will start at 7pm and will feature the Junior Band, Senior Band, and the Jazz Band.  All members are asked to bring a dozen individually wrapped baked goods (nut free!) to be sold at the bake sale following the concert.  Band members should arrive at the Earl for 6:20 in order to warm up.  Concert dress is our green WEJ band shirts and black pants.  See you there!

An Invitation From Roland Michener PS

Mental Health Presentation at Roland Michener PS

Mark your calendars: Monday, December 9, 2013 at 7 – 8 pm in the Roland Michener PS library for support and insight into child and youth mental health.

Mr. Mike Baine will be coming to RMPS to share his expertise in the area of Child and Youth Mental Health.  His focus will be within the context of the school (how best to support students in school), while also sharing his knowledge of local and provincial initiatives.  Mike will provide us with insights into available community resources and provide advice and direction to parents who may have concerns about their child. After the presentation, Mike would be happy to answer any questions you may have. Please join us in the library!


Kindergarten and school registration for 2014 – 2015

Each year, there is a Kindergarten registration period, a student transfer period for the elementary and secondary panels, and a French Immersion program registration period.

The following timelines will apply for the 2014-2015 school year:

Kindergarten Registration Period Monday, January 27 to Friday, January 31, 2014
Elementary Student Transfer Application Period Monday, February 10 to Friday, February 21, 2014
Secondary Student Transfer Application Period Monday, February 10 to Friday, February 21, 2014
Middle French Immersion Registration Period Tuesday, February 18 to Monday, February 24, 2014



 despicable-me-2-510840d9b3b52 FRIDAY, November 22nd at 6-8pm – Our first WEJ Family Movie Night for 2013 in the WEJ gym!  We are excited to announce that we will be showing Despicable Me 2 – before it is released on DVD!  The event is free, although donations are graciously welcomed for our “WEJ Technology Fund”.  To sign up, please visit our event page: Popcorn and drinks will be available.  This is a FAMILY event, parents must stay with their children.  Siblings welcome.

The Snowsuit Fund


The Snowsuit Fund is an Ottawa-based charity that raises funds for the purchase and distribution of snowsuits to needy children, 15 years and under, in our community. They are a social organization working to deal with the consequences of poverty in our region. Now in their 32nd year of operation, they have managed to meet the challenge of keeping underprivileged kids warm during our cold winters. They have also brought dignity and hope to families who simply do not have the means to provide their children with the necessities for living.
WEJ has decided to help the Snowsuit Fund by creating our very own “WEJ MITTEN TREE”. This tree will be decorated with all the warm winter gear children will need to stay warm this season.
As the cold weather approaches, we may be digging into our stored winter gear. We ask that students, staff, and families reach out to our local children and collect either gently used or new: mittens, toques or scarves. You can also get crafty and knit your own pair. Check out our front foyer in December to see our decorated Mitten Tree.
We hope that you will consider supporting this great cause. Please share your warmth with a child.

greeningSchool Ground Greening

Join us for a free series of inspiring workshops designed to help you plan a successful and sustainable school greening project. Workshops are open to all Ottawa schools and daycares that want to engage their students in creating healthy, stimulation play and learning spaces. All are welcome.

Follow the link below for full details.

School ground greening information