January 2015 News Update

It’s 2015 and we are off to a busy and active start.

Intramurals are back.   Bordenball at the Junior level continued for the first couple of weeks of January and has now concluded. Pinball is now underway. “Les Maisons” are accumulating points!

The Intermediates are in full volleyball play during recess times.

This fall, some classes participated in the Royal Canadian Legion’s Literary and Poster competition.  WEJ did an amazing job with 10 students placing in different categories.  A BIG CONGRATULATION to those students who placed in the top 3 in various categories and who were recognized at the Kanata Legion on Sunday January 18th.

During the month of December, as part of our continuing character education, the primary classes focused on the trait of Appreciation.  The students demonstrated this in many ways; by being grateful for all that they have, by being thankful for the support that others have given them, and by being generous in recognizing the contributions of others.  During the month of January, the classes focused on the trait of Cooperation.  The attribute is demonstrated in a number of fashions.  A few examples are: people who cooperatively work with others help make a peaceful community.  They are willing to listen to others’ ideas and suggestions.  They work well with others to solve problems and differences of opinion. Congratulations to a number of primary students who demonstrated these two very important character traits.  Their names are added to the other recipients on the upstairs wall.

On January 9th, two student reps from each grade 6 and 7 class, along with the same groupings from Stephen Leacock and Roland Michener attended a preliminary transition Field Trip to the Earl of March. Jon Harris, Principal of the Earl of March, along with teachers and high school students made them feel at home.  Activities included: thinking about items for a time capsule, seeing the plans of the new school, a tour of the construction site, lunch in the cafeteria with grade 12 students sitting and talking to them about the EOM, games in the “big” gym and a chat session with grade 9 students. These students have shared their experiences with their classmates and will be taking comments and posing questions back on a return visit.

More transition activities are in the planning phase – i.e., a parent evening, a BBQ with students, parents, teachers . . . we will keep you posted.

On January 9th, the Intermediates attended an OCDSB presentation “OCDSB Youth Talks” and on January 27th were back at the Earl of March for a “Tech Tour”.

January 14th saw the Intermediate students attend a MADD presentation in the school’s gym.

A number of families were out and thoroughly enjoyed Disney’s Big Hero 6 which aired in WEJ’s gym on Thursday January 15th.  Once again A BIG thank you to our School Council parents for organizing this fun evening activity.

An EOM transition meeting was held on Monday January 19th.  Superintendent, Brett Reynolds, Principals and Teachers from W. Erskine Johnston, Stephen Leacock and Roland Michener, Trustee Christine Boothby, Facilities personnel, School Chairs, and transition representatives attended. Discussion items included: construction schedule; (progressing on time); EOM renovations; upcoming logistic meetings with the respective schools; staffing of teachers; EOM start time of 8:40 and transportation.  Minutes of the transition meeting should be published shortly and will be available on the OCDSB website and will also be posted on WEJ’s website.

Kindergarten Information Night was held on January 22nd.  Kindergarten registration began on Monday January 26th and is on-going.

WEJ’s Recess Guitar Club was invited by Councilor Marianne Wilkinson to perform “O Canada” at City Hall to Council this past Wednesday morning. The students not only played “O Canada”, but were asked by Mayor Watson to play another piece.  The club enthusiastically performed a Taylor Swift song, which inspired a number of councilors to get up and dance.  Following their performance, the students were treated to a tour of City Hall and some treats.  Look for this activity in the Kanata Kourier soon!

On Wednesday evening, January the 28th, four grade 8 students auditioned for the OCDSB All Star Concert Band, a group made up of the top grade 8 musicians from around the city.  Congratulations to all four students who were accepted in the All Star Band.  WOW!!

We had an exciting couple days this week for WEJ competitors at Skills Canada events! On Wednesday, January 28th our teams competed with honour in Construction, Lego Robotics, Lego Mechanics, Tech, Health & Safety, Character Animation and Green Energy. We’re thrilled to announce that WEJ placed FIRST in Health & Safety, receiving the gold medal and some students will be going to Waterloo to compete in the provincials in May!! We also took home silver in Lego Robotics, Lego Mechanics, and Construction whose teams surprised the crowd! The Green Energy team was also given an honourable mention by judges for their risk taking by designing a truly green wind turbine that amazed them all. Tech and Character Animation teams met the difficult challenges with grace and put in an admirable effort.

On Thursday January 29th, 2 teams competed in the Cardboard Boat Race. Our teams kept up a WEJ tradition and brought home gold and silver medals! One boat held the most weight at 490 pounds, the other an incredible speed of 23 seconds! Both teams will be going to Waterloo to compete at provincials in March!

Intermediate students have had immunization clinics this month.

Intermediate and Junior students have attended presentations by the school’s Public Health Nurse here at the school.

Throughout the month, Grade 4 – 6 MFI students are invited to “Club de Lecture” with Mme Gunn.

Students are continuing to participate in Chess and Scrabble with Mme Noel this month.

A HUGE THANK YOU to our grade 5 and 6 students who are our Lunch Helpers this term.

Primary students have been invited to be part of a new finger knitting club which takes place every Wednesday during the recesses.

Primary chess Club occurs in Mr. Jackson’s room.

Reports cards for students from Senior Kindergarten to Grade 8 will go home Wednesday, February 4th

The Middle French Immersion Information Evening takes place Thursday, February 5th starting at 6:30 p.m.in the Library

The Transfer period runs from February 9th to the 20th.  Transfer forms are available from the school office.

“Girls on the Run” and “Girls on Track” are coming to WEJ.  This program is a positive youth development program which combines an interactive curriculum developing self-respect, with training for a non-competitive 5 KM run/walk.  WEJ will be running the “Girls on the Run” program for girls in grade 3 to 5 and the “Girls on Track” program for girls in grades 6 to 8.  The program runs for 10 weeks on Tuesday and Friday afternoons from 4:00 – 5:15 p.m.   Information was presented to the girls on January 27th and registration information was handed out.  Space is limited to 20 spots for each program.  For more information please visit girlsontherun.ca or contact Mme Winters.

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 werskinejohnstonps@ocdsb.ca.

Marilyn Burans


Reminder of Grade 8 Information Night at the Earl of March


Thursday, January 22, 2015, 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. School Auditorium

The evening is appropriate for parents of Grade 8 students who will be attending Earl of March Secondary School next year. Students are encouraged to accompany their parents.

Information and discussion will include:
  • secondary school requirements for graduation
  • courses offered in grade 9
  • special programs available to students
    • Advanced Placement
    • International Certificate Program
    • French Immersion
    • Innovative Technology Programs
  • Extra-curricular programs
  • services and support provided by the school
  • an opportunity to ask questions

December 2014 Updates

Our students, from Grade 3 to 8, had a fabulous time at the 67’s Game Day on November 24th. The Canadian Tire Centre was filled with school aged children who thoroughly enjoyed watching the 67s win.

During the month of November, as part of our character education, the primary classes focused on the trait of Empathy.  The students demonstrate this trait in many ways; for example, people who are empathetic are compassionate, caring, and kind to others.  Congratulations to a number of primary students who demonstrated this very important character trait so well.  Their names are added to the other recipients from September for Respect and October for Acceptance,   on the upstairs wall.

Early in December, the Intermediate Boys’ Volleyball Team participated in their regional tournament at A. Lorne Cassidy. After the round robin games, they were tied for second.  They lost a close battle in the semi-finals.  Thanks to Mr. Osborne for his coaching and congratulations to the team! The boys then challenged the teachers to a match!!

The Girls’ Volleyball team participated in their regional tournament also at A. Lorne Cassidy.  After splitting their first game, they were undefeated until the finals.  They finished second overall.  Thanks to Mrs. Khan for her coaching and congratulations to the girls for their determination and effort throughout the season.  Well done!

Congratulations to the Junior Girls’ Bordenball team.  They played with determination and spirit at their tournament this moth and showed AMAZING improvement during their games. Thanks to Ms. Shank for leading the team.

Congratulations to our Tier 2 Junior Boys Bordenball Team who toughed it out at the Tier 1 tournament! Although they didn’t win, the boys gave it their all and we are very proud of how they represented WEJ! Despite the strong competition, they played with determination and got some really great goals! Way to go boys!! Thanks to Mme Marquis for leading the team.

Intermediate intramural volleyball and Junior intramural bordenball have been taking place throughout December during the recess periods.  Lots of cheering coming out of the gym!

Students are also enjoying participating in Chess, Scrabble and Choir activities this month.

 School Council Movie Night

 A number of families were out and thoroughly enjoyed Arthur’s Christmas which aired in WEJ’s gym, Thursday, December 11th.  A BIG thank you to our School Council parents for organizing a fun holiday evening.

Holiday Concerts

Friday, December 12th, was an absolutely marvelous and thoroughly enjoyable day. The Kindergarten, Primary and 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. A heartfelt thank you to all the parents and grandparents who attended.  Thank you to Ms. Stephens and her staff helpers who orchestrated the day.

Intermediate Band Concert

The holiday concert, held on Thursday, December 17th, 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 teachers and students who made Holiday Cards for SENIORS in our community this year! Last year, students at WEJ made 262 cards….this year, students at WEJ made – 348 cards!!!! CONGRATULATIONS WEJ on spreading good cheer this holiday season!!

Family Holiday Baskets

Thanks so very much for your generosity in helping 5, less fortunate, Kanata families.  From books to toys and food and personal items, as well as an abundance of gift cards, all of these families will have enough to bring them through the holiday season.

This is our fifth year pairing with the Kanata food cupboard to create Holiday hampers for those who go without. May the legacy of giving continue at WEJ!

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 werskinejohnstonps@ocdsb.ca.

 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.  Best Wishes for a Happy New Year! 

We look forward to seeing the students next year! We return Monday, January 5th 2015.

Marilyn Burans