Hello to all W. Erskine Johnston families

On behalf of the staff at W. Erskine Johnston Public School, I would like to extend a warm welcome to all and a special welcome to new families who are joining us this year.

We are looking forward to a wonderful school year and are eager to get started.

W. Erskine Johnston PS offers Full-Day Kindergarten, an English program (JK-6), and a Middle French Immersion program (beginning in Grade 4). The Extended Day Program, for before and after school child care is available from 7:00 – 9:00 am and 3:45 – 6:00 pm.

On the first day, Tuesday September 8th

Grade 1, 2 and 3 students will gather on the far side of the school; the Vanier yard. Signs indicating the grade levels will be posted on the side of the school building and students will head towards their respective grade.

Grades 4, 5, and 6 English students will gather at the back of the school, by the back door.

Grade 4, 5, and 6 Middle French Immersion will gather at the back of the school, by the Kindergarten fence.

Teachers will be greeting each bus as it arrives.  Our staff will direct the students to their areas and then organize them into their class grouping.  It is not necessary for parents to come with their bus student(s).

Kindergarten students will be coming to school for either intake interviews (JK students) or welcome back sessions Tuesday and Wednesday.  SK students start full day Thursday September 10th and JK children start full day either Thursday September10th or Friday September 11th depending on their assigned staggered entry day.  All Kindergarten students will be in school full time beginning Monday, September 15th.

Enjoy the long weekend.  We look forward to seeing the students on Tuesday.

Marilyn Burans


June 2015 Update


Congratulations to both the Junior and Intermediate Track and Field teams who participated with great sportsmanship at their respective Meets. 

Junior Intramurals have now wrapped up.  The Junior Golden Boot was awarded to House 6.

Our 2014-2015 school year has come to the end.  We have bid adieu to our Grade 8 students who are eagerly anticipating moving to High School and we held Leaving Ceremonies for our grade 6 and 7 students, as they too are leaving W. Erskine Johnston and moving to the Earl of March for their grade 7 and 8 Intermediate years.  We look forward to welcoming a new group of Junior Kindergarten students.  Summer holidays are beckoning. Excitement is in the air!

At the end of this school year, we wistfully say farewell to some staff members.  The following teachers will be moving to the Earl of March:  M Marquis, Ms. Nielsen, Mr. Steiner, and M Richardson.  Ms. Baker is moving to Katimavik Elementary School.  Ms. Hearne, our Office Assistant will also be joining the team at the Earl of March.

A heartfelt thank you to teachers Ms. MacAskill, Ms. Bahm, Ms. Whittle, Ms. Breese, Ms. Norrie and Ms. Algie who have been replacing staff off this year.

On behalf of students, parents and staff, our heartfelt appreciation is extended to our School Council who has worked so hard this year on behalf of our students.  Thank you, as well, to the many parents who have contributed their time to help out in a myriad of ways within the school, to fundraise, and to participate in special events for students.

Summer Office Hours

The school office will be closing on Friday, June 26th and reopening at 9:00 am on Monday, August 31st.

Register All Summer Long

Parents new to the community may register their children during the summer at the OCDSB Administration Building at 133 Greenbank Road.  Please call the Admissions Department at 613-596-8730 to make an appointment. Please bring your child’s proof of age and address, health card and immunization record to register.

If English is not your first language, you are new to Canada, returning from abroad or from a French language school board, please call our Family Reception Centre at 613-239-2416 to make an appointment.

For more information please visit the OCDSB website.

School Bus Transportation

All 2014-2015 Transportation Route Schedules will be posted on the Ottawa student Transportation Authority’s website at www.ottawaschoolbus.ca by mid-August.

First Day Procedures:  Tuesday September 8, 2015

When students from Grade 1 to 8 arrive at school, they will proceed to the back of the school building. (Inclement weather they will go to the gym).  Students will gather in the primary and junior areas where teachers will assemble with class lists.

Children new to the school will be met in front of a sign labeled “Student New to W. Erskine Johnston P.S.” and then will be escorted to their new classes from there.

Have a safe and happy summer!

Marilyn Burans

Elementary Report Card Update

Dear Parent/Guardians

I would like to provide you with an update regarding report cards, Letters of Promotion, and the sharing of mark information for elementary students.

Last week, the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board advised parents that for Term 2 of the 2014-2015 school year, the school district will be issuing:

  •   Report cards to students in grades 8 on June 25, 2015; and
  •   A Letter of Promotion to students in JK to grade 7 on June 23, 2015.

I am pleased to advise you that, in addition, parents of students in JK to grade 7 will be mailed “Information about Term 2 Marks” by August 31, 2015. The mark information is not a report card, but it will be personalized with the student’s marks by subject and strand, and will be based on the information submitted by the teacher.

Please note that the Letter of Promotion will be the official document for students in JK to grade 7 and will be filed in the Ontario Student Record.

These changes to report card practice are a result of the legal job action currently underway by teachers in Ontario. This week, we were reminded by parents and students that the report card including the marks, learning skills and teacher comments are valued. While we cannot generate report cards for all students in JK to grade 7, we heard very clearly that limited mark information was better than none. As a result, we made a commitment to share mark information with parents and students.

As always, if you have any questions about your child’s learning, we encourage you to contact your child’s teacher prior to the end of the school year.

More detailed information and a series of questions and answers are posted on the District website at http://www.ocdsb.ca. You can send any questions to chat@ocdsb.ca or to director@ocdsb.ca.

Thank you for your understanding.


Jennifer Adams

Director of Education


Ottawa-Carleton District School Board

Spring 2015 News

HUGE Congratulations goes to our intermediate badminton teams.  The girls finished first and second and the boys finished, first, second and fourth in their respective tournaments.

Rebecca and Sherry went on to finish second in the tier one tournament and took on the city’s best at the board finals.  They played extremely well, finishing second and taking home the silver medals.

Congratulations to the junior boys’ basketball team.  They went into the semi-finals against Roch Carrier and won that game bringing them to the finals against Bridlewood.  Despite not winning the final game, they battled hard, played with team spirit and demonstrated excellent teamwork.  Congratulations on winning the silver medal!

Thank you to the CHEO committee for organizing a VERY successful and fun Walkathon for CHEO. This year, the weather cooperated and students, staff and parents enthusiastically walked through the Beaverbrook community to raise money for the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario.  We are very proud to announce that WEJ’s Walkathon for CHEO raised a grand total of $9,676.98!! Woohoo!  Thank you WEJ community for being “superheroes for CHEO” and helping to make a difference in the life of a child.

Hopefully you were part of the audience, Thursday May 21, at the Earl of March for the final band concert for WEJ.  It was outstanding!

Congratulations to all who helped with our fundraisers for the Nepalese Earthquake Relief Efforts.  With profits from the band bake sale, freezie sales, personal donations and yearbook contributions; we raised a total of $1,700.00. 

In appreciation for the wonderful volunteers at WEJ, we thoroughly enjoyed welcoming them to the ‘Thank You Breakfast’ on Friday May 22. 

Thank you to our WEJ School Council for hosting the Spring Fair BBQ and Social Friday May 22.  Although it was a little chilly, the food, fun and community get together was a great success. 

Thank you Mr. Bradley for organizing the hugely successful Gaelic Football workshops.  A new sport for many  . . .

Merci Mme Noel for your primary classes presentations of French plays.  They all deserve a big round or applause of their acting abilities.

The Nutty Scientists paid a visit to WEJ on Friday May 29th.  The Grade 3 students

A huge thank you to Mr. Steiner for organizing the Senior Band trip to New York City!  Members of the band and the staff had a memorable four day trip, with highlights including Top of the Rock, tours of Carnegie Hall and Radio City Music Hall, visits to Time Square, Soho,  a trip on the Staten Island Ferry and of course a Broadway musical “On The Town”. 

Although the weather has not totally cooperated, the Regional Track and Field days for both juniors and intermediates have taken place.  The Intermediates got their WEJ Track and Field Day in without rain, however, we are hoping that the juniors day will take place this Thursday.

A magnificent presentation of Alice in Wonderland graced WEJ’s stage Friday June 12th.  Classes and parents were entertained with songs, dance and WEJ talent.  A heartfelt thank you to Ms. Stephens for overseeing this production.

Girls on the Run and Girls on Track are finishing with a 5 KM run/walk Thursday June 18th

Our Kinder students have participated enthusiastically in workshops given by Scientists in Schools.

The last few days will be filled with a number of activities.  These include Grade 6 field trip to Montreal Wednesday June 17th, Kindergarten Play day, Friday June 19th, Awards Assembly for Grades 1 – 7 also Friday, June 19th, Carleton University Sport Day for Intermediates, Monday June 22, Grade 6 Leaving Assembly also on the 22nd, the Grade 7 Leaving Assembly on Tuesday, June 23 and the Grade 8 Graduation at the Earl of March, Wednesday, June 24th

Stay tuned . . .

M. Burans


Important Information – Elementary Report Cards

Dear Parent/Guardian:

I am writing with an important update on the final report card which is usually issued at the end of the school year.   I know how important the report card is to parents and to students—it is a reflection of the work done throughout the year, and the marks, learning skills and teacher comments are valued.

Currently, public elementary teachers across Ontario are taking part in a lawful job action. As part of the job action, teachers have submitted marks to principals, but they will not input the student marks into our data system. We rely on that support to produce report cards; without it, the task of mark entry and report card production is beyond the capacity of the school district.

The school district has determined that for Term 2 of the 2014-2015 school year:
•       Students in JK to grade 7 will receive a Letter of Promotion; and
•       Students in grade 8 will receive a report card.

A Letter of Promotion is an official document that will replace the Term 2 report card.  It will inform parents that their child is being promoted to the next grade.  It also includes information about absences and lates.  It meets all legal requirements and it will be filed in the student’s Ontario Student Record file. It will be issued during the week of June 22, 2015 and will be sent home with students.
Report cards will be issued for students in grade 8. The report card will include grades, may include information on learning skills and work habits, but it will not include teacher comments in the Strengths/Next Steps for Improvement section.  Every effort is being made to have report cards for grade 8 students ready by the end of the school year.

We know this is disappointing and frustrating for parents and students.  We share that disappointment.  We also know that our elementary teachers are skilled professionals and we are confident that throughout the school year they would have kept parents informed of the progress of your child. As always, if you have any questions about your child’s learning, we encourage you to contact your child’s teacher prior to the end of the school year.
More information is available at www.ocdsb.ca.

Thank you for your understanding.

Jennifer Adams
Director of Education
Ottawa-Carleton District School Board

Lost and Found

lostfoundAs we get closer to the end of the school year we have started to get our house in order. Please come in and look over our Lost & Found table in the hall in front of the office. All lost items will be donated at the end of the week.