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

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 wejps1@gmail.com.

 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 wejcouncil@gmail.com 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 wejcouncil@gmail.com

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: http://wejcouncil.eventbrite.com/ Popcorn and drinks will be available.  This is a FAMILY event, parents must stay with their children.  Siblings welcome.