Changes in French Instruction – Kindergarten and EFI Grades 1-3

Information About Proposed Changes to French Instruction in Kindergarten and Early French Immersion

This fall, the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board (OCDSB) has been considering changes to the delivery of French as a second language which would affect all kindergarten programs and grades 1-3 in the Early French Immersion (EFI) program.  In October 2015, parents and staff were asked to provide feedback about the recommended changes to how we deliver these programs and the recommended changes went forward to the Board of Trustees.

The school district heard from many parents who felt that more time was needed for school councils, parents and staff to be aware of the recommendations and to have the opportunity to discuss the recommendations, consider the research on this topic and to provide feedback to the Board. As a result, the Board asked staff to undertake additional consultation on this topic and to do that with a timeline that could still allow for a September 2016 implementation, if the Board decides to proceed with of any changes.  

It is important to know that no decision has been made yet about the changes or the date of implementation.  Additional consultation will occur in December and January; staff will present a summary report, and Committee of the Whole will consider the recommendations on February 2, 2016.  

Attached is a document which explains the proposed changes in more detail.  Please take a few minutes to review the document and to complete the online survey by January 11th.  If you have additional questions, there is plenty of information on the district website at

Parent Information Sheet – FSL Kindergarten and EFI Changes

Thank you very much,

Marilyn Burans




Poinsettia Pick Up

Please remember to pick up your potted poinsettia on December 1st if you placed an order with the WEJ school council poinsettia fundraiser.  Plant pickup will be by the front school entrance.


Poinsettia fundraiser plant pickup:

December 1, 2015

3:00 – 6:00 pm

Please respond before Monday to let us know if are unable to pickup your order so we can make other arrangements.  Please be aware space is extremely limited in the school, and we cannot guarantee a place to store your plants.

— WEJ Poinsettia Fundraiser Coordinators


Thursday is going to be RED BLACK day at WEJ! Wear RED and BLACK to support Ottawa’s football team as the play their first playoff game in franchise history on Sunday the 22nd! Go RED/BLACKS!!!

Earlier today, a REDBLACKS flag was raised during a ceremony at Ottawa City Hall.  Deputy Mayor Bob Monette encouraged all Ottawa residents to support our team by wearing red and black on Friday and, since Friday is a PD Day for thousands of Ottawa students, GM Marcel Desjardins invited fans to attend an open practice for free.

Since it is a PD Day on Friday, some of you might want to take advantage of what the football team has to offer.


The practice, which runs from 11:15 a.m. to 1:00 p. m., will be preceded by a free public skate in the arena at TD Place.  So bring the kids, bring your skates and a helmet and we’ll see you on the ice starting at 10:00 a.m.

To attend the skate and/or open practice on Friday, visit TD Place, 1015 Bank St.  Enter at Gate 2.

Skaters should note that the use of helmets at TD Place Arena is mandatory for all aged 17 and under. The use of helmets by all other skaters is strongly encouraged.

Your French Teacher at Home

Bonjour chères enseignantes, enseignants,
As a not-for-profit organization, our main objective is to support children and their families in their French education.

We are proud to provide you with information about our available programs to support your children in French and math:

Thanks for your support and recommendation.
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A French tutor at home will help your child improve in Reading, Writing and Comprehension. Extra support in French will also help your child gain self-confidence in French.

Our Free Online Teachers are available every Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 4pm to 8pm to help your child with French homework.

Upcoming Carleton Athletics PD Day Camps


After the successful launch of last year’s PD Day camps, we will be continuing to offer our one-day PD Day camps during the 2015-2016 school year.

The next PD Day Camp is this Friday, November 20, 2015.

Full List of remaining PD Day Camps:

  • Friday November 20th
  • Friday January 22nd
  • Friday February 12th
  • Friday June 10th

Each one day camp runs from 8.30am-4.30pm and is now open for registration. Featuring a full day of sports activities, a swim and a full cafeteria lunch, it provides an active option for children on their day off.

Full details and a list of upcoming PD Day Camp dates can be found here.

Please find more details and register here.

Holiday Camp – Begins December 20th

As always, we will be offering a holiday camp during the school holidays at the end of the year. This year there will be a three day camp from Monday December 20nd to Wednesday December 23th and a three day camp from Monday December 28th to Wednesday December 30th. Single day registration will also be available for each of the six days and registration and details are available here.

We’ll be offering a CYBER MONDAY special this year on our  Holiday Camps. Be sure to check our website on Monday November 30th for details.



Report Cards and Parent-Teacher Interviews

November 13, 2015

Dear Parents,

I wanted to share information with your regarding progress reports and parent teacher interviews.  Under the terms of the central agreement for elementary teachers, the timing of the fall progress report was delayed.  At the OCDSB, elementary progress reports will be issued for all students in grades 1 through 8 on December 10, 2015. These reports will cover the regular fall reporting period, from the first day of school to October 30th, 2015. The reports will include information about progress and teacher comments.

A reminder that Friday, November 20th is a Professional Activity Day.  This is the date scheduled for parent teacher interviews.  Under the terms of the central agreement, teacher-parent interviews remain at the discretion of the teacher and will be initiated if the teacher has a concern about a student’s progress.  If your child’s teacher feels that an interview would be required, he or she will contact you directly to arrange a time on either the evening of Thursday, November 19th or on the morning of Friday, November 20th.

As always, parents are encouraged to contact their child’s teacher if they have any questions or concerns about their child’s progress. Teachers remain committed to ongoing communication with individual parents/guardians regarding student progress and development.

Although job action has ended for elementary teachers, we continue to have sanctions in place for our educational support workers.  This does have an impact on school operations and we appreciate your ongoing support as we work through those issues.

I want to assure you that our key priority remains working to ensure students have a successful school year. We appreciate your continued patience and understanding.

Kindest regards,

Marilyn Burans  

Principal W. Erskine Johnston P.S.


Poinsettias Plant Fundraiser

School Council is partnering with Richmond Nurseries to sell poinsettias with a portion of the proceeds going to the council. This fundraiser will use the online ordering system at the following link:

WEJ Council Fundraisers255

Choose a plant size:

• 4.5″ pot, single plant – $8

• 6″ pot, large single plant – $16

• 8″ pot, two plants – $36

• 10″ pot, three plants – $48

Ordering from Wednesday November 11th until Wednesday November 18th. Delivery is on Tuesday, December 1st 3pm – 6pm.

Please support your school!  Richmond Nurseries is offering a great deal with exceptional beautiful plants with a portion of the sale going to the school council!  Payment with Paypal only.


WEJ Book Fair Cancelled

Unfortunately, WEJ’s Scholastic Book Fair slated for November has been cancelled. A big heartfelt thank you goes out to the parents who had volunteered their time. Plans are being formulated to hold the Fair in the spring and a notice will be posted as to the new dates in the new year.