Hello to all W. Erskine Johnston families,

On behalf of the staff at W. Erskine Johnston Public School, we would like to extend a warm welcome to all and a special welcome to any new families who have joined us this year. We are looking forward to a great school year and are eager to get started.

W. Erskine Johnston PS offers Full-Day Kindergarten, an English program (JK-8), a Middle French Immersion program (beginning in Grade 4), and a Learning Disability program class. 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 2nd,

 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 go at the back of the portable area and gather by their respective grade number that will be posted on the back of the portables.

Grade 4, 5, and 6 Middle French Immersion students are asked to go to the front of the portable section and gather in front of their respective grade sign.

Intermediate students are to gather by the intermediate door; by the instrumental music room.

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 4th and JK children start full day either Thursday September4th or Friday September 5th depending on their assigned staggered entry day.  All Kindergarten students will be in school full time beginning Monday, September 8th.

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

Marilyn Burans


June 2014 Update


Our 2013-2014 school year is drawing to a close.  We will bid adieu to our Grade 8 students who are eagerly anticipating moving to High School and we look forward to welcoming a new group of Junior Kindergarten students in September 2014.  Summer holidays are beckoning. Excitement is in the air!

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 2.

At the end of this school year, we wistfully say farewell to some staff members.  Teachers who are leaving include: Mrs. Marge Duncan, who is retiring; Ms. Juli Gordier is moving to BerriganPublic School, Mr. Dan Officer is moving to W. O. Mitchell as a Vice-Principal, and Mr. Trevor Powers, is moving to Sir Winston Churchill Public School.

Early Childhood Educators, Mrs. Kelly Phillips, Mrs. Deborah McCarthy and Ms. Tara Gottfried will be part of the Kindergarten team at Roland Michener Public School.

A heartfelt thank you to teachers, Mr. Michael Small, Mr. David Chalk, Ms. Leslie Holloway and Ms. Ashley Cowan who have been replacing staff off on parental leave this year.

This coming September, we welcome a number of new staff coming to W. Erskine Johnston Public School; teachers, Mrs. Lisa Baker, Mrs. Aniqua Khan, Mr. Dan Kline, and Mr. Michael Braden.  Early Childhood Educators joining us in September include Ms. Chareen Moher, Ms. Melissa Hayes, Ms. Karen McLaughlin, Ms. Sabrin Saraj and Ms. Kellie Grant.

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 at 4:15 p.m. on Friday, June 27th and reopening at 8:30 a.m. on Monday, August 25th.

Register All Summer Long

Parents new to the community may register their children during the summer at the OCDSB Administration Building at 133 Greenback 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.

Are you Moving?

In order to help the school office plan for the next school year, it would be helpful to know if any of our students are moving.  If you are planning to move, please advise the office by calling 613-592-4492.  Thank you

Report Cards

As in previous years, report cards do not have the name of next year’s teacher.  This will prevent disappointment for children as teachers may need to change grade level or classes in August due to a staffing reorganization due to student population changes over the summer.

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 2, 2014

When students from Grade 1 to 8 arrive at school, they will proceed to the back of the school building (in inclement weather they will go to the gym).  Students will gather in the primary, junior or intermediate 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.

Junior and Senior Kindergarten students are asked to come to school at their scheduled meeting time, as per the letter they received from the office.

Have a safe and happy Summer!

Marilyn Burans





As you may know, CHEO is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year and this year the hospital is having the first ever open house for the public on June 7. There will be opportunities to go “behind the scenes”, including the operating room, science labs in the Research Institute building, and so much more.

Here is a link with more details: http://www.cheo.on.ca/en/newsroom?newsid=497

We are very proud to announce that WEJ’s Walkathon for CHEO, which took place Friday May 16th, raised a grand total of $8,112.03.

On June 7th and 8th, be sure to tune in to CTV for CHEO’s annual telethon. Of special note, at 5:04 pm on Sunday, June 8th, Mrs. Maxsom-Hunt (Kindergarten), Ms. Cowan (Grade 1), and Ms. Cleiman (Grade 1) will be presenting a cheque to CHEO of the money raised.

Thank you WEJ community for being “superheroes for CHEO” and helping to make a difference in the life of a child.

yogaYoga and Stress Management Family Workshop

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Roland Michener School Council is pleased to offer a relaxing and ‘stress-free’ evening for both parents and children.

Please join us at RMPS for an evening of Yoga with ‘Little Lotus Yoga’ followed by an interactive presentation for parents on ‘How Parents Can Help their Children Manage Stress and Build Resiliency’ from West Ottawa Community Resource Centre.

  • 5:30 pm – Yoga session for parents and children in the gymnasium.


  • 6:30 pm – Parent Workshop / Presentation on stress management directly following the yoga session

** There will be activities and child care for children during the parent workshop **

Light refreshments will be served during the evening.

This free workshop is open to families of Roland Michener P.S., Stephen Leacock P.S. and W. Erskine Johnston P.S..

If  interested in attending please RSVP via email by Monday, May 26th to the following address: rmps.council@gmail.com. Note: Please indicate # of attendees (Adults & Children) & school affiliation.

Thank you and hope to see you there!

RMPS Council

WEJ’s Recess Guitar Club

This past Sunday evening, twenty grade 5 and 6 students from WEJ’s Recess Guitar Club performed at the Kanata Volunteer Awards Banquet, having been invited by Councillor Marianne Wilkinson.  Wearing their new Concert Tee shirts, designed by RGC member Ellie Waisglass, the group performed a half hour set, which included such songs as “Let It Go”, “Say Something”, “We Are Never Getting Back Together”, “Royals”, and “Best Day of My Life”.

Way to Go Recess Guitar Club!