August 2017 – Excitement in the Air!

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PRINCIPAL’S GREETING

As we prepare to welcome students on Tuesday, September 5th, there is already excitement in the air around Jessie Lee.  It is with anticipation, I welcome our Jessie Lee families, students, and staff to the 2017-2018 school year!  I look forward to building new relationships as we work together to help all our students become thoughtful, confident, and caring learners.

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I hope you all enjoyed a wonderful summer and replenished your energy for an exciting year of learning at Jessie Lee.  Over the past few weeks, I have been visiting our school, moving in, and watching our hardworking construction crew renovate our new office space.

As many of you may have experienced, renovations and construction do not always go as planned.  If our new office space is not ready by September, Jessie Lee’s office will be set up in the library.   We will keep you updated.

As your new principal, I welcome every opportunity to get to know students and parents, and, together with our staff, to work to make this year a success!  I hope you will sign up and follow our new school blog, JessieLeeLearns.com. Posts will be published weekly and take the place of  traditional newsletters. Details about opening day will be shared in next week’s blog post. Enjoy the final weeks of summer!

Warm regards,
Kelli Vogstad

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GETTING READY FOR SCHOOL – A SMOOTH TRANSITION

TreesSummer is coming to an end and the start of another school year is just around the corner. It’s time to start getting ready for a smooth transition from summer holidays to establishing some important routines for a successful school year. I suggest families work together and use the last few weeks of summer to begin putting in place some school routines and systems.  Here are some suggestions:

  • Move bedtime a little earlier each night until it’s closer to your school time schedule
  • Wake up school-time early and get ready for the day, dressed, groomed, and teeth brushed
  • Start eating lunch, and snacks around the times you will eat at school
  • Plan some morning activities outside the house to get used to leaving the house in the morning on time and ready for action

Take time to get organized and set up some school friendly systems.

  • Choose and make a family calendar/schedule format for everyone to write on and keep track of important dates
  • Designate a spot where school things such as backpacks, lunch boxes, and planners, can be kept to avoid last-minute scrambles in the morning
  • Establish lunch-making routines and schedules; when, what, how, and who? (We suggest kids take the lead)

Once school starts, your child will be responsible for his/her own behaviour and learning. Why not begin now to encourage independence and taking ownership.

For the little ones:

  • Dressing, grooming, tying their own shoes
  • Helping out in the kitchen, setting the table
  • Organizing their toys, cleaning up after themselves

For the older ones:

  • Taking on some household chores: dusting, loading the dishwasher, folding laundry
  • Feeding and walking the family pet
  • Planning and making a family meal

These are just a few suggestions . . . be creative and have fun!  And most of all continue to enjoy and establish daily reading routines, conversation time, and family activities.

Here’s to a great start back to school!

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STAFFING UPDATE 
Below please find an updated staff list of our enrolling teachers. Please note that grades could change based on enrolment.

2017-2018 Enrolling Teachers

Mrs. Natasha Viens and Mrs. Jane Griffin – Grade 7 – French
Ms. Megan Loxterkamp – Grade 7
Ms. Sharon Heath – Grade 6/7
Mr. Simon Nadeau – Grade 6 – French
Mrs. Monica Grant – Grade 5/6
Mr. James Simmers – Grade 5
Mrs. Christine Procyk – Grade 4
TBA – Grade 3/4
Ms. Dawn Mitchell – Grade 2/3
Ms. Teagan Hayes – Grade 2/3
Ms. Ally Ykema – Grade 1/2
Ms. Jessica Huddlestan – Grade 1/2
Mr. Tyler Senini – Grade K/1
Mrs. Becky Weber – Grade K/1
Mrs. Samantha Creech and Mrs. Cindy Gollner – Grade K

A complete staff list including our non-enrolling teachers, Education Assistants and support staff will be included in the next edition of JessieLeeLearns.

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WELCOME KINDERGARTEN FRIENDS

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The start of the school year is exciting for all students. This time of year is even more exciting if you are entering Kindergarten and experiencing the first day of school for the first time. We warmly welcome our new Kindergarten friends. Kindergarten parents, information regarding the gradual entry for your children can be found here: Kindergarten Package 2017 and Kindergarten Gradual Entry Schedule 2017

Our office will be open August 21st, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to visit or call at 604- 531-8833.  You can also email me at vogstad_k@surreyschools.ca

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SCHOOL SUPPLIES

Back to school means being prepared for learning and this includes school supplies. While I know many parents are looking forward to sending their children off to school, I hope students are a little more enthusiastic than the children in the video below.  Enjoy!

IMG_1257If you ordered school supplies through School Start, supplies will be available for pick up once your child is placed with their teacher for the upcoming year. You can still order online at www.schoolstart.ca,  School Start Parent Letter.

For Kindergarten parents, a bulk order of supplies as well as consumable craft materials will be provided for your child. The cost of supplies for Kindergarten students is $30.00. Please make cheques payable to Jessie Lee Elementary.  Supplies

For those parents and guardians wishing to purchase their own supplies, lists have been published here for your convenience.
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QUOTE OF THE WEEK

Don’t cry because it’s over; smile because it happened.”  Dr. Seuss

In every experience in life, when it comes to an end, we have a choice as to how we let go, how we say good-bye, and how we move on to our next experiences. As parents and teachers, we can help children find the positives in their life experiences, encourage them to appreciate how their lives have been enriched, and identify what they have learned. As this summer comes to an end, smile, hold on to the good memories, and look forward to what is to come.

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2016-17 BELL SCHEDULE AND TENTATIVE CALENDAR

Our bell schedule is slightly different from last year as the school year goes from September 5 through to June 29, 2018.

  IMG_04928:30    Welcome Bell
  8:35    Classes in session
10:15    Recess
10:30    Classes in session
11:40    Lunch (eating)
11:55    Lunch (outside play)
12:25    Students line up
12:30    Classes in session
  2:25    Dismissal

IMPORTANT DATES FOR 2017/18

AUGUST
29-Professional Development Day – In lieu of the November 10 Non-Instructional Day
30-Professional Development Day – In lieu of the February 16 Non-Instructional Day
SEPTEMBER
5-First day of school – 10:00-11:00 a.m.
6-First FULL day of school (Kindergarten students gradual entry)
8-Assembly at 9:00 a.m
11-Photo Day – Individual Student Photos
19-Early Dismissal for parent-teacher conferences
21-Early Dismissal for parent-teacher conferences
25-Non-Instructional Day – Classes not in session for students
29-Assembly/Terry Fox Run – 12:45 p.m.
OCTOBER
9-Thanksgiving – Classes not in session
20-Non-Instructional Day – Classes not in session for students
NOVEMBER
3-Non-Instructional Day – Classes not in session for students
9-Remembrance Day Assembly – 9:00 a.m.
10-Non-Instructional Day – Classes not in session for students
13-Satutory Holiday in lieu of Remembrance Day – Classes not in session
DECEMBER
25-Winter Break begins
JANUARY
5-Last Day of Winter Break
8-Welcome Back! First day of school in 2018
16-Early Dismissal for program evaluation
FEBRUARY
12-Family Day – Classes not in session
16-Non-Instructional Day – Classes not in session for students
MARCH
19-29-Spring Break
30-Good Friday
APRIL
2-Easter Monday
MAY
4-Non-Instructional Day – Classes not in session for students
21-Victoria Day – Classes not in session
28-Non-Instructional Day – Classes not in session for students
JUNE
28-Last Day of classes
28-Early Dismissal for program evaluation
28-Student Learning Communications sent home
29-Administration Day – Classes not in session for students

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