September 18, 2017 – Leading from the Heart

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PRINCIPAL’S MESSAGE

It has been a busy and exciting two weeks, settling in, getting to know each other, organizing students in divisions, and setting up classroom environments. I want to thank all our students, parents, and teachers for their patience, cooperation, and positive energy.

the heart

Here at Jessie Lee, my hope is for all of us to work together to protect, nurture, and prize every child.  Together, we will not only educate our students’ minds, but educate their hearts.  We have a tremendous responsibility and an amazing opportunity to help children develop compassion, acceptance, and tolerance, and in doing so, help prepare them for the world outside.

September and October will be a month of establishing classroom routines and expectations, building learning communities, and identifying individual student learning needs.  On behalf of all teachers and staff, I thank you for your continued support.  Thank you!

Sincerely,  Kelli Vogstad

Here are a few reminders that we ask you to help us with:

  • As office renovations are still going on, we have a request to help alleviate library/office congestion.  If you are dropping off a lunch for your child, please make sure he/she knows beforehand that his/her lunch will be labelled and waiting to be picked up at the lunch table at the front entrance.
  • Please remember to send healthy snacks, lunches, and water bottles (no juice) to school with your child.  We are a “green school” which means we compost food scraps and recycle, but to help keep our school in its best shape, students’ lunch garbage will be sent home in your child’s lunch kit. We encourage families to pack food in reusable containers. Thank you!

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THIS WEEK IN IMAGES

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TERRY FOX RUN, A GREAT SUCCESS!

Thirty-seven years ago, Terry Fox began his Marathon of Hope.  After 143 days and 5,373 kilometres, Terry was forced to stop running; an entire nation was stunned and saddened when Terry passed away on June 28, 1981 at the age 22. To date, the annual Terry Fun Run held across Canada and around the world has raised over $750 million worldwide for cancer research. We will continue to accept donations throughout the following week: “Toonies for Terry“.

Friday afternoon, we all gathered in the gym to set the stage and celebrate the importance of our annual Terry Fox Run.  We watched the Terry Fox – Heritage Minute and then the whole school participated in a warm-up before heading outside for our run.  A big shout out and thank you to Monsieur Nadeau for helping to organize and map out our route, Mrs. Marynick and Ms. Spoule for their help, and a special HUGE thank you to all our parent volunteers.  THANK YOU!

You may notice the absence of student faces.  Until we have our Media Consent forms sent home and signed, up-close student faces will not be published in our school blog. 

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INTERNATIONAL DOT DAY 

In every child there lives a creative spark, sometimes it shines brightly, sometimes it waits in the darkness for the “right” time. Here at Jessie Lee, students have many opportunities to show their creativity.  Last week many of our classes enjoyed hearing the wonderful story, The Dot, and then shared their artistic creativity as they recognized and celebrated International Dot Day on September 15th.

Peter H. Reynolds’ book, The Dot, continues to inspire children all over the world to discover and rediscover the power and potential of creativity in all they do.  Dot Day has become a global celebration of creativity, courage, and collaboration.  The Dot Day activities students participated in are examples of how our teachers are focusing on the core competency, Creative Thinking, in our BC Ministry Curriculum.

It’s all about making your mark in a positive way and making the world a better place.  I hope Peter Reynold’s book, The Dot, as well as the many activities teachers will plan and implement in their classrooms, will help inspire our students to make their mark.  Just like Vashti’s teacher in The Dot told her, “Just make a mark and see where it takes you!”

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

“To live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong.” Chilton Pearce

Joseph Chilton Pearce, passed away last summer, August 23rd.  He was an author and authority on human and child development.

Helping your child understand how making mistakes, taking risks, and not being perfect is how he or she learns and grows. Making mistakes is a fundamental part of every cognitive process, whether solving a math problem, learning a new sport, or making important decisions. When we allow mistakes to fuel our awareness, we can make changes and develop our skills and understandings.

quote-creativity

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VIDEO OF THE WEEK

At Jessie Lee we lead from the heart and work to create environments where students can thrive!  From the Daliai Lama Centre for Peace and Education, this beautiful video shares the importance of preparing our children for this world. “Educating the Heart. It’s already happening around the world with astonishing results.”

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CALENDAR

IMPORTANT DATES FOR 2017/18
SEPTEMBER
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 – Orange Shirt Day 12:45 p.m.
OCTOBER
6-PHOTO DAY -individual student photos
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
22-Last day of classes before Winter Break
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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