October 9, 2017 – Safety First

HAPPY THANKSGIVING! SEE YOU TUESDAY

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PRINCIPAL’S MESSAGE

For me, Autumn is a season of mixed feelings.  I love the changing colours of the leaves, the beautiful warm tones of gold, orange, and red.  I love the cool, crisp air, and the way the rain smells; it’s just better than the Spring.  I love that I get to bring out my cozy knit sweaters to wear, and cook comfy food, like butternut squash soup, for my family.  On the other hand, as Autumn settles in, I feel a bit melancholy.  The world seems to slow down, leaves fall from the trees, branches become bare against the wind and cold, and friendly neighbours move inside.

For many children and families, Autumn brings the much-loved traditions of Thanksgiving and Halloween. I know many of our families this weekend enjoyed a yummy turkey feast with family and friends and remembered all the things they are thankful for.

This month, Halloween falls early in the week on Tuesday, October 31st.  I love seeing the excitement and the smiles on students’ faces as they share their costume plans and anticipate the evening of treats and Halloween fun.  Here at Jessie Lee, teachers will be planning and organizing different activities for the end of the month. Not all students at Jessie Lee celebrate Halloween and some do not have the means to make or purchase a costume.  As one of our goals is to create inclusive classroom environments where all students feel prized and safe,  we want all our students to feel welcomed on this day.  With the excitement and anticipation of the night’s events, we also want to help the children stay calm and focused to maximize their learning at school. Keeping these guiding principles in mind, individual notices and communications from your child’s teacher will be sent home sharing his/her October 31st plans and activities.

Thank you for your continued support,

Kelli Vogstad

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THIS WEEK IN IMAGES

Thoughtful engagement, relevant work, and meaningful curriculum experiences take place every day, in and around Jessie Lee classrooms.

Photo Day was a big success!  Thank you to our two grade 7 helpers from Div. 2, Emma and Nick, who organized and ushered classes to the gym.

Photo retakes are scheduled for Wednesday, November 8th.

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KEEPING STUDENTS SAFE

There is no question that when you send your child off to school every day your number one priority is that your child will be safe. All schools have a responsibility to provide a safe environment in which children can learn.  We take this responsibility seriously at Jessie Lee.  Everyone who comes into contact with children and their families has a role to play in safeguarding children.  In order to fulfill this responsibility effectively, we make sure our approach is child-centered.  This means that we consider, at all times, what is in the best interests of the child.  We also have clear and comprehensive District policies and procedures in place that we all know and follow to ensure that all our students are safe.

District policy requires every school to practice emergency drills. Over the school year, we will practice fire drills, earthquake drills, and a drill of our School Safety Alert System. Our school district follows the Emergency Response System used universally around North America: LOCK DOWN, LOCK OUT, and ALL CLEAR. Of course we never want to think about such systems being necessary in our schools, but preparation is the best way to ensure ongoing student safety.  Throughout the year, the focus will be on education and understanding, rather than panic and fear.

On our playground, at recess and lunch time, children are carefully supervised by teachers, staff, and supervision aides.  Children also are regularly reminded of safe play expectations and safety rules.  When the bell rings for students to return to classes, teachers ensure that all students are safely guided back into the school building and are safely in their classrooms to continue the day’s activities.  At the end of the day, depending on the age of our students, children are dismissed to the care of a parent, guardian, or care giver.  We ask that you also discuss and remind your child of his/her after school routine, including where they will meet you, who will they meet, to ensure your child gets home safely.  Thank you!

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QUOTES OF THE WEEK: 

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JESSIE LEE ATHLETICS

Our Cross Country team continues to race on Tuesdays and practice on Thursdays.  Thank you to all our parent volunteer drivers, to our four dedicated coaches, and to our amazing student athletes who continue to show up and do their best.  Bravo!

 

Two more Cross Country meets to go: October 10, and October 17.  Go, Jessie Lee, go!

Screen Shot 2017-10-09 at 2.35.30 PM.pngJessie Lee’s Soccer team played their first two games this week, Monday, against Pacific Heights, and on Wednesday, against White Rock Elementary.  Jessie Lee was victorious in both games, demonstrating excellent passing, team play, and sportsmanship.Way to go, Jessie Lee!

Our soccer team will be participating in their Play Day, Wednesday, October 11th at South Surrey Athletic Park, 12:00 noon on turf field #9.

No photos of our soccer players were available for this week’s blog post.  Stay tuned!

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COMMUNICATING STUDENT LEARNING: FRESH GRADE PORTFOLIOS

Dear Parents/Guardians,
Many of you will soon be receiving ongoing updates regarding your child’s learning via “FreshGrade“. Updates take the form of photos, video, audio, and notes which are sent to parents via email. If you have not accessed your child’s FreshGrade portfolio, we hope you do soon. If you are having trouble accessing your child’s portfolio, please let your child’s teacher know, or drop by the office and we can help you.

Did you know that there is an APP that allows you to access your child’s learning portfolio and reports online?

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You can access the ANDROID version HERE.
You can access the iPHONE/iPAD version HERE.

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PAC NEWS

What a great success our first Hot Lunch Day was!  Thank you to our PAC executive and parent volunteers who helped.  If you missed seeing the Hot Lunch notice that was sent home last week, please drop by the office and we can give you one.

Friday, October 13th, will be Jessie Lee’s first PAC meeting, 1:30 – 2:25 p.m. in the staffroom. Our PAC executive is encouraging parents to come to this early afternoon meeting and offer your opinions and feedback as important decisions will be made on fundraising and spending for this school year.

We hope to see you there.

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VIDEO OF THE WEEK: They Can Do It!

We have the responsibility to keep our children safe, but we also have the responsibility to help them take care of themselves.  With caring support, gentle reminders, and adult supervision, students can take ownership of their actions, their learning, and their accomplishments.  I invite you to watch this video of a grade four girl as she conquers her fears and meets with success.  What messages do you take away from this video?

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CALENDAR

IMPORTANT DATES FOR 2017/18
OCTOBER
9-Thanksgiving – Classes not in session
10-Cross Country Meet – Crescent Park – 3:30
13-PAC Meeting, 1:30 p.m. in Staffroom
17-Cross Country Meet – Crescent Park – 3:30
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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