October 23rd, 2017

Interim Student Learning Communication – October 30th – see below

Halloween Assembly and Parade, Tuesday, October 31st, 9 am in Gym.  

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PRINCIPAL’S MESSAGE

Dear Parents and Guardians,

As I reflect back over the last seven weeks, it’s been wonderful getting to know students and parents.  Thank you for all the friendly introductions, the welcoming emails and positive messages, and the many smiles and kind words you have shared.  Your warm welcome has not gone unnoticed and you have certainly made me feel like part of the Jessie Lee Family.  Thank you!

Students are settling in, and all around our school, inside and outside, meaningful work, and rich learning is taking place. Some of our primary classes keep track of how many days we have been together in classes at Jessie Lee, and it’s only day 25 tomorrow.  We have to all keep this in mind as we still wait for our office renovations to be completed. We still have rooms to organize and empty out, repairs to be made, and materials and resources to be delivered,  but even so, our dedicated teachers and staff continue to amaze me with the work they do   Thank you!

And thank you for your continued support,
Kelli Vogstad

THIS WEEK IN IMAGES

Some of our grade 6 and 7 Leaders attending WE Day in Vancouver.

Some of our grade 5 Leaders as Lunch Monitors

Some District Visitors sharing Number Talks with Kinders


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RAINY DAYS AT JESSIE LEE

The rainy season is upon us and a few drops of rain won’t stop Jessie Lee students from heading out at recess and lunch to get some fresh air, exercise, and fun! The other day I  visited a friend who is a family doctor, and I asked her, “So can kids get sick playing outside in the rain?” She laughed and said, “The rain won’t make kids sick, they may get wet, but not sick.” Some people believe that playing in the rain is an easy, quick way to catch a cold. On the contrary,  with a healthy diet and exercise routine, a child’s immune system is strong enough to protect against any weather woes.

Be sure to come prepared for the rain. Wear a rain jacket, put on a pair of boots, and bring along an umbrella.  On most rainy days, students go out to play; when it is raining really hard, students are asked to stay inside and do quiet activities in their classrooms.  Thank you parents, for sending your child in appropriate clothing for wet weather!

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INTERIM STUDENT LEARNING COMMUNICATION

This upcoming week, many of our teachers will be working with students to complete a Student Interim Self-Assessment.  The focus of this communication is in the area of Social Responsibility and Personal Awareness under BC’s Core Competencies (Click here to visit BC Ministry Curriculum) Students will reflect on and assess what kind of classroom citizens they are, how they care for themselves and others, how they show respect and empathy, and how they work collaboratively to help keep their classrooms safe and positive learning environments for everyone.

Teachers and students will upload their work and comments October 30th.  Please be sure to visit your child’s FreshGrade portfolio to view this Interim Student Learning Communication.  We ask that you make a comment to let us know that you have viewed these documents. A paper copy of these Interim Reports may also be sent home with your child. Thank you!

Division 2 grade sixes and sevens are reflecting on and writing comments for their uploaded work in their FreshGrade digital portfolios.  

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QUOTE OF THE WEEK: Self-Awareness

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VIDEO OF THE WEEK: Lost and Found

Missing a jacket, a sweater, a hat? Fear not. They’re waiting in our Lost-and-Found bin at Jessie Lee. The bin’s collection grows daily, now overflowing with students’ clothing and other items, just waiting to be found. Soon we will be bagging up the items and taking them to Goodwill.

From my experience, kids are reluctant to bring things home, or don’t even realize they are missing something. Sometimes you have to rely on covert sources, like you, a parent, with a discerning eye, and the need to recover a soon-to-be-needed winter jacket.   We invite you to drop by and check out our Lost-and-Found bin.

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HALLOWEEN SAFETY AND EXPECTATIONS

Halloween is a fun and exciting time for students. Here are some quick reminders about Halloween in the Jessie Lee community:

Screen Shot 2017-10-22 at 4.29.58 PMOctober 31 is a school day and is therefore a day of learning.

Please avoid costumes or masks that may be offensive or frightening to our youngest friends.  If you are uncertain whether a costume is appropriate or not, please ask your child’s teacher.

Weapons or weapon replicas are not permitted at school at any time.

A costume parade will take place for students in Kindergarten to Grade 5, on Tuesday, October 31 at 9:00 a.m. in the gym. Parents are welcome!

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JESSIE LEE ATHLETICS: Cross Country and Volleyball

Last week our Cross Country runners participated in their last run at Crescent park.  Congratulations to a dedicated team and to our coaches, Ms. Procyk, Ms. Rumley, Ms. Hayes, and Ms. Ykema!  Well done, Jessie Lee!

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Jessie Lee is gearing up to participate in volleyball this upcoming season.  We hope to organize a boys’ and girls’ team. We will have another meeting this week to hand out permission notices. Grade 6 and 7 students interested in playing volleyball, will be called down to meet at noon on Tuesday. Our first games will be November 1 and 2.  Stay tuned!

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A MESSAGE FROM OUR LIBRARY

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Semiahmoo Library is offering an exciting program for students in grades 2, 3, and 4 to come in and do some practice reading with teenage volunteers. Click on the link to find out more: ReadingBuddies.Attn Kids.Fall.2017

Thank you, Kaija Sproule
Jessie Lee’s Teacher Librarian

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CALENDAR

IMPORTANT DATES FOR 2017/18
OCTOBER
26-Grade 6 Immunizations
31-Halloween Assembly and Parade – 9:00 a.m.
NOVEMBER
3-Non-Instructional Day – Classes not in session for students
8-Photo Retakes
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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