Halloween Assembly and Parade, Tuesday, October 31st, 9 am in Gym.
Friday, Nov. 3rd – Curriculum Planning & Implementation Day – NO CLASSES
Remembrance Day Assembly – Thursday, November 9th, 9 am in Gym
Halloween is this Tuesday and many Jessie Lee families are getting ready to welcome trick-or-treaters or head out dressed in their favourite Halloween costumes. My pumpkins are carved and my treats are ready to hand out.
Did you know …
- Halloween can be traced back more than 2,000 years and celebrated the final day of the harvest.
- Trick-or-treating has existed since medieval times, and sugar rationing during World War II put a halt to trick-or-treating for a while.
- The tradition of Jack O’ Lanterns came from Irish folklore about a man named Stingy Jack who roamed the Earth carrying a lantern; Jack ‘O Lanterns used to be carved out of turnips and potatoes.
- The most popular children’s costumes according to many surveys are Batman and princess dresses. What will you be wearing this Halloween?
As part of the district-wide Safe Schools Halloween initiative I have attached the Halloween Letter to Neighbours from our District. A copy of this letter was also sent home with your child last Friday. Halloween Letter to Neighbours 2017
This initiative has proven to be valuable in reducing the vandalism that occurs on Halloween and we very much appreciate your efforts.
Thank you for your continued support and happy Halloween.
Kelli Vogstad, Principal
As October comes to an end our classrooms continue to be productive, engaging, and creative learning environments for Jessie Lee students. Here are photos capturing some of the activities taking place . . . People Dictionary in Div. 5 – making connections with letters and phrase; Halloween Masterpieces in Div. 6 & 7 – painting spooky images in tempera; Read Aloud Book Vote in Div. 15 – making literary choices and graphing picks, and more . . .
Enjoying a Sunny Recess
Students Documenting their Learning on FreshGrade in Div. 8
Bigs and Littles Planting Bulbs, Div. 2, 10, 4, & 16
Bulbs4Kids is a campaign meant to acquaint kids in elementary schools with the world of flower bulbs by means of planting, growing and interesting activities. Many of our buddy classes have been visiting one of our court yards to plant the hundreds of Spring bulbs we have received thanks to Mrs. Weber who signed up for the program last year.
Halloween is a fun and exciting time for students. Here are some quick reminders about Halloween in the Jessie Lee community:
- Expectations for student behaviour apply each and every day, at school and on the way to and from school.
- October 31 is a school day and is therefore a day of learning.
- Weapons or weapon replicas are not permitted at school at any time.
- Please avoid costumes or masks that may be offensive or frightening to our youngest friends. Remember, our Kindergarten students are only 5 years old. If you are uncertain whether a costume is appropriate or not, please ask the school.
A costume parade will take place for students on Tuesday, October 31st at 9:00 a.m. in the gym. Parents are welcome!
District policy requires every school to practice emergency drills. Over the school year, we will practice fire drills and earthquake drills. Throughout the year, the focus will be on education and understanding.
Your child may or may not have told you, but we had our first earthquake drill this past Tuesday, October 24th. Jessie Lee staff and students practiced how to “Drop, Cover, and Hold On. This past Friday, October 27th, we also had our first fire drill. All students and staff quietly and responsibly evacuated the building and gathered outside on our north side grass field. Both practice drills were a great success – everyone followed drill procedures, and after the drills, teachers debriefed with students, ensuring every child understood the procedure and felt safe and calm.
Our PAC organized another successful Hot Lunch Friday. Thank you to all our volunteer helpers, parents and students! Many hands make for light work.
Your next PAC meeting will be held Monday, November 6th at 2:45 p.m. We hope you can make it. Child care will be available.
Your PAC Executive will be organizing the upcoming fundraiser, Purdy’s Chocolate Sale. Funds will be raised for classroom playground equipment. Stay tuned for more information. Order forms to be sent home next week.
The PAC will also be organizing a Christmas Store for the holiday season. This fundraising event will be similar to a garage sale; PAC volunteers will be collecting donations early December.
For more information your PAC executive invites you to go to their new Facebook page Jessie Lee Pac. Everyone is invited to join.
Thank you for your continued support.
Friday, November 3rd is a Curriculum Planning and Implementation Day. These non-instructional days, have been organized throughout BC by the Ministry to support teachers in the implementation of our New Curriculum.
British Columbia’s curriculum has been modernized to respond to the demands of our changing world. What and how we teach our students has been redesigned to provide greater flexibility for teachers, while allowing space and time for students to develop their skills and explore their passions and interests. The deep understanding and application of knowledge is at the centre of the new model, as opposed to the memory and recall of facts that previously shaped education around the globe for many decades.
“Our new curriculum maintains a focus on sound foundations of literacy and math skills. Every student will continue to be connected to the basics of reading, writing and math. These critical skills are the foundation of B.C.’s education system, and are a key component of developing an educated citizen.” (source: BCs Ministry of Education)
Our new curriculum also has identified three Core Competencies as essential for all learners: Communication, Creative and Critical Thinking, and Personal and Social Responsibility.
If you are interested in reading and learning more about our New Curriculum please click here.
Scholastic Book Fair Coming in November
Madame Sproule, our teacher librarian, will be organizing our annual Jessie Lee Scholastic Book Fair. It will be held November 15th, 16th, and 17th. Stay tuned for more information about place and times and how you can help.
Congratulations to two of our Cross Country runners, Kale and Diego, who participated in the Mud Run last Thursday at Crescent Park. Thank you to their moms who made it possible. The two athletes represented Jessie Lee with pride.
Volleyball season has begun. Many of our students are learning to play volleyball and developing their volleyball skills in gym classes. Jessie Lee’s grade 6 and 7 students have also been invited out to join our volleyball teams. Permission notices were sent home last week. Here are the boys’ and girls’ practice and game schedules:
- Monday -Boys and Girls – 12:00 – 12:25 pm
- Tuesday – Boys and Girls – 2:35 – 3:35 pm
- Wednesday – Girls – 12:00 – 12:25 pm
- Thursday – Boys – 12:00 – 12:25 pm
Game Schedule: Wednesdays (Boys) Thursdays (Girls) – afterschool
- November 1 & 2 – AWAY vs Bayridge
- November 8 & 9 – AWAY vs South Meridian
- November 15 & 16 – HOME vs Morgan Creek
- November 22 & 23 – HOME vs Sunnyside
- November 29 & 30 – PLAYDAY Locations TBA
IMPORTANT DATES FOR 2017/18
31-Halloween Parade – 9:00 a.m.
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
22-Last day of classes before Winter Break
25-Winter Break begins
5-Last Day of Winter Break
8-Welcome Back! First day of school in 2018
16-Early Dismissal for program evaluation
12-Family Day – Classes not in session
16-Non-Instructional Day – Classes not in session for students
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
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