November 13th, 2017

SCHOLASTIC BOOK FAIR – November 15, 16, & 17

IN THIS ISSUE: (click CONTINUE READING below to access links.)



This week as I visited classrooms, interacted with students, and observed children immersed in rich curriculum activities, I couldn’t help noticing how our teachers intentionally address and build the language and understanding of the core competencies.  Through reflective prompts, open-ended questions, criteria-setting, and conversations about thinking, creating, and problem-solving, teachers invite students to share their ideas, communicate their understanding, and engage in self-assessment.


This week I also reflected on how we, the adults in the building, model the core competencies of thinking, communicating, personal and social responsibility, and how we continue to engage in the process of self-assessment.  For myself, I continue to learn, and work to be the best I can be.  Some days it’s not always easy; I make mistakes, I stop and take responsibility for my actions. I persevere in difficult situations, and work to understand how my actions affect myself and others.  This I believe is the important work we do – to model these kind of behaviours that help students become personally aware and responsible learners, individuals who care about ideas and the environment, and who care about others, and themselves.

Thank you for your continued support,

Kelli Vogstad



Core Competencies in Action


Remembrance Day Artwork




Purdy Chocolate Fundraiser

IMG_1895It would seem that our customer number isn’t working when entered manually on the Purdy’s GPP site. Please use to make your purchases until we get this resolved! As always we appreciate your support as we work towards getting new technology available to our children!

All orders must be placed by Nov 27th with pick up Dec 7th. As always, we thank you for your support!  

Classroom Parent Program

Studies show that parent involvement in their child’s education not only increases academic performance, but also self-esteem.  We want all parents to have the opportunity to be as involved as possible in their child’s education.  The Jessie Lee PAC is organizing a new program to support our teachers and keep all our parents informed.  A classroom parent!  Click on the link to read more about this program and view the letter your child will bring home soon. Classroom Parent

Our next PAC meeting will be on Monday,  December 4th at 7 pm.  We hope you can join us.  Child care will be available.

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 support,

Jessie Lee PAC Executive




For many children Remembrance Day is a day that may not have significant meaning or understanding behind it. For some it is a day when someone pins a poppy on your jacket and you get a day off from school.  Here at Jessie Lee, one of our goals behind our Remembrance Day Assembly was to help our students appreciate the significance of Remembrance Day and to understand why we remember the past today. We want to not only acknowledge the courage and sacrifice of those who served their country but to also acknowledge our responsibility to work for the peace they fought hard to achieve.

Through a story, accompanied by projected images students shared their voices through songs and verse.  From beginning to end, all our students listened and participated with thought, respect, and understanding. Many parents were not able to join us and so on request, I share some of the words that we shared on this day to remember.


Our three very confident and capable grade seven storytellers, Tyler, Isaac, and Elise, began:

“On the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month in 1918 the world rejoiced and celebrated.  After four years of bitter war, peace came to the world.  The “war of all wars” was finally over. Today we still remember.   It is a day to be thankful and to appreciate the many soldiers who long ago and far away died in the war so all of us could have the right to be free, the right to choose, and the right to speak.”

 “All over the world people stop to remember. Some light candles as a symbol of hope that one day our wish for world peace will come true.  Listen to the sweet voices of our early primary students as they sing, Light a Candle for Peace.”


“On Remembrance Day we wear a poppy.   We wear the poppy to show our respect for all the soldiers who fought in the war.  The red poppy reminds us of a place called Flanders Field where many soldiers were buried.  The poppies grow wild between the crosses that mark their place.  Many of you have heard or know the poem Flanders’s Field, the world’s most famous and recognized war memorial poem written in 1915 by Major John McCrae, a Canadian doctor who worked on the battlefront.  Division 3 will now share a creative rendition of Flanders Field; listen as their own reflections and feelings are echoed as the poem is read.”


And then Divisions 10 and 11 performed a song called Poppies and Peace; their voices were accompanied by the magical sounds of the glockenspiel and xylophone.


Our storytellers continued. “The laying of poppy wreaths is also a tradition that is followed in Canada to honour those who fought in the wars.  We will now call each division up to lay their poppy wreathes.”  And then students from each division brought up their beautiful paper class wreath while  Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata played softly.

The story continued. “We in Canada are very lucky.  Every child, like you and I, are free to live and learn.  We are free to choose where we live; free to choose what we want to be when we grow up, and free to choose most of the things that affect our daily lives. But sadly, the reality is quite different for many children in other countries. Every day children are born who may never know the things we take for granted. It is up to all of us to help keep this world a safe and peaceful place.”


“Today we remember the soldiers who fought in past wars, and the soldiers who fight in wars today to keep our country safe and strong.  We have a responsibility to also keep each other safe and strong, and this can be as simple as being kind and helpful to each other. Divisions 12, 13, and 14 have a special message to share about being kind and helpful to others.”  Our grade one and two students altogether recited Shel Silverstein’s poem, called Hug ‘O War.”


“For many of us, war seems far removed from our daily lives.  We see war only through the lens of a television camera or a newspaper of fighting in distant parts of the world.  We must never take for granted how lucky we are, and when we remember we give thanks to all the brave men and women who fought for a free and beautiful country.”

“Today we must also think about and give thanks to all the men and women who continue to serve and help keep our country a safe and beautiful place to live.  Divisions 7, 8, and 9 will now sing along to this moving dedication to those who have sacrificed their lives in the past, and to those who continue to serve as peacekeepers, We Will Remember Them.”

“The first Remembrance Day was conducted nearly 100 years ago.  It came to symbolize the end of the war and an opportunity to remember those who died. All over the world people remember. They stop and in perfect stillness they remember during a moment of silence. Please stand.”  And ever so quietly, all our students, teachers, and guests stood as the Last Post played.

Our assembly ended with Shawn Hlookoff’s music video, a 21year old songwriter from Vancouver. His song is the voice of a Canadian soldier at war in Afghanistan.  The song is a tribute to the men and women everywhere who continue to make sacrifices.  We share his video below.






Scholastic Book Fair This Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday!


Dear Parents and Guardians,

The Scholastic Book Fair is coming to Jessie Lee! Our fair will be held in the Library starting Wednesday, November 15th.  It will be open Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday until 3 pm in the library for students, parents, grandparents, and members of the community.  

 Our Book Fair is a great opportunity to help stock the shelves of our library. For every $10.00 you spend at the fair, up to $5.00 comes directly back to our library.  Our Library will be all set up and ready to welcome our community.

 You’ll find hundreds of quality books at our Book Fair with a wide assortment for all reading levels. A Book Fair flyer will be sent home with your child that provides a preview of only a FEW of the many books available to purchase on Tuesday. The flyer also contains a special Family Draw ballot that parents can deposit during the fair. You could win $50.00 in books ($25.00 for your family and $25.00 for your child’s classroom)

Please see Madame Sproule, our librarian, if you are able to volunteer some time to help out. Parents who volunteer will get invitations to the ULS book sale as well.  Thank you!


QUOTE OF THE WEEK: Books, Books, Books




Our volleyball season continues to go strong.  Way to go, players, and a big thank you to our coaches, Ms. Rumley, Ms. Huddlestan, and Ms. Procyk, and our parent volunteer drivers.  THANK YOU!

Practice Schedule:

  • 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) – after school

  • November 15 & 16 – Boys HOME, Girls AWAY vs Morgan Creek
  • November 22 & 23 – Boys HOME, Girls AWAY vs Sunnyside
  • November 29 & 30 – PLAY DAY, Boys at Jessie Lee, Girls at Bayridge



15,16,17-Scholastic Book Fair
27-PAC Purdy’s Chocolate Orders – last day!
6-PAC Meeting 7 pm
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
19-29-Spring Break
30-Good Friday
2-Easter Monday
4-Non-Instructional Day – Classes not in session for students
21-Victoria Day – Classes not in session
23-Welcome to Kindergarten – 12:30-2:30 pm
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


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