November 27th, 2017

Purdy’s Chocolate Orders due by November 27th

Now that the new office is completed, we will be asking students to exit at the end of the day from the same door they entered through in the morning. Thank you!

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



IMG_0059Here at Jessie Lee we want all our students to experience school as a safe and happy place. Every day when children come to school they should feel confident in knowing that they will be able to enjoy their day without being interrupted, bothered, or bullied.

When students walk through our doors, we want them to know that they are in a school where they are cared for and they feel secure. Our guidelines for discipline and safety are created to best help children learn how to treat each other with respect and to assure them that we will protect them and keep the atmosphere peaceful. To this end, teachers and support staff are working diligently to teach and reinforce our clear school policies and expectations, reinforcing our goals around respect, civility, regard and care for others, equity and inclusion.



Children develop good problem-solving abilities and self discipline when they receive consistent, positive interactions with adults. All children need positive, healthy adult attachments to help them become caring, responsible, and well behaved citizens. When redirection and positive discipline techniques are not effective and the child’s behaviour presents a risk to self/others and repeatedly interferes with other children’s experience, we take this seriously and take appropriate action.


Parents also play a major role when it comes to teaching children about how to behave in positive, respectful, and safe ways. First and foremost, children look to parents for direction and discipline; they are the best role models for their children, and therefore, have the responsibility of teaching their children about behaving responsibly.  Please help your child learn and develop the capacity of judging their own acts as whether responsible or not. Above all else, remember that your child is unique and you know him/her better than anyone else on the planet.

Thank you for teaching your child to be responsible and accountable while also being loving and respectful of your child and his/her needs.

Kelli Vogstad, Principal

Is that you Buddy?

This image was sent to me over the weekend.

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Hhhm? Is that you, Buddy?  Watching the movie, Home Alone?

December 1st is just around the corner. Will Buddy be visiting Jessie Lee this year?  He sure was busy last year, making mischief and showing up in the most unusual places at my last school.




Lots of science activities going on …


Lots of art and creativity being displayed …


Moustache Day!

On Friday, our leadership students planned and implemented Moustache Day to recognize the work of the “Movember” Foundation and to support men’s health and cancer research.  The students talked about the importance of the work this movement is doing.  As one leadership student said, “We all have a dad, a grandpa, an uncle, a brother, or a neighbour who are important to us; we should help keep them in our lives.”


Liz from Div 2, and Yasemin from Div 3, researched the Movember Foundation and then wrote and shared their work during morning announcements.  They also shared how leadership students would be out at recess to paint moustaches on students who wanted one.  Thank you leadership team, and to the many families who made donations.  Thank you!


Lots of smiles and generosity being shared …




If your child’s teacher has made the choice to use FreshGrade, your child’s learning has been captured, shared, and assessed through his/her digital portfolio. By checking this portfolio regularly, you should have an ongoing understanding of the progress your child is making, areas requiring further development, and ways you can support learning at home. THIS ONGOING FEEDBACK NOW TAKES THE PLACE OF THE TRADITIONAL REPORT CARD (AND IN THE CASE OF SOME INTERMEDIATE CLASSES, LETTER GRADES) YOU HAVE COME TO EXPECT.

We understand that this is a big change and we appreciate your openness. It is important for you as parents to know on a day-to-day, week-to-week, and month-to-month basis how your child’s learning is progressing, as well as having learning conversations about what you see in your child’s portfolio. This experience is made all the more meaningful when parents post comments and questions in their child’s portfolio from time to time that promotes thinking and extends the learning.


So what happens on December 13th?

Teachers who have made the professional choice to not use FreshGrade, will be using the District CSL Template to report on student learning. Students in these classes will bring this report card home on December 13th. Students with FreshGrade portfolios will bring home a short “check-in” notice with an invitation to confirm that you have checked your child’s portfolio.  In both cases, if you have any questions, or would like to meet with your child’s teacher please contact your child’s teacher to make an appointment.

As the school principal, I greatly appreciate the parent participation I have seen on FreshGrade. Parents are actively involved in an ongoing way in their child’s learning and the best thing is, your child knows it! If you have not yet accessed your child’s FreshGrade portfolio, you are strongly encouraged to do so. It doesn’t take long to have a look and post a few thoughtful comments, but it makes a huge difference for children when they see their parents actively engaged in learning with them.


VIDEO OF THE WEEK: The Time You Have

In this poignant video, online performance artist Ze Frank physically illustrates how most people spend the majority of their life using jelly beans to delineate time. Starting with 28,835 beans representing days of the average human lifespan, he slowly subtracts the time spent sleeping, working, eating, and commuting to arrive at a much smaller square by proportion that represents our “free” time that suddenly puts things in stark perspective. Hopefully some of those working, cooking, and caring days are just as fulfilling as the days you have left to fill with fun, art, and adventure.

And hopefully every day, you stop and take time to be kind to others, show our gratitude, and work together to make this world a safe and happy place.  Enjoy!







Screen Shot 2017-11-25 at 6.20.45 PMOur Winter Concert will take place on Wednesday, December 20th with shows at 12:45 and 6:00 p.m. A ticket order form will be coming home with students Wednesday, December 6th. Due to seating limitations, families can request a total of UP TO 2 TICKETS. If you need only 1 or none at all, please indicate on the form. If you would like to request MORE tickets, indicate this as well on the form and we will attempt to fill these requests.

Order forms are due Wednesday, December 13th.

Tickets will be sent home with students on Monday, December 18th.

Please call the office at 604-531-8833 if you have any questions. Thank you!



Screen Shot 2017-11-25 at 6.24.23 PMA huge THANK YOU to all the parents and students for helping to make our Scholastic Book Fair such a big success. Because we sold more than $4,000.00 worth of books and accessories, our library will be able to choose over $2,000.00 worth of new books. We are grateful for your support, volunteer time, and participation in our community.

Thank you,

Kaija Sproule, Teacher Librarian




Some of our players will be participating this week in their end-of-the-season Play Days.  Jessie Lee will be hosting the boys’ Play Day on Wednesday the 29th, 12:30-4:00 pm, which will include four teams from Jessie Lee, Bayridge, South Meridian, and Ray Shepherd Elementary Schools.  The girls will be heading off to Bayridge Elementary on Thursday the 30th, 12:30-4:00 pm,  for their Play Day against the same four school teams.



First, I want to thank our PAC executive, and parent volunteers, who continue to support our students and make positive contributions in our school.  Our Hot Lunch Program continues to be a success and this week parents helped organize and prepare our new playground equipment bins. This week every class will receive a bin of  playground equipment that students can take outside to play with at recess and lunch. Thank you!


And now a message from you PAC!

Mark you calendars, the Christmas Store is coming to Jessie Lee December 7th and 8th.  Students will be able to find fun and affordable gifts for their families and friends.

Screen Shot 2017-11-25 at 6.18.14 PMWhat is the Christmas Store?  Similar to a garage sale, we will be collecting new and gently used items for students to shop for their loved ones.   Items can be dropped off in the boxes by the office. We will be collecting item from November 27th to December 6th.

We invite you to take this opportunity to clean out your cluttered closet and cupboards.  We are looking for donations of gently-used, clean items for our Christmas Store.  Help us re-use your precious resources by giving someone else a chance to find a “treasure” in the things you no longer need. You can go to the PAC Facebook page to see a list of suggested items.

The Christmas Store will be open to students for shopping on December 7th and 8th.  During school hours, the Christmas Store will be set up in the multi-purpose room and classes will sign up to visit the store.  All items will be $1.00. No large bills please.

As always we appreciate your support.

Your PAC Executive



4-PAC Meeting 7 pm
7-Purdy’s Chocolate Pick up
7-PAC Christmas Store
8-PAC Christmas Store
15-Young Entrepreneurs’ Market – Div.1,2,3
18-PAC Christmas Bake Sale
20-Winter Concert 12:45 and 6:00
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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