December 4th, 2017

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LAST WEEK IN IMAGES

Look who followed Ms. Vogstad from Cambridge Elementary – Buddy the Elf.  He’s come to bring joy to Jessie Lee throughout December.  Look where we found him on December 1st – hanging upside down in the new conference room.

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Look what Buddy has been up to over the weekend.  December 3rd Buddy was spotted using the office phone.  We hope he wasn’t calling Santa in the North Pole, that could be very expensive.  And how did Buddy get into Ms. Vogstad’s office on December 4th?  At least he is doing something productive, working on Math Doodles on the iPad.  We wonder if Buddy is good at math?

Our students are engaged in many wonderful learning activities.

Division 2 visited Earl Marriot Secondary to participate in a Writing Workshop.

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Our bulletin boards and classrooms are beginning to show signs of the season.  

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COMMUNICATING STUDENT LEARNING

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.

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YOUNG ENTREPRENEURS’ MARKET

Over the past few weeks, the students of Div. 1, 2, and 3 have been participating in the Young Entrepreneurs program. Students have explored the world of business through hands on activities. Each student has produced a product, created a business model, and chosen how to market their product. The final showcase will be a chance for students to sell their products and gain real-life business experience. We invite all Jessie Lee students and families to the final show that will take place On Friday December 15th at 9:30 in the school gym. Student products range from $1.00 – $5.00.  Here are some of the advertisement poster up and around our school:

So mark your calendars, December 15th, to remember to drop by our Entrepreneurs’ Market; it’s a great opportunity for parents to get some wonderful and creative stocking stuffers?

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WINTER CONCERT

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 and fire regulations, 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!

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VIDEO OF THE WEEK: Think Positive

Positive thinking sounds useful on the surface. I think most of us would prefer to be positive rather than negative. Some may describe “positive thinking” as a soft and fluffy term that is easy to dismiss. In the real world, it rarely carries the same weight as words like “work ethic” or “persistence.”

But those views may be changing.

Research is beginning to reveal that positive thinking is about much more than just being happy or displaying an upbeat attitude. Positive thoughts can actually create real value in your life and help you build skills that last much longer than a smile, important skills like perseverance, purposefulness, and optimism.  Enjoy!

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JESSIE LEE ATHLETICS: Volleyball

The boys’ and girls’ volleyball teams both participated in Play Day Tournaments last week.  All teams showed amazing sportsmanship, teamwork, and skill.   Our boys came second and third, and the girls third. Way to go!

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And thank you to our boys’ team members who helped us host one of the South Zone play days.  It was a big success!

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PAC NEWS

A big thank you to our PAC!  We love our new playground equipment. THANK YOU!

And now a message from you PAC!

Jessie Lee’s Christmas Store will be open this Thursday and Friday. Students will be able to find fun and affordable gifts for their families and friends.

Screen Shot 2017-11-25 at 6.18.14 PMWe are still collecting new and gently used items, which can be dropped off in the boxes by the office. We will be collecting item till Wednesday, December 6th.

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.

Thank you for your support.

Your PAC Executive

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QUOTE OF THE WEEK

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CALENDAR

IMPORTANT DATES FOR 2017/18
DECEMBER
4-PAC Meeting 7 pm
7-Purdy’s Chocolate Pick up
7-PAC Christmas Store
8-PAC Christmas Store
11-Federal Election – Gym
15-Young Entrepreneurs’ Market – Div.1,2,3
18-PAC Christmas Bake Sale
20-Winter Concert 12:45 and 6:00
22-Pyjamas and Holiday Hat Spirit Day
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
23-Welcome to Kindergarten – 12:30-2:30 pm
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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