January 15th, 2018

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PRINCIPAL’S MESSAGE: Welcome to 2018!

IMG_2743Welcome to 2018! Every New Year brings new challenges, new expectations, and new learning. As you and your families settle back into routines and schedules, I invite you to think about the power of positive thinking. Being a successful learner starts with a positive attitude. Positive thinking can motivate and inspire us to learn. Positive thinking can help make us happy and more resilient; when we possess a positive outlook towards life, we are better prepared to deal with problems and to handle challenging situations.

Screen Shot 2018-01-14 at 4.50.32 PMThe benefits of positive thinking can be far reaching for children and their learning. Children with a positive attitude believe in themselves and approach tasks with more confidence and a can-do manner which helps lead them to success. Children who come to school with a positive attitude increase their social interactions. Research has proven that more cheerful, optimistic children, make friends more easily and have less social problems in school. Research also supports the premise that a positive outlook on life can strengthen our immune system. Helping children develop positive thinking behaviours and positive feelings can lessen stress and anxiety and, in turn, improve learning. Children who are more positive navigate their learning journeys with more passion, interest, and success.

So how do we begin to develop more positive thinking? Smile and take responsibility to change your thinking. Enjoy the small things in life, be proactive, stop complaining, laugh, be curious, and focus on the good.  For 2018, I wish you all a can-do, positive thinking year!

Happy New Year!
Kelli Vogstad, Principal

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LAST WEEK IN IMAGES

 

Division 16’s Number Project

 

“What’s a Cardboard Challenge?” Assembly

 

Division 11’s Community Project

 

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YOGA IT UP: Mind Your Movements

Contributed by: Becky Weber, Teacher

Dear Families,

Thursdays and Fridays are Yoga Days at Jessie Lee.  Last week many classes began participating in a weekly yoga session from Yoga It Up!  Each class will participate in five 35-50 minute sessions (dependent upon grade level) over the next weeks.  A few classes will be having their five sessions following Spring Break, beginning in April.  Thanks to the gracious generosity of our PAC, this program will be delivered to all students at Jessie Lee with no cost to families.  Below you will find some information about the specifics of the in-school program your child will participate in, and how it aligns with our curricular areas and core competencies outlined in the BC curriculum.

 

Mind Your Movements© is an evidence-led program deeply rooted in the fields of Social and Emotional Learning, Positive Psychology, Mindfulness and Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience. Life skills are facilitated through child-centered yoga, mindfulness activities, tools of positive psychology and foundations in social-emotional learning during in-school sessions through an inclusive, joyful, engaging and relevant curriculum. Designed to overlap with learning standards for Physical & Health Education our programs aim to increase:​

  • Physical Literacy
  • Self-Regulation of Emotions
  • Feelings of Self-Worth & Confidence
  • Social & Emotional Learning
  • Mindfulness-Based Practices
  • Knowledge of Well-Being for Ourselves & Others

We are hopeful that your child will enjoy participating in this program and learn some tools and strategies to help develop some of the areas highlighted above.

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FIRST PEOPLES IN RESIDENCE WEEK

Screen Shot 2018-01-14 at 4.21.35 PMJessie Lee will be welcoming District Aboriginal Learning staff next week, January 22 – 26, to provide both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal students an opportunity to experience Indigenous world views and perspectives, and learn about practices specific to First Nation, Inuit, and Metis traditions.

Our week will begin with a school-wide assembly, Monday, January 22nd, to welcome the facilitators as guests to our school.  During the rest of the week, the cultural workers will visit individual classes to present their lessons and activities and work with students.  On Friday, January 26th, our week will conclude with an assembly where students will be able to share their learning.  Parents are invited to attend both Monday and Friday assemblies.

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JESSIE LEE CARDBOARD CHALLENGE

Screen Shot 2018-01-14 at 4.07.50 PMWe are getting ready for our first Cardboard Challenge.  Last week, students and staff gathered for an assembly learn about this world wide movement.  Jessie Lee Cardboard Challenge will take place on Tuesday, January 30th and will be open to all students.  Teachers and students will come together to create amazing creations made of cardboard. The Cardboard Challenge was inspired by a young boy from East Los Angeles, named Caine. Caine amazed the world by building a complete arcade using cardboard and his imagination. An organization called the Imagination Foundation “was founded to find, foster and fund creativity and entrepreneurship in children around the world to raise a new generation of innovators and problem solvers who have the tools they need to build the world they imagine.”

Students are encouraged to think carefully about what they plan to create and to perhaps complete some work prior to the event so that they have time to complete their creation.  Click on the link for more information, curriculum co, and planning sheet:  Jessie Lee Cardboard Challenge

More information about the shape of our day in next week blog post.

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VIDEO OF THE WEEK – CAINE’S ARCADE

Please watch and discuss the following videos and then decide, “How will YOU show your creativity?”

 

 

 

Movie Sources: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=faIFNkdq96U http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ul9c-4dX4Hk http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TVflkjMKoJY

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JESSIE LEE ATHLETICS: Basketball Season is Here!

Screen Shot 2018-01-14 at 5.19.15 PMA successful volleyball season has given way to many bouncing basketballs! Last week, students in grades 5, 6, and 7 interested in joining our basketball teams were invited to sign up.  Many of our students brought home letters of permission to begin their basketball season. Thank you to Mr. Simmers and Ms. Procyck who will be our head coaches for our boys’ and girls’ basketball teams.  More information about practice schedules and league play to come.

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PAC NEWS

Happy New Year!

PAC Meeting: We hope to see you tomorrow, Monday, January 15th at our first PAC Meeting of 2018, 7:00 pm in the Library.

Hot Lunch News:  Hot Lunch Returns January 26th! The Winter Hot Lunch schedule is up and ready for ordering! Please go to http://jessielee.hotlunches.net to order. Here are a few things to keep in mind when ordering. Please order for the full season as once your order is submitted the system does not allow changes/additional ordering. Orders must be submitted by Monday Jan 22nd to avoid the late fee. We are happy to offer a free slice of pizza to all students who enter an order online by Jan 22nd, but please note that it is “a”, one, free slice; you may purchase additional slices. If this is your first time ordering, the access code is JLHL.

Thank you for your continued support.

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QUOTE OF THE WEEK: Think Positive

 

 

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CALENDAR IMPORTANT DATES FOR 2017/18

JANUARY
15-PAC Meeting 7:00 pm – Library
16-Early Dismissal for program evaluation – 1:30
16-Grade 7 Parent/Student Info Evening – Earl Marriot Secondary – 6:00 pm
17-Grade 7 EMS Counsellor Visit – 9:00 – 10:00 am
22-26-First Peoples in Residence Week
30-Jessie Lee’s Cardboard Challenge
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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