January 22nd, 2018

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PRINCIPAL’S MESSAGE

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Dear Jessie Lee Families,

Thank you to all of you who regularly visit and read our weekly school blog. In years past, schools communicated information via a traditional paper newsletter. Every week, I would create the weekly newsletter that went home on Friday.  I would copy it, one for every child, and deliver it to every teacher so they could send the newsletter home with their students. On Monday, I often found newsletters in recycle bins, lost on the playground, or crumpled up in student desks.  On Tuesday, I would receive phone calls or emails from parents asking questions about certain upcoming events, dates, and times. There had to be a better way.  Not only was I spending school funds on paper, ink, and copying fees, but the information I wanted to share with parents may not be reaching them.

Technology has changed the way we live our lives; we can now access info anywhere and any time.  Parents have shared that they want home-school communication to include:

  • important information, dates, and deadlines for upcoming events
  • tips for helping students at home
  • pictures of their children
  • bulleted lists
  • and, have mobile device compatibility.

Parents can now access school information on-line by subscribing to our school blog, or by visiting Surrey Schools website and clicking on the link.

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If you are a regular visitor to our school blog, I invite you to spread the word and encourage other parents to check out Jessieleelearns.com.

Thank you for your continued support.

Kelli Vogstad, Principal

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LAST WEEK IN IMAGES

Lots and lots of wonderful engagement and learning is taking place in and around our school.  Click on the picture to read the photo caption.

Kindergarten registration began last week.  We are already excited to welcome new kindergarten families to Jessie Lee.  Look at some of the rich and relevant learning that is going on in our kindergarten classrooms.

Collaboration time, working on animal research projects in the library with Ms. Mitchell, Ms. Hayes, and Madame Sproule.

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COMMUNICATING STUDENT LEARNING

freshgradeAs the school year continues, teachers and students are continuing to use FreshGrade to capture, share, and assess learning through digital portfolios. It is important for parents to check student portfolios regularly in order to have a good, ongoing understanding of the progress their children are making, areas requiring further development, and ways they may support learning at home.  This process is made all the more meaningful when parents post comments and questions in their children’s portfolios from time to time which will promote thinking and extend learning.

As the school principal, I am invited into every teacher’s FreshGrade account, so that I can see what teachers, students, and parents are posting. In combination with weekly visits to classrooms, this “window” into classrooms has given me an increased sense of the learning taking place. I greatly appreciate the hard work of our teachers, seeing that students are given a “voice” and ownership through their portfolios, and the increased on-going parent participation. I see parents actively involved in their children’s learning and the best thing is, your children know it!

If you have not yet accessed your child’s FreshGrade portfolio recently, or at all, 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.

If you are unable to connect to your child’s portfolio, please do not hesitate to contact  your child’s teacher or me. I am more than happy to assist you!

Thank you for your continued support!

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FIRST PEOPLES IN RESIDENCE WEEK

Jessie Lee will be welcoming District Aboriginal Learning staff this up-coming week, January 22 – 26.  Teachers have signed up for a number of interesting and meaningful session which will give 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 3.56.03 PMJessie Lee Cardboard Challenge will take place on Tuesday, January 30th and will be open to all students.  Many of our teachers and students have already been discussing, planning, and working on their cardboard creations.

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 creations.  Click on the link for the info and planning sheet Jessie Lee Cardboard Challenge. Students are asked to focus on their creations rather than the handing out of candies and prizes.  We are also asking that students bring cardboard and any materials they need for their cardboard creations.  Thank you!

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  • 8:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. – Work in class. Teachers with students working in groups on larger projects can send these students to the gym where they will be supervised.
  • 11:00 p.m. – Projects are brought down to the Gym and set up.
  • 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. – Gallery walk for students and families to enjoy.  We hope you come by and see students’ creations.

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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

This year Jessie Lee has entered two boys’ teams.  Mr. Friesen and Mr. Dobson will be helping Mr. Simmers coach the boys.  Thank you!  Ms. Prcoyck will be coaching the girls’ team.  It is already shaping up to be an exciting season.

Boys’ Basketball 
Practices: Mondays after school and Fridays at lunch.
Games: Wednesdays

IMG_2853Team 1                                                                      

  • Jan. 31 Away game at Rosemary Heights
  • Feb. 7  Home game vs Ocean Cliff
  • Feb. 14 Home game vs Laronde
  • Feb. 21 Home game vs Ray Shepherd
  • Feb.28 (TBA)

Team 2

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  • Jan. 31 Home game vs Rosemary Heights
  • Feb. 7 Away game at Peace Arch
  • Week of Feb 12 – date TBA – Away game at White Rock
  • Feb. 23 Home game vs Morgan
  • Feb.28 (TBA)

Girls’ Basketball:
Practices: Tuesdays after school and Thursdays at lunch.
Games: Thursdays

  • Jan. 25 Away game at Sunnyside
  • Feb. 1 Away game at Rosemary Heights
  • Feb. 8 Home game vs Ocean Cliff
  • Feb. 15 Home game vs Laronde
  • Feb. 22 Away game at Rosemary Heights
  • March 1 – Playday (TBA)

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PAC NEWS

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.
  • One free slice of pizza to all students who enter an order online by Jan 22nd.
  • Additional slices may be purchased.
  • 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:

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CALENDAR IMPORTANT DATES FOR 2017/18

JANUARY
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
28-Pink Shirt Day
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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