We know it when we feel it – school spirit! Here at Jessie Lee teachers, students, and parents work together to build a school community that is welcoming, warm, and productive. As we continue throughout the year to build our school spirit, our goal is to help students feel valued as individuals, and also to feel part of something greater than themselves. This is no easy task; every school experiences daily challenges, but a “we’re-all-in-this-together” spirit can go a long way to help a school work through these challenges. Our monthly assemblies, school-wide Challenge Days, school blog, and Spirit Days are examples of how we build Jessie Lee’s school spirit. Studies show that when school spirit is high, students’ attendance improves, students’ academic achievement improves, and students’ personal well-being and health improves.
Kelli Vogstad, Principal
At the end of last week, teachers and students enjoyed “Come Dressed as Your Favourite Character” Spirit Day on Friday. Thank you, Ms. Loxterkamp and Ms. Hayes for sending in some photos.
What an amazing success! Jessie Lee’s First Cardboard Challenge took place last Tuesday, January 30thth and on behalf of all the teachers and students, I say, “Bravo, Jessie Lee!”
Jessie Lee students, parents, and teachers worked together in their classrooms, in our hallways, and our gym to build their cardboard creations. In the morning, I had the wonderful privilege to tour the school and see the construction challenge in action. The energy and focus was palpable! The learning was rich, meaningful, and engaging! It was amazing to see the careful development of the cardboard structures and to take note of the patterns of innovation that many students were demonstrating.
Students were challenged to think creatively and collaboratively to solve a problem as a team. When I think about the learning going on, I am amazed at how many intellectual, personal, and social and emotional competencies the students were learning and practicing – the very skills they would need in order to engage in deep, life-long learning as successful citizens in today’s society. Students were learning to communicate their ideas and thinking. They were learning to listen, contribute, and to consider diverse perspectives, and, importantly, to build consensus. Students were learning to collaborate and value the input of others. Some students were frustrated and had to learn to be patient with their group members. Others struggled to join in and had to learn to find their place and voice in the activity.
Once everyone’s cardboard creations were complete, students brought them down to our gym to share and enjoy. In the afternoon, individual classes were called down to explore the creations, play the arcade-type games, and celebrate the coming together of an entire school.
As I walked around, I was delighted to hear the encouraging and appreciative exchange of words as children shared with each other and played the cardboard constructed games. Students willingly, and with confidence, talked about their cardboard creations and their learning. I was moved by the thoughtful energy, the level of focus, and the care students showed for each other. Our Jessie Lee community came together to share the success of a learning challenge, creating a genuine school-wide feeling of belonging, celebration, and pride.
I hope you enjoy the video below. I apologize if I missed taking your photo. It was a busy and exciting day. See you next year!
The cold and flu season is upon us and many of our students and staff have been absent from school. This is a good time to remind your child how important it is to wash their hands regularly and not to touch their faces with their hands. We remind parents not to send students to school if they have flu symptoms (fever, vomiting, cough, aches, chills, sweats) and to keep them home until they are fully recovered.
A sick child is not able to perform well at school and runs the risk of infecting other students and staff some of whom may be more vulnerable to serious effects of the flu and require a much longer time to recuperate. Please ensure you contact the school at (604) 531-8833 to report your child’s illness. Thank you for supporting this important matter.
Remember, the best defense is to wash your hands, eat well and get plenty of sleep. For further information about hand washing and NLV (Norwalk-like-viruses) see the following link: HealthLink BC
The Flu Fighters animated video teaches elementary school students how to protect themselves against the flu. Through a catchy music video three simple steps are reinforced: cover your mouth when you cough and sneeze, wash your hands frequently, and stay home when you are sick.
“Kick the flu before it kicks you. Stopping the flu is up to you!”
12-Family Day – Classes not in session
14-PAC Bake Sale
16-Non-Instructional Day – Classes not in session for students
26-PAC Meeting 7 pm Library
28-Pink Shirt Day
30-Good Friday – School Closed
2-Easter Monday – School Closed
3-PAC Spring Sprint
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
27-Grade 7 Year End Assembly – 9-11:30
28-Year End School-Wide Assembly
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