Happy New Year and welcome to 2017! I hope everyone had a great holiday season. The New Year is always a time to reset, renew and make those resolutions in order to have a successful year.
One thing that is important after an extended holiday is to quickly get back into successful routines. It is known that children are more successful if they get into predictable routines at home and school. This includes predictable learning, sleeping and eating habits... as well as some quality down time! The winter months are generally where schools get into the heart of the curriculum, so healthy habits including sleep and fresh air are very important.
Fresh air is something that is known to increase healthy thinking and living. In the winter months, we tend to spend more time inside, so it is important to make a point of scheduling some outside activity on a regular basis.
I look forward to having a great 2017!!
Bringing Items From Home
Please be aware that we do try and assist students who have items stolen or lost at the school. However, we also want parents to be aware that toys, playing cards (ie Pokemon cards, etc), devices or other items from home are brought to school at your own risk. The school is not responsible for lost or stolen items of this nature. If items of this nature are causing playground issues or become a distraction to learning or are not used appropriately, they may be confiscated.
It is recommended that students do not bring expensive items to school or items they can not do without or will cause significant stress if broken or lost. It is also recommended that you mark every item (including clothing such as boots, jackets, shoes, etc) with a name in a place easily found.
Foundation Skills Assessment
During the Winter Holiday we often get out breaks of Head Lice. This is due to the fact that families and friends are visiting from all over and children and adults are often exposed during the holiday season. Please take extra caution during the holiday! Also be aware, head lice often take up to two weeks to hatch, therefore head lice out breaks in January are often due to exposure that occurred during the holiday season.
It is recommended to parents that you check your children at home at least once a week! If you find any, please treat them immediately and report it to the school so that we can take steps to keep them under control. The school handles any reported cases confidentially.
More information about head lice and how to control them can be found on our school website. Thank you in advance for helping with this. Vigilance from the home is the best way to control the spread of head lice. Remember, it isn't enough to just use the shampoo. Some lice are immune - so removal of all the nits (eggs) from the hair after treatment is necessary or they can hatch and re-infest. It only takes one live louse to lay hundreds of eggs.
Use Your WITS
To deal with peer conflicts, we will be encouraging students to use the following
W = Walk away
I = Ignore
T = Talk to the person
S = Seek help (an adult)
If you could review all of these expectations with your children at home it would help us maintain a positive school culture at Juniper.
The School District has also revised the CODE OF CONDUCT. Copies of the CODE OF CONDUCT are on the school website as well as posted around the school.
Several classes at Juniper Ridge Elementary School have been learning about Nicaragua and the needs that face communities there. We have the opportunity to help fund a 40 foot shipping container full of needed supplies (desks, chairs, hospital gear, and firefighting gear). Operation Nicaragua/Kamloops Fire Rescue will be handling the actual shipping of the container, and Juniper and PAC will be helping fund this.
Here's how we are going to help:
What: Indoor Swap 'n Shop at Juniper Ridge Elementary School
When: Saturday, February 18th 10 am – 2 pm
Where: Juniper Ridge Elementary School Gymnasium
* Entry fee is 1$ for adults and kids are free*
Students will be selling hand made jewelry and crafts. They have been hard at work already this fall!
How can parents participate?
1) Purchase a table for $20 to sell and swap your own gently used clothes, toys, games, books and other unwanted items. If you are interested in purchasing a table, please e-mail: email@example.com
2) JUST DONATE! If you have any gently used, unwanted household items such as games, toys, books, clothes and gear that you would like to donate, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org and the PAC will provide free pick up. Cash donations are also appreciated. The funds raised at this event will allow Kamloops Fire and Rescue/Operation Nicaragua to receive much needed supplies. We look forward to seeing you all on Saturday, February 18th to support this worthy cause. https://www.facebook.com/events/1231029010276599/
3) Come Shop on February 18th!!
It's Basketball Season!
Juniper will have five teams participating in the school basketball league this year. Thank you to Chris Orr, Chris and Brenda Ritchie, Mike Lukow, Ryan Bregoliss, Travis Unsworth and Sabina Randhawa for coaching.
January PAC Corner
Tuesday, January 10th: The February Parent Advisory Council (PAC) meeting is on Tuesday, February 14th at 6 pm in the library. All parents are automatically on the Parent Advisory Council and are encouraged to attend the meetings. Child Care is provided. Members of the staff and administration are present to offer support and advice and it is a great chance to learn more about the management and operation of our school.
Friday, January 13th: HOT LUNCH – Hot Dog Day
Thursday, January 19th: HOT LUNCH – Little Caesar's Pizza (last day to order Jan. 9). If you haven't signed up for hot lunches yet, please see the PAC blog: https://jrespac.com/hotlunch/
Lunch Hour Clubs: Starting the week of Monday, January 9th, the PAC will be sponsoring two noon Lunch Hour Clubs: Jigsaw Puzzle Club on Tuesdays and Lego Club on Fridays. Both clubs will be held in the Community Room over the lunch hour.
January 21st to 28th: Interior Savings Unplug and Play Events.
Come out and enjoy the many fun, free events and activities hosted by Kamloops community organizations. Our goal is to raise awareness about the importance of family literacy and finding a healthy balance between sedentary screen time and active family time. https://www.facebook.com/unplugandplayweek
January 26th: "Free Range Kids" with Lenore Skenazy
At the Sandman Centre from 6:30-8 pm come and hear the very, very funny Lenore Skenazy, author of "Free Range Kids", speak about giving our kids Freedom, Smarts and Independence without going nuts with WORRY. Free Tickets Available here:
Monday, January 30th: Have Your Say on Report Cards
Representatives from the BC Ministry of Education will be in Kamloops to host an Open House on the changes to report cards on Monday, January 30th from 5-8 pm. Be part of the conversation. Contribute your ideas about what would make student reporting valuable. Casual open houses between 5 and 7 p.m. Then take part in a fun brainstorming workshop from 7 to 8 p.m. Enjoy some refreshments and good conversation, and help us shape the future of student progress reports in B.C. Currently, student progress is reported in many different ways, including report cards, parent teacher meetings and regular student/parent/teacher check-ins. Government is asking parents to share their thoughts on report cards and all types of progress reporting online or by visiting a community open house.
More info: http://engage.gov.bc.ca/yourkidsprogress/en/home/
One-To-One Reading – NEXT SESSION: The second session of One-to-One Reading at Juniper Ridge will begin in February. Any parents or community members who would like to donate 1.5 hours per week at the school during school hours are welcome to volunteer by emailing email@example.com. There is training provided for this valuable program.
Training for the One to One Children's Literacy Program will be held:
• Monday, January 30, 2017 from 9am until 12noon
• Wednesday, February 1, 2017 from 6pm until 9pm
at the Henry Grube Education Centre, 245 Kitchener Crescent.
Register by contacting the PAC or firstname.lastname@example.org directly.