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Welcome, Weyt-kp, Bienvenue to J.R.E.S. - Home of the Jaguars!

Administrative Assistant: Bev Decker (bdecker@sd73.bc.ca)

Vice-Principal: Wendy Lloyd (wlloyd@sd73.bc.ca)

Principal: Carol DeFehr (cdefehr@sd73.bc.ca)

Address: 2540 Qu'Appelle Blvd, Kamloops, BC V2E 2E9

Phone: 250-374-2305
Fax: 250-377-2235
Safe Arrival Phone: 1-844-350-2647

Or ktsd.schoolconnects.com



Our school also follows THE VIRTUES PROJECT as a way to build character in our children.

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    Parent's Weekly Update Nov. 20-24, 2017
    by Carol Defehr - Saturday, 18 November 2017, 11:32 AM

    Hello Parents of Juniper Ridge,

    I hope your weekend is going well so far! Please find your updates for the coming week and as always I have added a glance at the following week as well. Please follow us on Instagram @juniperridgeelementary  and on Twitter @juniperridge73 to further share in our journey of learning.



    Thank you to all that supported the PAC POINSETTIA FUNDRAISER! The plants will be delivered on Tues. Nov. 28 and will need to be picked up that day from our detached annex portable in the afternoon.

    Monday Nov. 20 is the last day of our SCHOOL PURDY's FUNDRAISER-please be sure to send your orders in on Monday with payment.

    ART CARD samples went home to families this past week. They are so wonderful! Parents, you can order online by Sunday Nov. 26th and ensure that Mrs. Decker has your payment by Monday Nov. 27.

    Thank you Juniper Ridge Elementary- we were able to send the Royal Canadian Legion $230.65 for a donation for the poppies they sent to our school. Thank you for being so giving.

    BE A HUNGER HERO campaign is the next cause our Leadership students, staff and school poplulation will be focused on in December. Community involvement is integral to children gaining a broader perspective. Please join us in December by sending in food items so that our school can collect the most food and win a pizza party for all 433 kids!

    STICKER MACHINE!- Just a reminder that the Sticker Machine is a fundraiser for our school as well. $1.00 for each sticker and proceeds return to the school. Many children are loving collecting them all and are saving them on reading folders and agendas. Thanks for your support of the sticker machine.

    INSIDE SHOES NEEDED- Please be sure to send your children in their warm boots for recess and lunch play. However, with that, we need the children to ALWAYS have footwear on. Many are wearing socks and this is a concern because our floors are very slippery and  second if we have to evacuate your children will be outside in their socks. Thanks for helping us ensure your children have inside shoes.

    ATTENDANCE- Parents, please be mindful of your child's attendance. So much of the ReDesigned Curriculum is not work a teacher can just 'send home' if a child is absent. Teacher lessons and collaboration is critical. If students miss too much school it is detrimental to their learning. Of course if your child is extremely ill they do need to stay home. That said, parents please be accutely aware of other signs in your child if they are 'not feeling well.' We ask that you do your very best to send your children to us each day and if they are constantly not wanting to attend, there is likely a bigger issue we as a school team need to talk to you about. In the coming weeks teachers are gathering final assessments for the term and your child's attendance is extremely important.

    Last week I was at a two day conference on Violent Risk Assessment. It was extremely eye opening to me about school violence, social media and video games. This past week we did have children discussing the video game "Halo." Parents of children that video game- I am asking that you pay very close attention to the games you allow your child access to. Many are rated 19+ for good reason. Parents a great site for you to visit is commonsensemedia.org  What a great site this is for parents and educators. The presenter also made it very clear that we need to check our children's phones, device history and bedrooms often.

    Mon. Nov. 20- Purdy's Orders Due

    Tues. Nov. 21- Sports Hall of Fame Olympian Presentation with our Gr. 4-7 classes at 9:10 am

                       - Constable Dustin Meikle doing a Crime Study with our Gr. 4/5's in Mr. Richard's class

                      - Volleyball PlayOffs- Tier 1 boys at Pac Way, Tier 2 Boys at OLPH

    Wed. Nov. 22- Richard, Swift, Grimm/Cowan and Unsworth's classes to TCC for the Olympic Winter Games event

    Thurs. Nov. 23- Gymnastics for Marlatt, Gatien and Hill's classes

                        -Volleyball PlayOffs- Tier 1 girls at Pac Way, Tier 2 Girls at Rayleigh

    Fri. Nov. 24- Kindergarten Vision Screening

                     -Volleyball at lunch- TIER 1 BOYS VS. STAFF

    Sat. Nov. 25- Santa Claus comes to town! Santa Parade downtown- Enjoy if attending

    Next Week:

    Virtue of Excellence

    Mon. Nov. 27- Art Card payment due to Mrs. Decker

                       - PAC CHAPTERS BOOK STORE EVENT! Please head to Chapters and make your xmas purchases or just get some great stuff which helps support our school and this PAC fundraiser

    Tues. Nov. 28- Pizza with the Principal Lunch

                       -TIER 1 GIRLS VS. STAFF Volleyball

                       -POINSETTIA's ARRIVE- need to be picked up on this day! We have nowhere to store forgotten plants!

                       -Miss Head's class to JUMP 260 and BOLD PIZZA

    Wed. Nov. 29- NOVEMBER RECOGNITION ASSEMBLY 8:45 (Head, Rein/Stockermans and Murray's classes will be performing together. Mr. Richard's class will also be performing)

    Thurs. Nov. 30- ART STARTS PERFORMANCE in our gym- TRIBAL VISION DANCE 1:15

                          -Fruit and Veggie Program- Pears


    A REMINDER WE WILL BE HOSTING THE MOTHER GOOSE PROGRAM in JANUARY on Thursdays from 3-4 in our library. I have attached the flyer again to this email.

    Fri. Dec. 1- Decorate your classroom door begins/ Be a Hunger Hero begins- bring in food items!

    Sat. Dec. 2- PAC CRAFT FAIR 10-2! Mrs. Swift and her class will also be present with their famous BAKE SALE! Come support the PAC and our students!

    *JUNIPER RIDGE CHRISTMAS CONCERT DATES are posted on the website. Please note when parents and family may attend and which concert times are for staff and students only. We can't wait to show you our talent!

    Thanks everyone,


    Mrs. DeFehr (One Proud Principal to 433 STELLAR HUMAN BEINGS! Thank you parents for sending your delightful children to us each and every day)


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    Parent's Weekly Update Nov. 13-17, 2017
    by Carol Defehr - Saturday, 11 November 2017, 5:09 PM

    Good afternoon Parents,

    Please find below the updates for this week and a glance at the following week as well. As always, these messages are placed on the Juniper Ridge website as well. Be sure to follow us on Twitter and Instagram. Following the JRES PAC and SCHOOL DISTRICT FACEBOOK pages is also recommended.



    MOTHER GOOSE PROGRAM coming in JANUARY TO JUNIPER! Please see the attached flyer with the information for the Toddler/Preschool program held in our library. This will be on Thursdays from 3-4 pm to avoid conflict issues with our school needs during the day.

    PAC CHAPTERS FUNDRAISER NIGHT IS FAST APPROACHING ON MON. NOV. 27. Please consider going to the store to make your Christmas/book purchases as the school benefits from your purchase.

    PAC POINSETTIA FUNDRAISER is due back Friday November 17th. Thanks for supporting this fundraiser. Poinsettia's will be available for pick up on Tuesday Nov. 28.

    PAC HOT LUNCH is FRI. NOV. 17- SENOR FROGGIES. All children will eat at 12:05 and all will play from 12:20-1:00. If you can help hand out the food items the PAC loves to have help on this day around 11:30 am.

    PAC CRAFT FAIR IS COMING UP Saturday Dec. 2 from 10-2. Please mark your calendars to stop by the school gym to check it out~

    PLEASE CHECK THE LOST AND FOUND! They are so many nice clothing items in there!

    PURDY's FUNDRAISER is on now with all orders due to Mrs. Decker by Monday Nov. 20

    ART CARDS that your children created have been sent to the company- as soon as they return we will send home for parents to see and possibly order.

    VOLLEYBALL UPDATES for this week: Tuesday Nov. 14- Tier 1 Boys play at SSahali, and Tier 2 Boys are at ASES. Thurs. Nov. 16- Tier 1 Girls are at Aberdeen and Tier 2 Girls are at home. Playoff schedules should be coming home with your children if they haven't already.

    Please talk to your children about SLEDDING and leaving SNOW ON THE GROUND. Many children are disobeying the set rules we need to keep everyone safe at Juniper. If we don't get more snow we may need to pause sledding until we do as it is getting very icy. Please remind your children to follow the expectations of waiting until it is clear at the bottom, walk to the outside of the cones and only go down on knees or bum. Also, many students are showing defiance towards our supervisors outside. This is not acceptable to say no to an adult if they are making a reasonable request. Please remind your children that obeying the rules and the adults is needed to continue sledding. Many children got hurt on Friday afterschool due to children throwing snow at people's heads at dismissal. Again, for the safety of all, please remind your child NOT to throw snow.

    MRS. DEFEHR absent- I will be out of the building Nov. 14 and 15 at a District training for Violent Risk Assessments. Mrs. Llloyd will be your contact parents if there is an incident. Pleaes do feel free to email me if needed cdefehr@sd73.bc.ca  I will miss the kids! Mrs. Lloyd will be the administrator following up from incidents that occured at dismissal Friday.

    PIZZA with the PRINCIPAL forms are due back by Wednesday Nov. 15 afterschool. I will do the draw for the 4 lucky winners upon my return. They will get a formal invitation from me if selected.

    Parents- in the November newsletter  was a form for you to return to support noon hour clubs or CHOICES for children at lunch. Your support is needed if we are able to do this. Please return the form by the end of the day Wednesday  if you can assist.

    GR.6 Parents- a reminder your child is being immunized on Thurs. Nov. 16 with the Public Health Nurses. Please ensure your child is in attendance.

    On Thursday Nov. 16- Hill, Marlatt and Gatien's classes go to gymnastics- please ensure they are in comfy clothes, no jeans permitted and that girls have their hair tied back.


    Virtue of the Week: Helpfulness

    Volleyball Playoffs begin! Tues. Nov. 21 at 3 pm Tier 1 Boys at PAC WAY, Tier 2 boys at OLPH. Thurs. Nov. 23 3:00 pm Tier 1 Girls at PAC WAY, Tier 2 girls at Rayleigh. All teams must win to advance to play at 4 pm that day.


    Tues. Nov. 21- An Olympian organized by the School District, will be coming to speak to Gr. 4-7 students at 9:10

    Mr. Richard's Gr. 4/5 class will have Constable Dustin Meikle in their class to do a Crime Inquiry project at 1:00pm

    Wed. Nov. 22- Grimm/Cowan, Unsworth, Richard and Swift's classes head to TCC for the School District's OLYMPIC WINTER GAMES event. They leave at 8:45 am.

    Thurs. Nov. 23- Marlatt's class to Gymnastics

    Fri. Nov. 24- A reminder to all K parents to have your child in attendance as their mandatory VISION SCREENING is taking place.

    Sat. Nov. 25- SANTA CLAUS PARADE! Enjoy downtown Kamloops for this event.

    ALL DATES and TIMES for all of our CHRISTMAS CONCERTS are posted on the JUNIPER RIDGE website! Please note when parents and family are able to attend.

    BE A HUNGER HERO CAMPAIGN! Just a heads up that our school will be doing a food drive this December. We will be asking all families to donate so that we can win the city title and win a pizza party for our school! If out shopping please think about getting us some extra donations.

    The SPORT WHEELCHAIRS were delayed and we should be getting them this week!

    Thanks everyone,


    Mrs. Carol DeFehr (One Proud Principal to 433 REMARKABLE K-7 students)


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    by Carol Defehr - Wednesday, 8 November 2017, 4:59 PM

    Hi Parents
    Please find the Christmas Concert shows that Juniper Ridge students will be performing this holiday season:

    K/1 Concert- Tuesday Dec. 12  9:00 AM- Students/Staff show
                                                      1:15 PM-  Afternoon Performance Parents show
    2/3 Concert- Wed. Dec. 13        1:15 PM-  Dress Rehearsal- Student/Staff  Show
                          Thurs. Dec. 14     1:15 PM - Afternoon Performance Parents show
                                                      6:00 PM - Evening  Performance Parents show

    Gr. 4-7 Concert- Wed. Dec. 6    1:15 PM- Dress Rehearsal- Student/Staff Show
                               Thurs. Dec. 7- 1:15 PM- Afternoon Performance Parent Show
                                                      6:00 PM- Evening Performance Parent Show

    Mrs. DeFehr