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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 Sept. 18-22, 2017
    by Carol Defehr - Saturday, 16 September 2017, 10:11 AM

    Good morning Juniper Ridge Parents,

    Please find below your updates and reminders for this coming week! At the end I also give you a sneak peek at the following week as well. This information is also posted to the Juniper Ridge website.

    If you don't follow us on Twitter and Instagram- you should!

    TWITTER @juniperridge73

    INSTAGRAM  juniperridgeelementary


    1.Please speak with your children about keeping their HANDS AND FEET to themselves. At no time is it accceptable (unless playing tag where you tap someone) are children allowed to play, roughhouse or solve their problems by pushing or showing aggression toward another student at Juniper. It was a lot of reminding this week so if parents could follow up at home we would appreciate that.

    2.SAFE ARRIVAL GOES LIVE MONDAY SEPTEMBER 18th. If your child is going to be late or absent please call the Safe Arrival line (not Mrs. Decker) at 1-844-350-2647 or go to ktsd.schoolconnects.com Cards will this information came home with your child on Friday- check their backpack!

    3.Parents of students of Aboriginal Ancestory- please return your consent letters as soon as possible. If you need another sent home please call Mrs. Decker.

    4. Thank you for SUPPORTING THE PAC GREAT LITTLE COUPON BOOK FUNDRAISER! The PAC has an excellent vision for the school this year and they have lots planned to have a successful year. COUPON BOOK FUNDRAISER runs the month of September. My thanks to the PAC for approving $800 in its first meeting so that I could fill playground bins for each division. I spent another $800 as well so we are excited that the children will have lots to do outside. If you have old balls at home you no longer need- the school can always put them in our current bins until the new equipment/bins arrive.

    THE PAC has had to CANCEL THE WELCOME BACK BBQ that was scheduled for Sept. 21. The plan is to do an event near the end of the year when they have more time to plan.

    5. SCHOOL FEES and FORMS are due back by September 29th. We would appreciate you completing the paperwork as soon as possible as the information is critical for our database in MyEDBC and for Media Consent. WALKING PERMISSSION SLIPS also need to be completed so that your child can leave our school grounds.

    6. WE ARE CHAPTERS INDIGO ONLINE ADOPT A SCHOOL! This is so exciting and we have the potential to receive many new books for our school. An email was sent Friday night explaining the Adopt A School Campaign. Please visit adoptaschool.indigo.ca and seach for JUNIPER RIDGE and make your donation! I have been a part of this at my last two schools as well and to be successful we need parent support. Tell your friends and family to support us too!

    7. CROSS COUNTRY RUN TEAM- including our Gr. 3's! Your Permission Forms must be returned MONDAY SEPT. 18 in time for the Run Sept. 19. Mrs. Rein and I are short drivers at this time so if you can help us please indicate on your forms. Children should listen to announcements to know when they train with Mrs. Rein. THE OLPH CROSS COUNTRY RUN IS TUESDAY SEPT. 19th. at Mac Island.

    8. VOLLEYBALL NEWS! Gr. 6/7's interested in playing Volleyball this year should take note that there will be try outs TUES. SEPT. 19 at lunch for GIRLS and THURS. SEPT. 21 for BOYS. Thanks to Mrs. Grimm for organizing. See you at 12:05.

    9. Parents of GR. 4 and 7 students- you will be getting a letter home regarding the administration of the Foundation Skills Assessments that will be taking place starting October 2. These are Ministry of Education mandated exams and the letter will explain the process and potential practice you can do at home with your child prior to the exams commencing. Watch for the letter coming home on Monday September 18th.

    10. We will have our first LOCKDOWN DRILL on Wed. Sept. 20. Constable Meikle will be attending Juniper Ridge at the time of the drill to ensure our protocals are in place and we have executed the drill appropriately. Teachers will be practicing procedures leading up to Wednesday.

    11. FRIDAY SEPT. 22 is a NON INSTRUCTIONAL DAY- there is no school for students. Just so parents are aware- the staff will be immersed in learning with Mrs. Llloyd and myself on this day. She and I have planned a day with guest speakers and we will also spend time on the theme of Collaboration and our School Learning Plan.

    Coming up the following week: CHAPTERS/ INDIGO ADOPT A SCHOOL CAMPAIGN continues!

    Virtue of Self Discipline is our focus!

    Monday Sept. 25- FireDrill #3 / Mrs. Plut and Mrs. Patterson to Davison Orchard all day(return your permission forms please)

    Tuesday Sept. 26- Lifetouch Photo Day/Pizza with the Principal lunch for the 4 lucky winners/ Raise a Reader Campaign- we are hoping you will donate to this cause as you drop off in the morning- Mrs. Hoffer, Mrs. Lloyd and Mrs. Gorman will all be outside collecting donations for Literacy in the community/ RLC Cross Country Run

    Wed. Sept. 27- LOCKDOWN #2 practice/ Come Read with Me Invitations go home for Gr. 1 parents

    Thurs. Sept. 28- TERRY FOX RUN 9:45 primaries/ 11:30 intermediates. We will be collecting a twoonie leading up to the run day!

    Fri. Sept. 29- ORANGE SHIRT DAY to celebrate #everychildmatters  Please dress your child in orange! Teachers will be discussing the importance of this day with their classes. We have our first ART STARTS performance- UZUME TAIKO at 9 am as well. SCHOOL FEES DUE and the PAC COUPON BOOK FUNDRAISER comes to a close.  The October Newsletter will be emailed home to parents

    Thank you Juniper Parents for sending us your wonderful children every day.


    Mrs. Carol DeFehr (One grateful principal- I get to lead and love Juniper Ridge children!)


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    by Carol Defehr - Friday, 15 September 2017, 9:08 PM

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    Dear Parents,

    I would like to personally invite you to join me in making a difference in the lives of the children at Juniper Ridge Elementary by supporting us in the upcoming Indigo Adopt a School program.

    There are three ways that our community can support our school online at adoptaschool.indigo.ca. After going to adoptaschool.indigo.ca search for JUNIPER RIDGE ELEMENTARY and donate to our school! It all starts SEPTEMBER 16th so please donate and help literacy at our school.

    Other Exciting Tidbits:

    1. Book Bonus: For every two books you donate to our school online, the Love of Reading Foundation will donate a bonus book, up to 100 books!*

    2. Tell a Story, Give a Story. Every time you post a story to our Adopt a School profile, the Love of Reading Foundation will donate one book in support of our school library, up to 20 books!

    3. Adopt a School Story Contest:  “Heart” your favorite story to help a school for a chance to win* big!  The five most-loved stories in each province will be entered into a random draw for a chance to win a $2,500 Indigo eGiftcard to purchase books for their adopted school. The remaining four top “hearted” schools in each province will win a $500 Indigo eGiftcard to purchase books! Choose wisely because you only get one shot to “Heart” a story!

    * The Love of Reading Foundation values a book at $10. To learn more, see our Program Overview and Contest Details pages.

    Our school is going to receive every dollar raised to support our library and a 30% discount off books when we shop at Indigo, Chapters and Coles using program donations.

    As you may know, our current annual library budget is $4000, which is $10 per student. Through the Adopt a School program, we are hoping raise enough money to put one new book in the hands of each and every one of our students!

    Please visit adoptaschool.indigo.ca from September 16 to October 8 to show your support for our library! I look forward to surprising the staff and children at Juniper Ridge Elementary with all the new library books this year!  


    Mrs. Carol DeFehr

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    by Carol Defehr - Saturday, 9 September 2017, 11:12 AM


    THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR A WONDERFUL FIRST WEEK with your AMAZING CHILDREN! I appreciate your patience with me being new and learning names and systems in the school.

    Please know that each weekend I will be sending you an update so you are prepared for the week and will be reminded about any upcoming events. I will also post this same message to the website so that you can have access to it should someone not receive the email.

    Our VIRTUE FOR THIS WEEK: The Virtue of RESPECT. Every day on the announcements I will discuss this virtue and attributes about being respectful. Please feel free to follow up at home using respect as your word of the week.

    Please remember to send inside shoes(all) and gymstrip(for intermediate) as per directions from classroom teachers. Having a specific book bag for library books is always appreciated by Mrs. Gorman and Mrs. McBurnie. We also always need boxes of kleenex! If you are out and about shopping and want to donate kleenex I know every teacher will gladly welcome it.

    Thank you for your patience with the AIR QUALITY- a 7 or higher and we are mandated to stay inside.

    Please remember that there is no parking on the school side of Nechako Drive. I know this is putting pressure on parking, but the signs are clearly marked and we ask that in the name of safety, not convenience you refrain from parking there.

    PARENTS OF OUR K's and NEW STUDENTS TO JUNIPER- you will be receiving an email from the School District on Monday September 11. IT IS CRITICAL YOU RESPOND TO THE EMAIL AND THE REQUEST MADE for our SAFE ARRIVAL PROGRAM.

    All other parents, please know that SAFE ARRIVAL will begin once all our K parents have registered with the system. Our goal is for Tuesday Sept. 19 to be LIVE with Safe Arrival where parents will call into the School Connects System as outlined in the September newsletter. For this week parents please just call Mrs. Decker  if your child will be absent or late.

    THE STICKER MACHINE is filled with novelty and JUNIPER RIDGE LOGO STICKERS! It was so neat to see some of  the kids purchasing them this week. They are $1 if your child is asking. The proceeds come to the school.

    CRIMINAL RECORD CHECKS- Any parents or community volunteers/coaches  that will be working with our Juniper Students MUST have an updated Criminal record check. To complete it please visit our Juniper Website and you will see a picture on the left hand side of the website near the top. Please click on that icon. You will then need to enter the following access code for our school: XPCXTLUGG7  (Any questions please call Mrs. Decker and she would be happy to help)

    PARENTS of our ABORIGINAL STUDENTS- you will be receiving a consent letter on Monday. Please sign and return as soon as possible. This allows us to provide services and programs for your child.

    We are still in need of another coach for our TIER 2 GIRLS Volleyball team. We have one person interested but due to other commitments can not always be there. If you have a daughter in Gr. 5 or 6 and you think you can help please contact Anne Grimm agrimm@sd73.bc.ca

    SCHOOL SUPPLIES FEES/ALL FORMS came home this past week- PLEASE SEND PAYMENT as soon as possible. We are requesting all families be paid for these fees by Friday Sept. 29. Should you need a payment plan where for financial reasons you need to pay in reasonable chunks, please contact Mrs. Decker.

    PIZZA with the PRINCIPAL FORMS for a chance to have lunch with me are due FRIDAY SEPT. 15. Thanks to all that have entered so far!


    Monday Sept. 11- We will be organizing for our Cross Country Run Team. Please talk to your children about this Fall athletic opportunity.

    Our staff have Anaphylaxis Training/STAFF MEETING Monday afterschool. Please refrain from staying to chat with the teachers on Monday so they can make their way to the this mandatory training with me. Thanks for understanding!

    Tuesday Sept. 12- OUR FIRST PAC MEETING OF THE YEAR! ALL PARENTS ARE WELCOME! Childminding is available and we look forward to seeing many new faces. 6 pm in the LIBRARY. See you then!

    PLEASE support the PAC's first Fundraiser this year which is the GREAT LITTLE COUPON BOOK!  The funds raised come back to the children and we have lots of big ideas to make Juniper great this year with any funding we aquire through the sales  of the coupon books.

    THE PAC WELCOME BACK BBQ is fast approaching as well on Thurs. Sept. 21- we will need lots of volunteers to make this a great event! Please come to the PAC Meeting to help or sign up on the PAC website.

    Wednesday Sept. 13- Please prepare your chidlren for the second FIREDRILL of the year. This will occur at approximately 1:30 pm.  OUR KINDERGARTEN STUDENTS START FULL DAYS! We can't wait to see them every day all day!

    Thursday Sept. 14- No school wide reminders

    Friday Sept. 15- Pizza with the Principal forms due. Winners will be announced on Monday over the announcements and will come home with an invitation from me for parents to sign.

    Coming up next week:

    Virtue of Assertiveness

    Tuesday Sept. 19- OLPH Cross Country Run

    Wednesday Sept. 20- Our first LOCKDOWN DRILL 9:30 am - Constable Meikle will be present

    Thursday Sept. 21- PAC Welcome Back BBQ!


    Thanks Everyone,

    Mrs. DeFehr (One extremely proud principal of Juniper Ridge Elementary)