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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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    Juniper Parents Weekly Update Jan. 22-26, 2018
    by Carol Defehr - Saturday, 20 January 2018, 10:16 AM

    Hi Parents/Guardians,

    Please find below all the reminders you will need for our exciting week at school and a glance at the following for your planning. HAPPY UNPLUG AND PLAY WEEK! HAPPY LITERACY WEEK!

    VIRTUE OF THE WEEK: TACT  (oh this is such a good one for kids to learn! They are so blunt sometimes that learning tact will save them from hurting a bunch of people's feelings!)

    A reminder that Mrs. Decker is absent in the office again this week- Mrs. Valerie Cadoret is our replacement.

    LITERACY! LITERACY! LITERACY~! That is our focus this week at JRES! (and all over the district) Attached to this email is the TIPSHEET for parents  to limit SCREEN TIME at home, not only this week, but in general.  It is UNPLUG AND PLAY WEEK- we have 12/19 classes participating in this challenge. They have booklets to record their successful week! Please support your child if participating by reading, playing board games and getting them active rather than screen time choices.

    HEAP THE HONDA! Thank you for sending in your books! Keep them coming this week so we can get the final total and send them to the committee for redistribution. ABSOLUTELY AMAZING SUPPORT! Thank you.

    We will have LITERACY TRIVIA each day on announcements and have 10 PRIZES ready for Friday to give away! Thursday is LITERACY DAY where teachers will plan meaningful literacy lessons for a great portion of your child's day! We will do a Drop Everything and Read Event too and surprise the children. FRIDAY is Dress as Your Favourite Book Character! The children need to also bring the book that goes along with their outfit to show their class. Parents- this is not Halloween in January- so please steer your child away from a 'costume' per say....they need to be a character with the supporting literature.  It will be a fun week!

    PAC UPDATE- Our PAC has changed their email to a GMAIL ACCOUNT. Could you please make note that the new email address for our PAC is jrelementarypac@gmail.com

    The sidewalks are slippery in our community. Please talk to your children about their safety during this thaw and freeze unstable time. The school, the School District, the PAC and the Community Association are all working together to ensure that our kids' and parents safety are a priority. As drivers, please SLOW DOWN in and around the school and the peak times when children are en route to school or home.

    BASKETBALL UPDATE: Our Basketball League starts Tuesday for Boys and Thursday for Girls! The practice schedule was sent to parents in a package last week. ALL FORMS and FEES are now outstanding and must be returned Monday to be eligible to play. TIER 1 BOYS play at Brock, TIER 2 (1) play at Dufferin, TIER 2(2) play at home vs. WESTMOUNT. Girls on Thursday- TIER 1 girls are at home vs. Brock, TIER 2 Girls travel to Kay Bingham. 

    TIER 2 (2) BOYS coached by TASHA/DEB will be having a CUPCAKE SALE on TUESDAY JAN. 30 as a FUNDRAISER for their team!  Cupcakes will be sold just before snack time and are $1. Thanks for supporting our boys!

    TIER 1 GIRLS have a tournament at BROCK MIDDLE this weekend. The schedule will be sent home Monday. Parents of the girls can plan ahead- they play Friday Jan. 26 at 4 pm. They also play Sat. Jan. 27 at 10 am.

    We are excited to tell parents that some of our classes are getting support with Robotics and Coding this week! Edison Robots and Bluebots will be the focus and we have a tech mentor and the District Technology Coordinator coming to work with our teachers and students. 3 days of support for JRES! This is terrific.

    Skating on Friday Jan. 26 is Storozak, Murray and Powrie/Tanner's classes at Valleyview at 1 pm.


    February Newsletter will be coming home to parents via email. (MyEDBC was not functioning well when I tried to send January's so I am hoping they have corrected that problem!) It will be posted to the website as well to access.

    Virtue of the Week: TOLERANCE  (another great virtue for us to expose children to- you may not like everyone in your class or their choices, but you must be tolerant of who they are as a person and work through those conflicts)

    Monday Jan. 29- Stonehouse/Kreutzer's class to Big Little Science Centre for an ADST experience on PLUMBING! 9-11:30/  Marlatt's K class will be going to Save On for a Nutrition talk and tour 10-12 pm

    Tuesday Jan. 30- TIER 2 (2) BOYS CUPCAKE SALE- send $1 ,  TIER 1 boys play at Summit, TIER 2(1) boys play at home vs. South Sahali, TIER 2 (2) play at Dallas.

    Wednesday Jan. 31- JANUARY RECOGNITION ASSEMBLY! All parents welcome. 8:45 am start.

    Thursday Feb. 1- TIER 1 Girls Basketball team plays at South Sahali and TIER 1 Girls at OLPH

    Friday Feb. 2- Skating for Johnston, Richard, Swift's classes at Sandman 9:15 am

                          Skating for Murray, Klassen and Powrie/Tanner at VV 1:00


    COMING UP IN FEBRUARY will be the MINISTRY STUDENT LEARNING SURVEY- ALL GR.(3)/ 4 and 7 STUDENTS will complete this with their teacher. All staff will be given a chance to complete the survey as well and SOON..... I will be asking that EVERY PARENT at JUNIPER take time to complete the survey too! NO CODE is NECESSARY- I will send you the link and you just go in and anonymously complete it! I would love your feedback being your new prinicpal. If I can be better, if our school can serve your children better, I need to know this. If we are doing lots right, then you can let us know that too! Thank you for taking the time to participate when the time comes.

    Thanks Parents for sending us your outstanding children each day! Remember to follow us on Instagram @juniperridgeelementary  and on Twitter @juniperridge73


    Mrs. DeFehr (one proud principal of 432 of Kamloops' finest learners and human beings!)


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    Parent's Weekly Update Jan. 15-19, 2018
    by Carol Defehr - Saturday, 13 January 2018, 10:07 PM

    Hi Parents,

    Please find in this email the updates for the upcoming week and a glance at the following week as well for your planning.


    PAC NEWS: Just a reminder the LAST day to order PAC Hot Lunch for Jan/Feb/Marchl lunches is Mon. January 15 on the MUNCH A LUNCH link on the website. Please get those orders in.

    PAC MEETING: Monday January 15th 6 pm in the Library. All parents are always welcome.

    PAC PIZZA HOT LUNCH is JANUARY 18th. We all eat together at 12:05 and then the play and choice days options will begin at 12:20.

    PIZZA with the PRINCIPAL FORMS ARE DUE BACK Mon. January 15th. Please print the form from the JANUARY NEWSLETTER posted on the website and return first thing Monday! The yellow bin to enter is right by the front entrance.

    BASKETBALL UPDATE and PRACTICE TIMES: All basketball players wanting to order Basketball Swag clothing- orders are due to the office by Wed. Jan. 17. Parents we sized all your children in case you are wondering (except for shorts- we did not have a sample for that). Tier 1 Girls need to return their Brock Tournament permission form and fee. Chris Owen's Tier 2 Girls need to have their parents email him or return the tear away slip in the letter he sent home. Tasha's Tier 2 team also need  to email her so she has parent emails. 

    PRACTICE TIMES THIS WEEK are as follows:

    Monday- 7 am Tier 1 Boys, Lunch Tier 2 Boys (Tasha/Deb), 2:45 Tier 2 Girls, 4:15 Tier 1 Girls

    Tuesday- 7 am Tier 1 Girls,  2:45 Tier 2 Girls

    Wednesday- 7 am Tier 2 Boys(Sunny/Kris), 2:45 Tier 2 Boys(Tasha/Deb), 4:15 Tier 1 Girls

    Thursday- 7 am Tier 1 Boys, 2:45 Tier 2 Girls, 4:15 Tier 2 Boys(Tasha/Deb)

    Friday- 7:30 am GRADE 4 BASKETBALL CLINIC begins with Mr. and Mrs. Grimm (Co-Ed), 2:45 Tier 2 Boys (Sunny/Kris)

    *Parents with the dark mornings and early sunsets- we ask that your talk to your children about walking to and from school in the dark. I understand if you can't always bring or pick up your child, so please just educate them and have them in reflective and warm clothing for the travel from school to home and vice versa.

    ALL PLAYERS WILL COME HOME WITH BASKETBALL PERMISSION FORMS PACKAGE on MONDAY. These are due back Friday Jan. 19 to be able to start to play in the league the following week. Parents and students must sign the CODE OF CONDUCT form and there is information about being a parent driver.

    A PRACTICE SCHEDULE and the LEAGUE schedule is included for parent reference.

    BC WINTER GAMES VOLUNTEER CHALLENGE! Please volunteer and do your part to make the games a success! We would love to be the school with the most volunteers.

    HEAP THE HONDA! Please send in your gently usedor new children's books to support Literacy in Kamloops! Thank you for all the books that came in last week already.

    TERM II OVERVIEWS will be emailed to parents or posted to classroom weebly sites for parents to access. Please take time to review the overview so that you can support your child with all the new concepts being presented to them.

    We are excited to welcome Daryll Laboucan who is our new Aboriginal Education Worker. Should children reference this male figure in the school I wanted parents to know he is an addition to our staff.  He works Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at JRES and Mon/Tues at Marion Schilling.

    Please note MRS. DECKER is away from January 16-29. She is off to Mexico! Knowing there will be a relief administrative assistant in the office for this time, please limit phone calls and messages to children- have your afterschool plan solid please. Also, please be sure to use the Safe Arrival line to help the relief person with attendance.

    MOTHER GOOSE PROGRAM is 3-4 on THURSDAY in the LIBRARY for all those that registered younger siblings.

    On Friday January 19- Ms Storozak's class goes skating 9:30-10:30. Please send your child prepared.


    BASKETBALL LEAGUE BEGINS!  Tuesday Jan. 23: Tier 1 Boys @ Brock, Tier 2 Boys (S/K) @ Dufferin, Tier 2 Boys(T/D) @home vs. Westmount.  Thurs. Jan. 25- Tier 1 Girls @home vs. Brock, Tier 2 Girls @ Kay Bingham.

    UNPLUG AND PLAY WEEK- LIMIT ALL SCREEN AND DEVICES- many of our classes are taking part and have a log book to enter this into. WE WILL HAVE LITERACY WEEK TRIVIA FOR GREAT PRIZES all week! Friday is DRESS AS YOUR FAVOURITE BOOK CHARACTER! Get your book and your outfit ready!

    Elizabeth DeVries(District Technology Coordinator) is at our school to teach coding using EDISON ROBOTS to some intermediate classe and BLUE BOTS to our primary classes!

    Wednesday Jan. 24- PIZZA with the PRINCIPAL LUNCH!

    Friday  Jan. 26- SKATING for Murray, Powrie/Tanner and Storozak at Valleyview 1-2:30


    Never dull at Juniper! Always lots of fun! Remember CHOICE DAYS is an option for your child for January and Febuary for lunch times. Choice Days schedules are posted in the hallways and classrooms and the choices are read daily for the kids on the announcements.


    Mrs. DeFehr (Proud Principal to 432 of Kamloops' FINEST academic, artistic, athletic and admiral and adorable children!) Thank you for sharing them with me each day!


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    Parent's Weekly Update January 8-12, 2018
    by Carol Defehr - Friday, 5 January 2018, 7:24 PM

    Hi Juniper Ridge Families,

    I am posting the update for the week here as MYEDBC is unavailable until Monday January 8th at 7 am. I am sorry for this inconvenience. The January Newsletter for 2018 will also be posted for you to access on the website as well. I am hoping to Synrevoice families to let them know of this inconvenience.

    Welcome Back and HAPPY NEW YEAR! I hope you have a great last weekend of holidays with your children.

    VIRTUE OF THE WEEK: RELIABILITY (please talk to your child about what it means to be reliable. As a school we will discuss it as well each day on announcements)

    Please send your child to school with INSIDE SHOES and GYMSTRIP(intermediate). I also like to encourage a pair of extra socks and pants. Please dress your child for the weather.

    Please review our ROARS expectations with your child. Respect for staff's requests and using their words to solve their problems is appreciated. Using hands on behaviour is not acceptable. Staff will also be reviewing our Code of Conduct upon the children's return from the holidays. Snow needs to stay on the ground and sledding rules must be followed. Please remind your children of that as well.

    As soon as I can email in MYEDBC I will send home the JANUARY NEWSLETTER. Included in the newsletter are lots of important dates, plus the PIZZA with the PRINCIPAL entry form for January. Please print it and return it to the bin by the main entrance. Also included is the CHOICE DAYS schedule- should your child want options for lunch time please show them the CHOICE DAYS schedule. I am excited to have options for the children who don't always love the cold and the snow.

    We are welcoming back Mrs. Donna Rein who has been off due to a knee surgery. Also returning from her Maternity Leave is Mrs. Lesley Waters. She is the continuing teacher in our annex  portable with our Gr. 7's.

    I am pleased to let parents know that our Aboriginal Education Worker has been hired for Juniper. Daryl Laboucane will start the week of January 15th. We are excited that Culture Club will start for Primary and Intermediate students and that our Aboriginal students will get  supported.

    The next PAC Meeting is Monday JANUARY 15th at 6 pm. All parents are welcome. The next PAC  HOT LUNCH is Thurs. Jan. 18- PIZZA. If you have not entered all your lunch purchases into MUNCH A LUNCH- I would encourage you to do that ASAP.

    A reminder that  every Friday is JUNIPER RIDGE SPIRIT WEAR DAY! Send your child in all their Juniper Ridge swag!

    TERM TWO Overviews will be sent to parents on or before January 18th. By sending parents the intended learning outcomes for the term, it allows parents to support concepts being taught.

    BASKETBALL UPDATE: GIRLS- team for TIER 1 and 2 were posted on the Friday before the break. If your daughter does not know which team she is on she should check the athletics board first thing Monday morning.  Practices this week for the girls are as follows:

    TIER 1 GIRLS practices with Chris Orr and Ross Mon. Jan. 8 4:15/ Tues. Jan. 9 at 7 am/ Wed. Jan. 10 at 4:15

    TIER 2 GIRLS practice with Chris Owen and Mindy  Mon. Jan. 8 2:45

    BOYS- We are still in the process of selecting our members for our three teams. Parents should be aware that we have way more boys than we can fit on our three teams. We will need to make cuts this week and we are sorry to have to do this. There is just no way to fit all interested boys onto the three teams. Boys practices are as follows this week:

    Any boys trying out for a TIER 1 spot with Matt/Josh have practice Monday Jan. 8 at 7 am. Matt/Josh will determine who is on this team after this 7 am practice. Matt/Josh's team will also practice Thurs. Jan. 11 at 7 am.  Those boys that do not make Matt/Josh's team are invited to try out for TIER 2 with Tasha, Deb, Sunny and Kris.  All boys trying out for TIER 2 need  to attend practices Monday Jan. 8 at 12:05 and Tuesday Jan. 9th at 2:45. After Tuesday's try outs, coaches will advise the boys if they should attend Sunny/Kris' 7 am practice on Wed. Jan. 10 or Tasha/Deb's practice on Wed. Jan. 10 at 2:45. Sunny/Kris may also be having practices on Thurs. Jan. 11 at 2:45 and Friday Jan. 12 at 2:45.  Once the teams have been set- the practice schedule will be sent home with all players. Once the league schedule is determined by Sports Council- the schedule for games, permission slips and player/parent code of conduct will also be sent home.

    GR. 4 BASKETBALL CLINIC starts FRIDAY JANUARY 19th at 7:30 am with Mr. and Mrs. Grimm.

    GR. 4 and 7 Parents can be expecting the FSA results to come home Mon. Jan. 8 or Tues. Jan. 9 from the classroom teacher. Please look for a package that includes a letter from myself, a results sheet and the actual booklet your child  completed the questions in.

    A reminder to families in STOROZAK AND STONEHOUSE classes that you are going SKATING at the Sandman Centre on Friday Jan. 12 9:30-10:30 am.

    DOGS: Dogs  are not permitted on the school grounds or inside the school building. Your dog must remain on the outside of the perimeter of the school fence line and at no time can you bring it inside the school. This is School District Policy.

    ANTI IDLING: I would also ask that your vehicle is turned off as soon as you reach the school as our destination. There is ANTI IDLING policy and parents are not to run their vehicles as they drop off or wait to pick up. Thank you for your help with this. Thank you parents for staying out of the STAFF PARKING LOT as well. With such a large staff we need to ensure those parking spots are for staff that come and go and start at different times in the day.

    MOTHER GOOSE PROGRAM- begins Thurs. Jan. 11 from 3-4 in our library for those families that registered.

    REPORT CARD ENVELOPES- If you have not returned your brown report card envelope please be sure to do this asap as we need all the envelopes back for TERM II.

    HEAP THE HONDA! January is Literacy Month! We are asking parents of Juniper to send in any unwanted books from your child's bookshelves to go towards this great Community Event! Please send the books to Mrs. Gorman in the library.

    Thanks so much,

    Mrs. DeFehr (One Proud Principal of all Juniper Ridge Kids that she missed the last 2 weeks!)