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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



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

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    Juniper Ridge Parent's Weekly Update Nov. 12-16, 2018
    by Carol Defehr - Saturday, 10 November 2018, 8:28 AM

    Hi Parents,

    I hope you enjoy your long weekend with your children. There is no school on Monday November 12th as Remembrance Day falls on Sunday this year. Take time to remember with your children this weekend. They were absolutely amazing as an audience at our Remembrance Day Assembly on Friday.

    Here are the reminders for this coming week at Juniper and a glance at the following week as well.


    We are working hard on our School Learning Plan Goals! Did you know that we have 2 school goals at JUNIPER RIDGE:

    1. To develop critical and creative thinkers who can communicate in different ways.

    2. To develop perserverant learners who can collaborate with everyone.

    If you would like to read our School Learning Plan in detail it is posted on the current Juniper Ridge website. I am so pleased with the work our staff is doing to reach the strategies and targets needed to make progress with our goals.

    OUR PBIS ROARS WATER CHALLENGE CONTINUES! The classes are doing a great job filling their water tank fill lines! We start again this coming week and are reinforcing expected behaviours inside, outside and everywhere our children go.

    PIZZA WITH THE PRINCIPAL FORMS are due back Nov. 16th if your child might like to have a special lunch with me. The forms are always at the end of the newsletters.

    PAC FUNDRAISER is POINSETTIA's- ALL ORDERS are due back to the school by Thursday November 15th. Orders will be delivered the morning of Nov. 26 and can be picked up that afternoon. I will communicate specific location and times as I am updated by PAC.

    THE PAC is also collecting GIFT CARD DONATIONS for their contribution to the MCQUEEN LAKE SD73 FUNDRAISER DINNER. If you are out and about please consider picking up a gift card and dropping it off at the school for the PAC. The PAC will take all the donated gift cards and create a gift card tree to be raffled off at the McQueen Lake dinner. The staff are also putting together a basket donation as well. Please send your gift cards by Fri. Nov. 23

    THE PAC JRES CRAFT FAIR is coming up Sat. Dec. 1. BOOK YOUR TABLE NOW and be a part of this special event at the school! Contact the PAC if you need information. jrelementarypac@gmail.com

    Thanks to PAC for organizing the Spirit Wear orders. Now that those have all gone home- EVERY FRIDAY IS JRES JAGUARS SPIRIT DAY! Wear your Juniper Ridge clothing or school colors at the end of the week.

    PAC HOT LUNCH is Thurs. Nov. 15 SWISS CHALET. We all eat at 12:05 on this day and all play at 12:20

    The school is doing a PURDY's FUNDRAISER! Order booklets will come home Tuesday Nov. 13. Orders are due back to Mrs. Decker by Mon. Nov. 26. Parents will be able to pick up their PURDY's on Tues. Dec. 4. Thank you for your support!

    Just an update on CHRISTMAS CONCERTS so you can plan ahead! We have now confirmed the following performances so you can make note and inform family:

    GRADE ONE PERFORMANCE: 'Snow'  Tues. Dec. 11   1:15 pm

    KINDERGARTEN PERFORMANCE: 'Twas the Night Before Christmas' Tues. Dec. 11  6 pm

    GRADE 5-7 PERFORMANCE: 'The Snow Show' Wed. Dec. 12   6 pm

    GRADE 2-4 PERFORMANCE: 'Christmas Around the World'  Dec. 13  6 pm

    We will have Dress Rehearsals but these are for the student body to watch their peers. I will update parents in the December newsletter but wanted to give you the dates and times for each grade grouping.  With 20 divisions, we had to get creative in how to best showcase our children's talents.

    VOLLEYBALL THIS WEEK: Tues. Nov. 13- Tier 1 Boys at PAC WAY, Wed. Nov. 14- Tier 3 at Summit, Thurs. Nov. 15- Tier 1 Girls at home, Tier 2 girls at Aberdeen. We are expecting to hear about the Playoff Schedule this week and will send home communication about that as soon as we get schedules.

    PROJECT EDGE occurs this week for our Gr. 6 students on Thurs. Nov. 15. The Kamloops Blazers and RCMP will lead this presentation.

    KINDERGARTEN PARENTS- please return your YOU CAN COUNT ON ME RSVP by Fri. Nov. 16 to let us know if you are attending. Thanks to the PAC for sponsoring this event and providing the treats.

    ON FRIDAY NOV. 16- Champness, Weatherall, Mulholland, Hrycan and Storozak's classes are headed to see the GRINCH at the Odeon. They are out of the building 11:15-2:30


    Volleyball Playoffs begin. Permission forms will need to be returned.

    Thanks to the PAC for sponsoring our guest presenter MICHAEL BORTOLOTTO Tuesday Nov. 20. He will present to all grade groupings on a motivational talk and how he overcame challenges he has had in his life. Michael has a condition that makes his speech a challenge. The children will receive heartfelt words of wisdom from him on acceptance and kindness. He has presented at multiple schools in our district and we are so glad the PAC is supporting this.

    Thurs. Nov. 22- PAC HOT LUNCH DAY- Sweet Home Cafe


    Mrs. DeFehr  (Grateful to work, learn and play in the community of Juniper Ridge)


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    by Carol Defehr - Saturday, 3 November 2018, 1:23 PM

    Hi Parents,

    Happy Time Change Weekend. Please find below the reminders for this week and a glance at the following week as well for your planning.

    Attached this weekend is some great tips on why Failure is important. I especially love the 7 Ways to Teach Kids that Failure is a Great Thing. #alwaystry

    NOVEMBER GROWTH MINDSET THEME: I am a valued member of this learning community.

    November is CANADA CAREER MONTH! The theme is #iknowicanbecause and you may see some students talking more about their skills and future aspirations because of this campaign being promoted in our school district.

    The November Newsletter was emailed home this week. Please print off the Pizza with the Principal Forms and return to the yellow bin by the main doors. Also, if interested in supporting us with Choice Days for winter months please send the Tear A Way slip that was in the newsetter to the office by Nov. 14th.

    PLEASE SEND A DONATION FOR POPPIES THIS WEEK. We pass along any funds we collect to the Royal Canadian Legion. All children will be given a poppy to wear on Friday.

    Parents, I have started a new Principal recognition campaign called My Principal is Proud of Me. There is a large sign that will travel throughout the community and potentially end up in your front yard. If you arrive home or wake up with the sign at your residence, all I ask is that you return the sign to the school once your kids have seen it so I can continue to pass it along to deserving children. If the sign is at your home for the weekend could I ask that parents bring it in at night and put it back out Saturday/Sunday morning. I have my fingers crossed teenagers won't destroy it. I wish I had 440 of them, but for now, the sign will take turns surprising kids each night Mon-Fri.

    PAC UPDATE: Our November Meeting is Mon. Nov. 5th at 6:15 in the library. Childminding is available. We have a guest speaker on Monday. Vessy Mochikas, District Principal of Inclusive Education will be coming to speak and answer questions. JRES SPIRIT WEAR has arrived and will be sorted and delivered to students on Monday. IF YOU ORDERED CHRISTMAS PRESENTS AND DO NOT WANT YOUR CHILD TO RECEIVE THE CLOTHING ORDER- please email JEN DAVIS at jrelementarypac@gmail.com and let her know you will be picking it up at the office. PAC HOT LUNCH THIS WEEK IS THURS. NOV. 8- PIZZA DAY!

    Our PBIS ROARS WATER CHALLENGE WEEKS BEGINS Mon. Nov. 5! Students will be expected to show their ROARS behaviour and if they do the class will get to fill up a container with water and add their amount to our SCHOOL WATER TANK in the office. If the school fills the tank each week they will earn a special reward. Our concentrated areas of focus are hallways, tidy spaces, assembly behaviour, whole body listening and safe play outside. It is going to be exciting!

    Thank you parents that donated to CHAPTER ADOPT A SCHOOL during that campaign. $1900.00 was raised for Mrs. Gorman and I to support our school with literacy and digital literacy needs in our building. AMAZING! Thank you. Additionally, Mrs. Gorman and I receive 30% off purchases at Chapters!

    Mon. Nov. 5- PAC MEETING 6:15 pm

    Tues. Nov. 6- Mrs. Hrycan's class to the Art Gallery 9:30-12, Tier 1 Boys Volleyball at Beattie

    Wed. Nov. 7- Fruit and Veggie Program delivery is Pears. Gr. 6 Immunizations- please ensure your Gr. 6 student is on time as they begin at 8:30. Aboriginal Connections Dinner in the gym at 4:30 pm~ we have 67 people attending this dinner! Mother Goose 3-4 pm in the library. Tier 3 Volleyball game is now at SOUTH SAHALI this week- not at home as per the original schedule as we needed the gym for the dinner.

    Thurs. Nov. 8- PAC HOT LUNCH 12:05- we all eat together and then all play at 12:20.  Tier 1 Girls Volleyball at HOME! Tier 2 girls travel to St. Ann's.

    Fri. Nov. 9- REMEMBRANCE DAY ASSEMBLY 9 am. All parents welcome. Many classes are performing.  Please send your child in WHITE, RED OR BLACK.  Mrs. Murray and Mrs. Waters classes go skating at VV Arena at 1:15.



    Last Week of Volleyball League Play. Playoffs will then follow.

    No School Mon. Nov. 12- JRES closed.

    Tues. Nov. 13- Our JRES ANNUAL PURDY's FUNDRAISER BEGINS. Order booklets will be sent home and all orders and payment due back Mon. Nov. 26th.  Tier 1 Boys play at PAC WAY for VBall.

    Wed. Nov. 14- PARENT CHOICE DAYS VOLUNTEER FORMS DUE. Mother Goose 3-4 pm. Tier 3 Volleyball at Summit.

    Thurs. Nov. 15- PAC HOT LUNCH- Swiss Chalet. Project Edge for Gr. 6's 9 am with RCMP and Blazers. Tier 1 girls play at HOME, Tier 2 Girls travel to Aberdeen.

    Fri. Nov. 16- KINDERGARTEN PARENTS need to return their YOU CAN COUNT ON ME RSVP's by today. Pizza with the Principal forms due for November. GRINCH MOVIE for Mulholland, Champness, Hrycan, Weatherall and Storozak's classes 11:15.

    Thank you parents for sending your children to Juniper Ridge! It is a great place to work, learn and play as both students and staff.

    To see what happens in our school be sure to follow Juniper Ridge on Instagram. Search juniperridgeelementary


    Mrs. DeFehr (ONE VERY PROUD PRINCIPAL of ALL OF YOUR CHILDREN! I so enjoy each and everyone of them.)



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    by Carol Defehr - Wednesday, 31 October 2018, 9:09 AM


    Please find attached the NOVEMBER JRES Newsletter!

    Be sure to enter PIZZA with the PRINCIPAL and if you can help with CHOICE DAYS please return the tear away slip to the office.


    Mrs. DeFehr