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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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    Parent's Weekly Update Sept. 24-28, 2018
    by Carol Defehr - Saturday, 22 September 2018, 9:02 AM

    Hi Parents,

    Happy Weekend! Here are your updates for the events happening at Juniper this coming week. I have attached some information as well.

    Please consider donating at adoptaschool.indigo.ca for the CHAPTERS INDIGO ADOPT A SCHOOL CAMPAIGN! The letter with the information is attached for you. Thank you to those that have donated! So far JRES Parents have donated 62 books! Our goal is 440!

    PAC Update: Big Little Coupon Books due back Tues. Sept. 25th please. Thanks to the PAC that approved $1000 to be used for me to purchase new outside playground equipment. The order I placed arrived yesterday so there will be lots of new, bright and fun equipment for our students. PAC Munch A Lunch Hot Lunch Orders must be placed by Oct. 4. First Hot Lunch is Pizza on Oct. 11.

    Parents- attached is the information for the Raising Digitally Responsible Citizens taking place Wed. Sept. 26 at 6:30 pm at the HGEC. If you can make it- it is fabulous.

    This week our Gr. 4 and 7 students begin their orientation and writing of the FSA's. Thanks for ensuring your children are ontime and well rested.

    I am just informing parents that I am absent Mon, Tues and Wed. mornings this week. I am involved in District initiatives that require planning  in their exectution. I will return by approximately 11 am each day. Mrs. Lloyd our VP is available should you have a concern so please be sure to ask for her or send me an email cdefehr@sd73.bc.ca and I will respond just as soon as I can.

    Monday Sept. 24- We will be having our third firedrill practice. Pizza with the Principal Lunch for the 4 lucky winners happens at 12:05!

    *ALL SCHOOL FEES and FORMS due back to Mrs. Decker in the office by today please.

    Tuesday Sept. 25- SMILE- School Photo Day!

    We will be hosting the MOTHER GOOSE Program for toddlers starting OCT. 10- NOV. 28. Registration Opens Sept. 25 at www.eventbrite.ca 

    Wednesday Sept. 26- RAISE A READER DAY! Please send a donation for Literacy with your child. Parents if you can help Mrs. Lloyd sell newspapers from 8-8:30 please send her an email wlloyd@sd73.bc.ca

    We are moving our ORANGE SHIRT DAY to Wed. Sept. 26 as the author of the book "The Orange Shirt Story" is visiting our school. We have an assembly planned for 9 am. Parents welcome. We are pleased Phyliss Webstad will be joining us for the morning.  PLEASE dress your child in orange!

    Grade One Parents will get their Come Read with Me Invitations today. Thank you to our PAC for sponsoring this event and paying for the facilitator and the reading materials your child will receive. Please rsvp by Oct. 10th.

    Thursday Sept. 27- TERRY FOX RUN! Please send a donation for TERRY! We are extending the route this year and hope the kids will love a change in scenery!  Primary students run on our intermediate field.

    Friday Sept. 28- Aboriginal Consent Letters due back to the office please if your child would like programming and services.

    The October newsletter will be sent home to parents at the end of the week so we are all informed for Monday October 1! This will come to you via email. I wrote a lot about Math and GrowthMindset this month and share some tips for parents.

    Coming up next week: OCTOBER Growth Mindset Theme: A Brain is like a Muscle that Grows

    Oct. 1- Anaphylaxis Training at 2:45 for our staff in the library. All noon hour supervisors are encouraged to attend as well.

    PAC Meeting 6:15 pm. All parents are welcome.

    Oct. 2- Arthur Stevenson Cross Country Run at Westsyde Centennial Park

    Oct. 2- Junior Ranger Program begins at our school. The presenter will be here for three days to visit all classes that signed up.

    Oct. 3- Fruit and Veggie Program is Carrots this week. We have our second LOCKDOWN Practice today.

    Oct. 4- PAC Hot Lunch Orders due. Cross Country Run team travels to Raft River for the Dan Coleman event- they will travel by bus paid for by the district to attend.

    Oct. 5- All parents should have received a copy of the TERM I Overview with the Intended Learning Outcomes for  this term by today. We hope you will take time to read them and see all the planning each teacher does for the learning of our students.

    Both Mrs. Lloyd and I are out of the school on Oct. 4 and Oct. 5 at  Principal's Professional Learning sessions and meetings. Again, please email me if you have any concerns. Teachers will be communicating any discipline matters directly with parents for those days if needed.

    Oct. 7- Last day for the Chapters Indigo Adopt A School Campaign! Please donate.

    We have seen a lot of toys being brought from home. Please talk to your child about leaving those at home. It is possible they will get lost or broken at school and it becomes a huge disappointment. At no  time can toys be brought into our classrooms. They will be taken away by the teacher for the day.  If you do send your child with toys for outside they must stay in the child's locker. The toys are keeping many children occupied outside but they are causing some hurt feelings because others don't have them, people don't want to share their toy (and I get that!) and then they lend the toy and it gets broken. So.....my ask is that you talk to your child about possibly leaving those items at home. With all the new equipment for outside our goal is to have children active at break times to self regulate.

    Thank you so much! September has been just a remarkable month at Juniper. The tone, the climate, the culture established is one to be celebrated. Thank you parents for sending us your wonderful, keen and respectful children each day. They are embracing our school Code of Conduct R.O.A.R.S and are skillfully using W.I.T.S. to solve disagreements.


    Mrs. C. DeFehr (Da' Fair' est Principal in SD73)




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    Juniper Parent's Weekly Update Sept. 17-21, 2018
    by Carol Defehr - Saturday, 15 September 2018, 10:11 AM

    Happy Saturday Parents!

    Please find below the updates and reminders for our school for this upcoming week.


    Please send all FORMS AND FEES by September 24th- Thanks to all of you that have done so already!

    You may have seen in the media that there is a Most Wanted alert for a man with the last name MULHOLLAND. Mrs. Aislinn Mulholland, our Kindergarten teacher and her husband Frank, would like the community of Juniper to know that they have NO connection to this individual in any way.

    The CHAPTERS INDIGO ONLINE CAMPAIGN kicks off today! Sat. Sept. 15th! I have attached the letter that should have come home yesterday with your child. Please go to adoptaschool.indigo.ca and find Juniper Ridge Elementary and help us fundraise 436 books for our library! The campaign runs unitl Oct. 7 so please consider telling friends and family to help Juniper!

    Also attached is the information about ART CARDS! Your child is presently designing a piece of art that will be captured in card form that you can purchase to give or keep as a treasure from this school year. Please consider purchasing cards/puzzles/plaques of the art to support our school. All proceeds go directly to our classrooms.

    PAC NEWS: The Big Little Coupon Book Fundraiser is in full swing and wraps up Tuesday Sept. 25! Please sell those coupon books!  PAC HOT LUNCH INFORMATION also went home Friday. You can now order Hot Lunches for Oct-December on the MUNCH A LUNCH app. All orders must be placed by October 4th. Thanks for supporting the PAC! http://www.munchalunch.com/schools/juniperridge

    Our first PAC Meeting is Monday September 17 at 6 pm in the library. ALL PARENTS ARE WELCOME! Come be involved and hear lots about our school! Childminding is available for the duration of the meeting.

    JUNIPER RIDGE COMMUNITY BLOCK PARTY is coming up SAT. SEPT. 22! Save the date and join the fun with your children! I know they would love for you to pay your Association due as well! Thanks for making the community of Juniper OUTSTANDING!

    ATHLETICS UPDATE: Cross Country Run Team needs to return permission forms by Monday at the latest! First Run is Wed. Sept. 19 at MAC Island for The OLPH race. We could really use more drivers!

    Volleyball Sign Up and Expression of Interest has happened. Boys Evaluations for Gr. 5/6/7 will happen Monday and Tuesday. Girls Evaluations for Gr. 5/6/7 will happen Wedneday and Thursday.  It is not too late! See Mrs. Grimm if interested. Boys league play is Tuesdays and Girls play Thursdays. We are hoping we can run a Tier 3 team too, but need to get a sense of the numbers for Gr. 5/6/7 first.

    We will be having a LOCKDOWN PRACTICE on Wed. Sept. 19. Constable Meikle is scheduled to join us for this.

    Our Fruit and Veggie Program starts this week with Peaches being delivered to the school. Mrs. Swift's class organizes this for us and shows great leadership.

    Friday September 21 is a DISTRICT NON INSTRUCTIONAL DAY- there is no school for students. You will see a full parking lot at Juniper as the staff will be doing lots of learning that day!


    Mon. Sept. 24- Pizza with the Principal Lunch for my 4 lucky winners! 212 kids entered this month! Amazing!/ Firedrill #3 practice / ALL FORMS AND FEES due to the office

    Tues. Sept. 25- LIFETOUCH PHOTO DAY! These are individual student photos. Last day to send in Big Little Coupon books please!

    Wed. Sept. 26- RAISE A READER DAY FOR LITERACY IN KAMLOOPS! Please send a donation with your child to support this great cause. Between 8-8:25 Mrs. Lloyd and friends will be outside to collect donations and give you a special edition paper!

    Gr. 1 Parents will get an invitation to come to  the COME READ WITH ME Presentation- please RSVP

    Parents of Cross Country Runners- the RLC Cliff Weathermon race was too full to accept the Juniper Ridge team- Mrs. Weatherall and Mrs. Champness will communicate this to the runners as well. THERE IS NO RUN for our students on Wed. Sept. 26.

    Thurs. Sept. 27- TERRY FOX RUN! Send your child in their athletic attire today! Send them with a donation for TERRY FOX please!

    Fri. Sept. 28- ORANGE SHIRT DAY! " Every Child Matters" We will all be dressed in ORANGE TODAY!

    All Aboriginal  Consent Letters due back to the school by today's deadline. Thanks!

    Keep up the great work- Parents have been wonderful about not dropping off or parking in our STAFF parking lot and thanks for respecting the  NO DOGS on school property. I have seen lots of leashed dogs waiting outside the fence for their school aged favourite person!

    Thanks everyone,

    Mrs. DeFehr (Seriously, the most fortunate principal in SD73 to work with the staff, students and parents that I do each and every day!)



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    by Carol Defehr - Thursday, 13 September 2018, 3:32 PM

    Please see the attached regarding our exciting fundraiser- ART CARDS!

    Be sure to consider purchasing your child's art for the holiday season upon us!