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Parent's Weekly Update Oct. 23-27th, 2017

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Parent's Weekly Update Oct. 23-27th, 2017
by Carol Defehr - Sunday, 22 October 2017, 12:07 PM

Hello Juniper Ridge Parents/Guardians,

Please find below the reminders for this week and a glance at the following week as well. Please note I also put all this information on the Juniper Ridge Website under the Site News. Remember to follow us on Instagram and Twitter and join the Juniper Ridge PAC Facebook page too!



A huge thank you to our PAC and all parents that support our fundraising efforts- Last week the PAC graciously hosted the COME READ WITH ME EVENT for our Gr. 1 parents. PAC supplied all the coffee and snacks for this event, paid the faciliator costs and even paid the $5 fee per Gr. 1 child for their book and home reading games package. As principal, I truly appreciate this financial support. Just another great example how your fundraiser efforts support our children.

JUNIPER RIDGE SPIRIT WEAR CLOTHING ORDERS are available on the MUNCH A LUNCH link on the Juniper Ridge website. Track pants, hoodies, t shirts and toques all available for sale until November 3. Sample sizes are available for children to try on- please come on in! Once the orders arrive we will promote spirit day each Friday.

JUNIPER RIDGE SOCK FUNDRAISER ends MONDAY OCT. 23- tomorrow is your last chance to send in your orders! All funds raised will go towards purchasing more coding robotics for our school.

Speaking of Coding- if you have an apple device at home download the app LIGHTBOT HOUR! This is just so great for children and I encourage you to have your child practice their coding skills often.

LOST AND FOUND is BURSTING! Parents, there are so many nice pairs of shoes and hoodies I can't begin to even tell you! Please have your children check out the tables of beautiful clothing Mrs. Decker has organized. A reminder that as it accumulates we need to move it from the hallway and will call a local non profit organization called FOUND 4 KIDS to come pick it up. I will give you lots of warning when we do that, but please come take a look now!

SCHOOL FUNDRAISERS up and coming- Parents, you can be thinking about if you would like to particpate in two upcoming fundraisers run from the office. Mrs. Decker and I will be doing PURDY'S again for the holiday season. Those order forms will come home Nov. 1. Also, teachers will be doing a fundraiser called ART CARDS- your child will be creating a lovely piece of artwork, we then have a company turn it into a card (puzzles, posters and phone cases also available) and parents can then choose if they would like to purchase them. Your child's name and age are on the back of the cards. They are a real keepsake.

REVERSE CONSENT LETTERS were sent home Thursday regarding treats your children are potentially given at school. The intent of this letter is to be transparent that often birthday cupcakes come to school or teachers give a small class reward. Nutrition in our school is important to PAC and parents and as a staff we have an obligation to meet the policy requirements as well. Please return the form if needed or contact your child's teacher if you have questions about the frequency of this.

HANDS AND FEET TO SELF- Our PBIS Committee met last week and we reviewed the data for our school since September 5. It is apparent by the data that the majority of office referrals are either for HANDS ON violence to solve problems when frustrated or DEFIANCE (saying no to reasonable teacher requests) As a staff and committee we will continue to assist your children in how to deal with these responses. At home, if you could also continue to guide your children by providing them alternatives to hitting when angry or frustrated and instead of saying no to a teacher/cea/administrator ensure your children know that it is okay to say "I just need a bit more time" so the adult can provide space to your child while they rethink their stance. Thanks for your help with these matters.


*SCHOOL LIBRARY DAY IN CANADA- we will be promoting reading and literacy and hope you will at home as well!



*Plut/Patterson's classes to the Pumpkin Patch all day

*Pierce's class has a presentation from the Brain Injury Association

*Volleyball- Tier 1 boys at home and Tier 2 boys travel to KCS


*6 TRU Practicum students are working in Storozak, Unsworth and Murray's classroom


*LIFETOUCH PHOTO RETAKE DAY (please discuss with your child if you want them to have a retake. Sending a note in Gr. K-3 would be helpful so the teachers are informed of your desire to have the student re-photographed)

*Pizza with the Principal Lunch for October

*Fruit and Veggie/Milk Program- Baby Carrots

*Marlatt and Murray's classes to the Pumpkin Patch

*Hill and Gatien's classes to Gymnastics

*Volleyball- Tier 1 Girls  at KSA/ Tier 2 Girls at LGES


*OCTOBER RECOGNITION ASSEMBLY! This starts at 8:45 am. All students will be recognized at some point in the year! I am so excited to see them all at the front. All parents are welcome, but those students who are receiving awards will have been contacted by the teacher. Mrs. Pierce's class will be performing at the assembly!  Primary certificates are handed out first and then intermediate.

*ART STARTS PERFORMANCE 1:05 GREEN THUMB THEATRE. What a great way to end our week by getting together for this performance on a Friday afternoon.

*PUMPKIN CARVING EVENT for Gr. 1/2's. 6-7:30. The teacher will have notified you if they are taking part in this event.

Coming up next week:

Virtue of Cleanliness

SCHOLASTIC BOOK FAIR HAPPENING IN THE LIBRARY Oct. 31-Nov. 3! We are so excited. What a great opportunity to get some reading materials for your children, even Christmas gifts, and support our school library.

Monday Oct. 30- Storozak and Tanner/Powrie's class to the Pumpkin Patch

Tues. Oct.31- HAPPY HALLOWEEN! Black and Orange Day! K's Costume Parade for the school, Klassen and Rymer's class to Falcon Lanes, November Newsletter will be coming home, Volleyball- Tier 1 Boys at MSES, Tier 2 Boys at Juniper

Wed. Nov. 1- Halloween Candy stays at home and is enjoyed at 2:45 pm, PTC FAST.COM goes live for parents to sign up for Parent Teacher interviews. Please note that each classroom teacher may have differing times based on their availability or differing formats for their interviews. Also, please note that it is not mandatory you meet with the teacher if you feel your child is happy and thriving, but parents always have a right to be informed and parents can contact the teacher at any time. We have set aside Nov. 8/9 as our Parent Teacher Dates, but just email your child's teacher if that is not going to work for you.  PURDY'S ORDERS come home to parents.

Thurs. Nov. 2 - Gymnastics for Hill, Gatien and Marlatt/ Volleyball Tier 1 Girls at Juniper, Tier 2 Girls at OLPH

Fri. Nov. 3- Juniper RIdge Spirit Wear orders due via Munch a Lunch, PAC HOT LUNCH DAY- SWISS CHALET- we will all eat at 12:05 and all play from 12:20-1:00 on this day.  TIER 1 GIRLS TO TRU FOR TOURNAMENT at 12:15/ TRU NURSES observing in our K classes/ Hill and Gatien's class SKATING at Valleyview arena (please send your child's booster seat)

Lastly parents, I am hoping to organize CHOICE DAYS for CHILDREN during the winter months. In the November Newsletter you will find more information and a sign up form you can return. If you are willing to volunteer an hour once a week(or more!) to run one of the clubs or opportunities for kids I would love to hear from you. Some of the clubs I would like to offer students are: Crib Club, Doodle Club, Building Club, Lego Club, Reading Club, Intramurals, Knitting/Crotchet Club, Board Games Club etc...

While I appreciate many will want to go outside to sled, that is great and I will still have supervision outside, but for many students lunch time is a long time and many stand out in the cold not engaged or enjoying their time. The Redesigned Curriculum and mandate is to offer children choices with their learning and in this case, their free time.  I am hopeful parents will be interested in supervising for me.

Looking forward to seeing all your wonderful children tomorrow morning at 8:20.


Mrs. Carol DeFehr (One exceptionally proud principal to all your excellent children)