Juniper Ridge Parent's Weekly Update

December 10-14, 2018

Hi Parents,

Here are your updates for this week and a glance at our LAST week of school before the holidays too.


First off, thank you so much for all the TOYS you donated for the TOYS FOR KIDS BREAKFAST! We were able to send over 250 toys to needy children in Kamloops. Our leadership students, Mrs. Waters and I would like to say a huge thank you for your generosity.

Secondly, Superintendent Alison Sidown visited Juniper Ridge yesterday. She commented on the absolutely remarkable culture and climate as she toured the building. She was impressed by the level of engagement of your children and the quality of lessons she observed by the staff. I felt extremely proud to be the school leader of Juniper Ridge.

IT IS CHRISTMAS CONCERT WEEK at JUNIPER RIDGE! Here are all the Dress Rehearsal times and concert times so parents are aware. Only the students watch the Dress Rehearsals. Friends and family are invited to the PERFORMANCE times please. Please check the LOST AND FOUND when you come to the school in the coming week. All items will be donated to FOUND 4 KIDS and will be out of the building come January.


Monday December 10- Dress Rehearsal 1:15 pm

Tues. December 11- Evening Performance 6:00 pm

*GRADE ONE “SNOW” Performance

Monday December 10- Dress Rehearsal 10:25 am

Tues. December 11- Afternoon Performance 1:15 pm


Thursday December 13- Dress Rehearsal 1:15 pm

Thursday December 13- Evening Performance 6 pm

*GRADE 5-7 “THE SNOW SHOW’ Performance

Wednesday December 12- Dress Rehearsal 1:15 pm

Wednesday December 12- Evening Performance 6 pm

PAC UPDATES: December PAC Meeting is Monday December 10th at 6:15 in the library. All families are welcome and childminding is provided.

PAC HOT LUNCH this week is Thurs. Dec. 13 and it is PIZZA.  A reminder to go to the MUNCH A LUNCH APP and order for the new year! You have until January 3 to do this!

TERM I REPORT CARDS will be coming home to parents on Thurs. Dec. 13th. Please return the brown district envelope and we encourage you to write a comment on the front.

SPIRIT DAY IS FRIDAY DEC. 14- IT IS RED AND GREEN DAY! Come as festive as you can!

SKATING THIS WEEK: On Friday December 14- Mulholland, Hrycan and Grimm's classes go to the Sandman Centre for 9:30. Swift, Johnston and Stonehouse go skating at Valleyview Arena at 1:15 pm

TIER 2 BOYS BASKETBALL COACH- We still need a coach for the boys at the Grade 5 level. If I don't hear by the end of the week I will need to tell the boys there is no coach for the 2018-2019 season. Thanks if you can help or know someone that loves basketball.

SUBSCRIBE TO THE NEW JUNIPER RIDGE WEBSITE. Please just google Juniper Ridge Elementary and find our website. Click on WHAT'S HAPPENING (top tab) , SCHOOL NEWS (drop down menu) then HIT THE BURGANDY SUBSCRIBE button and follow the prompts! Thanks to the 55 of you that have already done this! It is appreciated.

Coming up next week:

FRESH IS BEST ORDERS will be ready for PICK UP on Thursday. We will need everyone to come collect their orders on Thursday or they will be sent home with your child. We do not have the fridge space to store the items. Thank you so much for your support!

FSA RESULTS PACKAGES- student booklets and reports from the School District are returnedto the school. Parents of Gr. 4 and 7 students can look for these coming home on Friday December 21. Please look for a letter from myself in your package as well.

REIN and STONEHOUSE's classes go swimming at TCC on Fri. Dec. 21 1-2:30

LOCKER, DESKS AND LOST AND FOUND- Please know your child will be expected to clean out their locker and desk next week. Please encourage your child to check the lost and found as well! There are so many beautiful clothing items on our tables I am sad no one is claiming them.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS- KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION AT JUNIPER RIDGE will begin February 11-15th. Proof of address is needed as well as BC Services Card and Birth Certificate. Please tell neighbours and friends of Juniper to please come register this week. This registration assists us in class configuration planning for the 2018-2019 school year. We need accurate numbers and Kindergarten registration assists us in this planning.

Thanks so much!


Mrs. DeFehr (Your very proud principal of your amazing children!)

December 3-7, 2018

Hi Parents,

Happy Weekend! I am sending out the reminders for the week as I will be busy reading report cards this weekend.

The December newsletter was emailed to families and posted on the JRES website for your reference. All expectations about Snow have been shared with you as parents and all the teachers are in the process of teaching these expecatations so that children are very aware of what is acceptable use of snow with 500 of us on campus.

REMEMBER the PAC CRAFT FAIR is tomorrow at JRES GYM from 10-2. We hope you will be able to stop by and support the crafters.

TUES. Dec. 4 is the last day to bring in TOYS FOR THE TOYS FOR KIDS BREAKFAST! Please help us by picking up a new unwrapped toy if out and about this weekend. The class with the most donations wins a pizza party!

PLEASE SUBSCRIBE TO THE NEW JUNIPER RIDGE WEBSITE. Please just google Juniper Ridge Elementary and click to access our website. Please go to the WHATS HAPPENING TOP TAB- click on that and a drop down menu will appear. FIND SCHOOL NEWS and click on that. A Subscribe radio button will appear. Click on it and it will open up fields and prompts for you to complete. Be sure to check the box at the bottom that you are not a robot!  I know it sounds like a lot of steps but it will be helpful to get timely updates.

I held a meeting at recess today for Basketball and WOW- what a turn out! Many children are wanting to play this sport. I am desperately in need of a TIER 2 BOYS coach or I will not be able to have this level of team which means Gr. 5 boys will not be able to play. Please help if you can.  If your child missed the sign up please tell them to come see Mrs. Decker or myself.

PARKING- I am asking parents that have been parking  on the house side of Nechako St. to please refrain from doing this. It is causing a problem again and is becoming unsafe  for drivers and those trying to cross the street. There are signs clearly posted not to park there. I will have to call Bylaw for ticketing should this not improve. I know it is hard to find parking, but parking illegally is not helping our neighbours or our fellow parents out.

PURDY'S ORDERS are IN! They can be picked up from the office  on Tuesday December 4th. Should you not be able to come in to get them and wish for them to be sent home with your child please email Mrs. Decker and let her know   We don't want to ruin a surprise by sending them home with your kids so please be speedy in your chocolate pick up.  THANKS SO MUCH FOR YOUR SUPPORT!

FRESH IS BEST! Orders are due on Wed. Dec. 5th! Thanks for your support!


PAC HOT LUNCH ORDERS can be placed for the winter session on the MUNCH A LUNCH site until January 3.

PAC HOT LUNCH is Thursday December 6- SENOR FROGGIES MEXICAN. We all eat at 12:05 and all play at 12:20 that day.

On Tuesday December 4th our K-3 students are off to see ELF at the Sagebrush Theatre 10:30-2.

Be sure to check out our classroom doors! Dec. 4-7 you will see a transformation in the school as we get into the festive season as we do our annual Door Decorating Design Challenge K-7!

Coming up next week:

Monday Dec. 10- PAC MEETING 6:15 pm

Tues. Dec. 11-  Gr. 1 Christmas Concert 1:15 pm   Snow

                      Kindergarten Christmas Concert 6:00 Twas the Night Before Christmas

Wed. Dec. 12- Gr. 5-7 Christmas Concert 6:00   The Snow Show

Thurs. Dec. 13- PAC HOT LUNCH Pizza

                       -TERM I Report Cards home to parents (return brown envelople to teacher- and we love when you write a comment on the front!)

                       -Gr. 2-4 Christmas Concert  6:00  Christmas Around the World


                    Skating 9:30- Hrycan, Mulholland and Grimm Sandman Centre

                   Skating 1:15- Swift, Johnston, Stonehouse Valleyview

Thanks everyone!


Mrs. DeFehr (In awe that it is December already! Thanks for all your support parents. I am so very fortunate to work, play and lead at Juniper Ridge)


November 26-30, 2018

Hi Parents,

Happy Weekend! Please find below the updates for this week and a glance at the following week as well. Hard to believe December is fast approaching.

Growth Mindset Theme: "I am a valued member of this learning community"

We had quite a few office referrals this week and mostly for disrespect to adults in the school. Could I please ask that parents remind children that reasonable requests asked by staff and parent supervisors must be honored. Thank you! Also, thanks for your continued support in reminding your children to keep hands and feet to self.

The new Juniper Ridge website is now live. It does look quite different. It is by no means finished but we were told by the district to go live and work on it as we could. Thanks for your patience with it. As per an email I sent out last weekend be sure to download the SD73 app to your mobile device. I will review this information in the December newsletter.

WE NEED NEW UNWRAPPED TOYS sent to the school by Dec. 4. Our school is collecting for TOYS FOR KIDS this year as our charity of choice. Leadership students would appreciate a donation sent this week! The class that brings in the most new toys will get a pizza party from our friends at LITTLE CAESARS!  Thanks for shopping for this item this week.


We are excited to be re-starting a fantastic literacy program at Juniper Ridge Elementary in January- the One-to-One Reading Program. We are looking for volunteers to spend 1.5 hours per week (you choose one session per week- morning or afternoon) reading one-on-one with children at Juniper Ridge Elementary - helping them develop literacy skills and a love of reading. This is a a great opportunity for our community to be involved with our school, so please share this information with grandparents, aunts/uncles, friends and community members who may be interested. There is free training available to volunteers, with the next volunteer training sessions running at Henry Grube on January 29th and February 5. We will have the program up and running after Christmas. Please contact 
ERASE BULLYING- The Ministry has a new (but old) and revised reporting tool for ERASE bullying.

erase = expect respect & a safe education

The Ministry of Education is pleased to announce that the new erasewebsite is now live. In addition to bullying and violence prevention, the new erase site includes information and resources on online safety, mental well-being, substance use, and sexual orientation and gender identity. The site was created following extensive consultation with students, parents and educators. Teachers at Juniper will be sharing this with our Gr. 3-7 students. Parents are encouraged to look at the website as well.


All jerseys from VOLLEYBALL are now expected to be returned for our Tier 1 boys and Tier 2/3 teams.  Please wash and return to coaches. Parents will receive a $50 bill if the jersey is not returned in the coming week.


CONGRATULATIONS TO Neil Barrett and the TIER 1 GIRLS Volleyball Team! They have qualified for the SEMI FINALS! Please consider bringing your family to watch our girls play on Thurs. Nov. 29 at Brock Middle School. The game begins at 3:30 and we would love to see the stands filled with Juniper fans in Juniper school colors!


DOES YOUR CHILD LOVE BASKETBALL? I am in the process of organizing Basketball at Juniper Ridge. I do need a TIER 2 BOYS coach if there is a parent out there that can possibly assist.

Please talk to your child about playing basketball this year. SIGN UP AND EXPRESSION OF INTEREST Meeting will take place Friday Nov. 30th at recess. Gr. 4/5's are encouraged to attend the meeting as well. Gr.5's boys will play if I can find a coach. That said, Deb T. and Tasha V. will be doing a Basketball Clinic once a week for Gr. 4/5 age so encourage your child to come sign up for the clinic.


KINDGERGARTEN PARENTS- Remember your parent/child event for Numeracy is coming up TUESDAY NOVEMBER 27 8:20-10:05 in the gym. THE YOU CAN COUNT ON ME EVENT is one you and your child will love! Time together to learn about math. Special thanks to our PAC for sponsoring this event and providing the snacks!


THE YOUNG ENTREPRENEUR'S FAIR is this WEDNESDAY!  Items range in price from $1-5 and we would love the support of the community by sending your child with a bit of spending money to be able to purchase items our Gr. 7's have created for their business plan. Join us in the gym from 9-12 on Nov. 28. ALL PARENTS are encouraged to stop by!


PURDY's ORDERS ARE DUE BACK Mon. Nov. 26- thanks to all families for their orders! Don't miss out and send your orders by Monday!


OUR NEXT SCHOOL FUNDRAISER- RIGHT IN TIME FOR CHRISTMAS IS FRESH IS BEST! Fresh is Best order forms will come home on Tuesday Nov. 27. Please return with payment by Dec. 5th.


PAC UPDATES: REMEMBER SUN. NOV. 25 is PAC CHAPTERS NIGHT 5:30-7:30!  Please support this great fundraiser by our PAC.

PAC HOT LUNCH ORDERS FOR WINTER are now available on  MUNCH A LUNCH.  Families can place orders until Jan. 3.

PAC CRAFT FAIR is coming up SAT. DEC. 1. There is a huge amount of vendors coming and some really great crafters this year! Join the PAC at the school from 10-2 next Saturday.

PAC POINSETTIA PICK UP- Mon. Nov. 26- PAC will be in Mrs. Water's portable sorting and waiting for all parents to come pick up their order until 6 pm. The order is expected to be delivered late morning, so PAC will need time to sort it. Plan to pick up 1:30-6 pm.



FRUIT AND VEGGIE PROGRAM is delivered Thursday to classes-- APPLES


NOVEMBER RECOGNITION ASSEMBLY is Thursday Nov. 29. Primary assembly at 8:40 and Intermediate Assembly at 9:25.


REEBOX BOX PEDOMETERS will be distributed to those students who signed up as part of our Action Research Project. Parents can expect the pedometers on Thurs. Nov. 29th.


EVERY FRIDAY IS SPIRIT WEAR DAY AT OUR SCHOOL- show your Juniper pride by wearing logo clothing or school colors- black, grey or burgandy!


THE DECEMBER NEWSLETTER will be sent home on November 30th!




PAC CRAFT FAIR- DEC. 1 in the gym

NON INSTRUCTIONAL DAY- Dec. 3  No school for students


Tues. Dec. 4- K-3 students to the Sagebrush to watch ELF

                   -Purdy's Orders to go home

                   -Decorate Your Door begins at our school! Contact your classroom teacher if you can volunteer to help with this project!

                    -Last day to bring toys in for Toys for Kids


Wed. Dec. 5- Fresh is Best orders due

Thurs. Dec. 6- PAC Hot Lunch Senor Froggies

Fri. Dec. 7- All doors will be decorated by today! Spirit Day- JRES pride!


Thanks everyone!


Mrs. DeFehr (Proud Principal of the Best school in SD73. I have the best parents, the best students, and the best staff!)



NOVEMBER 19-23, 2018

Hi Parents,

I am having to send the weekly update tonight as both School District platforms (ZIMBRA email and MyEdBC) are being upgraded this weekend and are not accessible).

Here are the reminders for next week and a glance at the following week as well for your planning.

November Growth Mindset Theme: I am a valued member of this learning community"

WE DID IT! We filled our PBIS ROARS WATER TANK both weeks! Congratulations to staff and students for a fabulous blitz of amazing ROARS like behaviour. This means the children ALL get a SCHOOL WIDE PJ DAY on Mon. Nov. 26 and they will get a small extra treat at snack time. We are so proud of our school. HUGE ACCOMPLISHMENT! Thanks to Mrs. Lloyd for her leadership and our PBIS Committee for their creative incentive using the water!

I have asked the district to switch our new website to Go LIVE! It is a work on progress so please have patience with me. It was time to make the conversion as running two websites was becoming a huge undertaking. What I need parents to do once the website is live is SUBSCRIBE using the subscribe radio button on the website. This likely won't happen until Tuesday next week. Also, the School District App is also now functioning. I will send out instructions for that separately. Our school will soon go live with the APP feature as well. Again, I will let you know when that happens. FIrst the website, then I will work at our JRES App with notifications!

Remember our school is doing a PURDY's FUNDRAISER right now! Thanks for your support and returning your orders by November 26th.

We are looking for a TIER 2 Boys Basketball Coach. If you have a son in Gr. 5 and you have a passion for basketball please contact Mrs. DeFehr

LEADERSHIP STUDENTS ARE COLLECTING NEW UNWRAPPED TOYS for TOYS FOR KIDS Breakfast! Please send your child with a new unwrapped toy by Friday November 30th.

Welcome to our new Kindergarten Teacher Miss Amy Head. She is replacing Mrs. Champness who is expecting her first child in the coming weeks.

I am out of the school Tues (PM), Wednesday (PM) and Thursday (presenting to TRU Education students)- please email should you require assistance

This week at JUNIPER RIDGE:

Monday Nov. 19- WEAR PJ's!W Intermediate classes have INTERNET AND SOCIAL MEDIA SAFETY with RCMP

Tuesday Nov. 20- Thanks to the PAC for sponsoring Michael Bortolotto speaker coming to talk to all of our classes today.

TIER 1 BOYS PLAYOFFS at LGES Tuesday. All volleyball players in PLAYOFFS must return their permission slips by today to be eligible to play. TIER 3 Volleyball players need to return their jerseys to Mrs. Weatherall

Thursday Nov. 21-Tier 1 and Tier 2 Girls Playoffs. Tier 1 @ home, Tier 2 @ St. Ann's.  PAC Hot Lunch- we all eat at 12:05 together.

Friday Nov. 22- WEAR YOUR JRES SPIRIT WEAR or school colors!

Some updates from the PAC:

Here is the link for volunteering to provide a gift card for the McQueen Lake fundraiser. Thanks for your help.

Please send your gift card to the office by November 23rd

 The PAC is hosting a Chapters Indigo shopping night Sunday, Nov 25 5:30-7:30 pm . The PAC receives 15% on every purchase as well as 15% of every gift card purchased online anytime at  If you used gift cards purchased online at the event the PAC will receive 30%, for example $100 GC purchased and spent at the Event Nov 25 would earn the PAC $30! 

PAC Poinsettia Orders- Thanks to all that ordered! These can be picked up in Mrs. Waters portable on Monday November 26. Delivery is anticipated around 11 am - pick up will be until 6 pm Monday evening and we need all plants picked up.

PAC Hot Lunch this week is SWEET HOME CAFE on Thurs. Nov. 22


Mon. Nov. 26- PURDY's ORDERS due to the office, Pizza with the Principal Lunch, POINSETTIA pick up in the portable

Tues. Nov. 27- YOU CAN COUNT ON ME- MATH session for K parents and their child. If you can not make it as the parent, please send another family member in your place 8:15-10:05, FRESH IS BEST ORDERS go home to parents, Trish Smillie- Director of Learning Services at Juniper to meet with Mrs. DeFehr and Mrs. Lloyd.

Wed. Nov. 28- Last Day for TRU Student Teachers, YOUNG ENTREPRENEUR's FAIR in the gym! All are welcome! Items will cost between $1 and $5 so please send your child with some funds to enjoy the experience.

Thurs. Nov. 29- Fruit and Veggie Program- APPLES. RECOGNITION ASSEMBLY Primary at 8:40 and Intermediate at 9:25. PAC HOT LUNCH- Pizza! Reebox Box Pedometers are back for those students whose parents registered them in the first round as part of the research study.

For your reference- TERM I REPORT CARDS come home Thursday December 13th.

We will also be hosting a winter session Mother Goose session Jan. 16-March 6  3-4 pm

Registration will be done using

Thanks everyone,

Have a great weekend!

Mrs. DeFehr (One very proud principal of the LARGEST elementary school in SD73! )

NOVEMBER 12-16, 2018

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.

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)


NOVEMBER 5-9, 2018

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 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.)


October 15-19, 2018

Hi Parents,

Have a lovely weekend with your children. Here are the updates for the coming week and a glance at the following week for your planning:

OCTOBER'S GROWTH MINDSET FOCUS: My brain is like a muscle that grows!

1. Just a reminder that PAC SPIRIT WEAR ORDERS close Monday October 15th! Every Friday will be Spirit Day at Juniper where we wear school colors and our Jaguars Logo clothing! Join the fun! They make great gifts if you want to keep it a surprise for Christmas even. Go to the Munch A Lunch app to order. PAC will also be hosting a HALLOWEEN DANCE on Thursday Oct. 25! We hope you can attend with your children- what a great event! SAVE THE DATE! PAC HOT LUNCH is Thurs. Oct. 18 and it is Swiss Chalet!

2. My apologies- Juniper Ridge is NOT a site for voting for the election on October 20th. You will need to go to Valleyview Secondary to vote. Sorry for the confusion.

3. IT IS WASTE REDUCTION WEEK! In an effort to #BEGREEN our school is promoting LITTERLESS LUNCHES this week! Please be thoughtful when packing your child's lunch! Also, please try to have them walk to school or ride their bike and not get a car ride(if possible)! Thanks!

4. CUPCAKE ORDERS are due Mon. October 15. The Cupcake sale is Wed. Oct. 17 and is supporting Mrs. Swift's virtual field trip of having 'Charlotte'  into their classroom. Thank you!

5. SOCKTOBER is coming soon! October 22 will be the big kick off for our Leadership campaign. Please consider picking up NEW Socks or NEW MITTS for this event! More information will be    given to your children this week. We are really hoping to make a difference for those less fortunate this fall.

6. VOLLEYBALL SEASON kicks off this week! League games begin! Last chance to return your permission forms. We are quite short on drivers! If you can help please ensure your coach knows.

Tues. Oct. 16- Tier 1 Boys play at home/Wed. Oct. 17 Tier 3 Coed team plays at home/ Thurs. Oct. 18- Tier 1 girls team travels to Clearwater and Tier 2 girls travel to Chase

7. TUES. OCT. 16- Gr. 1-7 are heading to the SALMON RUN! Kindergarten students will remain in the building.

8. TUES. OCT. 16- PARENTS CAN SIGN UP FOR PARENT TEACHER INTERVIEWS Nov. 1 and 2. PTC.FAST.COM is how we do our interview sign up process. It will go live to you this day and you will get an email with the link. Click on your child's teacher and sign up for a time that works for you. These are not mandatory by any means if you feel like you have a good sense of your child's progress already, but we look forward to seeing many of you in the building meeting the teacher and seeing our displays in the hallways.

9. WED. OCT. 17 COME READ WITH ME EVENT FOR Gr. 1 Parents and students 8:15-10:10 with Fiona Clare(library and grade one classrooms). Special thanks to the PAC for sponsoring this event and providing the snacks as well! 

10. CUPCAKE DAY Wednesday! Cupcakes will be delivered before snack time.

11. THURS. OCT. 18- WEAR PURPLE for SPIRIT DAY across the province. This days symbolizes acceptance for all and inclusion of people's uniqueness and individuality. We also have an EARTHQUAKE DRILL today!

12. REMINDER Friday October 19 is a NON INSTRUCTIONAL DAY. There is no school for students. Teachers will be busy learning at a variety of opportunities!

Coming up next week:


Monday Oct. 22- All 4 K Classes to the Pumpkin Patch! SCHOOL LIBRARY DAY IN CANADA!

Tues. Oct. 23- TIer 1 Boys travel to Summit for Volleyball

Wed. Oct. 24- Bus Safety for K's and their buddy classes 9 am by SD73/ Tier 3 team travels to South Sahali/ Pizza with the Principal lunch/ FVP is apple delivery

Thurs. Oct. 25- LIFETOUCH PHOTO RETAKES/PAC Hot Lunch Senor Froggies / Tier 1 Girls at St. Ann's and Tier 2 girls at OLPH/ PAC HALLOWEEN DANCE

Fri. Oct. 26- Ms. Plut and Mrs. Sandhu's class to PUMPKIN PATCH all day

We are encouraging the students to leave the leaves on the ground at school parents. You would be shocked how many dogs do their business in them on the weekends and evenings. Also, we have many party go'ers at the school and broken glass and VERY inappropriate and unsafe items are found hidden in the leaves. Thanks for reminding your children about these dangers.

Also, we are using the language EXPECTED and UNEXPECTED frequently! We thank children for example when they are demonstrating the expected behaviours (ROARS). When the children surprise us with their behaviour we will state that what they are doing is unexpected and redirect them. We hope you can use these two words at home as well to mirror the language at Juniper Ridge.

Thanks everyone!

Mrs. DeFehr (One very proud principal! I am at the best school in the district, with the best kids, the best parents and the best staff!)

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