Thank you, Art Cards and …lice


First of all, thank you so much for all of your support with our busy start to the week. Both our walk to the cemetery and our trip to Goldstream went very smoothly!

In your child’s pochette, you will find a sample of an Art Card that your child has created with ordering details inside. The Fine Arts Committee is raising funds in order to continue to bring Music, Theatre, Dance and other forms of Art to EMJS. Here is a direct link to the Art Cards Website for ordering purposes. The Deadline for ordering is Sunday, November 17th.

Also, some lice have been found. Please check your child and follow the Island Health guidelines provided on the school website.

Mille mercis et bonne fin de semaine!

Important things!


No Stone Left Alone – Monday, November 4th

  1. Please be on time for school as we will be gathering right away in the morning.
  2. Please have a big breakfast on Monday as the ceremony at Ross Bay Cemetery will take place through our recess break and we will not be eating until we return to school.
  3. Dress to be outside all morning on Monday.

Goldstream – Tuesday, November 5th

  1. Again, please be on time as we will be leaving first thing in the morning
  2. Please dress to be outside all day on Tuesday.
  3. Please pack a snack and lunch that can be easily eaten outside.
  4. Drivers, I will send details on Monday.

Finally, Ms. Maddern could use your help with the book fair. Please sign up here. Thanks in advance for helping out with this important library fundraiser!

Merci, merci, merci et bonne fin de semaine 🙂

Goldstream and Halloween


You may have heard that I mentioned to the kids last week that we are short on drivers for our Goldstream trip next week. At this point, I only have 3 confirmed seats. I have emailed parents who said the can/might join us to see if we can confirm any more seats there. Please let me know if you can join us, even if only to bring your own child along. Thanks so much!

We are trying something new this year for Halloween, costumes! I chatted with the kids today just to remind them that we need to be able to move and do our work safely at school as well as head out for recess and keep warm/dry. Please keep masks and any weapon-like accessories at home for the day. We also went over how this is a personal decision and that choosing to not wear a costume is fine as well. We all want to feel comfortable and have fun!

Merci 🙂

No Stone Left Alone and Home Link, lesson 3


Please see the following letter sent home by Mrs. Langston last week.


Reminder that Home Link, lesson 3 is due Monday. You can always find the Home Links online should they go missing. This letter has the code that you need to access Home Links and other resources to support your child’s social-emotional development:


Thanks and have a great weekend!

Quick reminders


Just a quick note to get the first Home Link back to school on Monday. If you’ve lost the sheet, you can sign in using the code on the family letter I sent home and download it from the website at

Today was also a reminder that we need to have appropriate clothing for the weather. A number of us were out in the rain without coats, this leaves us dripping on our work and around the classroom, which is a safety hazard. The same goes for wearing wet, muddy shoes around the classroom.

Please make sure your child has a pair of indoor shoes that they can put on independently and can be left at school. Their shoes must be appropriate for all in school activities such as gym and for emergency evacuations as well.

Thanks so much, enjoy the rainy weekend 🙂

Home Links and Interviews


Yesterday I sent home the first Second Step Home Link. Please take a few minutes to have a look at it with your child and return it to school next week. They will come home as we work through the lessons in class, usually one every week or two and you’ll have about a week to complete it and get it back to school. I’ve heard in the past that the conversations around these assignments can be really great for the whole family, I hope you find them as helpful as I do in the classroom.

Thank you so much for taking the time to come in and chat this week. It is such a lovely opportunity to check in now that we’ve had some time to settle into the new school year.

Enjoy the long weekend!

Mini me craft


On Friday afternoon, Ms. Maddern will be joining us from 1:25-2:05 pm to make mini versions of ourselves as part of this month’s celebration of identity 🙂 For this craft  we need some of the following supplies, we would so appreciate it if you have any of these things that you could send in. 

  • Hair coloured yarn
  • Fabric scraps
  • Googly eyes or small beads for eyes
  • Ribbon scraps
  • Pipe cleaners

We could use some extra adults as well to handle glue guns, please let me know if you can make it in to help out.

Merci à l’avance!

Welcome Back and a few extra supplies


Thanks to everyone who made it out on Tuesday. It was nice to meet new faces and check in with those of you I already know 🙂 No worries if you were not able to make it, parent-teacher interviews are coming up soon. The weather sure put us to the test but was a good reminder that we are an all-season outdoor play school and we won’t let a little rain derail our plans!

Please make sure that your child has appropriate clothing for any (potential) weather that we may encounter at any point during the day.

To help with this I am hoping that you can all send a pair of indoor shoes to school with your child to help keep our classroom clean and dry. They should be shoes that are safe for physical activity and that your child can put on/take off independently.

As we settle in, there are a few other things that I am noticing that we could use if you haven’t already sent them. These items are optional but would really help:

  • SPILL-PROOF water bottle
  • Soft pencil case
  • Pencil sharpener
  • Box of tissue
  • 2 dry erase markers
  • Extra box of pencil crayons

Merci beaucoup!

Terry Fox and Welcome Back


Tomorrow afternoon we will be participating in this year’s Terry Fox Run. Students are encouraged to bring in a loonie or toonie to donate to cancer research. We will be running outside rain or shine so please help your child prepare for that.

Also tomorrow is our Welcome Back event from 5:30-6:30pm. We will all gather, again regardless of the weather, as a community on the field by the rocks, followed by a few minutes for your child to show you the classroom, then back outside for games with the staff and PAC BBQ.

Looking forward to seeing you there!


Here are a few housekeeping items to keep in mind for this year:

  1. Please pop into the office to update your volunteer driver documents. We have some fun field trips that we are working on and will need to have all of this paperwork complete to make that possible!
  2. If your child is going to be late or absent please call the office 250.598.5191 ext 1 or email, and cc me.  If your child will be away for an extended absence, please let the office know and they can mark you away for the whole time period at once.
  3. On that note, please try and make it to school on time. Our day starts with agenda and partner reading as soon as we come in the door. It helps to set the tone and get us all on the same page for the day when we are all here to get started in the morning. If for some reason your child is late, please drop them at the office where they can collect a late slip and make their way up to the classroom on their own.
  4. In order to ensure everyone’s safety, parents/guardians are reminded to sign in at the office when they come into the school during class hours. Please do not bring forgotten lunches, agendas, etc. to the classroom. Instead, go to the office and they will make sure that the items are given to your child in a timely manner.  If you pick up your child during class time for an appointment, please check in the office and they will call down your child. Thank you for your cooperation.
  5. In grade two, students begin eating their recess snack outside during playtime so please send something that is easily portable or in its own container. There are no allergies limiting foods in our classroom this year but there are outside.

Our school’s recycling capacities are limited so we encourage as little waste as possible. Anything that we cannot recycle or compost will be sent back to be properly disposed of at home.

As a general rule, we do not share food or bring treats to school. Please keep that in mind, especially around birthday times. Stickers are a popular alternative 🙂

Thanks for your attention to these habits that help keep our school days running smoothly!