SIR JOHN THOMPSON CATHOLIC JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL 13525 – 132 Avenue Edmonton, AB T5L 3R6 Ph: (780) 454-9202 Fax: (780) 454-5796 http://www.sirjohnthompson.ecsd.net October 2009 Issue #2 SCHOOL NEWSLETTER 2009 – 2010 Dear Parents/Guardians: We have completed the first month of school with great success! Students have settled into their routines and our grade seven students are starting to gain more confidence as the year progresses. Our extra curricular sports teams have started up with Soccer coming to a close during the third week of October and our Volleyball teams for Senior Boys and Girls starting league play on Wednesday, October 21st and Thursday, October 22nd. Our Junior Volleyball teams will play in tournaments throughout the months of November and December. We wish our Sports teams all the best for the 2009-10 School Year! Please encourage your child to try out for our sports teams and or get involved in one of our many clubs during the lunch hour. Getting involved in activities at school will build a strong sense of self and belonging. I enjoyed meeting many of the parents who came out for our Meet the Staff Night. The staff of Sir John Thompson Catholic Junior High looks forward to building a strong partnership with parents or guardians. A strong partnership fosters great communication and helps your child build confidence in their academic, social and spiritual development. Finally as we begin this new school year I would like to remind all parents and guardians how can you assist your child in doing his/her homework. Here are a few tips for parents from the Alberta Teachers Association. 1. Read the assignment before commenting on what needs to be done. 2. Ask your child questions so that he or she thinks in relation to the assignment’s requirements. 3. Leave your child alone while he or she is doing the assignments. Only offer observations and suggestions if you are asked. 4. Don’t criticize the assignment or your child’ work. Look for positive aspects. 5. Encourage and praise your child. Point out the areas where your child shows improvement or has done something interesting. 6. Call the school or the specific teacher to discuss if your child has problems that you notice with homework. If you have any concerns or questions about your child’s education please feel free to call either the teacher or the office to let us know how we can help. The administration and staff at Sir John Thompson would like to wish our school community a Blessed and Safe Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving is a time of family, a time of sharing, a time of giving thanks! MISSION STATEMENT To foster a school community of love, learning and respect, by living Christian values that nurture student growth. CORE VALUES Dignity & Respect Honesty Loyalty Fairness Personal & Communal Growth INSIDE THIS ISSUE School Celebrations Monthy Calendar Parent Connect Read-In Week 2009 Athletic Teams Take Your Kids To Work Nov. 4th Bus Passes/Sch. Fees and much more Mr. B. Moreau Principal Mrs. S. Rozycki Assistant Principal HAPPY THANKSGIVING Mr. Bill Moreau Principal October 2009 “You will be enriched in every way for your great generosity, which will produce thanksgiving to God through us; for the rendering of this ministry not only supplies the needs of the saints but also overflows with many thanksgivings to God.” (2 Corinthians 9: 11-12) This quote from the New Testament ties together several themes that I wish to touch upon this month. The school year began with staff attending this year’s School Opening Mass held at the Winspear Center and presided over by Archbishop Richard Smith and Bishop David Motiuk. In his homily, Archbishop Smith stated that the role of Catholic education is to announce with clarity the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and in doing so, our school district participates in the mission of the church. Archbishop Smith went on to say that to “assure consistency of meaning both from the heart of the speaker and in the mind of the listener,” our vocabulary has to be used with clarity and consistency of meaning. Not an easy message to hear in these challenging times - challenges that are presented to us by government, society and within the struggles that many of our families find themselves. I would like to whole-heartedly thank the many individuals and organizations that responded so quickly to the needs of our school community at Annunciation School by helping our staff and students and their families cope with the loss of their school due to the fire. Having so many people willing to assist with the clean-up and rebuilding of the damaged areas of the school surely demonstrates a whole community working together in a time of need. Some great news to share is that Edmonton Catholic Schools’ district-wide enrolment (33,491 students as of Sept. 11) is higher than both the projected numbers from earlier this year, and the number of students in our district at this time last year. The growth in enrolment is quite evenly distributed across the city; however, there is a significant increase in our senior high school numbers. Budget reductions to education funding just announced by the Alberta Government will pose challenges for school districts. The budget that has already been prepared by Edmonton Catholic Schools will have to be reduced by $ 341,000. How to best meet the ongoing needs of our students while maintaining the integrity of programming within all of our schools will be discussed by administrators and trustees alike. Seeking parental input and support is a necessity. Please consider getting involved with your school councils in order to advocate for continued high quality Catholic education. I wish each of you a blessed Thanksgiving – one in which we examine the gifts that God has showered so generously upon us in order to more fully understand our mission here on earth as we continue to serve God and each other in a loving ministry. Sincerely, Joan Carr Superintendent “NOTHING MORE BEAUTIFUL” I am very happy to have the opportunity early in this school year to share with you some information regarding Year 2 of Nothing More Beautiful. Evangelization is now one of the priorities of the Catholic Archdiocese of Edmonton. Within the context of evangelization we have begun a major initiative called Nothing More Beautiful (NMB). The name was chosen after the words of Pope Benedict XVI, “There is nothing more beautiful than to be surprised by the Gospel, by the encounter with Christ. There is nothing more beautiful than to know Him and to speak to others of our friendship with Him.” Nothing More Beautiful is an opportunity for the people of the Archdiocese of Edmonton to reacquaint ourselves with the truths of our faith and to grow in our relationship with Jesus Christ so that we, too, are ready to share this experience with others. In our second year of NMB, we ponder the beauty and mystery of the person of Jesus Christ, the Son of God made flesh, who gave His life for the salvation of the world. The foundation and lifeblood of Christians is their encounter and living union with Jesus. Our mission is to make Him known as the world’s only hope. I invite you, this year, to “Encounter Anew the Beauty of Christ” through the 5 encounters scheduled to take place at St. Joseph’s Basilica and the various initiatives undertaken in your local parish and school. Richard W. Smith Archbishop of Edmonton October 2009 September 22, 2009 Dear Parents and Guardians: Now that another school year is underway, our attention and awareness returns to the possibility of the H1N1 influenza and upcoming flu season. As part of our continued commitment to the health of your child, we have compiled information on preventative tips and strategies to keep your child healthy. The enclosed H1N1 and Flu Season Fact Sheet has the most up-to-date information on how to prevent the flu, signs and symptoms of H1N1 and frequently asked questions and answers on the H1N1 influenza. We encourage you to monitor your child’s health. If your child has the flu, please keep them home for 24 hours after the symptoms have disappeared. All staff and students are being asked to reduce the spread of germs by washing their hands frequently, covering coughs and staying home from school if they feel ill. Instructional hand washing and cover your cough posters as well as hand sanitizer stations have also been installed in all 84 Edmonton Catholic Schools. In addition to the attached Fact Sheet, your school newsletters will have monthly updates on H1N1. Updated information can also be found on our District website at www.ecsd.net. We will make every effort to keep our schools open during the H1N1 Influenza Pandemic. If schools need to close, you will find information on school closures on the website of the school your child attends, our District website, and also on Shaw TV, at the bottom of the screen. I hope this information will be helpful to you and your family. Thank you for your support of Edmonton Catholic Schools. Sincerely, Joan Carr Superintendent PARENT EVENING SIR JOHN THOMPSON SCHOOL CELEBRATIONS Our school opening celebration was held on Friday, September 25th and it was a great way to start the year. Our Thanksgiving Celebration will be held on Thursday, October 8th at St. Angela Parish, at 9:30 a.m. On Monday, Oct. 12th, Thanksgiving Day, there is NO SCHOOL. All parents/guardians are welcome to join us at our various Celebrations throughout the year. A warm thank you to those of you that attended our Parent Evening on Thursday, September 17th. We hope this evening gave you the opportunity to learn more about the school and meet the school staff. Your support of our school programs and the staff is much appreciated. BUS PASSES ACCOUNTS OFFICE Yellow and ETS bus passes for 2009-2010 are $39.00 each. Copies of the school bus guidelines, and the schedule and routes were distributed in the school opening package. Bus passes will be available to students at the beginning of each month. Payment must be made by the 6th of the month or we would like 9 postdated cheques at $39.00. Please note: Using school bus transportation is a privilege and students are expected to behave in an acceptable manner at all times. STUDENT ABSENCES If there are any students that have not yet paid for their school fees, or would like to discuss a payment plan, please contact Mrs. Culley the Accounts Office as soon as possible. We ask that your school fees be paid as soon as possible. Your help in this matter would be greatly appreciated. GRADE 8 FIELDTRIP GRADE 7 RETREAT On Wednesday, September 28th, all grade 7 students took part in a full day retreat at Birch Bay which was planned by staff members. The purpose of the retreat was to help the students get to know one another and to help them focus on their future at Sir John over the next 3 years. The students and staff indicated that the retreat was very successful in meeting its goals. A special thank you to the Gr. 7 Retreat Committee for coordinating this special event and a big thank you to those parent volunteers who took the time out of their busy schedule to help supervise the various stations. Reminder!! When a student is absent from school, his or her Thank you to all parent parents/guardians must call the volunteers and staff for all school before 9:00 a.m. their help. The camping trip Please leave a detailed message was a huge success! on our school answering machine between the hours of 4:00 p.m. and 8:00 a.m. with the READ IN WEEK 2009 following information: October 5 - 9 DATE, TIME, CHILD’S NAME, GRADE AND THE REASON. Thank you! All grade 8 students participated in the annual camping trip on September 22nd to September 24th to Camp Nakamun located in Busby, AB. We realize that, although students read in the classroom all the time, The goal of READ-IN-WEEK 2009 a READ-IN event is a special, is to create a greater awareness of separate event to encourage a lifelong love of reading! the importance of reading. READ! READ! READ! SCHOOL HALLWAY CAMERAS Keeping students safe while at school is a very important priority at Sir John Thompson. Based on the positive experiences of other schools using cameras to promote student safety and good behavior in the school’s hallways SJT installed cameras. Student safety and success as well as increasing student confidence are some of the benefits associated with the use of cameras. Promoting safety and success is a school wide commitment and we hope this initiative will help us in achieving this very important goal. In addition, how children behave during non-structured times such as before and after school, lunch time and during class changes is a key contributor to their success and safety. LEADERSHIP TEAM FUNDRAISER Thank you to those students who have sold SUTP Books!!!! We would like all UNSOLD SUTP BOOKS RETURNED to your child’s Homeroom Teacher. If you are not able to sell the SUTP Book that was given to your child at the beginning of the year, kindly return the book. If books are not returned ASAP, a charge of $20.00 will be expected. Students who sold more than 2 SUTP Books will take part in a pizza party hosted by the Leadership Team at the beginning of October. Prizes will be given to one student from each grade who sold the most SUTP Books! Also for each 2 SUTP books sold, a ballot will be given to that student. SCHOOL COUNCIL At Sir John we have a very active and supportive School Council. If you are interested in serving on the School Council, please call the school at anytime. Our first School Council meeting will be held in the LRC (Library) on Wednesday, October 7, 2009 at 7:00 p.m. The School Council membership and executive will be determined at this meeting. Parents are welcome to attend all School Council meetings. PROPER FOOTWEAR Students are asked not to wear shoes or boots inside the school that leaves black marks on the floor. Students may be asked to change their footwear if they make black marks on the floors. This year’s Grand Prize is an: Apple i-Pod Touch!!!! SPC CARDS SOLD AT SIR JOHN Please note: Exclusive Student Deals. The Leadership Team will continue to sell SPC Cards (Student Price Card) 2009 -2010 during the lunch hour and after school. SPC card gets students insider deals on just about anything. The card is your pass to exclusive deals on fashion, food, entertainment, lifestyle, travel and more – keeping a little extra in your pocket. BUY YOU CARDS TODAY!!!!!!! SKATEBOARD, SCOOTERS AND ROLLER BLADES The use of skateboard, scooters and roller blades inside the school or on school grounds, is not allowed. LIFE TOUCH SCHOOL RETAKES Students who were not photographed on original photo day or students, whose original photos were not satisfactory, will have the opportunity to take their picture again on retake day, Friday, October 23rd 2009 at 9:00 a.m. We encourage all students to have their pictures taken, so we may have them for our school yearbook. SCHOOL DANCES Our Sir John Thompson Student Council sponsors dances throughout the year. Parents please note: that dances are part of the school life of the students. As well there is a physical education component and a development of social skills component that occurs. Unless a student has medical reason for not attending, and has provided a written note from a parent or doctor, we expect that all students will remain at school. A study hall is provided for those students who do not wish to attend the dance. Please remember that this is a school day and that attendance is required. SJT SOCCER The Sr. Boys Soccer Team kicked off their season on Monday, Sept. 14th . The boys have worked hard throughout tryouts, the O'Leary tournament and throughout the season. There are 2 league games left and then playoffs begin. Good luck boys!!! The Sr. Girls Soccer Team kicked off their season on Tuesday, Sept. 15th. The girls have worked hard throughout tryouts, the O'Leary tournament and throughout the season. There are 2 league games left and then playoffs begin. Good luck girls!!! Congratulations to the following players who made the teams: SJT Senior Boys James M. Marvin M. Brandon B. Alessandro C. Bud F. Jordan B. Jeremy M. Michael M. Jerritt C. Aiden D. Zak P. Deonte D. Manuel L. Max G. Collin W. Nicholas S. Marko S. Taylor C. Chad A. James M. Marvin M. Brandon B. Alessandro C. Anika B. Trina V. Brianna A. Erin M. Courtney G. Girls Ashlee R. Gabriella L. Mrs. Johnston Daniela S. Rebecca S. Millan T. Justine B. Emily F. Thanks to everyone for all your effort this season’s tryouts!!! Coaches Boys Ms. Falcone & Ms. Stabile SJT Senior Girls Nicole F. Candice A. Amanda J. Monika Z. Ashley D. Anika B. Trina V. Brianna A. Erin M. Courtney G. Ashlee R. Gabriella L. SENIOR GIRLS’ and BOYS’ VOLLEYBALL Sir John Thompson senior boys’ and girls’ volleyball teams will be having tryouts early in October. The season will start at the end of October. The junior volleyball team tryouts will take place following the senior team selections. “TAKE OUR KIDS TO WORK” On Wednesday, November 4, 2009, the grade 9 students from Sir John and from across Canada will take part in the “Take Our Kids To Work” program. On this day students will be going to work with their parents or a designated adult to experience the real world of work. More information will be given to your child through the Grade 9 Health teacher or homeroom teachers. MARK YOUR CALENDARS!!! SJT CROSS COUNTRY RUNNING NEWS Sir John Thompson will be sending a team of our finest distance runners to compete in the Cities CrossCountry meet on October 1st at Goldbar Park. All the best to our team! Students have been doing training runs during Phys. Ed. classes. Keep up the good work, Tritons! Thank you to coaches Mrs. Francois, Mrs. Boyko, Mr. Filiplic for their time and effort in taking the students to the meet! DID YOU REGISTER? PARENT CONNECT – is a web based home-to-school collaboration system linking parents and schools via the internet. Security feature – Parent Connect is a password protected and read-only program FOR MORE INFORMATION GO TO: parent.ecsd.net Effective Collaborative Learning Teams - ECSD Parent Session for October 7th, 7 – 9 pm at Learning Support Services 7330 – 113 Street The Learning Team is central to the successful inclusion of any child with special needs. This session will help families develop various skills and approaches to help contribute to the creation of an effective, collaborative Learning Team. A range of practical approaches for building relationships with teachers and school staff will be explored to further develop communication to be maintained throughout the school year. The session will focus on sharing your child’s strengths, home-school communication strategies, promoting collaborative actions that will produce positive, productive meetings, and IPP preparation. The session will support family members in their continued effort to meaningfully contribute to the successful inclusive education of their children as members of the Learning Team. Please register with Linda Carter at 780 989-3012 SCHOOL COUNSELOR Sir John Thompson would like to welcome Mrs. Kerby, our school counselor. If you need to speak to the counselor, you may do so by calling her at the school 780-454-9202. She is not available on Fridays.