Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Day 2 – English Explorers

We began our day with speeches. Everyone should have completed all their research. Today we discussed how to write the reason paragraphs. We watched Oprah Winfrey’s Golden Globe speech and read about the literary devices she used to make her speech effective. Grade 6s were then challenged to apply these ideas and write their Reason 1 paragraph in one sitting. Once they were done, they got feedback from a peer and a teacher. Next they need feedback from a parent. All feedback must be recorded in ink directly on the first draft. For homework, everyone is to use the feedback to revise their work and rewrite the paragraph. The revised paragraph must be brought to school tomorrow.

We did not have a set math class time today. Instead students’ work for this unit was checked and everyone is to correct all work for this unit to prepare for the unit test tomorrow.

We continued learning about European explorers in our UOI class. We began by reviewing what has already been learned before moving on to an Italian sailor who sailed for the English. Ask your child to tell you about this man. Students are to complete their explorers worksheets for homework. Students will be writing a unit test on Monday, January 22nd.

Students attended French and gym class today.

Remember to return your reregistration packages to secure your spot for the 2018/2019 school year.

After care invoices have all been sent out via freshbooks. Payments can be made online and are due January 29th.

Homework and Reminders

·        Math:

o   Complete and correct p. 64 – 68 of MMS 7 if you did not get done in class

o   Math unit test will be written tomorrow

·        Speeches

o   Get parent feedback for Reason 1 paragraph.

o   Use all feedback to write an improved Reason 1 paragraph

o   Bring your speech Duo-tang and device to school

·        Explorers

o   Complete todays worksheets

o   Unit test on Monday, January 22nd

·        Thursday, January 18th – Math unit test on Geometry and Measurement

·        Monday, January 22nd – Explorers unit test

·        Wednesday, January 24th – Ski Trip

·        Monday, January 29th – After-Care Payments due

·        Wednesday, January 31st – Casual Day

·        Monday, February 5th – In-Class Oral Competition to select three finalists

·        Friday, February 9th – Oral Competition

·        Monday, February 12th

o   Trip to Canadian Warplane Museum

o   Last day to return reregistration packages

·        Tuesday, February 13th – Pancake Tuesday

·        Wednesday, February 14th – Spirit Day: Valentine’s Dress up

·        Thursday, February 15th – SJA v TMA Oral Competition

·        Friday, February 16th – PD Day, no school for students

·        Monday, February 19th – Family Day – no school

·        Thursday, February 22nd – Anti-Bullying Day

·        Friday, February 23rd – Skiing Trip

·        Wednesday, February 28th – Casual Day

·        March 5 – March 9: Spirit Week

·        Friday, March 9th – Skiing trip

March Break Camp registration forms were sent home back in October. We have had many students sign up since then and especially the last few days. If you are interested in registering your chid for our amazing March Break camp, please send in the completed registration form, along with the $20 one-time non-refundable deposit in order to secure your child's spot (this could be paid in cash or through fresh books). This year there are two options to choose from the first being lunch and two snacks provided or the second being send your own packed lunch and a discounted camp rate! We also have daily rates available. Please contact Ms. Smith for more details.

Dear SJA Parents and Guardians,

As you are aware, the re-registration season is upon us and we have recently sent home packages with your child(ren). We value your loyalty and commitment to our school community and would love to continue our partnership by offering priority enrollment for our current SJA families.

We kindly ask that you take a moment to review your financial statement and complete the information in the package and make any necessary changes to your place of residence, employment, email changes or any medical information that the administration should be aware of.

Please be aware that in order to secure your child’s enrolment, it is imperative that you submit your re-enrollment package and fees no later than February 12, 2018 at 4:00pm. After this date, all available grade-level spaces will be open to our families on waitlists who will then have the opportunity to secure any vacant positions.


Helen Markovic

Admissions Coordinator


Dear Parent/Guardian:

St. Jude’s Academy is pleased to be holding a Heart and Stroke Foundation Jump Rope for Heart event on Tuesday, February 20th, 2018. All money raised will support the Heart and Stroke Foundation in their mission to promote children’s health and fund vital heart and stroke research.

Jump Rope for Heart encourages kids to get active by skipping rope while they collect pledges for heart disease and stroke research. They also learn the importance of living a healthy lifestyle and giving back to their community. This year marks Jump Rope for Heart’s 36th Anniversary and the Heart and Stroke Foundation is striving to get 1 million kids jumping in close to 4,000 schools across Canada. Let’s be part of it!

We need your help to reach our School fundraising goal of $1000.00.

Please help support your child’s fundraising efforts by registering them online at and send out donations request emails to friends, family, and colleagues. Online fundraising is the quickest way to reach all of your contacts and online donors receive an automatic tax receipt.

Please visit and start fundraising today!

Each student will be bringing home pledge envelopes if you prefer to collect donations in-person. Please ensure that their pledge envelope is returned on the day of their school’s Jump Event Day.

Thank you in advance for your support,

St. Jude’s Academy Staff

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