Extra-Curricular Activities/Sports at Sir John A. Macdonald School
During the course of the school year, many extra-curricular activities are offered to students. These may vary a little from year to year since they are all organized and coordinated by school staff who volunteer to do this. Also, students are expected to demonstrate initiative and responsibility in listening to announcements for times and dates for these activities, as these are important learning skills and work habits. Students are always given multiple opportunities to sign up or try out, and staff publicize this in the school in various ways, in particular via announcements which happen daily.
Sports activities often lead toward a school group or district tournament. Over the course of the year, they generally follow this order:
- September – cross-country running
- September/October – soccer
- November/December – volleyball
- January/February – basketball
- April/May – relays
- May/June – track & field and baseball
In addition, various other non-sport activities may occur, such as chess club, library club, Minecraft club, recess helpers, music club, various leadership activities, etc.. They may happen throughout the year or only at certain times based on staff availability to volunteer, and they are announced as they happen as well as being brought to students’ attention by school staff in the classrooms.
If you have any questions at any time, please contact the school. Thank you!
Special Education Advisory Committee
New School Times
As many of you are aware, this past school year brought with it some changes at our school, including the ongoing Accommodation Review Process that concluded on June 19th. As a result, a number of processes have been delayed or are changing at Sir John A. Macdonald School.
If you have registered children for Kindergarten (year one/junior Kindergarten), there will be an orientation on the morning of Thursday, August 31st. At that time, you will have a chance to see the classroom in which your child will be learning and meet the Kindergarten teacher and early childhood educator. We will be making phone calls in the coming weeks to give you an exact time for this orientation, once our staffing has been finalized.
Students in grades seven and eight will now be part of the Centennial Secondary School community. One outcome of the ARC was that Centennial will be a 7-12 school, and Sir John A. Macdonald will be for students Kindergarten to grade six. Our intermediate students already experienced this shift this past year by attending school at CSS. During the last week of June, we were able to ensure the grade six class had a tour of the facility, and met their new principal, Ms. Sampson, and vice principal, Ms. Scaletta, as well as the teachers, Mr. Murphy (grade seven) and Mr. Mayock (grade eight). Further information for parents of intermediate students will be sent soon from both SJAM and CSS. An Open House is planned for Tuesday, August 29 from 4-6pm for students going into grade seven or eight and their families. We hope to see you there!
Also, we continue to work toward providing the best possible educational experience for students at Sir John A. Macdonald School. As a result, we will be changing our bell times slightly beginning in September to align more closely with CSS. In order to be able to work with families who have students at SJAM and CSS, and to ensure student safety through adequate supervision, our start time will be 8:30 in the morning, and the school day will end at 2:50 (a change of fifteen minutes). This is similar to other schools in our Board where secondary and elementary schools are situated in close proximity. Our school day will remain “balanced” with two nutrition breaks and recesses just as we have had in the past. Students at SJAM who are bused will receive revised bus pick-up/drop-off times late in August.
Lastly, staffing is being finalized this week and next and we will then work on class lists. Your child’s class placement will be available in the last week of August, beginning on Tuesday, August 29th. Our office will be open that week for new registrations from 9 am to 2pm Tuesday through Friday.
We anticipate a great school year ahead, and look forward to welcoming you on September 5th. We will send reminders about school times and other details via voicemails before school starts, and you are welcome to give us a call as well.
Decisions have been made, now what?
The accommodation review processes in Belleville, Madoc and Prince Edward County have come to conclusion.
No other accommodation reviews are underway at this time.
The final recommendations are online at www.HPEschools.ca
Opioid Information Sessions
Illicit fentanyl, a highly potent opioid, has been confirmed in our area in a variety of fake prescription pills and other street drugs such as cocaine, crystal meth, heroin, and marijuana. Illicit fentanyl is known to be deadly in small amounts, making the risk of overdosing extremely high. Ingesting even a small amount can be fatal.
Within our region, illicit fentanyl has been confirmed in a variety of both fake prescription pills, as well as hidden in other street drugs such as cocaine, crystal meth, heroin, and marijuana. Illicit fentanyl is known to be deadly in small amounts, making the risk of overdosing extremely high.
Globally Minded Learners & Leaders
OUR STUDENTS ARE GLOBALLY MINDED LEARNERS & LEADERS
• Globally minded graduates see themselves as connected citizens of the world
• Globally minded learners and leaders apply relevant knowledge and skills to make a
difference locally, nationally and globally
Approved Accommodation Reviews
Accommodation reviews have been approved for the Belleville and Madoc areas, and a number of schools in Prince Edward County. Read more here.
School Newsletters 2016-17
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Update on Parking at SJAM
Student safety is a priority at SJAM, and we continue to work toward a reasonable solution for the parking at peak times at Sir John A. Macdonald School.
Please note the following:
SJAM admin and staff are working to address the current parking issues that have come to light as a result of the parking enforcement being carried out on Harder Drive:
- a letter was sent home in early October to alert parents of information we had been provided that indicated parking enforcement would be stepped up this fall
- this letter also provided suggestions for alternative parking in the west (gravel) parking lot
- SJAM is working with HPEDSB Facility Services to improve the west parking lot conditions and access
- SJAM has made a request to the City of Belleville to review the no-parking regulations on Harder Drive with the suggestion of including drop-off zones and times for the school (the review is underway and when complete, will be presented to City Council and results will be communicated to SJAM admin)
- SJAM is working together with Hastings Park Church next door who have agreed to graciously provide extra parking to parents during the school week with the agreement that they are to use the parking lot proper and not the front entrance way to park in order to keep the driveway clear
SJAM school council, past and present, have been supportive of the school in trying to address concerns about student safety related to parking, drop-off and pick-up areas.
The support of SJAM’s School Council Chairperson, along with council members, has been greatly appreciated as an integral part of the problem-solving process.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Ms. Wand at Sir John A. Macdonald School.