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Lorna Jackson P.S. is proud to serve the community and engage its members. Together with our School Council and community members, we celebrate the rich diversity of our community, and we are committed to promoting a positive, caring and safe learning environment for all of our stakeholders. The rich diversity of our community helps to enrich all students by promoting an appreciation for diversity. Our dance-a-thon last month was an excellent example of our community pulling together for a common purpose and thanks to the generosity of our families and the great work of our school council members. Over $3000.00 was raised for school initiatives! Parents, we are partners in your child’s education. We ask that you help us to teach our children the importance of self regulation and responsibility. Arriving to school on time and prepared for learning is a student’s responsibility. We have a number of students that arrive late to school consistently—this impacts learning in a negative way. Please review with your child the need to arrive to school on time. This is part of their responsibilities as a student and learner. Many students are driven to school daily — I thank you all for respecting the signage outside as our loop is a one way driving area. Please remember that the area designated for the buses needs to remain clear at arrivals/dismissals as buses have the right of way during loading/unloading of students. Our bus drivers need to safely enter and exit the school parking lot. We thank you for your assistance and patience at these times. We will be off for the Easter break — we wish everyone a relaxing and restful long weekend and to those celebrating Easter, Happy Easter. Spring is finally here—enjoy the warmer weather. A. Faraone

Dear Parents/Guardians:  I am amazed that we are now preparing for the end of 2016—December is already upon us and I have been so very blessed in my first term here at Lorna Jackson P.S. Quickly, I have been made to feel at home and truly have found that LJPS community to be so welcoming and so collaborative. The students, staff and parents have all made my transition to a new school so smooth—this truly has quickly become home for me! I thank you for embracing our many initiatives. We celebrate together and work together on behalf of our students and community. I am so impressed with the initiative that our students show and their desire to be of service to the community—they exemplify the best that our school system has to offer! We have had a very busy start to December—our Vendors’ Market and Santa’s Workshop were well attended and provided great fun for all who came out to support these initiatives. Later this month, our Intermediate students will deliver toys to CHUM CITY WISH and enjoy skating at Nathan Phillips Square – thanks to the generosity of our Volunteers who help cook and serve pasta every week as well as the Rotary Club, that donates all the pasta product to our school. All funds raised by our pasta program directly go back to students in the form of free bussing for school trips. The students and staff are busy preparing for our holiday celebrations.   Our holiday assembly is a wonderful way to celebrate together our significant faith days as well as our diversity.  This speaks to the richness that makes Canada such a wonderful country in which to live. We look forward to seeing you all at our many holiday events.  On Tuesday, December 20, The Rotary Club of Woodbridge and Lorna Jackson P.S. will be hosting our first annual community holiday dinner.  Let’s celebrate the season together!  Seating is limited, due to fire regulations; so if you are interested in coming to celebrate and spread some holiday cheer, please sign up to reserve tickets for your family.  There is a $10.00 per person cost to this dinner ($40.00 for families of 4 or more).  We look forward to seeing you here at school over the coming weeks.     A. Faraone                                Principal  


November Note

Dear Parents/Guardians:


November has arrived and with it, parent teacher interviews.  Soon, your child’s progress report will come home.  In this progress report, you will receive anecdotal  comments  about your child’s learning thus far.  The purpose of this report card is to communicate the progress that your child has been making since the beginning of the school year.  This report is not an evaluation of your child’s achievement.  This goes along with the interview in November.  It is important that teachers and parents meet to discuss student learning so far and how we can ensure that each student is set up to achieve success in their program of study.  In January, a more detailed 4 page report card will come home that speaks to your child’s achievement for the first  half of the school year.  Please ensure that you fill in your interview request form and return it to the school no later than November 14.

We would like to welcome Ms. Bibb to LJPS.  Ms. Bibb will be with us in the grade 5 class until December as Mrs. Kowitz is off due to illness.

We look forward to having everyone at our DRUMFIT evening on Thursday November 10.  Our Parent Council has planned a very engaging evening as well as a workshop during the day that involves every student.  Our Council has been very busy since September—our Pizza and pasta lunch programs have started and our LJPS Spirit Wear has now been ordered.  In addition, the Council has dedicated money to new athletic team uniforms. And a free bus for each grade for school trips.  We have a very involved and committed group of parents at LJPS and our students benefit because of this. Our Student Leadership team has also been very busy planning events for the school community.  Over 175 students attended our Halloween Haunt last month.  Information will soon be sent home about our Holiday Vendors’ Market and Santa’s Workshop event.

We look forward to seeing everyone at LJPS.


Angelina Faraone