All parents/guardians are asked to follow the privacy guidelines below. In order to foster a positive, productive learning environment and assure confidentiality for students and staff during virtual learning.
Attached is the complete document.
April 12, 2021
Mr. Michael Huggard
This letter is to let you know of a high-risk exposure case of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) in our school community. We have been working with the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit (WECHU) by providing lists of students and staff who may have been in contact with the individual. If you have not been contacted, you or your child (ren) have not been identified as close contacts. The WECHU is contacting any individuals (students and staff) who have an identified high-risk exposure with the confirmed case, and will give directions to follow.
Please continue to monitor yourself or your child for symptoms of COVID-19 each morning. If you or your child is ill, please remain at home and call your health care provider for further direction. People with COVID-19 may have little to no symptoms; some symptoms are similar to the common cold or flu. Symptoms range from mild to severe. The most common symptoms include:
COVID-19 spreads from close contact with the respiratory droplets of a person infected with the virus. Respiratory droplets can be released into the air by coughing, sneezing, talking, and normal breathing. It is possible for a person to get the COVID-19 by touching surfaces that have the virus on it and then touching their mouth, nose, or eyes.
To protect against COVID-19:
Please visit our school’s webpage for up-to-date information about COVID-19 cases. Additionally, please visit the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit’s page at wechu.org/cv if you are looking for more information.
Date: April 1, 2021
School: Jack Miner Public School
Name: Mr. Michael Huggard
This letter is to let you know of a high-risk exposure case of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) in our school community. We have been working with the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit (WECHU) by providing lists of students and staff who may have been in contact with the individual. If you have not been contacted, you or your child (ren) have not been identified as close contacts. The WECHU is contacting any individuals (students and staff) who have an identified high-risk exposure with the confirmed case and will give directions to follow.
COVID-19 spreads from close contact with the respiratory droplets of a person infected with the virus. Respiratory droplets can be released into the air by coughing, sneezing, talking, and normal breathing. It is possible for a person to get the COVID-19 by touching surfaces that have the virus on them and then touching their mouth, nose, or eyes.
Our Grade 8 students thought it would be great to show just how great our school community is. This week, we can show that we are PROUD JAGUARS by participating in Spirit Week! Let's go Jags! We can't wait to see your school spirit! Each and every one of our Jaguars is encouraged to participate! GO JAGS!
Jack Miner Public School is proud to partner, once again, with the Kingsville Horticultural Society! Together, we are bringing you the annual garden competition for elementary students ages 4 to 14 and we would love to have your family take part! Our 2021 garden theme is “Plant Yourself A Snack”.
For a registration fee of $2.00, your child will receive seeds and a live plant, along with instructions to grow them.
Your planting package will be delivered directly to your home during the week of May 25-28, 2021.Payment will be collected when your planting package is delivered – practising Covid safe distancing of course.
If you agree to have your child’s garden judged, you will find information in your planting package on the Awards.
Questions? Contact Heather Crewe at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling, 519-733-4614.
Please complete the attached registration form and email it to Heather Crewe at email@example.com by Friday, March 26, 2021.
We look forward to helping your child discover the fun and sense of wonder that comes with planting seeds that grow into something you can eat.
Happy gardening,Heather CrewePresident, Kingsville Horticultural Society
The GECDSB Virtual School Committee is doing some necessary planning for the upcoming school year and an important element will be feedback from parents/guardians about the learning experience during the 2020-21 school year.
A 13 question survey has been created and is open to all GECDSB families, regardless of the learning model(s) utilized this year. There is no commitment requested for next year. It is an opportunity for parents/guardians to provide the board with information that will assist with its planning.
This year has been unlike any other. Each of us has been a part of a challenging and unique experience and has come away with new learning. The purpose of this feedback is to inform the work of the GECDSB as we continue to plan for our future. It is open to all parents/guardians within the GECDSB. We recognize that the experiences for children can vary, so you may complete and resubmit the survey for each of your children.
This survey is NOT a commitment for model choices, but rather an opportunity for feedback. Thank you for your ongoing support!
Please find attached a flyer for upcoming “Coping Together” virtual seminar series sponsored by Maryvale and the Greater Essex County District School. There are several virtual seminars to choose from with dates ranging from Wednesday February 24 to Wednesday March 31. Please follow the link on the flyer to register if you are interested. Thank you.
Please see the link below for revisions identified by the Ministry for students who exhibit a single Covid symptom. Note that if a student is sent home due to evidence of a single symptom, they will no longer be able to return to school after being symptom-free for 24 hours. All asymptomatic household contacts of symptomatic individuals are required to quarantine until the symptomatic household member:
If the symptomatic individual tests positive, or is not tested and does not receive an alternative diagnosis from the health care professional, the symptomatic individual must isolate (including from the household members) for 10 days from symptom onset, and all household contacts must isolate until 14 days from their last contact with the symptomatic individual.
The provincial screener below is to be completed daily and, if there are any questions, please err on the side of caution. We ask that all parents have a plan to address quarantine measures should they become necessary. Thank you for your continued partnership in our efforts to keep our community safe.
Mr. Huggard and Mrs. Adlam
On Wednesday, February 24, 2021, our Jack Miner School Community will participate in PINK SHIRT DAY to bring awareness and support for Bullying Prevention and Intervention.
At Jack Miner Public School #WeAllBelong and we #ChooseKind, every day.
Don't forget to wear PINK on Wednesday!
Registering your child for kindergarten in Kingsville? Today is the Jack Miner Virtual Kindergarten Open House!
There will be 2 sessions (5-6 p.m. or 6-7 p.m.). We want to welcome your little one to our Jaguar Family! Choose Jack Miner Public School! We offer so many opportunities to learn and grow and can’t wait to meet your little ones!
Please contact our school secretary, Mrs Harnish, to book your preferred timeslot! (519)733-2329
Can’t join us tonight? Please contact the school to access our link so you can view our Virtual Open House at a time that’s convenient for you and your family! 🐾
Feel free to share with families you know have little ones!
National Sweater Day is coming next week on Friday, February 19, 2021!National Sweater Day is recognized by the GECDSB, its staff, and students every year. National Sweater Day is celebrated to bring awareness about the importance of saving energy by lowering the heat and wearing sweaters. The Day indeed celebrates both the usefulness of the sweaters and consumption of energy.
Come out and join the Jack Miner Public School Community for our Virtual, Kindergarten Open House this coming Wednesday, February 17, 2021.
We have one session from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. and another session from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
The "Virtual" Tour will begin with our Video and then Mr. Huggard the Principal, and Mrs. Adlam, the Vice Principal, will be available for a LIVE, question & answer session!
Please call Mrs. Harnish, our school secretary at (519) 733-2329 to register and book a time that is convenient for you.
Can't join us on Wednesday evening? Please do not worry, if you aren't able to join us, simply call the school and we can send you the link so that you and your family can watch our Virtual Open House at a time that is convenient for you!
We look forward to welcoming your little one into our Jack Miner School Community! See you soon!
February 12, 2021
During this unusual year, each family has an opportunity to decide the model of learning for their son or daughter three times during the 2020/2021 school year. We are now moving to the third quadmester and there have been a number of changes to allow for the model of learning changes. Some of our students are returning which has made an impact on our staffing, school, and classroom organization. At Jack Miner, our staffing complement for JK-Grade 8 will experience some changes due to a larger enrolment. To accommodate this we will be making changes to the class lists. Please know that regardless of the changes to classroom teachers or the composition of students in specific classrooms we are committed to providing your child with the highest quality of education!
Change is difficult for everyone but I must commend the Jack Miner Staff for their support and dedication in making very difficult, important, and necessary decisions to accommodate the staffing process.
The reorganization will occur on Tuesday, February 16, 2021. We have made every effort to reorganize classes in a manner that meets the needs of the students and follows the policy of the Board. Children may need an adjustment period to a new teacher and classmates. We appreciate your support in helping them make this transition by encouraging your child to accept and support the change positively. All students experiencing change have been informed and parents were notified this past week as well.
As we welcome many students back to face-to-face learning, we also welcome back Ms. Andrew who will be teaching the Grade 1A class, and Mrs. Symons, who will be going back into a JKSK classroom.
Thank you for your ongoing support and partnership, where “together, we make learning a way of life!”
Mr. Huggard & Mrs. Adlam
Ontario News Release: Ontario Delays March Break in an Effort to Reduce Community Transmission of COVID-19Ontario’s Minister of Education, Stephen Lecce announced today that the March Break, scheduled for March 15-19, will be postponed for a month, until April 12-16.The decision was prompted by the advice of public health officials in the province. The purpose, according to the Minister, is to help limit the potential of increased community transmission of COVID-19.
Please click on the link below for more information.
Ontario Delays March Break
It is here! Our school’s Scholastic Virtual Book Fair has begun! Our very own shopping site will be open from Monday, February 8th, 2021 through Monday, February 22, 2021!
Experience the joy of a Book Fair online by joining us at our Virtual Family Event! Make your favourite snacks, and come together as a family to view the fun, exciting and inspiring titles by clicking this link on Wednesday, February 10th, 2021 and/or Wednesday, February 17, 2021 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. All orders taken during this time will be sent with FREE shipping! At any time, orders over $40.00 will qualify for free shipping as well.
You can share this link with Grandparents, too! Extended family members can participate in the Virtual Book Fair from the comfort of their own homes.
Remember, all purchases benefit our school and earn rewards that can be redeemed for books and Educational Resources for our school’s classrooms and library.
Thank you for participating in our Scholastic Virtual Book Fair!
Jack Miner Public School Virtual Book Fair Link
In just 7 days, Jack Miner Public School will be hosting its first, VIRTUAL BOOK FAIR. Feel free to check out the link below if you are interested in shopping for Scholastic Books! We appreciate any and all support.
The link will be live beginning February 8th and run until the 22nd, but you can check it out now and view book trailers and explore the books! Please contact Mrs. Adlam if you have any questions.This is a first for our school community and we are hoping it will be a success! Thank you in advance for supporting our school community!
Jack Miner Virtual Book Fair Link
Mark your calendars! The fun and excitement of a Scholastic Book Fair is coming to our school! To adapt to our changing needs, Scholastic has developed a Virtual Book Fair to provide an opportunity for our students and families to experience the joy of reading together.
So save the date! Our Scholastic Virtual Book Fair will take place:
Monday, February 8th to Monday, February 22nd, 2021!
When it’s time to shop, visit our school’s Virtual Book Fair site using this link:
Before our Fair begins, click the link to:
Watch for news leading up to our Scholastic Virtual Book Fair!
The final opportunity to change a student's learning model for the 2020-21 school year will be available to GECDSB families from Wednesday, December 30th until 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 6th.
A link to an on-line form will be provided on the main page of the GECDSB website, https://publicboard.ca for that week.
Elementary students may switch from their current learning model to: in-person (at school); remote / virtual (on-line) or remote / paper packages.
The transition point (first day for new learning model) will be Monday, February 1, 2021.
The new learning model will remain in place for that student for the remainder of the 2020-21 school year. There will be no further opportunities provided to request a change.
If a student will not be changing, no action will be necessary (do not fill out the on-line form).
Secondary students may switch from their current learning model to: in-person (adapted) or remote / virtual (on-line).
The transition point for high school will be Wednesday, February 3, 2021.
The selected learning model will remain in place for that student for the remainder of the 2020-21 school year.
Any families / students wishing to make a change to their current learning model must do so by the 4:00 p.m. deadline on January 6, 2021 in order to allow time for the reorganization of staffing and schedules.
In the event that remote learning is extended by the Ministry of Education or the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit then models of learning would not be changed for students.
Please continue to check this website for the latest updates.
If there are any questions, please call the school between January 4th and 6th at (519)733-2329.
Funding for Families from the Government of Ontario
We wanted to make sure that you are aware that the Government of Ontario is providing funding for parents to help offset costs during the 2020-21 school year, including items such as computer purchases. Eligible parents/guardians can receive a one-time payment of:
The deadline to apply for this funding is January 15, 2021. For more information and the link to apply, please visit: https://www.ontario.ca/page/get-support-learners
Date: December 17, 2020
School: Jack Miner Public School
Name: Mr. M. Huggard
Thank you for your ongoing efforts which have made the school re-opening process possible, and for adhering to public health and safety measures that have ensured schools remain a safe place for our students and staff.
The holidays are going to look a little different this year. We understand that there may be challenges as the winter break approaches but we encourage all families to consider what we can all do to make the return to school in January 2021 as safe as possible. I would also like to remind you about the actions we are taking to reinforce the health and safety protocols aimed at protecting our students, educators and staff while limiting the spread of COVID-19 at schools.
During the holidays, it is important for everyone to adhere to the public health measures in your communities when connecting with one another. By following public health advice, we can all have a safe and fun holiday season. You can check the government’s holiday web page for more direct and up-to-date guidance on how individuals and families can plan for a safe holiday season, including suggestions for safer holiday activities for children and families.
As a reminder, anyone feeling ill should not attend school. All children, students, staff, and visitors must be screened for symptoms of illness every day before attending school or child care. To help meet this requirement, you may use either the provincial COVID-19 school screening tool or, the screening tool required by your school board, child care provider, or local public health unit.
Self-screening will still be a requirement when we return to school and we will continue to reinforce masking and hand hygiene as well as cohorting and physical distancing with students and our staff.
We encourage you to visit Ontario.ca/covidresponse to learn what public health measures are in place in our community – but also please be aware that these could change depending on the most current public health advice. We also suggest checking out Windsor-Essex Health Unit and GECDSB website as it may also have helpful resources and supports.
If you have any questions about what our school is doing, please let me know.
Dear Jack Miner Jaguars,
The GECDSB has developed the attached Parent Guide to Virtual Learning. This document outlines some helpful hints for virtual learning and provides guidelines with respect to privacy for our families to follow. Thank you for your support and cooperation in ensuring that virtual learning is a positive, productive, and enjoyable experience for everyone.
As we pivot to our online learning model, we want to let you know that we are here to work with you and support you and your family.
Schools will be following their regular hours for online learning. Our instructional day begins at 8:15 a.m. and ends at 2:35 p.m. Students will have their two nutritional breaks from 9:55 a.m. to 10:35 a.m. and then again from 12:15 p.m. to 12:55 p.m. During these 40 minute breaks, we encourage all students to turn off all screens, have a nutritional snack, and engage in some movement and activities outdoors (if possible). Staff will be connecting through Edsby and Microsoft Teams. If students are having trouble connecting to their Teams Meeting, they should send a message to their teachers through Edsby.
Here are a few other reminders we wanted to share with our Jack Miner School Community:
1. If you are in need of technology, we are able to put through additional requests so please send a message via email or Edsby to Mrs. Adlam, or call the school to request this. We cannot promise that the request will be granted, however, the Board is doing their best to accommodate all families who require support.
2. If you have not tried to log onto the laptop or iPad to access Office 365, Edsby, and TEAMS, please try to do this before Monday morning. We are finding a few families are experiencing some difficulty and we are happy to help support you through the troubleshooting process.
3. If families need additional technology support, you are welcome to send your requests to the email, firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include screenshots of the issues, your child's student number and the ID on the computer, laptop, or iPad (if possible).
4. You can also visit the Board website at https://publicboard.ca for additional help and videos.
5. Finally, we have attached the Parents Troubleshooting Guide to this message for you to access. It includes direct links for help and support.
Please know that we are here to navigate the online learning model together. Thank you for your ongoing support and partnership. Together, we will get through this. We look forward to connecting with our entire school community virtually! Stay safe and stay positive!
"Together, we make learning a way of life!"
Handwashing is the best way to get rid of germs that make us sick. We should wash our hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds (sing Happy Birthday, twice), and rinse them clean.
Follow along with this video Handwashing Heroes
We want to let our school community know that all students are required to wear a mask while riding the bus. If your child is in need of a mask, please have them ask their teacher or speak to Mrs. Adlam. Thank you for doing your part to keep everyone in our school community safe.
The next two weeks are going to be filled with fun, exciting activities for students and staff to participate in! Please see the attached calendar for more details. Thank you to our School Council for providing support for these initiatives at the school as well.
Masks ✅Lunch✅ Backpack✅ Complete symptom checklist!✅
Don’t forget to do your daily symptom check before coming to school!
Daily Screening Tool
Parents, before sending your kids to school, don’t forget to complete the daily symptom check. Follow the instructions and keep your child home if they are sick.
We can all do our part to keep everyone healthy and safe!
For a symptom checklist, visit Symptom Check - WECHU
Check out our YouTube Channel and the video that Mr. Fetter created to get our school community involved with the spirit of the season!
Caring For Kingsville
Greetings to our Jack Miner School Community!
As we move into the month of December, our month of giving, it is important to continue to show kindness and help others in need. As a result, we will host our annual Food Drive. This year, however, we are only going to collect food items for three days! Please know that ALL donations will be going to the Kingsville Food Bank and will be given directly back to our own community, helping those who need it.
At this point in time, the Food Bank has informed us that their most needed items are: cereal, peanut butter, granola bars and snacks, and canned goods. In honouring this request, we are going to focus on these specific items for our 3 days of giving:
Tuesday, December 1st: "Tasty Tuesday Cereals and Breakfast Items"
Wednesday, December 2nd: "Willy Wonka's Wonderful Wednesday Snacks and Lunch Items"
Thursday, December 3rd: "Thirsty Thursday Drinks and Canned Goods"
Please know that when collecting the items, we will use safety procedures that have been put in place. Teachers will be setting classroom goals and house points will be awarded for participation. As always, we thank you for your ongoing support!
As this school year continues to evolve, our school community may need to prepare for the possibility to pivot for possible school closure. Please review all the material below and attached to this email message. Our school would like to gauge the number of students that would need access to devices should we close.
We would ask that all families in need of technology fill in the questionnaire by next Wednesday, Nov. 25th. The link is below this message and it will also be posted on Edsby. We have also included a resource to help parents accessing technology at home and have also provided a link that highlights additional supports.
Another thing that you can do to help ensure your child is ready for this switch, is to practice logging into Edsby and Office 365 with your child's student number and password. We are not sure what the next few weeks will bring, but should we need to pivot our learning model to online to accommodate a school closure, we want to ensure our students and their families are prepared.
As always we are here to support our entire school community. At any point in time, you can contact the school and speak to Mr. Huggard, Mrs. Adlam, or our office staff.
Below is the link to a parent survey about technology needs. This questionnaire is for students that do not have access to technology in their homes. We encourage one response for each child as in the event of school closures we will endeavour to provide devices for each child in a family.
There is also a resource for our families attached to this email. This includes a series of short videos that will help our families to access technology. This information will also be shared on Edsby with our school community.
Thank you for your ongoing support and partnership. "Together, we make learning a way of life!"
This year, November 16-20 is Bullying Prevention & Awareness Week. The slogan, "WE ALL BELONG" will be used to help promote safe schools and a positive learning environment. During Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week, Ontario students, school staff, parents and guardians are encouraged to learn more about bullying and its effect on student learning and well-being.
To show support, each and every one of our Jack Miner Jaguars are encouraged to wear PINK on Wednesday, November 18, 2020.
Let's work together to show that at Jack Miner Public School, "WE ALL BELONG."
Greetings Jaguar Community! We are excited to share that our Winter Fundraiser, Eat Drink Dine Kingsville, will be returning to our school!
Information was sent home with your child last Friday. We have been approved to participate in this fundraiser but there are a few restrictions. All gift cards will need to be purchased through School Cash Online. Information will be coming home for families to set up School Cash Online accounts. We are here to support our school community through this process and are excited that this has been approved! If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the school or send an email or Edsby message to Mrs. Adlam!
This has always been a very successful fundraiser and we are fortunate to be able to continue again this year! For more information, please open the attached information.
We welcome you to Jack Miner Public School's Remembrance Day Ceremony of 2020. Today we participate in this ceremony to honour our veterans of yesterday who fought for our freedom. We participate in this ceremony to pray for our soldiers today in the field, protecting human rights. We participate in this ceremony to understand how we can make a difference for tomorrow! This ceremony is for you and all those whom you represent today! May we be grateful for the sacrifices you made on our behalf as we honour you today. Thank you!
Jack Miner Remembrance Day Ceremony ~ 2020
The Eye See…Eye Learn® program is available to children born in 2015 that are in any junior kindergarten program. This ESEL program began July 1, 2019 and goes through to June 30, 2020.
The good news is that the program is being extended until December 31, 2020 for any child born in 2015 who missed the opportunity due to COVID19.
Parents/guardians can book an appointment with an Eye See…Eye Learn® participating optometrist identified on the website https://optom.on.ca/esel/ up until June 30, 2021.
If required, Eye See…Eye Learn® will provide one pair of glasses courtesy of our participating optometrists and corporate partners Plastic Plus and Modern Optical Canada. The frames are fashionable and are made with high quality and impact resistant polycarbonate lenses. The estimated value of the glasses is over $250.
For more information, send an email to: email@example.com
Here is a list of math resources and websites that can be used to support learning! Be sure to check a few out!
Math Before Bed
Which One Doesn’t Belong
Would You Rather
Click on The Nested Splat Math Series!
The Greater Essex County District School Board is pleased to offer our International Languages program for the 2020-21 school year. This year, International Languages classes will be offered virtually (online at home). This program is available to students in Grades 1-8 from across Windsor and Essex County.
Your child does not need a background in a particular language to be able to take advantage of this unique opportunity to acquire a second or third language. International Languages classes will run on Saturdays from 9:30 am - 12:00 pm throughout the year, beginning in November.
Classes are offered based on student enrolment numbers. Any language may be offered for which there are 25 students and an available instructor. Languages offered in previous years include:
Albanian Arabic German Hindi Italian Korean Mandarin Nepali Persian Punjabi Serbian Urdu Tamil Spanish
International Languages classes will be presented through Microsoft Teams and will require students to be able to access this online tool at home through an electronic device (computer, laptop, tablet) and access to the internet. As this is a complimentary program, technology will not be provided to families who are participating.
Please use the link below, or our webpage https://www.publicboard.ca/Programs/K-12/International-Languages to register for International Languages Classes this year. The registration deadline is November 2, 2020.
For any further inquiries about the program, please contact Mr. David Dawson, International Languages Principal at 519-255-3200, ext. 20203.
International Languages Registration
Greetings Jaguar Community! The following attachment contains important information and links to valuable resources you can use to stay connected to our school community. Check it out!
Staying Connected October & November 2020
Good Evening Jack Miner School Community,
At Jack Miner Public School, we continue to be flexible and responsive to the Ministry of Education's directives and public health directives as we recognize that we may need to adjust plans and practices based on current health information. While all school procedures and practices will align with system-wide plans, the implementation may vary from school to school, based on the local school environment and unique circumstances.
With the upcoming Halloween holiday, we would like to remind our families and our school community that there is currently a policy of no food sharing in place. This will be enforced, to not only prevent allergy spread but to minimize the risk of contact between students and staff within our school community.
At this time, we are asking for cooperation from our families in not sending any edible treats or special holiday items to school with your child next week.
This information is available within the GECDSB’s “Back to School Plan for Re-Opening.” It can be found on our Board Website or by clicking the link below.
Thank you for your ongoing support and partnership.
The following attachments contain the most recent, up-to-date information, regarding COVID-19 symptoms. Please remember to complete the online assessment. It is available online at:
You can also view the attachments below for hardcopy versions if you prefer to print them out.
As the WECHU and Ministry of Education gather more information, these protocols are ever-changing. Please be sure to use the most recent version. Before coming to school, all staff and students are expected to complete the self-screening assessment.
Important News: Change of Learning Model InformationThere has been a change in the date to request a change of learning model.To allow for planning and preparation, the deadline to request a change in the learning model for students will be Monday, October 19th. A form will be available on-line through the GECDSB website, https://www.publicboard.ca/, beginning on Wednesday, October 14th, closing at 4:00 p.m. on October 19th.A child's first and last name, student number, and date of birth will be required information.Parents/guardians of elementary students may submit their request to change from the current learning model to: in-person; remote - virtual or paper packages.Secondary students may change from the current model to either in-person adapted or remote - virtual.The re-entry dates will be November 9th for elementary students changing learning models and November 12th for secondary students.No changes will be accommodated after the October 19th date for elementary or secondary students at this time.Another opportunity will be provided to parents/guardians to change the learning model for this school year in January 2021.
This message has been posted on Edsby, on our website, and on Twitter.
Dear Parents & Guardians,
This year your child will be using Lexia Reading Core5®, a fun computer-based program that has helped millions of students. The activities in Core5 support and build on our classroom curriculum and focus on developing reading skills in six areas: phonological awareness, phonics, structural analysis, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension.
Here’s how Lexia Reading Core5 works:
We hope you share our excitement about this program!
Sincerely, Miss Hostine, Mrs. Roseborsky, Ms. Collard, Mrs. Cornies, Miss Ricci, Mrs. Spagnuolo, Mrs. Cziraky, Mr. Cornies, Mrs. Hedges, Mr. Fetter, Mrs. Adlam, and Mr. Huggard
Lexia Reading Core5® can be used at home for extra practice. Getting started is easy!
Students in Grade 4 to 12, the GECDSB wants to hear from you! We are hoping students will take part in this short, Student Health and Well-Being Survey. Click on the link below. Thank you for your input. The survey will remain open until Friday, October 9, 2020.
Student Health and Well-Being Survey
At this point in time, our School Community has raised $1710.00 for the Terry Fox Foundation! This is an all-time record high for our school. This would not have been possible without our generous and caring community! Thank you to all of our students, staff, and community members who donated under Jack Miner Public School!
The donation page will remain online until March of 2021!
Thank you again for your support. Way to go Jags!
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 1, 2020
Between the late 1800s and 1996, the federal government forced many First Nations, Inuit, and Métis children to attend Residential Schools. They had to leave the warmth of their families and live at the cold, overcrowded schools. In many cases, children and parents did not see each other for years. September 30 was chosen as the date for Orange Shirt Day because September is the time when many Indigenous children were taken from their families to attend Residential Schools. When people choose to wear an orange shirt on Orange Shirt Day, they are sending the message that “every child matters.”
School for Phyllis started on a Tuesday after Labour Day in September. When she arrived at the residential school, her cousin told her she would remain there for 300 sleeps. What would be the day be that she was allowed to go home, after 300 sleeps? Mr. Huggard and Mrs. Adlam would like you to share your strategies with them how you solved this question.
September 30, 2020 is Orange Shirt Day! This is a time that we can learn about residential schools and the children who were forced to attend them. What are residential schools? They are not like regular school. If you went to residential school, you could not go home at the end of the day. You had to stay there all night, too. Even worse, you had to stay for the entire school year! Lots of children felt tired and lonely. They wanted to go back to their families, but no one would listen. They felt like they were not important enough for people to listen to their voices. Thankfully, all residential schools are closed now. No one must go to places like that anymore.
Phyllis and children like her were separated from their families for 300 sleeps. What does 300 look and feel like? Explore this number with your class and Mr. Huggard and Mrs. Adlam would love to hear about some of your ideas!
The Province of Ontario has designed a new COVID-19 School Screening tool that describes and clarifies what the symptoms look like as you engage with the tool for your own health and the health of your family members. This tool is electronic but can also be downloaded as a PDF (scroll to the bottom of the weblink).
This provincial tool replaces the GECDSB Daily Screening Questionnaires (Staff, and Parent/Guardians/Students).
Please use the provincial COVID-19 School Screening tool on a daily basis.
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 2020
How did Orange Shirt Day begin? Phyllis Webstad, who attended a residential school in British Columbia in the 1970s, started Orange Shirt Day in 2013. Phyllis was initially excited to go to school and went shopping with her granny to pick out a new outfit for school; she chose a shiny orange shirt. That shirt was taken away from her when she arrived at residential school and was never returned to her. On September 30th Canadians wear an orange shirt to demonstrate the commitment to reconciliation and opening and continuing the dialogue about residential schooling.
Have you ever gotten a new outfit to wear for your first day of school? How did it make you feel? Can you draw a picture of your new outfit or write about it? Mr. Huggard and Mrs. Adlam would love for you to share your ideas with them.
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 2020This coming Wednesday, September 30th, the Jack Miner School Community will acknowledge a very important day – Orange Shirt Day! Why is Orange Shirt Day a very important day for all children? It reminds us that all children matter. All children have an important voice that deserves to be heard. We have Orange Shirt Day to remind us that every child matters. So please, wear your Orange Shirt on Wednesday this week.If you have time today, please make a sketch of what you think it means to matter! Mr. Huggard and Mrs. Adlam would love for you to share your ideas with us. If you can, please try to upload them into School Talk. Maybe your teacher can help if you aren't sure of how to do this or you can buzz the office to see if either of us is available for you to share your ideas!
Don't forget that our School Website contains a calendar with important events listed for the entire school year!
Please feel free to check this out. It can be found near the bottom of our School Website. Click on the link below!
Jack Miner School Website
Things are going to look a little bit different this year but we would still like to acknowledge and participate in this important event.
Classes will participate in the Terry Fox Walk/Run next week sometime. Teachers will sign up for a scheduled time frame.
We are not able to collect money at the school this year but thank you to Mrs. Fennell who has set up our school account. By visiting the link below, you can donate to the Terry Fox Foundation.
As always, we appreciate your support with this initiative! If you have any questions, please contact your child’s teacher.
Heather Crew, the President of the Kingsville Horticultural Society shared some great news with our school community earlier today. Many of our Jack Miner students took part in the Junior Gardener Program over the summer. Not all students chose to have their gardens judged but those who participated shared some great gardens! ALL students who took part in the program, whether or not they chose to have their garden judged, received a Certificate of Participation.
There were also 10 students who received medals for growing some AMAZING gardens! 3 gold medal winners, 4 silver medal winners, and 3 Bronze medal winners. Well done Jack Miner Jags!!! Be sure to check out the video that the Kingsville Horticultural Society put together for us!
Thank you to all of our Jack Miner families for your support of this initiative. Heather tells us that it has been a tremendous success and that they look forward to partnering with us in the coming year!
WAY TO GO JAGS!
Jack Miner Junior Gardeners
For each person entering the school environment, self-screening is required before leaving theirhome. Parents/ Guardians are requested to complete daily screening of their children beforethe child boards a school bus or before arriving at school by other methods. Staff are alsorequired to complete a daily self-screening before reporting to work.
Should any staff or students have an unsuccessful result from the daily self-screening, feelunwell or have symptoms of COVID-19, they should seek advice from their health-careprofessional and not attend school. Non-essential visitors will be restricted and will require thata self-screening be completed prior to entering the building.
The use of a multiple layered health and safety approach is part of this fundamental strategyintended to decrease the number of interactions with others while increasing the safety ofinteractions.
Such multiple layers of health and safety include:daily screeningphysical distancing strategiesincreased hygiene (hand washing practices, hygiene etiquette)enhanced cleaning and disinfectingphysical infrastructure ventilation systemspersonal protective equipmentposting, signage, cuesprohibitionsconsultationcommunications, planning, operationstrainingmonitoring and enforcement