Monday, December 11, 2017

Good evening everyone!

I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend. Please send in the last page of your child’s report card with your comments, if you have not already done so.

Our annual Christmas Concert – Christmas Around the World, is fast approaching. This year we have split our concert into two shows. JK-Grade 2 will take place tomorrow Tuesday, December 12. There will be two shows; 2:00 PM and 7:00 PM.  The Grade 3-8 concert will be held on Wednesday, December 20. There will be two shows; 2:00 PM and 7:00 PM. There will also be a bake sale and refreshments at each show! Students are asked to arrive at the school no later than 6:30 in order to get ready. Each performance will have a whole-group performance at the end, so we are kindly asking that you wait until the whole performance is over and that you allow the performers to make their way back to their classrooms before you pick them up. Each show should only last around one hour. The Grade 4’s are singing ‘Silent Night,’ and are asked to come dressed in Christmas colours! For students in choir, please have them wear green, red, and white!

March Break Camp registrations have been sent home. If you are interested in registering you chid for our amazing March Break camp, please send in the completed March Break camp registration form, along with the $20 one-time non-refundable deposit. Please note that lunch is also included each day!

A note from our Librarian, Ms. Hayward - Our Very First Book Fair is HERE – Yee-Haw!
“Saddle Up & Read” with the first Scholastic Book Fair at St. Jude’s Academy – December 7 to December 14. There will be lots of exciting books, posters, bookmarks, pens and pencils, etc. to choose from! Proceeds will go to buying great new books for our library. More Parent Volunteers are also needed.  If you’d like to help out please contact Ms. Hayward at

Keep an eye out for more information here on your teacher’s blog, on Facebook, and on the Library blog:

The student crew is getting ready to run a few games starting Friday and into next week. One of them will stop by each of your classes to introduce the game and give each student their "free" guess ballot or to play the game. Extra guesses can be bought for $.025 each or 5 guesses for a $1, so please let your students know to bring their change if they'd like to participate.

A note from Student CouncilThe St. Jude's community places a lot of emphasis on giving and conducting acts of charity. In light of the Christmas season which is fast approaching, we are happy to announce that we collaborating with Peel Regional Police for their 'Toys for Tots' charity. We will be conducting a toy drive from December 7th to December 21st. Members of the St. Jude's community may donate new, unwrapped toys, cash or Canadian Tire money to make an underprivileged child's Christmas one to remember. All proceeds will be handed over directly to Peel Regional Police on December 21st. We are also pleased to announce the Toys for Tots charity is the first major project our Student Council will be conducting this academic year. Toys can be donated at the front desk by placing them under the Christmas tree. There will be a tracking sheet provided to record the student who donated. Upon collecting the toys, a police officer will allow one lucky student to pie him/her in the face. As such, it is important to record the names of each student to give everyone a chance. Alternatively, toys may be handed to class teachers. To educate our PYP students about the importance of giving, house points will be awarded for each toy donated.

We look forward to your donations, all of which will be greatly appreciated. Tis the season for joy, happiness, love, and sharing. Have a Merry Christmas!

Thank you.

Upcoming Dates & Events

Wednesday, December 6 – Thursday, December 21 – SJA Toy Drive

Thursday, December 7 – Thursday, December 14 – SJA’s first book fair

Tuesday, December 12 – JK-2 Christmas Concert (2 and 7 PM)

Tuesday, December 19 – Casual Day

Wednesday, December 20 – 3-8 Christmas Concert (2 and 7 PM)

Thursday, December 21 – Christmas Spirit Day and Last Day of School Before Christmas Break


Today we had our Data Management pre-assessment. This is a very short unit and will only take us one week. For this test, students will be asked to conduct a survey. This survey will align with our Religion Rules unit. Students will be expected to create a question (What type of religion to you practice), survey 50 students and teachers, record tally marks, and then create both a bar and line graph. Finally, they will have to explain 4 things they learned from their survey. For example, Christianity was the most popular, and Judaism only had one vote. The question and survey will be done on Friday, December 15 and the graphs will be completed on Monday, December 18. All work is to be completed in class.


-Data Management math test begins on Friday, December 15 and will continue on Monday, December 18


Today we began our Term 2 DRA’s (Diagnostic Reading Assessment) and began spelling lesson #14.


-Reading for 40 minutes
-Finish spelling lesson #14 if not completed in class


Today we started our Vahn Gogh art – ‘A Starry Night.’ We also began looking at Judaism and discussing important facts.



I hope you have a wonderful snowy night! Stay safe!

Mrs. Hocevar J

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