Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Good evening everyone!

I hope everyone had a wonderful night. I have assigned a small amount of homework to be completed over the break. All work is due back on Wednesday, January 10. Today we focused on the final touches of our door, practiced for todays concert, had some quiet reading time, and played ‘Smarty Pants.’

Our door!

Holiday Homework!!
-Read a novel of your choice
-Complete spelling lesson #16
-Sign and return speech letter and due dates (student and parent)
-Have informational speech topic ready
-Bring in research on your topic (hard copy)
-All speech work is to be completed in class

Upon our return to school on Wednesday, January 10, we will be beginning speeches. In Grade 4, students are expected to write and memorize a 3-5 minute informational speech on a topic of their choice. All work is to be completed in class, unless otherwise stated. We will begin with a guided writing activity, were we will take each paragraph a day at a time. I will write an example and then they will write theirs. We will have about a week to write rough copies, a week to write good copies and about a week to memorize with plenty of opportunity to perform in front of the class. On Wednesday, February 7, two students from each Grade 4 class will be chosen to compete in our SJA Oral Competition Day, on Friday, February 9. A letter has been sent home, along with deadlines to review over the holidays. Please sign and return on Wednesday, January 10. Students are expected to have their topic and research (hard copy) on Wednesday, January 10 as well.

A note from Ms. Helen, our Admissions Coordinator - 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 4:00 PM. 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.

Our annual Christmas Concert – Christmas Around the World, is here! The Grade 3-8 concert will be held tonight, Wednesday, December 20 at 7:00 PM. There will also be a bake sale and refreshments! 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 and a Santa hat! For students in choir, please have them wear green, red, and white! Grade 1-2 choir students are expected to be at the show tonight.

A note from Ms. Bancud - The system is now open to order Hot Lunch for January. Lunch orders are due Thursday, January 4th, 2018. After this date, our system closes and is unable to open for January ordering.  Please make sure your child is under the correct grade-  

All payments are due on Friday, January 12th, 2018. 

This month's special is Vegetarian Chili with Garlic Toast that will be available every Friday!

Payment Instructions
  • There are two options to pay for lunches. Cash and online via Freshbooks. 
  • If you choose to pay through Freshbooks, please choose the ‘cheque’ option on the ordering site. Over the Holiday break the headings will change, instead of ‘cheque’ it will say ‘Freshbooks’.
    • Shortly after completing your order, an invoice will be sent to your email. 
    • It may take one or two days to process your order to Freshbooks, so please be check your email diligently for the invoice.  
If you have any questions concerning the Lunch Ordering site or Freshbooks, feel free to email me at

A note from Ms. Ross – After care invoices have been sent out. Payments are due no later than Thursday, December 21.

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 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

Wednesday, December 20 – 3-8 Christmas Concert (7 PM) – wear Christmas colours and a Santa hat

Thursday, December 21 – Christmas Spirit Day, after care payments are due, & Last Day of School Before Christmas Break

Friday, December 22-Tuesday, January 9 – No School – Christmas Break

Thursday, January 4 – January hot lunch orders due

Friday, January 12 – January hot lunch payments due





-Read a novel over the break
-Complete spelling lesson #16 over the break
-Sign and return speech letter and due dates
-Have speech topic and hard copy research ready



I hope you have a wonderful night! Looking forward to seeing you at the concert!

Mrs. Hocevar J

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