Cette Semaine à Sissons - le 2 au 6 novembre, 2020

Thank you once again for taking a moment to read our weekly community news bulletin. We hope that everyone had a safe and enjoyable Halloween. We look forward to seeing everyone back at school on Monday. Here is what we have on the go for this week.

No School on Friday

This is a reminder to everyone that there will be no school for students on Friday. Teachers will be hard at work, though, getting the report cards ready. Those reports are coming home on Monday November 23rd, and conferences will take place via online meetings on November 24th and 25th. We will publish further details about report card timelines in upcoming editions of our weekly newsletter.

Subway Orders

Our next Subway Day is Thursday, November 5th. That means that orders must be in no later than 6:00 PM on Tuesday, November 3rd. Thanks very much to our PAC for organizing this!

Parking Reminder

We would like to remind everyone that the drop-off and parking areas on the school grounds are shared between J.H. Sissons, William McDonald, and Allain St-Cyr schools. While the drop off areas closest to Taylor Road aren't specifically allocated to any one of the schools, there are allocations for the angled parking spots next to the bus lane. Please remember that the first four angled parking spots closest to Allain St-Cyr are reserved for the parents of that school, while the remaining eleven spots are shared by J.H. Sissons and William McDonald. Thank you very much for your help in ensuring that the parking and traffic flow continues to operate smoothly and safely.

Weekly CEPA Update

Starting with our November newsletters, we will publish a summary of what happened in our CEPA program the previous week. We are very proud of CEPA and how it forms an important part of our overall school programming. Thank you very much to Mme Julie for her work in offering such fantastic learning opportunities, and also for preparing our weekly community summaries.

This week in CEPA the near completion of our wall tent has us in the full swing of things

Mme Jasmine's grade 3s and Mme Jolyane's grade 4s had the opportunity to find and identify animal tracks based on their size, shape, and habitat, play team building games and to check in on the progress of our wall tent.

Mme Jaqueline's and Mme Kayla's kindergarten students had a chance to observe and inquire about different bones from animals in the Northwest Territories. They also made guesses as to what part of the body these bones came from. The baleen had them stumped but they could tell the difference between the muskox and bison skulls!

Mme Jolyane's grade 5s looked at animal pelts, named them in French and discussed the differences between the pelts. We also had discussions as to why we see different types of fur for aquatic mammals vs terrestrial mammals.

Mme Heidi's grade 5 class worked in groups to make a fire, cook fish and bannock. Mme Rachell's grade 2 class wrapped up their unit on spiders with a spider web challenge, a book around the campfire and hot chocolate. They are looking forward to some snowy activities in the first week of November.

Message from the PAC - Annual PAC Survey & Monthly Meeting Reminder

Please take a few moments to complete this survey from the JHS Parent Advisory Council. It will help the PAC plan activities and events for the upcoming year, and it is an opportunity to communicate any questions or concerns you may have. The& survey will remain open until November 30th.

If the link does not copy properly when you copy and paste the text into the update, here is the link in long form just in case: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSePHSQZsaHcGrggMYxDjS_mMpXQ7meRfNDKAml9S9hJAD-Ccg/viewform?usp=sf_link

Please note that our next PAC meeting is scheduled for 7:00 PM on Thursday, November 12th. As with all the meetings so far this year, the in-person component will take place in the school's cafeteria. A zoom link for anyone wishing to particpate from home will be sent out with next week's news bulletin.