Weekly Update

Weekly Update

The Spring Fair is approaching and the fundraising committee will hold a meeting for all of those who wish contribute with ideas for our most important fundraising event of the year.
Date: February 9th
Time: 7 pm
Please email: jackmannews@gmail.com for location details.

Extended French Programs – Grade 4 & Grade 7 – Deadline to Apply February 2, 2017

Please Note: While admission to the Early French Immersion (SK entry)/Junior Extended French (Grade 4 entry) program is guaranteed at the entry points to all on time applicants, admission to a specific school is not guaranteed if the school reaches capacity.

Junior Extended French (Grade 4) – Online Application Process (www.tdsb.on.ca/PARS)


Extended French programs are designed for students who do not speak French at home. The Junior Extended French program begins at the grade 4 level. Students in this program spend 50% of their day in French instruction from grade 4-8 at the Extended French school. The subjects taught in French are French Language Arts, Social Studies and The Arts. English Language Arts, Mathematics and Science are taught in English. Designated school pathways exist to ensure that students have a continuation of program from the grade 4 entry to the end of grade 12. 

 The application process for admission to Junior Extended French begins in January. It is an online application process. It is not a first-come, first-served process. Learn more about the application process and deadlines. All late applicants will be placed on a wait list.

The attendance area for an Extended French school is created by “associated” English feeder schools. To locate the Junior Extended French school in your area, you must first confirm the English school for your home address, then visit our Extended French Location Finder.

Note: Attendance areas as well as associated feeder schools for Junior Extended French programs may be changed at any time in accordance with Board policy and procedures. Placement in an associated French Immersion school cannot be guaranteed if a school reaches capacity.


IMPORTANT DATES Extended French Grade 4:

Application process opens: Monday, January 9, 2017

Deadline for applications: Thursday, February 2, 2017

Intermediate Extended French (Grade 7 Entry) – Application Form Required (sent home with Grade 6 students on December 20, and also available min the office)

 In a limited number of areas in the TDSB, there is the option for the Intermediate Extended French program which begins in Grade 7. Applications to the Intermediate Extended French program are made the year your child is in Grade 6 for entry in September of Grade 7.

Eligible students by home address should complete the application for grade 7-entry Extended French and submit it directly to the Extended French school by February 2, 2017.

Parents will be notified of placement by the Extended French School. 

Students who are not in the catchment of a Grade 7-entry Extended French school may apply under Optional Attendance and will be offered placement if there is available space. There is no transportation for students accepted under Optional Attendance

February is Kindergarten Registration Month

At the Toronto District School Board, our elementary schools offer Full-Day Kindergarten. Our educators recognize that children come to school with diverse backgrounds and rich experiences. Our Kindergarten programs will build upon these experiences and support your child to learn, grow, and succeed. At the TDSB, we believe our youngest learners benefit from engaging in a variety of rich and authentic learning, both indoors and outdoors. Our classroom programs are designed to bring The Kindergarten Program 2016 to life by providing children opportunities to learn through play, inquiry, and exploration. Throughout the two-year Kindergarten program, classroom educators support the children in developing their sense of belonging, well-being, and problem solving skills. Throughout the day, children explore literacy, mathematics, science, physical education and the arts.

To attend Junior Kindergarten in September, children must turn four-years-old by December 31. To register for Senior Kindergarten, children must be five-years-old by December 31.

Visit the Kindergarten website at http://www.tdsb.on.ca/kindergarten to learn more about this program and how to prepare your child for school. Visit your local school during February to register.

 Your child’s lifelong journey of learning begins at the TDSB!

Please contact the school to make an appointment to register, or attend one of our two all-day registration events (9-6pm) for registration, set for February 15 & 23, 2017. Please call the school to make an appointment to register at 416-393-9710.

How to Register for Kindergarten

Registration for all TDSB Kindergarten programs begins in February. We look forward to welcoming you and your child! We have set aside two days in February, the 15th and 23rd, as opportunities to register between 9-6 p.m. We also take appointments.

Step 1:

Find your local school Visit: tdsb.on.ca/schools for more information

Step 2:

Call the local school for an appointment and bring the following documents:

  • Proof of age (birth certificate or passport)
  • Proof of address (two pieces of identification

that show your address)

  • Proof of immunization (the card that shows a

list of needles your child has received)

  • Verification of date of arrival, if your child was

not born in Canada

Please note, to register a child for Kindergarten you must be the child’s parent or legal guardian.

Report Cards for Term 1

Report cards for Term One go home on Tuesday, February 14. In developing your child’s report card, teachers use the Growing Success document set out by the Ministry of Education as the basis for their assessment, evaluation, and reporting practices. The document can be found online at http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/policyfunding/growsuccess.pdf

Parent-teacher interviews are being scheduled for Thursday, February 16 from 4 – 8 PM, and on Friday, February 17 from 8:30 – 11:30 AM. Interviews will be scheduled on an as needed or requested basis, and teachers will contact parents should an interview be appropriate given the student’s strengths and areas of need. Parents are also invited to request an interview to discuss their child’s progress. Teachers will send home information in the near future in regards to booking an interview appointment.

Island School Overnight Visits for Grades 5 & 6


Our Grade 5 and 6 students will be participating in one of three planned 2-night/3-day trips to the Island Natural Science School, located on Toronto Island. This is a wonderful learning experience for our students, who will be learning about natural sciences through inquiry and experiential learning opportunities. We thank our teaching staff who will also be participating as supervisors on one of the three planned trips; Mr. Baker, Ms. Mohammed, Ms. Archibald, Mr. Ellis, Mr. Selberg, Mr. Palantzas, Mme. Pace, Mms Hafner, Ms. Maric-Jones.


Parent Council Meetings

Please note that our next Parent Council meeting is on Monday, February 6 at 7:00 pm in the Library. We look forward to seeing many of our parents and working in collaboration with the Council to enhance programming at Jackman PS.

Do You Have Website Design Experience?

Calling all website designers! Parent Council will be launching a new website in the near future and we could use the voluntary help of a graphic/web designer to give our site a fresh look! If that person is you, please email us at jackmannews@gmail.com

 Spring Fair Silent Auction

Have you or your family received any gifts suitable for re-gifting? We are looking for donations for our coming spring fair silent auction. Gifts large and small are suitable. Our talented auction organizers can bring together and transform the not quite right gifts into great auction items!

Please support Jackman and the School Council. Deliver any donated items to the office.


Thank you for your support!

Jackman School Council Fundraising Committee  –  Many hands make light work.

Scholastics Book Fair

Our Library is hosting a Scholastics Book Fair from Monday, February 13 – Friday, February 17. Classes will be scheduled a time to visit the Library to review the selection of books and to make wish lists that they can take home to share with parents. All funds raised through the book fair go back into the Library to help enhance programming and resources. With March Break around the corner, this is a great opportunity to pick up a selection of books to read over the break. Thank you for your continued support.

PA Day


Please mark your calendars – February 17 is a PA Day, and there are no classes for students. This time will be used to support parent/teacher interviews, which are being scheduled for Thursday, February 16 from 4-8 PM and on Friday, February 17 from 8:30 – 11:30 AM.


Family Day – Monday, February 20

Monday, February 20 is Family Day, a school-wide holiday. We hope tht all of our students have an opportunity to connect with their family and friends.

 Pizza Lunch

Our next Pizza Lunch is scheduled for February 22.

Arts Performance – February 24

BBoyizm Dance Company will be visiting Jackman on Friday, February 24 in the afternoon. This Prologue for the Performing Arts presentation, sponsored by the Parent Council, brings the world of hip-hop and street dancing experience to our Junior students. To learn more about BBoyizm, visit Prologue’s website at http://prologue.org/artists/bboyizm/

March Break

Mark your calendar, this year’s March break runs from Monday, March 13 to Friday March 17.


 Extended French Web Chat – January 30 @ 8PM


Join us for our Junior Extended French live web chat on Monday January 30 from 8-9pm. You’ll hear all about the program from our experts and have the chance to get your questions answered. See you then!


Web Chat link: http://www.tdsb.on.ca/AboutUs/TDSBtalks.aspx

Special Education Webcast with Director of Education – February 2 @ 7PM

Join us here on Thursday, February 2, 2017 from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. for a live webcast on special education with Director John Malloy and Executive Superintendent of Special Education & Section Programs, Uton Robinson.

Submit your question by emailing SpecialEd@tdsb.on.ca. We’ll also accept questions during the live webcast.

Please note that due to time constraints, not all questions will be answered during the live webcast. We look forward to hearing from you!

Web Cast on Special Education with Director link: http://www2.tdsb.on.ca/stream/Director/LiveWebcast.html


RESP and Canada Learning Bond Information


Open a no-fee, zero contribution Registered Education Savings Plan (RESP) account and apply for the Canada Learning Bond. The Canada Learning Bond is a grant from the Government of Canada to help kick-start the education savings account of eligible kids with up to $2,000.

Who is eligible for the Canada Learning Bond?

  • Child born 2004 or later; and, 
  • Family has received the National Child Benefit Supplement (NCBS)



    Start My FREE RESP” online to complete your application today.

    If you qualify, all you need to start is:


  • The Social Insurance Number (SIN), name and date of birth of the child who this is for
  • The Parent/Guardian’s SIN and contact information

    SmartSAVER will donate $25 to the TDSB for each eligible application. These funds will be used to enhance technology in the classroom.


    RESP / Canada Learning Bond link: http://www.tdsb.on.ca/aboutus/innovation/smartsaver.aspx



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