Hello December

Posted November 28, 2023

December Pic

November was an exciting month at JMC as we focused on Treaty Recognition week, our Remembrance Day Ceremony and Bully Prevention Week.  We are also building our skills and stamina around reading, math problem-solving and writing!

The Winter Break is only a few weeks away! We hope that everyone has a safe and restful holiday. Best wishes for a happy and healthy New Year!


School Council

School Council Message

At our last meetings the following information was shared:

  • Our Dance A Thon raised $5497.15 dollars! Thank you to the community for all your donations.
  • The board multi year plan with a focus on student achievement.
  • Fresh from the Farm Fundraiser
  • Poinsettia and Greenery Fundraiser
  • Snow run planned for December

JMC Movie Night is back! Save the date: January 25th, 2024 — more details to follow soon


Let’s celebrate and/or acknowledge customs, traditions and days of significance from all around the world!

If you have a suggestion or idea, please contact your child’s teacher, Monsieur Hussain or Madame Fortier . If you are willing to come in and share ideas with us, we would love to hear from you. Please click on the link below to see our Boards “Day of Significance Calendar” . 

  • Equity Calendar – All dates of significance can be found on the UGDSB website. Calendar

 CYC Corner

This month’s theme in Wellness Works is Authenticity. “Authenticity is speaking and behaving as our true selves. When we are authentic, we reveal our true beliefs and core selves to others with confidence and conviction, without fear of recourse or shame.”

Authenticity is an important skill as it will help you in all aspects of your life.  Those who live from a place of authenticity are more confident in their abilities because they can be honest with themselves. You are more able to recognize your strengths and what you need to improve. 

How can we teach authenticity to our children? Teaching children to recognize and trust their feelings, good and bad, and act in a way that is consistent with their values.

  • Take off your mask: be yourself, love yourself as there is only one you. Ask your child, ‘What do you love about yourself?’ After they respond, tell them what you love about them.
  • Accept yourself where you are: Let them have their own journey.  Allow them the space to fail safely and be there to comfort them. Ask them, “what did you learn from this experience?” 
  • Share your voice, believe in the power of your voice. Start asking them questions and their thoughts on certain topics or views and why they believe the way they do. Let them answer freely. 
  • Defend the truth: Stand up for your values, ask for help when you need it, share your perspective when appropriate. We can be role-models for our kids.


                                    “Authenticity starts in the heart”


Community Support for students and parents

  • Guelph/Wellington: 1-844-437-3247 (HERE247) or
  • COMPASS Distress Line at 1-888-821-3760
  • KidsHelpPhone: 1-800-668-6868
  • 2SLGBTQA+ support line: call or text 226-669-3760
  • Flyer (Youth Resources)


Events in December 

Snow Run

On Wednesday, Dec. 20 from 1:30-3pm, we are excited to host our annual Snowperson Run here at John McCrae during the last block of the day! Students will take to the course and run our trail circuit around the river with fun activities posted along the way. All students will be invited back to the school following the run for hot chocolate with marshmallows and some social time with other students. Every student is asked to bring in a reusable mug for hot chocolate in order to participate and keep this event eco-friendly. We are looking for volunteers to help serve hot chocolate and supervise the running trail. 

If you are interested in volunteering please complete the following form: 


If you have any questions, you can email Lindsay directly at [email protected]. 

(L. McCallum) 

Mitten Tree

We will continue having our traditional mitten tree this year. The tree is set in the school’s front entrance. Families can donate mittens, hats, scarves, and socks which will be placed on the tree. The items collected will be donated to a non for profit. 

Get Involved

Extra Curricular / Clubs 

We have so many great things happening at JMC for the Month of November/December run by our school staff.

Extra Curricular/Club/Group Times/Dates/Location Staff Leaders
Jr. Chess Club 10:15-10:40 Day 2,  RM  202 Capobianco
Choir (Jr, Int) 10:15-11:00 Day 1, 4, rm 212 Neufeldt
Concert Band  After school M, Th,  rm 212 Neufeldt
String Ensemble Lunch (which days TBC) Neufeldt
Primary Choir Room 100; Day 1 first recess; Day 3 second recess Black, McCallum
Library Helpers Second Break, LLC McEwen 
Debate Club Every other day 5, Room 212, all of second break Zerrouky
Intermediate Art Club Day 4, First Break rm 207 Bird & Hearn
Intermediate Intramural Volleyball Everyday at 1st recess Wallace
Intermediate boys’ volleyball team Before school 3-4 times a week Wallace, McEwen
Junior Volleyball recesses depending on staff availability McCallum, McDonald


Inclement Weather Pic

Inclement Weather Procedures

Inclement Weather – Where Families Can Get Updates

Click here to read more.

Playground Equipment closed until Spring

Just a reminder, as per the posted signs, our climber and garden will be closed until the Spring.

A notice will be sent out when everything is open again!


With the cold weather comes the falling of snow. Snow is a very fun part of the winter season for our

students, however, it can generate trouble if it is not used appropriately. Please help us remind our students that snow stays on the ground at school during the school day. 


December 10th is HUMAN RIGHTS Day!

Human Rights Day is observed every year on 10 December — the day the United Nations General Assembly adopted, in 1948, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Click here to read more.

Lost And Found

Lost and Found

When you are in the school, please make a point of checking out our lost and found which is located in the front foyer of the school.

Classroom teachers take their students to retrieve items on a regular basis.

At the end of the month, items are donated to non-profit organizations (Hope House, Women’s crisis center).

Privacy: Be Kind Online 

See below for tips and resources for students/children related to bullying prevention and online safety.

 Cyber Safety Top Three Tips:

Treat others online as you would want to be treated Stop and think before you post or send a message Be fast to report



Cyberbullying is online bullying to intimidate, hurt or humiliate someone. It can be very harmful because there is no safe zone. It can reach you anytime and anywhere, and can quickly be seen by a lot of people.

Cyberbullying examples:

Sending mean or threatening emails or text/instant messages; Sharing an embarrassing or image of someone

Pretending to be someone by using their name. Spreading hurtful gossip, secrets, rumours or lies. Ganging up on someone in a video game.

It can make you:

Feel alone, sad, scared, frustrated or angry. Feel badly about yourself, your friendships, and your life. Want to avoid school, activities or anywhere else people may know you.

 What can you do about it?

Be kind online:

Don’t send or post anything that might hurt someone else Treat everyone you meet online with respect

Be safe online:

Protect your privacy: use privacy settings on social media and don’t share your personal information or passwords with anyone

Know who your friends are: be careful who you accept and restrict access for friends of friends and the public

Ask for help: if you made a mistake or are worried, feel threatened, or are being cyberbullied, talk to your parents or an adult you can trust

If you are being cyberbullied:

Don’t reply with nasty messages; Block or break off contact with the person

Talk to your parents/guardians, a safe adult, your school, the site/app, or the police to get help If you see someone else being cyberbullied:

Do not like or share messages — it can make things worse

If you know the bully and feel that it is safe to do so, tell them that cyberbullying is not okay Talk to an adult you can trust so they can help you deal with it




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