Friday, 29 June 2018

Happy Summer!

Thank-you to all our families for another amazing year. Together we have supported the growth of your children in all areas.  The staff of JLPS feel privileged to have had this opportunity. As we continued to focus on improving student achievement and well being, the dedicated staff at JLPS built strong relationships with your child, providing for them an enriching and challenging curriculum. We are committed at JLPS to ensuring that all our students are part of a supportive environment and our community partners supported this through your willingness to support all our activities including, BINGO and Movie Nights, Snowflake Dance-at-thon, Spring Baskets and various other fundraising activities.  Your help has ensured that your child has current technology and literacy resources in their class each day.

As this year comes to a close we will be seeing a great deal of change in our student numbers, welcoming many new families to our community. We also have had some staff changes. Mr. Pereira is moving on to another school as he continues to build his professional capacity leading towards a position as an Administrator one day soon. We said good-bye also to Ms. Di Nardo and Ms. Mann who were here while two other of our JLPS staff were on Maternity Leave.

We would like to welcome back Mrs. Minichillo and Mrs. Pereira (nee Colussi) from their Maternity Leave and the following new staff: Mrs. Crimi, Mrs. Wong, Mrs. Tzakas, Mrs. Zenardo, Mrs. Soustos, Mr. Burge and Mrs. Lorusso.Further, I am happy to announce that Mrs. Melanie Seigel will be our new Vice Principal. She will be shared between Teston Village and ourselves. Our JLPS family keeps growing!

On behalf of the staff and students of JLPS we wish all our families a safe and happy summer and we will see you all back on Tuesday, September 4, 2018.

Congratulations to our graduating class of 2018!

End of Year Letter from our Director

Monday, 11 June 2018

Movie Night!

Just a reminder of our last community event on Thursday, June 14, Movie Night!

A Wrinkle in Time will be shown starting at 6:30pm.
Admittance is free!
Popcorn, juice, water and pizza will be sold.
Everyone is welcome.
Proceeds go to support Grade 8 Graduation.

Thursday, 7 June 2018

Our Chicks have hatched!

Our Kindergarten students have had some fun, furry, yellow visitors at our school this week! Our eggs from Green Acres farm have finally hatched! As of this morning, we have 11 baby chicks! Students in all grades have been visiting the chicks all day and we are loving the excitement! There is a video camera on the chicks 24/7, so you can watch them from home!
Please go to the following link:
Simply click on our school name (Johnny Lombardi PS) to watch the live video stream of our chicks in their brooder box! 

Wednesday, 30 May 2018

Bike Success

Thank-you to all our families who supported our Bike Week Campaign!
Each day the amount of students riding bikes or scooters increased.  Let's see if we can continue to help the planet and increase our physical activity by continuing with this commitment for the rest of the school year! 
Thank-you to Ms. Wolfstadt for tracking our progress and helping to organize this event!

Tuesday, 29 May 2018

Early Release Day

All schools in the York Region District School Board are committed to improving student achievement and well-being.  On Thursday, June 28, 2018, an early release day will take place to allow elementary teachers and support staff to take part in meetings during the afternoon of that day.  These meetings will allow for school staff to engage in culminating activities regarding the review and revision of the School’s Improvement Plan as well as year-end and transition activities that support student success. 

As has been our practice in the past, students will attend school during the morning of Thursday, June 28, 2018 only.  Students will be dismissed early that day at 11:00am.  Arrangements will be made to ensure that students who are normally bused to and from school will receive transportation at this time.  Parents/guardians whose children attend after school child care should make appropriate arrangements to address this change in schedule.

Friday, 25 May 2018

Letter from our Director

May 24, 2018

Dear YRDSB Families,

As you may be aware, season two of the Netflix series 13 Reasons Why became
available on Netflix May 18, 2018. As you may recall from our letter last spring, the
series deals with the difficult topic of suicide and other complex issues. Season one
outlined the story of a 17-year-old girl who dies by suicide. She leaves behind
cassette tapes for 13 people whose actions she perceived as reasons why she killed
herself. Season two explores several other difficult topics including self-harm/cutting,
bullying, struggles with identity, sexual assault, gun violence and more, which may
be emotionally triggering for vulnerable students.

Although the creators of the series indicate the intent of the show is to help students
recognize their effect on others, it does not present viable alternatives to suicide, or
have a strong focus on seeking help. There are many negative portrayals of adults
and seeking help within the series. This is not a helpful message for youth.

Series like 13 Reasons Why may promote myths and misinformation about suicide.
We hope the information in this letter will help you have open conversations with
your child. Discussing important but difficult topics with your child lets them know
you are open to talking about these subjects. This may make it more likely they
will talk to you if they have any concerns/challenges. If young people do not feel
they can talk to adults about these subjects, they are likely to seek advice on the
internet or from friends, or worse may not talk to anyone.

You may wish to ask your child if they have heard of or seen this series.
If your child has not already watched the series but would like to, review it
first yourself. Consider watching it together rather than having them watch it
alone. This will help you to know how your child is affected by the content.
While many youths know the difference between a TV drama and real life,
talking with adults about this subject is very important. Adults can help share
the message that suicide is not a solution to problems and help is available.
You can help your child process their feelings and answer questions about the
issues in the series. This is particularly important if you feel your child is isolated,
struggling or vulnerable.

The following suggestions may help with the conversation:  Remind them that
the series is fictional. Share that it is normal to experience periods of stress and
distress. Offer healthy coping strategies, such as. exercise, art, journaling, talking
to friends and adults they trust.  Let them know that there are adults at school who
care and can help. Talk about where to seek support if they need it from family
members, counsellors, coaches, teachers, faith leaders, a crisis line like
Kids Help Phone - 1-800-668-6868.  Talk openly about emotional distress and suicide.
Doing so in a fact-based manner does not increase suicide risk (see tips below).
If you have concerns about your child’s mental health, see your family physician
and/or share your concerns with the school.  If the concern is more urgent, you may
call York Region’s Crisis Response Service, 1-855- 310-COPE (2673), the
Mental Health Helpline 1-866-531-2600, or take your child to a hospital emergency
department. If there is an emergency call 911.

***If you do not want your child to watch this show, Netflix has some resources to
help parents. They offer a parental control you can apply individually to this series i
n the form of a PIN number. You can assign a unique code for both seasons of
“13 Reasons Why.” You can set this in the account section of your Netflix account.
As family members it can be difficult to know if a loved one is struggling with thoughts of suicide.

The information below offers several important considerations.
Possible signs someone may be having thoughts of suicide:  
- Suicide threats, both direct (“I am going to kill myself.” “I need life to stop.”), and
indirect (“I need it to stop.” “I wish I could fall asleep and never wake up.”). Threats
can be verbal or written and are often found in online postings (Instagram, Facebook)  
- Preoccupation with death in conversation, writing, drawing and social media  
- Changes in behavior, appearance/hygiene, sleep habits, thoughts and/or feelings.

This can include someone who is typically sad who suddenly becomes extremely happy.  
- Emotional distress.  
- Withdrawing from friends and family

Trust yourself as a parent/guardian. If you feel something is not right with your child or
notice any of the signs above, do not hesitate to ask directly about thoughts of suicide.
This may be a tough conversation to have, but sends a message that you are open to
talking about suicide and increases the chances your child will seek help.

That might sound like, “Sometimes when people are under stress, having trouble with
friends, and worrying a lot, they have thoughts of suicide. Are you having thoughts of suicide?”

Help is Available:
Many staff members in York Region District School Board are trained in suicide
intervention and want to help. If you have concerns about your child’s mental health,
or need additional resources, please talk to your family doctor or contact your child’s
school. Our staff members are committed to supporting the well-being of every YRDSB
learner and can help to connect you with resources for support.

To learn more about safely talking about suicide, consider taking suicide intervention
training. Find out more at