March 4, 2014
The City of Kitchener will be moving the crossing guard facility on Huron Road at Featherstone Street to Woodbine Avenue at Seabrook Drive effective Monday March 17. The last day of service for the crossing guard facility on Huron Road at Featherstone Street will be on Friday March 7.
School Crossing signs will be posted on Woodbine Avenue. Crosswalk lines and a concrete pad will be installed when weather permits. We ask all motorists accessing the school parking lot at bell times to drive with extreme caution and pay very close attention to students who are using the driveway apron until the concrete pad can be installed.
We encourage all students who need to cross Woodbine Avenue to make their way to Seabrook Drive, use the facility and obey the crossing guard. This includes waiting until the crossing guard has assumed his position in the roadway indicates it is safe to cross. Drivers who are in the area at bell times are required to come to a full stop well in advance of the crosswalk when encountering the crossing guard on the roadway with the stop paddle displayed. They should remain stopped until all students and the crossing guard have cleared the roadway.
Please feel free to contact Ronald Schirm at the City of Kitchener with any questions or comments at Ronald.email@example.com or calling 519-741-2200 ext.7232.
February 28, 2014
The City of Kitchener has just finalized (finally) plans for a Crossing Guard out front at the corner of Woodbine and Seabrook Ave. Jeff, our Guard from Huron and Featherstone will be moved to his new station just out front of the school effective March 17, 2014! What does this mean for our families? We ask that all pedestrian traffic cross with Jeff at the corner of Woodbine and Seabrook and not at other spots along Woodbine. Students and families will be directed down the concrete walkway between our parking lot and the child care area and to the back of the school where they are to meet their class lines (and not through the school’s front doors).
We know that this more controlled crossing on Woodbine will result in fewer cars driving to Jean Steckle and we are looking forward to less congestion both in our lot and in the childcare’s designated parking spaces.
We also ask that drivers in the area continue your diligence in watching for pedestrians. We may look at closing off the area in front of the child care to Steckle parents all together to keep that walk way safe for our walkers.
Thank you for your ongoing cooperation.
February 21, 2014
All school buses and special education taxis in WRDSB are cancelled today due to the freezing rain however Jean Steckle is open! Be very careful if you must drive into our lot with these slippery conditions and adhere to all signage. Be safe today.
February 20, 2014
Live Free Campaign
One in ten children arrives at school without enough food.
What could you give up to help raise money for our Nutrition for Learning program? Starting next week February 24 to 28 we are asking you to give up something to give back. The Live Free Campaign is a simple promise to live FREE of something (anything of your choice) for one day. Then bring in some change to make a change in your community.
February 18, 2014
We are still doing Kindergarten Registration. If you know of anyone living in your area, and has not registered their child for the 2014-2015 school year, please let them know to call the school or come into register. We would like to get as many registered by March the 17th, 2014. If at anytime you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call the school. Just a reminder that the Kindergarten Information night for brand new J.K. students and S.K. students who never went to J.K. will be on Thursday May 15th, 2014 at 6:00 until 7:30 pm. Thank you.
February 12, 2014
The traffic situation in our lot is not improving despite our attempts to educate our families around the growing traffic concerns and poor driver behaviour. It is imperative that cars are not left unattended in our lot on school property, ever! There will be increased signage on our school property (installed soon) more clearly indicating where student drop-off and pick-up areas are as well as where the bus loading zone is. The side of the school from the corner crosswalk down to the fence (along the curb) is a fire route with no stopping signs clearly in place. Our parents are expected to adhere to these signs already in place. There is no student drop-off directly in front of the school or along the curb in front of the YWCA child care. This causes a back log of cars coming into our lot from Seabrook and Woodbine thereby impeding their flow. Student drop-off must be done further down the side of the building near the exit of our parking lot. The rear doors of the school will remain unlocked until 8:40 am so students entering late don’t have to walk outside all the way around to the front of the building. Parent volunteers are needed to help with monitoring our lot and to keep cars moving safely. Please contact the office if you can help.
We can expect to see City of Kitchener Bylaw officers on school property shortly to enforce the signage indicating there is no stopping in designated fire routes.
Should things grow too unsafe for our students and parent community we will close the parking lot off completely to all parent traffic in the interests of ensuring student safety. This could happen at any time should the need arise. Please help us keep things safe in our lot by not leaving your car unattended, driving with care and caution, and by adhering to all signage.
Please feel free to use Seabrook or Parkvale to park and walk your child on to school property. Your cooperation is appreciated.
January 20, 2014
Kindergarten Registration will be on Wednesday Feb.12 and Friday Feb. 14th. School age children for JK. must be born in the year 2010 & SK new to the system who never attended JK must be born in 2009.
Now making appointments for Kindergarten registration. You may call the school to make your appointment for the Feb. 12th and Feb. 14th and at that time pick up your registration package. If you do not live in our area, you must go to your home school to register. If you have any further questions, please feel free to call the school at 519-748-1919. Thank you.
December 10, 2013
Monday – 274 bears donated for our community
Tuesday - $590 for turkey dinners donated to families in our community
Wednesday - 82 pairs of mitts, 305 pairs of socks, 80 hats, and 9 scarves for children in our community
Thursday – $300 in Canadian Tire money to purchase gifts for kids without
Friday – 21 boxes of food for the Food Bank of Waterloo Region
THANK YOU FOR YOUR GENEROSITY!
December 4, 2013
Being so thankful to have this beautiful school makes us want to share good will with others less fortunate. The Roots and Shoots Club has coordinated a full week of giving involving local charities with the intent being to keep the help within our own community.
We are happy to be able to help those in less fortunate positions and we thank you, and The Roots and Shoots Club, for your support of this week-long goodwill drive.
November 25, 2013
From Mrs. Statz in the Office:
Dear Parents/Guardians. Thank you for being so diligent in using our Attendance line (519-570-8018 Ext. 3943#). Our priority is the safe arrival of your children. Along with your help, we have notice how wonderful you are in calling our school too let us know if your child/ren are going to be away/have an appointment or just going to be late. Once again, thank you for helping me do my job better.