Earth Day @ JSPS and in our Community

April 22, 2014

You can make every day Earth Day!

  • Every year, each Canadian uses the products of one tree, 100 feet tall and 18 inches in diameter. Head out and replace what you have used by joining a local community group at a tree planting event.
  • Every day, each Canadian produces 2.2 kilograms of waste. That means that together we create more than 25 billion kilograms of waste each year. Rethink how you view garbage, what happens after you toss it out.
  • Canada is the third largest producer of greenhouse gases per capita in the world, following the United States and Australia. To do your part in helping Canada achieve its Kyoto goals, cut back on your energy use at home, work and on the road.
  • You can save four per cent of your heating costs by turning your thermostat down just one degree Celsius. Make a habit of turning it down before going to bed or on vacation.
  • A five-minute shower with a standard showerhead uses 100 litres of water. Install a flow aerated showerhead and reduce the amount of water used by as much as two-thirds.
  • You have seven days each week in which to enjoy the outdoors. Hike a trail, visit a local park, go exploring at the beach, strap on some snowshoes, paddle down the river, sketch a bird, and organize a community picnic.
  • The average driver spends five to 10 minutes idling each day. That figure does not seem like much until you realize that at that rate, Canada idles for more than 80 million minutes each day. Remember 10 seconds of idling uses more fuel than turning off your engine.
  • 95 per cent of energy is saved by producing aluminium from a recycled can rather than from “scratch”. Choose recycled products, products with less packaging, and reusable items to reduce your environmental impact.
  • Compact fluorescent light bulbs last 10 times longer and use 75 per cent less energy than standard light bulbs. Install these energy saving bulbs and save $35 in energy costs over the lifetime of the bulb.
  • Be sure to check your local listings or Earth Day Canada’s website to find out what events are planned in your area in celebration of Earth Day.


Lost and Found

April 10, 2014

Good day everyone.  We have put out the lost and found by the gym.  We will

keep it out until Wed. April 16th and will be sending anything that is left

to the Good Will by April 17th

.  Please take the time to come in and check it out.  Many


Fundraiser Starts April 15th

April 7, 2014

Big Box of Birthday Cards Fundraiser

Our fundraising campaign will begin Tuesday, April 15 and end Monday, May 5. Students will be selling the Big Box of Birthday Cards, the box includes a variety of 30 birthday cards for $30. Our school will receive $10 from every box sold. Students are encouraged to sell to family, family co-workers, and friends (for safety reasons door-to-door sales are discouraged). The top selling class will win a pizza party, top selling student will win a 16GB iPod Touch. The grand prize will be a draw to win a 16GB iPad Air. To enter the draw for the grand prize, students will receive a ballot for every 3 boxes sold. The more boxes sold, the more chances of winning the big prize! Good luck and thank you for your support.  ( Please make any cheques out to Jean Steckle Public School ).

Your School Council




Spring Walk to School Day

April 2, 2014


We are encouraging ALL students to walk to school on Wed. April 9, 2014. Walking to school benefits the environment and keeps our bodies healthy. Use the sidewalks and cross with the crossing guard. Make sure to dress for the weather. Find your friends and walk together.

Let’s get walking Steckle Sting!


March 28, 2014

Saturday March 29th from 8:30 pm to 9:30 pm we celebrate EARTH HOUR by turning off all the lights, TVs, computers and devices that use electricity. Please share this information with friends and family. Earth Hour ADScreen Shot 2014-03-28 at 11.12.33 AM

A Message from the City: Crossing Guard

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 or calling 519-741-2200 ext.7232.

Crossing Guard @ JSPS – March 17!

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.

Severe Weather – School Buses Cancelled

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.

Kindergarten Registration Continuing. Spread the News!

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.   You may register at anytime for Sept. 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.