Friday, March 16, 2018

Dear Jack Mack Families,

Pedestrian safety continues to be a growing concern around Elementary Schools. We are lucky to have student volunteers who have been trained by the Regina Police Services to help the younger students cross our street safely.  As they are doing their job to protect, we ask parents and families for assistance.  Please be extra alert as you drive through our intersection.  If Patrollers are in the street, holding up their Stop sign, please stop your vehicle.  Since they have direct orders to not stop moving vehicles, they cannot enter the street when a vehicle is coming.  Please be sensitive to this.  They have received the training and are following proper protocol.   Many times, however, drivers do not adhere to their signs, and continue to drive through our stationed patrollers.  This puts our patrollers and young pedestrians at risk.

Let’s all work together to make our road safe!  Please be attentive, patient, and a positive role model.

Thank you.

Jack Mack Safety Patrol

Monday, March 12, 2018

Hello everyone.

Tonight Planned Parenthood will be here at the school to discuss how to talk to teens about sexual health.  This will take place in the Arts/Science room from 6:30 to 8:00 pm. 

Celebration of Learning is happening this Thursday.  Students are expected to be with their project, ready to present to anyone visiting for the entire afternoon as well as from 4:00 pm to 6:45 pm.  If you are not able to stick around for Thursday evening, please come to present your project sometime between 9:00 am and 12:00 pm on Friday.  There are no classes on Friday.

After the Celebration of Learning on Thursday evening, we will have our information meeting with Grade 8's parents.  This is to discuss the Grade 8 Farewell, happening on June 19th.  This meeting should begin at 7:00 pm and run until 8:00 pm.  If you are not able to make it to this meeting, but would like to help with the preparations in some way, please let me know.  We can connect you with the other parents after the meeting.

Thanks for checking in.

Friday, March 9, 2018

Good afternoon parents.

The following letter was sent home earlier this week but here is a copy, in case you didn't see it earlier.

Monday, March 5, 2018
Dear Parents,
Planned Parenthood Regina (PPR) is pleased to announce their Educational Blitz for Adults project supported by the Community Initiatives Fund (CIF). This campaign aims to directly educate and impact adults, parents and service providers who work with youth to inform, equip and enhance their skills to “begin the conversation” with younger generations about sexual health.
Saskatchewan has the highest rates of STI’s, HIV and unplanned pregnancy per capita in Canada. As an agency Planned Parenthood Regina has seen a growing number of phone calls from parents and community service providers asking for assistance with accurate information on sexually transmitted infections (STI’s) and contraceptives. Parents and community service providers are also asking for information on how to speak with youth about sexual health. Many adults claim that as youth they were never provided with this information and never had important adults in their lives talk to them about sexual health.
On Monday, March 12 from 6:30 - 8:00 pm, Planned Parenthood will be at Jack MacKenzie School to meet with parents and offer suggestions/guidance to address sexual health questions and concerns of youth they know. The education program focuses on addressing the importance of talking with youth about sexual health and provides information, discussion and resources to participants. The evening will be geared towards parents with children in Grades 5 and up however, all parents/caregivers are welcome to attend. Please note, this is an evening for adults only as it is not intended to replace the conversation at home. 
If you have any questions please contact Marilyn Embury @ or Amanda Scollan @
We are looking forward to an informative night of gaining insight on teachable moments and tips for talking to kids on this very important topic.

Amanda Scollan and Marilyn Embury

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Good afternoon everyone.

We are cruising through the Month of March and those due dates are not going away.  Please spend time this weekend, finishing up your Heritage Fair essays and display boards.  Speeches are due Monday, March 19th, so please spend time on those this weekend too. 

We have a busy week coming up.  Grade 8's have Tartan's in Training during the morning of Tuesday, March 13th.  We are all going to the Do It With Class production, The Wiz, on Wednesday, March 14th.  Your Heritage Fair projects will be the focus of our Celebration of Learning on Thursday, March 15th from 4 - 7 pm and on Friday, March 16th from 9 am - 12 pm.  If you are present on Thursday evening, you do not need to come on Friday morning.  There are no classes on Friday. 

We are still waiting for some payments.  The DIWC matinee on Wednesday needs to be paid for online as well as the payment for the spirit flute project.  The sooner we get those payments the sooner we can place the order and get going on the project.

That's all for now.  Have a great evening and remember that you have the day off tomorrow.

Monday, February 26, 2018

ELA Project Calendar March 2018


Feb. 26
Day 4
Intro Speeches
Feb. 27
Day 5
IMAX/Science Centre Day
Feb. 28
Day 1
Heritage essay – peer editing

Day 2
Final Day for Heritage essay – work on final draft
Day 3`
Day 4
Writing speech
Day 5
Writing speech
Day 1
Writing speech
Day 2
Heritage display board work period
PD Day – no school
Commonwealth Day
Day 3
Day 4
Tartan’s in Training
Heritage display board work period
Day 5
DIWC matinee
Day 1
Celebration of Learning – Heritage Fair 4:00pm-7:00pm
Day 2
Celebration of Learning – Heritage Fair 9:00am-
Day 3
Speeches Due
Day 4
Day 5
Classroom Speak-off
Day 1
Classroom Speak-off
Day 2
Day 3
Day 4
School Speak off
Day 5
Day 1
Good Friday

7/8 Arts Education
This year our Gr. 7/8 classes will have the opportunity to build, paint, and learn to play northern spirit flutes.  Through this project, our students will gain a greater awareness and understanding of indigenous art and culture.   They are really excited about this project and anxious to get started!  Please go to school cash on-line to purchase an unassembled flute for your child by this Wednesday, February 28.  I will send out the order once all payments are complete.  The cost per flute is $15.50. 
On another note, we are excited to host Beau Dixon this coming Thursday at 9 AM In the gym.  Beau is an award-winning playwright, actor, and musician from Ontario.  He will present his play, “Beneath Springhill:  The Maurice Ruddick Story” before leading a workshop with some of our students.  I would like to thank the Canadian Playwright’s Guild for giving us a grant for event!  Families are welcome to attend. 
Mrs. Reschny

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Hello everyone.

I guess if you're checking my blog while you're on holidays that means you miss me already, right?  Of course!!!!  I have a couple of reminders:
1. Spend some time working on your Heritage Fair project during the break.  Once you're back to school we will begin working on speeches;
2. Try to spend some time with your groups from Health class to get those commercials ready.

If you're going anywhere, have a safe and fabulous trip.  I know I might take an exciting trip to Walmart - woohoo!  Have a relaxing week off everyone.