Ministry of Education
Provincial and Demonstration Schools Branch

Wolf News – June 2019

Date: July 3, 2019 | Categories: sir james whitney | Tags: newsletter

Principal’s Message

Greetings from the desk of Principal Janice DrakeLet’s celebrate what we all accomplished at the end of our school year 2018-2019 with our blue and yellow pride. June is the month when our students were reminded to stay focused such as completing projects and being assessed to know and see how they have improved since last fall. The end of the year is hard – no doubt – as approaching transitions, minds wander to the summer head, and it being hot in classrooms. Yet, they mustered our strength and resilience and brought our excellence to Sir James Whitney School in the final days.  This last month of school was a time to dig in and celebrate the joy of learning. I would like to congratulate you, staff, students and  parents/guardians for maintaining your commitment as well as being focused and ready to finish strong together! Enjoy reading our last issue of the year of 2018-2019!

Before sending this out to our newsletter editor, I would like to give my appreciation to Ms. Sheri Manktelow for her amazing promotion with our monthly newsletter. Thank you all for submitting your photos and articles. If you want to give us any feedback, please reply with your suggestions before July 1st.

Hey, I am not quite done here yet, because I want to give my heartfelt appreciation to you all, before starting my new journey of retirement. I look back at what we all did together since my first day that I arrived here.  It is truly my pleasure and an honour to work and learn together with you, all of you. It’s my time to leave this wonderful school and you made my years as SJW Principal so memorable that their memories are treasured in my heart. My best wish for you all is to showcase SJW as the best school for new students, new parents and especially for the new Principal!

Have a great and safe summer!

ASL News

Thank you everyone for your support this year!!

ASL Literary Night on June 6, 2019 was a success! All students did wonderful presenting their ASL work on stage. Everyone was enthralled with Dr. Sam Supalla’s ASL story and some educational tidbits. On Friday, June 7, Dr. Sam Supalla gave workshops for our students.

We would like to take the time to recognize the people that made this event successful!

  • ASL Literary Night Committee (Sheri Manktelow, Debbie Sicoli, Lianne Valiquette, Coral Brewster, Norbert Irion, Danny Elliott and Jonathan Nicoll)
  • Master of Ceremonies: Mahmoud Falah & Bhanu Rijal
  • De’VIA Gallery: Laurie Gashinski & Kerry McKinnon
  • Decorations: Rosanne Mark
  • Refreshments: Violetta Welsh
  • Cupcakes: Tech Class
  • Photographer: Donna Fano
  • Videographers: Tyson Purdy & Alec Anderson
  • Stage/spotlighting: Nobert Irion
  • Interpreters: Coral Brewster, Danny Elliott & Lisa Watson
  • Tech Support: Sean Tait
  • Donators towards charity haircut and door prizes
  • Volunteers at admission and booths
  • Lastly, Sam Supalla for coming all the way from Arizona!

Goal Achieved – Over $1,000 Raised!

We raised over $1,000!!! Thank you to the highest donator, Kristin Snoddon. Her 2 children, Daisy and Miranda had the honour to cut Ms. Manktelow’s hair, as promised. The hair has been donated to Children With Hair Loss.

We raised over $1,000!!! Thank you to the highest donator, Kristin Snoddon. Her 2 children, Daisy and Miranda had the honour to cut Ms. Manktelow’s hair, as promised. The hair has been donated to Children With Hair Loss.

Accessible Canada Act passed recognizing sign languages!

On Friday, June 21, 2019, The Governor General of Canada, Julie Payette, granted Royal Assent for the Bill C-81, in the Senate Chamber.

Bill C-81, the Accessible Canada Act, is now law at Parliament of Canada under federal jurisdiction with recognition of American Sign Language (ASL), langue des signes québécoise (LSQ) and Indigenous Sign Languages (ISLs).

Education Corner

Summer Reading

Check out the TD Summer Reading club at your local library.  A fun and free way to encourage your child to read this summer. Register at your public library to receive a Reading log and access code.  Check out the fun activities on the TD Summer Reading club website.  Happy reading!

See you in the fall, Joan (Library)

Education Week

Read the newsletter.

Graduation and Award Ceremonies

Congratulations to the 2019 Graduates and award winners!!

Grade 8 Graduates: Jonah and Danika
Grade 12 Graduates: Alicia, Bhanu, Emma and Mahmoud

The Black Drum

A wonderful opportunity to watch a new concept of visual production of music arised in Toronto. The Black Drum consists of all Deaf performers and the majority of the crew members are Deaf. 30 of us from grade 7 and up attended the performance then toured the Deaf Culture Centre afterwards. We all were inspired by the creativity and the production of this Signed Musical.

SJW’S 150th Anniversary

Read the newsletter.

Congratulations to Laurie

Congratulations to Laurie Gashinski for being selected as one of 50 most influential alumni graduates from Queen’s Faculty of Education!. What an accomplishment! We’re proud of you Laurie and we’re lucky we have you at SJW.


Happy Retirement

Happy retirement to our beloved principal, Janice Drake and our teacher, Gary Jasmann. We wish you all the best in your new journey in life.  We will miss you!


Upcoming Events

September 2019

  • September 3: 1st day of school
  • September 23: International Day of Sign Languages