November 24 - 28
Mr MacKenzie and Mr Clarke are TV stars! The duo were promoting the Silent Auction to be held next Friday, November 28 in the Jack MacKenzie gym. Items on sale are treasures from Mr MacKenzie's personal collection. All proceeds shall go to the Jack MacKenzie Random Acts of Kindness Trust fund. Please come out and show your support for this worthy cause!
Report cards will be distributed at 3:30 on Friday, November 21. Three-Way conferences invitations will be sent out that day as well. Conferences will be held the following week, Friday, November 28.
The Regina Public Schools Elementary School City Final Volleyball Tournament is on Thursday, November 20. Our very own Jack MacKenzie Girls Coyotes team will be playing for GOLD! The tournaments starts at 3:00pm and runs until 10pm. There will be a canteen available until 8pm, run by the Jack MacKenzie SLC. Come out and support our team and Go Coyotes!
Friday, November 21 - Mrs Quick's Kindergarten classes to the Royal Saskatchewan Museum
Jack MacKenzie School is pleased to invite you to our Annual Christmas Concert, to be held Thursday, December 18. Performances will be 1:15 and 7:00 pm. Please join us in kicking off the holiday season!
BY IRENE SEIBERLING, LEADER-POST NOVEMBER 7, 2014
“Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.”
— Mark Twain
REGINA — Jack MacKenzie practises what he preaches.
“We are at our best when we are kind to others,” the 87-year-old retired educator said in an interview at the southeast Regina school that bears his name.
That’s why, after Jack MacKenzie Elementary School was opened in 2000, he decided to establish the Random Acts of Kindness Trust Fund for elementary school students in Regina Public Schools.
And that’s why now, while in the process of downsizing from a house into a condo, MacKenzie is allowing the school to auction off many of the possessions he accumulated during his world travels, and donating the proceeds to the Random Acts of Kindness Trust Fund.
“I’m single,” MacKenzie explained. “I thought about what I should do with my money. And I decided why not use it to implement random acts of kindness. The fund is based on my beliefs.”
“There will be three sales,” said Sarah Haidey, chair of the SCC (School Community Council) at Jack MacKenzie Elementary School.
An online auction will be launched in mid November; a silent auction will be held at the school (3838 Buckingham Dr.) on Nov. 28; and, an estate sale will be held Dec. 6.
“All the money is going to the fund,” she said. “It’s to put an influx of funds into it.”
The more that’s donated to the fund, the more projects can be funded annually, she added.
MacKenzie smiled as he recalled some of the acts of kindness the fund has inspired in the community and globally. Grade 3 students, for example, have been providing much-appreciated companionship for residents at the Santa Maria Senior Citizens Home, reading to them, doing crafts, playing games or singing with them. The fund covers the students’ transportation costs.
Grade 2 students did fundraising to help make the Splash Park at the Sandra Shmirler Leisure Centre a reality.
Grade 7 and 8 students put together about 20 Christmas hampers annually, which are donated to needy families in Regina.
When a Douglas Park family lost all their possessions in a house fire several years ago, students collected donations and presented the family with gift certificates to use to replace some of their things.
Students have also supported the Cambodia School Project, which purchases school supplies for an elementary school class in Cambodia.
“The most important aspect of any project is that the students must feel that it is their project,” MacKenzie emphasized.
“The fund is supporting it. But the students are putting in effort and may also be fundraising for the project.”
While the fund started at Jack MacKenzie school, it now also supports random acts of kindness projects at other Regina elementary schools.
“The fund is getting students to think about ways to give back to their community,” said Russ Clarke, principal at Jack MacKenzie Elementary School, adding that interested groups can contact him to make an application to the Jack MacKenzie trust fund.
“The fund is to provide the opportunity, motivation, guidance and financial resources to initiate and implement worthwhile projects to target deserving persons, groups or environmental causes,” MacKenzie read from a monthly newsletter for Regina Public Schools staff.
“The goal of the fund is to serve as a catalyst and provide some of the financial resources to help children release their unlimited potential for creativity, idealism, and empathy of worthwhile projects of kindness.”
By helping others, MacKenzie said he hopes students will also experience “the joy of effort.”
“And they will see that they can make a difference.”
November 10 - 14
Monday, November 10 - Professional Development Day - No School for Students
Tuesday, November 11 - Remembrance Day Holiday
Wednesday November 12 (3) - UMOJA rehearsal 8:00 a.m.
Wednesday November 12 - Dance Club Practice, Afternoon Recess (2 pm)
Thursday November 13 (4)-TIER 1 Meeting 8:15
Thurs., Nov. 13th - Battle of the Books Tournament for Grades 3-4 in the library at noon. Eat your lunch in the library.
Thursday, November 12th-13th: Girls' A Volleyball practice @ Noon.
Thursday, November 13th: Girls' A Volleyball Semi-Final Playoff game @ Douglas Park after school today. Good luck girls!!
Thursday November 13 - Senior Choir at noon
Thursday, November 13th - Percussion Ensemble Kick-off at Balfour 4-5 PM
Thursday, November 13th (4) - Grade 7 & 8 Band Sectionals (PM)
Thursday, November 13th (4) - Grade 6 Full Band 2:15 - 3:37
Friday, November 14 - Crime Prevention Program in Grade 5 @ 9:15 am, Mrs. Aiginitis' class
What a touching Remembrance Day ceremony at Jack MacKenzie this morning. We were touched by tributes from Mrs. Riou's Grade 6 class and our talented Senior Choir. The singing of Imagine at the end of the ceremony brought emotion and a sense of optimism. Thank you to special guests Sgt. Dan Toppings, Cstb. Todd Jerome, our piper Justin Inkson, and of course honourary flag bearer Mr Jack MacKenzie. We remember.
Bring your new, clean clothing and books to Jack MacKenzie School between Wednesday, November 12 and Wednesday, November 19.
Clothing items will be donated to Arcola Community School and the books will be donated to Kitchener School.
Top 5 Clothing items:
-Boots / Shoes
Top 3 Wanted Books
-easy reader books
Thanks in advance for your generosity!