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!
We are so proud of Mr Jack MacKenzie, who will be featured in the Lifestyles section of the Regina LeaderPost on Saturday, November 8. This article will also highlight the silent auction and sale of many of Mr MacKenzie's collectibles, which will be held at the school on Friday, November 28 (in conjunction with Three Way Conferences). All proceeds from this sale will go directly to Mr MacKenzie's Random Acts of Kindness fund.
Friday, November 7 (2) - Grade 6- 8 Band Sectionals (all day)
Grades 3 and 4
Battle of the Books Mini Tournaments
We will be starting our Battle of the Books mini tournaments
for Grades 3 & 4. We have 12 teams registered. The mini
tournaments will take place at noon. Please have your child
bring his/her lunch to school on the days of the mini tournaments.
The students will eat their lunch in the library. The tournaments will
start at 12:00 PM. Please don’t send any microwave food with your
child on the day of the tournaments.
Parents are welcome to attend any of the mini tournaments.
Please mark the dates below on your calendars. If there are
any changes because of conflicts with other programs, the
changes will appear on this site.
Thurs., Nov. 6th - mini tournament in our library
Thurs., Nov. 13th - mini tournament in our library
Tues.,Nov. 18th - mini tournament in our library
Tues., Dec. 2nd - mini tournament in our library
Wed., Dec. 10th - mini tournament in our library
Tues., Dec. 9th - mini tournament in the gym at 2:30 with St. Gabriel’s Grade 3-4 Battle students. The Grade 3-4 classes are invited to our battle. Parents are also invited.
Thank you, Mrs. C. Wilkie
Jack MacKenzie School will be holding a Remembrance Day Ceremony on Friday, November 7 at 10:45. We would be honoured by your presence at this solemn event.
The Jack MacKenzie SLC has been busy planning lots of fun activities for the upcoming week!
K-Grade 3: We will be having a Colouring Contest. Look for notes to come out on Monday, with entries due on Thursday Oct 30. Prizes will be awarded!
Grade 4-8: We will be hosting a Pumpkin Carving Contest. Details will be sent out on Monday, with entries due at school on Thursday Oct 30. Prizes will be awarded by classroom!
Thursday, October 30: In the afternoon, the SLC will be hosting an Integration afternoon for Kindergarten to Grade 3 students. All sorts of fun and gooey activities will be involved in this afternoon!
Friday, October 31: The Jack MacKenzie gym will be the location of a Halloween Howl Dance! K- 5 students will be from 12:45 - 2:00, and Grade 6-8 students will be dancing from 2:10 - 3:30. Will anyone dance the Thriller?!! Costumes are encouraged for the afternoon only.