Jamison Journal

June 2, 2015

Jamison Community / Summer plans?

Another year is coming to a close. Students are excited about summer vacation and special plans.

With that stated, I often get the question from parents, "what should I have my son/daughter do over summer break?"

My honest opinion is...read, continue to reinforce math facts, write in in a journal, PLAY and spend time together as a family!

As a family, make a list of things that you want to accomplish that doesn't require too much of an expense. For instance; go fishing, ride bikes together, play wiffle ball, make smores, have a family board game night, read outside, go for a hike, go to a minor league baseball game, take a day trip to the beach, rent a movie and eat popcorn, catch fireflies, camp out in the backyard, complete a family service project, play hide and seek, have dinner together, and take a day off from electronics.

A message from Mrs. Salter

“Research shows that children who do not read in the summer can lose two to three months of reading development while those who do read tend to gain a month of reading proficiency.”–Richard Allington and Anne McGill-Franzen. The Impact of Summer Setback on the Reading Achievement Gap. The Phi Delta Kappan. Volume 85, o. 1 (Sept. 2003), pp. 68-75.

Take some time this summer to incorporate reading into your daily schedule and to make reading fun for your children. You can participate in local free summer reading incentives. Visit the Jamison Library website at http://www.cbsd.org/jamisonlibrary to view local reading incentive opportunities. Kids can earn a free book from Barnes and Noble, earn money from TD Bank, and join in fun free activities at your local public library!

Happy Summer and Happy Reading!

Field Day 2015

The teal and white teams had a blast on 5/29. Another successful Field Day ended with the traditional tug-of-war.
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Social Media


In the past few days, a few things have surfaced regarding Social Media issues. While these things happen outside of school, at times, they have an impact on the building's climate and student / peer relationships. Parents, I can't express how important it is to monitor your child's social media interactions. Many apps and platforms are being utilized by young adolescents in a negative way. Please take the time to talk with your child about their usage of text messaging, posting pictures, etc...Have your child show you their profile and conversation history. Don't be afraid to ask questions and pick up their electronic device and search away. Many social media platforms were created for adults (or young adults). Young children aren't developmentally ready to have such platforms and freedom. While technology can be used in so many positive ways, I ask you, once again, to be mindful and involved with your child's digital footprints. For more information, feel free to visit our school website to see informational flyers provided by the N.O.V.A organization.

6th Grade Celebration

The 6th graders will be honored on Wednesday, June 17th at 5:30PM.

Jamison Gala

Once again, thank you for all your support during Jamison's first ever Gala of the Arts. The proceeds, totaling $4455.35, were divided equally amongst three different groups: Jamison H.S.A, our local community (Children's Advocacy Center in Jamison, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Bucks County, and the Bucks County Housing Projects Homeless Shelter in Doylestown), and our global community.

I Run 4 Life

What a day for the Jamison I Run 4 Life participants. Thank you to all the children that participated in the program, the parent volunteers, and Mr. Hessler and Mrs. Waugh for all their tireless work!
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Ava G.'s t-shirt design was selected from all the I Run 4 Life participants. What an accomplishment!


Interested in getting dirty to keep our school clean? Mr. Hottenstein and the GRUBS committee are looking for some volunteers. Please visit the following website for more information (http://www.cbsd.org/Domain/16).

A special letter

As part of her second grade curriculum, Mrs. Rucker and her students work on friendly letter writing. The students wrote letters to President Obama asking him all sorts of questions. Well, Mrs. Rucker's 2nd grade classroom received a letter back from President Obama! The students, and Mrs. Rucker, were overcome with joy! His message to the students...dream big!

Girls on the Run

Information about Girls on the Run 2015...

Registration starts on August 2nd

Season starts September 15th.

The program will take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:15Pm to 4:45PM.

The season will run for 10 weeks and will end on November 19th.

You can find more information about the program at www.gotrhunterdon.org

For questions: email Head site Coach, Trish Waugh at twaugh491@verizon.net

Jamison's Garden of Eatin needs your help!

Mr. H. and the Grubs committee is looking for some summer help in our community garden. If interested, click on the link below.


Congratulations to Alexis Hartz

A special congratulations to Alexis Hartz for winning the Mother's Day Essay contest. What a special moment for Alexis and her mother...

Placement / Reporting Student Progress


You'll be able to access your child's "Report Card" on June 18th at 9AM. Due to the fact that you view these electronically, your child's placement information will be sent home in an envelope on the last day of school. Please be mindful that there might be some teachers in different positions / grade levels next year. As in the past, your child will be assigned to a classroom. On Monday, August 3rd, you and your child will be able to visit our school website to "click" on your room assignment to find out your child's teacher. Parents, as I've stated previously, your reaction to your child's placement plays a critical role in the foundation of the student / teacher relationship. Please be supportive.

If interested, grade level supply lists will be posted on the website throughout the summer.

Our JET Assembly...Science Explorers kicking off Science Fun Day!


We Salute You Award:

This is a monthly award given to a student that a staff member feels exemplifies “Nothing less than your Best!” This award can be given to a student that goes out of his/her way to help a friend, is a great classmate, and gives 110% in everything he/she does. This student receives a certificate at our monthly assembly as well as a Jamison Jet T-Shirt.

May’s Winner: Ava Gelfand

Jet Ticket Winners:

When students are “caught being good”, a Jamison staff member can recognize their behavior by giving them a JET Ticket. The student must write his/her name on the ticket and circle the appropriate character trait (Respect / Responsibility / Safe Community / Sportsmanship). Students place the JET Tickets in the Ticket Box located outside of the Main Office. Then, three students from grades K-3 and three students from grades 4-6 are randomly drawn at our monthly assembly and are given Jet T-Shirts.

May’s Winners:

· Lucas Knappenberger

· Shane Landue

· Kyle Levy

· Sophia Morabito

· Megan Schmidt

· Matthew Warehall

Honorary Jet:

Each month, someone in our JET community will be recognized for all that he/she does for our building.

  • May’s award recipient was Mrs. Rebecca Levy, our Student Support teacher, for all of her efforts in coordinating the PSSA testing and everything that she does for the Jamison students and staff.

Dates that Rate

~June 2015 ~

June 5th --- Dress Up Like a Book Character Spirit Day

June 17th --- 6th grade Promotion, 5:30 pm

June 18th --- Last day of school, Early Dismissal 11:55 am

~Looking Ahead ~

August 26th --- Kindergarten Orientation

August 31st --- First Day of School

September 3rd --- Back to School Night, Kindergarten and PEN

September 7 --- No School, Labor Day

September 9th --- Back to School Night – Fourth, Fifth and Sixth grade

September 10th --- Back to School Night – First, Second, Third grade and Autistic Support

September 14th --- No School, Rosh Hashanah

September 23rd --- No School, Yom Kippur