The Sand Dollar Sentinel

Joseph Shanklin Elementary School

A Leader In Me Lighthouse School

Principal's Message

Welcome Back! This promises to be a year filled with golden opportunities for all of our students as we strive to find ways that we can be even better than we have before! We embark on this journey with a pledge to you, our students and parents, that this will be a year of engaging, meaningful and rigorous work in our classrooms, combined with special events and activities certain to encourage our Sand Dollars to be involved and stay connected!

Our staff of highly qualified professional educators and support personnel is committed to providing our students many opportunities, both inside and outside of the classroom. We invite and encourage students and parents to work in partnership with us to seize opportunities to Learn, Lead, and Make a Difference!

We look forward to a very positive and productive year together! We extend a special, yearlong invitation to our families to join us at school activities and events whenever possible. We want and value your involvement and support in your child’s education! Your active participation is key to the success of your child(ren) during these critical years of their education.

Please know that we highly value home/school communication here at Joseph S. Shanklin Elementary School. It is vital and plays an integral role in each student’s success. We encourage you to contact us if/when the need arises, and to stay in the know about your child’s studies, assignments, assessments, and school activities, as well as other events and happenings.

Dr. Celestine LaVan, Principal

Joseph Shanklin Elementary School


Red Ribbon Week ( October 22nd-26th)

  • Monday ,October 22nd,- "Put a stop to bullying ";wear red or white shirts.
  • Tuesday, October 23rd,- : "Mix the game up on bullying and stop it"; Wear mixed matched shoes
  • Wednesday, October 24th- " Turn tour back on bullies and ignore them "; Wear your shirt backwards.
  • Thursday, October 25th,- " Block bullies" and they will leave you alone; Wear shades
  • Friday, October 25th,- " Put a cap on bullies"; Wear a hat.

School Reminders

Parents To do list

Read the school newsletter.

*Receive School Messenger phone calls/emails/texts about important news.

*Read our notice board/marque out front.

*Check and sign your child’s agenda book nightly. Also check book bags for important information that is sent home!

*Call or email us! We want to hear from you with comments, questions, compliments, and concerns.

* Follow us on social media.

Volunteering at JSES

Are you interested in chaperoning field trips, volunteering in the classroom, or assisting with school events ? Sign up to be an approved volunteer!

Notes From Nurse Libby

Welcome back Shanklin Sand Dollars

Here are a few important Back-to-School reminders.

· All Students are required to have an updated immunization record on file in order to stay in school. Updates include MMR, DTAP, IPV , and the chicken pox vaccine. In addition to these boosters, school age children should have had the Hepatitis B series completed.

· Annual school health screenings for vision, hearing, height, and weight will be
performed over the next several weeks. Please make sure your child brings glasses
to school if prescribed.

· Allergy & Asthma season is quickly approaching here in the Low country.
Monitor all symptoms closely and follow your health care provider's
advice. Medical care plans, rescue inhalers, and Epi pens are a necessity, and may
save a life.

· If your student has a health condition or needs special care during the school
day such as medication, treatments, or monitoring, please inform the school nurse.
Individual health care plans help keep your students safe and healthy.

· Please have a current and working phone number in the health office in the event your child needs your attention.

· Feel free to call me if you need assistance with any of the above.

Lisa Libby,RN

School Nurse


7 Habits

At Joseph Shanklin Elementary School we are a Leader In Me school that focuses on the 7 Habits For Highly Effective Kids. Below you will find the 7 habits that we include in our everyday learning. As the year progresses we will go in to detail each month with the meaning of each habit , as well as ways to use the habits at home.

7 Habits

Habit 1-Be Proactive- ( your're in charge)

Habit 2- Begin with the end in mind ( Have a plan)

Habit 3- Put first thing first (Work first then play later)

Habit 4- Think Win- Win ( Everyone can win)

Habit 5- Seek first to understand, then to be understood (Listen before you talk)

Habit 6- Synergize (Together is better)

Habit 7- Sharpen the saw ( Balance feels best)

Habit 1: Be Proactive

Be Proactive-I am in charge of me.I am a responsible person. I take initiative. I choose my actions, attitudes, and moods. I do not blame others for my wrong actions. I do the right thing without being asked, even when no one is looking. Being proactive is also stopping to think before we act. Sometimes, we react to a situation immediately, without taking time to think about the results of our actions.

At Home Activities:

Role-play different situations with your child that will provide them the opportunity to think before they act.

The 7 Habits At Home

Teachers at Joseph Shanklin Elementary not only teach about the Sean Covey’s 7 Habits of Happy Kids, they implement it in their daily lives with their own families. Here are a few teachers and examples of how they and their families are living the 7 Habits.

We would love for our students and parents to share how you as a family incorporate the 7 Habits in your home. Please email Whitney.Watson @ so that we can highlight your family in an upcoming post.

Habit 3

My family practices Habit 3, Put First Things First, daily. I encourage my children to work first and then play after school. Everyone in the family is responsible for cleaning one area of the house each day. Once they have completed their chores and done their homework, they may then play video games. -Hicks Family

Melissale M. Rivera

ESOL Teacher

Habit 7

My family practices Habit 7, Sharpens the Saw by eating salads more during the week and eating less red meat. We eat out on the weekends , but we make sure that it’s healthy. We do yoga and daily meditations. We go to bed around 9:30pm even on the weekends. We attend church on Sunday’s and bible study on Tuesday nights. We have family day every Saturday. We serve others in the community and take the elderly grocery shopping and clean their yards. They play board games and bible trivia.

Erica Parker

2nd Grade Teacher

School Wide Leader Of The Month

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Zaniyah Heyward

Meet Zaniyah Heyward our school wide Leader of the Month for September. Zaniyah was chosen as the student leader of the month because she has demonstrated the character trait acceptance inside of her classroom. Just from these short weeks, Zaniyah has exemplified the word 'acceptance'. Zaniyah truly understands what it means to accept others without judgement. Zaniyah has worked with and stand near students who others in the classroom have shunned. She also accepts the differences within herself. She has learned at a young age to focus on what is in her circle of control. She remains who she is even in the midst of chaos. Here is what her classmates have said about Zaniyah: "She is a role model and a great leader." "When I am having a bad day, she always has that smile and she doesn't judge people by the color of their skin. She is everybody's friend." "If Zaniyah gets mad, she still will respect others." "She just makes me happy." Zaniyah has clearly earned the respect of her classmates because she accepts them for who they are. In return, we all accept Zaniyah as she is.

Leaders of the Month

Character Trait Demonstrated: Acceptance

L. Rivera A. Barradas-Perez

B. Goude K.Fernandez-Castellano

J. Morgan V. Morales

R. Arquette J. Rotellini

C. Praylow Z. Heyward

K. Rogers X. Greene

O. Scott G. Cruz-Ramirez

A. Nix J.Shaw

M.Jackson J. Bronner

S. Watson

J. Cruz-Ramirez

M. Ryan


A. Barradas-Perez

K. Fernandez- Castellano


J. Rotellini

Z. Heyward

X. Greene

G. Cruz- Ramirez

J. Shaw

J. Bronner

School Counselor’s Corner

Hello, I am Ms. Jennings and I am elated to say that this is my second year as the school counselor at JSES. The comprehensive school counseling program works with students individually, in small groups, through monthly classroom guidance lessons and consults with parents and teachers about current student challenges. The school counseling program focuses on improving the academic, career and social/emotional aspects of children and their families’ lives. The services that the school counseling program offers consists of short term counseling on issues such as feelings, bullying, anxiety, becoming more organized, getting along with others, improving self-esteem and making friends. The school counselor works with stakeholders within the community and makes referrals to outside agencies within the community to obtain resources needed. We are happy to have a partnership with Coastal Empire Community Mental Health Center and have an on campus therapist that comes in twice a week to conduct long term therapy services as well as Wright Directions that focuses one on one for students with behavioral challenges. A grief and loss group is available for students through friends of Carolina. If you would like extra assistance with food the counseling program offers back pack buddy which is a program you can sign your child up for and they will bring home a bag of nutritious food on Fridays. I have an open door policy; therefore, If you would like for your child to participate in any of the individualized services listed above or have additional questions regarding the comprehensive school counseling program feel free to contact me at 843-466-3447.

Important Dates To Remember

  • 10/18- School Picture Day
  • 10/18-School PTO Meeting & Ice Cream Social @ 5:30
  • 10/19- Early Dismissal @11:45
  • 10/22-26th - Red Ribbon Week
  • 10/24- Pre-K Field Trip
  • 10/26-Club Day @1
  • 10/29- Student Led conferences @ 8:00 a.m.
  • 10/31 Book-o-ween @ 9:00 a.m.
  • 11/6- No School Election Day