Principal's Page

Jesse Boyd Elementary~~~ December 3, 2018

Greetings from Dr. Rose

Greetings from Jesse Boyd where we inspire and equip your students to become SUPERSTARS this school year in a JBE production. We are super excited about the month of December. While we know our students are excited about the upcoming holiday, we do have wonderful teaching and learning going on in our classrooms this month. We also have many engaging activities for our students as well such as our Polar Express Day, Muse Machine, a variety of field trips, and their classroom celebrations. Additionally, we have many student performances this month as well. Our staff loves this month and we will be celebrating this month as well with lots of festive wear and with nightly read alouds on our social media.

We hope that you are your family enjoy this season.

Play Things a Plenty Spirit Night

Do you still have some Holiday Shopping to complete? Here is a way to check things off your list and help the JBE PTSO all at the same time.

Thursday and Friday, December 6-7th.

Feel free to share with your friends and family on your social media accounts.

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Holiday Event

If you are looking for a fun holiday event, the Spartanburg High School Band is having Cookies and Carols on Friday, December 14th. Each ticket is $5.00 which comes with sweet treats and even more entertaining music. Fun for ALL ages.
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Duty Free Lunch Sign up for Deck the Halls

Monday-Thursday, December 17-20, our PTSO will host DECK THE HALLS. This event is a week long celebration for our faculty and staff. One treat for the teachers is duty free lunch. We do need parent volunteers to help with lunch on these days. Please sign up and help using the link below.

We also need parents to volunteer to set up/ clean up and to bring goodies. You can sign up using the link below.

Jingle Bell 5K

Here is an opportunity for all of our runners.
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Imagination Library

Did your student participate in Dolly's Imagination Library? This program provides one book every month for the first 5 years of a child's life. The books are mailed to the child every month for 5 years! However, in Spartanburg County the Imagination Library is now operating on a waiting list. It takes $30 to provide books to each child. Spartanburg's United Way is aiding in this effort and for our December Service Project, the students at JBE have decided to have a book sale. We are asking you to have a quick clean out of books you no longer use in your home and donate books to JBE. Next week we will have a book sale for our students using your books donated. Please consider donating.
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E-Learning Update

Due to possible snow this weekend, our teachers are putting plans in place for E-learning. If on Friday, the conditions are still in place for possible wintery weather this weekend, all students in Kindergarten-third grade will come home with an E-learning folder and all students in 4th and 5th grade will come home with their MacBook. Assignments will be given and teacher's office hours will be distributed to the students in case we are out on Monday due to weather.

Last Collection for Boosterthon

December 4th is our FINAL collection day for Boosterthon. Please be sure to send in any outstanding Boosterthon pledges.
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Holiday Stories

Please be sure to check out our JBE facebook page for Nightly read alouds with our various staff members. Our staff is excited to share with your students some of our favorite Holiday Read alouds. We hope our students enjoy and of course these can cover your nightly read logs.

Winter Weather

Last week we sent home the inclement weather forms.......little did we know we were drumming up SNOW!!! While the possible event may or may not have an impact in our area, it is important that we get those forms back in order to be prepared for any early dismissal.

Those inclement weather sheets will help us in the event that school closes early due to weather or any other event. We know these days can be confusing so we have the following procedures that we hope will help get all of our students home quickly and safely in the event of a school closing.

Early Dismissal

1. Should school close early after arrival, you will receive a phone call and an email. The information will also be posted on our Facebook and Twitter feeds as well as the school's website. This information will also be announced on media outlets such as TV and radio. Please DO NOT call school and ask if school is closing. School closing is not made at the school level and we promise to call you as soon as the decision is made to release school early.

2. In most cases, we will have lunch for students prior to dismissal.

3. Our teachers use the inclement weather sheet that was filled out to ensure your child gets home in the manner you filled out on that sheet.

4. During our dismissal process, students will not be dismissed from the main office. The office will be locked prior to dismissal.

5. School buses and most day care vans will pick up on early release days and if indicated on your inclement weather sheet, students will be sent home on the bus or day care van.

6. Because teachers are busy getting students fed and packed up, teachers will not be able to check email for any changes to the inclement weather sheet.

School Delays

We sometimes start school late due to cold temperatures or road conditions. Normally these are two hour delays but on the rare occasion we have a 3 hour delay. The 2 hour delay is simply that, we will run everything 2 hours later (except dismissal time). On a 2 hour delay:

-If the delay is decided upon the night prior, you will receive a phone call and an email as well as postings on Facebook, Twitter and the school's website. We will not call you after 9pm or before 7am.

-If the delay is decided in the early morning hours, please stay tuned to email, Facebook, Twitter, the school's website, and your local media. We will not do an all call in the early morning prior to 8am.

-Buses will pick up 2 hours later than a normal morning. Sometimes buses will not run on streets that are too icy and dangerous.

-2nd-5th grade car loop will open at 9:15am.

-K-1st grade car loop will open at 9:30am.

-School start time will be 9:50am.

-Should temperatures be below 30, safety patrol students will not need to be on duty and carline may be a little longer than usual.

School Closings

We also may experience school closings due to weather. Whenever possible, district officials make the decision to close school the night before the closing. If decisions are made prior to 9pm the night before the closing, you will receive a phone call. No phone calls will be made to your home after 9pm or before 7am from JBE. Information will be emailed, posted on our Facebook, Twitter,and school website. If the decision to close school happens in the morning, the information will be posted on the school's website, Facebook and Twitter, and you will receive an email. No phone calls will go out prior to 7am. All information on closing will also be on media outlets such as TV and radio.

As always the safety and security of our students, staff, and families is of the highest priority when these decisions are made.

Car Line Reminder

Just a reminder that safety is our number one priority. We ask that you refrain from cell phone use while in the car line. We never want the distraction of a driver be the cause of any issue related to safety in car line.

The car line is an exceptionally wonderful place to offer all those last minute encouragements to your student before their day starts.

We thank you for helping our car line be as safe as possible.

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2nd grade Families

Please mark your calendar, the 2nd grade Fine Arts Night has been rescheduled for January 29th at 6pm.

Dates to Remember

December 4-14: MAP testing

December 6-7: Play Things a Plenty Spirit Days

December 11: Bulldog Chorus concert 6pm

December 12: Spelling Bee

December 13th: Strings Concert at SHS -5:30pm

December 14th: All Pro Dads-7am

December 17-21: Deck the Halls

December 19th: Pajama Day....Polar Express Day

December 21-1/2 day dismissal *lunch will not be served*