The Jaguar Journal

May 2019

James Sales Elementary

Brandy Nelson - Principal

Office Hours - 8:15 to 3:45

253-298-4200 / FAX 253-298-4215

Dates To Remember

May 1 Early Release – 1:55

May 1-2 4th & 5th Grade SBA Test

May 8 Early Release – 1:55

May 8-9 4th & 5th Grade SBA Test

May 11 Harlem Wizards – 6:00 – FP Gym

May 13 4th Grade Field Trip

May 15 Early Release – 1:55

May 15-16 3rd Grade SBA Test

May 16 1st Grade Concert – 2:30 & 5:00

Book Fair

May 17 Book Fair

May 20-23 11:55 Early Dismissal Days

Elementary Conferences

Book Fair

May 21-22 4th & 5th Grade SBA Test

May 24 Night at the Ballpark with the Tacoma Rainiers – Gates open at 5:30

May 24 & 27 No School – Memorial Day

May 29 Full Day of School – No Early Release

May 29-30 3rd, 4th & 5th Grade SBA Test

May 31 Student of the Month Assembly

K-1-3 2:00 2-4-5 2:40

2nd Grade Field Trip

A Message From Our Principal

Hello James Sales families,

Spring is here and so is testing season! Third, fourth, and fifth grade students will be taking the Smarter Balanced English Language Arts (ELA) and Math Assessments in the coming weeks.

Third graders will continue to test on May 15, 16, 29, and 30.

Fourth grade students’ test dates are May 1, 2, 8, 9, 21, 22, 29 and 30.

Fifth graders will test on May 1, 2, 8, 9, 21, 22, 29, 30 and will take the science assessment on June 4, and 5.

Families can support their students during testing time by:

1. Making sure your child gets a good night sleep the night before testing.

2. Making sure your child attends school on testing day. Avoid scheduling appointments on testing day.

Thank you for your help and support during this important time!

The character traits we focused on as a school in April are listed here so you can review them as a family with your child:

Joyful – A person who is joyful finds happiness all around them. Looking for the positive in situations brings more joy to your life. People who can find joy, even in challenging situations, will be happier and more successful in life. Joyful people bring delight into the lives of others!

Compassion – A compassionate person cares deeply about others and their feelings. When you ask others how they are doing and try to make others feel safe and happy, you are being compassionate. Compassionate people have a loving and kind attitude toward others.

Zeal – People with a zeal for life show enthusiasm and positive energy. Others feel happy and energized when they are near someone with zeal. Get excited about learning and eager to grow. Show your zeal by sharing your passion for learning with others. Search out the fun and joy in learning and in life!

We do appreciate your help, support and collaboration in educating your child. We love working with you!


Mrs. Nelson, Principal

2019-20 Registration

Registration for new kindergarten through grade 5 students who live within our attendance boundaries is now open. A child must be five years of age on or before August 31, 2019 to be eligible to enroll. Enrollees must provide a copy of the child’s birth certificate, complete and up-to-date immunization records, and proof of residency. Come to the main office to pick up or turn in an enrollment packet between 8:30 and 3:15 daily.

Current students who live within James Sales boundaries are automatically enrolled at James Sales for next year. Students who were overloaded to James Sales for the 18-19 school year will return to their home schools for 2019-20. Students living within our district but outside of James Sales boundaries who want to attend James Sales must complete a within-district transfer online ( Out-of-district students who wish to attend James Sales must complete a new out-of-district transfer to be considered for enrollment.

Clothing Guidlines

These reminders are to help you and your child select clothing that is comfortable, appropriate for warmer weather, and meets school standards. Thank you for your support!

  • Crop tops and bare midriffs are not acceptable at school. Tummies must be covered.
  • Shorts and skirts are to be at least finger-tip length.
  • Straps must be at least two inches wide – no spaghetti straps on shirts and dresses.
  • Bagging, sagging pants are not allowed.
  • No flip-flop, open toed, or high-heeled shoes. These type of shoes are not appropriate for PE and are difficult during recess activities.

Students of the Month

March’s Students of the Month were honored at an assembly on April 5th.

These students were selected by their teachers for showing responsibility, respect, caring, and safe behavior:

Keagan W., Lucia F., Ruby K., Jamarius J., Addilynn H., Mata P., Jonathan B., Kaylee F., Preston O., Evyn G., Lizabeth U., Skylee Y., Sofia T., Manny H., Misael R., Savannah H., Ja’Shaun W., Jayden W., Camila O., Isaias E., Liam K., Genesis A., William G., Alicia M., Scarlett C., Cadin R., Olivia C., Alex A., Tre A., Neeko I., Cristobal R., and Ariadna G.

The following students exemplified the Virtue of the Month – Work Ethic:

Binti M., Esaias S., Matthew E., Iresan L., Giselle O., Yvonne K., Elvis P., Jakob R., Mackenzie C., Sophia J., Madison W., Abigail F., Cheston I., Qianna F., Ethan S., Anastasia D., Pablo C., Arylen M., Omar A., Madison H., Alberto H., Kailey H., Susana N., Rickey H., Natally R., Blake W., Karen H., and Orion M.

Free Preschool Programs

If you have a pre-school age child in your household, they may be eligible for the Head Start and ECEAP preschools at the Franklin Pierce Hewins Early Learning Center. We have applications in our main office at James Sales or you can go to the following link to access an application:

Travel Survey

Our school has been selected to participate in the 2019 Student Travel Survey by the Washington State Departments of Transportation and Health. Parents of children in K – 5th grade may get a call to take the short survey. We encourage parents to participate, as the results will help improve student transportation. However, if you do not want to be called, please contact the Department of Health at 1-833-256-4654 and leave your phone number and name of your child’s school to remove yourself from the contact list.

From the Health Room

If your child has been complaining of a stuffy nose, itchy eyes, or headaches, please have them evaluated for seasonal allergies. Pollen counts have been very high. Allergy medication taken before school will help symptoms all day.

Music Notes

The first grade classes will present a concert on May 16 at 2:30 for the school and at 5:00 for families.

Employee Appreciation

We are fortunate to have the finest teachers around! Our teachers provide James Sales students with a safe environment where they can learn and grow. In addition to the daily responsibilities of running a classroom, our teachers spend countless hours outside of the school day planning and preparing for their students. Please make a special effort to show our teachers how much you appreciate what they do every day!

Brittany Behrer, Marietta Brown, Jennifer Bruce, Britney Callaghan, Courtney Clark, Helen Craig, Nicole Dandridge, Maraye Davis, Joseph Delgado, Hallie Fortt, Nicole Foss, Carol Gillon, Heather Hagler, Madeline Isaacson, Taylor Kaiser, Alicia McDonell, Katrina Mercado, Cindy Miller, Robyn Paczkowski, Melinda Peckham, Denise Pfeiffer, Ashley Powell, Allison Shearer, Ronda Siebert, Addison Sims, Joy Sims, Teri Soholt, Jessica Stewart, Sophia Stover, and Elayna Van Hess.

Our school nurse, Jessica Churchill, is an indispensable part of our school. She takes care of all our students’ health needs while they are here at school. Make sure you express your appreciation to her for all she does to take care of so many students.

A very BIG and special thank you goes to our principal, Mrs. Brandy Nelson. She puts in many hours to make sure our school runs smoothly. When you see her, thank her for all she does for your students!

Our Goals for 2018-19

Are your students on target for meeting the attendance and behavior goals at James Sales?

· Attendance – This year’s goal is to have nine or fewer tardies and/or absences. At the end of each trimester, all students who have missed less than nine days or have had less than nine tardies, will receive a reward. At the end of the school year, the PTO will sponsor a reward for all students who have met the attendance goal for the year.

· Behavior – Students with zero write-ups at the end of each trimester receive a reward. At the end of the year, Students with zero write-ups will also go on a PTO sponsored field trip.


Did you know if your child is tardy or leaves school early, it will show on their attendance record? Please make appointments outside of school hours whenever possible. Make sure you call the school office at 253-298-4200 if your student is absent for any reason. You may leave a message if you need to call before or after school hours.


If you would like to spend time in your child’s classroom for any reason or attend field trips, you must be cleared as a volunteer. All previously approved volunteer applications expired July 31st and must be renewed before participating in any volunteer capacity at James Sales. You will find the online application for volunteers on the website. Click on ‘Volunteers’ and follow the directions. You will receive an email when you are cleared. It can take up to two weeks to process the application. Please don’t wait until just before your student has a field trip to submit your application! All volunteer clearances will expire July 31, 2019 for the 2018-19 school year.

PTO News

The winner of the K-1-3 Box Tops trophy for March was Mrs. Foss’ class. They turned in 57 Box Tops. The winner of the 2-4-5 Box Tops trophy was Ms. Dandridge’s class again with 34 Box Tops. Keep clipping Box Tops and send them to school. Each one is worth 5 cents!

Thank you to everyone who participated in our World’s Finest Chocolate Fundraiser! Because of you, it was a big success. The sale made $9,200. This money will help pay for field trips for our students this year.

Mrs. McDonell’s class won a 5-pound chocolate bar for having the most students participating in the sale.

The following top selling students received a 1-pound chocolate bar: 5th place – TIE! – Ryun P. from Mrs. Powell’s class and Iresan L. from Mrs. Foss’ class – 8 boxes sold. 4th place – TIE! – Rolando and Yvonne K. from Ms. Van Hess’s class and Mrs. McDonell’s class and Abrielle and Harry B. from Ms. Paczkowski’s class and Mrs. Brown’s class – 9 boxes sold. 3rd place – TIE! – Priscilla A. and DeMarko S. from Ms. Hagler’s class – 11 boxes sold. 2nd place – Kayla K. from Mrs. Behrer’s class – 12 boxes sold. The 1st place student, Mason D. from Mrs. Foss’ class sold 30 boxes and won a 1-pound chocolate bar and a $100 Family Experience. The winner of the all-school drawing for an Echo Dot was Isaiah E. from Stewart’s class.

Please download and use the Shoparoo app. We earned $196.15 last year from parents scanning their receipts with the Shoparoo app!

We alternate Popcorn Friday and Treat Friday. If your student would like to purchase popcorn or a treat, please send 50 cents – exact change – to school with your student. Students may each purchase one (1) treat. Money must be turned into the teacher first thing in the morning.

You can contact the PTO board by email – or Facebook message. Search @jamessaleselementarypto to follow on Facebook.

Franklin Pierce Schools does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, honorably discharged veteran or military status, sexual orientation including gender expression or identity, the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability in its programs and activities and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. Questions and complaints of alleged discrimination should be directed to James Hester, Compliance Coordinator for State and Civil Rights Laws; Wendy Malich, Title IX Officer; or John Sander, 504/ADA Coordinator at 315 129th ST S, Tacoma, WA 98444-5099 or at (253)298-3000.