JMS Weekly Update

December 13, 2020

Good Afternoon JMS,


Dr. Steinhauer sent an message last week stating that we will be continuing in our full remote instructional model until further action is taken by the School Board. We will plan for full remote instruction for tomorrow (Monday) and until further notice.


Regardless of what instructional model we are in, we will continue to provide the best academic and social experiences that we can for the children. We will continue to support you and your child. We are here to help.


We know that this year has been difficult. Everyone is dealing with the uncertainty of this global pandemic. All of our lives are different. Right now, what we know to be "normal" does not exist. We have to acknowledge this. We have to continue to work together. We have to continue to support each other. We have to make the best of this situation and fight through it together.


We, like you, can't wait for the day when it is safe to take our masks off so that we can see each other's faces. During this holiday season, please do your best to stay home, wear a mask, physically distance (6ft or more), avoid congregating in groups, and wash your hands.


We are thankful for your partnership and continued support. Do not hesitate to reach out to us with any questions.


Stay Safe,

Dr. Sarah Shaw, Principal

Ms. Katelyn Deet, Assistant Principal

Weekly Schedule

Hybrid A/B/Cyber Schedule

Monday - Day 5

Tuesday - Day 1

Wednesday - Day 2

Thursday - Day 3

Friday - Day 4

Monday (12/21) - Day 5

New Information

A Message from the Nurse's Office

Please continue to let our nurse, Mrs. Suess, know if anyone in your family is experiencing COVID-19 symptoms. This information is critical to the safety of the students and staff at JMS.



8th Grade Yearbook Advertisements

Calling all 8th grade families! If you are interested in purchasing an 8th grade advertisement for the yearbook, now it the time to place your order! To order your advertisement visit yearbookforever.com.

Other Information

Material Pick-Up

Teachers will contact any students who need to pick up materials for remote learning. Materials will be available in the office on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 7:45-3:15. Please contact Ms. Deet with any questions.



Out of State Travel Restrictions

If you plan to travel out of state, please know that your child will need to quarantine for 14 days or produce a negative COVID-19 test prior to entering PA, before returning to school. During this time of quarantine you child will be able to log into class remotely, but will not be permitted to physically enter the building.


Contact Ms. Deet or Mrs. Suess with any questions regarding your travel plans.

Yearbooks

We’re down to the final few weeks to order a yearbook and take out an 8th grade advertisement. If you are interested in a yearbook or an advertisement visit yearbookforever.com.


JMS Yearbooks are on sale now through January 1, 2021. We will be working throughout the year to collect pictures from the children who are working at home. If you have pictures that you would like to share with the yearbook, please email them to Ms. Beckett at abeckett@mtlsd.net.


Prices:


  • Sunday, November 1 at 12:00 AM-Friday, January 1 at 11:59 PM: $45


Limited extras will be sold on the last day of school for $50. 8th Grade Advertisements are also for sale from now until January 1 for $30. Order your yearbook and take out an 8th grade ad TODAY! yearbookforever.com

Resources For Families

Lunch Menu

The Mt. Lebanon School District will continue serving free Grab-and-Go Meals to any student in the community under the age of 18, with no eligibility requirements, until further notice. The meals will be distributed at the elementary schools.


Meals will be available from 10:45 until 1:15 every day to accommodate all students during their lunch periods.

Families In Need of Technology

As we prepare to start the 2020-2021 school year, we are asking families who need to borrow student technology to please complete the form linked below:


https://mtle.bo/Remote2020


Be sure to list every student for whom you need to borrow a device on this form. Once you have submitted your form, you will receive status emails including device pickup details from an @mtlsd.net email address. Please also be sure to whitelist @mtlsd.net email addresses with your email provider to ensure that you receive these communications from us.


Please direct any and all questions regarding loaned equipment to our support address: RemoteSupport@mtlsd.net

COVID-19 Resources

The following resources provide information to help Mt. Lebanon School District families and staff navigate the complexities of COVID-19 and the impact the pandemic it is having on our daily lives. These resources will be updated as more information becomes available.



Local Resources for Families

The MTLSD School Counselors in partnership with The Allegheny Children's Initiative Inc., have compiled a list of social services resources that may be helpful to you and your family. Please take a look and reach out to these organizations. They are here to help with any of the following:

  • Food
  • Rent/Mortgage
  • Utilities
  • Pets
  • Abuse
  • Mental Health
  • General Assistance

Safe 2 Say Something

Safe2Say Something is a youth violence prevention program run by the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General. The program teaches youth and adults how to recognize warning signs and signals, especially within social media, from individuals who may be a threat to themselves or others and to “say something” BEFORE it is too late. With Safe2Say Something, it’s easy and confidential to report safety concerns to help prevent violence and tragedies.


Here’s how it works:

  • Submit a report through the Safe2SaySomething system
  • Crisis center reviews, assesses and processes all submissions
  • Crisis center sends all submissions to school administration and/or law enforcement for intervention
  • If needed, crisis center may contact tipster anonymously through the app

Athletics

7th & 8th Grade Girls Basketball Tryouts

Basketball tryouts for any interested 7th and 8th grade girls will be on Tuesday, Jan. 5th and Wednesday, Jan. 6th from 3:30 until 5:00 in the JMS gymnasium.


Registration must be completed through FamilyID which can be accessed through the Athletic Department's website. A physical that is dated after June 1, 2020 is required.



Registration

We are excited to announce that we are now offering the convenience of online registration for our athletic programs through partner company, FamilyID (www.familyid.com). FamilyID is a secure registration platform that provides you with an easy, user-friendly way to register for our programs, and helps us to be more administratively efficient and environmentally responsible. When you register through FamilyID, you enter your information once for multiple uses, multiple kids and multiple programs.

JMS PTA Information

Help JMS Earn Money While You Shop!


AmazonSmile

If you haven’t used AmazonSmile Before:

  1. Go to smile.amazon.com and sign in with your regular Amazon username and password.
  2. You will be prompted to choose a charity. You should enter "Jefferson Middle School PTA Inc” into the search box that appears. It will say "Pittsburgh, PA" as the location for the charity.
  3. Make sure whenever you check out, you always go to smile.amazon.com on your browser.


If you already use AmazonSmile:

  1. Go to smile.amazon.com and sign in with your username and password
  2. Make sure the charity you’ve selected is "Jefferson Middle School PTA Inc." This information is located under the search bar where it says “supporting”.
  3. If it isn’t, you can change it by clicking on the charity and selecting “change”
  4. This will bring you to a page where you can search for “Jefferson Middle School PTA Inc” and allow you to switch charities.
  5. Make sure whenever you check out, you always go to smile.amazon.com to checkout.
  6. If you shop on the Amazon app. Please activate Amazon Smile on your mobile app by opening the app and finding ’Settings’ in the main menu (☰). Tap on ‘AmazonSmile’ and follow the on-screen instructions to turn on AmazonSmile on your phone.

Box Tops

Clipping Box Tops is an easy way to earn money for our school. Each Box Top is worth 10 cents, so don't forget to physically and electronically clip the for us! The clipped Box Tops can be turned into the office.


See Box Tops for more information on how to scan Box Tops and to download the app. Receipts must be scanned within 14 days for the Box Tops to be scanned electronically.

Giant Eagle

Giant Eagle Support our students! Enroll your Giant Eagle Advantage Card and earn points for FREE educational rewards with every shopping trip.


Click here to register your card. Our school code is 3369. The Giant Eagle card program is also easy to use - just register your card and shop away as usual!

Office Depot/Office Max

Office Depot/Office Max has a school rewards program. When shopping, remember to ask the cashier to tag Jefferson Middle School. For online orders, enter our school ID (Thomas Jefferson Middle School ID:70088453 Pittsburgh, PA) on the Thank You Confirmation page.

Jefferson Middle School

The Jefferson Middle School learning community has an exceptional reputation for its dedicated teachers, staff and parents working together to provide learning experiences for our children that include high expectations, a challenging curriculum and a shared commitment to provide the best education possible for each and every student.