The Village Voice

April 2022

Principal Perspectives

By Bobbi Hoffner, Principal

Village Families,

Thank you for working with us to make this year a success! We have had an amazing year. We are grateful for your partnership and it has been encouraging to observe so much learning and growth. Thank you for supporting your student and our school.

We are committed to finishing this year strong. Teachers have many fun events and exciting lessons planned right until the very end. Attendance is still extremely important as we finish up the last month of school! Thank you to families who work really hard at getting students to school on time each day!

We have an end of the year celebration event coming up on May 12. More info below!

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Spring Fun Fest

We will have a special day for preschool and kindergarten on April 20th. Students will be rotating through a variety of stations to celebrate spring and Earth Day on April 22. Please send your child in weather appropriate clothes and shoes, some stations are outside. Kona Ice will be provided by the school for all students.
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Annual Parent and Family Engagement Survey

As part of our Title I participation, we are required to evaluate the quality of our parent and family engagement each year. The purpose of this questionnaire is to gather information on how well the school communicated with and engaged parents and guardians during the 21-22 school year. Your feedback is anonymous and will be used to improve our parent and family engagement activities. Suggestions on how we can better help our students at home or at school are welcome. Please copy and paste the following link into your browser:

Thank you for your valuable input!

Para acceder a la encuesta en español:

Для доступу до опитування українською мовою:

Family Resource Center News

Canned Soup Drive

The Jessamine County Food Pantry will be at our End of the Year Celebration Luau on Thursday, May 12th to collect cans of soup. While you are out shopping please pick up a can or more to donate and bring it with you on Thursday night, May 12th.

Debbie Cumbie and Lori Barkley

FRC Team


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Scholastic Book Fair

The Scholastic Book Fair is coming to JELV! The fair will be open to students only April 28-May 6. If you would like to shop with your child, you can shop our fair online.

Click on the video below to learn how to use our cashless option for the Book Fair - ewallet!
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Kindergarten Transition to First Grade!

Rosenwald-Dunbar Families, please see the attached letter regarding your transition night due to construction.

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Transition Information

Please be on the lookout for an important letter coming home soon in your student's folder regarding transition to First Grade. Please verify your address and your student's next Elementary School for First Grade. If the information is not correct, please follow the directions in the letter to make any necessary changes.

Online Registration for 2022-2023

Current JCS Families: ALL current JCS Families will need to complete Online Registration for your child(ren).

All students, whether they are new to Jessamine County or an existing student, must complete online registration. Please be sure to choose the correct school year!

Existing Families CLICK HERE to begin

Existing Families (Students Who Have Previously Attended JCS)

Login to your Parent Portal, then on the bottom left side, locate the “Online Household Registration” link. Once you click this link, begin following the onscreen instructions for registration. Please be sure to choose the correct school year!

Car Lane Reminder

Please be sure your child is buckled up as you pull out of the parking lot each day. Officer King has noticed an increase in the number of students not buckled up as the leave and we want to keep all of our students safe!

Counselor's Corner

by Heather Kidd, Kayla Raney and Stephanie Taylor, JELV Guidance Counselors

We can’t believe that this school year is already drawing to a close! It has been an absolute JOY to work with each classroom this year and watch them grow in their Social and Emotional skills through our Second Step curriculum. We know this year has not been normal and we are so proud of how well our students have handled all the transitions. As we approach one more transition to First Grade we wanted to provide you with some tips.

- Get familiar with the new school

- Attend Open House in the Fall

- Connect with other parents at the new school and schedule some playdates to make new friends

- Review skills they learned in Kindergarten throughout the summer

- Prepare your child to be more independent

- Practice being organized

We wish for a restful and peaceful summer for each of your families and an exciting transition to 1st grade!

Tonight - Easter Egg Hunt

The hunt is still on for tonight and will be held in the WJHS Library!
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Speech Tip of the Month

Summer brings great opportunities through play to build your child’s language. Trips to the pool, park, zoo and library are all great ways to have fun and provide experiences that expose your child to language and learning. Always name things you are seeing, describe activities you are doing or things that are happening. Ask simple questions to engage your child and to extend knowledge. Check out your local library for summer story hours that typically include songs, dance and great books. Happy summer!

Thank you,

Stacy Greene, Kelly Christopher, Zoe Hackney, Beth Carrier, and Sue Burris

OT Tip of the Month

Julie Wells, MS, OTR/L

Occupational Therapist

Good coordination of the two body sides is an important foundation for writing with pencils and cutting with scissors. Children learn to coordinate their body sides when they manipulate toys such as pop beads or Lego’s, and when they skip gallop, play rhythm games, jump rope or ride a bike. Summertime is the best time to work on building these skills. Some ideas to build motor and coordination skills include:

• Take frequent trips to the park. Give your child lots of opportunities to swing and go on jungle gyms.

• Climbing and crawling under and over large pillows, beanbag chairs, etc., on jungle gyms, rocks and trees, upstairs on hands and knees, and through obstacle courses made from furniture.

• Plan outdoor games using large motor skills. Scorekeeping can build math and writing skills.

• Have fun drawing pictures or designs with sidewalk chalk or paint. Use a squirt bottle to “erase” them.

• Wash a car or bicycle with sponges. Squeezing out sponges builds grasp strength.

• Let your child help in the garden (dig holes, plant seeds, carry water, and pulling weeds).

• Rainy days are great for baking, coloring or painting. Try various surfaces or positions for coloring (on stomach, vertical-paper taped to wall or refrigerator)

Important Dates

April 20 - Spring Fun Fest

April 21 - Ready, Set, Kindergarten! 5:00 - 7:00

April 26 - First Grade Transition Night (Not including RDES - See other date due to construction)

May 2 - Preschool Registration 10:00 - 1:00, 4:00 - 6:00

May 2 - 6 Teacher Appreciation Week

May 6 - Preschool Transition Day

May 9 - 13 Kindergarten Recognition Ceremonies

May 12 - End of Year Celebration Family Fun Night 5:00 - 7:00

May 13 - Last Day for Preschool

May 16 - Kindergarten Field Day

May 16 - Kindergarten Registration 4:00 - 6:00

May 17 - No School - Election Day

May 20 - Last Day of School for Kindergarten - Early Release

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Contact JELV

851 Wilmore Road, Nicholasville, KY