The Village Voice

February 2022

Principal Perspectives

By Bobbi Hoffner, Principal

Dear Village Families,

What an interesting start to 2021! We look forward to seeing everyone next week and want to thank you for working on NTI during our time at home with snow and ice. Hoping warmer weather is ahead!

There is no limit on the amount of kindness we can put into the world, but we need your help! Jessamine County Schools invites you to join us and our community partners in celebrating Kindness Week from February 14th-18th. Our students are learning about kindness, and our district is encouraging all of us to take time and reach out to those who have made a difference in our lives. Join us and if your child does a random act of kindness, we would love to see it! You can snap a picture and use the hashtag #jessbekind

You can also submit any kindness shoutouts to any of our teachers and staff using the following form. We will collect these for the month of February and share them with staff members!

We are the JELV Otters!

The Jessamine Early Learning Village is proud to announce that we have adopted OTTERS as the mascot for our school. Otters represent working together and supporting each other, which fosters our vision for a child-centered learning environment with high expectations. JELV embraces providing Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) and plan to incorporate our mascot into our efforts. You may hear your child talking about his/her class earning an Otter for following the 5 STEPS eventually resulting in a classroom celebration. So many fun things to come with our JELV Otters!

T-shirt sales coming soon for this design!

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Family Resource Center News

FRC Google Site

Please check out the FRC google site by clicking on the link below. The site has information about our programs, community resources, and more.

FRC Advisory Council Meetings

The FRC Advisory Council meets several times during the school year and is open to the public. The meetings are currently virtual. If you would like the link to attend a meeting please call the FRC at 859-887-0567. The upcoming meetings are February 10, March 10, April 14, and May 12.

Debbie Cumbie and Misty Jordan

FRC Team


Counselor's Corner

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

In February, we will be focusing on kindness. It will be a great opportunity to start thinking about how you can teach your child about compassion and caring for others. Students have been learning in their classes about their own feelings, but have also learned about other people’s feelings. Below are some things students will be learning through our Second Step curriculum in their classrooms.

  • Compassion means caring about how someone else feels

  • Empathy is thinking about how someone else feels and compassion is a good way to show empathy

  • You can show you care by saying or doing something kind

  • Being able to show compassion helps children get along with others

What Can You Do At Home?

  • Ask your child, when is a time you can show compassion for someone else?

  • Ask, how do you feel when someone says something kind or helps you out?

  • Help your child notice when someone he or she knows could use some help or a kind word. For example, I see that your sister can’t find her toy. What could you do to help?

Caring and Helping Ideas

Below are just a few ideas of things you can do with your child to teach them about caring and

helping in the community and at home.

  • Make cookies and deliver them to a neighbor

  • Donate clothes or toys to charity

  • Draw or write a thank you card for someone special

  • Take supplies to the animal shelter

  • Bring your teacher a nice note

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Speech Tip of the Month

Speech sound development varies with each child. Sound development typically follows this pattern:

By age 3: p, m, h, n, w, b

By age 4: k, g, d, t, ng (ring), f, y

By age 7: r, l, s, ch, sh, z, j, v, th, zh (measure)

Speech becomes easier to understand as a child ages. Below is an average percentage of how

much you should understand a child's speech based on his/her age.

*18 months - 25% of their speech can be understood by others

*24 months - 50-75% of their speech can be understood by others

*36 months - 75-100% of their speech can be understood by others

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

Play Skills for Families

Did you know that play is very important to proper development? Here are strategies you can use to target essential skills.

  • Board games promote fine motor development, problem solving, communication, and socialization.

  • Loose craft materials encourage creativity, imaginative play, and fine motor skills.

  • Active play (running, jumping, climbing, playing ball, etc.) builds gross motor skills, visual motor abilities, and helps your child’s brain to effectively organize information.

  • Team sports help to develop the ability to follow rules and work with others.

TV and video game time should be limited and children should be encouraged to engage in play activities that develop these valuable skills.

Contact JELV

851 Wilmore Road, Nicholasville, KY