The J-List

November 19, 2021

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Grandparents & Special Persons Day Pictures

Thank you to everyone who joined us yesterday and to everyone who helped make it a memorable day for our community. Here is the link to the photos that were taken by our wonderful PTO volunteer, Stephany Burns. Please join us in thanking her for her talent and service to our community.

Grandparents & Special Person Day Pictures

Photos will be available until December 31, so please download your photos before that date

JES Angel Tree

Our traditional angel tree is filled with angels in the front office at JES. Each year, we have our own Angel Tree to provide for children at/associated with Johnson. If you are able to help, I hope you will choose an angel and make it a family project of showing gratitude and compassion for those families associated with Johnson who can use our help. Have a wonderful winter holiday!

Art to Remember Deadline TONIGHT


Art to Remember Orders in by November 19th

We are so excited to finally have our Art to Remember projects done and the order forms sent out! The kids worked so hard on their projects and have been so excited about seeing their artwork on something they can purchase. Hopefully you received their order form this week with their personal artwork on it and have found something/s you might like to buy. All the money collected will help supply our art room with needed supplies. You can order online at You can also order through the order form sent home. Please make sure to have these orders in by November 19th so you can have your purchases by the winter break, these make great gifts! If you have any questions please feel free to email me at We are so thankful for your interest and love!


Katie Campbell (art teacher)

JES Gingerbread Village

It's almost that time of year again... time to start making plans for your family's gingerbread house! Once again, JES will host a seasonal Gingerbread Village for all our students and families to enjoy through December.

Please read the flyer about details and be prepared to bring in gingerbread houses on Monday, November 29th and Tuesday, November 30th. Participation is voluntary!

Coffee with ESL

Join our ESL Department for information and insight into our ESL program and get to know fellow parents of English learners.

December 3rd. 9:00 - 10:30 am

CISD Administration Building, 2400 N Carroll Ave.

Donations Needed for Nurse's Clinic

What a season to reflect on our thankfulness! While you are home next week, will you please check the closets for girls and boys size small and medium pants that no longer fit? The clinic is running extremely low on spare clothes and our greatest need is athletic/ legging type pants. Thank you and have a great break :)

~Nurse Shelby

Kindergarten GT Testing

Dear Kindergarten Parents,

You may refer your Kindergarten child for the Carroll ISD Gifted and Talented Program. The referral form is open November 29 - December 10 and can be found on the Johnson Elementary School Webpage. The deadline is December 10 at 8:00am. No late submissions will be accepted.

The gifted program is called Quest at the elementary level. It is an interdisciplinary program where students are encouraged to make connections and view the world in a more global manner. Students will test in small groups during school hours in January and February.

District Screening Procedure for Kindergarten:

Elementary students in Kindergarten must score within a target range on the Phase I Abilities Test in order to move forward to the Phase II portion of the screening process. Phase II involves the Iowa Assessments Achievement test. We will begin testing for Phase I in January, and testing will continue until all students have completed the first Phase. Testing occurs in small groups in my classroom during school hours. You will be notified of your child’s status after Phase I testing is complete. Testing will end for students whose scores do not fall within the target range for cognitive ability and those children will not qualify for placement in the GT program.

Students that continue with Phase II testing will sit for 2-3 additional testing sessions to complete the Iowa achievement test. This includes reading/vocabulary and mathematics/computation. You can best prepare your child for testing by ensuring he/she sleeps well, eats a healthy breakfast, and arrives at school on time each day.

The GT testing process is quite rigorous. Students must be able to listen carefully and sit quietly, without distracting other students, for an extended period of time, sometimes up to an hour. Students should be reading on level or above in order to comfortably complete all portions of testing. Please seriously consider the emotional toll that testing has on students of any age. Many times before, Kindergarteners who are not fluent readers sit and cry throughout the test. I would hate for that to be your child. This testing scenario mirrors what is done at all grade levels. There will be no talking, and due to the nature of the test, I am unable to do any explaining of the material. If you feel that your child might qualify, but is unable to comply with what is listed above, it might be beneficial to wait until they are mature enough to handle multiple testing sessions. Referrals for grades 1-3 will open again next fall.

Phase One results will be shared by mail or email after the gifted screening committee decides who qualifies for Phase Two testing. I shall inform you that they are coming home on the day of their dispersal.

Please note that I cannot mention information about the test, the form of the test, or anything else that would unfairly give your child an advantage over others.

For more information about the Quest program, you can visit the Carroll ISD: Gifted and Talented webpage. I am happy to answer any questions regarding the testing process and GT program. I can be reached at

Order Yearbook

The store is OPEN!! It’s finally time to order your 21-22 yearbook! Click on the image to go directly to the Balfour JES Store to order your yearbook for $35! Prices go up January 1st to $40. 4th Grade Dedication pages - $25 for 1/8 of a page. Please note this is only for 4th graders. You will Order and Build on the Balfour site. Questions? Please contact Beth Alexander OR Heather Groeneveld.

November's Core Essential

This core essential for the month of November is contentment.

Contentment is deciding to be okay with what you have. Thank you for reinforcing contentment with your child!

Gifting Project

We have such a generous community and will be providing more information in the coming weeks on how your family can sponsor a child in need in the DFW area. We are partnering with the Gifting Project, a nonprofit organization dedicated to ensuring children in need feel the joy of a receiving a gift this holiday season.

Stay Connected

There are many ways you can stay connected with PTO; you can visit our website, join the Jack D. Johnson Elementary PTO Facebook page, and now you can sign up for the PTO text messaging service. The text messages are to keep you updated on our main events and activities. Text “PTOJES” to 1-866-516-0824 and follow the directions to get setup.

Around the Corner:


22-26 - Thanksgiving Break

29-30 - Gingerbread Village Bring-In

30 - 4th Grade Math Common Assessment


All Month - Come See Gingerbread Village

1 - 4th Grade Reading Common Assessment

2 - 3rd Grade Reading Common Assessment

6 - 3rd Grade Math Common Assessment

8 - 2nd Grade Math Common Assessment

6-10 - 4th Grade Parent Conferences

9 - Holiday Musical Performance

16 - 3rd Grade Egg Drop

16 - Polar Express & Hot Chocolate Day

17 - Student Holiday Parties

17 - Last Day of the 2nd Grading Period

20-31 - Winter Break

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