Jeremiah Gray Kindergarten Academy

Home of the Little Giants - September 11, 2020

Our Smore Can Now Be Translated!

We are SO EXCITED to announce that our weekly Smore newsletter can now be translated for our families. There are multiple languages to choose from, and it's as easy as clicking on the language you need!
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Click on "Translate Newsletter" to see a drop down menu.

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Scroll down the drop down menu and select your prefered language.


We know we won't have them all, but we are SO happy to provide these translations for as many of our families as we can!

Student Chromebooks

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As you know, last year a pandemic required us to switch to remote learning overnight. While our teachers and families did a great job with this, our school district wanted to be more prepared in the event this happens in the future. They have purchased Chromebooks for each of our students to borrow throughout the year.



A Chromebooks has been scanned and issued to your child, along with a protective case and charger. We ask that you keep the device in the case, because it is very important that when they are returned they are still in good working order. Please talk to your child and make sure they take good care of their Chromebook.



Additionally, we have spent a lot of time learning how to use a learning platform called Canvas to help us deliver virtual lessons to our students. Students have already been learning how to use the Chromebooks to access Canvas, and we will continue to practice each week. Below you will find a video with a virtual training so you can learn how to use these devices to access Canvas as well.


Starting next week, these Chromebooks will begin coming home with students each night. We are sending them home so that our students will have their device in the event we would need to switch to virtual learning again. It is important to charge the Chromebook at home every night. Students will bring their device back to school every day to use in the classroom. Since there is not pocket in the case for the chargers PLEASE KEEP THE CHARGER AT HOME so it does not get lost.



If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to Principal Hansell at lhansell@perryschools.org




Chromebook Video

Unable to Access Internet?

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Hello Little Giant families!

As you know, at JGKA we are committed to building kind, confident learners. This is our daily mission, and it doesn't stop when the buses roll off our lot! We can also help our learners when they need to access learning remotely on their Chromebooks at home. Thanks to the hard work of our district social workers, we can also offer support if your family is need of more reliable internet.

  • Does your child struggle with staying connected to google meets or canvas when working at home?
  • Do you have more than 1 child on a Chromebook putting a strain on your current internet service at home?
  • Does it take forever to upload videos on your school Chromebook?


If you answered YES to any of these questions, we can provide reliable internet service at no cost to you through May 2021!
Contact our school social worker, Mrs. Lopez-Hunt at (317) 789-4318 to request a personal hotspot strong enough to keep up to 3 Chromebooks running at full speed for your child's educational needs.

Congratulations to our Little Giants of the Week!

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Teacher

Name: Danielle Mason


Number of years: 3 years


Family Info: I have one older sister.


Favorite Hobbies: Reading, going to concerts, traveling,


Interesting fact: I have traveled to 3 different countries in Europe: Germany, Austria, and the Czech Republic. I want to go back someday!

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Aide

Name: Brittney Baliga


Number of Years: 7 years


Family Info: I have 2 sons and 1 daughter. Both of my sons go to school in Perry Township.


Favorite Hobbies: Hanging out with family, watching sporting events, cooking


Interesting fact: I graduated from Southport High School!

Car Rider Map and Procedures

Beginning Thursday, September 10th, police officers that are directing traffic on Gray Road in front of the school will only allow cars traveling northbound to turn right into the school. Cars traveling southbound will not be allowed to turn left to enter the school parking lot. Only cars traveling north. This is to help with congestion caused by road closures on Thompson.
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Spin the Prize Wheel!

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At JGKA, we have three core values that we work on with our kids: Kindness, Respect, and Responsibility. When we catch a student demonstrating one of these behaviors they earn a hole punch on their punch card. Once a student fills up their card, they get to spin the wheel for a prize.


Mr. WItt's prize wheel is a HUGE hit!

Nurse Clinic

Our School Nurse program is staffed by nurses from Community Health Network and will

provide limited services to all students, including but not limited to - screening for signs

of illness, first aid/emergency care, referral to health providers in the community, nutrition services, health education, health screenings and immunization information. This is a School clinic and all records are maintained by the School. There is no charge to you for the services received.


If your child needs prescription or over the counter medicine, management of chronic

health conditions or any health needs requiring a physician order while in school, your

written permission is required, in advance. In an emergency situation, to prevent

death or serious injury, the School Nurse and School staff will act to prevent such injury

or death and stabilize the situation

At Home Learning Kit Reminder

During Open House all students received an At-Home Learning Kit. These kits were provided so that in the event we had to begin virtual learning that all children will have the things they need at home.


We ask that you please keep those safely at home, and do not use them until directed by your teacher. If you didn't pick it up during the Open House, we have sent this home in your child's backpack. Please take that out and keep it safely at home. (We don't want our kids carrying around a heavy bag!)


Thanks in advance for your help!

Each day we enjoy interacting with our families as they drop off their kids and pick them up. Thank you for your warm greetings and smiles.


As you know, safety is our number one priority. We have a safety concern, and we need your help with it to keep our arrival and dismissal safe and efficient.


We have had parents become impatient and try to get around the car line. They have tried to drive straight through to the Kindergarten Academy without getting into the JGE/JGKA joint car line. We have had parents become impatient and drive around cars in the car line. Both of these scenarios are dangerous for our families and students. We ask that all parents stay in the car line and follow the direction of the staff members.


We will do our very best to move the line as quickly as possible, and we appreciate your understanding and cooperation with our procedures.

Clothing Donations

Do you have gently used school uniforms that your child has outgrown? If so, our school is in need of clothes for our clothing closet. You can send in any donations to our front office.

Thanks!

Birthday Treats

Due to Covid-19, students will not be allowed to bring in outside birthday treats. We know that birthdays are a very big deal, so we will find other ways to make our Little Giants feel special on their birthday.

Stay Connected with ParentSquare

ParentSquare is the newest communication tool designed to keep families informed. By providing your email and phone number, you will receive the following information from teachers and principals:


  • Weather cancellation/delays
  • Emergency notifications
  • General announcements


With ParentSquare, you can receive notifications via the ParentSquare smartphone app, text message, email, phone or a combination of these.

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Child Nutrition

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Leadership Academy 2020-21

Applications are open for this year's Perry Township Schools Leadership Academy.


The Academy is an engaging, eight-month learning experience for select Perry Township community leaders and parents to gain a deeper understanding of our district.

This year, every Leadership class will be virtual. We recognize that some families are managing in-person learning for their students while others are navigating remote learning. Therefore, we believe that a virtual meeting may be more convenient for this year’s participants.


The Academy was designed with three goals in mind for participants:

  • Gain a deeper understanding of how Perry Township Schools function

  • Experience the engaging learning style that our educators use to teach students

  • Develop an understanding of how Perry Township Schools has created an award-winning culture of educational excellence that is recognized by national education experts

Academy participants will attend eight one-hour classes that will meet at 8 a.m. on either the first or second Tuesday or Wednesday of the month from October – May:

  • October 6

  • November 11*

  • December 1

  • January 13*

  • February 2

  • March 2

  • April 6

  • May 4

*Wednesday class


To apply or for more information, visit http://www.perryschools.org/leadership-academy/

Bus Drivers Needed

Perry Township is currently looking to fill multiple school bus driver and monitor positions

within our Transportation department. To view all open positions and to apply, please visit:

https://www.applitrack.com/perryschools/onlineapp/default.aspx?Category=Transportation

High-Ability Screenings

Dear Parents/Guardians of second and fifth grade students:

We need additional information on the academic needs and performance of individual students in order to provide instruction at the appropriate level for each child. All second and fifth grade students will take a standardized test to begin to collect this information over the school year as a part of our high ability screening process. The testing will take place in September. If you have any questions regarding testing, please contact Kim Jovic at: kjovic@perryschools.org.

Important - Student Accident Insurance

Student Accident Insurance is available to any parent/guardian of a student in Perry Township. Please contact your school's front office for information on cost, coverage and how to sign up or you can visit our website at perryschools.org under the parent section (policies & other forms).

What's going on in the Community

Be Counted

There is still time to fill out the 2020 Census!


Responding to the 2020 Census is our civic duty and affects the allocation of funding for our community’s public resources, including schools. It also affects how we plan for the future and how we are represented in government.


It only takes a few minutes, and the U.S. Census Bureau keeps your information confidential. The deadline to respond is September 30.


To learn more, visit 2020census.gov.

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