JMS Weekly Update
September 13, 2020
We Want to See Your Faces - Part II
The district is not requiring students to turn on their cameras during their class sessions, however, getting to know each of our students is important to us. It is important for us to see how the students are responding to our instruction. It is also important to us that students have opportunities to socialize with each other in this online environment.
Please encourage your child to turn on their cameras, if they are able, during our class discussions. We want to see their faces! Thank you!
Material Pick-Up - Wave #2 - 9/14 & 9/15 @ 7:30AM-5:00PM
A second wave of material distribution will be held on Monday, September 14th and Tuesday September 15th from 7:30am-5pm.
Materials that were not available during the first wave of distribution will be available at this time. Specifically, art supplies and 6th grade science workbooks (both teams) are ready for pick up. Please come to the main entrance (A-1) of JMS and ring the doorbell.
Your child's teacher will let your child know if they have materials that they need to pick up. You can email your child's teacher or Ms. Deet with questions.
JMS PTA membership drive is now open. In a typical year, your membership fee to the JMS PTA helps to meet our budget commitments to various PTA-sponsored school programs. This year we have reduced the membership cost to $15, to cover primarily the national and state dues and fees associated with the organization, and we have included an option to make a donation, 100% of which goes to JMS PTA-supported activities. Membership includes one vote per household at PTA meetings, inclusion in the Membership Directory, and PTA Newsletters. Families can link a second parent's email to their first at no additional cost or decide to purchase memberships for two parents. Membership Toolkit has a mobile app for your convenience.
You will be prompted to update your family's information, opt in or out of the directory, and update your child's team, optional phone contact info, and the elementary school from which they came.
Please join us!
Mrs. Anstandig is offering an opportunity for the students to visit the JMS Library to borrow books. Each week, one or two sessions with limited slots will be offered after the school day from 3:10-3:40. Sign up here or click on the link above. All students visiting the JMS Library must complete the Self-Assessment Form and the MTLSD Athletic & Activities Participation Waiver, prior to participating. Students will also be required to comply with the universal masking and physical distancing requirements.
In addition, soon I will offer the ability for students to "order" books for curbside pickup. I look forward to seeing JMS students soon!
We are in the process of developing micro-experiences for students. These experiences will take place at JMS. Initially, these experiences will occur before/after school. Students who participate in these experiences should complete the Self-Assessment Form and the MTLSD Athletic & Activities Participation Waiver, prior to participating. Students will also be required to comply with the universal masking and physical distancing requirements.
At this time, participation in these micro-experiences is voluntary. Students will not be penalized (grades, attendance, etc.) for choosing not to participate in these activities.
The Mt. Lebanon School District is now 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. Please be sure to complete the meal survey sent every Friday afternoon.
Meals will be available from 10:45 until 1:15 every day to accommodate all students during their lunch periods.
If your child is absent, please send an excuse to the homeroom teacher within three days of returning from your absence.
If your child is "arriving late" or has an "early dismissal" please send your note to Mrs. Harris (email@example.com) in the attendance office.
Online learning expectations have been shared with all of the children. We are asking for your help to review and support these expectations in our online learning environment. Google Meets/Zoom is a virtual classroom; therefore, all classroom rules and handbook procedures apply.
Respect Each Other
- Use appropriate language
- Treat others with courtesy and respect
Log In Using Your MLT Login
- Use your name in Zoom meetings.
- Do not share meeting IDs and passwords with others outside of class.
- Do not take a screenshot, picture, and/or recording of your class without permission from your teacher.
Arrive On Time
- Arrive on time to the class session.
- Mute your mic upon entry.
- Keep your microphone muted until it is your turn to speak.
- Report to session dressed appropriately.
- Be Ready to learn.
- Participate in class.
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.
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:
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
JMS PTA Information
SHOPPER & SCHOOL REWARD PROGRAM/ BOX TOPS FOR EDUCATION
Please bookmark our Amazon link and save it to your browser favorites or add it to your home screen for easy shopping. JMS does not earn any rewards when the Amazon app is used.
Android devices - click on this Amazon link. Hit the 3 dots in the top corner of the Chrome browser and select "Add to Home Screen."
Apple devices - click on this Amazon link. In Safari, tap the Share button [box with arrow]. On the bottom row of icons, scroll over and tap Add to Home Screen. On the next screen, choose a name for the link on your home screen and tap Add. The link will now look like its own "app" icon.
The school earns up to 10% on eligible purchases.
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 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.
Resources For Families
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
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.