JSE Tracks

Principal's Weekly News, September 8, 2020

Keeping you informed of all the "tracks" we make at school and in our community!

JSE Monthly Attributes:

Characteristic of a Successful Learner (CSL): Strive for Personal Best

Bucket-Filling Trait: Respect

It's a Marvelous Monday at JSE!

Greetings, JSE Families,

I hope you had time this weekend to practice the 4 R's: Rest, Relax, Rejuvenate and READ with your family. In September, let's partner to lay the groundwork for our reading routines for rest of this school year! Please read through the updates below!

Library and Specials Update: As planned in our re-entry plan, our students have mastered our new procedures and guidelines in the classrooms and hallways and are now ready to go to specials class and as well as library. Students will have the same seating charts as their classrooms in specials class/library and the same guidelines will be in place for masks and social distancing. In specials class, students will have their own individual supplies and will not share. Students will visit the library weekly to check-out and return finished books. We will follow the Porter County Library's procedure to ensure books are safe to return to the shelves for check-out. We are excited for these opportunities for our kids, and appreciate your understanding and patience as we cautiously put additional routines in place.

Breakfast: Just a reminder, we serve breakfast every morning from 8:30-8:50AM. If your family qualified for free and reduced lunch, the same guidelines apply for our breakfast, and your child can get a free or reduced breakfast each day. We also allow students to take whatever dry breakfast item they don't finish to their classrooms in a ziplock bag for a snack. The Free and Reduced Lunch/Breakfast application can be found on our website.

Cafeteria Extras, Snacks, and Ice-Cream: Below is information from the cafeteria. We will begin serving extras, snacks, and ice-cream as a choice for students on Monday, 9/14. Students may send in money at anytime to the cafeteria to be added to their account. If you do not want your child to purchase anything extra including snacks and ice-cream, please let our cafeteria manager, Sandra Denison know at sdenison@union.k12.in.us.

Progress Reports go home Thursday. This is an excellent gauge for you to see how your child is progressing thus far and realize areas strength and weakness. This is where our partnership is put to the test. How can you work with your teacher to address your child's needs at home and how can we support you in this challenge? Please communicate with your child's teacher through e-mail or phone. Parent Teacher Conferences will be virtual on one day this school year, October 12th. This day will be an eLearning day for students.

Thank you for your partnership!

Mrs. Barnes

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Picture Day Information

Picture day is on September 24th at JSE! Please place your orders online this year! With the effort to go paperless by the photography company, we were only provided very few paper order forms.

Below is the online ordering information and the link is


Virtual Students - Picture Day Information: If your child is a virtual learner, please bring them to the school between 8-9:30am on the 24th. If you can not make it to school on the 24th at that time, we will have another day and time for virtual students on our to be scheduled retake day.

Attention Families of Virtual Students:

As a reminder, the vestibule is open from 9:00 AM-6:00 PM. Parents, your child's teacher will communicate how they will use their pick-up bin and when you will need to come to school.

We have had several families change to in-person learning, if you choose to make this change or have any questions regarding this, please email Mrs. Barnes at lbarnes@union.k12.in.us

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Important Dates:


10 Progress Report

24 Fall Pictures


9 End of First Grading Period

12 Elementary Parent Teacher Conferences, e-Learning Day for students

15 Report Card Available in Harmony

29,30 Fall Break No School

Harmony Parent Portal LINK: https://sis.union.k12.in.us/familyaccess.nsf/hello.xsp

With our current situation, please be reminded all dates, events, and information is subject to change. We appreciate you working together with us by checking your email regularly and reaching out to us with questions and concerns. Our partnership will remain strong for our children and community!

You are always welcome at JSE!

Please let us know how we can strengthen our partnership with you!

Feel free to contact me anytime! Very Sincerely, Mrs. Barnes

Leigh Barnes, Principal ext 3001

Barb Rittel, Secretary ext 3000

Lisa Morton, Home School Advisor ext 3003

Kathy Maniszko, School Nurse ext 3002