JCSS Family Engagement Newsletter

August 2021

Welcome Back to School!



The JCSS Family Engagement Team would like to welcome you to the 2021-2022 school year! As the school year begins, please remember we are here to help you and your family locate the resources needed for success. Through our monthly newsletter, we will seek to share practical tips, links, QR codes, articles, and strategies to help you to better support your child's success. Invitations to parent sessions and family engagement opportunities will also be publicized here. If you need assistance with locating academic, behavioral, or community resources, don’t hesitate to reach out to us. We are here to help!


August is not only National Back to School Month, it is also National Get Ready for Kindergarten Month and National Wellness Month. In this edition of our monthly newsletter, you will find resources related to each of these topics, as well as links to JCSS webpages and other district resources.


“EDUCATION IS THE MOST POWERFUL WEAPON WHICH YOU CAN USE TO CHANGE THE WORLD.” – NELSON MANDELA


If you have a question or concern, please contact us.

Shelley Dunlap sdunlap@jones.k12.ga.us or (478) 986-3032 Ext. 1284

Leslie Poythress lpoythress@jones.k12.ga.us or (478) 986-3032 Ext. 1282

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Jones County Pre-K

Click here to access the JC Pre-K webpage.

Dames Ferry Elementary School

Click here to access the DFE webpage.

Gray Elementary School

Click here to access the GES webpage.

Turner Woods Elementary School

Click here to access the TWES webpage.

Wells Elementary School

Click here to access the WES webpage.

Clifton Ridge Middle School

Click here to access the CRMS webpage.

Gray Station Middle School

Click here to access the GSMS webpage.

JONES COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL

Click here to access the JCHS webpage.

JCSS Information FY 22

Click here for the FY 22 calendar, a weeklly summary of COVID-19 cases, and other pandemic response resources.

Everyday Active Learning

Active learning is learning that engages a child in the learning process (e.g., exploring personal interests, problem solving, asking and answering questions).


This month’s active learning tip is to play board games together. Back to school time can be stressful and time consuming, but playing board games is an easy way to spend time together, and help your child learn.


Play games that include counting spaces, such as Candy Land, Chutes and Ladders, or Trouble. For older kids, games like Scrabble and Monopoly are great ways to improve their vocabulary, spelling, and math skills.

Conversation Prompts

Here are some questions to ask your child this month.


  • What are you most excited about this year?
  • Is there anything that makes you nervous about starting a new school year?
  • Do you have any goals for this year?
  • What changes do you want to make this year?

Tip of the Month: Model Goal Setting

Each week set a goal for yourself, and share it with your child. For example, your goal could be to get to bed by a certain time, or to limit the amount of time you spend on your phone each day. Share your progress with your child.
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The Importance of Attendance...


  • Absences add up. Even if your child misses just a few days here and there, his/her grades are likely to suffer.
  • Elementary attendance impacts reading development. Frequent absences in elementary school have been shown to significantly affect a student’s reading skills.
  • Attendance problems can negatively impact a student’s future. Research shows that by sixth grade, attendance problems become a leading indicator that a student will drop out of high school.
  • Attendance affects social growth. At school, students learn to interact with others, make friends, and build relationships with adults outside their family.

To Improve Attendance...

  • Develop routines. Get everything your child needs for school ready the night before. Set out (or have your child set out) clothes, shoes, socks, coat, and backpack.
  • Be informed. Know bus pick up times, parent drop off times, and school bell times. Determine what time your child needs to be “out the door” to get to school on time.
  • Get support. If you have difficulty getting your child to and from school, or if your child doesn’t seem to want to go to school for any reason, talk to your child’s teacher, school counselor, or an administrator.


- Woodburn Press

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JC Family Engagment Facebook Page

Like the Facebook page to stay current on events and family engagement opportunities for your family!

Jones County Schools Family Engagement

If you have a question or concern, please contact us.


Ms. Shelley Dunlap, Family Engagement Coordinator

sdunlap@jones.k12.ga.us or (478) 986-3032 Ext. 1284

Mrs. Charlotte Foskey, Executive Director of Federal Programs cfoskey@jones.k12.ga.us or (478) 986-3032 Ext. 1233

Mrs. Leslie Poythress, Executive Director of Family Engagement lpoythress@jones.k12.ga.us or (478) 986-3032 Ext. 1282

Mr. Charles Lundy, Superintendent of Schools

clundy@jones.k12.ga.us or (478) 986-3032