Jaguar Journal

April 2018

Important Dates

  • Cheeburger Cheeburger Restaurant Night - 04/10
  • Kindergarten Playdate - 04/12 at 4:00pm
  • 4th/5th Grade In-House Field Trip (Police Presentation) - 04/17
  • PTA Meeting - 04/19 at 6:30pm
  • Spring Concert (Advanced Band) - 04/24 at 7:00pm
  • 3rd Grade Field Trip (Bowie Baysox) - 04/25
  • SCH Kickoff - 04/30

From the Principal's Desk

Happy Spring! It seems that Mother Nature is taking us on a roller-coaster of changing temperatures. It's nice to see the grass getting a little greener and the skies a little bluer even though snow is still in the forecast!

As Spring moves in, all of us have a bit of extra energy. The excitement of summer vacation two months away is upon us. Please take a few minutes to review our school wide expectations making certain that students are in the Jaguar Zone, being respectiful, being engaged and being determined. Your help and reinforcement support us in making it to the end of the year while keeping our strength of character intact! With more daylight time students are able to benefit from more fresh air in their day and we encourage all of our students to be active during recess and after school. As the temperatures are a bit all over the place, please be sure to check the weather and make sure your child is dressed appropriately.

Spring is another wonderful time in a school year to celebrate! We begin to truly reflect on our experiences and how much we have grown. As educators, we celebrate the gains our students have made and begin to start thinking about how we can serve them in the year to come. We encourage you to lead your child in reflection about their school year and support them in their own personal goals, not just for school and academics, but also consider other aspirations they may have. Maybe they would like to run a race or become a better ball player, set a goal to read 10 books during summer vacation, or maybe they aspire to be more adventurous or brave by trying something new!

It's hard to believe that we are in the homestretch! Third through fifth graders will be taking the PARCC assessment during the next quarter. We are so proud of how hard the students have worked to show us their best! A special thank you to Mr. Vanisko for his leadership and support in making sure our testing is running smoothly. Specific dates are soon to come. This month I would also like to give a special thank you to all of our volunteers. There is no real adequate way to thank you for all that you do for our little school. Your time, care, dedication, and love for both children and education is appreciated and we are beyond grateful every day for all of you! We are blessed to have so many parents, grandparents, and even the support of many former teachers during the day and after school enriching the experience of our students and providing them with some extra practice and support. No matter how big or small your contribution, from chaperoning a field trip to helping on a regular basis, we appreciate you.

--Ms. Strong

Community Thank You

We would like to extend a special thank you to the restaurants, Cinco de Mayo and On The Border for supporting us on our Mexican Food Theme Day. Both organizations provided chips, salsa, and other entrees to show their appreciation for the hard work of our staff. We always appreciate and welcome community support.

--Mr. Vanisko

Music Department Fundraiser

Please join us at cheeburger Cheeburger in support of JHES's music department. Cheeburger Cheeburger will donate 20% of all sales to our music program. The date is Tuesday, April 10th from 5:00pm-9:00pm. Please bring a hardcopy of the flier or show it to your server via your cellular or electronic device. See below.

--Ms. DeBella, Mr. Hay, and Ms. Curry

Lost and Found

Our lost and found is overflowing! Please be sure to look through the bins that are located on the stage. Any items not claimed by Friday, April 13th will be donated to charity.

--Mr. Vanisko

Take Your Child to Work Day

Take your Child to Work Day is approaching on Thursday, April 26th. If your child will participate in this activity please send in a note to Ms. Taylor prior to the 26th.

--Ms. Taylor


Yearbooks are on sale for $10. Visit and enter code 110492 to pay online. Payment is due by Friday, May 25th

--Ms. Cabrera


Registration for the KidzArt spring session is underway. If you'd like to enroll your child in the program, visit For additional details see the flier below.

Youth Art Month

March is Youth Art Month. Below is a list of art shows featuring students at Jeffers Hill! Please congratulate our hard-working students!

Third Grade Showcase is at the Howard County Department of Education Gallery. Jeffers Hill is represented by Aboriginal inspired paintings from Nelson A. and Kate A., and self-portraits by Zion C. and Aanya C.. The show runs until April 16th, 2018.

The Youth Art Month show opened March 1st at the Miller Branch Library in Ellicott City. Congratulations to 5th graders Jacob B. and 5th grader Lily S.. who had their work chosen for the show.

Drawing for Understanding is at the Howard County Arts Council. This show features Georgia O’Keeffe-inspired still-life drawings from 4th graders Luke T., Andrew B., and Mai Anh N.. The show is open until April 20, 2018.

Thank you for supporting the arts at JHES!

--Ms. Odom

Student Art Exhibition

The 46th Annual Student Art Exhibition at the Columbia Mall is coming! Check it out from April 10th to April 23rd to see our school’s art panel with panels from every school in Howard County! I want to congratulate the following 56 students for being chosen to represent our school:


Chase L., Calyn M., Kate M., Janelle H., Kason M., Levi B.

Grade 1:

Kenny W., Nathanael P., Lincoln W., Miyabi H., Leah S-G., Chelsea J., Valeria H-A.

Grade 2:

Lexi A., Natalie M., Peyton E., Roshan V., Azra F., Jose P-S, Riley A., Emma T-L., Luanny M-H., Emma M., Londyn W.

Grade 3:

Dorian C., Rafa K-S., Reagan W., Kayla D., Colleen S., Alexa J., Blair S., Jordan M.

Grade 4:

Taj V., Adam S., Junior E-A., Eva L., Baelyn H., Elisabeth M., Madison D., Madison M., Tommy L., Mira A., Isaiah M., Lauren S.

Grade 5:

Rayyan Q., Dennis H., Nicholas C., Suraj S., Robi A-R., David L., Baylea W-B., Tamyra D., Alicia D., Diego E-F., Jenna P.

--Ms. Odom

Planning to Move?

If you have plans to move and your child will attend another school, please contact Ms. Taylor for a transfer packet prior to the end of the school year.

--Ms. Taylor

Kindergarten Registration

Kindergarten registration for the 2018-19 school year is underway. Please call Ms. Taylor to set up an appointment. To register online, click the link below.

Kindergarten Online Registration

Please bring the following documents:

  • Birth certificate
  • Immunization shot record
  • Deed or Lease
  • Current utility bill (no welcome letters)

Click on the link below for additional information.

Kindergarten Registration

--Ms. Taylor

Online School Payments

We encourage parents to use our online service when paying for field trips. Doing so limits the amount of money that children have to carry and the amount handled in the school. Click on the link below to find your child's trip. Please note: Each trip has a drop down menu bar that displays the teachers' name. Please be sure to select the correct teacher.

If you have any issues with the system please contact Ms. Allen in the front office or email Thank you for helping us improve our money collection process.

Pay For My Field Trip

--Ms. Allen

PTA News

The next PTA meeting is scheduled for Thursday, April 19th at 6:30pm.

PTA Website

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JHES Website

Community News

Click on the link below to find all information related to non-profit organization activities.

Community News

Association of Community Services of Howard County