No Place Like Jones
Parent Updates for the Week of October 4, 2021
Dear Ira B. Jones Families:
Can you believe it's already October, and the fall season is upon us? This year's fall season has started by bringing some gorgeous weather and beautiful days to enjoy.
Thank you for continuing to talk to your children about the importance of wearing a mask appropriately while at school. Although we have safety measures to do our best to keep everyone healthy during this pandemic, they hinge on everyone wearing a mask appropriately and consistently. I know I mention this in every newsletter, but it's because I want all of our Global Scholars to be at school and to be healthy.
Don't forget this Wednesday, October 6, is early dismissal; students will get out of school at noon, and Thursday, October 7 is Fall Parent/Teacher Conferences; students will not come to school. Your child's teacher should have contacted you about scheduling a time to meet to discuss their progress. It's not too late to schedule a time to meet; don't hesitate to get in touch with your child's teacher if you don't have a time already scheduled. If you have concerns or questions that might go beyond a 20-30 minute conference, please talk to your child's teacher about a follow-up conference. At Parent/Teacher conferences, our teachers will be discussing math and literacy assessment results and how your child is doing overall in the first quarter.
As a school leader and a parent, I understand the necessity of healthy communication between families and the school. I welcome your questions, celebrations, or concerns at any time. You can reach me by calling the school (828-350-6700) or via email (email@example.com).
Ruafika A. Cobb
Ira B. Jones Elementary School
What is Hispanic Heritage Month?
Celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America.
Many Hispanic Americans trace their roots to the cultures of the indigenous peoples of the Americas -- including the Arawaks (Puerto Rico), the Aztecs (Mexico), the Incas (South America), the Maya (Central America), and the Tainos (in Cuba, Puerto Rico and other places).
Some trace their roots to the Spanish explorers -- who in the 1400s set out to find an easier and less costly way to trade with the Indies. Other Latinos trace their roots to the Africans who were brought as slaves to the New World. For purposes of the U.S. Census, Hispanic Americans today are identified according to the parts of the world that they or their ancestors came from, including Mexico, Puerto Rico, Cuba, Spain, or the nations of Central or South America.
Alma's Way: Bomba Dance
Upcoming Important Dates
October 6: Early Dismissal Day for Students (12:00 pm, noon)
October 7: No school for students - Parent/Teacher Conferences (Teachers will reach out to schedule a time with you).
October 13: Student Picture Day!
October 22: End of First Quarter
October 25: Optional Workday for Teacher/No School for Students
IBJ Holiday B.A.Gs
Dear Ira B. Jones Elementary Parents/ Guardians:
It is time to plan for our annual B.A.Gs gift giving. We work with community groups and volunteers to supply students with items to have a great break, with many resources to keep them engaged over the holidays. Each child who receives a Holiday B.A.G will get books, art supplies, and games to add to their collection. Everything in the B.A.Gs will be age-appropriate and tailored to each student based on the information provided below.
We are making our list and checking it twice, so please complete and return the form by Monday, October 18, 2021. All information will be kept CONFIDENTIAL
We will send a copy of the letter home. You may also click below for the letter and the link to complete the form online.
If you have any questions, don't hesitate to get in touch with Abby Owolabi, School Social Worker ( firstname.lastname@example.org ).