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Parent Updates for the Week of October 4, 2021

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Principal Corner

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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.

I encourage you to use our school's website, our Facebook page, the district's Back to School Updates Website and follow us on Twitter @Principal_IBJ as sources of information.

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 (


Ruafika A. Cobb


Ira B. Jones Elementary School

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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

ALMA’S WAY, a new animated series from Fred Rogers Productions, will premiere on October 4, 2021. The series is created by Sonia Manzano, beloved by generations as “Maria” on Sesame Street, who broke new ground as one of the first Latino characters on national TV. Inspired by Manzano’s own childhood, ALMA’S WAY centers on 6-year-old Alma Rivera, a proud, confident Puerto Rican girl who lives in the Bronx with her family among a diverse group of close-knit friends and community members. Infused with Manzano’s humor and grounded in a social and emotional curriculum, the series will give children ages 4-6 the tools to find their own answers, express what they think and feel, and recognize and respect the unique perspective of others. Each episode showcases different aspects of Latino cultures through language, food, music, and customs. All viewers will see how other families are both alike and different from their own. Music is the “backbeat” of the series and includes traditional Puerto Rican styles like Plena, Bomba, and salsa along with other Latino genres such as Cuban son and Colombian cumbia. The original theme song, written and produced by Lin-Manuel Miranda and Bill Sherman, is performed by Flaco Navaja and Summer Rose Castillo, who plays Alma. The series music is composed by Asher Lenz, Stephen Skratt, and Fabiola M. Mendez. The series will be available for viewers in both English and Spanish on all PBS KIDS platforms.
Alma's Way | Bomba Dance | Coming October 4th to PBS Kids
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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 ( ).

Bilingual Books for Kids

Proud to be Latino Food/Comida | Hispanic Heritage | Books for Kids

A read aloud for children. Explores different cultures through food.
The first thing to pop into your mind when you hear "Latino" is probably people from Latin America - places like Mexico, Colombia, Venezuela, etc. But where exactly did the history of that word come from, and has it always meant Central America and South America as well as the Caribbean? Today Danielle traces the origin of the term "Latino" and the debates that still surround it as well as the term "Hispanic" and "Latinx."
Why Do We Say "Latino"?

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