Jamaica Crocs Newsletter
Words of Wisdom from Principal Black
Welcome to the September School Newsletter. I hope everyone has had a wonderful start to the school year. We know the first few weeks can be overwhelming, and we appreciate the patience and support you have given to our students and staff as we get the ball rolling this school year. Please continue to support our protocols in place to ensure a safe and effective school day for our students.
We are very excited to start a new tradition this year with our attendance Crocstars. These students are chosen at random for having perfect attendance from the week before. This means they were not absent, did not come late or leave early.
We would like to once again honor the following students for being an attendance Crocstars in August.
There is no time like the present, and no substitute for being present.
Jamaica Elementary School
PTSO Reminder Dates
Aug 28th- Sept 1st- Fall Book Fair
Sept 4th- No School (Free dress day. Must be school appropriate)
Sept 8th- Picture day
Sept 13th- Back to School Night
Sept 18th-29th- Step it up Fundraiser
Sept 29th- Mother/Son Dance
Croc treats after school on Thursdays (early release days)
A Note From Our Music Teacher
Sick Day Guidelines (When to keep your student home)
School policy states a child must stay home if he or she:
· Has a fever of 100.4 degrees or higher. Keep your child home until his or her fever has been gone for 24 hours without medication.
· Has been vomiting or has had diarrhea. Keep your child home 12-24 hours after the last vomiting or diarrhea episode.
· Has symptoms that keep him or her from participating in school, such as:
· Very tired or lack of appetite
· Cough that he or she cannot control
· Moderate to severe headache, body aches or earache
· Sore throat - a minor sore throat is ok for school, but a severe sore throat could be strep throat, even if there is no fever.
Kaitlyn Weber, BSN, RN
Jamaica School Nurse
P.E. Reminders From Mr. Branchik
As the weather is still warm, students are wearing shorts more often. Please be sure that your student is following the dress code. Per the district handbook, Shorts and skirts must be fingertip length. This means long enough so that when standing straight, hands at sides, the hem is at the edge of the fingertips. All bottoms must be free from rips, holes, or tears above the knees. Students are responsible for checking in the mirror before coming to school.
*Dress code will be enforced, and students will be required to change if they do not follow dress code. There will be NO exceptions.
Student Tardiness and Pick Up Times
Please ensure your students are promptly picked up at the release of school.
If you are running late, please contact the front office immediately.
Each Monday we will randomly pick 2 lucky winners of an In-N-Out gift card based on perfect attendance from the week before. Will it be you?
New Lunch Prices
This year, there has been an increase in meal prices due to USDA regulations.
Breakfast is now $1.60 at all LHUSD schools. Lunch is $2.85 at all elementary schools.
Households will need to re-apply for this school year, as a new application is needed each year. To apply for free or reduced-price meals please visit the new website LinqConnect.com.
A household can submit an application at any time of the year, if there is a reduction in household income.
Stop by the front office to get your school shirts. Please bring cash or credit card for payment. Don’t forget there is a Web Store found at: https://az-lakehavasu.intouchreceipting.com/
Short Sleeve Youth Shirts are $6.50
Long Sleeve Youth Shirts are $8.00
Long Sleeve Adult Shirts are $9.00
Lunch With Students
Birthday Marque Message
PTSO is still offering the Birthday Marquee Fundraiser. $10 will get your child’s name on the marquee for their birthday week. We can also do ½ birthdays as well! Forms are in the office.
Safety and Security
At Jamaica, we take the safety of our students, staff, and guests seriously; therefore we are a closed campus.
It is critical for safety that all guests, including parents and guardians, check in at the front office and sign in for a visitor’s badge. We ask that you do not go into the classrooms without an appointment.
The gates are staying locked in the mornings until 7:45 am. This is for the safety and security of our students in the mornings. Students should wait near the building and away from the drive-through lane. Parents, please drop off and pick up outside the gates.
In the parking lot, please use the crosswalk and do not walk in front of traffic. Thank you to our many parents who follow this rule to help model for our students. (This includes Jamaica. Please do not cross where there is no crosswalk)