JSE Tracks

Principal's Weekly News, December 14th

Keeping you informed of all the "tracks" we make at school and in our community!

JSE Monthly Attributes

Characteristic of a Successful Learner (CSL): Maintain Focus

Bucket-Filling Trait: Giving

JSE supports UTSC Food Drive!

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It's a Marvelous Monday at JSE!

On behalf of all JSE staff, I wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! I will be visiting each classroom this week for a fun lesson on relating the unique qualities of a snowflake to the unique qualities in each and everyone of us! I am grateful for the opportunity to spread the joy to each of our JSE kids.

Students look forward to our classroom parties on Friday afternoon. Thank you to all who were able to donate supplies and volunteer. We appreciate it!

Thank you again for all your support with our holiday show. Mrs. Alonzo and our talented cast and elves outdid themselves!

Last week our students in grades 3-5 were involved in the Hour of Code event in their computer class. This was a huge hit with our students and many students have continued their new found interest at home through https://code.org/learn . Please see below more opportunities for your child to build their academic skills at home over break.

We look forward to more learning endeavors to

s-t-r-e-t-c-h everyone of our children's academic achievement goals in 2016!

Very Sincerely,

Leigh Barnes


One of the best gifts you can ever give a child "The Gift of Time" AND Resources for "I'm bored" over break...

One of my favorite ways to spend time with children over break...READ, READ, READ as this is truly one of the best long-term gifts we can give a child's future!

Another is practicing math facts. This website will make flash cards for you: http://www.mathfactcafe.com/ and https://xtramath.org/ is an awesome free resource. This year we participated in the Skoolbo World Cup to aid the US in placing 4th in the world competition. Check out Skoolbo with your child to see what this learning adventure is all about.

Keep your child engaged with one of our educational subscriptions that provide home access, Reading Eggs and Sumdog are just two that your children have become familiar with. We have a friendly grade level competition that motivates our students to continue to practice at home. Mrs. Ross's class currently leads the way in Reading Eggs.

Start with a reading or math practice goal each day and increase it as your child achieves it, this will build your child's stamina for working hard!

SchoolGuard App

We are a Safe School

LOOK FOR: A UTSC community letter will be sent home regarding our involvement in the county wide SchoolGuard App. http://www.nwitimes.com/news/local/porter/guard-ready-for-all-porter-county-schools/article_202d0561-fb13-58bf-a2ec-121e3f14d1b3.html

For more information please visit http://schoolguard.guard911.com/


Students and staff participate in monthly safety drills addressing weather events, fires, bus evacuations, intruders and other threats. We teach and practice a uniform classroom response according to each drill with consistent language from the Standard Response Protocol(SRP).

More information on SRP can be found on this website: http://iloveuguys.org/srp.html

and on the Parent Handout.

Posted in each of our classroom is the SRP classroom poster with guidance of evacuation routes and shelter areas.

Communication to families of any emergency is a priority and you can expect information via text and/or e-mail. This is a reminder to sign up for NotifyMe through our district website and make sure we have updated contact information.


  • PTO Meetings: First Tuesday of every month 6pm, JSE Cafeteria. We will meet the first Tuesday after break. As we embark on the new year for our PTO, we look for innovative ideas and parents to carry the torch to new possibilities. *All are welcome!
  • Thank you for all your support and giving to your children for holiday shop!
  • Stay tuned for more family night dinners at local restaurants.

Important Dates:

12/21-1/1 School resumes Monday, January 4th

1/21 Report Card

Every Friday is Spirit Day! Wear orange and green!

Be a part of the UTSC staff!

Employment Opportunities:

Bus Drivers

Substitute Bus Drivers

Substitute Teachers

Applications are available on the district website. Please contact central office for additional information. Thank you for your interest!

You are always welcome at JSE!

Please let us know how we can strengthen our partnership with you!

Leigh Barnes, Principal

Barb Rittel, Secretary

Chris Fields, Home School Advisor

Kathy Maniszko, School Nurse