Jeremiah Gray Kindergarten Academy

Home of the Little Giants - October 4, 2019

Principal's Message

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Today is our last day of school until after our two week Fall Break. Please take time to rest and enjoy this time with your child! We will miss our Little Giants, but will look forward to seeing them back at school on Monday, October 21st!


Mrs. Hansell

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This week's attendance rate is again 94% We hope then when we return after Fall break we can get our attendance back up to at least 96%!

Did you know:

  • That missing 10% of school days, or just 2 days each month, can put children at risk of academic failure?

  • Students who missed fewer than 2 days in September continued to average fewer than 2 days absent each month.

  • Absenteeism and its ill effects start early. One in 10 Kindergarten and first grade students are chronically absent.

  • By 6th grade, chronic absence becomes a leading indicator that a student will drop out of high school.

  • Attendance improves when schools engage students and parents in positive ways and when schools provide mentors for chronically absent students.

  • Students are more likely to go to school if they know someone cares whether they show up.

Stay Connected with ParentSquare

ParentSquare is the newest communication tool designed to keep families informed. By providing your email and phone number, you will receive the following information from teachers and principals:

  • Weather cancellation/delays
  • Emergency notifications
  • General announcements

With ParentSquare, you can receive notifications via the ParentSquare smartphone app, text message, email, phone or a combination of these.

Congratulations to our Little Giants of the Week!

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Name: Kendra Kidwell

Number of years: I have worked in Perry Township for 9 years. Six of those years were teaching Kindergarten. I also taught grades 1-4 in Oklahoma for 8 years.

Family Info: I have 6 children and 6 grandchildren.

Favorite Hobbies: I love to camp, hike, and read.

Interesting fact: My family has visited every Indiana state park and has camped at most of them.


Name: Shannon Maxwell

Number of years: 6 years kindergarten

Family Info: I have 4 children

Favorite Hobbies: gardening, hiking, fishing, painting and making yard art out of junk

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Achievement Wall

At JGKA we have a special wall in our building that honors our students and their academic achievements. Students that work hard and meet their goals will get to sign their name on our achievement wall.

One way they can sign the wall is to read at a level C text. We will begin working on that each day in class. You can help at home by reading with your child each night.

Another way to sign the wall is to master all of our 100 sight words. We will learn these in class, but you can also practice at home, too. The words are listed below for anyone that wants to get started.

Our wall is empty now, so we can't wait to fill it with our students' names!

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Child Nutrition

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Our students need you!

*We CDL Train*

Contact our Transportation Dept

317-789-6225 or apply online at

Important - Student Accident Insurance

Student Accident Insurance is available to any parent/guardian of a student in Perry Township. Please contact your school's front office for information on cost, coverage and how to sign up or you can visit our website at under the parent section.

Visitor Policy

As part of our increased security measures, we will ask for a government-issued photo ID card (for example: driver’s license, green card) for adults visiting our students. Please be prepared to provide this each time you visit school.

Volunteer Policy

SCOPE: Volunteers who in the course of performing their service and have access to vulnerable populations, specifically minor children less than 18 years of age. This policy will cover all volunteers who volunteer on a regular basis with “ongoing contact” with students.

Such volunteers consist of:

  • Volunteers who are with children on a regular basis
  • Tutoring/Mentoring
  • Coaches
  • Extracurricular sponsors
  • Volunteers who chaperone overnight trips/ or are attending field trips and have sole responsibility over a group of students or any student other than their own child.

PURPOSE: To establish a pre-screening program and an ongoing evaluation process to protect the students we are attempting to serve.

POLICY: It is the policy of Perry Township Schools to promote an environment in which the students we serve do so in safety and without fear in an atmosphere of trust and respect. Perry Township Schools, therefore, requires an expanded criminal history of volunteers who will have as part of their duties access to minors under the age of 18. Volunteers must wait until after their background screening process is complete to begin their volunteer assignment. However, the volunteer must contact Perry Township Schools if there are any personal arrests or filing of criminal charges while serving as a volunteer. A volunteer MUST complete the background check through Raptor each year. Volunteers will be interviewed by Administrators, teachers and/or Human Resources when deemed appropriate.

There is a $5.00 charge for the volunteer background check. The background checks usually take 5-7 days to be completed. Background checks will be maintained in Human Resources Office. The school will maintain a list of all current volunteers.

What''s going on in the Community

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Southport Wresting Club

Southport Wrestling Club for Boys and Girls. Registration has begun. Age 4 through 6th grade. First practice is October 21st .

Register at an early registration date and gain access to a free 3-day wrestling clinic. Check us out online, or contact Coach Skinner for more information.

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