James Morris School

Weekly Newsletter, Vol. 10.05.2017

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A Message from the Principal

Dear Parents and Guardians,


We are in the process of wrapping up our JMS 2017-2018 School Improvement Plan. The feedback from those of you who have been able to visit for discussion has been of great value. You all are again invited to join me, this time to see the draft of our plan and share your insights, questions, and suggestions:


  • Wednesday, October 11th
  • 10:00AM
  • Coffee and tea provided


Thank you,

KC Chapman, Principal

Morning Dropoff

For those who drop off your child(ren) in the morning, please note:


  • The dropoff line is a single lane of vehicles with no passing on the left.
  • Parents and guardians are asked to keep all children in the vehicles until reaching the dropoff spot, where the children are met by a JMS staff member. We ask that students not be allowed to exit the vehicles prior to dropoff, as this presents a safety hazard around and between vehicles.


We thank you for helping keep all of our students safe.

Grandparents and Special-Someones Day

Each year, JMS students are encouraged to invite a grandparent(s) or special-someone to visit them and participate in classroom activities. This year, Grandparents and Special-Someones Day will be held on Friday, October 13th:


  • 9:30-10:30AM for students in Grades 1,2 and 3
  • 10:00-11:00AM for students in AM Pre-Kindergarten
  • 1:15-2:30AM for students Grades K, 4, 5 and 6
  • 2:00-3:00AM for students in PM Pre-Kindergarten

Dismissal Changes

Parents and Guardians, please make every effort contact the office prior to 2:00PM if you need to make a dismissal change. Given the activity in both the classrooms and the main office, end-of-day notifications can contribute to confusion on the part of the students, bus drivers, and staff. We thank you for your attention to this request.

Upcoming Events

Friday, October 6th: Teacher Professional Development Day (No School)

Monday, October 9th: Columbus Day (No School)

Tuesday, October 10th: Board of Education meeting, (Warren School, 7:00PM)

Friday, October 13th: Grandparents and Special Someones Day

Week of October 16th: Scholastic Book Fair

Wed, Thur, Fri, Oct. 18-20th: School Conferences (1:30PM Dismissal)

Tue. October 24th: Superintendent Leone's Listening Tour comes to JMS (9:00AM-10AM)

Wed. October 25th: Superintendent Leone's Listening Tour comes to JMS (4:00PM-5:00PM)

Tue. October 31st: JMS Halloween Parade (end of the day)

Tue. November 7th: Teacher Professional Development Day (No School)

Flyers and Forms

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Our School Vision

Our vision for James Morris School is to be highly regarded for our students' academic growth, and for instilling in students the desire to strive for the intrinsic value, rewards and opportunities that result from quality, professionalism, and pride in one’s work. To achieve this vision, we believe in:


  • A culture of academia

  • A strong partnership with parents and the community

  • A growth-mindset for students and staff

  • Research-based practices

  • Authentic hands-on learning experiences for all students

  • Awareness and understanding of issues related to diversity - social, cultural, and cognitive

  • Embedded character education and promotion of strong habits of mind