Jeremiah Gray Kindergarten Academy

Home of the Little Giants - February 1, 2019

Principal's Message

Dr. Seuss said, “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go.” This is SO true!


This year, we have been very focused on helping all of our students acquire the critical skills they need to become successful readers. As we wrap up our mid-year mClass testing, I am beyond excited with how our kids performed. They have grown immensely!


Our next steps are important and we need YOUR help! In the next couple weeks we will be sending home your child’s data and some suggestions for how you can help at home. Please read that information carefully, and let us know if you have questions.


First and foremost, if your child hasn’t yet mastered their letters and sounds, we want you to practice with flashcards. Practicing these 5-10 minutes a day will help tremendously.


If your child is below a level B, there are several things we’d like you to do:

  • READ daily to your child. The research is clear, children need daily exposure to books. “...reading aloud makes complex ideas more accessible and exposes children to vocabulary and language patterns that are not part of everyday speech. This, in turn, helps them understand the structure of books when they read independently” (Fountas & Pinnell, 1996).
  • Practice sight words. Research suggests that teaching students to automatically recognize words on sight can greatly improve fluency, and thus comprehension of text. We will be sending home flashcards so that you may work on this at home, too. Make it fun, and praise your child often!
  • When you read, pause and ask your child questions about the text. Ask:

  1. Who is in this story?
  2. Where is this story taking place?
  3. What’s happened so far?
  4. What’s the problem in the story?
  5. What happened in the beginning and in the middle?
  6. How did the character solve the problem?
  7. How did the story end?


When all done, ask your child to recall the story. Ask, what happened in the story? What happened in the beginning, middle, and end?


If it’s non-fiction:

  1. What is this story about?
  2. What are some important details we’ve learned?
  3. What can you tell me about the story we read?


This is such an exciting time in your child’s life. By helping them learn to read, you are CHANGING THEIR LIFE. Students that become strong readers in Kindergarten will do better in school.


Thank you for helping us achieve our vision of building kind, confident learners. And thank you for allowing us the privilege of serving your child.




Much love,

Mrs. Hansell

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Make-up Day Announced

We will have school on February 18th to make up for the weather on January 30th

Congratulations to our Little Giants of the Week!

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Congratulations to our Citizens of the Month!

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Bus of the Week

Bus of the Week - Bus 1327

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Staff Spotlight

Name: Stephanie Sherman


Number of years: 7 years between serving as a guest teacher, EL Interventionist, Kindergarten teacher, and now a Math/Literacy Facilitator.


Family Info: My husband and I have 2 children, JD and Zoey, and a dog named Charlie.


Favorite Hobbies: I enjoy reading, singing, cooking, and spending time with my family.


Interesting fact: I was a member of 2 different show choirs in high school, and even had the opportunity to perform in Austria and the Czech Republic my senior year.

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Important Dates

Wednesday, February 6th - Early Release

Wednesday, February 13th - Early Release

Monday, February 18th - Snow Make-up Day (Presidents' Day)

Wednesday, February 20th - Early Release

Wednesday, February 27th - Early Release

Breakfast & Lunch Menu

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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.


http://www.perryschools.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/VOLUNTEER-POLICY-2018.pdf

A Message from Our Nurse

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Honor an Educator

Perry Township Education Foundation’s Honor an Educator program allows anyone to recognize a special school employee who mad a positive impact in a child’s life. For a minimum donation of $15, your honoree will receive: A $15 gift card, your personalized message of thanks, a certificate signed by the superintendent and their name included in the foundation’s annual report. For a donation of as little as $30, your honoree will receive all of the above PLUS a cookie party for their classroom! Visit http://pfef.org/give, and select Honor an Educator.

2019 Choice Application Information

The choice application period for the 2019-2020 school year will be open on January 14 through February 22, 2019. Students entering the first grade will be assigned to their home school, this may not be the school attached to their Kindergarten Academy. If you want your child to attend a school other than their assigned home school, you must complete the Choice Application. Please remember that Rosa Parks Elementary and Jeremiah Gray Elementary are Choice Schools only. Applications and instructions will be available through our website under the “For Parents” tab as well as at each elementary school. There will be a limited choice of 20 spots per Kindergarten Academy for incoming kindergarten students. There will be no transportation provided for the kindergarten choice program. Please read the instructions and complete the application as directed.

2019-20 Kindergarten Registration Information


Kindergarten registration has begun for those students who will be entering Kindergarten in the Fall of 2019. The student must turn 5 years old on or before August 1, 2019 in order to register. The Kindergarten Academy your student will attend is determined by your residence only and not where other siblings may be attending. The following is a list of home schools and the corresponding Kindergarten Academy your student will attend:


Home School Kindergarten Academy

Jeremiah Gray Kindergarten Academy

  • Southport Elementary
  • Mary Bryan Elementary
  • Clinton Young-if residence is North of Edgewood and East of Keystone


Homecroft Kindergarten Academy

  • Winchester Village Elementary
  • Homecroft Elementary
  • Clinton Young Elementary-all other areas not included above


Douglas MacArthur Kindergarten Academy

  • Henry Burkhart Elementary
  • Douglas MacArthur Elementary


Rosa Parks Kindergarten Academy

  • Abraham Lincoln Elementary
  • Glenns Valley Elementary



You will need to register your incoming Kindergarten student at the Academy that your student will attend based on your address. We will have maps at Clinton Young to help clarify which Kindergarten Academy your child will attend. *Transportation information will be communicated at a later date.

Kum 2019-20 Taangcheu Kainak Ding Kong

Kum 2019 Fall in Taangcheu (Kindergarten) a kai dingmi siangngakchia caah January 7, 2018 thawk in minkhumhnak (Registration) thawk a si lai. Nan fa a kainak ding taangcheu sianginn (Kindergarten Academy) hi nan umnak hmun le sang hoih in a si lai, nan fale dang an kainak hoih in a si lai lo. Atang hi umnak sang cio hoih in kainak ding sianginn (home schools) min le Taangcheu sianginn (Kindergarten Academy) an kainak ding cu an si


Sang Sianginn (Home School) Taangcheu (Kindergarten) Sianginn

Jeremiah Gray Kindergarten Academy

  • Southport Elementary
  • Mary Bryan Elementary
  • Clinton Young-if residence is North of Edgewood and East of Keystone


Homecroft Kindergarten Academy

  • Winchester Village Elementary
  • Homecroft Elementary
  • Clinton Young Elementary-all other areas not included above.


Douglas MacArthur Kindergarten Academy

  • Henry Burkhart Elementary
  • Douglas MacArthur Elementary


Rosa Parks Kindergarten Academy

  • Abraham Lincoln Elementary
  • Glenns Valley Elementary



Kum 2019 January i minkhumhnak (registration) thawk a si tik ah, taangcheu a kai dingmi nan fa hi nan umnak sang pawl kainak ding taangcheu sianginn (Academy) ah minkhumhnak nan va tuahpiak a herh lai. Nan fa kainak ding Taangcheu Sianginn (Kindergarten Academy) nan theih nan duh ahcun Clinton Young sianginn ah hmanthlak (Maps) kan tar lai i zoh khawh a si lai. *Bus cit dingmi konglam cu a hnu ah thanh a si telai.

Información de Registración de la Academia de Kindergarten – 2019-20

Las registraciones para el Kindergarten iniciarán el 7 de enero del 2019, para aquellos estudiantes que inicien al Kindergarten para el ciclo escolar 2019-2020. Las Academias de Kindergarten están determinadas por su residencia solamente y no donde otros hermanos(as) asisten. La siguiente es una lista de las escuelas y la Academia de Kindergarten correspondiente al estudeiante:


Escuela Academia de Kindergarten

Jeremiah Gray Kindergarten Academy

  • Southport Elementary
  • Mary Bryan Elementary
  • Clinton Young-if residence is North of Edgewood and East of Keystone


Homecroft Kindergarten Academy

  • Winchester Village Elementary
  • Homecroft Elementary
  • Clinton Young Elementary-all other areas not included above.


Douglas MacArthur Kindergarten Academy

  • Henry Burkhart Elementary
  • Douglas MacArthur Elementary


Rosa Parks Kindergarten Academy

  • Abraham Lincoln Elementary
  • Glenns Valley Elementary

Cuando se inicien las registraciones en enero del 2019, usted debe registrar a su estudiante de Kindergarten en la escuela basándose en su dirección. Tenemos mapas de la escuela Clinton Young para clarificar que Academia de Kindergarten le corresponde a su hijo(a). *La información de transporte será enviada en una fecha posterior.

What's going on in the community?

Southport Little League

Southport Little League has served Perry Township community for over 25 years. We’d love to serve you and your family. Registration is now open for the 2019 season, which will begin in just a few short months. Fees will increase the closer we get to the season, so be sure to sign up early! Simply head over to www.southportlittleleague.com and click on “Register” in the top left corner (if you don’t already have an account) or “Log In” (if you have an account). If you have any questions or trouble registering, please email president@southportlittleleague.com.


We look forward to another amazing Little League season and hope to see you and your family out at the ballpark!

Edgewood Athletics Youth Baseball & Softball

Edgewood Athletics Youth Baseball & Softball registrations are OPEN online – www.edgewoodathletics.org thru February 11th. Ball park is located @ 6004 Camden Ave Indianapolis, IN 46227. Boys ages 4-12/Girls ages 4-13. Practices will begin March 1st (weather permitting.) Season begins mid-April. Games Monday-Saturdays. Please email edgewoodathletic@gmail.com for further information.


USA Hockey Try Hockey for Free Day at Perry Park

USA Hockey Try Hockey for Free Day at Perry Park on February 23, 2019, from 2pm -4pm. This free program is open for boys AND girls ages 4 and up. Equipment will be provided and participants do NOT need previous skating experience to sign up. Those that are interested can sign up at: tryhockeyforfree.com


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