The Sand Dollar Sentinel

Joseph Shanklin Elementary School

A Leader In Me Lighthouse School

Principal's Message

Welcome Back! This promises to be a year filled with golden opportunities for all of our students as we strive to find ways that we can be even better than we have before! We embark on this journey with a pledge to you, our students and parents, that this will be a year of engaging, meaningful and rigorous work in our classrooms, combined with special events and activities certain to encourage our Sand Dollars to be involved and stay connected!

Our staff of highly qualified professional educators and support personnel is committed to providing our students many opportunities, both inside and outside of the classroom. We invite and encourage students and parents to work in partnership with us to seize opportunities to Learn, Lead, and Make a Difference!

We look forward to a very positive and productive year together! We extend a special, yearlong invitation to our families to join us at school activities and events whenever possible. We want and value your involvement and support in your child’s education! Your active participation is key to the success of your child(ren) during these critical years of their education.

Please know that we highly value home/school communication here at Joseph S. Shanklin Elementary School. It is vital and plays an integral role in each student’s success. We encourage you to contact us if/when the need arises, and to stay in the know about your child’s studies, assignments, assessments, and school activities, as well as other events and happenings.

Dr. Celestine LaVan, Principal

Joseph Shanklin Elementary School

School Reminders

Volunteering at JSES

Are you interested in chaperoning field trips, volunteering in the classroom, or assisting with school events ? Sign up to be an approved volunteer!

Notes From Nurse Libby

Welcome back Shanklin Sand Dollars

Here are a few important Back-to-School reminders.

· All Students are required to have an updated immunization record on file in order to stay in school. Updates include MMR, DTAP, IPV , and the chicken pox vaccine. In addition to these boosters, school age children should have had the Hepatitis B series completed.

· Annual school health screenings for vision, hearing, height, and weight will be
performed over the next several weeks. Please make sure your child brings glasses
to school if prescribed.

· Allergy & Asthma season is quickly approaching here in the Low country.
Monitor all symptoms closely and follow your health care provider's
advice. Medical care plans, rescue inhalers, and Epi pens are a necessity, and may
save a life.

· If your student has a health condition or needs special care during the school
day such as medication, treatments, or monitoring, please inform the school nurse.
Individual health care plans help keep your students safe and healthy.

· Please have a current and working phone number in the health office in the event your child needs your attention.

· Feel free to call me if you need assistance with any of the above.

Lisa Libby,RN

School Nurse


7 Habits

At Joseph Shanklin Elementary School we are a Leader In Me school that focuses on the 7 Habits For Highly Effective Kids. Below you will find the 7 habits that we include in our everyday learning. As the year progresses we will go in to detail each month with the meaning of each habit , as well as ways to use the habits at home.

7 Habits

Habit 1-Be Proactive- ( your're in charge)

Habit 2- Begin with the end in mind ( Have a plan)

Habit 3- Put first thing first (Work first then play later)

Habit 4- Think Win- Win ( Everyone can win)

Habit 5- Seek first to understand, then to be understood (Listen before you talk)

Habit 6- Synergize (Together is better)

Habit 7- Sharpen the saw ( Balance feels best)

School Counselor’s Corner

Hello, I am Ms. Jennings and I am elated to say that this is my second year as the school counselor at JSES. The comprehensive school counseling program works with students individually, in small groups, through monthly classroom guidance lessons and consults with parents and teachers about current student challenges. The school counseling program focuses on improving the academic, career and social/emotional aspects of children and their families’ lives. The services that the school counseling program offers consists of short term counseling on issues such as feelings, bullying, anxiety, becoming more organized, getting along with others, improving self-esteem and making friends. The school counselor works with stakeholders within the community and makes referrals to outside agencies within the community to obtain resources needed. We are happy to have a partnership with Coastal Empire Community Mental Health Center and have an on campus therapist that comes in twice a week to conduct long term therapy services as well as Wright Directions that focuses one on one for students with behavioral challenges. A grief and loss group is available for students through friends of Carolina. If you would like extra assistance with food the counseling program offers back pack buddy which is a program you can sign your child up for and they will bring home a bag of nutritious food on Fridays. I have an open door policy; therefore, If you would like for your child to participate in any of the individualized services listed above or have additional questions regarding the comprehensive school counseling program feel free to contact me at 843-466-3447.

School Improvement Council Needs You!

Why? (Background and Purpose of the SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT COUNCIL)

In South Carolina, every public school is required to have a SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT COUNCIL. Its purpose is to serve as an advisory committee to the school’s principal. Specifically, the SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT COUNCIL is required to:

· Participate in the development of the school’s five-year strategic plan.

· Assist in implementing the plan and evaluating its outcome.

· Assist in writing reports on the status of the plan and its outcome.

· Who? (Composition of the School Improvement Council)

The Joseph Shanklin Elementary SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT COUNCIL has 8 members comprised of the following:

· The parent body elects a minimum of 2 parents for two-year terms

· The faculty elects 2 teachers for two-year terms.

· The principal appoints 2 members representing the community for two-year terms.

· There are 2 ex-officio members: the principal and the previous year’s chair of the SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT COUNCIL.

When? (Time Required for the a SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT COUNCIL)

The SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT COUNCIL meets monthly for approximately 1 hour and there may be some committee work which requires a meeting. Individual work beyond that varies based on the initiatives and issues identified by our council.

How? (Parent Elections)

An election to fill open positions will be held in two phases. The first phase is to accept candidate nominations. The second phase will be the vote. Using the nomination form below, you may nominate another parent or nominate yourself. Please return the bottom of this form by September 7, 2018. You will be contacted once your form is received.

What if I have questions?

You may contact Dr. Celestine LaVan @ or call (843) 466-3400

Important Dates To Remember

  • 9/14- Progress Reports Go Home
  • 9/21- Club Day
  • 9/25- Fundraiser Money due to PTO
  • 10/11- Pint Size Hero Blood Drive