From the Principal's Pen

May 26, 2019


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Memorial Day Meaning – The History

Each May, the United States celebrates a day called Memorial Day. Does Memorial Day have meaning? What is the history of Memorial Day?

Memorial Day was first widely observed in May 1868. The celebration commemorated the sacrifices of the Civil War and the proclamation was made by General John A Logan. Following the proclamation, participants decorated graves of more than 20,000 Union and Confederate soldiers.

In years since World War 1, the day has become a celebration of honor for those who died in all America’s wars, as well as those who are Veterans and current members of the US military.

In 1971, Memorial Day was declared a national holiday. The United States celebrates this holiday the last Monday of May.

Learn more about Memorial Day:

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Student Council 2018-2019

Congratulations to our Student Council of 2018-2019. This Council included an amazing group of students that have worked hard and inspired others all year long. The Student Council created specific goals this school year:

  • Increasing respect amongst our school body

  • Increasing the amount of recycling we do as a school

  • Increasing science activities and the time students spend on science

They achieved these goals through communication and collaboration, planning and implementing assemblies, executing a very successful inquiry night and increased participation in recycling. This year we were able to add interested students over and above those that were elected and we have had the most successful Student Council yet with full participation from all! Thank you to Mr. Bob Chaney, Ms. LeAnn Hinkle, and Ms. Kristina Loechner for leading and guiding our students.


Fifth Grade Co-Presidents - Asha Chattoraj and Daniel Xu

Fourth Grade Representative - Kayla Huang

Third Grade Representative - Jackson Chaney


3D - Jessica Campos

3M - Francesca Pecora

3N - Henry Doba

4E - Brent Brower

4G- Bailey Barakat

4L- Nicholas Vo

5F- Kylie Krustev

5S - Daniela Gojani


Huibo "Daniel" Xu- 5O

Asha Chattoraj- 5F

Aya Ragab- 5S

Caroline "Coco" Tully- 4L

Kylie Krustev- 5F


Daniela Gojani - 5S

Jackson Chaney - 3M

Francesca Pecora - 3M

3D - Jessica Campos

Caroline McNulty - 5S

Grayson Brehm - 5S

Harper Spelman - 3M

Henry Doba - 3N


Ben Goldman - 3D

Nick Sosa - 5F

Brent Brower - 4E

Kayla Huang - 4E

Bailey Barakat - 4G

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Congratulations Kristina and Ryan Loechner!

In the early morning hours of May 22, Emilija Joan Loechner became the newest Eagle in the JC family! Mrs. Loechner says that they are all overwhelmed with joy and doing great, and she will send pictures as soon as she can. Please welcome Mr. Joe Vancho who will be covering for Mrs. Loechner for the remainder of the school year.


LET'S TALK ABOUT...Reading Aloud to Your Child

A message from our Teacher’s College Reading & Writing project partners:

Children learn a huge amount from being read to. They learn literary and academic vocabulary. From stories, they learn about how characters face trouble. From nonfiction, they learn about the world. What’s most important is, because they love you and love being with you, they learn to love reading. Reading aloud is one of the most important things we can do with children.

Read aloud can be with any book for any reason - picture books, nonfiction books, magazines, comic books, graphic novels. You can share familiar stories together, introduce unfamiliar tricky books to your child or even take turns reading a book aloud and talking about it. Children love to be read aloud to and this is a time to help your child learn to fall in love with reading by being a reading partner.

Here are some things you can do while reading aloud to your child:

  • You can read any kind of book or magazine.

  • You can be silly, or serious. Kids love when adults step into the role of characters and sound like those characters. You can even act out parts!

  • You can choose to read about topics you’d love to start conversations about with your child.

Here are some troubles that might arise, and how you can work through them:

  • If your child gets up and moves around, don’t worry. Kids do that. Keep reading.

  • If you are unsure of your language skills, don’t worry. You don’t have to be a perfect reader. Your voice, which your child loves, will be the most important gift to your child.

  • If your family speaks languages other than English, know that it’s great (more than great, it’s important!) to read to your children in any language.


Field Day

Just a reminder next Friday, May 31st is Field Day. Below are the times and colors for our students.

K-3 Field Day 9am-11am

3-5 Field Day 12-2

Class Colors


1st - YELLOW

2nd - ORANGE

3rd - BLUE

4th - PURPLE


Last Day of School for Students

The last day of school for students has been set for Monday, June 17th. It will be an early release day with dismissal at 12:45 pm.

Smarter Balanced and NGSS Assessments for Grades 3-5

The testing window for our 3rd - 5th graders will continue until Friday, May 31st. Please contact Mrs. Brush with any questions regarding testing.

Please do your best not to make appointments for your child that will take him/her away from the grade level assessment time. Makeups may be held at other times during the day. Also, please ensure that your child arrives at school on time, well rested, and has a good breakfast. On testing days, grade levels follow the schedule below:

Grade 3: 8:45 am - 10:15 am

Grade 4: 9:00 am - 10:30 am

Grade 5: 10:45 am - 12:15 pm

Spring Concert Update

Our Julian Curtiss Spring Concert is on Monday, June 3rd. Please note - the start time has been changed to 6:30 pm. Additional information will be sent from our music staff regarding specifics for concert performers. Please mark your calendars and join us for a wonderful evening of music!

The JC Weekly Show

Click below to enjoy the latest episode of The JC Weekly Show brought to you by 5F!

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