JSE Tracks

Principal's Weekly News October 20th

Our weekly newsletter has been named by YOU...thank you for voting! We will keep you informed of all the "tracks" we make at school and in our community!

It's a Marvelous Monday!

Last Friday smelled like a warm apple crisp candle as our Kindergartners made applesauce. I had the joy of telling the kids my other job is a professional taste tester! They loved hearing my review and I loved the warm homemade applesauce:)

We recognize the 100% effort of our students by showcasing 100% effort work in our main entrance cabinet. Students names are announced during our morning JSE News and students take a trip to the Principal's office for a picture and certificate. Check out our proud students this week in the picture below.

JSE students persevere with GOALS! Through Accelerated Reader (AR) students conference individually with their teachers to create a feasible and ambitious goal for reading. Students consider their Star Assessment, love of reading, and topics of interest during the student conference. Already I see the push as students read at every free moment: in the morning as they wait on the bus, during school after they have finished their work, or after-school as they wait to line-up for dismissal. AR also focuses on reading comprehension through computer quizzes. As students finish a book they choose to take the book's AR quiz, this is where they start earning points towards their goal.

Our media center is full of AR books for students to choose from at their reading level and interest. Please call our media center if you have any questions or need help finding books for your child to read at home for AR. You can support your child's reading through conversation. Talking about what they are reading is the most powerful way for students to make connections and strengthen their understanding of what they are reading. Ask about the plot, main characters, setting and delve into higher order questioning surrounding motivation of specific characters, why they think a character felt a certain way, and how they would change the ending. Be sure to ask them to be a "critique" of the book and ask them why they would or wouldn't recommend the book to you or a friend.

I have included a link below to a parent resource for supporting your child's reading.

We appreciate the 100% effort of you and your family each night focusing on your child's growth as a JSE student! We see the evidence of that effort the next school day and to that I say . . .Thank You!

Have a great week,

Leigh Barnes


Parent Teacher Conferences

Before we know it, November will be here and that means parent teacher conferences are just around the corner. You received information in Thursday Folders regarding parent teacher conferences. Please complete the form as soon as possible and return it to your child's teacher. Our goal is to have 100% teacher parent contact during conferences on November 5th and 6th, therefore we will work together with you to find a time that works best for you and your family.

Spooktacular Bash and Fall Parties

A JSE shout-out to the PTO for their work to make Friday's Spooktacular Bash a fun family event! I am looking forward to seeing the creative costumes and spending time with JSE families. If you haven't heard...I will be dressing up according to the wishes of the class that brings in the most candy. Mrs. Ross' class is busy conjuring up ideas as they are currently in the lead!

Classrooms will enjoy time together celebrating Fall through games, crafts, and our bucket-filling trait friendship. Teachers and parents will work together to organize the Fall celebration in each classroom. We will save the costumes for this Friday and will not be dressing up at school. Please remember all classroom treats need to be store bought.

The entire JSE building paused for "Put Your Nose in a Book, Indiana"campaign in coordination with the International Literacy Month celebration. A neat event for all to see the celebration of reading at all ages!

Important Dates/Information:

  • 5th Grade to the Symphony this Tuesday, October 21st
  • Kindergarten to the Pumpkin Patch this Friday, October 24th
  • Picture retakes will be this Thursday.
  • PTO Spooktacular Bash October 24th 5:30pm
  • End of first grading period October 29th
  • Fall Break-No School October 30th and 31st
  • Report Cards go home November 6th.
  • Fall is here~Please dress your child accordingly. With the weather changing quickly, it is always a good idea to send a light coat or sweat shirt.
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