Jag Journal

November 2022

A Message from the Principal

Dear Jag Family,

October was a fantastic month with Parent Lunch, Grandparents Days at Book Fair, Family Literacy Night, and Trunk or Treat! We love when our families connect with us at school. Mrs. Doolan also started her "Weekly Connection" emails to help support families with resources on social and emotional skills.

November is another busy month. We will be inviting only 4th and 5th grade parents to our Thanksgiving Feast on Thursday, November 17th. Other grade levels will be invited for Easter or Christmas luncheons. General parent lunch will be closed in November.

Our latest edition of Community Connection is below and is focused on Childhood Anxiety. We hope the article and resources are a benefit to your family if your child is facing anxiety, stress, or behavioral conerns.

We will be hosting an in-person Veterans Day event this November. We are excited to welcome our families back to campus for this wonderful time of appreciation on November 11 at 9:30am. We will also host a parent seminar on November 15th at 5:30pm focused on Social-Emotional skills for students and families.

Thank you for your help with our Cookie Dough Fundraiser. We are excited about moving our playground back to its original location. Removal of the temporary campus behind JPE began on Friday. These funds will help us with the move and with added equipment. We will also be purchasing incentives for attendance, honor roll, and positive behavior.

Sincerely grateful for your continued support,

Lauren Kennedy, Principal

Trunk or Treat Pictures! Thank you for making this a great day!

Important Dates:

11/1 - Volleyball game at home

11/2 - Early Dismissal Day for students (11:35)

11/3 - Santa Pictures! Please use the form below to sign up. A note will come home as well.

11/4 - VIPS Meeting @ 10am

11/8 - Election Day - No school

11/9 - Volleyball at Lewis Vincent

11/11 - Veterans Day Program @ 9:30am

11/15 - Parent Connection - meeting hosted by Mrs. Doolan our school counselor @ 5:30pm

11/17 - Alternate Dress Day hosted by Community Connection Club (minimum of $2.00 donation to support Epilepsy Research -- purple power!) -- 4th and 5th Grade Thanksgiving Luncheon

11/21 - 25 - Thanksgiving Break - no school

11/28 - Fundraiser delivery week (we will set up a time for pick up when we have an exact delviery date)

11/30 Smoothie King

Decmber Dates:

12/5 - 7 -- Santa Shop

Community Connection Newsletter

Thank you for your tremendous support of our first Community Connection Newsletter last month. Mrs. Doolan will be supporting parents weekly through an email called "Weekly Connection". She will also be hosting a seminar for parents on November 15th at 5:30pm.

This month's focus is on Childhood Anxiety. Many of our students have fears and worries that can turn into anxiety. Anxiety can reveal itself through worry, anger, and outbursts. It can be accompanied by stomach aches, bad dreams, and sleepless nights. Parents and teachers must work together to support students. This article has some great information to assist in "What To Do and Not Do" if your student is facing anxiety or stress.


Short Version:

1. The goal isn't to eliminate anxiety, but to help a child manage it.

2. Try not to avoid things just because they make a child anxious.

3. Express positive, but realistic expectations.

4. Respect their feelings, but don't empower them.

5. Try to avoid leading questions.

6. Try not to reinforce children's fears.

7. Encouage children to develop some coping strategies to tolerate their anxiety.

8. Try to limit the anticipation period for upcoming stressors.

9. Think things through with your child.

10. Model healthy ways of handling anxiety.

Our students are exposed to more information than ever. This can be a wonderful thing, but it can also expose students to material their brains are not ready to process. Human brains are not fully developed until our mid-twenties. At the elementary age stage of develoment, students are "soaking it all in". It is our responsibility as parents and educators to be the gatekeepers of the information that we allow students to be exposed to.

Be sure to talk to your students about the music they are listenting to, the tv shows and YouTube videos they are watching, and the converstations they may be having through private chats. Exposure to things they are not ready for can lead to anxiety, stress, and trauma.

Congratulations to Adeline Wolfe, JPE's 22-23 Student of the Year!

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Congratulations to Mrs. Crain, JPE's 22-23 Teacher of the Year!!

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October Citizens of the Month - Character Trait: Honesty

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