KJ Parent Weekly Update

October 12 - 16, 2020

No School - Monday, October 12, 2020

As a reminder, Monday, October 12, 2020, is marked as a district holiday. There will be no school on tomorrow.

Thanks and enjoy your day!

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Scholars returning to campus...

In preparation for campus-supervised learning, it is extremely important to follow all district and campus protocols to ensure a safe environment for our teachers, staff and scholars. It is important for you to note the following:

  • Families are responsible for transporting students to and from campuses each day.
  • Students are encouraged to bring their own personal water bottle as all fountains will be not be available for use.
  • Families should self-screen students for COVID-19 symptoms prior to coming to campus.
  • Students and staff are REQUIRED to wear face mask while on district property.
  • All parent conference/meetings will remain virtual
  • No Visitors will be allowed.

Upcoming Parent Meeting for scholars returning to campus...

KJ will host a Reconnect Plan meeting for parents of scholars that are returning to campus only. Important information will be shared to ensure we have a safe and smooth transition to campus-supervised learning.

Tuesday October 13, 6:00-6:30 PM

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 939 2921 8056
Passcode: KJTMA

Counselor's Corner......


Social Emotional Learning has become more prevalent now than ever before. It is necessary for each of us to ensure that not only our physical but our mental well-being is managed daily. DeSoto ISD has partnered with Re-Think Ed as a resource for Social Emotional Learning.

The district has provide us with an SEL Scope & Sequence that we will follow throughout the year. Re-Think Ed provides lesson for each grade level for you to embed into your lessons each week and can be accessed through Classlink.

This weeks SEL Focus is : Resilience

Resilience is the ability to cope when things go wrong.

Bouncing back after difficult times. Dealing with challenges and still holding your head up. Giving things a go or trying your best.

SEL Scope & Sequence

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

On October 15th, Counselor Robinson will host a Breast Cancer Awareness event on October 15th at 9am. Please join with pink attire, pink coffee cup (if you have one) with your breakfast. The guest speaker will be Jeanine Stokes, Christian Author and Consultant for www.inspirationforliving.net.

Join Zoom Meeting


Meeting ID: 992 8329 5342

Passcode: Awareness

October is Bully Prevention Month

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What Is Bullying

Bullying is unwanted, aggressive behavior among school aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. The behavior is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time. Both kids who are bullied and who bully others may have serious, lasting problems.

In order to be considered bullying, the behavior must be aggressive and include:

  • An Imbalance of Power: Kids who bully use their power—such as physical strength, access to embarrassing information, or popularity—to control or harm others. Power imbalances can change over time and in different situations, even if they involve the same people.
  • Repetition: Bullying behaviors happen more than once or have the potential to happen more than once.

Bullying includes actions such as making threats, spreading rumors, attacking someone physically or verbally, and excluding someone from a group on purpose.


Greetings KJ Families,

In an effort to help you stay connected, it is important that we communicate classroom expectations, academics and overall campus and classroom updates.

Starting 2nd Six Weeks, we will communicate grade level and content overviews that will be covered during the upcoming six weeks. This will help our KJ families know what to expect and help with reinforcement at home. This will be communicated broadly with you in our Parent Weekly Updates at the top of every six weeks.

PreK-2nd Grade 2nd Six Weeks...

3rd Grade 2nd Six Weeks...

4th Grade 2nd Six Weeks...

5th Grade 2nd Six Weeks...

Middle School 2nd Six Weeks...

Enrichment 2nd Six Weeks...

KJ Flight Academy

The school year is underway and the kids are settled as best they can, during the pandemic. We are gearing up to take off with our KJ Flight Academy which will be a series of parent workshops geared toward supporting you and our scholars during this time. We'd like to hear from you so we know best how to serve and support you.

Please click on the button below to complete a survey.


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Every year from September 15 to October 15, Hispanic Heritage Month celebrates the contributions of Americans o Spanish and Latin Heritage. Hispanic Heritage Month "pays tribute to the generations of Hispanic Americans who have positively influenced and enriched our nation and society.

Hispanic Heritage Month, whose roots go back to 1968, begins each year on September 15, the anniversary of independence of five Latin American countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. Mexico, Chile, and Belize also celebrate their independence days during this period and Columbus Day (Día de la Raza) is October 12.

The following is a presentation of remarkable Hispanic Figures that have inspired and contributed to their communities.


Our online library is available in Schoology and provides access to our Virtual Helpdesk, Library Newsletter, Destiny Circulation System (access to eBooks, audiobooks, and interactive resources), read alouds, reference and research services, and Zoom link for booktalks.
KJTMA Library Services

Looking for ebooks, audio books and/or interactive books? Visit our library in Schoology or the campus webpage. You may reach out to our librarian Mrs. Gill by using the "ASK THE LIBRARIAN" tab located in the virtual library.


Anytime, Anywhere Learning Parent Communication

Greetings KJ Families,

To close the communication gap and gain a better understanding, we ask that you participate by providing your feedback.

Click the button below to complete the parent AAL survey.

Parent Resources/Technology


To provide better customer service and serve students effectively we have created campus-based support for your technology needs. Please reach out to our campus, when you need IPAD replacement or technology support. Moving forward, we will have the following support each week:

- Please set up an appointment for technology exchange/repair/replacement. Click HERE to set-up an appoint for Monday, Wednesday, or Friday or email billy.causey@desotoisd.org and please feel free to cc me at adam.whitaker@desotoisd.org

- We will have live zoom help Monday-Thursday from 3:00-4:00 pm

Zoom ID:951 1802 1514


- Moving forward, Mr. Causey(billy.causey@desotoisd.org) will be the primary contact for your technology needs. Please feel free to cc me at adam.whitaker@desotoisd.org on all your communication regarding technology.

Thank you for the feedback we have received. We want to provide our families with GREAT customer service and serve you more effectively.


To support parents as they contact campuses, the following directory brief has been prepared.

Campus Directory for Parents


The DeSoto ISD curriculum and instruction team in partnership with A2E2 has created a Schoology & Classlink video database to help families navigate the platforms.

These resources can be accessed on the Anytime, Anywhere Learning website here.


DeSoto ISD and Chartwells are committed to serving happy and healthy meals to DeSoto ISD students this school year.

Grab N' Go Meals picked up will also include meals for the weekend! Recently, TDA allowed districts to continue serving meals for free to children in the community. Along with that, DeSoto ISD now can hand out weekend meals for a limited time. So, until further notice, every Thursday Meal Distribution will include the meals for Thursday-Sunday.

Weekend Snacks for Students

In addition to the weekend meals that are currently offered by the district for all students, the DeSoto

ISD Chartwells Child Nutrition team has received a grant from the No Kid Hungry program to provide

additional weekend snack bags to children starting Thursday, October 1.

Please ensure this information is shared with your parents.


Child Nutrition

Valencia Jefferson


Dates to Remember

  • October - National Principals Month
  • Oct. 12 - District Holiday - Schools/Offices closed.
  • Oct. 12 - 2nd Six Weeks begin.
  • Oct. 13 - Report Cards Issued; Parent Mtg. for scholars returning to campus, only
  • Oct. 19 - Select PK-2 & 6th Gr. begin Campus Based Learning
  • Oct. 26 - 30th - Red Ribbon Week.
  • Oct. 30 - Trunk or Treats - TBD
  • Nov. 3 - Student/Staff Holiday - No School
  • Nov. 4 - Select 3rd - 5th & Seventh Grade begin Campus Based Learning
  • Nov. 6 - Parent/Teacher Conference
  • Nov. 23 - 27 Thanksgiving Holiday Break