Bulldog Bulletin - Final Edition

May 12 through May 19

Character Trait of the Month: Forgiving

Bulldog Vision

Through shared responsibility and life experiences, we will instill positive character traits and create pathways to success for ALL students SO that they become confident, independent, problem solving individuals.

Bulldog Mission

  • promote a sense of shared respect and responsibility between home, school and community
  • teacher reflection and collaboration will be an essential part of our growth and student achievement
  • optimal learning will exist in a safe, nurturing, and supportive environment sustained through School Wide Positive Behavior and CharacterPlus
  • teachers will have high expectations for all students and provide them with a learning framework centered on critical thinking, problem solving, self-reflection, communication, collaboration, and real life experiences

Teacher Appreciation Fun!

Staff Changes for 2016-2017

There are lots of changes happening around Belair for next school year. We wish all those leaving luck in their new positions!

Here are the current changes for our Belair Bulldog team for the 2016-2017 school year:

Jaime Schutte is taking a position as the Literacy Coach at LCMS.

Hilary Brondel is joining us from as our part-time Literacy Coach. We will share her with West Elementary.

Christina Yanis will be moving from 1st grade to 3rd grade.

Katie Luebbering will be moving from 4th grade to 2nd grade.

Jenna Germer will be moving from 5th grade to 4th grade.

Jen Bowen has taken a position at TJMS.

Megan Walker will be moving from 5th grade to 4th grade.

Gala Dempsey has taken a position at St. Peters.

Two new staff members are still to be hired at this time.

Katie Spears will be our "go to" for behaviors Board Certified Behavior

Analyst (BCBA).

Jami Peck, Scott Hillis, and Charlotte Johnson will not be para professionals for us next year. Jami has decided to stay home to welcome her bundle of joy! Scott has taken a para position at TJMS. Charlotte will be looking to para in another building in JCPS.

Two paras still need to be hired at this time.

WOW! Lots of change! While change is hard, it can also be good. I know that we will be able to come together to support all of those leaving and coming in.

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Summer Professional Development and Curriculum Launch Information

Check out the Summer Professional Development opportunities by visiting: https://www.mylearningplan.com/LearningPlan/Catalog.asp

One you won't want to miss is the new JCPS curriculum launch! This is by grade level to review the changes the ICLE teams have been working on in ELA and math. All sessions will be held at Dix Road. Attendance is not mandatory, but use of the new curriculum is. This is your first chance to review the work completed by your colleagues and to ask questions.

Kindergarten - July 27, 8:00-10:00 a.m.

1st Grade - July 27, 10:30-12:30

2nd Grade - July 28, 8:00-10:00 a.m.

3rd Grade - July 28, 10:30-12:30

4th Grade - July 29, 8:00-10:00 a.m.

5th Grade - July 29, 10:30-12:30

You can also check out: http://www.jcschools.us/Page/14249 to see the current progress on your grade level's curriculum planners for ELA and math.

News to Know...

Field Day - Dress for comfort for Field Day! Appropriate length shorts (to the knee) or "yoga" pants and a Belair shirt are accept

able. Encourage students to wear tennis shoes and bring in a change of clothes! Don't forget sunscreen for yourself!

EOY Lock In - All volunteers come to Emily Robert's room on Friday, May 13 at 8:00 for a quick meeting about the Lock In this Friday night!

Field Trips - There are lots and lots of field trips scheduled for the end of the year! Also make sure Nikki knows where you are going and when, since it could affect students who need medicine midday. It's always a good idea to call First Student the day before your field trip to confirm your bus and the time of arrival! Make sure you take pictures! These would be great in the yearbook.

EOY Checklist - I will check with teachers on their plan times on Wednesday, May 18 to see if they are ready to sign off on their checklist. If you are ready before that time, let me know and we can sign off early. Staff can keep both their key cards and room keys at this time.

Staff with laptops can "check out" their laptop for the summer. Just write it on your EOY checklist that you will be taking it home.

Class Lists - These need to be completed by Monday!

Orders - Orders are due to Valerie by Friday, May 13. All certified staff will have $300.00 to spend.

Positive Office Referrals - Keep them coming! Extra copies are available in the office. The smiles they are putting on the kids' faces is priceless!

General Reminders -
* IC updated at a minimum of the 15th and the end of the month
* Websites kept up-to-date
* Remember to use pre-corrects, Belair B.E.S.T. matrix language, Positive Office Referrals, and Bulldog Bucks! 4:1 is our goal with all kids!
* Newsletters can be turned in as a paper copy or emailed as a digital copy. I prefer digital!

SMILE! You just got a Positive Office Referral!

Calendar of Events

Thursday, May 12 - Thirsty Thursday

Elementary Principal's Meeting, 8:00-11:00

Para Interview (Milhollin/Hamilton/Mosley), 3:15

Friday, May 13 - Filter Friday

Watson and Yanis out ALL

PBS Meeting for Lock In and 4th Quarter Celebration, 8:15

May Awards Assembly, 9:15

IEP (SWECC), 10:00

Safety Patrol Picnic, 10:30

PBS Lock In, 6:00-9:00

Monday, May 16

Interview (A.D.), 8:00 in

Field Day - Schedule coming from PTA

IEP (Bowen/Wilson), 3:00

Summer School Meeting, 4:00, Library

Tuesday, May 17

5th Grade Promotion, 9:30

First Grade Field Trip

Fifth Grade Celebration, 12:30

Dr. Foster's Retirement Reception, 4:00-6:00

Wednesday, May 18

Yanis out ALL

Interview, 8:00

Kindergarten Graduation, 9:30

PBS Celebration - Lunch Outside with Mrs. Milhollin

Behavior Task Force (Milhollin/Hillis), 4:00

Thursday, May 19 - Last Day of School!

Interview, 8:00

Luncheon and Auction, 1:30

AMP Schedule

For the week of 5/16 through 5/19

Monday - Field Day - No AMP

Tuesday - Red (Shortened AMP)

Wednesday - Blue

Thursday - No AMP

Open Enrollment Information

Jefferson City Public Schools

Open Enrollment for the 2016-2017 plan year begins Friday, May 6, 2016 and continues through Monday, May 16, 2016.

April 20, 2016

Dear Colleagues:

Welcome to the 2016-2017 Benefits Open Enrollment. Open Enrollment is the period where you can make changes to your benefits coverage for the upcoming year. Changes can include electing, changing or dropping a benefit plan, enrolling or dropping an eligible dependent, electing the Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA), or electing or dropping a Voluntary benefit plan such as Supplemental Life Insurance, or Voluntary Short Term Disability.

Open Enrollment is mandatory for all district employees working 20 hours or more per week and eligible retirees. You must take action and select benefits or waive coverage; your current elections will not carry over to the upcoming year. This is your only opportunity to enroll or make changes outside of a qualifying life event. Changes made during the open enrollment period will become effective July 1, 2016. Please review the Open Enrollment documents on our website which outline important plan information: www.jcschools.us/Page/12426

What’s New for 2016?
There are no medical plan or rate changes for 2016-2017. There will be carrier and rate changes for dental, vision, and all supplemental insurance plan options. Current supplemental insurance plans will not be able to continue with Guardian; you can elect a similar plan with the new carrier.

There is a one-time guarantee issue of up to $100,000 for Voluntary Life Insurance. This means that you will not have to answer any health questions or complete an Evidence of Insurability form to be approved for the requested coverage amount up to $100,000.

Open enrollment is a good time to evaluate your plan choices and make sure you enroll in the options that best suit your needs.

Open Enrollment Process
JCPS Open Enrollment period starts Friday, May 6, 2016 through end-of-day Monday, May 16, 2016. Beginning Friday, May 6, 2016, you must enroll online through the Jefferson City Public School District’s benefits system, Bswift, to make your 2016-2017 benefit elections:

  • Bswift site: www.jcschools.bswift.com
  • Username = firstname.lastname
  • Password = {you established a new password last spring during open enrollment} If you've forgotten your password, there is a Forgot-Password link on the page.

Employees may login to the open enrollment website as many times as they wish, and make changes at any time through the May 16deadline. Instructions on how to enroll can be found on the JCPS Bswift enrollment website (www.jcschools.bswift.com) under Library.

Open Enrollment Meetings
Benefit Summary presentations will be held the following dates at the Dix Road Center, located at 204 Dix Road, for any employee or spouse that would like to learn more about the District’s benefit plan options. To attend, sign-up at www.jcschools.us/Page/12426

  • Wednesday, May 4 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Open enrollment sessions will be held the following dates at the Dix Road Center, located at 204 Dix Road, for any employee or retiree that would like assistance completing their enrollment. No appointment is necessary; come at a time that is convenient with your schedule.
  • Friday, May 6 7:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
  • Saturday, May 7 7:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
  • Tuesday, May 10 7:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
  • Wednesday, May 11 3:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, May 12 3:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

For your reference, this letter includes your current plan year elections. If you have any questions about this information or the enrollment process, please contact Human Resources at (573) 659-3014.

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