Jeremiah Gray Kindergarten Academy

Home of the Little Giants - October 9, 2020

Have a Wonderful Fall Break!

School will be closed October 10th - 16th.

We will see our Little Giants back on Monday October 19th!

Important COVID Fall Break Message from Your District:

Perry Township Schools will be closed October 12-16 for fall break. If your child or

anyone in your home tests positive for COVID-19 during the break, please keep

your child home on Monday, October 19 and contact us here at the school on that

day for further instructions.

From the Principal's Office

Parents,


It is hard to believe we've made it to Fall Break already. When we started back to school in August, I was anxious about the unknowns that came with Covid-19. Keeping our students and staff safe and healthy was the top priority, and as a principal it weighed heavily on my heart! However, I knew week one that our mighty Little Giant family was going to be JUST FINE!


I want to publicly say THANK YOU to our entire school community.


To our families, thank you for the following:


  • daily checks to ensure your child was symptom free
  • sending your child ready and prepared with a mask each day
  • your grace and understanding as we followed safety protocol
  • trusting us to care for you children



To our school staff, thank you for the following:


  • daily checks that YOU were symptom free
  • juggling a schedule that kept your students from mixing with other classrooms
  • rearranging your classroom to allow for proper social distancing
  • putting your students' social well-being first to ensure they felt loved


To our Little Giants, thank you for the following:


  • smiling with your eyes when those masks covered your mouth
  • washing those hands and sanitizing!
  • learning how to do school so fast and doing a great job following safety procedures
  • learning and growing so much every day


My gratitude for my school community is huge. Thank you for getting through an unusual year and for allowing us to educate your children. It is a privilege and an honor to serve as your principal!


Have a wonderful Fall Break.

Much love,

Mrs. Hansell

Teaching Social and Emotional Skills to our Kindergartners: The Second Step Curriculum

After Fall Break, our teachers will begin to implement the Second Step Curriculum with our students. This is a wonderfully engaging curriculum that helps us directly teach our students appropriate social and emotional skills. Please read the letters below for a better understanding of what is included in these lessons.
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Viewing Your Child’s Report Card

Report Cards will be available to view online Monday, October 12th through your parent Skyward account. Since we are a paperless district, we will NOT be sending home paper copies. You will need to access your child’s report cards online. To access your child’s report card: Log into Skyward. Once you are logged in, click on the portfolio tab on the left hand side to view report card. If you do not have access to skyward please feel free to come in and the office will print a hard copy for you.
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Congratulations to our Little Giants of the Week!

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JGKA Achievement Wall

Each year we challenge our students to work hard and earn a spot on the JGKA Achievement Wall. Students that master the 100 Kindergarten sight words, or that reach the goal of reading a Level C text get to sign their name right on the wall.


Today several of our Little Giants signed the wall for meeting these goals! We are SO very proud of them!

At JGKA, our school mission is Building kind, confident learners. It is so exciting to see our Little Giants work hard and accomplish their goals!!!

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We are excited to announce that we have raised $2678.00 for the Perry Township Education Foundation!


We want to say thank you to everyone that donated. The money we collect is used to fund programs and materials in our Perry Township classrooms. Our very own Ms. Harris and Ms. Kidwell have received more than one grant from PTEF and they've enjoyed purchasing fun materials for their students to use in class.


Thanks to Mr. Schott for coordinating our JGKA Fitness Centers this week. Each student was able to participate during PE. Check out the pictures below, it was a ton of fun!


(Thank you to everyone that registered and donated. We will not need to accept anymore registrations.)

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Sight Word Challenge

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Unable to Access Internet?

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Hello Little Giant families!

As you know, at JGKA we are committed to building kind, confident learners. This is our daily mission, and it doesn't stop when the buses roll off our lot! We can also help our learners when they need to access learning remotely on their Chromebooks at home. Thanks to the hard work of our district social workers, we can also offer support if your family is need of more reliable internet.

  • Does your child struggle with staying connected to google meets or canvas when working at home?
  • Do you have more than 1 child on a Chromebook putting a strain on your current internet service at home?
  • Does it take forever to upload videos on your school Chromebook?


If you answered YES to any of these questions, we can provide reliable internet service at no cost to you through May 2021!
Contact our school social worker, Mrs. Lopez-Hunt at (317) 789-4318 to request a personal hotspot strong enough to keep up to 3 Chromebooks running at full speed for your child's educational needs.
At JGKA we ask our students to learn 100 sight words before the end of the year. As an incentive for meeting this goal, students get to sign our Achievement Wall.

Spin the Prize Wheel!

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At JGKA, we have three core values that we work on with our kids: Kindness, Respect, and Responsibility. When we catch a student demonstrating one of these behaviors they earn a hole punch on their punch card. Once a student fills up their card, they get to spin the wheel for a prize.


Mr. WItt's prize wheel is a HUGE hit!

Nurse Clinic

Our School Nurse program is staffed by nurses from Community Health Network and will

provide limited services to all students, including but not limited to - screening for signs

of illness, first aid/emergency care, referral to health providers in the community, nutrition services, health education, health screenings and immunization information. This is a School clinic and all records are maintained by the School. There is no charge to you for the services received.


If your child needs prescription or over the counter medicine, management of chronic

health conditions or any health needs requiring a physician order while in school, your

written permission is required, in advance. In an emergency situation, to prevent

death or serious injury, the School Nurse and School staff will act to prevent such injury

or death and stabilize the situation

Clothing Donations

Do you have gently used school uniforms that your child has outgrown? If so, our school is in need of clothes for our clothing closet. You can send in any donations to our front office.

Thanks!

Stay Connected with ParentSquare

ParentSquare is the newest communication tool designed to keep families informed. By providing your email and phone number, you will receive the following information from teachers and principals:


  • Weather cancellation/delays
  • Emergency notifications
  • General announcements


With ParentSquare, you can receive notifications via the ParentSquare smartphone app, text message, email, phone or a combination of these.

Child Nutrition

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Bus Drivers Needed

Perry Township is currently looking to fill multiple school bus driver and monitor positions

within our Transportation department. To view all open positions and to apply, please visit:

https://www.applitrack.com/perryschools/onlineapp/default.aspx?Category=Transportation

What's going on in the Community

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HOCKEY ANYONE?

The South Indy Youth Hockey Association housed at Perry Park has opened registration for

our 2020-21 season. We have recreational team play and “Learn to Skate” hockey options

available at the following age levels for boys and girls; 6U (6 and Under), 8U, 10U, 12U, and

14U. Our house hockey will start Monday, October 5 th and end in early March.

Please visit: www.siyha.org for more information.


Register early with coupon code SHARKS2020 and receive an instant $50 off. Please spread

the word so we can grow our club! GO SHARKS!

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