January 18, 2021 Principal Message

Jeffreys Grove Magnet Elementary

PREPARING FOR THE SPRING SEMESTER

Dear Jeffreys Grove Families,


I hope this message finds you enjoying the three day weekend, in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. What a perfect time to listen to the I Have a Dream speech with our children! Over fifty years later, the four words “I have a dream” continue to remind us of Dr. King’s commitment to freedom, social justice and nonviolence.


As you know the Board of Education voted on January 14th to delay the return of in-person school. With the decision to keep all students remote at this time, we've had to revise the original schedule for material distribution. We will no longer distribute materials on Tuesday, January 19. The new schedule for material distribution is below:


Q3 Student Materials Distribution


  • 4th Grade & 5th Grade PLAN B - Tuesday, January 26th, 3:15-4:30, Bus loop
  • 4th & 5th Grade Virtual Academy - Tuesday, January 26th, 3:15-4:30, Carpool Lane
  • 2nd & 3rd Grade PLAN B - Wednesday, January 27th, 3:15-4:30, Bus loop
  • 2nd & 3rd grade Virtual Academy - Wednesday, January 27th, 3:15-4:30, Carpool Lane
  • Kindergarten PLAN B (non immersion) ( Ellington, Highley, Confessore) - Thursday, January 28th, 3:15-4:30, Bus loop
  • Kindergarten PLAN B and VA (spanish immersion) (Ovalle & Mewes) - Thursday January 28th, 3:15-4:30 Carpool Lane


** Families with siblings may come at the time of their youngest child to get all of their children's materials. Families will come through the bus loop or carpool lane (check above) to take their bag home. Our teachers will distribute bags to families using proper social distancing protocols and PPE. We ask that families remain in their vehicle at all times.


Your children’s teacher will let you know if EL books will need to be returned that day.


Academic Parent-Teacher Team (APTT) Nights


We are happy to announce that we will host APTT Nights for each grade level once during the month of January. The purpose of these nights is to offer our parents the chance to get linked-to-learning tools to assist our students from home in their academic efforts. The teachers have designed these nights around learning targets that are foundational for grade level success and will model strategies to help parents understand how to support our learners. The dates are as follows:


· Kinder/1 Combo – January 27 5:00-6:00 pm

· 1st grade – January 28 5:00-6:00 pm

. 2nd grade – January 28 5:30-6:30 pm

· 3rd grade – January 28 6:00-7:00 pm

· 4th grade – January 28 5:30-6:30 pm

· 5th grade – January 21 6:00-7:00 pm



CALENDAR REMINDERS

  • January 19 - teacher workday - no school for students
  • January 20 - spring semester begins
  • January 21-28 - APTT nights
  • February 3 - remote learning day (no live teaching)
  • February 15 - no school
  • February 16 - teacher workday - no school for students


Join Memberhub


If you are looking for ways to get connected with the JG PTA and other Jeffreys Grove families, I invite you to join Memberhub. The Jeffreys Grove PTA uses Memberhub as a means of communication with families throughout the year. Cheri Thomas, the JG PTA President, sends out a weekly newsletter, providing "save the date" information, fundraising updates, advocacy information, and other school-wide information. Please click here to join Jeffreys Grove Memberhub."


Click here to read past PTA newsletters. And click here to fill out the JG yearbook form.


As always, please reach out to either Ms. Scott or myself for support. We are more than happy to answer questions, address concerns, or provide guidance when needed. We wish you a happy and safe 2021!


Sincerely,

Juli Ventura

Academic Spotlight - Third Grade

Our amazing third graders are learning so many fascinating things!


In literacy, they have been diving into the wild world of frogs through the awesome book “Everything You Need to Know About Frogs and Other Slippery Creatures” and will be writing essays detailing the unique behavioral and physical adaptations of the frogs.


In math, they are transitioning into the geometry unit where they'll focus on quadrilaterals and their unique attributes. They are also continuing to work on making multiplication facts part of the toolbelt they’ll need when they get to the area and perimeter unit.


In Science, they just finished up the human body unit and will be moving into learning about history and culture in Social Studies. They will learn about how historical events lead to the organization of our state and capital city. They’ll also learn about key events and people that have impacted our community and world.


During specials they are also learning so much!

In Art they have been working on creating a portrait that focuses on the correct proportions of the face.

In Music they are learning how to execute the performance of major scale tones using the voice.

In P.E. students will enhance understanding for mental fitness and create new pathways in their brain.


Way to go third grade!

From our Test Coordinator to 3rd grade parents


As part of the Read to Achieve legislation, third graders are administered the Beginning-of-Grade 3 (BOG3) Reading Test. The state requires for this test to be administered in person. Third-grade students are not expected to demonstrate third-grade reading proficiency (score an achievement level 3, 4, or 5) on the BOG3 Test because they have not yet received an entire year of third-grade reading instruction. However, if your child scores achievement level 3 or higher on the BOG3 Test, the score will satisfy the promotion requirements of the Read to Achieve legislation.


If you have a 3rd grader previously enrolled (first semester) in Plan B (Ms. Sutton, Ms. Lovelace, or Ms. Rendon's class) your student took this assessment prior to the Winter break. Parents should expect their child's score report to arrive in the mail this week.


Those students who are newly enrolled (second semester) in Plan B will take the BOG3 on February 24th.


Virtual Academy 3rd grade students ONLY:


Prior to the Board of Education's announcement that we will remain in remote instruction, parents of 3rd graders in our Virtual Academy received a letter informing them that the assessment would be administered at school on January 26, 2021. Because schools continue to remain closed at the moment, the BOG 3 assessment will not be administered to our 3rd grade Virtual Academy students until February 24, 2021.


If you have a 3rd grader in Sr. Osorno's or Ms. Lingafelt's Virtual Academy class, please complete this form indicating your preference for transportation on the new February 24th test date.


Feel free to reach out to your 3rd grader's teacher or our school test coordinator, Julie Scott at jascott1@wcpss.net, if you have any questions.

Counselor's Corner

Hello JG Community,

As we embark on a new year, I want to challenge us all to look for the positive, count our blessings, and be the change we wish to see in our world!


Click on the link below to check out what lessons I'm doing in January with our Eagles. Some resources in this newsletter include how to talk to students about disturbing events like what happened at the U.S. Capitol and a resource on helping support children's social, emotional, and mental well-being by age group. You can also review the character strengths we are learning about with the Positivity Project.

Take care and SOAR on Eagles,

Mrs. Jacobs


Counselor's Corner - January 2021, Newsletter #2