Jones Dolphins Make a SPLASH!
First Day of School, August 21st
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Our Learning Community...
We are excited to welcome our students back to school on Monday, August 21st! Our campus is buzzing with energy as our staff has been busy preparing for your arrival!
Our PTA is hosting a Playdate Saturday, August 19th at Murray Ridge Park from 10:00 am - Noon, if you are around stop by, we would love to see you!
On the 1st day of school our gates will open 5 minutes early at 7:30 am. Families are welcome to walk their child to their classroom to meet the teacher and see the classroom. At the 7:45 am bell we ask all to say good-bye and exit the campus promptly. Our PTA invites you to join them at Maggie’s Cafe at 8:00 am for Tears & Cheers coffee. It is a great way to connect with other Jones families!
If you received last week's Dolphins Updates, some items below will look familiar and some items are new! We have been enrolling new families to our school community and want to make sure everyone is set up for success!
As you may have heard, the weather forecast predicts a bit of rain over the weekend and on Monday. While raindrops may fall from the sky, our spirits remain high as we anticipate a wonderful start to the school year.
We kindly request that you send your children with: a coat, closed toe shoes and an umbrella if desired. Our staff is well-prepared to guide the students smoothly through the day, making sure that the rain doesn't hinder their enthusiasm for learning and reconnecting with friends.
Remember, a little rain can add a touch of adventure to the day and create unique memories. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation. Here's to a fantastic year ahead, rain or shine!
Arrival & Dismissal Gates
We Hope You Had A Wonderful Summer! Here Are Some of The Ways our team enjoyed the break...
Mrs. Rosen visiting the Dead Sea on a family trip to Israel.
Ms. Ruiz sightseeing at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C.
Mrs. Dungo enjoying the North Shore of Hawaii.
Mrs. Elzien camping in the San Bernardino Mountains.
Ms. Colarusso visiting Charleston, South Carolina.
Mrs. Leal visiting in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.
Ms. Amanda visiting Boston and seeing the Red Soxs play at Fenway Park.
Mrs. Higdon cheering on the Padres at Petco Park.
Ms. Webb rooting for the Padres too!
Coach Jensen hiking at St. Mary's Glacier in Colorado.
Mrs. Buell enjoying the lavender fields in France.
Mrs. Franco exploring Carlsbad Caverns National Park.
What to Bring to School
- Backpack: Backpacks help get materials back and forth between school and home safely. Over the course of the school students will bring home school documents to sign and complete, flyers about events, class work, homework, etc. We have some backpacks available if you need one, please call our front office and we can set up a time for you to come pick it up before school starts.
- Water bottle: We have new water bottle filling stations and water fountains on campus, so a small child size water bottle is all that is needed if you would like your child to have one. Please do not send large, metal water bottles.
- Snack: All classrooms take a mid-morning Wellness Break, this includes time to eat a snack if you would like to send one. Snacks should be an individual portion as students are not able to share snacks with others.
- Lunch: A complete lunch from our cafe is free for all students, but you are also welcome to send a lunch with your child. Please send foods that will fuel your child for an afternoon of learning, candy, soda, large bags of chips/cookies are not permitted.
Over the summer supplies are ordered for each grade level based their specific need and our supply room is restocked for the school year. Crayons, markers, glue sticks, journals, scissors, paper, tissues, etc. are purchased with our site funding and will be provided for all of our students.
You may receive a wishlist of additional items that would support your child's classroom in general or for a special project, these donations are welcome, but never required.
While we do not need the basic supplies brought to school, we would encourage families to have some of these materials at home for children to explore and create with.
Preparing to Start the School Year
- Sleep: Sleep is an essential component for setting our students up for success. If your child's sleep schedule has changed over the summer, it is time to start preparing for the return to school. Sleep makes a huge difference in concentration, performance, and regulating emotions during the school day.
- Morning Routine: Morning routines help develop your child's sense of self, responsibility, independence, focus, and helps them feel positive about the day ahead. Routines look different for every family and there are many resources on the internet that can help you create the best plan for your family that you can start practicing now. Students who get to school on time, ready to learn feel a stronger connection to their classroom community and are more prepared to transition through the daily schedule of their class.
- Lunch Time: Students have 20 minutes to eat lunch, so this may be something your child needs to prepare for as well. If your child will be bringing their lunch to school, you should also have them practice opening and closing any food containers or packages that will be sent in their lunch box.
First Day of School Procedures
The first day/week of school is especially busy at drop off and pick up so please plan accordingly.
Arrival gates will open five minutes early at 7:30 a.m. on the first day of school and all students will enter the Gates by the front office or the cafe for breakfast.
On the 1st day of school parents/guardians/caregivers are welcome to walk students to their classrooms to meet the teacher and see the classroom for a few minutes (You will have more time at Back-to-School Night). If you plan on walking your child to their classroom on the 1st day, make sure to walk to campus or park on a side street (do NOT park in the Bus Zone or Loading Zone directly in front of the school). This is a special opportunity for the first day of school, starting on day two families will say goodbye their children at the gate.
Our Jones PTA will be hosting a gathering at Maggie’s Cafe immediately after morning drop off on the first day of school, we hope you can make it!
On Friday, August 18th, in the late afternoon/early evening you will be able to login to Power School Parent Portal to find out your child’s classroom assignment. There will also be class assignments posted in the front office window and will be available over the weekend.
On the first day of school we will have additional lists posted in front of the school and staff members there to help you navigate.
Please note that classroom placements are subject to change due to sitewide enrollment. Early October schools engage in the reorganization process and at that time we may need to add a classroom or close a classroom based on enrollment.
We do not accept requests for teacher placements.There are a number of factors that go into creating balanced classrooms and our team works collaboratively to set all of our students up for success.
- Visit the SDUSD Parent Portal webpage for more information about setting up your Parent Portal account if you do not already have one.
- Our youngest learners in Preschool, UTK, and Kindergarten will have the opportunity to receive their classroom assignments during orientation. See the flyer below for more details.
Additional Resources for Families...
Check out our school website for PeachJar Flyers, Counseling Resources, Family Handbook, Staff Contact Lists, After School Programs, Enrollment Information and so much more!
Jones Elementary PTA
Our Parent Teacher Association works with Jones Elementary to provide programs and support to benefit the students, their families, teachers, school administration and the community. Run entirely by volunteers, the PTA raises money to support enrichment programs, program instructors, educational assemblies and field trips, family events, and special classroom supplies.
As always, we need your membership, support and ability to volunteer. You can become a member using Totem, a respected membership management service. Please contact us with other thoughts on how we are doing, and your ideas on how you can become involved. We look forward to hearing from you.