KJ Parent Weekly Update

January 11 - 15, 2021



Greetings KJ Families, may the coming year bring along new hopes and new opportunities…. We are off to a great start and are laser focused on accomplishing our targeted goals for this school year! Even though we've had to make significant adjustments from what we know as normal...we are supper excited that we've found some sense of solidarity and togetherness. Wishing you all a very successful and Happy New Year 2021.

We're expecting great results from our scholars as we embark on the Spring semester.

Application Window for 2021--2020 SY is Now Open!

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The application window for DeSoto ISD Magnet Academies opened on December 15, 2020 and will close January 31, 2021.

The application for Katherine Johnson can be found on the website.

Click the link below and click Apply.


For additional information or questions, you may contact our campus main office at 972-274-8026.

Current students of KJ do not need to re-apply.

A Few Friendly Reminders...

Parents should self-screen students for COVID-19 symptoms each day prior to coming to campus. Students should not come to school if they are feeling sick or exhibiting any COVID like symptoms such as: a lingering cough, chills, fever, headache, diarrhea, vomiting, muscle or body aches, shortness of breath, or runny nose.

Arrival & Dismissal Procedures & Campus Protocols


All scholars are to be dropped off each morning at the cafetorium located in the front circle drive of the school. Doors open at 7:30 a.m. We ask that scholars are not left unsupervised before 7:30 a.m.


Dismissal time for both elementary and middle school is at 3:50 p.m. Due to the COVID-19, our dismissal process begins at 3:35 with hand sanitizing and staggering each grade level to minimize hallway traffic.

Pre-K - 2nd grade, Older Siblings and Daycare-riders are dismissed at the front cafetorium.

3rd - 7th grade are dismissed at the gymnasium, which is on the south end of our building. All scholars are to be picked up no later than 4:00 p.m. Parents that, consistently, do not pick their scholars up by 4pm will be invited to a conference with administration.

Car tags have been issued to scholars and parents. Family members that will be picking up your scholar will need a car tag so we can identify who is picking up your scholar. Please contact your scholar's teacher if you need additional tags.

Campus Protocols:

  • 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.
  • 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.

Early Pick-Up Procedures:

Student Spotlight

The Meekins twins, Maddox and Mason were featured on CNN!

The question that the twins submitted was “If a person takes the vaccine, can they still get COVID-19?” Dr. Fauci answered a similar question stating that they do not know and are following the people who have taken the vaccine. Kudos to Mason and Maddox for staying in tune with the issues and concerns of the world we live in! Great Job!

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From the desk of Counselor Robinson......


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.


Emotions are also called feelings - you know, like being happy, mad, or scared. You feel them because of what you see, hear, remember, and do. So, whether you're sad and blue or happy and excited, you can share your feelings with other people by talking about them.


cantankerous (adjective) - bad tempered and uncooperative

Sentence Use:

Feeding and harnessing the cantankerous mules wasn't exactly the highlight of her day.


There can be no defense like elaborate courtesy. - E.V. Lucas

SEL Scope & Sequence

New Year's Goal Setting Tips

1. Write goals down and review them periodically

2. Create goals for different areas of your life

3. Set goals that are realistic and attainable

4. Make goals that are measurable

5. Design goals that can be accomplished with a partner

Be Sure To Visit KJ Virtual 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.

Child Nutrition Grab N' Go Meals Sites

The Grab N’ Go Sites Remaining Open are:

Amber Terrace DDECA

The Meadows Elementary

DeSoto High School- Freshman Side

Cockrell Hill Elementary

Frank Moates Elementary

Weekend Snacks for Students

In addition to the weekday 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.

Click the link below for additional information.


Important Dates to Remember.....

Jan.18 - MLK Jr. Holiday - Campus & District Offices Closed

Jan. 25 - 4th Six Weeks Begins - Scholars opting for Campus Based Learning report to campus

Jan. 28 - Report Cards available in Parent Portal

Feb. 1-28 - Black History Month

Feb. 5 - Parent Conferences - Virtual only

Feb. 15 - President's Day - Campus & District Offices Closed

Feb. 18 - Progress reports available in Parent Portal

Mar. 15 - 19 Spring Break