April 27, 2020 Principal Message

Jeffreys Grove Magnet Elementary

From the remote desk of Principal Ventura...

Dear JG Families,


I hope this message finds you safe and healthy. As you know Governor Cooper announced on Friday that all public school buildings will remain closed for the remainder of the school year. While I am sure this did not come as a surprise to most, it does not mean it is any easier to hear it. We miss you and our kids more than you can imagine!


Monday, April 27 marks the start of week 3 of remote learning which means you survived weeks 1 and 2! This has never been done before and we are making history so give yourselves a big pat on the back. You continue to support your child with everything you know and have access to at this time, and you are doing a great job! Please know that we understand you are working hard and doing your best. We will continue to extend maximum grace and flexibility to you as we continue to shape remote learning.


Our JG teachers are also working hard to enhance their virtual classrooms as they, too, figure out best practices for teaching and connecting with students remotely. The way we will continue to be successful is by working together, staying connected and maintaining communication. We are stronger than we have ever been and WE CAN DO HARD THINGS! I know we will SOAR through this challenge because we are JG EAGLES!


Please continue to get familiar with the WCPSS Remote Learning Resources Site. In an effort to partner with you in supporting students, every grade level will continue to share weekly plans to help families understand each week's desired outcomes and remote learning schedules. These can be accessed from our Jeffreys Grove Website.


As we continue to grow and refine remote learning into the best it can be, we are always looking for feedback from you as our partners in your child's learning. As always, reach out to your child's teacher for help if you need it. Please know that we love you and miss our kids very much. Our contact information is on our website as well as below.


Fondly,


Juli Ventura, Proud Principal of Jeffreys Grove Magnet Elementary

mventura@wcpss.net

Counselor's Corner

Hello, Eagles! I miss seeing you each day and I think about you often! During this time, I hope you are making many memories and finding a balance between home activities and schoolwork. We have all dealt with a range of emotions from happy, excited, and having fun to worry, frustration and anger. This is normal and what's most important is recognizing these strong emotions and doing things that help you calm down/feel better (using our coping strategies). Everyone's coping strategies are different but we need to know what they are so we can use them when needed. Some examples are taking slow, deep breaths, playing a favorite game or with a toy, drawing, coloring, going outside, taking a break, and so many more. I have included a few resources below that may be helpful for some families.


WCPSS Coronavirus Updates Site - This page has lots of helpful information (free meals for children, how to talk to your child about coronavirus, emotional safety for children and more).

My JGE School Counseling Website - I've included more resources on my website under the section "Remote Learning/Covid 19 Resources."


My School Counseling Google Classroom is now open! I have created a Google classroom that students can join. There are various social-emotional activities that they can complete based on grade level (K/1, 2/3, or 4/5). Students enter the classroom with a code provided by classroom teachers. I will continue to add more games, activities and resources in the coming weeks.

Technology Tips

Reminders for Home Learning Environments

Please do your best to remember the following as we roll into week 3 of remote learning:


  • Promote independence in your child allowing them to navigate their learning platforms to the best of their abilities first before taking the reins.
  • Let your child make mistakes in their work and learning tasks - it lets the teacher see where the student needs help so they can provide feedback.
  • Realize that mics pick up everything! Please be mindful of what may be going on in the background - loud noise, conversations, etc. Work to create a learning environment free of distractions for your child and one where you can still hear what's going on in case you need to intervene.
  • Please DO NOT post meeting codes or links on social media. We are working really hard to help ensure the online safety of our students so that only our JG students/families have access to virtual meetings/office hours/etc.

April 24 District Message to Families

For your convenience I am including the message that was sent by the district to all families on Friday. Topics covering grading guidance, special education, tips for managing remote learning at home, food services and how to help 5th graders transition to middle school can be accessed from the link.

Nominate your #WCPSSHero

Many employees are going above and beyond to help students, families and colleagues during these challenging times. Nominate a #WCPSSHero via this form and we will spotlight these employees on our social media channels and websites.

UNC-TV Learning Opportunity

UNC-TV and the NC Department of Public Instruction are expanding their educational programming for all students PreK through grade 12. This will be especially useful for students who have not yet accessed digital resources for remote learning. Learn more >

Thank you for your time and attention! Have a great week!