Jeremiah Gray Kindergarten Academy

Home of the Little Giants - November 22, 2019

Principal's Message

Greetings JGKA families,

As you may remember, part of elementary school is learning how to stay safe. You might recall practicing fire and tornado drills several times a year. These are things our Little Giants have become really good at! Next week we will talk to our students about staying safe in other ways.

On Monday and Tuesday we will be discussing child abuse. We will discuss how to look for signs of physical abuse, and how to talk to a trusted adult if they think a friend is getting hurt. We will also talk to the kids about what to do if someone is physically abusing them. We will talk about appropriate touch, and what to do or say if someone makes you feel uncomfortable.

As a school principal, the hardest part of my job is having to prepare my students for bad things. But, I know that bad things can happen, and I want our children to rise above these things and always stay safe!

If you have any questions, or would like to discuss any concerns, please reach out to me at or (317) 782-2251.


Mrs. Hansell

Achievement Wall

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Do you want to sign the wall??

Students that learn all 100 sight words listed below get to sign their name on the JGKA Achievement Wall! Practice, practice, practice!
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Congratulations to our Little Giants of the Week!

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It was an "ALL STAR" Field trip!

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A Holiday of Music

Please mark your calendar for our holiday program. Since we have such a large number of students, we will be diving up our school and having our students perform on December 10th or 11th. Students in the B Hall will perform on December 10th, and students in the A Hall will perform on December 11th. (See below to know which evening your child will perform.) Our students have been working hard, and we know you will be amazed by their performance!

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Appropriate Winter Wear

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It's getting cold outside. Please make sure your child is dressed appropriately with a warm coat, hats and gloves. We WILL go outside, even when it's cold. So unless the windchill is too low, or temps are dangerous, your child needs to be prepared to play outside during recess.
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Did you know:

  • That missing 10% of school days, or just 2 days each month, can put children at risk of academic failure?

  • Students who missed fewer than 2 days in September continued to average fewer than 2 days absent each month.

  • Absenteeism and its ill effects start early. One in 10 Kindergarten and first grade students are chronically absent.

  • By 6th grade, chronic absence becomes a leading indicator that a student will drop out of high school.

  • Attendance improves when schools engage students and parents in positive ways and when schools provide mentors for chronically absent students.

  • Students are more likely to go to school if they know someone cares whether they show up.

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.

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Name: Chelsie Lucid

Number of years: 2 years

Family Info: I am not married and I do not have any kids. Just my parents and my 6 year old sister.

Favorite Hobbies: I like to work out and go shopping.

Interesting fact: I am Christmas obsessed!


Name: Louise Kelter

Number of years: 23 years, 12 of those years have been in Perry Township

Family Info: I have been married to my husband Steve for 40 years. I have 3 grown children, Ann, Michael, and Nicole, a son-in-law, Dustin and a daughter-in-law, Rachel and 3 grandsons.

Favorite Hobbies: Spending time with family and friends. Going out to dinner. Having my grandsons spend the night with us.

Interesting fact: I lived in Ohio for 5 years where my youngest daughter was born.

Child Nutrition

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Our students need you!

*We CDL Train*

Contact our Transportation Dept

317-789-6225 or apply online at

Important - Student Accident Insurance

Student Accident Insurance is available to any parent/guardian of a student in Perry Township. Please contact your school's front office for information on cost, coverage and how to sign up or you can visit our website at under the parent section.

ID Required

As part of our increased security measures, we will ask for a government-issued photo ID card (for example: driver’s license, green card) for adults visiting our students. Please be prepared to provide this each time you visit school.

Visitor & Volunteer Policies

Volunteers play an important role in our school district. Their guidance and influence can encourage the academic, social, and personal success of students. Their skills and willingness to assist can help principals and teachers tackle some of the items on their long to-do lists. Perry Township Schools promotes an environment of safety, trust, and respect. In accordance with state law, volunteers must wait until after their background screening process is complete to begin their volunteer assignment.

All background screenings need to be completed on a laptop or personal computer (PC). Due to security settings, smart phones and tablets will not allow the completion of the application process.

Please see below for an explanation of the appropriate levels to ensure you are completing the correct background check for the appropriate volunteer position. All links can be copied and pasted fort the appropriate link to complete the volunteer process.

Volunteer Access Levels

Level I Visitor: Volunteer application and formal background checks are not necessary. This level is for guests who are visiting the office only, having lunch with their student, and guest speakers that will NOT have one-on-one contact with the students. Level I visitors are required to have their driver’s license or ID scanned through the visitor system for a limited criminal history and an instant sex offender screening.

Level II Volunteer/Visitor: A Raptor background check is necessary. The $5 paid fee and the background check must be completed every school year. Level II Volunteer/Visitors have access to students during the school day. Positions that would fall in this level include classroom party parents and guardians, field trip chaperones, tutors, Hope tutors, and student teachers completing field experience only. This list is not all inclusive. The link can be found here:

Level III Volunteer/Visitor: SafeHiring expanded background check is required. $24.90 fee (minimum) and must be completed every five (5) years if there is no break in volunteer service. On May 1, 2019, the state legislature passed House Bill 1209 which requires expanded criminal background checks for volunteer coaches. Level III Volunteer/Visitors/Coaches have direct and potentially unsupervised interaction with students. Positions that would be covered by this level include extra-curricular coaches (e.g. club sports – lacrosse, bowling, etc.) and non-employee sponsors (e.g. robotics, show choir, etc.). If you have lived outside the state of Indiana, there may be additional costs associated with the background check request.

Perry Township values all of our volunteers and truly appreciates your efforts with both volunteering and making sure the safety of our student is priority #1.

What''s going on in the Community

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