JCSS Family Engagement Newsletter

December 2021

December: Let's Celebrate

As we wrap up 2021, December gives us time to celebrate! Whether you observe Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, or simply enjoy spending time with family and friends, we hope that you will take the time to make memories with those you love most.

In this edition of the JCSS Family Engagement Newsletter, you will find practical tips for supporting your child's learning through the holidays as well as great parenting strategies. Also included in this issue you will find information about our local Toys for Tots program, ways to minimize holiday stress for you and your child, as well as suggested holiday activities for the entire family.

As a reminder, Jones County Schools will be closed from December 20th-January 3rd. Students return to school on January 4, 2022. We hope this holiday season brings you some rest, some relaxation, and much time with family and friends!

“Nothing is better than going home to family and eating good food and relaxing.” –Irina Shayk

If you have a question or concern, please contact us.

Shelley Dunlap sdunlap@jones.k12.ga.us or (478) 986-3032 Ext. 1284

Shelby Henderson shelby.henderson@jones.k12.ga.us or (478) 986-3032

Leslie Poythress lpoythress@jones.k12.ga.us or (478) 986-3032 Ext. 1282

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Conversation Prompts

Here are some questions to ask your child this month...

  • What’s the most fun thing you’ve done this year?
  • What’s something you’d like to do during the holiday break?
  • If you could have one wish, what would it be?
  • What are you most looking forward to about the holidays?

Tip of the Month: Read together every day

Whether it’s reading a book to your child, taking turns reading pages of a chapter book, or just reading a book or magazine while your child reads a book for school, reading together sends your child a message that reading is important to you and your family.

For older students, start a family book club! Read the same novel your child is reading, and get together to discuss the book periodically.

Think About It: Attendance Habits

Think about the following questions:

  • Does your child attend school every day unless he/she is ill?
  • Is your child in school on time every day?
  • Is getting your child to school each day a top priority in your home?

School attendance is extremely important for academic success. If you answered “no” to any of these questions, take steps to improve your child’s attendance. Having good morning and nighttime routines will make it easier for your child to get to school each day. Help your child get everything he/she will need for the next day ready the night before, including clothes and backpack. Make sure your child gets to bed early, has a morning routine that includes eating a good breakfast and getting out the door on time.

For older students, keep in mind that…

· By 6th grade, absenteeism is one of three signs that a student may drop out of high school.

  • By 9th grade, regular and high attendance is a better predictor of graduation rates than 8th grade test scores.
  • Missing 10 percent, or about 18 days, of the school year can drastically affect a student’s academic success. Students can be chronically absent even if they only miss a day or two every few weeks.
  • Attendance is an important life skill that will help your child graduate from college and keep a job.

~ Woodburn Press

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Parenting Cue Cards

Do you ever struggle with what to do in tough parenting situations?
We worked with the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence to bring you the answers you need.

Giving students voice and choice

Why great high schools are designed to put students in charge of their learning.


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Toys for Tots

Toy for Tots Jones County

If you or someone you know needs help, signup is on the Toys for Tots website at: gray-ga.toysfortots.org under the Request a Toy tab! You can also find a list of drop-off locations on the Toys for Tots website if you would like to donate a new, unwrapped toy to be distributed to a family in Jones County.

Applications will be open through December 5, 2021. You will receive an email with the pickup location and times. If you have any questions, contact Toys for Tots at gray.ga@toysfortots.org.

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If you have a question or concern, please contact us.

Ms. Shelley Dunlap, Family Engagement Coordinator

sdunlap@jones.k12.ga.us or (478) 986-3032 Ext. 1284

Mrs. Shelby Henderson, Family Engagement Coordinator

shelby.henderson@jones.k12.ga.us or (478) 986-3032

Mrs. Leslie Poythress, Executive Director of Family Engagement

lpoythress@jones.k12.ga.us or (478) 986-3032 Ext. 1282

Mrs. Charlotte Foskey, Executive Director of Federal Programs

cfoskey@jones.k12.ga.us or (478) 986-3032 Ext. 1233

Mr. Charles Lundy, Superintendent of Schools

clundy@jones.k12.ga.us or (478) 986-3032