KJ Parent Weekly Update
November 16 - 20, 2020
Veterans Day Spotlight
Here are a few our of KJ families that we'd like to honor.
Specialist Melvin Williams
Army 4 years of service - Father of Saheim and Saraah Williams PreK.
MSGT Nathaniel Broussard
Served for 21 years, 1978 - 1999. Retired US Marine Corps
PawPaw of Micah and Noah Broussard Pre-K
Retired Navy Vet Jocelyn Medlock-Price
Guardian of Nasiah Cook 1st Grade
Army Reservist Paul Lawrence Johnson Sr.
6 years of service - grandfather of Marley Jeter PreK.
Abhan Sora - US Navy
4 years of service, DeSoto Alumni - nephew of Mrs. Barnes.
Stanley & Johnathan Williams
Marines 4 years
Army 4 years
Father and brother of Julian Williams 1st Grade
Talented and Gifted 2020
DeSoto ISD is now accepting gifted and talented referrals for kindergarten students.
SEL WEEKLY FOCUS:
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.
SEL Focus: Learning Skills - is a term that describes the tasks involved in learning, including time management, note-taking, reading effectively, study skills, and writing tests.
Word of the week: Harbor (verb) A shelter or refuge; a place to give protection.
Quote of the Week:
Begin to be now what you will be hereafter - St. Jerome.
Healthy ways to cope with stress during the Pandemic
- Know what to do when you are sick and are concerned about COVID-19. Contact a health professional before you start any self-treatment for COVID-19.
- Know where and how to get treatment and other support services and resources, including counseling or therapy (in person or through telehealth services).
- Take care of your emotional health. Taking care of your emotional health will help you think clearly and react to the urgent needs to protect yourself and your family.
- Take breaks from watching, reading, or listening to news stories, including those on social media. Hearing about the pandemic repeatedly can be upsetting.
- Take care of your body.
- Take deep breaths, stretch, or meditate.
- Try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals.
- Exercise regularly.
- Get plenty of sleep.
- Avoid excessive alcohol and drug use.
- Make time to unwind. Try to do some other activities you enjoy.
- Connect with others. Talk with people you trust about your concerns and how you are feeling.
- Connect with your community- or faith-based organizations. While social distancing measures are in place, consider connecting online, through social media, or by phone or mail.
Get immediate help in a crisis
- Call 911
- Disaster Distress Helplineexternal icon: 1-800-985-5990 (press 2 for Spanish), or text TalkWithUs for English or Hablanos for Spanish to 66746. Spanish speakers from Puerto Rico can text Hablanos to 1-787-339-2663.
- National Suicide Prevention Lifelineexternal icon: 1-800-273-TALK (8255) for English, 1-888-628-9454 for Spanish, or Lifeline Crisis Chatexternal icon.
- National Domestic Violence Hotlineexternal icon: 1-800-799-7233 or text LOVEIS to 22522
- National Child Abuse Hotlineexternal icon: 1-800-4AChild (1-800-422-4453) or text 1-800-422-4453
- National Sexual Assault Hotlineexternal icon: 1-800-656-HOPE (4673) or Online Chatexternal icon
- The Eldercare Locatorexternal icon: 1-800-677-1116 TTY Instructionsexternal icon
- Veteran’s Crisis Lineexternal icon: 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or Crisis Chatexternal icon or text: 8388255
Find a health care provider or treatment for substance use disorder and mental health
- SAMHSA’s National Helplineexternal icon: 1-800-662-HELP (4357) and TTY 1-800-487-4889
- Treatment Services Locator Websiteexternal icon
- Interactive Map of Selected Federally Qualified Health Centersexternal icon
Meeting Code: 668 824 9988
Art Student Spotlights!!!
Genius Hour @ KJ
KJ's Virtual Library Services
ARRIVAL AND DISMISSAL
Arrival: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.
Child Nutrition Grab N' Go Meals Sites Decreasing after November 5
With the excitement of feeding our Eagles on campus, Chartwells and The DeSoto ISD Child Nutrition Department will be reducing Grab N’ Go Meal Distribution Sites after the Thursday, November 5 Meal Distribution.
The 2 Grab N’ Go Sites that will be closing are:
Ruby Young Elementary and Woodridge Elementary
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.