Principal's Corner- December 2020

Ending the Year with Gratitude, Grace, and Responsibility


This year has been one for the books for our students, staff and families! I am so grateful for the caring, commitment, and collaboration of our staff and families for all they have done this school year to support our students throughout the ever changing transitions we have seen for our communities. With that said, it is always teamwork that brings out the best in us and models for our students what it truly takes to be responsible for our own success. I am humbled and grateful for our Jamaica families and for the gift of being a part of your children's educational experience and hopefully a positive light in their lives.

As we do every year, during the month of December, we are focusing in gratitude, as well as our PBIS trait of being being responsible. This is an important concept as students learn how to become responsible for both their words and their actions. Helping students become accountable for both their learning and their behavior choices helps them develop the skills they need to succeed in both the classroom and in the world every day.

As with every month, we will focus on on Kindness Challenges to support our Croc Traits. This month, we are working on lessons promoted to support responsible words and actions. So, at home, we hope you will also focus on modeling responsible choices with your students and helping them understand the impact of their choices and actions on themselves and others.

A special thank you to our Student Council, who is responsible for hosting our SCTV broadcast every Monday to update our Crocs on all the latest in Croc News, birthdays and special days on campus, our PTSO campus events, and to spread our Project Wisdom quotes and Kindness Challenges each week. They also do monthly staff interviews to spotlight all of the amazing teachers and staff who contribute to our school daily. Thank you for being responsible for sharing all of the bright spots for our students and staff each day!

Also, a profound thank you to our PTSO for being such a positive and proactive force on our campus. They have truly taken our Jamaica vision and helped reinforce it by, helping us be a team in providing a true atmosphere of teamwork and focus on family each year. This year especially, it has meant the world to have parents be a part of celebrating our students together through even virtual or socially distanced celebrations together. Our Jamaica family is always stronger as a team; parents, teachers, students, and community working together to thrive!

Thank you to our staff and families for working so hard to support our students! We hope you have a happy and healthy winter break!

With Deepest Gratitude,

Mrs. Helart

Being Responsible with Technology Social Media in the age of COVID

With Iphones, Androids, and Ipads all around, parents and educators are constantly facing the challenge of how to educate ourselves on the impact of social media modes and apps on our children. More importantly, we are given the great task of educating our students on how to have fun using technology, while still being mindful of how to use social media and online access to information in a positive and safe manner. At this time more than every, students are spending more time on their phones or computers due to hybrid or distance learning, or simply because of unregulated use of technology at home. Below are just a few links to some articles that provide a bit of insight on how to stay informed and teach responsibility to our students to keep them digitally safe, and mentally healthy this year.
Educating Parents about their Kid's Media and Technology Use

Sharing our School Spirit!

Don't forget to share your school spirit during the week of December 14th-17th before we head out on break. Information is below. Please ensure all students are wearing school appropriate attire. We look forward to seeing the school spirit spread across campus!
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Jamaica Calendar of Events

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