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Parent Updates for the Week of October 11, 2021

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Principal Corner

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Dear Ira B. Jones Families:

Welcome to the 8th week of this school year. The 1st quarter ends on October 22. Report cards will go home on November 2.

Hopefully, you had a chance to attend a Parent/Teacher conference meeting with your child/ren's teacher/s and discussed their progress thus far. If you did not, it's not too late; contact the teacher to schedule a time to meet.

We are wrapping up the beginning of year assessments for reading and math. These assessments help teachers determine what students are ready to learn and instructional decisions for teaching. Teachers shared assessments results during Parent/Teacher conferences. Again, please reach out to your child/ren's teacher/s if you have any questions about the information shared with you.

I encourage you to use our school's website, our Facebook page, the district's Back to School Updates Website, and follow us on Twitter @Principal_IBJ as sources of information.

As a school leader and a parent, I understand the necessity of healthy communication between families and the school. I welcome your questions, celebrations, or concerns at any time. You can reach me by calling the school (828-350-6700) or via email (


Ruafika A. Cobb


Ira B. Jones Elementary School


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WHEN: Wednesday, October 13

A flyer went home last week with details. You can order pictures online at with the Picture Day ID: EVTXKFBTQ.

Volunteer Training - Please Sign Up!

We need parents to assist with many aspects of our school, including organizing fundraisers, PTO programs, the Health Fair, EOG test proctoring, tutoring, chaperoning field trips, book fairs, Open House, and organizing volunteers to help with school and class activities. Any volunteer working with children during the school day must fill out the required paperwork, including submitting info for a background check.

Volunteers are required to renew their background checks yearly on the anniversary date that they were submitted. They only have to attend the volunteer training once.

To be a Level II volunteer (volunteer regularly and help to chaperone field trips), the volunteer needs to have a clear background check (every year) and attend the training/orientation (one time). Both of these must be completed to be a LEVEL II VOLUNTEER.

Please consider completing the Volunteer Training, so when we can have volunteers, you can help! I will notify families and the school community when volunteers can participate on campus.

The information for the Volunteer Training is below.

IBJ Holiday B.A.Gs

Dear Ira B. Jones Elementary Parents/ Guardians:

It is time to plan for our annual B.A.Gs gift giving. We work with community groups and volunteers to supply students with items to have a great break, with many resources to keep them engaged over the holidays. Each child who receives a Holiday B.A.G will get books, art supplies, and games to add to their collection. Everything in the B.A.Gs will be age-appropriate and tailored to each student based on the information provided below.

We are making our list and checking it twice, so please complete and return the form by Monday, October 18, 2021. All information will be kept CONFIDENTIAL

We will send a copy of the letter home. You may also click below for the letter and the link to complete the form online.

If you have any questions, don't hesitate to get in touch with Abby Owolabi, School Social Worker ( ).

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Upcoming Important Dates

October 11: Indigenous Peoples' Day

October 11: ACS Board Meeting (5:00 pm)

October 13: Student Picture Day!

October 22: End of First Quarter

October 25: Optional Workday for Teacher/No School for Students

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October's Character Trait is Courage

Courage is standing up for what you know is right – even when you are afraid, and others do not stand with you.

People who have Courage:

  • Admit when they are wrong.
  • Make good choices when others do not.
  • Are kind to those who are unkind.
  • Ask for help when they need it.

Children’s books that teach about Courage and how to cope with fear:

  • When I Feel Afraid
  • I am Amelia Earhart
  • I feel frightened
  • Feeling Afraid
  • Violet the Piolet
  • Let’s Talk about Feeling Worried
  • Stand Tall Molly Lou Mellon
  • Sheila Rae the Brave
  • Thunder Rose
  • The Story of Ruby Bridges
  • You’re Mean, Lilly Jean
  • Courage
  • The Bravest of Us All

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