PRINCIPAL'S PAGE

Jesse Boyd Elementary Meredith Rose, Principal

FABULOUS START OF THE RACE

Thank you parents and students for a wonderful start to the school year. We have had a great start to the 2015-2016 school year. We are looking forward to all the exciting things that will happen at JBE this year. We can't wait to watch your students #finishtherace

Each year, we use a different hashtag and this year is no different. We encourage you to use the hashtag in your own social media postings about your students on your facebook, twitter or instagram accounts. You can also follow JBE on our social media pages. Links to our social media pages can be found on the school's website. We are using #finishtherace because as part of our school theme this year we are teaching students to work hard and persevere. We are also teaching students that a strong dead last finish beats did not finish which always beats did not start. We have exciting things planned and we thank you for sharing your student with us in this race.

JBE MUSICAL

The school wide musical this year will be Disney's Winnie the Pooh:Kids.

This spring production, March 3rd-5th, is open to all students in grades 1-5. Tryout sign up sheets are at Mrs. Fischer's classroom door. All sign up sheets for tryouts must be turned in no later than Wednesday, September 16th. No late forms will be accepted. Tryouts will be held afterschool on September 21st-25th. Students will receive their tryout day and time on Friday, September 18th.

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Early Release Day-September 16th

All Spartanburg School District 7 schools will have 4 early release Wednesdays this year in order for teachers to engage in professional development to further increase their skills in best practice for our students. The dates of those early release days are: September 16th, November 18th, February 10th, and April 20th.

Students will be dismissed at 11:25am. Students will have lunchtime prior to dismissal on our early release day. Because these days are a bit different than our normal dismissal days, we ask that you put in writing any change in your student's normal transportation procedure. Please send that in to your child's teacher.

Artist in Residence

Our incredible PTSO has provided the students and the school with a fabulous gift of a sculpture that will be displayed near the entrance to our school. Last year we celebrated the 50th anniversary of JBE and our PTSO made generous contributions to our playground upgrades. This year the PTSO has given the school and our students the gift to leave behind a legacy at the school. Each student has been or will be making a self portrait of sorts in art class with our new art teacher, Ms. Louka. These portraits are being traced on steel which is then being cut out by sculptor Bob Doster who will then use those as part of his finished sculpture. This is an amazing opportunity for our students and our school. Thank you,PTSO!

JOIN THE PTSO

We have the most amazing PTSO. This organization works very hard on behalf of all students. We encourage you to join the PTSO as well as get involved in volunteer activities. The PTSO has numerous needs for volunteers. The work ranges in very small projects to larger projects. Please contact our PTSO at jesseboydptso@gmail.com We would love for you all to be involved.

PE Department's COLOR RUN

The 2nd annual Hub City 5K Color Run will be held at Milliken Park on Saturday, October 10th. We had an amazing time last year and we hope as many of you who can will participate. Registration is going on now. Please contact Coach Brabham for more information ckbrabham@spart7.org

Dismissal

You may have noticed a few changes to the dismissal process this year. The first is that we are dismissing 5 minutes later this year. Instead of 2:20, our dismissal process begins at 2:25. Additionally, the gate where car riders are dropped off and picked up is locked every morning after arrival and not opened until right before dismissal. While this may create the traffic to be a little more backed up prior to dismissal, we believe that the safety of having the gate locked during the school day is important for our students and staff. Here are some dismissal procedure regulations that may help:

*Due to supervision issues, students cannot be dismissed from the office after 2:10

*If your student is a walker and you are choosing to pick them up in a vehicle, you must park the car on the street. We cannot, for the safety of our students, have moving cars in the front loop where our walkers are located.

*Students in grades K and 1st are not allowed to walk home alone. An adult or an older sibling must accompany the student.

*Car drop off begins at 7:15 in the 2nd-5th grade loop and at 7:30 in the K-1 loop.

*Any child eating breakfast at JBE must be dropped off in the 2nd-5th grade car loop. Breakfast ends at 7:45am to ensure students arrive to class on time at 7:50am.

*Students cannot be dropped off in the front of the school. Car riders must be dropped off in the car loop.

*For drop off in the car line, have your student on the passenger side. Getting out on the left side of the car is a safety hazard.

*The school day begins at 7:50am and the car rider doors are then locked. Students arriving after the 7:50am bell will need to have their parent walk them into the office and have them signed in tardy.

*We have two car lines and line splits near the gate. The right lane is for Kindergarten and 1st grade students and their siblings. There is no need to go through 2 lines if you have a younger and an older student. The left lane is for students in grades 2-5.

*With the help of our faculty and safety patrol we load students as fast as possible. However, we ask that you not pass vehicles in the car line unless instructed by a school official and we hope you will understand that teachers cannot conference with you during car line.

*We will occasionally, due to weather or other related factors, have an indoor dismissal. When this occurs, the traffic circle will take a bit longer.

*Students not picked up by 2:45pm will be taken to the front office. Parents will need to come in and sign out students who are not picked up on time.

*We certainly want to get your in and out of the traffic circle as quickly as possible; yet, we will not compromise safety in order to do so. We thank you in advance for doing all you can do to help make our arrival and dismissal safe for all students.

Coffeehouse

If your students come home and talk about attending Coffeehouse, be assured that while no coffee was consumed (by the kids at least) students did attend coffeehouse. Coffeehouse has been a JBE tradition for a number of years but has certainly transformed in the most recent years. Coffeehouse began with a Reader's Theater structure in which students practice a piece of literature and read that literature to an audience. We use coffeehouse for that purpose still but it has grown as well. Coffeehouse is used to celebrate our students. Coffeehouse is usually every other Wednesday or Friday. Students can sign up to perform (and many do) and we also use this time to announce (in extremely loud and fun ways) our newest JBE Race Car drivers. We encourage students to be risk takers and perform at least once either by themselves or with a group at coffeehouse this year.

Upcoming dates

September 16th: Early Release-dismissal at 11:30

September 16th: Last day to turn in tryout/backstage crew forms for Winnie the Pooh

September 21-25th: Tryouts for Winnie the Pooh

September 28th: Chorus rehearsals begin for students in grades 3-5 2:30-3:30

September 30th: Kindergarten picture day/make up pictures