JSE Weekly Newsletter

December 7 - December 11


We hope you can joins us on Monday at Petro's to help support the JSE PTO. Just dine between 10:30 am - 9:00 pm and show the flyer below to the cashier.
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Changes to December Calendar

With Winter Break quickly approaching and COVID cases (or CLOSE CONTACT QUARANTINE cases) on the rise, our hope is that every student, all employees, and every member of your family will be well and out of quarantine for the holiday season. Working toward that end, we are announcing the following significant schedule change.

As you know, our last day of instruction before winter break is December 15. However, we will not hold classes on campus on December 14th or 15th. Instead,

  • students in grades 4-12 will be DIGITAL LEARNERS on December 14th and 15th.
  • students in grades K-3 will receive enrichment and intervention materials and resources to work on at home.

Each school will provide detailed information to support learning on these two days. With this change, the last day for on-campus classes will be Friday, December 11. Hopefully, these extra days at home and the break to follow will be a welcome respite for everyone.

Digital devices will be sent home with all 4-12 grade students, including day users, during the Thanksgiving and Winter breaks. Students in grades K-3 will not require a device for home use.

Adventure Club will be OPEN on December 14th and 15th.

Again, no ON-CAMPUS classes will be held on December 14th and 15th. Instruction for grades 4-12 will be DIGITAL ONLY during these two days. Elementary teachers will provide specific directions and plans for K-3 students, who will also be at home on December 14th and 15th.

3rd Grade Unicycle Club

Third grade (in person) students learned about the JSE Unicycle Club recently. Each year approximately 20 students are chosen to participate in this club. Club size must be limited due to safety concerns (new riders have little to no control over their direction). If your 3rd grade student is interested in trying to earn one of these spots, please have them write an essay with at least 5 sentences and at least 3 details about why they want to ride a unicycle and why they believe they would be successful. Papers are due by Monday, December 7th. Papers should include first and last names, as well as homeroom teacher's name. The members of the 2021 JSE Unicycle Club will be announced before Christmas Break. The club will meet twice a week on Mondays and Fridays from 2:50-3:30 beginning in February. JSE provides unicycles for students to learn on so there is no need to purchase one at this time. If you have any questions, contact Alex Rouse at alex.rouse@maryville-schools.org or Melissa Michalak at melissa.michalak@maryville-schools.org.

Adventure Club News

Winter Break will be December 16th – January 4th. Adventure Club will only be open December 14th – 18th, 28th- 30th and January 4th. Sign up for these dates will start on November 30th. The deadline for sign up is December 11th. Please let Misty Cable know if you have any questions. misty.cable@maryville-schools.org or call 865-681-8210.

City of Maryville Sanitation Santa Program

December 21, 22, and 23

9 a.m. until 4 p.m.

Toys will be distributed at the Theater in the Park, 325 Court Circle, Maryville (across from First Baptist Church on Lamar Alexander and beside the Court House)

Distribution is on a first-come, first-served basis. No sign-ups are required.

Toy and gift distribution is for children newborn to 15 years.

How to qualify:

*Proof of ID in the form of Social Security Card, birth certificate, library card, school id, insurance card, etc. for each child.

*Proof of residency in Blount County (address on state ID, utility bill, etc) for parent/guardian.

*If the adult present is not the parent, proof of guardianship.

*No other assistance has been provided by other agencies for child. (We link with United Way and other charitable agencies. Families may be assisted by only one organization for Christmas gifts.)

COVID-19 Updates

The process and procedures may change this year due to COVID-19. Please check maryvillegov.com/sanitationsanta for more information.

Changes to Instructional Method

The next opportunity to notify us of a desire to switch instructional options is by noon on Friday, December 11th. Those changing at this time would begin their new method of instruction upon return from winter break, (January 5th).

Families are limited to changing instructional options one time for the entire school year. Please call the office at 865-983-8551 if you plan to switch.

Contact Tracing

We need your help! As we continue to work toward solutions to keep as many students in front of as many teachers for as many days possible, one big area of challenge is Close Contact Tracing. We believe the following actions can help to minimize the number of students who are required to quarantine due to being a close contact:

1. Please keep your student at home if symptomatic. The guidelines are to stay home for 10 days for COVID-level symptoms. Sometimes just taking one day at home will help parents or physicians determine if the symptoms are actually COVID level or not.

2. If you are considering giving your child a COVID test or are awaiting the results of a COVID test, please keep your child at home until a determination is made and results are provided. Initially, the guidance from the health department was to not test until symptomatic. However, we are now seeing an increase in testing regardless of symptoms. At this time, we ask that you keep your student at home even if you choose to administer a test to your child without symptoms out of an abundance of caution.

3. If your child has been in close contact with a person outside of the school environment who is positive, please take action and inform the school and keep your child home for 14 days. The close contact definition is proximity to an infected person for longer than 15 minutes and less than 6 feet with tracing beginning 48 hours prior to the onset of symptoms or a positive test. If you know your child is a close contact to an infected person, please take this action even if the Health Department never contacts you to officially identify your child as a close contact. The school will happily accept your parent report of Close Contact and will follow-up by providing digital instruction to your student for the 14-day isolation period.

4. Immediately inform the school of all positive test results. These actions are critical to COVID management at the school and district level. If the “possibly positive” student stays at home until the test results are provided, that eliminates all of those days for close contact tracing because for each positive case, we are required to look back 48 hours to identify close contacts based on the 6 foot/15 minute guidance.

The only chance we have to prevent spread is for sick kids and adults to stay home and for everyone to work as a team on proactive strategies. We appreciate your cooperation.

Below are the most recent documents regarding Covid from the MCS district.

Inclement Weather

As winter approaches, we have already begun to see snow and ice. If we have a weather event, please monitor the radio and television to listen for delays or cancellations. Listen for Maryville City Schools (not Blount County or Maryville Christian). The district’s School Messenger system will also send out phone calls and e-mails if there is any change to the schedule. If you have had any changes to your phone number, address, e-mail, or emergency pick up, please let the front office know ASAP. Thank you!

District Calendar

Please review the district calendar for January - June below. There are many important dates you may want to add to your 2021 calendar!
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Family Resource Center

Maryville City Schools is proud to serve families through our Family Resource Center. The purpose of this agency is to support the learning and well-being of all Maryville students and help strengthen each family’s ability to support the emotional, physical, medical, social, and academic needs of their children by connecting them with available resources and community partners. Click the red bar below to read the January newsletter from the Family Resource Center.

Click the red bar below to read the December Edition of the Reading Connections Newsletter

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