The Village Voice

September 2021

Principal Perspectives

By Bobbi Hoffner, Principal

Welcome Village Families!

We are so excited to have our students back in the classrooms, filling the building with energy and enthusiasm for learning! At the Village we are committed to providing a child centered learning environment with high expectations for all. I am looking forward to partnering with all of you and having a great year.

It is truly a privilege to be part of a community where parents, teachers, and students that care for each other and strive to build positive relationships that support academic and social growth for our youngest learners. The Jessamine Early Learning Village staff welcomes you and I hope you will be involved throughout the school year.

We value our families and want you to be a part of our team!

I can’t wait to see what we accomplish this year!

SBDM Elections

We are electing two parents to be on the Village Site Based Decision Making Council.The council meets monthly to make important decisions regarding school policies. The JELV SBDM Council consists of the Principal, three teacher representatives, and two parent representatives. Please use this link to read our parent nominations and select two parents to serve this year. Voting will be open until Tuesday, September 7th.

Parent SBDM Elections

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Family Resource Center News

Welcome to school year 2021/2022. Misty and I serve as the FRC team and want you to know that we are here to connect your family with community resources you may find helpful. Please click on the google site link below to see these resources including food, housing, clothing, furniture, childcare and more. Please do not hesitate to give us a call at 859-887-0567 to find out more or if you have any additional needs or questions.

Link to FRC Google Site

Debbie Cumbie and Misty Jordan

FRC Team


Attendance Counts! Win a free bike for your child!

September is our Attendance Counts Emphasis. Every Kindergarten and Preschool student whose family completes a flyer about the basics of the JELV Attendance Policy and returns it will be placed in a drawing for a chance to win a bike and helmet. Look for the flyer to come home the beginning of September.

Hoedown Family Fun Night

Date: Thursday, September 23 (rain date of September 30)

Time: 5 pm to 7pm

Activities for students set up outside of the school including temporary tattoos, Family Photo Booth, Barrel Racing, Activity Wheel and more.

Counselor's Corner

Dear Parents,

The Counseling Office at Jessamine Early Learning Village welcomes you to the 2021-2022 school year! We are thrilled to be in a position to help your child begin their educational journey as successfully as possible. The focus of the Village’s counseling program is prevention. We seek to foster positive social and emotional development of all our Preschool and Kindergarten students.

Did you know?

The early elementary years are an extremely formative time for children. Students begin to develop their academic self-concept and their feelings of competence and confidence as learners. Our hope is that your children will build positive problem solving abilities, communication skills, life skills, character values, and attitudes toward themselves, friends, and family.

What is Second Step?

JELV supports social and emotional learning by providing regular social skills instruction to all Kindergarten and Preschool students through the Second Step Curriculum. Classroom teachers will teach a weekly lesson from Second Step. These lessons focus on skills for learning, empathy, emotion management, and problem solving. Teachers will also reinforce the skills taught throughout the day and week by using Second Step language, role play, games, puppet skits, and stories. Also, be on the lookout for a home link that will come in your child’s folder. This will give you tools and ideas to use at home to reinforce skills.

Be sure to follow this section in the Village Voice each month for informative tips that will help you reinforce the social skills your child is learning in the classroom! You can also find resources on our website JELV Counselor Connection. Please feel free to contact one of our School Counselors, Heather Kidd, Stephanie Taylor, or Kayla Raney, at 887-5358 if you are in need of services or additional information. We are thrilled to have your child at the Village this year!

Counseling Referral

We are excited to provide families with an easy way to make a referral to the counseling office. You can scan the included QR code with your phone camera for a confidential referral form if your child or family is in need of services. The referral form link can also be found on the JELV website. Once the information is received a JELV counselor will contact you as soon as possible.

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Speech Tip of the Month

We wanted to take this opportunity to let you know about the

speech/language program here at the Jessamine Early Learning Village. Caring for our students’ speech and language needs is our number one priority. The speech/ language pathologists collaborate with classroom teachers to provide a language-rich environment and models for correct speech sound production. Throughout the year, we will be conducting screenings for language, speech sound production, fluency, voice, and hearing.

If we have any concerns with a child's communication, we would contact families first before completing any screenings. These screenings help us ensure that we are meeting the needs of all our students. If you have any questions concerning your child's communication skills , please contact us at 887-5358.

Thank you,

Stacy Greene, Kelly Christopher, Zoe Hackney, Beth Carrier, and Sue Burris.

OT Tip of the Month

Julie Wells, MS, OTR/L

Occupational Therapist

Backpack Safety Awareness - National School Backpack Awareness Day is Wednesday, September 15, 2021, and occupational therapy practitioners across the United States are gearing up to help students “Pack It Light, Wear It Right!” With the start of a new school year, it is good to look at how our children are wearing their backpacks. Carrying too much weight in a backpack or wearing a pack incorrectly can cause long-term back problems unless parents

take steps to ensure that their children wear packs correctly.

• Choose a pack with a waist belt to be fastened for extra support and to help transfer the weight from the shoulders to the body’s trunk and hips.

• Always wear BOTH shoulder straps to distribute weight evenly.

• Never allow a child to carry a pack with more than 15% of his or her body weight.

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Contact JELV

851 Wilmore Road, Nicholasville, KY