JSE Weekly Newsletter

January 31 - February 4

One Book Blitz

This Monday, January 31st, we will be kicking off this year's One Book Blitz event! This is a community wide literacy initiative which gives students throughout Blount county in kindergarten through 5th grade the opportunity to read and become totally absorbed in the same great book. Teachers will decorate the school over the weekend to go along with the book. We will announce the book title on Monday! Be sure to ask your student what the book title is and check out the materials they bring home to go along with the book! There will be a reading calendar included with the packet. Parents are asked to set aside about 15 minutes each evening to read with your child. Also look for information about a community wide scavenger hunt to coincide with this event. Scavenger hunt cards are due back by February 12th.

If you wish to order a shirt to go along with One Book Blitz, you may do so using the link below beginning TOMORROW. (1/31/22.)


Fox Trot 2022

Hello JSE Families,

It is time for our Annual (although, we missed a few due to Covid) Fox Trot! This event raises money for enrichment programs, technology upgrades and promotes student fitness. All JSE students will collect pledges from friends and family members before “trotting” with their classmates at the Fox Trot on March 9, 2022. Our goal is to raise $20,000 through donations and business sponsorships.

Our sponsors are vital to the success of this event. The Fox Trot provides an opportunity to promote your company and to support the teachers and students of JSE. Please consider sponsoring this event.

There are three different levels of sponsorship:

Platinum ($500) includes your company logo on the t-shirt that each child will receive, logo on the banner displayed at Fox Trot, recognition on our social media and logo on a water bottle that the children receive.

Gold ($250) includes company logo or family/individual name on the t-shirt, banner and recognition on social media.

Silver ($100) includes logo/name on the shirt and banner.

If you would like to sponsor this event, please fill out the form linked below and submit your payment (if paying with check) with the form to JSE. You can pay for your sponsorship with a check to JSE PTO or through our Venmo account (@JSEPTO) or PayPal (John Sevier Elementary PTO)

Logos need to be emailed to: johnsevierpto@gmail.com

Thank you for your continued support of JSE students.

****JSE PTO Board Sponsorships are DUE NO LATER THAN MONDAY, JANUARY 31. ****

Link here to print the Fox Trot Sponsor Flyer


What: The MCS Elementary School Counselors (JSE, FHE, and SHE) are hosting a district-wide parent information night at the Blount County Library.

When: March 3, 2022

Time: 6:30 pm.

Guest Speaker: Brittany Effler, from Helen Ross McNabb, will speak on the topic of "Children and Anxiety"

Additional Information: We will be serving free pizza and we will provide a live link for families that cannot attend in person.

Watch for more information about this event in the next few weeks!

Illness / Absences

If your student is absent due to COVID or COVID-related issues, please contact the JSE school nurses, Liz Hollenkamp and Christy Robinette, via their school emails (included below). If your student took an at-home COVID test and the results were positive, then please take a photo of the positive test results and share that with our school nurses. Proof of a positive COVID test allows us to mark your student's absences as excused in PowerSchool. You may also provide documentation from your health care provider or local health department.

That said, parents and guardians are NOT required to have their child tested for COVID in order to have an absence marked as excused in PowerSchool. Parents and guardians can simply provide us with a parent note about the absence(s). Each student is allowed ten (10) excused 'parent note' absences each school year.

Liz Hollenkamp (liz.hollenkamp@maryville-schools.org)

Christy Robinette (christy.robinette@maryville-schools.org)

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact your child's teacher, the JSE school nurses, or the JSE Main Office.

Thank you!

February District Wide "Spotlight" Event - Gift Card Donations

On February 21st, the entire district staff (teachers, administrators, and support staff) will participate in Spotlight - our annual retreat intended to inspire, rejuvenate, and honor our colleagues for their hard work and dedication. Traditionally, gift cards are collected from parents and the community and used as prizes or gifts during the event. If you are in a position to purchase (or re-gift) gift cards for this occasion, we would greatly appreciate it. Please drop off cards in any school office throughout the month of January. THANK YOU!

Inclement Weather

We are at the point in the year where we see snow and ice. If we have a weather event, please monitor the radio, television, social media, or MCS district website to look for delays or cancellations. Check for Maryville City Schools (not Blount County or Maryville Christian). The district's automated messaging 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 home number, address, e-mail, or emergency contacts, please let the front office know ASAP. Thank you!

Adventure Club News

Adventure Club currently has openings for k-3 students. Application forms are available in the front office or Adventure Club. Please contact Misty Cable, adventure club director with any questions.

misty.cable@maryville-schools.org or 865-681-8210

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