The Village Voice
September 29, 2023
By Bobbi Hoffner, Principal
Fall is officially here! It is hard to believe that the first quarter of the school year is coming to a close. Fall is an exciting time for learning at the Village. Your child is growing so much and their brain is soaking up everything it possibly can.
The move to Kindergarten also means more responsibility for your child and greater independence from parents and caregivers. We want to encourage that as much as possible. As parents, you can do your part to by teaching your child valuable self-care skills. Allow them to dress themselves. Practice working on buttons, zippers and snaps both on their clothes and coats. Give your child the opportunity to practice opening containers, wrappers, bottles and juice boxes. One of the best ways to learn is by doing. It teaches children to keep trying, engages critical thinking, problem solving and helps children practice patience. Preschool and kindergarten present your child with many new challenges!
Thank you for your continued support. We could not do what we do without your help!
October 3 - 7 : Fall Break
October 12 - Family Fun Hoedown
October 14 - End of the First Grading Period
November 6 - No School - Family Conference Day
November 7 - No School - Election Day
Classroom Learning Systems (CLS)
At the Village, all of our classrooms, both Preschool and Kindergarten, implement Classroom Learning Systems or CLS. Each classroom creates a mission statement, has their own Core Values, discuss the roles and responsibilities of the teacher, students, and even parents too! We also have a long term learning goal. These goals will help our students be ready for their next grade level.
Ask your student about their goals and class mission statement!
Family Resource Center News
Debbie Cumbie and Lori Barkley
Village Dads Program Starting in October
The Village Dads Program is designed to bring more positive male role models into the Jessamine Early Learning Village. A Village Dad can be a father, grandfather, or a non-related adult such as a community leader, youth pastor, business owner, etc. Village Dads will sign up to come and work with teachers, assistants and kindergarten students while they are in the Gym and the Library for Specials.
*All men in this program complete a Child Abuse and Neglect background check, a criminal background check and a training about scheduling and expectations.
*Call Debbie Cumbie in the Family Resource Center at 859-887-0567 for more information.
Holiday Assistance Program
The Village is pleased to offer the JELV Holiday Assistance Program again this year. This program was created to be an addition to a child’s/children’s Christmas based on financial need. You will receive a letter about this program in your child’s folder after Fall Break. If you need Christmas assistance, the letter will give detailed information about how you can sign up.
FRC Advisory Council Meetings
The FRC Advisory Council meets several times during the school year and is open to the public. If you would like to attend a meeting please call the FRC at 859-887-0567 to verify the time and day. Meetings are at 3pm in the FRC on the following dates: October 18, 2023 November 15, 2023, January 17, 2024, February 21, 2024 March 20, 2024 April 17, 2024 and May 15, 2024.
HEALTHPOINT FAMILY CARE SCHOOL BASED CLINIC
The month of October is National Bullying Prevention month. At JELV we are talking in classrooms about being kind to others. Your child's School Counselor is visiting each classroom and reading the book Llama Llama and the Bully Goat. Your student is learning what they can do to help each other when they have problems with their friends. We encourage you to review the topics below with your student at home and have a conversation about what bullying is and what it isn't.
Bullying is mean or hurtful behavior that keeps happening over and over and the person it's happening to hasn't been able to make it stop. We all have problems with our friends sometimes but that does not mean our friend is a bully. We can solve small problems on our own by asking our friends to Please Stop and tell them we do not like what they are doing in an assertive voice. If our friend does not stop being hurtful we can report it to a caring adult.
Talk with your student about ways they can be kind to others at school and at home. As always, our goal at the Village is to make our school a safe and respectful place where everyone can learn . If you ever have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact us by phone or email. You can also submit a referral on the link below.
Speech Tip of the Month
One area of development that SLP’s provide services for is Speech Sound Production / Articulation. Articulation refers to the production of individual speech sounds ( a child's ability to correctly produce sounds in words)
There are four types of Speech Errors:
1. Omissions – a sound is left out of a word (un for sun or ca for cat)
2. Substitutions- desired sound is replaced with another sound (dock for sock)
3. Additions – extra sounds are added to words (balue for blue)
4. Distortions – desired sound is produced in an unusual way
Our teachers are great at recognizing when a child may need a speech screening. Preschool and Kindergarten aged student’s speech is very developmental in nature and varies greatly from child to child. Contact your child's teacher if you notice any of the following:
● When you do not understand at least 50% of child’s message
● When child is displaying omission of syllables in multi-syllabic words
● Frequent omission of consonants at the beginning or ending of words
Jennifer Fint, Laura Nolan, Devon Gordon, Amanda Howard, Erin Brown
OT Tip of the Month
Julie Wells, MS, OTR/L
COMPUTERS, TV and EYES....OH MY!!
Focusing on the computer or television screen (Nintendo; PlayStation) for extended periods of time may lead to eye discomfort, fatigue, blurred vision, eye focusing problems, eye irritation and headaches. Prevent these problems by encouraging your child to take a 10-minute break, at least every 30-minutes. Check the brightness of the screen and the level of light in the room. Light levels that are too high can contribute to excessive glare. Check for glare on the screen from windows or other light sources. The computer can be turned to prevent glare from hitting the screen. A glare screen may be a helpful solution.
Parent Resources for Attendance and DPP Info
Here is a link to contact information and important links for attendance questions:
Parent & Doctor Notes explained: Parent/Doctor Note link
Home Hospital Process explained: Home Hospital link
AACF explained:AACF link
Educational Enhancement Form (EHO form) explained: EHO link
Student Driver district policies explained: Student Driver link
Power of Attorney: POA link
High Attendance Day in September
Congrats to the following classrooms that had perfect attendance on High Attendance Day. AM Preschool: Bonzo and Helton. PM Preschool: Bonzo, Brackett, David, Helton, Caswell, Morris and Oliver. Kindergarten: Boutcher, Bugg, Egan, Fryman, Isbell, Lindle
and Mires. Pictures below are several of these classrooms enjoying a popsicle party for having perfect attendance.
As you may have heard, all schools are part of a new initiative called Graduate Profile this year. The Graduate Profile is a set of 5 attributes that were developed over several years from various stakeholders in Jessamine County. These attributes are characteristics that we know will be valuable for our students even after they graduate from Jessamine County. These attributes include:
Each of our attributes match one of our 5 STEPS. In the month of September students will learn about it as a whole. Starting in October we will focus on one attribute at a time. We are excited to recognize our students when they display these attributes here at school!