September News from JHE

September 2015

Upcoming Events

Thursday September 17, 2015 OPEN HOUSE-This year's open house has a slightly different format than years past. The evening is broken into two separate sessions with grade specific presentations followed by classroom visits.

Grade 3-6 6:00-6:15

Grade level presentations will take place in the following locations beginning at 6:00. Immediately following the grade level presentation, all parents are welcome to visit their child's classroom from 6:15-6:30pm.

  • Grade 3-Elementary Gymnasium
  • Grade 4-Library
  • Grade 5-Large Group Instruction Room
  • Grade 6-Middle School Gym

Grade K-2 6:45-7:00

Grade level presentations will take place in the following locations beginning at 6:45. Immediately following the grade level presentation, all parents are welcome to visit their child's classroom from 7:00-7:15pm.

  • Grade K-Library
  • Grade 1-Elementary gym
  • Grade 2-Large Group Instruction Room

Parents are encouraged to stop by the computer room where staff will be on-hand to help parents log into School Tool, STAR, Pearson Math, and Math Facts in a Flash.

Cafeteria, transportation and health Office personnel will be available in the cafeteria to answer questions regarding their departments.

Boy Scouts, PTSA, and School Banking Representatives will be available to answer questions and provide enrollment applications.

Academic intervention specialist will be available in Room 103 from 6:30-6:45 and 7:15-7:30 to answer questions and provide information on their programs.

Speech (Room 102) , occupational and physical therapists (Room 113) will also be available during the evening to meet and answer any questions you may have.

Art (Room 104), music (Room 105) and the PE staff ( Room 127) will be available throughout the evening to answer questions and visit with parents.

Refreshments will be provided by the PTSA.

Due to space limtations and the informational format of the evening we ask parents to refrain from bringing their children to open house.

We look forward to seeing you!


  • 9/17 6th grade band begins
  • 9/23 SCAT testing for any student in grade 3-6 who requested to participate
  • 9/28 Elementary School pictures
  • 9/30 School Banking begins- all bankers should report to the library in the morning from 7:50-8:15 to make deposits
Open House Map- click here for a map of JHE

Yellow highlight indicates location of grade level presentations.

Bucket Fillers

JHE will reinforce the concept of being a "bucket filler." Each classroom will receive a bucket and as students take initiative to fill someone's bucket with a kind thought or nice deed, they will receive a token to fill their class bucket. As the classroom buckets fill they will be able to contribute to a school-wide bucket in our foyer at the "bucket filling station." Once the school-wide bucket fills, we will have a school wide celebration. This effort will be ongoing throughout the year. Please view the link for more information on the program. Thanks to the PTSA, every classroom teacher received and read the book How Full is Your Bucket, by Tom Rath the first week of school. We hope this initiative will encourage a positive school climate and have a powerful impact on the lives of our students and staff.
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The Bucket Filler Song video
How Full Is Your Bucket? For Kids

PLTW Launch

We are once again very excited to offer Project Lead the Way (PLTW) Launch and PLTW to K-6 students. Through PLTW Launch, kindergarten through fifth graders become problem solvers. Students use structured approaches, like the engineering design process, and employ critical thinking to real world problems. They apply STEM knowledge, skills, and habits of mind and learn it is okay to take risks and make mistakes. Students learn and discover together and education becomes far more engaging. Students in grade six continue PLTW by exploring and learning that there is more than one way to reach a solution. PLTW in grade 6 provides a engineering and biomedical science curriculum for students that challenges and inspires. Students get rigorous and relevant experiences through activity, project, and problem-based learning. They use industry-leading technology to solve problems while gaining skills in communication, collaboration, critical-thinking, and creativity. Jeanine Flinton is the lead teacher for PLTW Launch (K-5) and Eric Fana is the lead teacher for PLTW with sixth graders.

What is PLTW? An Overview

Grade Level Updates

Grade K: Students have acclimated well to JHE and are proudly navigating arrival and dismissal with confidence. Sadly, our playground was closed for two days due to bees. We are pleased to report the playground is now bee free and the children will once again enjoy spending time with their new friends on our playground.

Grade 1: First graders have shown a lot of enthusiasm and quickly settled into their routines. They are busy becoming readers and enjoying stories. Sight word knowledge is very important in first grade and mastery of these words will allow for greater fluency as the year progresses.

Grade 2: We are so happy to welcome our new students to the second grade hallway! In our classrooms, students are becoming acclimated to classroom routines, homework, and becoming responsible learners. Throughout the day we are getting to know each other better through community building activities. Students are especially enjoying the continued work in the Core Knowledge Language Arts reading program, better known as CKLA. Our grade level sent home (during the first week of school) a parent homework calendar. This calendar allows parents to know current and upcoming homework assignments for the entire month. 2nd graders also have special visitors in our classroom right now. These special visitors are in chrysalis form and will migrate to warmer temperatures as soon as they go through the complete metamorphosis cycle. Yes, they are Monarch butterflies! We look forward to meeting you during our Meet the Teacher Night,on September 17th, from 6:45 - 7:15. All second grade families will meet in the LGI (Large Group Instruction) in the second grade hallway.

Grade 3: Students in grade 3 are enjoying their new location in the far wing of the school. A paper mache globe project will be sent home for families to begin with a return due date of October 5th. Students will complete the globes in art class while learning about continents and the globe while in their classrooms. Globes will be proudly displayed in the classrooms once completed. Please work on math facts at home as this will serve as a great foundation for the higher levels mathematics skills needed throughout the year.

Grade 4: Fourth grade reports it was a great week! Students spent a large amount of time organizing and learning the 4th grade routines. Being organized and managing their time becomes very important as students are expected to move from class to class and be prepared and on time. All fourth graders took a beginning of the year assessment to help us identify each student's strengths and weaknesses and plan the most efficient instruction.

Grade 5: Fifth graders have shown a lot of enthusiasm and are eager to have a great year. The students have been busy learning the expectations of each of their teachers and the curriculum requirements. They will soon be invited to attend band and or chorus and must learn to manage their time.

Grade 6: Sixth graders have embraced their new role as leaders within the school. They have successfully learned how to log-on to their individual Chromebooks which will serve as the hub of their ELA instruction. We are still working on a few glitches with our new software but should have it running smoothly very soon. We will explain this in more detail at open house. Sixth graders have also been studying Family and Consumer Science (previously home and careers) as well as Spanish.

School Banking $$$$$$$

We are partnering with First New Federal Credit Union to allow our students the

opportunity to learn how saving money can be fun and educational. We want

as many children as possible to learn about the importance of saving.

Saving each week with their friends in school builds the excitement around

saving and why it is important. For every 25 students and/or any friend or

family member who open a membership/account, JHE will receive $250; $500 for 50

memberships/accounts; or $1,000 for 75 new memberships/accounts. Last year FNFCU awarded JHE $1000.00 and we used it toward our television station and enrichment activities. Let's do it again! If families decide to open an account at the branch or mail, it will be very important to indicate they are from JHE Galway on their applications. This will run through October 31st. Please consider participating. This is not about the amount of money but the actual act of saving that makes such a difference and results in rewards. A school banking representative will be available at open house to answer any questions and provide applications or you may click the green box below for more information. School Banking begins September 30, 2015.

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Personal Property-Cell Phones/Electronic Devices

The goal of JHE is to provide students with a positive and enriching

learning experience. Toys, games, trading cards, electronic devices and other play-related items must be left at home. While we recognize the need some families have for students to carry cell phones, the phones must remain off and put away throughout the day. Personal electronic devices may not be used in school. Many of these devices allow texting, take pictures or have some form of messaging and we would be unable to properly monitor student safety while on these devices. Children who choose to use their phones or other personal electronic devices during the school day will be required to leave their phones in the office where parents may retrieve them. Students who violate this rule may be subject to disciplinary action. We appreciate your support in providing everyone a safe, secure environment while at school.

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All students will be provided with a “Nicky” folder. These folders serve as

the primary communication folder between home and school, along with the

agendas. Please help your child keep track of this folder and set up a

place and time for them to share or leave it each night so you may check the

contents and return any items that need to be sent back to school. The front

of the folder is an ideal place to put items you need the teacher to see ASAP. Due to the expense of these folders, families will be responsible for paying the $8.00 replacement cost should the folder become lost.

Help JHE earn rewards!

Ink Cartridges: Please consider donating your empty ink cartridges to JHE. We recycle these cartridges and in return JHE receives a donation. All empty cartridges should be sent to the elementary office.
Price Chopper Advantage Cards

Our school code is 15770.

Box Tops for Education

Box Top collection box is located in the hall by the computer lab.