JTE Parent Newsletter
February 17, 2024
Dear Tyson Tiger School Families,
We have had another great week of learning. We had such a fun time at our Valentine’s Day parties. Thank you to our PTA and our families for providing treats for our students, and thank you to all of our families who were able to come and participate in the parties. We love our JTE school family. Feb. 19th will be a regular school day since we have missed five days of school. The last day of school for students is May 29th.
We will have a parent and community informational meeting on February 20th from 5:30-6:30 on Internet Safety and other safety topics. We will have guest speakers (both an English session and a Spanish session) and provide dinner and daycare. If you have not registered for this informational meeting and would like to, you can contact our school office for more information.
JTE has implemented a new Positive Behavior Interventions and Support System this year. We have created positively stated expectations/rules across the school to make our school safe, positive, and predictable. At John Tyson Elementary School, our student expectations are "Take care of yourself," "Take care of others," and "Take care of this place." To teach these expectations, we use a matrix that has specific examples for how to follow the expectations around the school. These examples were taught through classroom lessons in the fall and continue to be reviewed throughout the year. You can see the matrix below. In order to continue encouraging and reinforcing these positive behaviors, Tigers have been earning orange Tiger Tickets when they exhibit these behaviors. Beginning in February, we will be opening our Tiger Ticket Store where students can exchange the tickets they have earned for fun prizes and experiences.
All students in kindergarten through fifth grade will need to be in school by 7:45. Students may be dropped off in the car rider line from 7:15-7:44. All students are tardy if not in school by 7:45 am. Students who are tardy need to be checked in by an adult using our online form (QR forms are available on the back of the car rider tag or on the front door). All students will need to unload in the car rider line from the passenger’s side of the car (no exceptions). This ensures that we do not have students walking in the area where cars drive. Please have your child ready to go with backpack on and ready to get out of the car quickly when you stop. Adults may not get out of the car during drop-off. Parents can not park and walk their child to the crosswalk or to the front doors. PreK students will be dropped off in the back parking lot from 7:35-7:45 with PreK teacher assistance. After 7:45, PreK parents will need to park in the front parking lot and bring their child to the front entrance.
Dismissal of students begins at 3:10. Please do not line up in the car rider line before 2:00 pm on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday and no earlier than 12:50 on Wednesday due to cars blocking our emergency lane. Please do not block the parking lot entrance immediately to the left when turning into our school drive from Chapman Avenue. Please do not park and come to the front doors to pick up your child. Please stay in the car rider line. If you do not have your car tag hanging from your mirror, you will need to park, go to the front door, and show your ID. Please make sure to have your car rider tag each day so it keeps our car rider line moving efficiently and safely. Families may be asked to turn right only out of our car rider line onto Cambridge during heavy traffic times. Car riders need to be picked up by 3:30 on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday and by 2:10 on Wednesdays. You can make arrangements with our ASP program for child care if needed.
There’s no place like JTE!
Thank you for your partnership,
Shelly R. Poage, Principal, and Ashley Kirby, Assistant Principal
Important Dates & Information
Feb. 19…Students will come to school this day to make up for a snow day
Feb. 20th…Parent Informational Meeting: Internet Safety and Other Safety Topics 5:30-6:30
Feb. 26-March 1…Read Across America week
Feb. 28-March 6…Book Fair in the Library
March 4-7…Student-led conferences with teachers at school
March 4…Kindergarten registration begins for the 2024-2025 school year (www.sdale.org/enroll)
March 5…ATLAS Writing Assessment for students in Grades 3-5
March 14th…2nd Grade Music Performance 2:00 pm for the school and 6:00 pm for families
March 15…Food Day #6; end of 3rd quarter; Battle of the Books Springdale District Elementary Competition 9:00-1:00 at the Springdale Public Library; Tiger Ticket Shopping Day
March 18-22…Spring Break; no school
March 25…school resumes; begin 4th quarter
March 26…Lifetouch Spring and Class Picture Day Picture Day Schedule
March 29…Food Day #7
April 8…Solar Eclipse 12:33-3:10 (Springdale will not see a total eclipse, but it will be 98%; glasses will be provided for students and staff); 5:00 School Board Meeting
April 16…PTA Skate Night (more info soon)
April 19…Tiger Ticket Shopping Day
May 16…Senior Walk 1:30-2:30
May 17…Food Day #8
May 29…Food Day #9; end of 4th quarter; last day of school unless days are added due to missed school days due to inclement weather; Tiger Ticket Shopping Day
Annual Report to Public & Family Engagement Meetings
New Arrival/Dismissal Procedures!
Attention Bus Riders!
Will your child be riding a bus to school? Springdale Public Schools has implemented a new bus routing system and parent portal to better communicate with our families and to further improve student safety. The link to the portal was shared with you by our transportation department. If your child will be riding the bus this year, please go into the portal and register your child.
More information can be found in the newsletter from our transportation department linked below.
Registration Gateway-Update Your Child's Information
February Character Words
Honesty- truthful words and ways
Integrity- confirmed virtue and uprightness of character
Lunch menus are digital this school year. Please click on the following link:
JTE Character Matrix
We are very excited about our Tyson Character matrix. We have created positively stated expectations/rules across the school to make our school safe, positive, and predictable. At John Tyson Elementary School, our student expectations are "Take care of yourself," "Take care of others," and "Take care of this place." To teach these expectations, we use a matrix that has specific examples for how to follow the expectations around the school. These examples will be taught through classroom lessons in the fall and reviewed throughout the year. You can help by reviewing these with your Tiger(s) at home.