Jeremiah Gray Kindergarten Academy

Home of the Little Giants - September 6, 2019

Principal's Message

JGKA Families,

I would like to take an opportunity to talk to you about attendance. As you have already seen, Kindergarten is no longer about playing, learning colors, and shapes. We know that our kids are developmentally ready to retain so much more, so we teach them very important academic and social skills. If a child isn't at school, they are missing out on very important information. The impact of poor attendance can be seen long after they've left our Kindergarten Academy.

Did you know:

  • That missing 10% of school days, or just 2 days each month, can put children at risk of academic failure?

  • Students who missed fewer than 2 days in September continued to average fewer than 2 days absent each month.

  • Absenteeism and its ill effects start early. One in 10 Kindergarten and first grade students are chronically absent.

  • By 6th grade, chronic absence becomes a leading indicator that a student will drop out of high school.

  • Attendance improves when schools engage students and parents in positive ways and when schools provide mentors for chronically absent students.

  • Students are more likely to go to school if they know someone cares whether they show up.

Your child's attendance matters. We have students that have already missed a large number of days. We also have students that show up consistently tardy to school. Now that you have some facts about the impact of attendance, I ask you to be more mindful of getting your child to school each day, on time. If it's been a struggle, please know that it is not too late to change those habits. If there's anything we can do to help support you or your child, please reach out to me. We are here to help!

Our district has a goal of 96% attendance. At JGKA, we're pretty competitive and think we can beat that! Please help us by doing your part to get your child to school each day!


Mrs. Hansell

P.S. We understand that children get sick. Sometimes they HAVE to stay home, and being sick is an excused absence.

Stay Connected with ParentSquare

ParentSquare is the newest communication tool designed to keep families informed. By providing your email and phone number, you will receive the following information from teachers and principals:

  • Weather cancellation/delays
  • Emergency notifications
  • General announcements

With ParentSquare, you can receive notifications via the ParentSquare smartphone app, text message, email, phone or a combination of these.

Congratulations to our Little Giants of the Week!

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Little Giant Spirit Wear Online

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Are you interested in purchasing JGKA spirit wear? Check out our online store!
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Name: Lisa Geiger

Number of years: I’m starting my 21st year in kindergarten.

Family Info: I’ve been married to my husband for 38 years. We have 2 children and 5 grandchildren.

Favorite Hobbies: Reading

Interesting fact: I have 2 Great Pyrenees dogs and 2 cats.


Name: Patti Pinkston

Number of years: 12 years with Franklin Township, 15 years with Perry Township including the years Perry partnered with Learning Well and St. Francis.

Family Info: My husband and I have two married daughters who each have two beautiful children.

Favorite Hobbies: Reading, running, walking.

Interesting fact: We saw a giant sea turtle come ashore to nest and lay eggs this summer in Florida!

Achievement Wall

At JGKA we have a special wall in our building that honors our students and their academic achievements. Students that work hard and meet their goals will get to sign their name on our achievement wall.

One way they can sign the wall is to read at a level C text. We will begin working on that each day in class. You can help at home by reading with your child each night.

Another way to sign the wall is to master all of our 100 sight words. We will learn these in class, but you can also practice at home, too. The words are listed below for anyone that wants to get started.

Our wall is empty now, so we can't wait to fill it with our students' names!

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Child Nutrition

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PTEF Family Fit Fest (Featuring the Coach Hathaway 10k, 5k & 1-Mile Run)

Saturday, September 28, 2019

9am-12pm (registration begins at 7:30 am)

Southport High School Cardinal Stadium, 971 E Banta Rd

Join us for the PTEF Family fit Fest, featuring the Coach Hathaway 10k, 5k & 1-Mile Run! This fun community event is open to people of all ages and ability levels. In addition to the run, enjoy a circuit of fitness activities led by district PE teachers, a health & community fair, and a ¼-mile Kiddie Romp with school mascots. New name, new look, expanded offerings for kids and families – same 10k, 5k, and 1-mile run you’ve come to know and love for the past eight years. Join us as we raise money for our mission to inspire learning, teaching, and community in Perry Township. Learn more and register:


Our students need you!

*We CDL Train*

Contact our Transportation Dept

317-789-6225 or apply online at

Important - Student Accident Insurance

Student Accident Insurance is available to any parent/guardian of a student in Perry Township. Please contact your school's front office for information on cost, coverage and how to sign up or you can visit our website at under the parent section.

Visitor Policy

As part of our increased security measures, we will ask for a government-issued photo ID card (for example: driver’s license, green card) for adults visiting our students. Please be prepared to provide this each time you visit school.

Volunteer Policy

SCOPE: Volunteers who in the course of performing their service and have access to vulnerable populations, specifically minor children less than 18 years of age. This policy will cover all volunteers who volunteer on a regular basis with “ongoing contact” with students.

Such volunteers consist of:

  • Volunteers who are with children on a regular basis
  • Tutoring/Mentoring
  • Coaches
  • Extracurricular sponsors
  • Volunteers who chaperone overnight trips/ or are attending field trips and have sole responsibility over a group of students or any student other than their own child.

PURPOSE: To establish a pre-screening program and an ongoing evaluation process to protect the students we are attempting to serve.

POLICY: It is the policy of Perry Township Schools to promote an environment in which the students we serve do so in safety and without fear in an atmosphere of trust and respect. Perry Township Schools, therefore, requires an expanded criminal history of volunteers who will have as part of their duties access to minors under the age of 18. Volunteers must wait until after their background screening process is complete to begin their volunteer assignment. However, the volunteer must contact Perry Township Schools if there are any personal arrests or filing of criminal charges while serving as a volunteer. A volunteer MUST complete the background check through Raptor each year. Volunteers will be interviewed by Administrators, teachers and/or Human Resources when deemed appropriate.

There is a $5.00 charge for the volunteer background check. The background checks usually take 5-7 days to be completed. Background checks will be maintained in Human Resources Office. The school will maintain a list of all current volunteers.

What''s going on in the Community

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Southport Public Library

Family Game Day at Southport Library is Saturday, September 7, 2019 12:00pm - 4:00pm. Families and children of all ages are invited to drop in any time to make new friends while playing board games or solving puzzles. Games and puzzles will be provided.

Mask Making for Kids at Southport Library is happening on Saturday, September 14, 2019 from 11:00am-12:00pm. In celebration of Lucha Libro at the Library, kids are invited to join La Sardina Gallery for a unique Lucha Libre experience. They’ll learn about Lucha Libre’s history and culture, read a story about a young Luchador, participate in a thumb wrestling match, and create their own Luchador mask.

Lego Day at Southport Library is Saturday, September 14, 2019 from 2:00pm-4:00pm. Families and children ages 2 and older are invited to drop in any time to learn to play and play to learn by using a variety of building items.

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