Jakes Journal

August 2018

Welcome Back

Welcome to a new school year at John C. Myers Elementary School! We kicked off the 1st day of school yesterday with lots of smiles and happy faces (see pictures at the bottom of this newsletter). We plan our first School Spirit Day for this Friday, August 24 so please have your child wear his/her new JCM Clarence t-shirt if possible!

Online registration forms launched Tuesday night, August 22nd. ALL students must have online forms completed in addition to the handbook form that was signed on Fee Day. An email containing a unique link for each child was sent to the first email address listed on the parent notification form. While registration forms can be completed on any device with internet access, if you would prefer to use a computer and do not have access, the school computer lab will be open for parents on Monday, August 27th from 4pm-8pm. An administrator will be at the school that night to assist. Please have all forms completed by the end of the week or make plans to come to school Monday evening before 8pm.

We are looking forward to another great year at John C. Myers Elementary School. We are always just a phone call away if you have a need or concern this school year!

Rebecca Roadcap, Principal, rroadcap@rockingham.k12.va.us
Erin Branner, Assistant Principal, erbranner@rockingham.k12.va.us

Jakes in the News

TV 3 visited JCMES yesterday! Check out this awesome story!

Home/School Communication

Parents are invited to use the Google calendar link below to stay updated on events happening at JCM. This calendar is kept up-to-date regularly.

You can receive information about JCM by following us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter (see links below). Also this year, we will be utilizing school-wide parent email for more communication. A weekly email will be sent from our PTA with upcoming PTA events. The school will also send a daily email with events and announcements. Text messages will be used for important, more brief communication. The "Smore" will be distributed periodically to highlight specific events but not necessarily on a month-to-month basis.

Teachers will continue to use multiple means of communication including any of the following: Classroom Dojo, Seesaw, and newsletters.

If at any time you have concerns regarding communication with the school, please call an administrator to discuss.

Important Attendance Information

This year we are pleased to announce an easier method of communicating student absences. RCPS policy requires written communication if a student is absent from school. Often parents call the school office but then must also send a note which can be difficult to remember to do. If a student is absent, please communicate with the school by emailing jcmesnotes@rockingham.k12.va.us The email will go directly to the school attendance clerk. Parents are encouraged to include the classroom teacher in the email as well.

WatchDOGS Update

WatchDOGS (Dads of Great Students) is kicking off on September 11th at 7pm with an informational meeting in the library. WatchDOGS volunteers spend a day at the school assisting in classrooms, visiting with students and helping to build positive relationships. All dads, grandfathers, uncles, and other interested volunteers are encouraged to attend. No RSVP is necessary.

Volunteers new to the WatchDOG program should email Erin Branner, assistant principal, if they are unable to attend to set up another time to review guidelines for the program.

Volunteers Needed

New tables have been purchased for classrooms! There are 30 tables that we are in the process of putting together. Each table takes approximately one hour to assemble. If you are handy, and would be willing to stop by the school to assemble a table, please do! The school is open for volunteers until 4pm each day as well as next Monday night, August 27th until 8pm. We will continue to work on putting tables together, as volunteers are available, for the next week or two.
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Rockingham County Public Schools School Calendar


It is the policy of the Rockingham County School Board to comply with all applicable state and federal laws regarding non-discrimination in employment and educational programs and services. It is an equal opportunity employer and educational agency.

The Rockingham County School Board will not discriminate in hiring, promotion, discharge, pay, fringe benefits, job training, classification, referral, and other aspects of employment or in educational programs and services on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex (including pregnancy), gender, marital or economic status, age, disability, genetics, or veteran status and prohibits retaliation against anyone who files a complaint of discrimination, participates in such a proceeding, or otherwise opposes discrimination.

First Day of School Pictures