The Voice

Jenkins Elementary

Jenkins faculty & staff,

We all have a purpose. We all have gifts and talents. We all have something to bring to the environment to make it a little better than it was before we arrived. The year of 2015 brought much laughter, some tears, several celebrations, disappointments, harmonious connections, and continuous anticipation of what will happen in the future.

It is all of these experiences and emotions that creates the "moment" in time that helps us to become a better person. I encourage you to continue to strive towards being a " positive deposit" into someone else's bucket so that as life continues, others can return "positive deposits" into your bucket.

As we return back to school for the 3rd quarter leading into 2016, remember to take care of yourself first so that you can continue to pour your love, passion and commitment to teaching and learning for the lives and future of our students.

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Reflection for the week......

Teams are only as strong as the weakest link. Unbreakable strength comes from within.” Stretch towards greatness in the things that you do and are responsible for, so that you can be the link that strengthens the TEAM.

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January 5, 2016-Teacher Planning Day Schedule

Ø 7:30 a.m. Breakfast (Waffle House on site) J

Ø 8:00 a.m. Faculty Meeting

Ø 8:45 a.m. Break

Ø 9:00 a.m. Vertical Rotations begin

Ø 11:00 a.m. – lunch on your own

Ø Noon-You have the afternoon to yourself to plan, collaborate, etc…..

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Early Learning and School Readiness

FREE text service for parents of 4 & 5 yr olds - provides literacy & math tips and resources - now available in English and Spanish.
Collaborative effort between Georgia Department of Education and Stanford University to create a free text service for parents of 4 & 5 yr olds that includes tips, facts and suggestions to promote early literacy and mathematics.
Text messages are sent every 2 to 3 days.
Please add to your webpage and newsletters as you deem appropriate:
Text "GAready4kESP" to 313131 to join! It's Free!

Teaching and Learning Pre-Conference and Conference

Please mark your calendars for the second annual GCPS Teaching and Learning Conference! This year, the conference will take place at the ISC on Thursday, June 16 and Friday, June 17 from 8 AM - 4 PM at the J. Alvin Wilbanks Instructional Support Center. Several departments will offer pre-conference sessions on Wednesday, June 15 at various locations throughout the district. More details will come in February.
What: Teaching and Learning Pre-Conference
When: June 15, 2016
Where: Various locations throughout the district. More to come in February.

What: Teaching and Learning Conference
When: June 16-17, 2016 8:00am - 4:00pm
Where: J. Alvin Wilbanks Support Center


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Technology is everywhere... And, if it’s on your student’s gift list you may be wondering where to start.

In Gwinnett County Public Schools, more and more instructional activities can be

enhanced when students bring their own personal devices (cell phones, tablets, laptops, etc.) to class. As you consider the value of this experience and the opportunity for your child to use a personal device at school, here are some things to know:

GCPS encourages students to take advantage of the school system’s BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) policy, but participation is not required.

Students should bring devices that they are comfortable using. With the variety of activities for which students might use a device in class, no single device is likely to do it all.

Some devices are better suited to various instructional activities than others. You may want to look at options and limitations based on what your child’s class is doing.

- A tablet is a good choice for elementary students and is great for online research, viewing videos, taking notes using apps, and even taking photos and making videos if it has a camera.

- A Chromebook could be a good option for upper elementary and middle school students. It is designed to be used with an Internet connection. Most of Chromebook’s documents and apps exist in the cloud. For instance, students can use Google drive to produce papers and presentations, access Google and Chrome web apps, and more. - And many middle and high school students appreciate a laptop as it allows them to access software they use to complete assignments, as well as the Internet and other applications.

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Looking for a laptop, Chromebook, or tablet for your student? Consider these features.

Features Laptop Chromebook Tablet

Recommended for... Any level, but preferred for Any level, but preferred for Best for elementary,

middle or high school upper elementary, middle, or high especially lower grades

Screen Size 9” or higher 9” or higher 7” or higher

Memory 4GB or higher 4GB or higher 16GB minimum (32GB optimal)

Battery Life 7 hours or better 7 hours or better 7 hours or better

*Wireless 802.11 A/B/G/N or AC 802.11 A/B/G/N or AC 802.11 A/B/G/N or AC

Operating System Windows 7 or higher Chrome OS 7077.x iOS 7 or higher

Mac OS - OS X 10.8 or higher Android 4.1 or higher

Safety and Security

Our front door visitor doorbell and visible monitoring system is in full effect. All doors are locked and entry into the building can occur with a key or with being buzzed in by a front desk monitor.

Please do not prop our doors open for any reason. This is a breach against our safety security process and can create an opportunity for an intruder to enter. Practice safe habits for yourself and everyone else daily.

Testing Reminders & Hallway Expectations

  • Remember to review the Testing Calendar that was provided to you via email by Elsie daily so that you are informed.

  • Quiet transitions in the hallways is mandatory not optional. We have several classrooms that are being interrupted from their learning in their classrooms and during testing times as a result of hallway disruptions. If your classroom is not ready to transition into the hallway, do enter the hallway.

Teaching and Learning

  • Develop your plan
  • Use your Data to drive your instruction.
  • Know your kids
  • Avoid excuses and do something different
  • You are the expert in your classroom
  • The students depend on you to guide them.
  • Remember to FOCUS on the “RIGHT WORK” so that you can get results.

RBES Midyear Updates

We will begin RBES conferences within the next two weeks. Your AP will connect with you to schedule a time for conference.

GCPS Teacher Observations/Evaluations

The A-Team will be on the floor conducting 5x5's, Brief #3 & #4 starting January 11th. Keep doing great things in your classrooms. Quality Plus Teaching Strategies with an emphasis on "Differentiation of Instruction"and "Integration of Technology" will be the primary focus during observation.


Tuesday’s – Chorus, Art Club,

Wednesday's - Witzzle Pro Club, J.L.A

Thursday's - Science and Yearbook Club, J.L.A.

Friday's - Peer Leaders, Technology and Running Club

Relay for Life

Join Jenkins Black Knight Relay for Life Team!

Team’s goal is $10,000!

  • Relay for Life at Gwinnett Fairgrounds on May 13th

All day WOW sessions are back!

WOW Schedule:


· Friday, Jan. 8- 1st grade WOW- afternoon specials for K-2

· Monday, Jan. 11- Kindergarten WOW- afternoon specials for 3-5

· Tuesday, Jan. 12- 5th grade WOW- afternoon specials for K-2

· Wednesday, Jan. 13- 4th grade WOW- afternoon specials for 3-5

· Thursday, Jan. 14- 3rd grade WOW- afternoon specials for K-2

· Friday, Jan. 15- 2nd grade WOW- afternoon specials for 3-5

General Info for WOW

· Time: 9:00 a.m. to 11:25 a.m. on designated grade level days.

· (Some lunch adjustments.) SEE BELOW

· * Students will pay $5.00 to participate in the rotations.

· * Non-paying students will view a G-rated winter-themed cartoon in the art, music, math, or science room.

· *Non-paying students will return to the gym at 11:00 for the awards ceremony.

· *Substitutes will travel through the rotations with their classes and assist as necessary.

· * Regular specials will resume at 12:20 each afternoon on an alternating AB schedule.

· Afternoon Specials Schedule:

Jan. 8, 12, 14 12:20-1:05 Kindergarten

1:10-1:55 1st grade

2:00- 2:45 2nd grade

Jan. 11, 13, 15 12:20-1:05 3rd grade

1:10-1:55 4th grade

2:00-2:45 5th grade

Rotations: (20 minutes each)

· 1-Snow Slide

· 2-Face painting

· 3-Snacks & Restroom

· 4-Dance Party

· 5-Clean Up Your Backyard

· 6-Scooter Races


· Lunch Schedule Changes for WOW

· Friday January 8th---1st grade lunch time----11:25 - 11:55

· Friday, January 8th---3rd grade lunch time---10:45 - 11:15


· Monday, January 11th---3rd grade lunch time----10:55 - 11:25

· Monday January 11th---Kindergarten lunch time---11:25 - 11:55

WOW monies collected in the front lobby starting at 8:15 a.m. daily.

Jenkins Black Knight Kudos Corner