Jennings School

Principal's Bulletin

January 29, 2016

Remember To Dress Warmly!

In the interest of their overall health, it is important for children to be outside as much as possible. During winter months, out students will go out on the playground except in the extreme cold when temperatures "feel like" 20 degrees or below, or in snowy/icy conditions. Therefore, we ask that students wear appropriate clothing to school for the winter conditions that may exist (i.e. hats, gloves, scarves and/or boots). We would appreciate your support in this effort!

Give A Kid A Smile Day!

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Upcoming Events

  • February 4, 2016 - Preschool Registration; 9:00am - 10:30am @ Edison School

  • February 9, 2016 - "Friday Schedule"

  • February 12, 2016 - No School For Students

  • February 15, 2016 - No School - President's Day

  • February 18, 2016 - Kindergarten Registration; 1:00pm - 2:30pm @ Jennings School

Construction Has Begun At Jennings

Though the scope and magnitude of the construction here at Jennings is no where near as large as what is occurring at other schools in Haddon Township, construction at Jennings has begun and it will have some impact on our students’ lives. Over the next several months, Jennings will be getting an elevator that will provide access from the lower floor to the top floor within the building. Because of its location, parts of our playground will be unusable while the elevator it being constructed. Though we do not expect the entire area to be off-limits during lunchtime, we will need to be flexible in terms of our play area until the project is complete.

Likewise, until further notice, we ask that our Kindergarten students be picked up by their parents and guardians outside of the All-Purpose Room door (where they are dropped off in the morning), rather than at the Kindergarten door.

Finally, we cannot stress enough how important safety is to us here at Jennings. The ongoing construction heightens everyone's awareness and increases our already robust efforts to keep everyone here safe. With that in mind, we ask that when you visit Jennings School, please be mindful of the ongoing work and that you keep an especially close eye on our younger guests. Also, please keep in mind that when school is not in session, the area under construction can still be hazardous, as the construction workers will be working a "second shift". We ask that you please continue to respect and avoid the construction zones even when school is not in session.

As always, we appreciate your continued support and will do our best to answer any questions you may have regarding this process.

CHARACTER COUNTS! Everywhere, All The Time....

Each fall our character education program is reintroduced to each elementary school student. Since 2003, CHARACTER COUNTS! has been used by the Haddon Township School District as a means of enhancing our students’ abilities to make appropriate choices, both in and out of school. Based on the CHARACTER COUNTS Coalition model, we offer our students, teachers, parents, and administrators a common language that can be used when discussing good character. This common language is centered on the coalition’s framework, which we believe is the essence of good character, and is based on the “Six Pillars of Character”

  • TRUSTWORTHINESS — integrity, honesty, promise-keeping, loyalty
  • RESPECT — courtesy, autonomy, dignity, diversity, Golden Rule
  • RESPONSIBILITY — duty, accountability, pursuit of excellence
  • FAIRNESS — openness, consistency, impartiality
  • CARING — kindness, compassion, empathy
  • CITIZENSHIP — lawfulness, common good, environment

Though we will have a monthly focus, CHARACTER COUNTS! is not an “add-on” program for our schools that diverts attention from our academic curriculum. It is not another “thing” on the proverbial plates of the students’ and teachers’ already full days. Rather, character education is the plate itself, on which all other school activities can be started. CHARACTER COUNTS! presents itself in “teachable moments” throughout each school day and is constantly defined, modeled, and promoted throughout the year. So, as the school year gets underway, please have those conversations with your children regarding the Six Pillars of Character and how they pertain to their lives in and out of school.

For the month of February, we will be focusing on the pillar of Trustworthiness.

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Jennings Breakfast Program

Did you know that Jennings offers breakfast to our students?!?

Everyday, our students have the opportunity to eat breakfast, as an extension of the Nurti-Serve lunch program. Supervised by Mrs. Bowers, student may arrive as early as 8:05AM and start their day with a healthy meal. We hope that our students will give it a try.

Four-Legged Visitors

Some of our families are walking their dogs to and from school with their children. This presents a problem for those among us, children and adults alike, who are either allergic to or afraid of dogs, even the friendliest ones. School policy does not allow for dogs to be on school property. Therefore, please refrain from walking your dog on school grounds during hours when children are walking to and from school or during school hours when school is in session or when our students are in our after school care program.

We thank you for your consideration of the safety and welfare of our students, parents and staff in this regard.

Parking Reminder

Just a reminder.... Please respect local police department ordinances with regard to stopping and parking around our school. Parents/guardians may not stop and wait, or park on Cedar Avenue or Kraft Avenue along the yellow curb. The same holds true for neighboring streets along yellow curbs and in any areas where “no parking” is posted. Parents stopping and parking in these areas are creating a dangerous situation for students and may be ticketed by officers of the Haddon Township Police Department who are monitoring this situation on a regular basis during any of the four pick-up and drop-off times occurring throughout the day.

Additionally, please be respectful and considerate of our residential neighbors and take care not to block their driveways or pedestrian crosswalks even if only for a few minutes. People not adhering to the local traffic laws create a real danger for the students traveling to and from school.

Kindly find a safe spot to park when traveling to Jennings whether it be to transport children or to take care of other duties in our building. There is usually ample parking space on Cedar Avenue and on Kraft Avenue as well. Please keep in mind that we are all responsible for the safety of our students.

Jennings School Website

We use our Jennings School website ( as a form of communication and information sharing with you. Digital versions of the Parent and Student Handbook, the Acceptable Use Policy, Curriculum guides, calendars, the Jennings School Wednesday Information Folder and the like can all be found here. We encourage you to visit our website often to see what is happening at Jennings. If, however, you do not have access to the Internet, please feel free to contact the office and request copies of all that is posted.