No Place Like Jones

Parent Updates for the Week of September 27, 2021

Fall is Here!

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The first day of fall arrived on Wednesday, September 22! Welcome to the fall season!

Wow, what an excellent turnout we had for our ice cream social! I enjoyed seeing your smiling faces behind the masks, spending time and catching up with you, welcoming some of our new families, and seeing how much everyone enjoyed eating some yummy ice cream. What a treat! And, the weather was great.

I look forward to having more events that will allow our community to come together. Thank you to our PTO members for helping to organize the evening.

Progress reports went home this past week. Please check your child's home-to-school folder for their progress report. Fall conferences are right around the corner (October 7). Your child's teacher will be in touch with you about scheduling a time to meet and discuss their progress thus far in the school year.

Since the weather is changing, please send a sweatshirt or jacket to school with your child/ren. Also, when it's cooler outside, and the weather is not permitting, students will eat in their classroom or in the cafeteria, where they will be spread out, and we will increase the fresh air flow by opening doors. Please start talking to your student/s about the importance of staying in their assigned spot when they have to eat inside.

Thank you for encouraging your student/s to wear their masks while at school appropriately. As stated in last week's newsletter, we have safety protocols in place, but they hinge on some critical rules: staying six feet from others when not wearing a mask AND wearing the mask correctly and consistently during the school day. We consider this when we determine if a student is a close contact. If a student is considered a close contact, they must quarantine for 14 days. We want all our students at school, and we want everyone to be safe and healthy!

I encourage you to use our school's website, our Facebook page, the district's Back to School Updates Website and follow us on Twitter @Principal_IBJ as sources of information.

As a school leader and a parent, I understand the necessity of healthy communication between families and the school. I welcome your questions, celebrations, or concerns at any time. You can reach me by calling the school (828-350-6700) or via email (


Ruafika Cobb


Ira B. Jones Elementary School

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The Farmer's Almanac, that's who! Get the official word here, and find out if it's the same in both hemispheres.

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Upcoming Important Dates

September 1 - October 8: NC ENSI Math Testing Window (K - 5th students)

October 4: ACS Board Work Session (5:00 pm)

October 6: Early Dismissal Day for Students (12:00 pm, noon)

October 7: No school for students - Parent/Teacher Conferences (Teachers will reach out to schedule a time with you).

October 13: Student Picture Day!

October 22: End of First Quarter

October 25: Optional Workday for Teacher/No School for Students

Title I Home/School Compact & Parent Family Engagement Plan

By now, you should have received our Title I Home/School Compact and Family Engagement Plan.

The compact is an agreement between the school, students, and parents/caregivers that outlines how we work together to ensure all students are exposed to high-quality curriculum and instruction and receive the individual support they need to reach and exceed grade-level standards.

After you read it, please sign and return the Parent Signature Page to your child's teacher. We need 100% of the forms returned by Friday, October 1! Click below for a digital copy of the document.

IBJ Holiday B.A.Gs

Dear Ira B. Jones Elementary Parents/ Guardians:

It is time to plan for our annual B.A.Gs gift giving. We work with community groups and volunteers to supply students with items to have a great break, with many resources to keep them engaged over the holidays. Each child who receives a Holiday B.A.G will get books, art supplies, and games to add to their collection. Everything in the B.A.Gs will be age-appropriate and tailored to each student based on the information provided below.

We are making our list and checking it twice, so please complete and return the form by Monday, October 18, 2021. All information will be kept CONFIDENTIAL

We will send a copy of the letter home. You may also click below for the letter and the link to complete the form online.

If you have any questions, don't hesitate to get in touch with Abby Owolabi, School Social Worker ( ).

Parent Newsletter (Week of 9.20.21)

Ira B. Jones Elementary School

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Ruafika A. Cobb, Principal

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