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Week 14 (Nov. 30-Dec. 4)

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This Week's Headlines

  • Monday, Nov. 30, is a normal school day (A Day)
  • SAVE THE DATE: JA Spirit Week is Dec. 7-11
  • SAVE THE DATE: 2nd Annual "Kindy Awards" are Thursday, Nov. 17
  • Help us create the "Why JA?" video for EdFest
  • Korean Interest Club (with Mrs. Lee) starts This Wednesday, Dec. 2
  • New virtual programming for the D.C. Public Library
  • Anti-Racist Sessions for Families This Week
  • Virtual EdFest is Saturday, Dec. 12, and the MySchoolDC HS Application opens on Monday, Dec. 14
  • Catholic Charities School-Based Mental Health (SBMH) Newsletter
  • Quarter 1 report cards are now available on ASPEN

More information on these items below!

This Week's Birthdays

  • Nov. 30: Aniyah Drake (8th)
  • Dec. 2: Layla McKnight (6th)
  • Dec. 3: Jiovoni Gray (7th)
  • Dec. 4: Vincent Johnson (7th)

SAVE THE DATES: Events this Month

  • JA Virtual Spirit Week is scheduled for Dec. 7-11. More information will be shared this week!
  • The second annual "Kindy Awards" (highlighting the kindest members of the JA community) will be Thursday, Dec. 17!

"Why JA?" Video - Student & Family Submissions Needed!

The 2020 Virtual EdFest is just weeks away and we want to inform new families of how awesome JA is and why they should choose JA for SY21-22.

We are making a group video titled “Why I Chose JA” and we need your help. Please record a 30-second video of the reasons why you chose JA (or continue to choose JA).

This video will be on display in our virtual booth for EdFest. Videos should be uploaded by Monday, November 30. Here’s the link to record your video: https://app.vidhug.com/why-i-choose-ja/SyHWkfjYD/record

Korean Interest Club Starts Wednesday!

Our newest club starts this Wednesday, Dec. 2! To sign up, email Mrs. Lee at christina.lee2@k12.dc.gov or tag her on the school-wide Teams page!

More club information can be found in the Clubs section of the email.

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New Virtual Programming from the D.C. Public Library

High School Application Info

In case you missed the Jefferson HS Fair, here is the Nearpod presentation.

Open House information can be found on the MySchoolDC web site. They are on the schools’ individual profiles, and on the calendar page.

Important HS Application Dates:

  • Dec. 12 (11am-2pm): DC EdFest (Virtual)
  • Dec. 14: MySchoolDC Application Opens
  • Feb. 1: MySchoolDC Application Closes
  • April 2: Application Results Sent to Families
  • May 3: Enrollment Deadline

Application Help with Ms. Garner

  • Dec. 15, 4-6 pm
  • Dec. 16, 4-6 pm
  • Jan. 5, 6-8 pm
  • Jan. 26, 5-7 pm
  • Jan. 27, 5-7 pm
  • We will send out a link to sign up in December

Additional information and resources about the HS application process are attached at the bottom of this email.

Upcoming HS Open Houses

Upcoming Anti-Racist Sessions for Families

Q1 Report Cards Available on ASPEN

Quarter 1 report cards are now available on ASPEN. See the image below to help locate the file on your ASPEN dashboard. Report cards were also mailed - along with IEP progress reports and Honor Roll certificates - prior to the Thanksgiving break.
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Catholic Charities School-Based Mental Health (SBMH) Newsletter

Jefferson Staff Featured in "School Library Journal Magazine"

School Library Journal Magazine has featured four Jefferson Academy teachers for their November web and print issue. "Remote Possibilities: Ed Tech Tips to Keep Students Engaged," highlighted how school librarians collaborated with classroom teachers to create dynamic lessons. The reporter included two examples of collaboration:

  • Ms Burnett's Social Justice Class - an ice breaker activity using the GeoGuessr geography game.
  • Ms Pierre's Health Class - collaborating with Pierre and Clinical Social Worker, Mrs. Tribue in teaching Cyberbullying/Social Media Cornerstones Lessons for National Bullying Prevention Month. Common Sense Education, Nearpod, MS Teams and WordItOut.com were the technology tools that were used to bring this lesson to life.

Web story: https://www.slj.com/?detailStory=get-the-most-out-of-zoom-nearpod-biblionasium-and-other-ed-tech-while-teaching-remotely-librarians

You can also download the full digital issue here: https://store.emags.com/schoollibraryjournal_free

PTO Membership Drive Update

Thank you to everyone who joined the PTO. Student “Skip A Class” Passes will be sent to advisory teachers in the next few weeks. If you haven’t joined, there’s still time to become a member and earn your pass!
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DCPS Guide for Accessing Mental Health Supports

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Navigating Canvas - Help for Parents

Parents can add their email address to their student's Canvas page. This will allow you to request email notifications when your student misses assignments, an assignment is graded, and more! Learn about this and more in the video and images below from the wonderful Ms. Lee!
Canvas Parent Info

Checking Grades in ASPEN and Canvas

Check out the helpful video below!
Aspen and Canvas

Wellness Wednesday Support Sessions for Parents

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eBook Platforms

Please reach out to Ms. Boyd (kimberlyceleste.boyd@k12.dc.gov) with any questions!

"Wake Up, JA" is Monday at 8:30 am!

Club Information

Our club programming has started! Please see below for our current club offerings and how to sign up. All clubs will take place on Microsoft Teams. For more information on club programming, please contact Mr. Moody at deangelo.moody@k12.dc.gov!

6th Grade All-Stars

Teens Run DC

  • Meets every Tuesday and Thursday from 8:30-8:55 am from 3-4 pm
  • To sign up, text "TRDC" to 202-848-1169.

We The Girls

  • Starts Thursday, Oct. 22
  • Meets every other Thursday at 3:30 pm
  • To sign up, click here.

Debate Club

  • Meets every Monday from 3:15-5:00 pm and every Wednesday from 4-5 pm
  • For more information, contact Ms. Bennett at amber.burnett@k12.dc.gov

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Walk It Out Wednesdays


How Do I Support My Student? A Resource for Families!

Check out this awesome resource for families created by Mrs. Lee!

"Work it Out Wednesday" Expectations

All students are expected to be engaged in academic work on Wednesdays. Please see the checklist below!
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Visit the JA Resource Hub on Canvas

Our fabulous Library Media Specialist Ms. Boyd has created the "JA Resource Hub" on Canvas. Check out the site to find a plethora of resources for Jefferson students and families, including:

  • Jefferson Library information
  • District Mental Health Resources
  • Technology Support
  • Digital Citizenship Lessons
  • Links to other resources

DCPS Technical Assistance Hotline

Jefferson is running low on student laptops, so we will no longer be able to exchange student laptops when issues arise. If your student is experiencing issues with their laptop, please utilize the DCPS hotline below:

Call the hotline at 202-442-5885 to get help with student logins/passwords or other technical issues with accessing learning platforms (i.e., Canvas, Teams) or DCPS-issued device support. Technical assistance is available 24/7 because we know learning at home looks different for every family.