Jamaica Crocs Newsletter

October 2023

Welcome October, blessing of change. Fall leaves in background.

PTSO Updates

Follow our PTSO social media pages for important updates! Facebook is "Jamaica Elementary PTSO" and Instagram is "jamaicacrocsptso".

PTSO Reminder Dates

09/29- Mother/Son Dance

10/2- Day of Awesomeness (Step it up Fundraiser)

10/5- Quarter 1 Awards Assembly

10/6- No School

10/9- 10/13- Fall Break- No School

10/18- Picture Retake

10/26- Pumpkin Patch

Positive behavioral interventions

Jamaica Elementary School is a PBIS school. Positive behavioral interventions and supports (PBIS) is a schoolwide systems approach aimed at establishing positive student culture and individualized behavior supports necessary to create a safe and effective learning environment for all students.

PBIS is what we use to help students understand the rules, expectations, and consequences. We focus on positive behaviors and “catching” students doing the right thing. Some of the ways we recognize students include: Positive Principal Praise referrals, class compliment points, and quarterly PBIS Croc assemblies.

When students make a poor choice, they are provided warnings, redirections, opportunities to reflect on the behavior, and a chance to fix it before going to the next step. If a student is unable to correct the behavior after all these interventions, they could earn a referral.

At the end of each quarter, we celebrate all the positive behaviors with our Croc assembly for any student who has not earned a referral for that quarter. Students who earned a referral will not be eligible to attend the assembly and will be in an alternate location.

Thank you for partnering with us to help your child succeed an all areas.

Nurse Weber

Handwashing prevents the spread of germs and helps keep our kids healthy!

Follow Five Steps to Wash Your Hands the Right Way

Washing your hands is easy, and it’s one of the most effective ways to prevent the spread of germs. Clean hands can help stop germs from spreading from one person to another and in our communities—including your home, workplace, schools, and childcare facilities.

Follow these five steps every time.

  1. Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold), turn off the tap, and apply soap.
  2. Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap. Lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails.
  3. Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. Need a timer? Hum the “Happy Birthday” song from beginning to end twice.
  4. Rinse your hands well under clean, running water.
  5. Dry your hands using a clean towel or an air dryer.

Kaitlyn Weber, BSN, RN



Wash Your Hands. 1 Wet, 2 Get soap, 3 Scrub, 4 Rinse, 5 Dry.

Dress Code

As the weather is still warm, students are wearing shorts more often. Please be sure that your student is following the dress code. Per the district handbook, Shorts and skirts must be fingertip length. This means long enough so that when standing straight, hands at sides, the hem is at the edge of the fingertips. All bottoms must be free from rips, holes, or tears above the knees. Students are responsible for checking in the mirror before coming to school.

*Dress code will be enforced, and students will be required to change if they do not follow dress code. There will be NO exceptions.

Breakfast Reminder

Breakfast starts at 7:30 am, and students need to be finished eating by 7:55 am. Please remind your child that if they are having breakfast at school, they need to be coming in as soon as they arrive. Students that get to the office at 7:55 am with plans to have breakfast will not have enough time to eat.

Student Tardiness and Pick Up Times

Friendly reminder that the first bell is at 7:55 A.M. daily and students must be in class by 8:00A.M to not be considered tardy. If your student is tardy, an adult MUST come in and sign them in. Please do not drop them off and have them come in alone. Safety is our top priority.

Please ensure your students are promptly picked up at the release of school.

If you are running late, please contact the front office immediately.

Each Monday we will randomly pick 2 lucky winners of an In-N-Out gift card based on perfect attendance from the week before. Will it be you?

Lunch Prices

This year, there has been an increase in meal prices due to USDA regulations.

Breakfast is now $1.60 at all LHUSD schools. Lunch is $2.85 at all elementary schools.

Households will need to re-apply for this school year, as a new application is needed each year. To apply for free or reduced-price meals please visit the new website LinqConnect.com.

A household can submit an application at any time of the year, if there is a reduction in household income.

School Shirts


Stop by the front office to get your school shirts. Please bring cash or credit card for payment. Don’t forget there is a Web Store found at: https://az-lakehavasu.intouchreceipting.com/

Short Sleeve Youth Shirts are $6.50

Long Sleeve Youth Shirts are $8.00

Long Sleeve Adult Shirts are $9.00

Lunch With Students

We welcome you to come to have lunch with your student. We even have a special table just for you to eat with them. Per district policy, you may only bring food for your student.

School Visitors

All visitors during school hours must sign in at the front office and also be issued a visitors pass. Please ensure that you sign out upon your departure.

Birthday Marque Message

PTSO is still offering the Birthday Marquee Fundraiser. $10 will get your child’s name on the marquee for their birthday week. We can also do ½ birthdays as well! Forms are in the office.

Safety and Security

At Jamaica, we take the safety of our students, staff, and guests seriously; therefore we are a closed campus.

  1. It is critical for safety that all guests, including parents and guardians, check in at the front office and sign in for a visitor’s badge. We ask that you do not go into the classrooms without an appointment.

  2. The gates are staying locked in the mornings until 7:45 am. This is for the safety and security of our students in the mornings. Students should wait near the building and away from the drive-through lane. Parents, please drop off and pick up outside the gates.

  3. In the parking lot, please use the crosswalk and do not walk in front of traffic. Thank you to our many parents who follow this rule to help model for our students. (This includes Jamaica. Please do not cross where there is no crosswalk)

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