The Village Voice
August 18, 2023
Welcome Village Families,
We have had a great start to the year and are so excited to have our students back in the classrooms, filling the building with energy and enthusiasm for learning! At the Village we are committed to providing a child centered learning environment with high expectations for all. I am looking forward to partnering with all of you and having a great year.
It is truly a privilege to be part of a community where parents, teachers, and students that care for each other and strive to build positive relationships that support academic and social growth for our youngest learners. The Jessamine Early Learning Village staff welcomes you and I hope you will be involved throughout the school year.
We value our families and want you to be a part of our team. Thank you for all you have done to get us off to a great start.
I can’t wait to see what your child accomplishes this year!
By Bobbi Hoffner, Principal
Dates to Remember
23 - Preschool Phase In
24 - Preschool Phase In
31 - PTO Meeting 6:00 PM
4 - No School - Labor Day
7 - Picture Day
28 - Fall Family Hoedown 4:30 - 6:30
6th to 20th - Kona Boost Fundraiser
Car Lane Reminders
- Car Lane opens at 7:25AM, and closes at 7:55AM
- Please close all gaps in the car lane, staying as close as you safely can be from the car in front of you
- When dropping your child off, please remember:
- Families, please remain in the your vehicle
- Once your child has exited your vehicle, please stay with the flow of the cars in front of you.
- Please respect our traffic guards and their instructions
Preschool starts next Wednesday! Please be patient as we adjust our car lane and bus times, adding in these students.
Kindergarten Specials Info
Kindergarten students attend a special area class every day! They visit each specials class once every five school days. Your child’s teacher will communicate their specific schedule. You can follow on Facebook to see pictures and info about the fun things we are doing - https://www.facebook.com/jelvspecials
Music: In music class we sing, dance, play instruments, and foster a love for music. Students will also have an opportunity to perform in a concert in March!
Library: In library class we will listen to a story, play in centers, and check out a library book. Students will use their library book in their classroom during the week!
Art: We are having so much fun in art class! We learn about different ways to create and express ourselves through making all kinds of visual art.
Gym: In gym class we will get moving, learn about playing with others in general space, and explore different ways to move from place to place!
Science: Hi! We have an awesome time in science with hands-on activities, experiments, and play based learning. Our main themes are habitats, force and motion, and weather.
Family Resource Center News
Welcome to the Village! Lori and I serve as the FRC team and want you to know that we are here to connect your family with community resources you may find helpful. Please click on the google site link below to see these resources including food, housing, clothing, furniture, childcare and more. Please do not hesitate to give us a call at 859-887-0567 to find out more or if you have any additional needs or questions.
Debbie Cumbie and Lori Barkley
FRC Advisory Council Meetings
The FRC Advisory Council meets several times during the school year and is open to the public. If you would like to attend a meeting please call the FRC at 859-887-0567 to verify the time and day. Meetings are at 3pm in the FRC on the following dates: September 20, 2023, October 18, 2023 November 15, 2023, January 17, 2024, February 21, 2024 March 20, 2024 April 17, 2024 and May 15, 2024.
Attendance Counts! Win a free bike for your child!
September is our Attendance Counts Emphasis. Every Kindergarten and Preschool student whose family completes a flyer about the basics of the JELV Attendance Policy and returns it will be placed in a drawing for a chance to win a bike and helmet. Look for the flyer to come home the beginning of September.
Parent Resources for Attendance and DPP Info
Here is a link to contact information and important links for attendance questions:
The Counseling Office at Jessamine Early Learning Village welcomes you to the new school year! The focus of the Village’s counseling program is prevention. We seek to foster positive social and emotional development of all our Preschool and Kindergarten students.
Did you know?
The early elementary years are an extremely formative time for children. Students begin to develop their academic self-concept and their feelings of competence and confidence as learners. Our hope is that your children will build positive problem solving abilities, communication skills, life skills, character values, and attitudes toward themselves, friends, and family.
What is Second Step?
JELV supports social and emotional learning by providing regular social skills instruction to all Kindergarten and Preschool students through the Second Step Curriculum. Classroom teachers will teach a weekly lesson from Second Step. These lessons focus on skills for learning, empathy, emotion management, and problem solving. Teachers will also reinforce the skills taught throughout the day and week by using Second Step language, role play, games, puppet skits, and stories. Also, be on the lookout for a home link that will come in your child’s folder. This will give you tools and ideas to use at home to reinforce skills.
Be sure to follow this section in the Village Voice each month for informative tips that will help you reinforce the social skills your child is learning in the classroom! Please feel free to contact one of our School Counselors, Heather Kidd, Stephanie Taylor, or Kayla Raney, at 887-5358 if you are in need of services or additional information. We are thrilled to have your child at the Village this year!
We are excited to provide families with an easy way to make a referral to the counseling office. You can scan the included QR code with your phone camera for a confidential referral form if your child or family is in need of services. The referral form link can also be found on the JELV website or Here. Once the information is received a JELV counselor will contact you as soon as possible.
Fundraiser Coming Soon! September 6th - September 20th!
Class Dojo in Kindergarten
Please be mindful that students are learning school expectations so your child may earn red points during this adjustment period. Please do not be too alarmed as your child's teacher will contact you with persistent concerns. You are a critical component to your child's success at school and we appreciate when you reward your child's efforts at school.
Speech Tip of the Month
We wanted to take this opportunity to let you know about the speech/language program here at the Jessamine Early Learning Village. Caring for our students’ speech and language needs is our number one priority. The speech/ language pathologists collaborate with classroom teachers to provide a language-rich environment and models for correct speech sound production. Throughout the year, we will be conducting screenings for language, speech sound production, fluency, voice, and hearing.
If we have any concerns with a child's communication, we would contact families first before completing any screenings. These screenings help us ensure that we are meeting the needs of all our students. If you have any questions concerning your child's communication skills , please contact us at 887-5358.
Jennifer Fint, Laura Nolan, Devon Gordon, Amanda Howard, Erin Brown
OT Tip of the Month
Julie Wells, MS, OTR/L
Backpack Safety Awareness - National School Backpack Awareness Day is Wednesday, September 20, 2023, and occupational therapy practitioners across the United States are gearing up to help students “Pack It Light, Wear It Right!” With the start of a new school year, it is good to look at how our children are wearing their backpacks. Carrying too much weight in a backpack or wearing a pack incorrectly can cause long-term back problems unless parents
take steps to ensure that their children wear packs correctly.
• Choose a pack with a waist belt to be fastened for extra support and to help transfer the weight from the shoulders to the body’s trunk and hips.
• Always wear BOTH shoulder straps to distribute weight evenly.
• Never allow a child to carry a pack with more than 15% of his or her body weight.