JSE Tracks

Principal's Weekly News March 16th

JSE monthly attributes:

Characteristic of a Successful Learner (CSL): Self-Advocate

Bucket-Filling Trait: Acceptance

Keeping you informed of all the "tracks" we make at school and in our community!

It's a Marvelous Monday at JSE!

Happy the SUN is Still Shining! Students were full of spirit coming into the schoolhouse this morning and leaving this afternoon! Vitamin D is great for engaged learning! We continue at full strength, looking forward to Spring Break next week!

Thank you to Mrs. Benson of the Porter County Soil & Water Conservation District for presenting the "Sow, Grow, and Know" program to our 2nd graders. What a neat experience! A local farmer presented to the classes and students worked in small groups to create two seasoned terrariums.

Keep them Engaged and Learning during Spring Break!

Get a jump start on your AR goal for next quarter and earn your class points for the SumDog data wall! I have included several of the fun learning resource links below that your child is familiar with at JSE.

Don't Forget: Spring Pictures and Kindergarten Round-Up when we return!

Have a great week and a restful spring break with your family!

Leigh Barnes


UTSC Schools out for Summer 5K Run/Walk and 1K Kids Run

Please support our run/walk. The proceeds of this event will help John Simatovich and Union Center Elementary schools purchase new Physical Education equipment. Your support is appreciated and we hope you will all have a great run/walk! Like us on Facebook: Schools Out for Summer Run.

Questions please e-mail Mrs. Edwards, aedwards@union.k12.in.us

Date & Time : Saturday, May 30th 2015

8:00 am 5K run/walk 9:30 am 1K kids run

Where: Wheeler High School

587 West 300 North Valpo, In 46385

Entry fee: $25 for 5K run/walk $10 for 1K Kids run

Must register by May 1st in order to guarantee a T-shirt

***Packet pick-up will be Friday May 29th from 3:30-5:30 at WHS or day of event

Awards: Awards given to overall winners and top three age/gender category

All kids will get a medal for running 1K race and age/gender winners

To Enter: Send a check payable to: UCE

Attn: Allison Edwards 272 N 600 W Valpo, IN 46385

Severe Weather Awareness Week

It's Severe Weather Awareness Week here in Indiana and starting Thursday Morning, residents will hear the blast of weather sirens all over the state.

The National Weather Service, along with Indiana State Police, IDHS, Porter County EMA, and Indiana schools will be conducting a statewide test of communication systems at 9:15am CST Thursday Morning for school children practiced their drills at that time. JSE will discuss this drill in their classrooms, we recently practiced the drill.

You will also find a kids activity guide prepared by the Indiana Department of Homeland Security by visiting http://www.crh.noaa.gov/images/ind/IDHSKidsSWABooklet.pdf

At 6:35 p.m. CST Thursday Evening sirens will go off again statewide so families can practice their own drills at home. The hope: Hoosiers will take this opportunity to prepare their families for the severe weather season.

We ask that families talk about and plan what they would do in the event that severe weather happens so that when they hear the sirens, see the warning on TV or the radio, everyone in the home knows what to do.

Practice your plan in your home as if severe weather was happening. Pay attention to a watch and then move quickly for a warning. As soon as you hear the warning, move away from all windows and doors. Move underground to a basement or an interior room like a bathroom, closet, or under the stairwell.

Mark the Festival of the Arts, May 15th on your Calendar!

JSE is excited to announce a family night celebrating The Arts on May 15th from 6-8pm. Parents and Grandparents are invited to attend the evening of art, music, and creative writing. Mr. Dickey, Mrs. Alonzo, Mrs. Bellovary, and the JSE teachers have planned a night to showcase the talents of our JSE students in all areas of our schoolhouse! A flier will come home soon in Thursday Folders.

PTO News

Fun Fair date scheduled: April 10th

Important Dates/Information:

  • April 3rd, May 22nd- snow make-up days, school in session.
  • April 2nd Kindergarten Round-Up 6pm
  • April 2nd Report Cards Go Home
  • April 7th Spring Pictures
  • April 10th Fun Fair
  • April 30th Progress Report #4
  • May 15 Festival of the Arts from 6-8pm.
  • May 30th UTSC Run/Walk
  • Fridays are JSE spirit Days! Wear your orange and green.
  • REMINDER: If your child is absent or you have a change in dismissal transportation please call and inform the office by 10am.

You are always welcome at JSE!

Please let us know how we can strengthen our partnership with you!

Leigh Barnes, Principal

Barb Rittel, Secretary

Chris Fields, Home School Advisor

Kathy Maniszko, School Nurse