Jaguar News

Volume 1, Issue 12 - November 3, 2017

Dear Families,

As I visit with parents I continue to hear concerns about technology use and screen time. While digital devices at school are helpful tools, at home they can isolate kids and affect the family dynamics. Please, don't be afraid to set rules and limitations for kids at home. Each family needs to find the formula that works for them. But don't just limit media use; make sure you find activities to replace it and be creative about it!

Thanksgiving Break

For your planning, Thanksgiving break is November 22nd to November 24th. No school those days!

PTSA Krispy Kreme Fundraiser Volunteers

We still need some parent volunteers available for the fundraiser pick up day. If you are interested in assisting with this during the morning of November 11th, please see the attached sign up.

We appreciate all of your support for our Jaguar Community!

From The Nurse

Thank you to the parents who helped with the flu shot clinic! Your presence and time played a big role in the success of the clinic and was greatly appreciated!!

Aside from the flu shot, handwashing (better than hand sanitizers) is the next best way to prevent getting the flu and other illnesses. Frequent hand washing washes away germs that are picked up from other people, contaminated surfaces, and animals.

  • Germs enter our bodies when we touch our eyes, nose, and mouth with contaminated hands
  • Wash hands before eating, after using the restroom, when hands are dirty, after touching animals, and after sneezing or coughing into hands
  • Proper handwashing is: wet hands with warm water; apply soap; rub hands vigorously over all surfaces for 20 seconds; rinse hands well; dry hands with a paper towel and turn off water with towel

An ounce of prevention keeps the germs away!

Tardies by Numbers

I want to take the time this week to share with you some alarming numbers. In the charts below you can see that since September 4th (when we started recording tardies), 271 Gentry students have been late to class 649 times. Although as a building we are putting systems in place to increase punctuality, we need your partnership to reduce tardiness to school. In two months, students have been late to school 333 times.

One of the most important aspects of school is that is organized, scheduled, and predictable. Students depend on the structure of the day to be successful. When students are repeatedly tardy, these routines are disrupted and can have an impact on a child's feelings about school and their ability to be academically successful.

Attendance is one of the ways children show they can meet their obligations. In many cases, a child's attendance depends on their parents' ability to help them be on time. As parents, we ask you to help your children with organizational techniques that will help them get out of the house faster, such as packing their bags and laying out their clothes the night before school. But parents who drive their children must also remember to be punctual and responsible. After all, we, as adults, are our students' primary role model.

Thank you for partnering with us helping our students be on time!

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Parent Teacher Conferences - Reminder

Don't forget Parent Teacher Conferences are scheduled for November 7th and 9th from 3:30-7:00 pm each evening. If you have not already received conference information, you should contact your student's teachers!

It's Getting Colder!

We know that with the weather changing mornings and evenings are often cool - or even cold. Please remember to send your student dressed in layers!

Media Center Minute

The Gentry Book Fair is Coming! Our Scholastic book fair will be here November 6 – 9 in the cafetorium at Gentry. Students will have an opportunity to purchase books on November 7, 8 and 9th.
  • ​Purchase times: English classes will preview and purchase at the Book Fair during the day on November 7th or 8th. The Book Fair will be open for all lunch shifts on Thursday, November 9th.
  • The book fair will also be open during Parent Teacher Conferences for your shopping convenience on November 7th and 9th.

    This is a great time to pick up Holiday gifts. We will also have a supply of books for younger children if you need to pick up holiday gifts for them as well.

Games Club To Begin Monday, November 13th

Just in time for colder weather!... Our Games Club for 6th-8th grade students will begin on Monday, November 13th in Annex M. So, if your student would like to get together with other middle school ages kiddos for some friendly competition playing board games such as Monopoly, Scrabble, Sorry, Life, and Clue (to name a few) then encourage them to join! No paperwork is required to attend. Hope to see them there!

Dates to Remember

November 7-9 - Book Fair

November 8 - PTSA Meeting @ 6:00PM

November 7 & 9 - Parent Teacher Conferences

November 9 - Secondary Principals Visit

November 10 - No School

November 11 - Krispy Kreme Fundraiser Pick Up 8:30 to 11:00

November 14 - EEE Field trip to State Historical Society

November 16 - 8th Grade Rock Bridge High School visit

November 16 - 6th Grade Band Concert

November 17 - IPR's sent home

November 22 - 24 - Thanksgiving Break - No school

For practices and games check Gentry website!