Jamaica Monthly Newsletter
Words of Wisdom from Principal Black
You will teach them to fly,
But they will not fly your flight.
You will teach them to dream,
But they will not dream your dream.
You will teach them to live,
But they will not live your life.
Nevertheless, in every flight,
In every life,
In every dream,
The print of the way you taught
Will always remain.
As we move into February, the month of love, remember to love each other and yourself.
Jamaica Elementary School
PTSO Reminder Dates
February 2nd Spirit Day-grade level colors. (Students who don't wear the grade level color are expected to wear their standardized shirts)
February 3rd Daddy/Daughter Dance
February 14th Valentines Day
February 15th PTSO quarterly meeting
February 17th Spring Pictures (Optional)
February 20th President's Day (NO SCHOOL)
February 21st Governing Board meeting (District Office)
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.
Jamaica Official Calendar of Events
News from Nurse Kaitlyn Weber
Thank you to those who have donated clothing to the health office. I am still in need of small sized pants for boys and girls as well as medium and large school shirts so I can continue to take care of minor clothing incidents at the school. If your student comes home with different clothing, please wash and return them so they are available when needed next.
If your student has turned 11 years old and has not received their TDaP and Meningococcal immunizations yet, or is turning 11 years old soon, please schedule an appointment ASAP and inform the nurse by phone or email. I will continue to send out reminders as these immunizations are required by Arizona state law.
Sick Day Guidelines
Thank you to our amazing families for your diligence in monitoring your children for symptoms of illness and keeping them home when appropriate.
District policy states a child must stay home if he or she:
- Has a fever of 100.4 degrees or higher. Keep your child home until his or her fever has been gone for 24 hours without medication.
- Has been vomiting or has had diarrhea. Keep your child home 24 hours after the last vomiting or diarrhea episode.
- Has symptoms that keep him or her from participating in school, such as:
-Very tired or lack of appetite
-Cough that he or she cannot control
-Moderate to severe headache, body aches or earache
-Sore throat - a minor sore throat is ok for school, but a severe sore throat could be strep throat, even if there is no fever.
If you have any questions for the school nurse please call 928-854-7283 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Reduced-Price Meal Fee Subsidy
Households will need to re-apply next year as a new application is needed each year. A household can, at any time of year, submit a new application if there is a reduction in household income.
988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline Available
The Lake Havasu City Police Department would like to remind the community that the 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline is available for anyone who may be encountering emotional distress. This service is free and confidential to anyone in the United States 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
While everyone struggles in different ways, the Holiday season can add to the increase in an emotional crisis. The 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline can assist by providing resources of support and understanding, and assist anyone with thoughts of suicide, mental health or substance use crisis, or any other kind of emotional distress. In addition, the Lake Havasu City Police Department works closely with Community Health Associates’ Crisis Mobile Team for crisis management in our community.
If you or someone you know are experiencing an emotional crisis and would like additional information on any of the available resources for crisis management, visit the 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline website at https://988lifeline.org/ or by calling 988 from any telephone device.
Public Information Officer: Detective Chris Angus (928) 855-1171
Student Tardiness and Pick Up Times
Please ensure your students are promptly picked up at the release of school, and If you are running late please contact the front office immediately.
Short Sleeve Youth Shirts are $5
Long Sleeve Youth Shirts are $7
Lunch With Students
Safety and Security
At Jamaica, we take the safety of our students, staff, and guests seriously; therefore we are a closed campus.
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.
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.
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)
As the weather stays cool, we are seeing more and more hoodies. Please be sure that your student is wearing a standardized shirt underneath. Zip up hoodies are preferred instead of the pull-over type, but all jackets must be school appropriate.
**In addition, a few notes for the dress code. 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 should 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.