JSE Tracks

Principal's Weekly News, August 31, 2020

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

JSE Monthly Attributes:

Characteristic of a Successful Learner (CSL): Strive for Personal Best

Bucket-Filling Trait: Respect

It's a Marvelous Monday at JSE!

Greetings, JSE Families,

We are well in the learning groove and our schoolhouse is so very happy to have kids eager to see their teacher, excited to work hard, and overjoyed to chat with their friends. This is JSE!

A highlight of each day is your child's specials class. They enjoy either PE with Mr. Smith, Music with Mrs. Willis, Computers with Mrs. Reid, Art with Mr. Dickey, or our new special, Social-Emotional Learning( SEL) with Mrs. Black. We appreciate their dedication to our kids, their passion and expertise, and their team approach to support all areas of our schoolhouse. Below is a picture of Mrs. Black our SEL teacher, with a 1st grade class. This month SEL is focused on all things friendships. This special was developed out of our awareness for the importance of the social-emotional well being and development of each child to achieve their very best. We look forward to the positive impact the SEL special will have on our elementary students. Please visit the link for more information about Mrs. Black and our SEL special in the highlight below. For the coming weeks, I am excited to share more of our students learn in specials.

Save your Strack and Van Til receipts from September to March again, we have partnered with them to earn supplies for our school. You can send them in with your child at anytime.

Lastly, please review the important dates below, picture day is September 24th and order forms will be sent home tomorrow.

Thank you for your partnership!

Mrs. Barnes

What are the benefits of SEL?

Students participating in SEL programs have demonstrated improved classroom behavior, increased academic achievement and an increased ability to work through challenges and achieve goals typical of an elementary student. Equally, the SEL program reinforces a positive sense of self to help the students maintain and/or develop positive attitudes about themselves, others, and school.

Picture Day Information

Greetings, JSE Families,

Picture day is on September 24th at JSE! Please place your orders online this year! With the effort to go paperless by the photography company, we were only provided very few paper order forms. On Thursday in your child's white "Thursday Folder" you will find information, only K-2 students were provided a paper order form. Grades 3-5, if you need a paper order form please let us know and we will make you a copy of the form.

Attached is the online ordering information.

Virtual Students - Picture Day Information: If your child is a virtual learner, please bring them to the school between 8-9:00am on the 24th. If you can not make it to school on the 24th at that time, we will have another day and time for virtual students on our to be scheduled retake day. Virtual parents will find picture information in their child's virtual class pick-up folder in the JSE vestibule on Friday.

If you have any questions, please let me know!


Mrs. Barnes


Attention Families of Virtual Students: Join us for fall individual and class pictures!

Please join us for fall school pictures on September 24th. An order form will be in your child's teacher's pick-up bin this week or available online. We will communicate a schedule for you to bring your child into school for their picture as we get closer to the date.

As a reminder, the vestibule is open from 9:00 AM-6:00 PM. Parents, your child's teacher will communicate how they will use their pick-up bin and when you will need to come to school.

We have had several families change to in-person learning, if you choose to make this change or have any questions regarding this, please email Mrs. Barnes at lbarnes@union.k12.in.us

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If you are interested in joining a local Girls or Boys Cub Scout Pack, please click HERE for more information!

Important Dates:


7 Labor Day-No School

10 Progress Report

24 Fall Pictures


9 End of First Grading Period

12 Elementary Parent Teacher Conferences

15 Report Card Available in Harmony

29,30 Fall Break No School

Harmony Parent Portal LINK: https://sis.union.k12.in.us/familyaccess.nsf/hello.xsp

With our current situation, please be reminded all dates, events, and information is subject to change. We appreciate you working together with us by checking your email regularly and reaching out to us with questions and concerns. Our partnership will remain strong for our children and community!

You are always welcome at JSE!

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

Feel free to contact me anytime! Very Sincerely, Mrs. Barnes

Leigh Barnes, Principal ext 3001

Barb Rittel, Secretary ext 3000

Lisa Morton, Home School Advisor ext 3003

Kathy Maniszko, School Nurse ext 3002