February 9, 2024
Hello JES Family,
We kicked off the day today with our Dad's Club Dragons & Donuts event. It was great to see our cafeteria and auditorium packed with our families to hear Coach McCoart, our Lady Dragon Basketball Coach, and half of her team talk about "What does it look like to go the extra degree?" I loved the example she used about boiling water - all the magic happens when you move the temperature up only one degree from 211 to 212 degrees! Also, one of our students asked one of the players, Milania Jordan, about the amount of time she practices in addition to the team practice time, and Milania stated "The hard work you put in in the dark makes you shine in the light!" What great words of wisdom for our kids to hear! Congratulations ladies on a great season (28-5 overall, 12-0 in district) and best wishes to the team as we look towards a long playoff run!
In case you didn't already hear, I am so excited to share that our PTO is funding over 5,600 square feet of turf for our playground! This will help with erosion control and allow our students more opportunities to be outside when we have wet weather! All of this is possible thanks to your donations and participation in PTO events like our online auction, JES Olympics, and the November adult event.
I hope you have a wonderful weekend! Please don't hesitate to reach out if you have any concerns or celebrations you would like to share with me and...GO DRAGONS!!!!!
Patrick Holladay, Principal
Jack D. Johnson Elementary
Something to think about! We definitely want our students on campus and in their classrooms every school day. But...if your student is sick, especially if they have a fever, help us prevent the spread of sickness by keeping them home.
Attendance by the Numbers...
Mon Feb 5 - 93.46%
Tue Feb 6 - 93.30%
Wed Feb 7 - 94.22%
Thu Feb 8 - 94.06%
Fri Feb 9 - 92.69%
Weekly Average - 93.55% (+0.78% from last week)
Inspire Excellence Teacher Nominations
Do you know a Dragon Teacher who inspires excellence in you or your student! If so, you can recognize that teacher by nominating her/him for the CISD February #InspireExcellence Awards, sponsored by Great Plains Bank. Community members and CISD staff are invited to nominate, and this month's nomination form will be open through Monday, February 12th. The awardees will be announced and celebrated at the February 26th Regular Board Meeting.
Inspire Excellence Employee Nominations
Do you know a Dragon Employee, other than a teacher, who exemplifies high standards of excellence and inspires those they work with each day? This nomination includes all counselors, librarians, nurses, secretaries, aide paraprofessionals, employees in special programs, employees in transportation, maintenance, operations or administration. Recognize an outstanding Dragon employee that models excellence for all employees in CISD! Nominations for February are NOW OPEN through February 13th, and the awardee will be announced during the February 26th Regular Board Meeting.
Valentine's Day Parties will take place this Wednesday, February 14th according to the times listed below. Parents are welcome and encouraged to use this link to RSVP so that we can have your visitor badge printed and waiting for you!
Kinder 8:00 parade, followed by party
1st 9:15 - 10:00
2nd 8:55 - 9:40
3rd 11:30 - 12:15
4th 10:50 - 11:35
Please join us in celebrating Kindness Week February 12-16. We are challenging all of our students to spread kindness throughout the week, and our 4th grade Kindness Ambassadors have come up with some easy ways for all our students to foster kindness in our classrooms and help keep JES the kindest place around!
Parent Valentines Date Night Out
The Carroll Senior High School Student Council is sponsoring a Parents Date Night Out event on Wednesday, February 14th from 6:00-8:00 pm for all CISD PK-5th grade families. This unique evening allows CISD students in Pre-Kindergarten through Fifth grade a night of fun and creativity, while their parents enjoy a well-deserved Valentine's Date Night out!
Kids Heart Challenge Update!
A heartfelt thanks to our students who have learned Hands-Only CPR during our Kids Heart Challenge, earned characters delivering heart-healthy messages, and are spreading awareness through texts, emails, and social media!
If you haven't already, please consider signing up to join the JES Kids Heart Challenge team on the American Heart Association Schools app for iPhone or Android, or registering online using this link. Any student who raises $200 in donations will get to attend a COLOR BLAST PARTY with Coach Wilson, Coach Higginbotham, & Mr. Holladay. So far we have 41 students who have earned their ticket!
As of Wednesday afternoon, we have 312 students who have joined, 22 who have completed Finn's Mission, and have raised over $24,000.
Inspire Others! "Being someone who can save a life, that's a superpower if you ask me" - Damar Hamlin. See what Damar says about knowing CPR. Completing Finn’s Mission is the way inspire friends and family to get healthier, learn CPR, and to spot a stroke.
Reflex Math Fact Fluency Challenge Update!
February Core Essential
JES Multicultural Event - February 27
We are excited to host our 3rd Annual Multicultural Event, JES Airways Flight 76092: Around the World in 90 Minutes. Please join us on Tuesday, February 27th from 5:30-7:00 pm in the JES Cafeteria to experience many different cultures through food, games, crafts, art, music, clothing, jewelry, and more!
Everyone is welcome, but we would love to get an approximate headcount, so the table volunteers can plan accordingly. Please RSVP by Friday, February 16th.
If you would like to dress in attire that reflects your culture, you are welcome to do so! Otherwise, please feel free to come as a tourist. We hope to see you there!
We are looking for anyone interested in presenting a European Country!
PTO Playground Improvements!
Thanks to successful fundraising and the generosity of our families, we are able to install 5,600 square feet of turf on the playground as our next project. This will allow our kids to enjoy many more outdoor recess days as opposed to having to stay inside due to mud from rainy days. If weather permits, the kids will be enjoying the new turf on February 20th! Our two shade structures purchased after the Adult Auction and Social are also in the permitting phase with the city and will be installed this spring!
Get involved with the PTO during the 2024-2025 school year! We are beginning the process of filling all of our volunteer spots for next year and want you to be a part of it!
Around the Corner
14 - Valentine's Day Parties
15 - Spring Pictures (Individual & Class)
19 - Staff Professional Development. No school for students
23 - Kids Heart Challenge
27 - Multicultural Event
1 - Maintenance Worker Appreciation Day
6-10 - Diagnostician Appreciation Week
11-15 - Spring Break
21 - Down Syndrome Awareness Day: Wear crazy socks
26 - Epilepsy Awareness Day: Wear purple
29 - Bad Weather Makeup Day