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Panther Newsletter 10/4/19

Panther Families,

We had another great week here at JDE. Please review the announcements below.  Have a great weekend!

  • JDE Beautification Efforts--The staff and students of Jones Dairy Elementary School would like to thank the parents of the PTA for the beautification event on Saturday, September 28.  We appreciate all of your hard work and dedication to making our campus shine!  Thank you!

  • Report Cards--Report cards for tracks 1, 2, and 3 were distributed today.  Please contact your child's teacher if you have any questions or would like to set up a conference.

  • JDE Food Drive--Jones Dairy Elementary School is having a food drive from October 14-25 to support The Wake Relief Food Pantry which provides food for those in need.  There will be large boxes for each grade level outside the main hall for drop off.  Each grade will be collecting different items.  The top grade level in K-2 that collects the most items will get to bring in their favorite stuffed animal for a day, and the top grade level in 3-5 will get to dress up as their favorite sports player or character for a day.  Please review the flyer for more information: Wake Relief Food Drive 

  • PAWSitivity Fun Run--Tracks 1 and 2 had their kickoff yesterday. Students will participate in the Fun Run on Friday, October 18. Please consider donating today!

  • 5th Annual JDE Reading Fair--Thursday, November 7, 2019  - Don't forget to sign up for the Reading Fair.  This deadline to signup is THIS Sunday, 10/6.  Please click here to sign your child up to participate.  For more information contact Kelly DuPont (, our School Library Media Coordinator or visit   We can't wait to see everyone's project!!  We are also elated to announce that WCPSS Superintendent Cathy Moore will be one of our guest judges this year along with several other school and community members! 

  • Make up days for Tracks 1, 3, and 4-- These three tracks will make up the two days missed this week on Saturday, November 16 and Saturday, December 7.  Breakfast will be served on these two Saturdays.  Students will be able to purchase the meal the same way they normally do during the week if they choose to do so. 

Parent Teacher Association News

  • Please link your Harris Teeter and Lowe's Foods cards--Thank you to those who have returned the form to link your Lowe’s Foods and Harris Teeter savings cards to JDE. If you haven’t done so please return it ASAP or email Theresa, our VP of Fundraising, at with your card information and she will get your cards linked. *Please note that linking your cards do not affect your fuel rewards or give anyone access to your store account.*
  • Join the PTA--It is never too late to get involved!  If you would like to join the JDE PTA you may pay online at this site:

Volunteer Information

  • All continuing volunteers approved for the 2019-2020 school year MUST reactivate as a volunteer no later than 4:00 p.m. on October 31, 2019.  Reactivating volunteers may go to any WCPSS school or work site to renew. After October 31, 2019, individuals previously approved may not volunteer without a new criminal record check.

Bus Transportation Matters

  • Alternate bus stop requests can be submitted starting on Friday, July 19.  Please click on this link to submit a request:
  • If you have questions and would like to speak to the Transportation Department, they can be reached at 919-805-3030.  You may also contact them via their website at
  • Consider tracking your child’s bus by downloading the Here Comes the Bus Application. More information can be found on this site:

Carpool Procedures

  • The carpool procedures for this year can be read by clicking the link below. Please let our staff know if you have any questions.  

With pride,

Altonia Bransome, Principal




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October is Bullying Prevention Month

Dear JDE Parents,

The month of October is National Bullying Prevention Month.  Our school will promote and support Bullying Prevention on next week, October 7-11 and our theme is "JDE Stand Up and Speak Out!"
All students will sign a banner pledging to be bully-free that will be displayed in the hallway.

We are asking everyone to wear orange on next Wednesday, October 9, to support Unity Day.  Unity Day is a day that we wear orange to send one large orange message of hope and support to show that no child should ever experience bullying and we are together against bullying and united for kindness and acceptance.

Thank you for your support.

With pride,

Altonia Bransome