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Panther News, 10/30/20

Jones Dairy Elementary School
Altonia Bransome, Principal
1100 Jones Dairy Road
Wake Forest, N.C. 27587

tel: (919) 562-6181
fax: (919) 670-4388

JDE Weekly Parent Update 10/30/20


Panther Parents,

We had an amazing week online and in person! Thank you for all of your support!  There are lots of updates below.  We look forward to seeing Cohort B students on Monday morning!

Updates for this Week:

  • JDE Spirit Week-- The week of November 2-6 is Bullying Prevention Spirit Week for our school!   Here's what we have planned:

    • Monday: Bullying Prevention Activity
    • Tuesday: Asynchronous Day
    • Wednesday: Unity Day-Everyone wears Orange to show that we are united to STOP Bullying!
    • Thursday: Say or do two kind gestures for someone 
    • Friday: Crazy sock day or Crazy Hair Day-Let's celebrate what makes you unique
      • Virtual Academy and remote students can show off their orange clothes, socks and crazy hair by taking pics and sharing them with Mrs. Johnson ( and showing them to their classmates and teachers online. Let's all get excited to show that we are bully free!
  • NEW! District Provided Transportation Reminders and Updates from Mr. Saeva:

    Bus Rider Registration 2020-21 School Year:

    The link below is only for students who have enrolled for the 2020-21 school year, have a school assignment that provides for neighborhood or express school bus transportation as noted on the student's official student assignment letter and wishes to use the service on a regular basis.

    New enrollees to WCPSS are required to fill out a Transportation Service Request form when applying to their base school. The school's Data Manager will enter the transportation request for new enrollees. If you need more information on enrolling a new student into the school system, visit Student Assignment by clicking on this link.

    Link to Bus Rider Registration 2020-21 School Year


    Here Comes the Bus:

WCPSS Transportation provides families of students who ride a yellow bus to school with a free bus tracking system called Here Comes the Bus.  

Here Comes the Bus translates GPS data into an easy to use customizable map that works on a computer, tablet or smartphone. The app allows you to see where the bus is and how close it is to your stop.  To register for Here Comes the Bus click on the link below.

Link to Here Comes the Bus


         Carpool Reminders:


We were so excited to welcome students back to campus this week!  To see them jump out of their cars for the first time in a long time was heartwarming.  Obviously, our morning routines have changed a bit due to the administration of Health Screenings to all students arriving on campus.  While we have been able to screen all the students quickly and efficiently in morning carpool before the 9:15am arrival bell we know that when we begin to welcome more students the process will take much longer.  To help make sure that all students arriving in carpool are properly screened and able to get to class on time we will need your help with the reminders below:  

  • Please make sure that each child is ready to be screened with their face covering on when the screener approaches the car.
  • Please make sure that your child has all their belongings ready prior to exiting the vehicle (Book Bag, Lunch Box, other instructional supplies).  We know there are a lot of items to carry back and forth but having them together and easily accessible will allow the screeners to assist if needed.  
  • Please make sure that your child can exit the car once they pass their screening.  If they struggle to unbuckle you may pull ahead and help them out of their car seat if needed so that we can continue to move other vehicles through the screening location.
  • Carpool/Walker Tags--If you submitted your information for a carpool tag, Mr. Rashleigh will have it ready for you to pick up on Monday morning.
    • If you need to request a carpool/walker tag, please complete this survey
    • If you have any questions about Carpool or Walker Numbers/Tags please email Mr. Rashleigh at 
  • NEW! Art Supplies for Specials--Beginning on Monday, Nov. 16,  please have your student bring in their art tools they had at home to use in ART class. They can keep them in their classroom desk or cubby in between classes.  (4th and 5th grade students will need to take their tools home during off school cohorts.)

    Please store supplies in a LABELED zip-lock bag (gallon is a good size) or a pencil box.  Please make sure all your student's items are labeled with their first name and teacher's name.

    Please include the items listed below:

    • Pencil(2) with or with our erasers
    • Box of crayons (24 colors preferred)
    • Box of regular colored markers (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, violet, brown, black) 
    • Scissors

    *If you want your child to use his/her own watercolor set, glue bottle, or colored pencils that you have already purchased that is okay to bring those as well. 

    *If your child already has these items for use in their regular classroom, they can use them in the art room too.

    I will gladly supply the items listed below:

    • Black Sharpie markers
    • Colored pencils & hand sharpeners
    • Glue bottles
    • Drawing paper
    • Colored construction paper
    • Tempera paints & brushes
    • Watercolors & watercolor brushes
    • Oil pastels
    • Colored chalk

    Thank you so much for making this JDE ART class a great one!!!

  • JDE Guidance for Plan B Parents--Please take a look at this presentation that was sent out on Tuesday, if you did not have the opportunity to view it on Tuesday. 
  • ​District Updates--Parents can stay up to date with district updates and back to school guidance by clicking on this link
  • ​​​​​​​​YMCA Before and After School Registration--Before and after school services will be available starting Monday, October 26. 

--This is the link for registration: 

--Should parents have questions, they can contact or call 919-845-3872.

  • Update from Mrs. DuPont regarding Library Books--
    • New library book pickup days for VA and Remote Learning students will be every Tuesday and Thursday for the remainder of first semester. An email will be sent out letting you know when they are ready for pickup.  Please reach out to Mrs. DuPont if you are not able to pick up within this timeframe.  (
    • New holds will need to be placed by 8 am on the scheduled day of pickup.  
    • Green bags - please return the green bags when you return the books as they will be reused.
    • Library books not picked up within three days will be returned to circulation so other students can have a chance to check them out.

             Thank you to all of our families who have already utilized our new Library Check Out Procedures.  

                   --JDE Media Center Policies and Procedures (Fall 2020) can be viewed here

                   --Placing books on hold--Please view this video for more information.

With pride,

Altonia Bransome, Principal


Reminders from the PTA

  • NEW! Spirit Wear--Be sure to get your JDE spirit wear! These items are on sale through November 9. They will make great birthday or holiday gifts!


  • No Fuss Fundraiser--Don’t forget to help us with our No Fuss Fundraiser! We are working to support JDE purchase items for both virtual and in person learning including: Raz Kids Reading Program, room dividers for social distancing, and technology grants for our teachers to purchase other virtual learning apps for the students. Every dollar counts! Donate today!  Link:    

  • Link Your Lowe's and VIC Cards--Parents it's now time to relink your Lowes Foods and Harris Teeter savings cards.  You can link your VIC card at  and go to to link your Lowes card.  
    • You can also send your Vic or Lowes savings card # or phone number used to set up your savings cards to  Sending these numbers will only link your cards to our school. It will not give out any information.  
    • Any questions please contact Theresa Pritt, VP of Fundraising, at the above email. 
  • October Newsletter--Please check out the JDE PTA Newsletter here.
  • Join the PTA--Please support the JDE PTA by becoming a member! The cost is $10 for an individual or $15 for a family (2 memberships). A portion goes towards national and state dues and a portion goes toward programs for students, teachers right here at JDE, and much more!
    • Every person who joins automatically becomes a member of both the North Carolina PTA and National PTA. JDE PTA members will receive special access to discounts at PTA events throughout the year.  Members are entitled to National PTA membership discounts. Thanks for all your support!
    • You may pay online at  Processing fees will apply.