We are excited to welcome our 4th and 5th grade Cohort A students on Monday. All of our K-3 Plan B students will also be returning full time. It has been several weeks since we have had a "full house" on campus. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to us.
Enjoy the cooler weather this weekend!
Updates for this Week:
New! Happy Native American Heritage Month!
Native American Heritage Month recognizes the significant contributions the first Americans made to the establishment and growth of the United States. We at Jones Dairy Elementary are very grateful for the contributions they have made to our nation and the world. We appreciate our families and all that you have done for the Jones Dairy Elementary school community.
In September 2020, the Wake County Board of Education passed a resolution stating our schools shall provide instructional resources on American Indian heritage and cultures and the eight North Carolina tribes during the month of November, on Indigenous Peoples’ Day, and periodically throughout the year. Families can expect their students to engage in activities in the days to come.
New! Upcoming Asynchronous Days--Wednesday, November 18 and November 23 and 24 will all be asynchronous days. Assignments on those days will be posted. Students will not come to school, and there will not be any live meetings.
New! The Virtual Academy Window Opens on December 2--FAQs
The survey for elementary families to opt into virtual academy for the spring or to opt out of virtual academy for the second semester will be open from December 2 - 9. Here are some things to consider:
If I am currently in Plan B, can I opt in to virtual for the spring? Yes.
If I am currently in virtual academy, can I choose to move to Plan B? Yes.
If I sign up for virtual academy for the spring but then I decide I want to change my child to face-to-face instruction, can I do that? No, due to the complexity of scheduling and staffing, if you opt in to virtual for the spring, you will need to commit to the virtual academy for the entire second semester.
Will my child keep their current teacher? Unfortunately, there is no way to determine the answer to that question until after the survey window has closed. We will do our best to keep students with their current teacher, but everything depends on student numbers. We will need to shift our staff so that we can meet the needs of students in the virtual and in-person settings. For example, if your child is currently in a virtual academy teacher's classroom, but many families in that grade level opt out of virtual academy for the spring, we may have to pull that virtual teacher to teach face-to-face instruction for the remainder of the year. Your child would continue with virtual learning, however, they would be working with a different teacher.
How many students will be in my child's class? Please know that when children return to face-to-face without cohorts, class sizes may be up to 23 for K-3 (NC DPI approved) and more than that for grades 4-5. The district has also stated in a recent communication that families that there may not be 6 feet of social distancing for in-person instruction when all students return. We will make all attempts to maintain the social distancing as much as possible, but due to class sizes and the square footage of classrooms, this may not always be possible.
When will I know the district plans for second semester? The board will vote on a plan for second semester on November 17.
Interims for the Second Quarter--Teachers will send home or email progress reports to parents on Thursday, November 19. Please expect an email for remote and Virtual Academy students by 5 pm. Thanks!
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 thislink.
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.
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.
Art Supplies for Specials--Beginning on Monday, November 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 these items: Box of 24 crayons, box of 8 markers, 2 pencils
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:
Thank you so much for making this JDE ART class a great one!!!
Black Sharpie markers
Colored pencils & hand sharpeners
Colored construction paper
Tempera paints & brushes
Watercolors & watercolor brushes
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.
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. (email@example.com)
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.
Altonia Bransome, Principal
JDE PTA Reminders
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: https://jonesdairy.memberhub.store/
You can also send your Vic or Lowes savings card # or phone number used to set up your savings cards to firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
New! November 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!