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Panther News, 12/11/20

Weekly Parent Update 12/11/2020


Panther Parents,

There are just a few announcements below.  I hope you have a wonderful weekend!


  • New! VA Enrollment Confirmation Letters and Class Assignments--If your child is enrolled for Virtual Academy for the spring, you will receive an email from Mr. Saeva by the end of the day on Wednesday, December 16.  If you do not receive an email, please contact him at

    • We are waiting on additional guidance, and will share any changes to classroom assignments and new teachers with our families in January.

  • New! Scholastic Book Fair--You have already received this information from your child's teacher, but I wanted to let you know that the JDE book fair is running until December 13.  There is still time to make your book purchases! Please click here for more information. 

  • New! Kerr Family YMCA Track Out Camp- The YMCA is running track out camp at the Kerr Family YMCA location from January 4th – January 22nd.

  • Upcoming Asynchronous Days--There are several asynchronous days coming up. Assignments on these days will be posted. Students will not come to school, and there will not be any live meetings. Please support our teachers by making sure your students are keeping up with their assignments. Thank you!

    • Wednesday, December 16
    • Monday, December 21 and Tuesday, December 22
    • Winter break and track out will be from December 23, 2020-January 22, 2021.
      • Students return to online or in person learning on Monday, January 25, 2021.
  • Did a student go home sick? Please remember, all household members must also go home.

    Effective immediately, if a WCPSS student or employee does not pass the health screening or if they stay home or are sent home because they are experiencing a symptom of illness, their household members must also stay home. This means that any WCPSS student or employee living in the same house must quarantine for 14 days. The household members may return sooner than 14 days if the person experiencing a symptom of illness receives confirmation of an alternate diagnosis or a negative PCR/Molecular test.

  • 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.
    • Carpool Reminders:  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:  
      • Morning Carpool Temperature Checks: With colder temperatures arriving we know that a nice warm car is the best!  However, we realized that it is also causing temperatures to register high.  Please consider turning the heat down or rolling the windows just a bit as you are arriving to school.  If a student registers 100.4 or higher we will need to wait a few minutes and conduct a re-screening.
      • 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 easy acceptable 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.
      • Please continue to be patient during afternoon dismissal.  Students are quickly learning their carpool numbers as well as our procedures with social distancing.
  • 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



  • 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. 
  • 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.