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Panther News, 1/15/21

Panther Parents,

Happy Friday! I hope all of you are well and enjoying your track out. The next semester is quickly approaching, and we are very excited to reunite with our students after this long break!  As you are aware, the WCPSS School Board voted last night for all students in grades Pre-K-12 to remain in remote instruction through mid-February.  Our school team will be preparing for the return to virtual instruction on Monday, January 25.  There are just a few announcements for this week, but please know you will be receiving more information from me and your child's teacher late next week.

As always, thank you for your partnership, support, and love of our great school! Have a spectacular weekend!

Updates for this Week:

  • Information Parents can Expect Next Week--We understand that you some questions regarding the start of the next semester.  You will receive more information regarding the following next week:
    • Class schedules--Teachers will send families class schedules next week. A few details about our virtual school day include the following:
      • Start for the Day: The virtual school day begins at 9:10 am.
      • Lunch: All students will have a device-free lunch block in the middle of the day as they did at the beginning of the year.
      • Instructional Delivery: Students will have synchronous and asynchronous work time throughout the school day.  Teachers will provide more details next week.
      • End of the Day: Instruction will end by 3 pm each day.
      • Office Hours: Teachers will have office hours at the end of the day for conferences and work with students.
    • JDE Distribution for 3rd Quarter Materials--We will be giving out materials for our students during the week of January 25. We will also be asking families to return library books, EL texts, and more.  More detailed information will be sent next week.
    • Library Book Checkout--We will share details for placing books on hold and checkout days next week.
  • Second Quarter Report Cards--Report cards will be e-mailed to parents between 11 am and 1 pm on Friday, January 29.
  • Asynchronous Days and the Second Semester Calendar--Please review these items below. 
    • Second semester asynchronous days can be viewed here
    • The second semester calendar can be viewed here
  • JDE School Updates--If you have driven by our school over the last few weeks, you may have noticed several work trucks and a full parking lot. We are excited that our school is receiving a new HVAC system.  In addition to the HVAC, we are also getting new light fixtures, and carpets have been deep cleaned. We anticipate this major project to be completed later this spring.

With pride,

Altonia Bransome, Principal


JDE PTA Updates

  • New! The Giving Tree WF Donation Palooza--The Giving Tree in WF Donation Palooza runs through this Saturday, January 16! Earn 3x credit for our school with each donation made! Click on the link for a list of acceptable donations:  

  • 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:    

  • 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.