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Panther News, 2/5/21

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

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

Weekly Parent Update 2/5/21

Panther Parents,

I have just a few updates for you all today.  More information will be provided next week as we prepare to receive in-person students on Monday, February 15. Thank you again for your support, and making this another great week of learning! 

Have a wonderful weekend!


Updates for this Week:

  • New! What information can you expect to receive next week?--If your child is returning to in-person learning, you should have already received their cohort information.
    • 4th and 5th grade students will attend school in cohorts while students in Pre-K through grade 3 and special education regional program students will attend school each day. 
      • Cohort 2 will attend school the week of February 15-19.
      • WCPSS cohort rotation information can be found here
    • You will receive the following next week and other pertinent information:
      • Your child's updated daily schedule
      • Items students will need to bring to school
      • Carpool tips
      • Bus information
      • Updated library book checkout information for the month of February
  • New! Backpack Buddies--We are preparing to re-start the Backpack Buddies Program at our school.  This program provides students with supplemental food (commercially packaged and individually wrapped) that is easy to prepare and ensures they will have food to eat for the weekend. Students will bring home a bag that would fit into their backpack on Fridays. If your family is interested in this confidential program, please email our school counselor, Traci Johnson at
  • Library Book Checkout during Remote Learning--
    • *Students can go to Follett(Destiny) within their WakeID portal and place up to 5 books on hold at a time.
    • *Books will be pulled and ready for checkout 1-2 days after your holds have been place.  Parents and students will get an email notification to let you know that the books are ready for pickup.  Ex. If books are placed on hold on Monday, books will be ready for pickup by Wednesday if not sooner.
    • *Once families get an email stating books are ready for pickup, you may go to school and pick them up.  Books will be in green bags labeled with the student's name found in the black bin with a yellow top outside the front office doors.  If books are not picked up within 3 days, they will be removed from the bin.  To avoid cross contamination, please do not place books on hold that you do not intend to pick up.
    • *Books can be returned at anytime to the tall green bin labeled JDE Book Return.  Proper quarantine procedures will be followed when books are returned before they are ready for the next checkout.  
    • *If you have any questions regarding library checkout please contact Mrs. DuPont, JDE's School Library Media Coordinator.  Her email is
  • Specials Information for Remote Learning--Art, Music, and PE will have live meets for all students.
    •   Media is still being offered, but it will be asynchronous. Students will be able to find their lesson for the week under the Media tab in Google Classroom.   
    • There are no specials on Wednesdays to allow families time to complete assignments or to have a break from screen time.
      • Art: Supplies needed for Jan. 25-Feb. 12-- I miss seeing all of you and look forward to our special Google Meets the next couple of weeks!!!
        • Mrs. Thompson added some drawing paper and construction paper to the student supply bags that are to be picked up on Monday, Jan. 25.
          • Please wait to use this special paper until the lesson is introduced the week of Feb. 1st and Feb. 8th.
        • Scissors- please provide
        • Glue- please provide, either white glue or a glue stick
        • Crayons or Markers- 8 count (r,o,y,g,b,v,bk,br) and/or more colors
  • 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

With pride,

Altonia Bransome, Principal