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Panther News, 2/26/21

JDE Weekly Parent Update 2/26/2021


Panther Parents,

We are excited to welcome back 4th and 5th grade Cohort 1 students next week.  As always, please feel free to reach out to us if you have any questions or need assistance. Have a spectacular weekend!


Updates for this Week:

  • New! Read Across America Spirit Week Message from Mrs. DuPont--Read Across America is Monday, March 2nd.  JDE will be celebrating our love for reading by focusing on a different book each week.  The slide presentation has links each day to a read aloud of the books, crafts, food ideas, etc.   All students are invited to participate.  VA students can feel free to share pictures.  Wednesday is an asynchronous day, but don't let that stop you from participating.  It will be on the website and I will post this on the JDE Facebook as well.

    Slide Presentation:

    March 1st - March 5th

    • Monday - Green Day (Green Eggs and Ham)
    • Tuesday - Hat Day (Cat in the Hat)

    • Wednesday - Orange and Mustache Day (The Lorax)

    • Thursday - Pajama Day (Sleep Book)

    • ​​​Friday - Crazy Sock Day (Fox in Socks)

  • New! Asynchronous Day Next Week--Wednesday, March 3 is an asynchronous day.  There will be no live meets for students and teachers will post assignments.
    • March 17, 29 and 30 are asynchronous days for next month.
  • Single Subject Acceleration Nomination and Testing Window--
    •  The SSA nomination window for parents will run start on February 22nd and runs through March 22nd.  No nominations will be accepted after March 22nd.
    • The testing window will run from April 19th through May 7th.
    • Additional information can be found on our JDE website
  • JDE Souper Can Drive February 15-March 5--Please support our food drive by donating soup cans to for the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina and Backpack Buddies.  
  • Library Book Checkout--
    • Students who attend school face to face will no longer be placing holds online in order to check out library books.  Students will now be doing this in Media special each week following guidelines from WCPSS. Students in Virtual Academy and 4/5 students doing Remote Learning can place holds on books as needed.  Books will be pulled and ready for pick up 1-2 days after hold has been placed.  An email will be sent to student and parent when books are ready for pick up.

        Checkout Procedures:

  • *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
  • Asynchronous Days and the Second Semester Calendar--Please review these items below. 
    • The second semester calendar can be viewed here
    • Second semester asynchronous days can be viewed here
  • 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


Information for Families of Students Returning to School

  • Return to In Person Learning Parent Guide--Please review this presentation for information about returning to in person learning.

 Bus Rider Registration for the 2020-2021 School Year

  • Find your transportation information on Home Base
    • If your student is assigned to a bus but is not a bus rider, please submit a Decline Transportation Form so we have the most up-to-date information.
    • Families can find up-to-date transportation information (including route number and stop location) in your student’s Home Base/PowerSchool account. Sign up for an account at your student’s school. More information on Home Base is available at
  • Current Students Eligible for Bus Service – 2020-21 school year
    • Parents, if your student is enrolled, has a school assignment that provides for neighborhood or express school bus transportation, and wishes to use this service on a regular basis, go to this link Bus Rider Registration to apply.
  •  Online Health Attestation Form
    • You are required to submit this form stating that you and your child will abide by all health and safety protocols for bus ridership.
    • Students are not permitted to ride the bus until this form has been submitted. You will need to submit a form for all of your children who plan to ride the bus during the 2020-21 school year.

Carpool and Walker Information

  • Carpool and Walker Tags/Numbers
    • If you plan on picking up your son/daughter from school through carpool or as a walker, you will need a carpool or walker tag.  If you have already been issued a carpool or walker tag by Jones Dairy Elementary, then no further action is required.  
    • If you are going to be needing a carpool or walker number/tag (because you do not currently have one); please fill out the information on the form linked below.  Mr. Rashleigh will have your new carpool tags ready to distribute to you on the first day you bring your child to school.
    • If your child will be taking the bus exclusively, there is no need to receive a carpool or walker tag.
    • Questions--If you have any questions about carpool or walker numbers/tags, please email Mr. Rashleigh at
  • Carpool and Walker Dismissal
    • Dismissal will take longer than usual in order to provide a healthy and safe environment for all students.   
      • Carpool and Walkers will be dismissed by their Carpool/Walker Number from the Multipurpose Room.
      • Social distancing will be maintained throughout the dismissal process which will increase our dismissal time so we are asking for an abundance of patience from our school community.

With pride,

Altonia Bransome, Principal


JDE PTA Updates

  • February Newsletter--Please check out the JDE PTA Feb. Newsletter

  • 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