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Panther News, 8/20/21

JDE Weekly Parent Update 8/20/21


Panther Parents,

Happy Friday! I would like to wish our Track 2 students and families a safe and relaxing track out. I also want to welcome back our Track 3 friends.   Have a lovely weekend!

​​​​​​​Updates for this Week:

  • New! Possible Bus Delays Next Week--There is a possibility of afternoon bus delays starting Monday, August 23 due to additional routes running for the opening of traditional calendar schools.
  • Very Important! --COVID-19 Updates and Precautions-
    • To minimize the spread of COVID-19, our school follows all COVID-19 health measures required by the NC Department of Health and Human Services.  Together, we can keep our students, staff, and community healthy in a safe and welcoming environment at school.
      • Please review the latest updates on safety precautions by viewing The Safe Return to School Plan.
      • Please read updated guidance on returning to school after an illness here
      • District leaders will send out an email next week to families detailing safety practices around lunch routines, playground time, visitors, and more.  
        • Remember, all students must stay home when sick, wear a face covering in school and should maintain as much physical distance as possible on campus. 
        • Please notify your student’s teacher or me as soon as possible if your student is diagnosed with COVID-19, so we can work with health officials for confidential contact tracing. 


2021-2022 Transportation Information and Updates from Mr. Saeva


Bus Transportation Information:

To Check Your Student's Transportation Status:

View your student’s 2021-22 Transportation status via your student’s Homebase/Powerschool account.  Sign up for an account at your student’s school.  More information on Home Base is available at


Carpool and Walker Tags:

If you have any questions about Carpool or Walker Numbers/Tags, please email Mr. Rashleigh at


Carpool and Walker Arrival:

  • All students will be entering the building through the main entrance.  
  • Carpool students will unload between the two large orange cones and proceed to the main entrance using Lane 1 (this is the door furthest to the right under the awning).
    • Please remember to pull all the way up to the first cone, and make sure your child is ready to exit the vehicle so that we can get students on campuses as efficiently as possible. 
  • Walker students will use the same door as carpool students. 


​​​​​​​Carpool and Walker Dismissal:

  • Please display your Tag--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 displayed in your vehicle at the time of dismissal.
  • Students will begin to be dismissed to their cars at 3:45 pm.  
  • At 4:05 pm students that are still waiting to be picked up through carpool will be brought to the front office and will need to be checked out from there. 
    • If you need to check your child out from the office, please bring your Carpool/Walker tag with you to the front door.  
  • Transportation Changes for the Day--As a reminder, please submit any changes in your child's transportation to your child's teacher in writing. 
    • A change in transportation via email that is made late in the school day may not be seen in time for afternoon dismissal, but we understand that in the event of an emergency it may be necessary and, in this case, please follow up by contacting the school via phone as well. 


With pride,

Altonia Bransome, Principal


JDE PTA Updates

  • New! PTA Spotlight on Teachers--Each week the PTA will be providing you with a spotlight on a new staff member. 

  • JDE Spirit Wear for Sale!--Show your school spirit with JDE spirit wear! Order online by 8/31 at 

  • PTA Membership Drive Continues!  During the months of July and August we're having our annual Membership Drive to encourage families to join the PTA. You are able to join online via (processing fee will apply) or complete the form that was sent home with you child. If you lost it, now worries, the form is posted on our website as well Membership. Consider joining us for a small fee ($10 indiv/$15 family) as we look to support JDE teachers and staff with projects and student enrichment activities this year that will directly benefit your children! Remember, the first class that reaches 100% participation will receive a popsicle party! 
  • Volunteer with the PTA! We have several opportunities for parents to volunteer and we NEED help. Click here to complete the volunteer interest form: JDE PTA Volunteer Form