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Panther News, 12/10/21

JDE Weekly Parent Update 12/10/2021


Panther Parents,

Thank you for all of your support last week and this week to make the book fair such a huge success! We also want to thank our PTA, all of our parent volunteers, and Mrs. Kaitlin Atkin for coordinating the fair. 

Have a great weekend!


Updates for this Week:

  • Updated! Volunteer Sign Up/Renewal-- The December and January dates have been added to the Sign Up Genius here. Please do the following on the morning of your appointment:
    • Come to the main entrance and ring the doorbell.  Make sure you bring your license with you.
    • Staff will direct you to the Care Center main entrance.
    • Please choose a workstation to complete registration. We have two laptops set up with instructions for completing the process. 
    • It may take several weeks for the school staff to receive a status update from the vendor.  We thank you for your patience in advance. 
  • New! A Special Message from the YMCA Director, Brandon Harcum--Hello! We wanted to take a moment to see if you would consider supporting our Holiday Gift Drive at the Kerr family YMCA. Gifts go to local families to have a wonderful holiday experience. Swing by the branch to grab an ornament, or email Brandon Harcum ( to coordinate pick up.  Hope you have a great holiday season! 

  • Changes in Your Child's Transportation--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.  If that is the case, please follow up by contacting the school via phone as well after you send the e-mail so that we can get the change to your child's teacher. Thank you!
  • Please Read --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 read updated guidance on returning to school after an illness here
        • 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. 
      • Parents are able to check the metrics at any time by going to this website
    • *Important--Please notify your child'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 and prepare a learning plan for your student.
      • Parents of students that may have been exposed will be notified immediately via phone call by school officials. Parents will be asked to keep their student at home if the call is made at night or early in the morning.  Students will be sent home from school if school staff is notified during the day.
      • The Wake County Health Department will call impacted families in 2-3 days. 
      • A follow up communication will be sent to the parents of exposed students with information about returning to school. 


With pride,

Altonia Bransome, Principal


JDE PTA Updates


  • New!  Spotlight on JDE Staff--