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Panther News, 4/29/22

JDE Weekly Parent Update 4/29/2022


Panther Parents,
Next week will be very busy on our campus! There are many updates below. Most of all, please remember to show your appreciation to your child's teacher for all of their hard work and dedication this school year. Have a great weekend!


Updates for this Week:

  • Updated! Teacher Workday, Kindergarten Orientation, and Special Virtual Events for Parents--
    • Monday, May 2 will be a teacher workday. Students will not attend school on this day. 
    • Kindergarten Orientation--We will have kindergarten orientation for rising kindergarten families at 9 am. 
    • What's Next? Virtual Events--In addition to kindergarten orientation, the JDE staff will be holding special virtual events that day for parents of students in grades K-4.  All parents will have the opportunity to meet with teachers in your child's next grade level to examine curriculum and expectations for the upcoming school year.
      • Times: Each grade level will hold two virtual sessions.
        • Parents will be able to attend meets from 11:00-11:30 am or 11:30-12 pm.
      • Google Meet links: Please see the table below for meeting links. 
        • Example: If your child is currently a third grade student, you would attend one of the fourth grade sessions to learn about the expectations and curriculum for the upcoming school year. 
        • Meeting links for Monday can be found here.
          • We will send another reminder on Monday morning.



  • New! PAWS Spirit Week for Tracks 2 and 4-- These two tracks will have their spirit week and competition May 3-6. 
    • Tuesday: P--Panther Pride! (school spirit day)
    • Wednesday: A--Active Wear!

    • Thursday: W--Wacky Tacky Clothes! (mismatched clothes, shoes, or crazy socks) *Field Day attire for Track 2, Grades 3-


      Friday: S--Shades Day! (wear your favorite sunglasses)


  • Reminder-Spring Field Day Dates--We will be in need of parent volunteers for the 4 upcoming field days.Teachers will be sending out the SignUp Genius links. If you are interested in helping, please make sure that you have been approved as a volunteer. 
    • Who do I contact for help? Please contact Ms. Sandra Cosby, the JDE receptionist and volunteer coordinator, at to check on your volunteer status. If you have field day questions please contact Mrs. Pennington at Thank you!
    • Completing the Background Check--If you need to come in to complete the background check please sign up for a time here. (Please understand that background checks are not done at the school and may take some time to complete.)
    • Field Day Dates--
      • Tracks 1 and 2:  K-2nd   May 4th           3rd -5th    May 5th

      • Tracks 3 and 4:  K-2nd   June 10th        3rd- 5th   June 17th

  • Student Attire in Warmer Weather--As the temperatures outside get warmer, we are asking that parents pay close attention to what their student is wearing to school. Please make sure your child's clothing is adhering to the WCPSS Dress Code.  You can read additional information here
  • Important Reminder--MTYR Calendar Change due to Remediation/Readministration Dates--WCPSS is repurposing the last two days of the school year for students that attend MTYR schools.  These days will now offer time for a remediation/readministration opportunities on those last two days for qualifying students in grades 3-5 based on their EOG score.  These changes impact all families. 

Please reference the information below regarding the changes to the WCPSS MTYR calendar for the end of the school year.


Track 1

Tracks 2, 3, and 4

  • The last day of school, for students on track 1, is now Thursday, June 2 (formerly June 6).  

  • Qualified students in grades 3-5 that meet the criteria and opt-in for the remediation/readministration opportunities will come to school on Friday, June 3 and Monday, June 6. 

  • The last day of school, for students on tracks 2-4, is now Monday, June 27 (formerly June 29).  

  • Qualified students in grades 3-5 that meet the criteria and opt-in for the remediation/readministration opportunities will come to school on Tuesday, June 28 and Wednesday, June 29.  

With pride,

Altonia Bransome, Principal



JDE PTA Reminders

  • New! 5th Grade Step Up-- 

    The PTA is looking for a few volunteers to assist with the 5th Grade Step Up Ceremony. Please click here to volunteer. This is for help with setup the morning of June 2 and June 27. 

    JDE: 5th Grade Step Up Volunteers (