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Panther News, 8/19/22

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

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

JDE Weekly Parent Update 8/18/2022


JDE Families,

We look forward to seeing everyone on Monday! Have a good weekend.


Updates for this Week:​​​​​​​

  • KidzArt is Returning to JDE!--KidzArt drawing lessons begin on Wednesday, August 24 (Sept. 14 for Track 2 students). Classes meet on Wednesdays in the JDE Art Room from 4-5 pm, and are open to K-5th grades. Students participate when they are tracked in. Each week, your child will bring home a finished artwork that he/she will be proud of completing! For more info contact Chen the owner of KidzArt at

  • Quarter 1 Interims–Tracks 3 and 4 will send home interims on Friday, September 2. 

  • Please mark your calendars--Early Dismissal on Friday, September 2--Jones Dairy Elementary School students will dismiss at 1:45 pm on Friday, September 2.  

  • Fall Picture Dates--Students will be taking fall photos in September. Additional information will be sent home as we approach the picture dates.

    • Wednesday, 09/07/22       Fall yearbook, Tracks 1/3

    • Wednesday, 09/21/22       Fall yearbook, Tracks 2/4

Volunteer Registration Information for 2022-2023

  • Volunteer Registration for 2022-2023--This year each classroom will be offering volunteer opportunities, and we will need volunteers for field day, fun days, and field trips. Please read the guidance below for the 2022-2023 school year. 
    • Current volunteers--Current volunteers who were approved for the 2021-22 school year do not have to register again this year.
      • Please email Ms. Sandra Cosby at if you would like to check your current approval status. 
    • New Volunteers--All new volunteer applicants must register and have an approved criminal record check prior to engaging in volunteer work. 

      • New volunteer applicants may go to any WCPSS work site and register through by selecting the Community tab, and then selecting Volunteer

      • Applicants will be notified by email once their application has been approved.

      • Applicants who are not approved will receive notice from Employee Relations.

    • Registration Process for WCPSS Employees Who Want to Volunteer--Although WCPSS employees do not have to go through a criminal record check to volunteer, they do need to register. 

    • How do I register at JDE? Parents may register at our school Monday-Friday anytime between 9:30 am and 3:00 pm. 

      • Please bring your license and ring the front doorbell to let our staff know you are here to register to be a volunteer.  

  • YMCA Before and After School Program--Jones Dairy Elementary School has before and after school care that is run by the Kerr Family YMCA.  If you would like additional information please see the After school Information Flyer (1).pdf . 


Reminders for the Beginning of the School Year

  • Student Check Out--Students can be checked in and out via the iPad at the main entrance. ​

    • Please be sure to bring your photo identification for pick up.

  • Morning arrival--Parents are still welcome to park and drop off in the mornings at the front door or use the carpool system.

  • Safety--Please complete a white locator card so that we have the most up to date information. 

  • COVID-19--We continue to see a rise in cases. Please inform your child's teacher if they are diagnosed with COVID.

Bus Transportation Information:

To Check Your Student's Transportation Status:

  • View your student’s 2022-23 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/Walker Tags and Numbers:

If you plan on picking up your child(ren) from school through carpool or as a walker, you will need a Carpool/Walker tag.  If you have already been issued a Carpool/Walker tag by Jones Dairy Elementary, then no further action is required.  

If you are going to need a Carpool/Walker Number or 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/Walker Tag.

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

Carpool and Walker Dismissal:

Carpool and Walkers will be dismissed by their Carpool/Walker number from the multipurpose room.

  • Parents/Guardians will need to have a JDE issued Carpool/Walker Tag in their possession in order to pick up their child(ren).
  • Dismissal for all walkers begins at 3:40 PM.  We will dismiss all walkers prior to loading students in cars so that we can ensure that the sidewalks are free of pedestrians before vehicles start moving to maintain the safety of all students and staff.

    1. Students that are designated as walkers will be dismissed beginning at 3:40pm from the Multipurpose Room beside the cafeteria by their walker number.  If you indicate that your child will be designated as a walker, a parent, guardian, or responsible adult must be on campus and be in possession of their assigned JDE Walker/Carpool Tag by 3:40pm.  At 3:45pm we will begin to load carpool students and parents who wish to pick up a student as a walker will need to do so at the front office.  

    2. If you or a designated person (their names MUST be on the student’s locator card) comes to pick up a student without a JDE Walker/Carpool Tag, you will need to park and go to the office to provide identification to pick up the student.

    3. All kindergarten parents/guardians/emergency contact(s) will be required to pick up, per WCPSS Board Policy; Kindergarten students are not permitted to walk home with a sibling.​

  • At 4:05 pm any students that are still waiting to be picked up through carpool will be brought to the front office.


With pride,

Altonia Bransome, Principal


JDE PTA Updates


  • Attention ALL Parents! We are wrapping up the GoPLaySave Coupon Book sales next week. Monday, August. 22 is the deadline to turn in all orders. If you did not sell them, we still need you to return the book your child received, so please turn it in by Monday. Thank you all in advance for your help with this fundraiser. We appreciate you!