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Panther News, 10/21/22

JDE Weekly Parent Update 10/21/22


Good evening,

Please remember that Monday, October 24 is a teacher workday. We look forward to seeing students on Tuesday morning!

​​​​​​​Updates for this Week:

  • New! The Next Teacher Workday--The next teacher workday will be on Tuesday, November 8. 

    • New! Early Release Day--Students will be released from school at 1:45 pm on Thursday, November 10.

    • New!Veteran's Day--Friday, November 11 is a holiday. All schools will be closed on this day.

  • Reminder-First Quarter Report Cards--Track 4 students will receive their report cards on Monday, October 31. 


  • Reminder-Bully Prevention Month 2022--JDE will promote National Bully Prevention Month throughout the month of October!  Students will take a pledge to stand against bullying and receive a bully-free bracelet to show their dedication. Spirit Week at JDE:
    • ​​​​​​​Tracks 2 & 4: October 31-November 4
      • Monday: Wear your favorite jersey-be a team player-Don't Bully!                                           

      • Tuesday: Inside Out Day- hurt more on the inside than the outside!

      • Wednesday: Unity Day-Everyone wear Orange to show that we are in UNITY against bullying!

      • Thursday: Take a Walk Day-with the intention to take a walk in someone else's shoes-Wear 2 different shoes!
      • Friday: JDE Day-Wear your favorite JDE spirit wear! 

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 click on this link

​​​​​​​Parent Reminders for this 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.

  • Carpool/Walker Tags--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 get your new carpool/walker tag to you as soon as he can.

  • 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.​

      4. 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

  • Fun Run for Tracks 2 and 4--The Fun Run for Tracks 2 & 4 has been rescheduled for November 4 in the afternoon. More details will be coming soon!