Parent Newsletter

JANUARY 2021 EDITION

PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE FROM DR. REMY

Happy New Year to All!!! Welcome to 2021!!

Hope you had a restful and joyful vacation. 2020 was a hectic year full of much more down than ups. Many of us experienced trauma in different ways from losing a loved one, being quarantined, getting sick, or from being far from our loved ones. As we leave 2020 behind, we can reflect on last year and set goals in January. We set various resolutions from having a different mindset to health initiatives to keeping the same attitudes from the previous year. We set goals to improve ourselves for the better, and at other times we set goals to maintain what we currently have. Whatever the goal, let's be intentional about it in 2021.

On December 17th, progress reports were sent home electronically. On the progress report, your child’s reading level should have been shared with you. The reading chart indicates where your child should be at the different times throughout the year. Please use this reading chart as a guide. Kindergarten students were assessed in December and should be A2 readers at minimum. 

Thank you to  all of the families that participated in our holiday week! Thank you to Dr. Hubbard and Assemblywoman Cook for surprising our in person students with toys! Congratulations to our Holiday Movie Theme Deck the Door Contest winners!

Overall Winner: Mrs. Keeley's Class, 5th Grade
Kindergarten Winner: Mrs. Heitzmann's Class
Grade 1 Winner: Mrs. Stephen's Class
Grade 2 Winner: Ms. Cruz Chica's Class
Grade 3 and Grade 4 Winner: Ms. Giarrizzo & Mr. Simpson's Class
Grade 5 Winner: Ms. Vasquez Class
Remote Student Winner: Aurora & Zahra Lewis

Our JCS Student Government is up and running. Welcome our Student Government (SG) members!

President: Amir B.

Vice President: Prince M. 

Treasurer: Zahra L.

Secretary: Damari A. 

Representatives: Aurora L., Gabriel C., Kaivell W., Annalise B., Jhonny S., Alaina M., Joshua K., and Adonis M. 

JCS SG members should be  on a look out for a Student Government Google Classroom invitation.

Important Upcoming Information:

Check out Dates to Remember for January on the homepage.

We have much planned for our students this month. Check out what each grade is doing below. We want to start a section in the newsletter entitled "Parent Awesome News" that celebrates YOU. Please send any awesome news that you may have (wedding, new addition to the family, milestones, birthdays, anniversaries, pregnancy, new job, etc.) to Mrs. Lindsay at llindsay5@schools.nyc.gov or via dojo. If your Jaguar has celebrated a birthday between September and December, please send me their photo with their birthday cake and/or birthday outfit along with the birthdate and how old they turned via ClassDojo. Please send by January 8th.

Beginning January 4th, in-person students will receive hot lunches each day. Cooking Class with Mr. Onesto and Art Class with Mrs. Marino for students in Grades 3 to 5 will begin on January 8th. Microsoft partnership classes for coding, arcade making and building own business for Jaguar Elites is scheduled to begin Monday, January 11th. 

Later this month and into early next month, promotion in doubt in letters will be going out. These letters will be based on students’ current level of performance in Math and ELA, including the past report card, and other factors.

New links and pages will be added to the website regarding our curriculum, programs, and past events in the coming days. A message will be sent out via ClassDojo as we update the website. 

 

SPECIAL EDUCATION NEWS

Special education teachers have just finished their three part series in Specially Designed Instruction. During the final session teachers reinforced their skills of goal writing. Teachers had a refresher on how to highlight the desired standard or target as opposed to where and how it is presented in the curriculum. This allows teachers to accurately track data on your child’s academic progress. We are currently in the process of getting Lexia, an online program that tracks student progress and allows for the teacher to give individualized support. 

ENL NEWS

Happy New Year JCS School Community! In January, JCS ENL students are strengthening their engagement in discussion with fiction and nonfiction texts about relevant topics. In reading, we are continuing to use reading strategies to understand and decode the text. Have your child practice these reading strategies by continuing to read independently at home. In writing, we are working on writing expanded and complex sentences and paragraphs that make sense. We have a good foundation already with writing simple and expanded sentences. We will continue to create sentences and paragraphs with why and how. At school ENL students are beginning to decode simple words and common sight words. Please continue working on sight words and writing simple sight word sentences at home. This month, Ms. Lu will plan to meet with each individual ENL student and their parent about their mid-year progress in ENL, please keep an eye out on Class Dojo for appointment times and availability.   

Celebrating Our Dojo Points

Class Dojo Top Earners

 You need 75% positive points to be part of the celebration event in June!!