Parent Newsletter



Happy May!!!

The school year is almost over, but we have a lot planned for the remainder of the school year! Whether remote or in person, we have an event or two for you! Did you know our school is ranked 7 out of all of the elementary schools in District 28 according to Did you also know that we are rated a 7 out 10 according to

This month, we will have our JCS Diaspora. The Diaspora will feature all of our countries of the month in the school building. Students will create artifacts from the country and re-create a place or items of the country. A virtual tour will be created to share with the school community. We will also have our Kids Heart Challenge Days and Multi-Lingual Language Advocacy Day as celebratory events. We are aiming to raise $1500 for the American Heart Association. On the academic side, students will be engaging in their final schoolwide assessments this month. Check out all of our events on the homepage. 

As always, our partnerships with Microsoft and Target have been fruitful. Our Jaguar Elites are engaging in STEM activities through Microsoft. Microsoft has also partnered with the district to offer two of our Grade 4 girls an opportunity to be part of District 28's Girls Who Game Club. These girls are collaborating with other Grade 4 and Grade 5 girls in the district to building a world in Minecraft that focuses on gender equality and affordable and clean energy. We have a new partnership with Queens Botanical Gardens where we received 10 free virtual workshops for our students!

The administration of the NYS Exams including the NYSESLAT are continuing this month and in June. The exam dates are as follows:

  • Grades 3-8 Mathematics: Monday, May 3 – Friday, May 14
  • NYSESLAT Speaking: Monday, April 19 – Wednesday, June 9
  • NYSESLAT Listening, Reading, Writing: Monday, May 17– Wednesday, June 9
  • Grade 4 Science Written Test: Monday, June 7– Wednesday, June 9

Important Upcoming Information:

  • Check out Dates to Remember for May on the homepage.
  • NYS ELA EXAM starts on April 19th
  • NYSESLAT administration starts on April 19th 
  • Middle School Offer letters are distributed this month

We want to take a moment to celebrate all of the mothers and those who take on  the role of a mother to our students. We want to wish you a Happy Mother's Day!!! You are instrumental in the lives of our Jaguars! As always, we thank you for your continued collaboration and support. 


Parent Resource Links:

Reading Chart

April Breakfast Menu

April Lunch Menu



THANK YOU TO Mrs. McGuffie (Xavier's Mom) for purchasing a Jaguar Elite Package for a family!

THANK YOU TO Ms. Barnes, Ms. Lu, Mr. Simpson, and Ms. Vasquez for proctoring exams!
THANK YOU TO the teachers that volunteered to donate to paying for our Jaguar Elites' graduation packages!
THANK YOU TO Mrs. Keeley who designed a student-friendly version of the 4Es Poster!

We want to celebrate YOU in this section. 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:


Check out our Instagram @wearejcs to see OUR March Jaguar Birthdays!!!

If your Jaguar will celebrate a birthday in March, please send Mrs. Lindsay their photo with their birthday cake or birthday outfit on along with the birthdate and how old they turned via email: Please send by April 5th. 



As a staff, teachers have been engaging in analyzing their lesson plans. With this analyzation, special education teachers have been looking at ways to better "break down" lesson targets (objective of a lesson) so students can master standards. Teachers are working on better differentiating the process of how a learning target is taught as opposed to differentiating the end-product. Teachers can do so by supplying students with different scaffolds. Teachers can think through different scaffolds by individually assessing what each student needs to be able to master the learning target. With these scaffolds in place, teachers will be able to see an improvement in student achievement. 


Spring is here!  JCS ENL students are engaging in rich fiction and nonfiction texts based on their units of study. In reading we are continuing small group guided reading, we are learning and practicing new reading strategies to understand and decode the text. We are working on understanding what we read. In writing, we are writing multiple complex and expanded sentences that make sense. Please keep reading at home; reading independently at home is a helpful way to have your child improves their reading skills.