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Letter from Our Principal

August 27, 2015

 

Dear Jefferson Family,

 

We are off to a running start at Jefferson Elementary!  We couldn’t have asked for a smoother start to the 2015-2016 school year.  This letter is a first of many monthly letters that you can expect from me at the beginning of each month.  I’ve found through the years that a monthly letter from the principal helps to summarize upcoming events, provides a platform to discuss popular topics, and remind our community of what they can expect from Jefferson Elementary and its staff. 

 

With that being said, I wanted to remind you all that we have many exciting events and important dates that I don’t want you to forget.  Please see the list below for those activities and events that will take place at Jefferson Elementary throughout the month of September:

 

  PreK & Kindergarten Curriculum Night; 8/27

  Coffee with the Principal (see below) 9/4

  Labor Day/School Holiday (no school); 9/7

  Book Fair; 9/8 – 9/11

  Donuts for Dads; 9/11

  Individual Student Pictures; 9/17

  1st-5th Curriculum Night; 9/17


 

Coffee with the Principal is a new series of informal conversations that will occur at the beginning of the month immediately following our Friday Good Morning Dragons assemblies.  We will meet in the library, and it is my hope during these casual conservations that they help create yet another opportunity for me to learn more about our Jefferson community, while at the same time shedding some light on the inner workings at Jefferson Elementary.  Below is the list of scheduled Coffee with the Principal topics for the entire school year:

 

 

            September 4th – School Safety, Visitor Procedures, and Watch D.O.G.S.

 

            October 2nd – School Attendance and Fall Parties

 

            November 13th – H.E.A.R.T.S. Program

 

            January 15th – School Safety, Watch D.O.G.S., and Attendance

 

            February 5th – H.E.A.R.T.S. Program

 

            March 4th – State Assessment

 

            April 8th – Jeffy Challenge and Fundraising

 

On another note, I wanted to also take some time to review the procedures for visitors (both adult and non-student).  We live in a very different time and it can often feel very foreign when compared to our own childhood memories of when we ourselves attended elementary school.  I feel very strongly that one of my main responsibilities at Jefferson Elementary is to create an environment that is safe and secure for all students to learn and thrive.  Please support the Jefferson staff by following the outlined procedures for accessing the school building at arrival, dismissal, and during the school day.  All visitors must, no matter what time of the day, check-in through the office before accessing the school building. 

 

My door is always open; don’t hesitate to get in touch, and thank you for the opportunity to learn from and work with your children.

 

Sincerely,

 

 

Dominic Barone

 

Dear Jefferson Family,
I hope this letter finds you relaxed and enjoying those precious final days of summer.  I am 
excited to be back with you all for the 2015-2016 school year.  My goal this school year is to 
continue to build upon what we started last year, while remaining focused on ensuring that all 
students reach high levels of success in a learning environment that celebrates Jefferson’s rich 
tradition and community. There are many achievements and exciting opportunities awaiting us 
when we start back to school on August 20th. 
However, before August 20th arrives I wanted to share with you a couple dates so that you are 
aware of what’s in store during the busy first couple of weeks of the new school year.
            August 3-4th – Enrollment Confirmation; 8am-6pm
             August 18th – Back to School Night; 5:30-7:30pm
             August 20th – First Day of School
        September 7th – Labor Day/School Holiday
September 8th-11th – Book Fair
      September 11th – Donuts for Dads
      September 17th – Fall Pictures
The 2015-2016 school year is going to be a year full of growth and excitement, and I’m looking 
forward to sharing in that experience with all of you.  Please know that my door is always open 
and that I’m looking forward to sharing in your child’s learning as we tackle the new school year.
Sincerely,
Dominic Barone
Jefferson Elementary – Principal
*Please take a moment to review the Jefferson arrival and dismissal procedures located on the other side*
Jefferson Elementary
Arrival and Dismissal Procedures
2015-2016
Arrival Dismissal 
 Teachers are supervising in the gym and cafeteria 
at 7:25 to supervise students.
 Breakfast will be served in the cafeteria beginning 
at 7:25.
 PK-5th Grade students are expected to enter the 
building and walk to their classroom, gym or 
cafeteria by themselves. 
 Parents are asked to say goodbye for the day at 
the gym doors. 
 Students can begin coming into the school building 
beginning at 7:25.
 If arriving before 7:45, go to the gym and stay there 
until teacher arrives.
 If eating breakfast go directly to the cafeteria, eat 
and then go to the gym until the teacher arrives.
 Parents are asked to say goodbye for the day at 
the gym doors. 
 Teachers will be supervising the gym and north side 
of the building to assist with dismissal. 
 Parents are asked to wait outside the gym. 
Walkers 
 All walkers will exit from the east gym doors.
 Students need to walk down the sidewalk and cross 
the street at a crosswalk. 
 Parents are asked to wait outside the gym.  
(Look for the sign for the area to wait.) 
Bike Riders 
 Park bike in one of the bike racks and LOCK it up.  
 If arriving before 7:45 go to the gym and stay there 
until teacher arrives.
 If eating breakfast, go directly to the cafeteria, eat 
and then go to the gym until teacher arrives. 
 If arriving before 7:45, teachers and assistants are 
supervising children in the gym. 
 Parents should not get out of their cars. 
 If eating breakfast drop off on the north side of gym 
and go directly to the cafeteria, eat and then go to 
the gym until teacher arrives. 
Car Riders 
Bus and Day Care Riders 
 Enter east doors.
 If arriving before 7:45, go to the gym and stay there 
until teacher arrives.
 If eating breakfast, go directly to the cafeteria, eat 
and then go to the gym until teacher arrives. 
 All bike riders will exit from the east gym doors.
 Students need to walk down the sidewalk and cross 
the street at a crosswalk before getting on their 
bike. 
 Students are dismissed to the gym at 2:50.
 Students are to sit in the designated area with their 
teacher until parents have arrived.
 Parents are to display their CAR RIDER SIGN. 
 Cars must form a single line.  Please pull forward 
as far as possible to maximize the number of cars 
we can load at one time.  
 Students must wait for their teacher to assist them 
before leaving the designated area.
 Parents are asked to wait outside the gym on 
the northeast side.  Students will be called out 
and individually brought to you. (Look for the 
sign for the area to wait.) 
 K-3rd grade students will be escorted to the east 
door to load buses.
 4th & 5th grade students will be escorted to the 
southeast door to load buses.
 All daycare riders will sit by the wall on the east side 
of the building.   A teacher will then come and 
escort them to their daycare bus.
 All bus and daycare riders will be checked at the 
door of the bus/van to ensure that they are getting 
on the correct vehicle.  
We will err on the side of safety and security of all students over convenience of parents

 

*Please take a moment to review the Jefferson arrival and dismissal procedures.*

 

 

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