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Jacoby Creek School 707-822-4896 Msg: 707-633-9090 707-822-4898 1617 Old Arcata Rd, Bayside CA 95524

April 2017 Panther Press


April 2017 Panther Press

Dear Jacoby Creek School Families,

It is officially spring!   I hope that this month’s Panther Press finds you doing well and enjoying the new season.  March was a busy month at Jacoby Creek with the JCCEF Auction, classroom plays, the start of the track season, and the All County Music Festival.  April promises to bring many exciting events as well.  Please be sure to check the calendar at for important events. A list of this month’s events is also at the end of the newsletter.

Please note that we have April 17-21 off of school for Spring Break.  The Activity Center will be closed during the break.

Registration for next school year is happening now.  If you, or anyone that you know, is interested in attending JCS, please turn in registration packets as soon as possible! The deadline to be included in the lottery is April 28. It is very helpful for planning purposes if those families living in the district submit their registration packets by that date as well.  Registration packets are available in the school office or on our website.

If your child currently attends JCS, they are already registered at our school and are guaranteed a spot next year.  On that same note, if you know that your family will not be attending JCS next year, please let the office know so that we are aware that there are available spaces for other families that may be interested in attending.

Please call the office if you have any questions about enrollment or interdistrict transfers.   We greatly appreciate your support in getting ready for an organized start to the 2017-2018 school year.  


Melanie Nannizzi

Humboldt County Science Fair Winners: Update!

Grand Prize Awards: State Science Fair!!

These students will represent JCS and Humboldt County at the

California State Science Fair in Los Angeles April 24 – 25

Mina Abbassi Raven Alvarez
Remy Campbell Annie and Tildy Macdonald
Beck Pedersen Calvin Sway


First Place Gold Medals

Mina Abbassi Raven Alvarez
Remy Campbell John Gerving
Annie and Tildy Macdonald Alden Mauro
Beck Pedersen Calvin Sway


Second Place Silver Medals

Arman Abbassi Kyra Alway
Skyler Burlison             Sequoia Matteoli

Third Place Bronze Medals

Vivian Gerstein Ila Sommer
Iris VanBebber-Wiest Lila Wolf


Special Recognition Rosettes and Excellence Ribbons

Ernesto Cappuccio Austin Costello-Anderson
Ossian DeLaLuz and Stella Mia        Sophia Thoele     Sydney Trieu

Audubon Society Award:  Calvin Sway

Friends of the Arcata Marsh Award: Sophia Thoele

Judges’ Choice Award : Raven Alvarez

LACO Associates Engineering Award:  Austin Costello-Anderson

LACO Associates Engineering Award:  Sophia Thoele

Math is the Language of Science Award:   Sophia Thoele

North Coast Air Quality Control Board Award:   Raven Alvarez

North Coast Air Quality Control Board Award:   Remy Campbell

Sierra Club Environmental Award:   Annie and Tildy Macdonald

The Parking Lot

Our parking lot situation is getting a bit better but there is still room for improvement.  Please remember that the middle lane is a moving traffic lane.  The curb lane is for drop off and pick up only.  Please do not leave your vehicle parked in this lane.

Also, don’t forget that we have morning bus that runs from the Arcata Community Center to Jacoby Creek School. You could avoid the parking lot all together by dropping your child off at the ACC at 8:10 AM.

Also, when leaving JCS, please consider turning right out of our parking lot and using the Bayside Cutoff to get back to Arcata.  This would really help the traffic flow!  Thank you!!

2017-2018 School Calendar

The Jacoby Creek School Board has adopted a calendar for the 2017-2018 school year. Please be sure to look at the dates and plan family trips during vacation times. The can be found on the website at

This month the staff will be setting the dates for all of our school events next year.  I will share these  updates with you as soon as possible.

After School Enrichment Classes

The final week of ASE Session (activity classes) Two is April 3-7.  A few classes will have make-up classes the week of April 10-13.

Session Three of Homework Club and Study Hall is from April 3-June 1. There is no break for the academic support classes. Space is still available in these classes.

Enrollment forms for Session Three of After School Enrichment classes will go out on April 11.  The third session of the enrichment classes will run from May 1 to June 5.  There is a break in the After School Enrichment classes from April 10-28.

Jacoby Creek Children’s Education Foundation:

This year’s auction was an amazing success.  Thank you so much to all of those that attended and contributed to the event.  It was such a fun time and I think that we all enjoyed the awesome 80’s music and beautiful luau setting!! At this point, it looks like the auction made around $27,000.  We will report out the actual number as soon as everything is calculated!! WOW!!  Thank you so much for supporting our JCS students.


This month the PTO will be hosting the annual Skate Day on Sunday, April 2 from 11:30-1:30 at the Blue Lake Roller Rink.  Please come in and enjoy the fun and bring a snack to share with the group. PTO=FAMILY FUN AT JCS!

PTO Meeting:  Monday, April 10 @ 5:00 in Mrs. Hatchett’s classroom

Open House Pizza Night

Join us in the gym for Open House Pizza Night featuring Paul’s Live from New York Pizza on Thursday, April 27 from 4:30-6:30 (Open House is 5:30-7:00). Come support the 6th grade and forget about having to make dinner on Open House Night. Pre-sale tickets will be on sale during the week of April 10-14 in front of school. A limited number of tickets will be sold the night of the event, so get your pre-sale orders in!


          2-slice meal $12

          1-slice meal $8

          Child slice meal $5

    All meals include pizza, salad, and a drink.

We hope you can make it our fundraiser. Proceeds will go to the 6th grade environmental education program funding several field trips.

Thank You!


Track & Field

Track season is underway.  The first meet, the HSU Invitational, will be April 27, 2017 at Humboldt State University.  

Sports Physicals

Humboldt County is a rural community, as such, there is typically a three month wait for well care visits.  Families of student athletes should consider calling their primary care physicians now to schedule their pre-participation physical appointments for over the summer.  Girls volleyball (7/8), golf (coed 5-8), and cross country (coed K-8) will start at the beginning of the school year.  All athletes must be cleared in order to try out or practice.  Clearance forms are available in the office.  The deadline to turn in paperwork for all fall sports is September 5, 2017.

Support JCS Athletics:  Our Athletics Program is solely funded by monetary donations and profits from hosting tournaments.  Please consider sponsoring an Athletics Banner and/or volunteering at one of our tournaments—both are great ways to support JCS Athletics. Please contact our Athletic Director, Davita McGoldrick, if you are interested in sponsoring a banner in the gym or signing up to volunteer at a tournament.

Immunization Laws Reminder

As many of you know, the laws surrounding vaccinations for children in school have changed a lot.  We want to offer clarification about the requirements so that our school is compliant with the laws. Schools are required to check immunization records for all new student admissions in kindergarten-12th grade AND all student records are checked before their 7th grade year.

In order to be compliant with the immunization laws, students must be up to date on their immunizations OR, as of January 2014, have a Personal Beliefs Exemption form signed by their doctor. On January 1, 2016, a new law (SB277) went into effect.  This law will no longer permit immunization exemptions based on personal beliefs.  The new law allows only for MEDICAL EXEMPTIONS signed by the doctor.  Personal Beliefs exemptions submitted to the school prior to January 1, 2016 will remain valid until the child reaches transitional kindergarten, kindergarten, or 7th grade.  

In summary, all student starting transitional kindergarten, kindergarten, and 7th grade need to have a MEDICAL EXEMPTION waiver from their doctor, OR be up to date on their immunizations. If you have any questions, please call the Department of Public Health, or visit their website.  

Important Upcoming Dates

April 2:  PTO Skate Party at Blue Lake Roller Rink 11:30-1:30

April 6:  Fifth -Eighth Grade Spring Concert 7:00 PM

April 7:   Fifth-Eighth Grade Spring Concert Performance  8:45 AM

April 7:  Session 2 Enrichment Classes Ends (Academic support classes continue)

April 10:  PTO Meeting in Mrs. Hatchett’s Classroom 5:00 PM

April 10:  School Board Meeting at 7:15 in the Library

April 17-21: Spring Break–No School

April 24: Coffee with the Principal 8:00-9:00AM

April 24-28:  Book Fair

April 27:  Open House and Pizza Night Fundraiser 5:30-7:00 PM

April 28:  Deadline to register for Random Drawing for 2017-2018 school year


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