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January 2018 Panther Press

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Dear Jacoby Creek School Families,

I hope that everyone is enjoying a relaxing and fun Winter Break. I  I am excited to start 2018 rested and enthusiastic about making JCS the best school that it can be for our students, staff, and community.  The staff at JCS is looking forward to seeing everyone on Monday, January 8.


The School Site Council will be sending out the second of three short surveys to families in January. The data collected from these surveys will help guide decision making for our school, so it is very important that every voice is heard!!!  Over 140 people responded to the first survey sent out in November.  The response rate, the wonderful compliments, and constructive ideas that were shared were all greatly appreciated and helpful.  The SSC is hopeful that as many families will respond to the second survey on the topic of Curriculum and Instruction.  The School Site Council will share the results of these surveys as soon as possible.  


Happy New Year to all!  Thank you all so much for the support that you give to our school.  Together we will make 2018 a positive and successful year of learning and growing for the students at Jacoby Creek School.



Melanie Nannizzi



Back to School Monday, January 8, 2018

January 8:  School Board Meeting in Library at 7:15 p.m.

January 9:  School Site Council in Room 1 at 3:30 p.m.

January 9:  Foundation Meeting at 5:30 p.m. Baywood

January 11:  PTO Meeting at 5:30 in Room 6

January 12:  Deadline to submit registration for sibling priority and/or  to be included in Lottery for 2018-2019 school year.

January 19:  Deadline for current students on InterDistrict Transfer to return InterDistrict Transfer Request Form to Jacoby Creek School office for the 2018-2019 School Year

January 15:  Martin Luther King, Jr. Day—No School

January 17:  Wednesday from noon-midnight Pints for Nonprofits at Redwood        Curtain Brewery and JCS Staff Band from 6-9

January 19:  Random Public Lottery for students living outside JCS school district boundaries for 2018-2019 school year at 9:00 in the library

January 21:  PTO Movie Day 2:00 pm in the Gym

January 26:  Lost and Found Donation Day

January 29:  Coffee with the Principal in Library at 8:00 a.m.




  • Students currently attending Jacoby Creek School do not need to re-register for next school year.
  • Siblings of current students and other new students must register for the 2018-2019 school year NO LATER THAN JANUARY 12 in order to receive priority registration or be included in the lottery.

 Registration Form

  • Students currently attending Jacoby Creek School on an Interdistrict Transfer will need to reapply annually .  See further explanation below.  


Humboldt County schools have come to come to a collective agreement on interdistrict attendance.  The agreement differs from the open enrollment agreement that has been the prior process, but families wishing to attend schools outside of their geographical boundaries will still be given the opportunity to use an interdistrict transfer during an open enrollment window between December 1 and February 1.  Interdistrict transfers must be submitted to the student’s District of Residence no later than February 1 in order to be guaranteed approval.  


Students currently attending JCS that live outside of the district’s geographical boundaries will need to complete an interdistrict transfer annually. A new form is being used.  Hard copies of this form will be sent home in the Tuesday folders after Winter Break or you can download it from the link below.   All students attending JCS on an interdistrict transfer must return this form to the Jacoby Creek School Office no later than Friday,  January 19 to allow our office time to submit them to the student’s district of residence.  InterDistrict Transfer Form


Please feel free to call or email with any questions surrounding registration or interdistrict transfer agreements.


On Sunday evening, before sending your child back to school on Monday, please do a careful check of your child’s head to make sure that they are clear of lice or nits (eggs of head lice).  The live bugs can be difficult to see.  They are very small and light colored.  The nits are easier to find because they look like dandruff.  Unlike dandruff, they are not moveable and stick to the hair shaft.  If your child has nits, they need to be treated for head lice before coming to school on Monday..  Thank you for your support!!


I am so happy to say that currently our attendance rate for this school year is good. We did see a bit of a dip in December due to the many illnesses that went around,  but I am hopeful that good attendance will continue to be a priority for JCS families. The success of our students and school depends on good attendance!


Thank you to all of the families that make attending school on time every day a priority. Let your child’s teacher or the office know if you are in need of support in improving your child’s attendance.


JCS families need to be aware the School Board Policy allows parents/guardians to excuse 10 absences due to illness each school year.  After 10 absences a doctor’s note is required to excuse absences for illness.  





The annual AUCTION is coming up on Saturday, March 17, 2018 at the Arcata Community Center.  This year’s St. Patrick’s Day theme promises to be a fun time!  Volunteers are needed to help organize the auction. Please contact Elizabeth Fogg at  if you are interested in helping.

Foundation Meeting: Tuesday, January 9 @ 5:30 p.m. at Baywood Country Club



Holiday Boutique – We would like to thank all of the JCS students that participated in this event this year; we hope you had as much fun as we did. We would also like to thank all of the volunteers that helped out; there are too many to name. Thank you to all of the parent volunteers that helped us by helping set up the gym, decorate the gym, donating cookies and by            helping in many capacities on the day of the boutique! We honestly could not have done it all without so much help. Thank you to all the parents that supported their kids in their crafts to be sold at the boutique. This is our favorite JCS event.  We’re so happy to have had the support that allowed us to have it this year! Thank you – from Diana Freeman & Karly Alvarez.


The profits from the Harvest Carnival, Boutique, and  sweatshirt sale have been disbursed to classroom teachers and support staff to enrich their programs.  Thank you so much to the parents and teachers who made these events so successful.

The following programs will receive $100.00 to benefit students.

  •       All general education classrooms
  •       Resource
  •       Reading program
  •       5-8th grade music program
  •       Primary music program
  •       Library
  •       Activity Center
  •       PE
  •       Drama
  •       Garden
  •       After School Enrichment


PTO MOVIE DAY: The PTO will be hosting a free family movie day in the gym on Sunday, January 21 from 2:00-4:00 p.m.  Bring your pillows, blankets, and lawn chairs (with a towel to put down to protect the gym floor).  The PTO will be showing the movie Inside Out and there will be a donation snack bar.  


PTO Meeting:  Thursday, January 11 at 5:30 p.m. in Room 6


Boys’ Basketball

Boys basketball has begun.  Our first Bay League game is Tuesday, Jan. 16th.  Come out and support our Panthers.  Bay League Season Passes are $30 and can be purchased in the office or at home games.  All proceeds go to Athletics.

Track & Field (Coed 5th-8th)

Parent Meeting on February 7, 2018 at 6:00 pm in the library.  All paperwork is due in the office by March 12, 2018.  Base on maturity and ability, 4th/3rd graders who participated in cross country will be allowed to participate on the track team.

Support JCS Athletics:  Our Athletics Program is 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.



Thank you to REDWOOD CURTAIN BREWERY for offering to support JCS on Wednesday, January 17 with a Pints for Nonprofits Day!


$1 for every pint sold at Redwood Curtain Brewery from noon-midnight  on January 17 will be donated to the school.  Last year we used the proceeds to purchase new drinking fountains!


Our JCS staff band will be playing from 6:00-9:00 p.m. and the LoCo Fish Truck will be selling food.  If families are interested, we could organize daycare here at JCS for the evening.  Please email Mrs. Nannizzi and let her know if you would be interested in JCS daycare that evening.


Mark your calendars for this fun event that benefits our school!  Thank you Redwood Curtain Brewery!!!



It is time to register for Session Two of Homework Club, Study Hall, and After School Enrichment classes.  Registration forms are also available in the office.  Study Hall begin January 8, Homework Club begins on January 9, and After School Enrichment Classes begin January 22.  Please get your registration form in ASAP as these classes fill up quickly and are offered on a first come, first served basis.


After school classes cost $50 per session. Classes are $5 each for students that qualify for reduced lunch prices and free for students that qualify for free lunch. Checks should be payable to JCS.

Enrichment Class Registration

Second Grade Homework Club Registration

Third Grade Homework Club Registation

Study Hall Registration


JCS Science Fair 2018

Science Fair is coming up with projects due in the gym by 8:25 on Friday, February 9th. Judging will happen over the weekend and projects will be on display Monday-Wednesday the following week. Science Fair Night will take place from 7-8pm on Tuesday the 13th.


We are looking for people to help out with judging.  If you have never judged before, we will train you.  If you have a child who is participating in the science fair this year we will have you judge a different grade level. We aim to have every science fair project judged three times and will need to expand our pool of people to meet that goal. Judging for the 2018 JCS Science Fair will take place over the weekend of Feb. 11th – 12th.  If you are interested and available to judge, please give your name and phone number to:

Nancy Rickard 822-1352 (

Any other questions can be sent to Mr. Dedini at




Last November, our school district was fortunate to pass a facilities bond.  In the last year, we have made a lot of progress in planning for the use of this bond money to improve our school.  Our bonds sold on May 4, 2017. We were able to secure the property taxpayers in our district an interest rate of 4.02%. This rate is in the range of what is considered by experts in the field to be an historic low. The proceeds from the sale of our local bonds was 2.7 million dollars.


The School Board Formed a Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee for Measure K to oversee the appropriate use of the bond money. The Bond Oversight Committee is in need of more members.  Please contact Superintendent Tim Parisi if you are interested in joining.


The District also formed a Facilities Improvement Committee to provide input on planning and designing the improvements.  The amazing parent volunteers and staff members on this committee have met monthly and have worked tirelessly with an architect to develop plans for the project that our local bond will fund.  The plans include a new library, two new classrooms (to replace aging portable classrooms), and site improvements.  The Board approved plans for the project are on the following pages.


Our District may be eligible for Prop. 51 state bond funding, without providing a local match, to improve its facilities for its students and community.  We will keep families informed as we know more about the possible second phase of our facilities improvements.  


If you have any questions regarding the bond or the planned facilities improvements, please contact Mr. Nannizzi or Mr. Parisi.  

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