September 2018 Panther Press
Dear Jacoby Creek Families,
We have had a wonderful start to the 2018-2019 school year. It has been a pleasure to see returning students and to meet students new to our school.
The Panther Press will be delivered to families monthly via email. It will also be available on our website and there will be hard copies available in the office. The goal of the newsletter is to keep JCS families informed about all of the monthly activities here at school. Please be sure to let me know if you would like to see any information added to this newsletter.
Thank you for all that you do to help make Jacoby Creek School a great place to grow and learn! I am looking forward to a productive and fun school year.
Communication with the School
Important: The voicemail connected to the (707) 822-4896 phone number does not function properly. Once in a great while, it will allow a caller to leave a message, but it is very inconsistent. The staff at Jacoby Creek does not check the voicemail connected to the (707) 822-4896 phone number.
If you would like to leave a voicemail, please use the (707) 633-9090 phone number. Please take a moment to program this number into your phone. These messages are checked frequently all day. Please use this number to leave attendance and non-urgent messages. The office does not open until 8:00 a.m., so if you need to leave a message prior to 8:00 a.m. you should do so on the (707) 633-9090 number.
The email system is another way that the school communicates with families. Please make sure that your email information is up to date with the school office and with your child’s teacher.
Our school website jcsk8.org is also a great place to find information about our school. The Panther Press, the school calendar, lunch menu, and all important forms are available.
Thank you for helping us stay organized so that we have as much time as possible to be available for our students!
Back to School Nights
Attending your child’s Back to School Night is a very important component in setting them up to have a successful school year. Please be sure to mark your calendars with these important dates. I look forward to seeing you there!!
1st through 6th Grade Back to School Night: Thursday, September 6th
- This is an informative night for parents only. Daycare will be open for $5 per child. If you are interested in child care during Back to School Night, please email Mrs. Nannizzi to reserve a daycare spot. email@example.com
- There will be two gym presentations this year because the gym has been too crowded the last couple of years. Families can choose which to attend.
- 5:40 Gym Presentation
- 6:00 4th-6th Grade Presentation
- 6:45 Gym Presentation (Same information from 5:40 presentation)
- 7:15 1st-3rd Presentation
- 7th and 8th Grade Back to School Night: Thursday, September 13 @ 6:30 in the library
Coffee With the Principal
This year Coffee with the Principal will take place on the first Monday morning of each month from 8:00-9:00ish in the library. Coffee with the Principal is an open and casual time for parents and community members to come talk with me about Jacoby Creek School. I look forward to many opportunities to hear the JCS community’s perspective on our school. The first Coffee with the Principal will be on October 1.
Each year students are asked to bring a ziplock bag filled with three bottles of water and three non-perishable food items in case we were to encounter an emergency at school and needed supplies. This year the Athletics Committee will be selling the emergency bags as a fundraiser. An order form was sent home in your child’s folder, but please contact our Athletic Director, Davita McGoldrick, if you need a new copy of the order form. firstname.lastname@example.org
After School Enrichment and Academic Support Classes
Academic Support Classes: Homework Club for second and third grade students and Study Hall for fourth through eighth grade students will begin the week of September 17. Registration forms for will be sent out next week and will be available on the website and in the office.
After School Enrichment Classes (ASE) for K-8th grade will begin in early October. Registration forms for ASE classes will be sent out in mid September. These classes fill up quickly, so remember to turn in your registration form as soon as possible.
Be sure to check out the After School Enrichment bulletin board in the courtyard for class lists and room numbers.
For the safety and comfort of our students, Jacoby Creek School has a consistent dress code for students in kindergarten through eighth grade. Clothing should not be distracting or impair freedom of movement. Students should wear clothing that is warm and suitable for physical activity. T-shirts which could be interpreted as obscene, vulgar, or in bad taste are not to be worn at school. Undergarments should not be visible. Spaghetti strapped shirts are considered to be undergarments.
Please remember to to write your student’s name in their clothing and all tupperware, lunch boxes, and water bottles. Our lost and found is a bit out of control, and it would be wonderful to return clothing to owners!
2018 Panther Pentathlon–October 5
Our goal this year is to raise $55,000 to support the following amazing programs at Jacoby Creek School:
MUSIC, DRAMA, ATHLETICS, SPANISH, & TECHNOLOGY
The money raised by the Panther Pentathlon funds programs that make a JCS a wonderful place to learn! Primary grade music, concerts, class plays, the school play, athletics, Spanish in seventh and eighth, and significant yearly technology updates are all funded by this fundraiser.
The Panther Pentathlon Pledge Packet will be sent home with the kids in early September. Then, throughout the first month of the school year, we ask kids and families to collect donations to support these five programs. As this is our “homegrown” fundraiser, we have incredibly low overhead with more than 95% of the money donated going directly to the school. All of the kids’ fundraising efforts to support the school culminate with the celebration on the morning of October 5.
Harvest Carnival–October 12
The Harvest Carnival is an annual PTO event with cotton candy, games, and lots of family fun. A sign-up will be sent out soon to solicit volunteers for this event.
There will be a Spaghetti Feed the night of the Carnival. This is a great way to get dinner at the event and all profits go to the 8th grade class Moonstone Beach celebration.
JCS PTO Welcomes You Back to School!
We will be meeting to plan fun activities for our school’s students and families this year. Please join us to plan for the events mentioned below! Come to one meeting or come to them all! Children are welcome.
Meeting Times: 5:00 Thursdays as listed
Location: Rm. 11 (Ms. Jackson’s Classroom), JCS
9/27 Carnival/ Spirit Gear/ Walk & Roll Meeting
11/29 Winter Event Meeting
1/31 Skate Day Meeting
3/21 Staff Appreciation Luncheon Meeting
5/16 Pancake Palace/ Exploration Day Meeting
Contact PTO: Jocelyn Figas, email@example.com PTO President, or Sonya Jackson, 4th Grade Teacher, firstname.lastname@example.org,
Important Dates in September:
The calendars for JCS, the JCS Gym, and JCS Library are all on the jcsk8.org website. There is a small black calendar icon in the upper right hand corner of the homepage that brings up the calendars. They are divided by three tabs labeled JCS Calendar, Gym Calendar, and Library Calendar. Please let us know if you need help finding these calendars!
This month at a glance:
September 3 Labor Day – No School
September 4 4th-8th grade Music classes start this week
September 6 1st through 6th Back to School Night
September 10 Picture Day
September 11 7th/8th grade Spanish classes start this week
September 13 7th and 8th grade Back to School Night
September 17 4th-8th After School Study Hall Begins
September 18 2nd and 3rd Homework Club Begins
September 26 Girls Basketball Parent Meeting
Next month at a glance:
October 1 Early Success Conferences 1:15 Dismissal
October 1 Coffee with the Principal 8:00-9:00 in the library
October 5 Panther Pentathlon (daytime event, at school)
October 12 Annual Harvest Carnival 5:00-7:30 p.m.
JCCEF : Tuesday, September 4 @ 5:30 at Baywood (First Tuesday of each month)
PTO: Thursday, September 27 @ 5:00 in Room 11 (See schedule above)
School Site Council: Tuesday, September 11 @ 3:30 in Room 1(Second Tuesday of each month)
School Board : Monday, September 10 @ 7:15
JCS Annual School Calendar
This year at a glance:
-Early Success Conferences 1:15 Dismissal
-Panther Pentathlon on October 5-In School Event
-Harvest Carnival on October 12- 5:00 p.m.
-Girls’ Basketball starts for 6th-8th grades
-Halloween Parade on October 31-Students may wear costumes to school
-End of the first trimester-November 2
–Fall parent/teacher conferences: November 9-16
-Veteran’s Day- November 12 No School
-Fall choir & orchestra concert during conference week
-Book fair during conference week
-Thanksgiving break: November 19-23
-TK an K Information Night for 2019-2020 School Year: November 29
DECEMBER 1-FEBRUARY 1: Enrollment window for 2019-2020 school year.
*This window is the only period of time when Interdistrict Transfers will approved by many local school districts.
-Boys’ Basketball starts for 6th-8th grades
-Noon Dismissal: December 21
-Winter Break: December 24-January 4
– Martin Luther King, Jr. Day: January 21 No School
-Primary Winter Concert: February 7
-Science Fair: February 8-13
-Track and Field starts for 5th-8th grades
-Oral Language Faire: March 7
-End of Second Trimester: March 8
-Spring parent/teacher conferences: March 25-29
-School Play: March 29
-Spring choir & orchestra concert: April 11
-Spring Break: April 22-26
-Open House: May 2
-Book fair week of open house
-Folk Dance Festival: May 24
-CAASP testing for 3rd-8th grades
-Exploration Day: June 7
-Kindergarten celebration: June 11
-8th grade graduation: June 12