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

September 2017 Panther Press

Dear Jacoby Creek Families,

We have had a wonderful start to the 2017-2018 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.  Please let the office know if you would prefer to receive a hard copy of the Panther Press.  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.  


Melanie Nannizzi


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 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!!

First-Sixth Grade Back to School Night will be held on Thursday, September 7th.  Below is the schedule for the evening..

  • 1st-3rd  – 6:00-6:45
  • All Grade Levels  6:50-7:10 in the gym
  • 4th– 6th- 7:15-8:00

Seventh and Eighth Grade Back to School Night will be held on September 14 at 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 2.  

Emergency Supplies

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 fund raiser.  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.

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 11.  Registration forms for will be sent out next week and will be available on the website.

After School Enrichment Classes (ASE) will begin the week of October 2.  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.

Dress Code

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.  Our lost and found is a bit out of control, and it would be wonderful to return clothing to owners!  

2017 Panther Pentathlon -October 6

Our goal this year is to raise $55,000 to support the following amazing programs at Jacoby Creek School:  


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 donation 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 even on the morning of October 6.

Harvest Carnival–October 20

The Harvest Carnival is an annual PTO event with cotton candy, games, and lots of family fun.  A sign-up genius 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 End of Year Big Event!

Library News

Humboldt County

Children’s Author’s Festival Presents…

Gwendolyn Hooks at JCS, October 19, 2017

The Humboldt County Children’s Author Festival is almost here.  Since 1975, the Humboldt County Children’s Author Festival has been bringing authors to our schools.  This year, on Thursday, October 19th, we are lucky to host nationally known author Gwendolyn Hooks.  Gwendolyn will share with us books she has written such as, If You Were a Kid in the Civil Rights Movement, and Pet Costume Party.

Books will be sold during her autograph session at the Humboldt County Library,

Saturday, October 21, 2017, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.


JSC Book Fair

November 13 – 17, 2017 (During conference week)

Come shop the book fair in the library all week long.

Hours: Mon – Fri, 8:10 – 8:30 am, 1:15 – 5:00 pm

Important Dates in September:

The calendars for JCS, the JCS Gym, and JCS Library are all on the 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!

September 4:  Labor Day–NO SCHOOL

September 5:  Foundation Meeting–5:30 p.m. at Baywood

September 7: 1st-6th grade Back to School Night

September 11-15:  After School Academic Support Classes Begin

September 11:  School Board Meeting–7:15 p.m. in the Library

September 12: School Site Council Meeting–3:30 p.m. in Mrs. Long’s room

September 14: 7th and 8th grade Back to School Night

September 18:  PTO Meeting–5:30 p.m. in Mrs. Hatchett’s room

September 25: Picture Day

September 27: Girls Basketball Parent Meeting


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