Welcome to Julington Creek Elementary School

Upcoming Events
2 Read Across American Dr. Seuss Birthday
4 PTO Meeting 9:00a.m.
8 Daylight Savings Time
9/10 Spring Pictures
10 SAC Meeting 3;15 p.m. Media Center
12 2nd Grade Caldecott
13 Teacher Planning/Student Holiday
16-20 Spring Break 23 Classes Resume

“New” Transportation Policy
“New” policy change in effect as of February 2, 2015 All transportation changes must be received, in writing by 1:00 p.m. Early checkouts changes must be completed by 2:15 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. Early checkouts must be completed by 1:15 p.m. on Wednesdays. These changes are necessary to facilitate the safe dismissal of our students.

Helping Elementary Students Succeed on the FSA
SJCSD’s Curriculum Services Department has planned four informational evenings to discuss how parents can help their children in preparation for Florida Standards Assessments (FSA) to be administered this spring. These evening presentations, which will be hosted by local schools throughout the district, will provide insight into what grade 3-5 students will need to know in order to perform their personal best on the Writing, English Language Arts and Mathematics portions of the FSA. These parent nights are being designed to augment and support what schools are already doing to prepare students. The district also wants to ensure that all parents are informed regarding the FSA program which replaces the former Florida Comprehensive Assessment Tests (FCAT). This is the first year the FSA will be administered so there is great interest in both the content and the structure of the exams and how that structure is different than FCAT. All parents of SJCSD elementary students are welcome to attend these sessions. Each session will begin promptly at 6:30PM. The Writing and English Language Arts assessments will be addressed during the first portion of the evening, followed by Mathematics. Time for questions will be allotted during both portions, with the evening ending promptly at 8:00 PM.
Schedule and Locations:
February 10 – Mill Creek Elementary School
February 17 – Ketterlinus Elementary School
February 19 – Valley Ridge Academy
February 24 – Palencia Elementary

Creekside High School Elementary and Middle School Track and Field Championship
Wednesday, April 1st, will be the Creekside Elementary and Middle School Track and Field Championship.  Download a registration form for more information.

School Books Needed for the AR Store
As you clean out your closets, set aside all your gently used books for this year’s AR Store. We will have a bin in the front office to collect them. All levels needed.

Dress Code Reminders
As we enter the time of year when the temperature can vary greatly from morning to afternoon, please keep the following in mind:
• Hats, sunglasses, etc. must be taken off and put away upon arrival (except in case of medical necessity or special events authorized by administration)
• Shoes must be safe and appropriate and must have a back – no flip-flops, etc.
• No tank tops, spaghetti straps, or shirts/dresses that are cut out at midriff.
• Clothing must be free of logos or sayings with profanity, violence, drugs, alcohol, or tobacco or anything that would be disruptive to the learning environment.
• Skirts and shorts must be no shorter than 4 inches above the knee. Leggings are permitted to be worn under a skirt or long sweater/skirt.
• Hair should be a natural color and styled in a way that is not distracting.
• No excessive make-up.

Discovery Education Proctors Needed!
JCE will need parent volunteers to assist classroom teachers with DE testing again this year. Please contact Cindy Leeber if you are interested in proctoring grades K-3.   Assessment Windows February 2 – March 13, April 13 – May 22

Sign up for District News
Beverly Slough, District 1 representative to the St. Johns County School Board, writes periodic updates for parents and others concerning school district matters. If you would like to receive the updates, please email her at Beverly.Slough@stjohns.k12.fl.us.

eSchoolPlus Home Access Center (HAC)
Home Access Center (HAC) allows parents to view their child’s educational information via a secure, password protected website. All schools in grades 3-12 are participating in HAC. Follow this link for district information. Please remember that K – 2nd grade teachers and students DO NOT use HAC. All RETURNING 4th and 5th students HAVE THE SAME HAC ID and password as they did last year. If they have forgotten they can use the reset tool. All NEW 4-5th grade students are able to register online for HAC using the email that was provided during registration. It is not necessary to come into the school with ID unless a parent is trying to CHANGE an email on file.

Extended Day Open Enrollment 2014-2015
Extended day is accepting applications for the 2014-2015 school year. Contact the Extended Day Coordinator, Jennifer Frascello, 547-7983 or frascej@stjohns.k12.fl.us. Visit the Extended Day page for more information.

Extended Day Pre-Pay Punch Cards
18 Fun Filled Visits for $360.00 – only one card needed per family – no registration fees – no commitment – includes snack, drink, and Extended Day scheduled activities. 24 hour reservation required. Available For Purchase Today! Call: 547-7983

15C75B2D-0118C716Empowering Excellence in Educators
Learn about St. Johns County School District’s new instructional evaluation system that will advance student growth and academic achievement.

FSA Writing

Students in 4th and 5th grade will participate in the FSA writing test on March 5th.

Proctors Are Needed
We are in need of proctors for the 4th and 5th grade FSA writing test on Thursday, March 5th from approximately 8:30-11:00. If you are able to help, please sign up in the front office or contact Mrs. Milite in Guidance. Thank you!

ESE Parent Survey
 All parents of children with disabilities and a current IEP (PK to 12th grade) are invited to participate in this survey. The survey is opened from February 1, 2015 to May 31, 2015. Please visit www.ESEsurvey.com to complete the survey.

 Planning ahead for 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students:

  • On March 5th our wonderful 4th AND 5th grade authors will participate in the writing portion of FSA (Florida State Assessment). This is a paper-based assessments.
  • FSA (new FCAT) assessments for 3rd and 4th: March 26 and 27 for math and March 31 and April 1 for reading. These are paper-based assessments administered over two sessions. 
  • FSA (new FCAT) assessments for 5th grade: 5th grade FSA reading and math are computer-based assessments. Students will cycle through two sessions of math the week of April 13th-17th and two sessions of reading the week April 20th-24th. All 5th graders will take the paper-based Science FCAT on April 29th and 30th. For more details regarding testing please check out the new Assessment calendar of our website.

Early Kindergarten Registration for 2015-16.
Thursday, March 12th – 1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, April 15th – 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Friday, May 8th – 1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
We encourage all families to register early so that we can properly plan for the following year.  If you know of any children coming to kindergarten next year, please encourage their families to register early.

Calendar 2015-2016
Please take some time to review the District Calendar for the 2015-16, next school year. There is a significant change! We will start the new school year earlier, but will also end earlier. Please note, it will impact us in creating a shorter break this summer. The start date will be August 10, 2015. School will end for students on May 26, 2016. We want to keep you informed so you can plan your summer vacation accordingly.

Yearbooks are now on sale.
You can order online at: www.leonards.com/yearbooks. Then enter our order number: 32178.  You can also download an order form on this page. Please DO NOT send the order form to school, MAIL IT TO LEONARDS. Books are $20 and go up to $25 on March 1st. Contact Mrs. Jones in the computer lab if you have any questions.

JCE Box Top Challenge
Can you get your “Paws” on 25 Box Tops? Show your Jaguar Pride and tape or glue one box top to each Paw Print on this form. Collect them over the summer and give them to your new teacher when you return to school.
Type To Learn 4
Our district licensing provides the opportunity to download and install Type To Learn 4 at home for continued keyboarding practice. Here are the directions you will need to acquire the FREE software. This is the same application used at school.  Please contact Mrs. Jones if you have any questions.

ESE Parent Advisory Council
The ESE Parent Advisory Council meets twice per year to inform the school district about ways in which we can improve our efforts in serving students with disabilities. All parents are invited to participate. For more information contact the ESE office at 904-547-7712. The next meetings is February 19, 2015 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm at 40 Orange Street, 3rd floor auditorium.

School Visitors
Please be prepared to show a picture ID when coming on school grounds. Thank you for your cooperation.

School Times for 2014-2015
Mon/Tues/Thurs/Fri: 8:30am – 2:50pm
Wed and Early Release: 8:30am – 1:50pm

Campus/Classroom Visitors
All visitors to the school during school hours must be cleared as a volunteer. It is a district-wide policy that each person coming to the school during school hours be cleared as a volunteer prior to being admitted. This includes coming to school to have lunch with a child, attending a field trip, or for a teacher conference.

Please Note Transportation Changes
Parents, if it is necessary to change your student’s transportation during school, please fax (547-7985) a note prior to 2:15 pm (1:15 pm on Wednesdays) or you can send an email to Debbie.Higbea@stjohns.k12.fl.us Last minute changes are discouraged as they often confuse the student.

New to Julington Creek Elementary?
Kelly Thompson, New Family Liaison, can help you with questions or concerns. To contact Mrs. Thompson or check out our informative newsletters just for newcomers. Thank you!

Do you need assistance?
If you are a person with a disability who needs assistance to attend meetings or activities at Julington Creek Elementary, please contact Mr. Story at Michael.Story@stjohns.k12.fl.us or call 547-7980

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