27 Literacy Night 6:30-8:30pm
2 Teacher Inservice Day Student Holiday
4 PTO Meeting 9:00 Cafetorium
10 SAC Meeting 3:15pm Media Center
16 President’s Day Student/Teacher Holiday
26 Character Counts K-2 9:15 Cafetorium
“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.
CHARACTER COUNTS! at JCE
Calling all walkers, runners and fitness enthusiasts to participate in the CHARACTER COUNTS! 6 Pillars 6K/3K Run/Walk on Saturday, February 7 at 2 p.m. The run/walk will begin and end at Palencia Elementary School. Register Online Now!
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.
Parents of 5th Graders
Julington Creek would like to offer you the opportunity to congratulate your child with a personalized message in the “5th Grade Memories” section of the yearbook. Download the order form for more information. All forms are due back by Friday, February 6th.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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
Empowering Excellence in Educators
Learn about St. Johns County School District’s new instructional evaluation system that will advance student growth and academic achievement.
Parent Survey/JCE’s “Needs Assessment”
Paper copies of our SAC survey were sent home on January 13th. Each family is asked to complete one survey for each child to tell us about things we are doing well and provide feedback for where we can make adjustments to improve the quality of the education we provide. Please return them as soon as complete.
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 section of our website which will launch on February 1st.
Early Kindergarten Registration for 2015-16
Wednesday, February 4th – 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
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.
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 preorder a yearbook using the flyer that was sent home with the newsletter. Orders need to be mailed directly to Leonards in the self-addressed envelope that was sent home with the flyer. You can also 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
During technology class students in 3rd – 5th grades were introduced to a new typing program called Type To Learn 4. Mrs. Jones gave students their usernames and passwords and provided a copy to their homeroom teacher. 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.
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
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