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Back to School Information
Posted on 08/10/2021
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Dear JGS Families:

We hope your summer has been fun-filled! Please read this letter for information on opening days.  Enclosed you will also find a welcome letter from your child’s classroom teacher. 

TO DO

Dismissal Plan Form / PickUp Patrol

  • Please complete the enclosed form and give it to your child’s teacher on the first day of school (or preferably during the Meet & Greet / Orientation).

  • Also, please set up default plans for your child on PickUp Patrol.

EVENTS / SCHEDULE

 

Friday, August 27

Meet & Greet (Gr. 1-5)

2:00 – 3:15 PM

Students and parents are invited to stop by and say hello to their new teacher. This is not a formal orientation, however we hope the opportunity helps children feel confident and comfortable on the first day. We will put up posters outside with directions for finding teachers/grade levels.

 

Tuesday, September 7 – First day for Grades 1-5

School hours are 8:30 – 3:00.

Please see arrival and dismissal procedures on the next page.

 

Wednesday, September 8 – Preschool & Kindergarten Orientations

For all orientations, please park and meet the teacher under the tents (courtyard near playground).

The school parking lot is entered off Charlonne Street.

Kindergarten Orientation

9:00 – 10:00 Last name letters A-F

10:30 – 11:30 Last name letters G-Z

Preschool Orientation

Full-day Preschool

10:00 – 11:00

Last name A-F

12:30 – 1:30

Last name G-Z

Morning Preschool

10:00 – 11:30

Afternoon Preschool

12:30 – 2:00

 

Thursday, September 9 – First day for Preschool and Kindergarten

Kindergarten

M, T,W, TH, F

8:30 – 3:00

Full-day Preschool

M, T, W, TH

9:00 – 3:00

Friday

9:00 – 11:30

Morning Preschool

M, T, TH, F

9:00 – 11:30

Afternoon Preschool

M, T, W, TH

12:30 – 3:00

PROCEDURES

Please note: Updates to procedures will be sent as needed by email.

Arriving at School (Grades K-5)

  • Students begin entering the building at 8:30.

  • Walkers gather at the School Street door. A staff member is on duty to greet children and direct them to their classroom from 8:20 to 8:35.

  • Bus riders will be greeted by staff members and will enter through a designated door close to their classroom.

  • Car rider drop-off will be through the playground driveway. Staff members will be on duty from 8:25-8:40. Please wait for the “thumbs up” signal before allowing your child to exit your vehicle.

  • Everyone is a bit nervous on the first day of school.Staff members are eager to help, so please encourage your children to ask for assistance.

  • Preschool families will get additional information during the orientation session.

    Afternoon Dismissal (Grades PK-5)

  • Walkers are dismissed at 2:50 PM from the School Street door.Walkers will either leave the school grounds to walk home independently or will meet an adult on the front lawn.School Street is very congested at the end of the day, so please park downtown if you plan to meet your child in front of the school.There is no parking in front of the school.

  • Bus students will come to the bus port at 3:00 with their teacher.Buses are sometimes delayed on the first few days, but drop-off and pick-up times should settle into a regular routine within a week.

  • Car rider dismissal begins at 2:50 PM. Parents who are picking up children by car will come through the playground driveway (to the right of the building off School Street).The gate opens at 2:40. Please do not arrive early as it backs up traffic downtown. Staff members will direct traffic and work with students/parents to teach the procedures.This takes a bit of extra time for the first few weeks.We appreciate your patience.

  • Morning preschool families will receive additional information during the orientation session.

Bus Transportation

Bus routes will be published in the local newspaper and posted at www.sau47.org. Click on “Students/Parents” and drop down to the Busing section. If you have questions about your child’s bus transportation, you may call Community Transportation at 532-4079.

Food Service

Lunch – Offered on the first day of school and daily thereafter.

Breakfast – Offered daily beginning September 8.

Meals are free this year for all students.

Please feel free to call our school office if you have questions.  Thank you in advance for your support and involvement.  It is an honor to be part of such a wonderful school community. 

 

Sincerely,

Susan Shaw-Sarles - Principal

Nicola Fraley - Assistant Principal

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