South Jefferson Elementary’s
“Back to School” Night: Wednesday, September 7, 2016
6:00 p.m.—7:00 p.m. Open House for Parents/Guardians of Kindergarten,
1st and 2nd grade students.
During this time, please come to meet your child’s kindergarten, first or second grade teacher.
7:00—8:00 p.m. Conferences for Kindergarten,
1st and 2nd Grades:
This time will be for prearranged, invitation only conferences. The classroom doors will be closed for these private prearranged meetings.
6:00—7:00 p.m. Conferences for 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades:
This time will be for prearranged, invitation-only conferences. The classroom doors will be closed for these private prearranged meetings.
7:00 p.m.—8:00 p.m. Open House for Parents/Guardians of 3rd,
4th and 5th grade students:
During this time, please come to meet your child’s third, fourth or fifth grade teacher.
If you have any questions, please contact the school at 304-728-9216. Thank you! We look forward to seeing you there!
Welcome Back to School!
Can it be time to start school already?! It seems as though the summer has flown by...We are super excited about seeing all of our former Roadrunners again and look forward to welcoming new faces to our school this year. Please mark your calendars for the first day of school: Thursday, August 18, 2016. Our kindergarten friends will have their orientation that day and will begin school full time on Friday, August 19, 2016. Our Head Start and Pre-K students will begin school on Wednesday, August 24, 2016.
Many have called asking about supplies. Please know that we provide anything that you need, but are always open to donations from our families. Items such as extra pencils and paper, tissues, antibacterial wipes and Clorox wipes are always very much appreciated. You cannot imagine how many boxes of tissues we go through in a year, particularly during those "cold and flu season" months!
This year, we are welcoming some new staff members to South Jefferson Elementary and we know you will enjoy getting to know them and welcoming them to the SJES family. We welcome Ms. Sigley and Mrs. Hillman to first grade. Mrs. Greene (formerly Kindergarten) will be joining the first grade team as well. Mrs. Fincham and Mrs. Bivens have moved to second grade and Mrs. McKee is now our Reading Interventionist. Ms. Manzuk will now serve as one of our Special Educators. Mrs. Mangum (formerly in third grade) will now be teaching with the fourth grade team. Whew! That's a lot of changes, but we are extremely fortunate to keep our favorite teachers and to also add some new faces to the mix, as well.
We will be holding our "Back to School" night on Wednesday, September 7th from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. This will be your opportunity to personally meet your child's teacher and to learn more about the year ahead. More information regarding this evening will be coming home on the first day of school. We will also have our Parent/Student Handbook available online very soon so that you can get a jump start on all things SJE!
We will see you very soon! Enjoy those last few days of summer!
Former Roadrunners Visit SJES
What a "full circle" moment for us when graduating seniors from Washington High School came back to visit their former elementary school. There were tears, looks of amazement ("Look how much you've grown!") and just a wonderfully warm feeling for our staff members who had the honor to teach these young men and women. We certainly hope to make this a tradition at our school and wish the best to all of our graduating Patriots! But remember.....once a Roadrunner, always a Roadrunner!
SJES 2016 Citizenship Awards
It is always a wonderful moment when we announce our SJES Citizenship Award recipients. We'd like to take this opportunity to congratulate our amazing citizens and leaders for the incredible standard that they hold for themselves and the example that they set for the other students in our school. Well done, Roadrunners!
The Citizenship Awards for Kindergarten were Cassie Wynder, Mason Lowery, Dustin Hale, Grace Custer, Luis Beamer, Rileigh Dowell, Colten Shillinburg and Aaliyah Twyman. The Citizenship Awards for Fifth Grade: Chase Bowers, Madelayne Ruffner, Logan Salyards, Paige Jaspal, Logan Glover and Maddox Showen.
Mrs. Zimmerman Wins Big with Business Partner Kable Team Realty
We would like thank our business partner, Kable Team Realty, for donating a $50 gift certificate for dinner to lucky winner, Mrs. Beth Zimmerman, kindergarten teacher at South Jefferson Elementary. Everyone at South Jefferson was excited to have this opportunity and we're sure Mrs. Zimmerman will enjoy her gift---maybe we're just a little jealous! Thank you again, Kable Team Realty, for your generosity during Teacher Appreciation Week!
Anne Strider of Kable Team Realty presents gift certificate to Beth Zimmerman
South Jefferson Staff Wishes to Thank All for an Awesome
Teacher Appreciation WeeK
The South Jefferson staff would like to thank everyone for their generous contributions of food, notes and well wishes during Teacher Appreciation Week. Everything was delicious and made us feel very special and recognized. In order for us to be at our very best, it's important for us to have a strong partnership with our families. All of those little things throughout the year sure do add up and make those partnerships grow which only assists us in the important work that we are charged with every day: to provide your children with the very best that we can give, to educate them and to nurture them while they are here at South Jefferson Elementary. Thank you for again for all that you do and a special shout out to our wonderful PTO Officers who ALWAYS make us feel appreciated. Every day.
Cub Scout Pack #420 Beautifies South Jefferson
If you notice how amazing our Parent Circle and Outdoor Classroom look lately, you definitely need to thank Cub Scout Pack #420, Mr. Greg Heflebower, Mr. Rob Poplar and Mrs. Lori Davis! They came to school on a rainy Saturday morning and cleaned up those areas for all of us to enjoy. We couldn't be more grateful for all of their support throughout the year, helping us to maintain our Nature Trail and assisting with the Outdoor Classroom and Parent Circle. These young men and their troop leaders truly exemplify what it means to be part of a community and their tireless work is always appreciated. South Jefferson is very proud to call them one of our community partners.
Shown in picture: Andrew Wickham, Victor Wickham, Logan Poplar, William Heflebower, Cole Davis, Mr. Rob Poplar, Mr. Greg Heflebower and Mrs. Lori Davis
Our Annual Hoops for Heart Fundraising Campaign Is A Huge Success
Because of the hard work of our Hoops for Heart Coordinators, Nurse Kelley Henry and Mr. Atkins, P E Teacher, and the generosity of our families and community, our annual Hoops for Heart campaign was an amazing success, once again! We would like to thank everyone who participated and for your donations to such an important cause in all of our lives. Our students were able to win gym equipment for their classrooms as well as earn "lunch with the teacher" privileges. But....probably the most fun of all was the hot dog eating contest between Nurse Kelley and Mr. Atkins. Students were randomly chosen to select condiments for the hot dogs that would be eaten: onions, chocolate chips, caramel sauce, relish and even hot sauce! Kudos to both of them for volunteering to do this and for actually eating the ENTIRE hot dog! Superintendent, Dr. Gibson, was on hand to share in the fun and to also celebrate South Jefferson Elementary's accomplishments.
A special thank you to business partners, Mrs. Barbara Scott of Summit Point Speedway and the Zanella family of Hillbrook Inn and Spa for their generous donations this year, which helped us to raise over $16,000 for the American Heart Association. It's our hope that we will earn the title of "Top Fundraising School" in the state of WV again this year.
Ms. Heather Decker (Regional Director for the American Heart Association), Mr. Atkins (P.E. Teacher/Hoops Coordinator), the "Happy Heart" (Ms. Mahoney), Dr. Gibson (Superintendent of Jefferson County Schools), Nurse Kelley Henry (SJES Nurse/Hoops Coordinator) and Mr. Jenkins (Principal of South Jefferson Elementary).
The bravest of them all: Mr. Atkins and Nurse Kelley, getting prepared to consume their "extra-special" hot dogs.
SJES Roadrunners, putting their "heart" into our annual Hoops for Heart campaign!
Computer Programming Comes to SJES
We would like to take this opportunity to thank parent (and Loudoun Valley High School educator) Mr. Snyder for bringing computer programming to our students in grades three through five. Along with his students, Malcolm Miller, Sean Eagen and Matt Eberhart, Mr. Snyder spent the day working with our students on the computer programming basics. Add in a little Star Wars theme music, paired with the excellent hands on opportunity, and our students were HOOKED! It was a very productive and engaging day for our students and we are almost positive that there may be some future programmers walking around our school after this experience. Thank you, Mr. Snyder for giving of your time and sharing your passion with our students! We are very grateful!
Second Grade Team Wins Attendance Incentive
Congratulations to the 2nd grade team for winning the SJES Staff Attendance Incentive this month. The team had zero absences for the month of November. As part of our attendance initiative, we are asking our staff members to be excellent role models for our students and encouraging perfect attendance. Well done, Mrs. Prusha, Mrs. Rosa and Mrs. Allinger!