ISAT Testing Starts Tuesday, March 4
All 3rd-5th grade students will be taking ISATs (Illinois State Achievement Tests) beginning next Tuesday, March 4th. Please note that school is NOT in session on Monday, March 3rd (Casimir Pulaski Day), so the first day of testing will occur after a three-day weekend.
All students will take two 45 minute tests each day at approximately 9:00 and 12:30. Additionally, 4th grade-only will test on Friday, March 7th.
We ask that you do everything possible to make sure your child is at school on time during the week of ISATs. Thank you for helping us make sure that your child will be able to achieve his or her best on these important tests!
SJES Character Council
2nd Semester CE Council--Pictured above from left to right: Kimberlyn Nance, Isaiah Bartlett-Duhr, Chelsie Anderson, Reed Wendler, Grace Cawvey and Clayton Mohler.
1st Semester CE Council--Pictured above from left to right--Row 1: Karsen Yonaka, Trevor Eggemeyer and Amelia Barfield and Row 2: Ben Prange, Jenna Lostutter and Drew Burrow
District Procedures for Winter Weather Conditions
Knowing that winter weather conditions can change rapidly and winter storm predictions vary across the metro St. Louis area, we are providing the following information as a reminder to parents of the district procedures in the event that school closes or dismisses early due to imminent weather conditions.
In the event that weather conditions rapidly deteriorate during the school day, the district may be forced to dismiss early in the best interest of the safety of your child(ren). Once a decision is made, the transportation system can be mobilized in one hour. Early dismissal notification procedures are as follows:
· Parents receive voice activated call.
· E-mail notifications are sent simultaneously.
· Notification is posted at www.triadunit2.org.
If you currently do not have a plan in place for your child if arriving home early, please contact the school by phone or e-mail immediately to discuss the change in your child's after-school arrangements. Keep in mind that we recommend parents/guardians arranging to have their child picked-up if there is a possibility that a child will be locked out of their home or arrive home without supervision. Knowing winter weather is difficult to forecast, please know that parents can pick up their children before dismissal if conditions begin deteriorating.
In addition, we are alerting parents/guardians regarding potential school closings this week due to the Winter Storm Warning. Triad Schools may be closed more frequently than other districts due to the fact that the majority of our students are transported on buses. Even smaller amounts of snow when combined with high winds pose real problems in terms of drifting in the rural areas of Marine, St. Jacob, and Troy.
The easiest ways to access the most updated information regarding emergency closing of Triad Schools would be to call the Triad Central Office (667-8851) in Troy or visit the district website at www.triadunit2.org . School closings will be broadcast on KMOX AM Radio-1120, KMOV-TV Channel 4, KSDK-TV Channel 5, and Fox 2 Now.
Please contact your student's school secretary right away if unsure about the information we have on file regarding your child.
Standards Based Report Card
The Triad School District is now using a Standards-Based Report Card (SBRC) at the elementary level. This is an exciting step for our schools as we work towards ensuring that all students are successful at meeting grade-level standards. [ Read More.. ]
MONTHLY PARENT NEWSLETTER
This year we will be posting a Triad Elementary Parent Newsletter on a monthly basis that is focused on sharing practical tips and ideas for improving children's readiness and success in school. We particularly like that these professionally published newsletters are respectful of busy parents by presenting short articles and inviting illustrations which offer helpful suggestions that are easily incorporated into daily practices with children. The SJES staff members hope that you have time to review these publications and incorporate some of the ideas as you become involved in your child's education over the course of this school year. February Newsletter
Dear St. Jacob Elementary School Families,
Welcome back! We hope everyone had a terrific summer break. All of us here at St. Jacob
Elementary School are really excited to start the 2013-2014 school year. We look forward to
seeing all of the returning students as well the new students here at SJES. It is hard to believe
that our 5th grade students are the first group of students to complete all six years of elementary
school in the new building. Wow, how time flies!
Both you and your child are invited to attend an open house on Wednesday, August 14th
between the hours of 6:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. We will begin the evening at 6:00 p.m. in the
gymnasium with staff introductions, followed by an overview of the new elementary report card.
From 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., students will be able to visit classrooms, meet their teachers and
drop off supplies.
For kindergarten students only, orientation will take place in the morning from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. on
Wednesday, August 14th. Teachers will share more information about the kindergarten orientation during
home visits, in which they will call to setup.
The first day of student attendance will be on Thursday, August 15th, and it will be a full day of school. The
regular daily schedule will be as follows:
8:20 a.m. – Doors open for students and breakfast begins. There is no supervision before 8:20 a.m., so please do not drop students off before that time. If your child needs supervision before 8:20 a.m., please call the office to inquire about the Triad Beyond the Bell program.
8:40 a.m. – Instruction begins. Any student arriving after 8:40 a.m. should be accompanied by an adult to sign in at the office.
3:05 p.m. – School is dismissed.
Students should be dropped off at the circle drive located in front of the main entrance. Please do not park
cars in the circle drive when dropping students off before school or when picking students up after school is
dismissed as this is designated as an emergency lane. Busses will drop off students in the south parking lot.
If you have any questions regarding bus transportation, please call 667-8851, extension 5308 or 5301.
Again, the SJES staff and I are looking forward to another exciting school year. We feel privileged to work
with you and your child. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the SJES office. We
will see everyone soon!
Jay Simpson, Principal
Triad School District Introduces Our New
Triad CUSD#2 continues to work toward a paperless direction for many of its home-school communications. We have recently launched this “Virtual Backpack” webpage to assist parents obtaining information to community resources, services and information in our area. The categories on this page will assist you in locating district approved informational flyers, notices and registration forms released by area non-profit organizations, intergovernmental agencies and business partners.
Parents and Guardians are able to access information on activities in the surrounding communities from Family Movie Events in the Park to Athletic camps and activities by clicking on the
All parents/guardians have the ability to purchase insurance for their children during the time they are attending school. For more information about purchasing student insurance, please visit the parent resources folder at the bottom of this page where you will be able to access the application as well coverage details.
School Lunch Program
District students are enjoying using the Triad District's new computerized point of sale cafeteria system at the start of this school year. The new system has established every student with an account in the cafeteria that can be accessed by using a barcode based on their triad student ID. At meal time, the students make their lunch selection and use an ID badge, as opposed to our traditional punch card, to track meal purchases and payments. Currently, we are still taking food service payments via cash or check. Students will continue to hand their deposit to their classroom teacher in the mornings. We appreciate receiving these transactions in envelopes with your child's name clearly printed on the outside. While the system will continue to accept cash and personal checks, we now offer parents the convenience of online check or credit card payments toward cafeteria purchases. Daily food service menus are available online through Sodexo.
The Triad District is now able to offer parents the ability to manage their child's meal account balances through an online management service called PayForIt.net. The service may be accessed via links through our Parent Resources webpage or directly via www.payforit.net . This service benefits students, parents and the school cafeteria. Management of your child's account through this online service will ensure that they never have to worry about carrying cash for lunch purchases and having the money with them at the start of lunch service. Using the PayForIt.net service, parents can log in at any time to make a deposit to their child's account, view their child's account balance, set up recurring deposits to their child's account, set up e-mail notifications when their child's account falls below a certain dollar amount, or request a report showing what the child has purchased on their account. [Triad Food Service]