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 2014-2015 school year. We look forward to seeing all of the returning students as well as our new students here at SJES.
Both you and your child are invited to attend an open house on Tuesday, August 19th between the hours of 5:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. Students will be able to visit classrooms, meet their teacher and drop off supplies.
For kindergarten students only, orientations will take place in the afternoon on Tuesday, August 19th. The first orientation will take place at 12:00 p.m. and a second orientation will follow at 1:15 p.m. Your child's teacher will call to make arrangements for you to attend one of the orientations.
The first day of student attendance will be on Wednesday, August 20th and it will be a full day. THE REGULAR DAILY SCHEDULE HAS CHANGED AND WILL BE AS FOLLOWS:
o 8:25 a.m. – Doors open for students and breakfast begins. There is no supervision before 8:25 a.m., so please do not drop students off before that time. If your child needs supervision before 8:25 a.m., please call the office to inquire about the Triad Beyond the Bell program.
o 8:45 a.m. – Instruction begins. Any students arriving after 8:45 a.m. should be accompanied by an adult to sign in at the office.
o 3:15 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 questions regarding bus transportation, please call 667-8851 extension 5308 or 5301.
Again, the SJES staff and I look 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 at 644-2541. We will see everyone soon!
2014-15 Bus Route Information
The Triad Transportation staff strives to provide the best transportation service possible to children of families who reside outside safe walking routes to our schools. As you prepare your children for the coming school year, please familiarize yourself with the bus route information for the 2014-15 school year. Having children know their bus number, their stop location and when to meet their bus is important information that will help them establish familiar routine at the start of the year. The information is now available, and can be accessed using the link below. Please direct any questions to our transportation department at 618.667.8851 x.5308 (Heather Markivic)
2014-2015 Class Configuration
April 11th, 2014
Dear St. Jacob Elementary Families,
At the start of the 2010-2011 school year, we decided to pilot three multi-age classes at St. Jacob Elementary School. This configuration of three multi-age classes (kindergarten/1st, 2nd/3rd and 4th/5th) combined with six single grade classes (one class per grade level for kindergarten through 5th) allowed us to keep class sizes smaller and more consistent by spreading two grade levels of students into three classes. After piloting this arrangement for two years and experiencing several benefits of multi-age classes, the decision was made to implement multi-age classes throughout the entire school at the start of the 2012-2013 school year in order to create consistency for all of the students.
One of the primary benefits to the multi-age configuration is that it allowed classes sizes to remain at desirable levels instead of hovering in the low 30’s as in previous years. Other benefits included use of flexible groupings dependent upon student readiness and exposure to a wide-range of curriculum and instructional techniques. Additionally, teachers broadened their knowledge of multiple grade level curricula and enhanced their ability to differentiate instruction. Due to the support of parents and teachers, St. Jacob Elementary students maintained excellent test scores over the last three years.
After analyzing the benefits of multi-age classes compared to single grade classes combined with predicted enrollment for next year, we have decided to assign students to single grade classes for the 2014-2015 school year. The financial challenges the district continues to face make it difficult to guarantee small class sizes even with a multi-age configuration. Shifting to a single grade configuration will still allow teachers the flexibility to group students according to readiness and to employ a variety of different instructional methodologies. In addition, though, single grade levels will allow teachers and students the ability to transition to the new state learning standards and state assessments in a single grade level configuration.
We are confident that we will be able to continue to maintain many of the positive aspects of multi-age classes, including active and cooperative learning opportunities, social and emotional development, and individualized and differentiated instruction. Furthermore, we will also continue to create opportunities for students to work among multi-grade level pods (kindergarten/1st, 2nd/3rd and 4th/5th), such as during the daily “Academy” time which consists of lunch, recess and library.
St. Jacob Elementary teachers have always been willing to go above and beyond. Whether single grade or multi-age class configurations, teacher effectiveness is what truly makes the difference. I am confident that the students of St. Jacob Elementary School will continue to receive the top-notch education that they have always experienced.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask.
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.
MAY EDITION COMING SOON
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]