NJES Newsletter

North Jefferson Elementary

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Principal's News

NJES Families,

 During the month of February, our school in partnership with Shepherdstown Elementary and Shepherdstown Middle School participated in a community book drive to collect beginner books and early reader books. Thank you to all how contributed to this book collection.  On April 18th, we will use these books to host a joint early literacy reading day for our schools.  This free event will be held at Shepherdstown Middle School from 10 am - 1 pm. We will spend the afternoon enjoying a day of free: books, food, music, and fun for all as parents and children explore learning stations filled with activities and games designed to promote and build early reading skills.  Families will leave with free goodie bags of books and activities for young readers.  This exciting day will also feature some NJES Alumni guest readers.  As a part of our partnership with our feeder schools we will also be holding a STEM night here at NJES with the help of staff and students from Jefferson High School on March 26th.  Please join us for a light dinner from 5:30-6:00 pm and STEM stations to follow from 6:00-8:00 pm.  Be sure to RSVP by March 13th

 

Sincerely, 

D. Nicole Johnson, Principal NJES

 

Coach’s Corner

 

What’s happening at NJES?

We, here at North Jefferson, couldn’t be more proud that two of our students are moving on to the state level for West Virginia’s annual Young Writers’ competition! Way to go, writers! Students throughout all grade levels are still working on informative writing. Teachers in grades 3-5 have been working hard to incorporate the Chromebooks into lessons for student learning. It’s pretty impressive to see how these tools are being utilized!

 

What can I do to help my child?

Start looking closely at words. Chances are, our kids probably have spelling words to study each week. Rather than simply memorizing a list of words, help your child sort their words into common groups.  Write the words on individual note cards and help them look for patterns in the words. Some patterns your child might find include: number of syllables, syllable types, vowel patterns, common prefixes or suffixes, beginning sounds, blends or digraphs. As students become more familiar with word parts, it’ll help with inferring the meaning of new or unfamiliar words, and it’ll help with reading multisyllabic words. Speaking of reading, don’t forget to read a little each night! Happy Learning!

 

Sincerely,

Ms. Sigley
Academic Coach


Art

It is time to start preparing art for our school art show this spring! The theme this year will be "Past and Present". Each student will be creating two pieces of artwork. One piece will be based on an artist from the past and the other piece will be based on a contemporary artist that is popular for their artwork currently. This month students will begin artwork for their artist from the past. In order to keep the artwork a surprise for families I will not go into much detail. 

 Kindergarten will be creating artwork based off of Andy Warhol. 

First grade will be creating artwork based off of Vincent Van Gogh. 

Second grade will be learning about Wassily Kandinsky and Monet.

Third grade will be learning about Edvard Munch and "The Wild Beast" artists of Fauvism. 

Fourth grade will be creating artwork based off of Wayne Thiebaud. 

 Thanks to the Eastern West Virginia Community Foundation, NJES was chosen for a grant to purchase air dry clay! With this grant I was able to purchase enough air dry clay that each classroom will be able to complete a clay project this year! Sculpture and ceramics was my concentration for my art degree in college so I am super excited to finally be able to share my favorite art media with my students! The student's clay projects will also be on display at the school art show in spring! 

 

Gym

In gym class for the month of March, Kindergarten – 2nd grade will be learning skills to the game of baseball.  They will be rolling, catching, tossing and catching the ball.  They will also be practicing hitting the baseball off of tee’s.  3rd – 5th grade will be playing baseball games and learning the difference between a force out and when they can tag the runner out. All grade levels will be practicing team building skills and good sportsmanship.

Please continue to wear appropriate attire and tennis shoes on gym day.

 

3rd 9 weeks:

Monday:                              Griffith, Thomas & Potts

Tuesday:                              Sinclair, Bivens & Liegey

Wednesday:                      Long, Clark & Bradford

Thursday:                            Campbell, Robertson & Carr

Friday:                                  Long, Clark & Bradford

4th 9 weeks:

Monday:                              Griffith, Thomas & Potts

Tuesday:                              Sinclair, Bivens & Liegey

Wednesday:                      Long, Clark & Bradford

Thursday:                            Campbell, Robertson & Carr

Friday:                                  Campbell, Robertson & Carr


Library

Kindergarten - they will begin working on a classroom book

First Grade - they will be making a class book as well - for both grades all students will contribute and they will all get a copy to take home

Second grade - will continue learning about reference materials through the book Mr. Crumb's Secret

Third grade - will complete a state research project with partners and read books for Women's History Month

Fourth grade - will continue learning about biographies through Who Was Rosa Parks?

Fifth grade - will participate in a book tasting to explore different genres and work on book trailers

 

Special Shelf - books for Women's History Month

Genre of the Month - Nonfiction

 

Music

Music Class:

Kindergarten through 3rd grade students will celebrate the connection between Music and Children’s Literature.  There will be a book of the day for each class.  Students will create a class performance of the book by singing, playing instruments, and acting out the story.

4th graders have begun playing the recorder.  They will learn how to breathe properly and play songs with pitches B, A, G, and E. 

5th graders have begun playing the ukulele.  They will play songs on the open strings, be able to play a C major scale, and begin learning the chords, C, F, and G7.

 

NJES Chorus and Instrument Ensemble:

Both the NJES Chorus as well as the NJES Drum and Xylophone Ensemble have started learning music for the Spring Music Concert.  The Spring Music Concert will take place on Friday, May 1st.

 

*There will be NO afterschool practice for Music Club on Thursday, March 5th.

 

NJE Students have participated in the West Virginia Young Writers contest.  Our School winners are…

 

1st-2nd grade level: Violet VolkmannA New School”   

Aylen Radford
“My Dog Story”

3rd- 4th grade level: Maddie Bittle “The Saddest Moment”

Meadow Staubs
“My Clumsy Day”

5th-6th grade level: Kylie Cline “Monsters Are Real”


McKenzie Herbert
“I AM NOT A DOG!?”

  Congratulations to Meadow Staubs for winning the West Virginia Young Writers contest on the county level and advancing to state for the 3rd – 4th grade level with story titled “My Clumsy Day”.

  Congratulations to Kylie Cline for winning the West Virginia Young Writers contest on the county level and advancing to state for the 5th- 6th grade level with story titled “Monsters Are Real”.

 Congratulations
Jaedyn Courtney and Dillon McGarrah have been selected to participate in the West Virginia All State Children’s Chorus in Charleston, WV on March 5th - 6th, 2020.  They will participate along with other selected elementary chorus students from all over the state of West Virginia.

  Congratulations to Charlotte Abbott, Keira McDonough, and Destiny Lerendu for being selected to have their artwork displayed in the Youth Art Month Community Art Show!  The show will be at the Washington Street Gallery at 108 North George Street in Charles Town from March 2nd – March 28th.

  Mrs. Madrid received a donation of 15 ukuleles from The Friends of Music for the students of North Jefferson Elementary!!  These instruments will help aid our students in learning to read music.

  Mrs. Nugent received a grant from the Eastern West Virginia Community Foundation to purchase air dry clay!  This grant allowed for the purchase of enough air dry clay for each classroom to be able to complete a clay project this year!

  Congratulations to Mrs. Painter.  She was nominated and received the One Jefferson Award for the month of February!!

  Welcome Home, Ms. Underwood!  Thank you for your service to our country.  We are so happy to have you back at NJES!!

 

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Yearbooks order forms and money are due by March 23rd.  Checks should be made payable to Lifetouch.  Parents/Guardians may place orders online until April 5th.

 

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Join us for our STEM night on March 26th from 6:00-8:00 pm with a light dinner from 5:30-6:00 pm. Please, be sure to turn in the RSVP if you plan to attend by Friday, March 13th.  We hope to see you there!

 

 

PTO

We would like to welcome our new PTO President Tonya Hamer and Vice President Jill Mitchell. 

Thank you to all who participated in the Krispy Kreme fundraiser.  Over $500 was raised for our music department.

 

Next PTO Meeting will be

Thursday, March 5, 2020 at 3:45 pm

 



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