NJES Newsletter

North Jefferson Elementary

The Star News

Principal's News

Hello NJES Families, 


Thank you for such a great start to our 2020-2021 school year.  I wanted to remind everyone to continuously check the website and calendar for information and updates as the school year progresses. We will also continue to send out paper and phone communications. In an attempt, to stay prepared for the possibility of remote learning, we will send home laptops with our students every Friday.  We strongly encourage all students and parents to utilize some time on the weekends to explore their Google Classrooms and familiarize themselves with their devices.  When students return to school on Monday, they are asked to bring their school issued laptop and charger back to school with them.  In the event that the county would go into a remote learning status over the weekend, students would keep their device and charger until we return to school.

It is also vital that any student who wishes to switch school placements for second semester from either virtual to in-building or from in building to virtual must have their applications in by November 6th.  You may access this application by clicking here: Program Transfer Request Form.   Both North Jefferson Elementary and Jefferson County Schools are working diligently to accommodate our families to the best of our abilities.  Thank you all for your continued support during this unique time in educations.  As always thank you for entrusting us with your most valuable resource.


D. Nicole Johnson, Principal NJES

From the Nurse's Desk

Fall is in full swing and we are working hard to keep our classrooms healthy and ready to learn! This is the time of year that we often see an increase in contagious illnesses.  Remember to review school health policies for guidance regarding when it's best to keep your child home, when it's the right time for your child to return, and when a doctor's note is required.  If you have any questions, I am always happy to speak with you.

Don't forget your flu shots!  Unfortunately, we are not able to have the flu clinic this year.  Your primary care physician, most pharmacies, and the Jefferson County Health Department are just a few places that offer flu vaccinations.

Also, just a reminder that we must have a doctor's authorization to give any medications (including over the counter) at school.  Please contact me if you need an order form.

Lori Catrow, RN, BSN, WVCSN
NJES School Nurse

Virtual Book Fair

We are excited to announce we are able to provide you with the opportunity to purchase books for your children through an online SCHOLASTIC Book Fair.  The book fair will take place November 10th - 23rd. 

"Support our school and help your child discover new books, favorite characters, complete series, and more! You'll love the fun new option to shop for Book Fair exclusives directly from the interactive book list and enjoy free shipping on book-only purchases over $25."  Your purchase not only  gives the gift and love a reading to your child, family member, or friend but it also helps our school by earning 25% in rewards during our book fair.  This will help provide books our students love and great resources to expand our library/media center.

Be on the lookout for more information on how to access our online book fair!  Information will be provided through Google Classroom and the school website. 

Coach’s Corner

Did you know that phonemic awareness is the best predictor of future reading ability? What is phonemic awareness?  Phonemic awareness is the consciousness of individual sounds in words.  It's the realization that a spoken word is comprised of a sequence of speech sounds.  Activities to build phonemic awareness can be done pretty much anywhere and don't necessarily require any supplies or materials!  What are the components of phonemic awareness?

*Rhyming: Read stories that rhyme, like nursery rhymes, and have your child identify the rhyming words, have your child draw pictures of rhyming pairs, say a word and have your child give you a rhyming word.
*Alliteration: (Words that begin with the same sound) Say tongue twisters and identify the sounds that are the same. 
*Oral Segmenting and Blending: Instead of asking kids to spell words for you, ask them to give you the sounds they hear in words. (This is a critical process before spelling.)
*Sound Isolation and Identification:  Ask your child to give you the beginning, middle, or ending sounds of words.  Ask them to identify words with the same sounds.
*Deletion of Sounds:  Ask your child to say the word meet without /t/.  Ask them to say the word bow without /b/.
*Substitution of Sounds:  Ask your child how to change pig to big, how to change let to lot, how to change bug to bun.

Happy Learning!

Ms. Sigley
Academic Coach



  • President - Tonya Hamer - tonya.k.hamer@gmail.com
  • Vice President - Jill Mitchell - jillbean288@gmail.com
  • Secretary - Emily Sinclair - emily.sinclair@k12.wv.us
  • Treasurer - Debra Liegey - debra.liegey@k12.wv.us
What we've are working on:

Playground upgrades, Spirit Wear, Fall/Winter Fundraiser

Next PTO Meeting will be

Thursday, November 12, 2020 at 3:45 pm via Zoom
Email Tonya Hamer for the virtual meeting link and information.  (tonya.k.hamer@gmail.com)


Upcoming Events

November 3rd - No School - Election Day
November 6th - End of the 1st 9 weeks
November 10th - 23rd - Virtual Book Fair -
More information will be posted to Google Classroom
and the school website.
November 11th - No School - Veterans Day
November 12th - PTO Meeting at 3:45 pm via Zoom
November 13th - Report Cards Issued
November 25th - 27th - No School - Thanksgiving Break
December 3rd - Picture Retake/Make up Day

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