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December 2016 Newsletter

Dear Parent(s),

Our monthly theme for Miss Hoy’s and Ms. Yacono’s classes is Holiday Traditions in My Family, while the toddlers and pre-toddlers will have a theme of Winter Holiday Fun. Winter holidays, winter weather, and holiday colors will be some of the topics reviewed this month. If anyone would be interested in sharing their special holiday celebrations with the children, please see your child’s teacher.  The children will also be learning about different animals that they may see during winter

We will be closing at 5:30PM on Monday, December 12th for our monthly staff meeting. All parents should have received a memo on our 2017 staff meeting dates. If you need a copy, please see Larry Brown.

We have scheduled our Christmas party for Tuesday, December 13th. There may be a visit from Santa Claus during the day.

With some of our funds from the Yankee Candle fundraiser, JCDS purchased new dual mode thermometers for all the classrooms. The dual mode thermometers can take temperatures on the forehead and in the ear. This should help our staff to have more accurate readings on whether your child has a fever or not.

For parents looking for activities to do with their child(ren), here is a website worth looking into. Pennsylvania’s Promise for Children is a campaign to raise awareness about the importance of providing the state’s young children with access to quality learning opportunities. I would suggest subscribing to the newsletter “Learning is Everywhere”, which is a monthly e-newsletter based on the Learning Is Everywhere calendar that has activities, books, and songs for children from birth to age five. The website is 

Speaking of websites, all families should have received information on the eScrip Online Mall. Shop online anytime and a percentage of your purchases will be credited to JCDS. Visit to create your account and shop. Our group ID# is 2144880.

As the winter season and colder weather approaches, we will go outside daily (weather permitting), so children will need to be dressed warmly for outdoor play. Children should have hats, gloves, or mittens to keep themselves warm. Please label all clothing with your child’s name.

During the cold winter months, you may feel the need to have your car running unattended while dropping off your child (ren). For the safety of all the children, please turn off your engine while parked in the parking lot. 

With the colder weather, cold and flu season begins. Please remember to have your child(ren) wash their hands when they arrive at school. Your assistance in doing this is greatly appreciated.

As a reminder, the school will be closed for our Winter Break from December 26th to January 2, 2017.  We will be back open on Tuesday, January 3, 2017.  We would like to wish everyone a happy holiday season, and a healthy and prosperous New Year. 

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JCDS will be closed on Monday, February 20, 2017 for a staff in-service training day.

School pictures will be taken Tuesday, March 7, 2017.

JCDS will be closed on Friday, March 17, 2017 for more professional development training.

Our annual Easter Egg Hunt will be Saturday, April 8, 2017 at 10:00am.

JCDS will be closed on Friday, April 14, 2017 for Good Friday.