December 2020 Newsletter


Dear Parent(s),

We hope everyone has a safe and healthy Thanksgiving holiday. JCDS will try to bring some normalcy back to the children with our annual Christmas party scheduled for Wednesday, December 16th. There may be a visit from Santa Claus during the day. This will also be during our Holiday Spirit Week from December 14-18.

During our Holiday Spirit Week, we will have a gift exchange between the children. Each child will exchange a gift designated for a girl or boy. The gift should not exceed $15.00 and should be gift wrapped. The exchange will be during the Christmas party Wednesday, December 16th. More details will follow.

We will be closing at 5:30 PM on Monday, December 14th for our monthly staff meeting. All parents should have received a memo on our 2019 staff meeting dates. If you need a copy, please see Larry Brown.

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

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.

With the colder weather, cold and flu season begins and COVID-19 has been on the uprise. Following the guidelines for safety and health, all children over two years old need to have a mask that can be worn at school. Children will wash their hands when they arrive in the school building and social distance as best we can. Being dressed for outdoor play will help with social distancing.

JCDS will be closing at 4:00 PM on Christmas Eve, Thursday, December 24th. We will then be closed for our winter break from Friday, December 25th to Friday, January 1, 2021. We will be back open on Monday, January 4, 2021.

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

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JCDS will be closed on Monday, February 15, 2021 for a staff in-service training day.

JCDS will be closed on Friday, March 12, 2021 for more professional development training.

Our annual Easter Egg Hunt (COVID-19 permitting) will be Saturday, March 27, 2021 at 10:00am.

JCDS will be closed on Friday, April 2, 2021 for Good Friday.

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