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Principal's Newsletter

December Principal Newsletter

December 4, 2018

Dear Families,

We are well into our school year and winter and the holidays are upon us.  I would like to thank you all for your support this school year thus far and would like to go over a few policies and procedures that will make our school run safely and smoothly.  

We know that the holiday season is a hectic one, where people can be coming and going always in a rush. However, as a community, we have to be sure that we are paying attention to what matters most - the safety of our children. That is why we wanted to take some time to remind our families of a few of the protocols we have in place to help us do so. We know that they may take a few extra moments, but in the end - they are worth the time they take.


First, please be prepared to answer a few important questions when entering your child’s school - and be prepared to show identification for the purpose of dismissing or speaking with your child.

If your child is going to be absent, please inform the school, as soon as possible. If we do not hear from a parent or guardian, the school will need to contact our school resource officer to perform a physical safety check. 

Lastly, if you call the school and ask for information regarding your child, please be prepared to wait or even receive a call back. We cannot share any information over the phone until we have confirmed who we are speaking with ensuring we have authorization from the parent or guardian to communicate with the person requesting the information. We thank you again for your understanding and your cooperation

Parent drop off/pick up  Procedures at JFK and AFM Elementary Schools

All students in the Blackstone-Millville Regional School District are offered a bus to transport them to and from school each day.  Some parents choose to drop their children off in the morning and pick them up in the afternoon. Parent drop off in the morning starts at 8:35 at the Mendon Street entrance of the school. Please wait in the drop off line and follow the road pull as far up to the end of the loop as possible.  Students should stay in the car with their seat belt buckled until their car reaches the unloading point. Please pull as far up to the end of the loop as possible. Students are requested to exit their car from the passenger side, so they exit onto the sidewalk, not out into traffic. If a student needs to exit from the driver’s side of the car, they must be escorted by a parent and walked around the front of your vehicle. Please have the students exit the car as quickly as possible, as there is often a long line of cars with students waiting for their own drop off.  This entrance closes at 8:50 am.  If you arrive later than 8:50, please drive to the front entrance of the school on Lincoln Street.  There will be a line of school buses unloading students in the front of the school at this time. Parents are requested to park their car in the parking lot, walk their child into the entrance and escort their child into the school and to the office to receive a late slip. When exiting the parking lot, do not pass buses that have their flashing lights on and their stop sign extended out from the bus. If you do pass a bus with their lights on, you are subject to a traffic ticket for passing a bus.

Parent pick up in the afternoon begins at 3:00.  Parents of AFM students will line up behind the AFM school, along the side of the driveway. Please drive slowly as at this time buses are arriving for dismissal and park in the basketball court area. JFK students will be picked up in the back entrance on Mendon Street. JFK and AFM students will only be released to those people on the authorized pick up list. You may be asked to provide positive identification to those staff assigned to monitor parent pick before your child is released.  If you have children who attend both JFK and AFM, they will both be dismissed from the JFK side, so please have your older child come to JFK for dismissal .

Our goal, as always, is to ensure the safety of our students and their families. Please review the above procedures for morning drop-off and afternoon pick-up. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact the office for clarification.

From the Health Office:  

We would like to thank those who brought in donations for our clothes closet, we are fully stocked for the season!  Your generosity is greatly appreciated!

With the cold season upon us we would like to remind parents of our School guidelines for illness.  You can find this and other helpful information listed on our website under the "Parent" tab click on Health Services.  

When should I keep my child home from school?

  • If your child has a fever of 100 degrees or higher.

  • If your child is vomiting or has diarrhea.

  • If your child has a contagious illness such as flu or strep throat.

  • If your child has a severe cold with coughing and thick or constant nasal drainage.

  • If your child has a skin rash that has not been diagnosed by a physician. We urge you to have rashes diagnosed so that the physician can indicate whether or not it is contagious.

  • If your child's eye is pink, red or itchy, and/or a crusty drainage from the eye is present.

  • If you discover your child has head lice, contact your primary care provider for treatment options.

When can I send my child back to school?

  • When your child is fever free for 24 hours without the aid of fever reducing medicines.

  • 24 hours after the start of antibiotic therapy for a bacterial infection.

  • 24 hours without vomiting or diarrhea.

  • In accordance with school policy, students who have head lice may return to school after treatment has been completed.

Positive Behaviors:

We have several programs in place here at JFK to recognize and support positive student behavior. Some examples:  Bus of the month: each morning as we greet the buses,  we ask the bus driver to offer a quick recap of the bus ride, via a “thumbs up” or “thumbs down”.  We tally the results all month and then offer a “bus of the month” award to the highest scoring bus. We also offer the  Golden Spoon award, given to the class who has shown the most days of positive behavior in the cafeteria for the previous month. Students are rewarded with a special lunch on our stage and a snack. The “Golden Spoon” will remain in the winning classroom for the next month.   The JFK Wall of Fame is located in our lobby, students receive “Blaze” tickets from teachers and staff as a recognition for following our behavioral expectations.  The tickets are periodically collected and names are drawn for inclusion on our wall of fame. We have our monthly Citizen of the Month award, in which each classroom chooses a worthy recipient for our award.  The attribute changes each month and they follow our Chargers acronym: Cooperative, Honest, Attentive, Respectful, Good hearted, Effortful, Responsible, Self-Control. We have a monthly ceremony in which the students receive a certificate, a snack and participate in “Minute to win it” games with Mr. Tringali. We are always looking to recognize the students following our behavioral expectations and  reward them for for their positive choices and behaviors.

Second Step:

When the students return from their winter break, they will begin their “Second Step” curriculum delivered by Miss Renz, our school adjustment counselor.   Students will participate in these Social-Emotional Learning lessons each week in a full class session with Miss Renz. Students will participate in; Skills for Learning, Development of Empathy, Emotion Management techniques and Problem-Solving Skills.  This program has been proven to develop self-regulation skills, social-emotional competencies and school connectedness. We look forward to these sessions beginning after we return from our winter break.

Thank you for all of your support and involvement in our school this year, we hope for a happy,  healthy, holiday season and beyond!


Steve Tringali,  Principal, John F Kennedy Elementary