JHES Weekly Newsletter, Summer Edition, July 2021

Tue, 07/20/2021 - 10:17am

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Message from Mrs. Strong and Mrs. Golden

Greetings Jeffers Hill Community,

Summer is off to a great start here at Jeffers Hill!  We are busy preparing for the upcoming school year as well as being intentional to take time off to enjoy much needed time with family and friends. We hope that you are doing the same. 

In preparation for the beginning of school, below, please find dates of interest that may be helpful and assist in avoiding conflicts as you plan and continue your summer activities.

Take care and stay cool,

Mrs. Strong and Mrs. Golden

Upcoming Dates

  • August 4th- Let’s Go and Get Ready for School!  See below for more information about this opportunity to get school supplies and enjoy some fun refreshments with friends! 
  • August 7th-  Back to School Supplies, Community Resources, and Vaccine Event, 10:00-1:00 pm at the Elkridge Fire Station. See below for flyer and details. 
  • August 16th- Kindergarten Playdate and Orientation, 10:00-11:00 am.  See below for more information. This event will be held in-person at Jeffers Hill. 
  • August 18th- Kindergarten Virtual Lunch Bunch, 12:00-12:30, via Google Meet
  • August 19th- School staff returns for the 21-22 school year!
  • August 26th- Vaccine Clinic (Back to School and Covid vaccines) hosted by the Howard County Health Department, Hammond High School, 10:00-1:00pm, View flyer for more information. 
  • August 27th- More information will be shared closer to the date, but please mark your calendars with the information below. 
    • New Student Orientation 11:00 am
    • K-2 Student Open House/Sneak a Peek at your Seat! 11:45-12:15 pm
    • 3-5 Student Open House/Sneak a Peek at your Seat! 12:30-1:00 pm
  • August 30th- First day of school for K-5 students!
  • September 2nd- First day of school for Pre-K students!
  • September 6-7th- Schools and Offices are Closed


JHES New Pre-K Program---Help us spread the word!!
We are thrilled to announce that Jeffers Hill will be having a Pre-K program starting this fall!  We are excited that we will be able to bring many young scholars into our building to begin their educational journey with us. 

Please help us spread the word about our new program!  Text your friends and neighbors with little ones at home or share these flyers (English and Spanish) with those that will have children who will be 4 years old by September 1, 2021. 

You can also help us by posting these flyers (English and Spanish) locally at your place of employment, in your community centers, and/or by the neighborhood pools/playgrounds.  Please only post with permission from the business and/or organization.  Thank you for helping us to spread the good news about our NEW Pre-K program!!


Let’s Go and Get Ready for School! Back to School Supply Event and Fun Refreshments with Friends
Join us as we partner with a new local non-profit organization, Dreams to Reality Inc., for a fun evening to get students and families excited for the upcoming school year.  On Wednesday, August 4th from 6:00-7:30 pm, Dreams to Reality will be providing backpacks and school supplies (while supplies last) and fun refreshments to enjoy with friends!  This event will take place rain or shine!  We hope you can join us!  View the flyer for more information.


School Supplies, Community Resources, and Back to School Vaccines Event
Just Living Advocacy, Inc. Presents Back-to-School Supplies (Bookbag, Paper, Pencils & More), Community Resources & Vaccines (MCV4, Tdap, Varicella & COVID). Vaccines performed by the Howard County Health Department. This is a free event and open to all!!  View the flyer for more information.

Date: Saturday, August 7th
Time: 10:00AM - 1:00PM
Location: Elkridge Fire Dept. 5700 Rowanberry Drive, Elkridge, MD 21075


New Kindergarten Student Events

Come join us for a Kindergarten play date/orientation on August 16th from 9:00-10:00. This event is for parents and their kindergartners. Students and parents will get to meet the kindergarten team and tour the school! Students will get to meet some other kindergarteners as they enjoy some fun activities. While the kindergartners are enjoying the fun activities, parents will hear some important information about kindergarten! Please come and enjoy the morning at JHES!  More information to follow!

Kindergarten virtual lunch bunch on August 18th from 12:00-12:30. Use GoogleMeet and the code: klunchbunch. Sign on to say hi to the kindergarten team and meet some other kindergartners! We will be enjoying a story, songs,  and other fun activities! We hope to “see” you there! More information to follow on how to login to GoogleMeet.


Device Check!  Are you taking care of your Chromebook this summer? 
Students are encouraged to still use their laptops  to access applications like Lexia Core and Dreambox throughout the summer to keep their skills sharp. However, it is really important that students are handling their devices with care, keeping them out of extreme heat like the trunk of the car, and safe from spills and falls.  Students will be using their Chromebooks to complement instruction in the fall and we want all students to have access to a good, working device.  Please help us by reminding your children of the importance of taking care of their Chromebooks this summer. 

If your child’s device is not working, you can always take it to one of the Tech Support Centers over the summer to have it repaired and/or replaced.  For more information about the Tech Support Centers and how to care for the HCPSS issued Chromebook, please visit the HCPSS Chromebook Care website.


Jeffers Hill is Hiring!  Come be a Part of our Team!
Are you interested in being a part of an amazing team at Jeffers Hill Elementary?  We are currently hiring for the following positions:

Lunch/Recess Monitor Position
The Lunch/Recess Monitor, in collaboration with school staff, supervises a large group of students in the cafeteria and/or on the playground. The Monitor works within the school system’s behavioral policies to maintain cafeteria and playground standards that ensure a safe, orderly, and nurturing environment.  Click here to learn more and apply.

Close Adult Support
Staff members in this role work closely with some of our special education students. For the close adult support position, you would apply through an outside agency that staffs these positions in our schools. The position is for 6-hours each day. We also frequently need subs for this role, as well. Click here to learn more and apply.

Temporary Kindergarten Assistant Position Available for 2021-2022

HCPSS is hiring Temporary Kindergarten Assistants for the start of the 2021-2022 school year. Itinerant Temporary Kindergarten Assistants will provide support to kindergarten students in small groups or in a one-to-one format during the school day. This position will perform data collection and clerical work as related to the assignment. This temporary position is anticipated to start in August of 2021 and is anticipated to end December 2021.

If you are interested in supporting our Jeffers Hill kindergarten students with their transition to school in the fall, please visit HCPSS Applitrack, scroll down to Temporary Itinerant Kindergarten Assistant, and complete the online application materials. The hourly rate of pay will be $15.50.

If you are interested in any of these positions or have questions, please email Maisha Strong, Principal (maisha_strong@hcpss.org), and/or Colleen Golden, Assistant Principal (colleen_golden@hcpss.org).  We look forward to hearing from you! 


Did you know you can subscribe to the HCPSS Calendar?
Subscribe to the HCPSS calendar to see all upcoming dates for the school system including holidays, days when schools are closed, early school closing dates, and more.  Click here to view the calendar and scroll down to subscribe.  By subscribing, you can add the school system calendar to your personal calendar on your phone or email.  Additionally, you can access the calendar in multiple languages.