Jaguar Paw News

Fri, 01/28/2022 - 12:38pm


​​​​​​​Jaguar Paw News

Upcoming Dates! 

  • Feb 10 -   Early Dismissal for Students - 12:30 p.m. - Parent Teacher Conferences

  • Feb. 11-   Early Dismissal for Students - 12:30 p.m. - Parent Teacher Conferences

  • Feb. 16-   School Closed 3 Hours Early

Kids Read Now! - Exciting Opportunity

Hello Parents & Caregivers!

The deadline to receive free books has been extended!  We are excited to share an opportunity for your child to receive free books!  Yes, FREE! With secured grant funding, you may choose to enroll your child in a summer program by the Kids Read Now organization to receive 7 books, mailed directly to your child, throughout the summer.  

Thank you to the 111 families that have enrolled in this amazing opportunity but we need ALL JHES families to complete the form below, even if you are not interested in receiving free books this summer.  

Please complete this form to learn more about the program, what's involved, and enroll your child. Email our Reading Support Teacher at with any questions.

Research confirms having access to books at home and daily reading impacts both students' vocabulary development and long-term academic success. Thank you for considering this wonderful opportunity to help your child!

Winter Parent Teacher Conferences 

Parent teacher conferences will take place with your child's math teacher on Thursday, February 10 and Friday, February 11.  Conferences will be virtual.  If you would like to schedule an in-person conference, please email your request to your child’s teacher.  Some teachers may offer evening conferences on Thursday, February 10.  **Ms. Strawhorn will meet with her grade 5 math students.  The conference sign-up opened last Friday, January 28 and closes on Friday, February 4. Conferences will be 15 minutes with 5 minutes of transition time.  Due to the limited number of time slots, please reserve spaces for those with concerns and questions that cannot be answered easily in an email. 

Understanding the Elementary Report Card: 

A reference sheet has been developed to support families in understanding the Elementary School Report Card.  If you have additional questions, please contact your child’s teacher.

Vaccination Documentation

If your child has been vaccinated, please send proof of vaccination to  Thank you.

Outdoor Eating and Recess

Please be sure that your child is dressed in warm clothing to protect them during cold weather when participating in recess, lunch and other outside activities. 

The following criteria are considered as we make the decision to have outdoor lunch and recess.  

  • Wind chill 

  • Age of students 

  • Length of time outdoors

  • Adequacy of the children’s clothing

  • Condition of the playground

  • Falling precipitation (more than a sprinkle or mist)

  • Thunder and lightning 

Generally, it is assumed that students will be outside for recess, outdoor eating, physical education, or any other outdoor activity when the temperature combined with the wind chill is not less than 20 degrees Fahrenheit.  Children with certain health conditions may need special accommodations during extremely hot or cold weather.  Parents of those children are to provide medical documentation and/or be consulted for determining if other arrangements are necessary.


We are extremely grateful to our community partners that donated new coats.  If your child mysteriously grew out of their coat overnight, (trust me, it happens) don’t worry, we may have a coat available. Call Ms. Bright at (410) 313-6872 to request a coat and we will be sure check our inventory for a nice, warm, new coat. Thank you.


Access the Family File by logging into HCPSS Connect at Once you have logged into the HCPSS Connect, select the Family File tab on the left-hand side, and then select the blue underlined "Family File" towards the center of your screen. Once logged in, parents/guardians will be asked to provide, update, or confirm the following information:

  • Student Information

  • Parent/guardian Contact Information

  • Emergency Contacts

  • Medical Information

  • Media Release (photo approval)

  • Data Confidentiality

  • PTA/PTSA Directory

Please note, if the section you are looking at is not allowing you to move forward, then there is a question/checkbox on that page that may still need to be addressed. Please make sure to read the prompts at the top of each tab, and click to expand each section. To access our quick help guides, CLICK HERE.

Parents who have forgotten their login credentials may click the “Forgot Password” link on the sign-in page. If you need additional assistance, please fill out the Connect Help Form.

HCPSS Community News and Programs Site

In response to community requests for resources, HCPSS’ new Community News and Programs website makes it easy for families to find educational and recreational resources, events and after-school programs beyond the school day by non-profit organizations.”

Community organizations requesting their announcements be shared in school newsletters should visit for more information. Questions should be directed to the Public Information Office at