January 10, 2019
Dear D.J. Montague Families,
Happy New Year! I hope your holiday was restful, relaxing and filled with quality time with family and friends. If you are one who makes New Year’s Resolutions (I am very good at making them, but keeping them is a challenge!) please consider resolving to volunteer at school, read with your child for a few minutes every night or review math facts, content vocabulary or journals nightly. We welcome your involvement in your child’s education!
Thank you very much for your generous donations during our 12 Days of Giving. I was overwhelmed by the amount of food and other items that were collected. Because of you, the holidays were much brighter for many of our D.J. families.
During the second semester, we will continue to hold our monthly fire drills. We will also have two lockdown drills between now and the end of the school year. We anticipate involvement of the James City County Police for these lockdown drills. The drills are held to ensure that students and staff know what to do in the event of an emergency. To reduce confusion in the event of a true emergency, we will not call or email families when we hold a drill. We encourage you to talk about emergency preparedness at home. Please note that if you arrive at our school during a drill, you will be asked to remain outside until the drill concludes. We appreciate your cooperation and apologize in advance for any inconvenience.
As we are approaching the second semester of the school year, I wanted to take the opportunity to remind you of some of the expectations and guidelines for D.J. Montague and WJCC Schools.
STUDENT WELLNESS POLICY/SNACKS/TREATS: The WJCC School Board adopted changes to its Student Wellness policy. These changes have no impact on what students can bring to school in their lunches, but do affect food that can be served during the school day such as birthday treats, snacks and class celebrations. In the D.J. Montague Elementary School Family Handbook which can be found on the D.J. Montague website, I have provided the criteria snacks and treats must meet to be brought to school. General standards must be met first and then there are nutrient standards for calories, sodium, sugar and fats that must also be met. To put it simply, to meet the general standards, the first ingredient on the label must be
- whole grain or
- a fruit, vegetable, dairy product or protein food or
- a combination food that contains at least ¼ cup of fruit and/or vegetable
If that standard is met, the food must also meet the following nutrient standards
- Calories – 200 or less
- Sodium – 200 mg or less
- Total Fat – 35% of calories or less
- Saturated Fat – Less than 10% of calories
- Trans Fat – 0 g
- Sugar – 35% by weight or less
I encourage you to visit these links on the WJCC website for more detailed information and answers to frequently asked questions. http://www.boarddocs.com/vsba/wjcc/Board.nsf/goto?open&id=98CK2Q4F74D0 and
SCHOOL HOURS: School begins at 8:30 AM and ends at 3:16 PM. Please do not drop off your children before 8:20 AM. Staff members are not available prior to that time to provide supervision. Instruction continues and important information is shared with students up until 3:10 PM when the afternoon announcements begin. It is important that students remain at school the entire day. Picking your child up just ten minutes early every day amounts to 50 minutes of instructional time missed each week!
TARDINESS: A student is considered tardy if he/she arrives to school after 8:35 AM. If your child is tardy, please accompany him/her to the office to sign in and receive a tardy slip. Tardiness is disruptive to the school routine, and may cause your child to start the day off trying to “catch up,” so please make every effort to have your child at school on time.
PICK-UP/DROP-OFF LOOP: The pick-up/drop-off loop is a no parking/fire lane. If you are leaving your car for any reason, please park in a designated parking spot.
ABSENCES: A “legal” or excused absence is defined by Virginia Compulsory Attendance Law as one “caused by illness, quarantine, and religious holiday, death in one’s family, floods, hurricane or ‘storms.’” In order for an absence to be excused, a note must be received stating the date and the reason for the absence. Without a note, the absence will not be excused.
FAMILY TRIPS: Family trips will be considered excused absences for a period not to exceed five days in a year. Please notify me in writing (email is acceptable) one week prior to the planned absence. Any vacation days exceeding five will be considered unexcused absences.
DISMISSAL: Unless a note is sent in with your child or the office is notified about changes in dismissal procedures, students will be put on the bus at dismissal. If at all possible, please contact the office by 2:40 PM about any last minute changes. This will allow sufficient time to contact the teacher to ensure a safe and orderly dismissal for all students.
Here are some important January/February dates to remember.
14th PTA Meeting (4:00 – Media Center)
21st NO SCHOOL – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
23rd MTSS Quarter 2 Celebration
24th 12:46 Dismissal – Teacher Workday
25th NO SCHOOL – Teacher Professional Development/Workday
28th 3rd Marking Period begins
1st B.U.G. Ceremonies (9:00 – 2nd grade; 9:30 – Kindergarten; 10:00 – 1st grade)
5th Report cards sent home
As always, do not hesitate to contact me at (757) 258 – 3022 or firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions, concerns or feedback you would like to share. I wish you and your family the best in 2019.