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Welcome to Garrison-Jones Elementary!
School Front 2013/2014 Weekly Connect Ed
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Good evening Pioneer families! Today is Sunday, August 24th.
This is our weekly parent connect to keep our families informed.

Good evening Pioneer Families,

This is Mrs. Buckles, principal at Garrison-Jones Elementary.

We had a very productive first week. I want to thank all of our parents for working with us on the arrival and dismissal process. It takes the entire school community to keep safety first and at the forefront of minds. I ask parents to continue to exercise your patience until we get the dismissal process flowing more smoothly in the car circle.

Please remember school begins at 8:35. Plan for your child to be in class for the first bell at 8:30.

All of our students attended the annual PRIDE Assembly to review our school expectations and to remind students what it looks like to exhibit Pioneer PRIDE. During the assembly, we reviewed the Pinellas County Expectations for dress code. Students are not allowed to wear spaghetti straps tops and shorts should be no more than 3 inches above the knee.

Our school webpage is in the process of transferring over to a new format. Soon our webpage will be up and running with the most up-to-date information for your convenience.

Families, thank you for returning the school paperwork in a timely manner. For anyone still working on these items, please complete and return all forms tomorrow.
We want to remind everyone how important it is that our school know how your child goes home.  If for any reason the method of transportation changes for your child please send a note to give to the teacher. 
A huge thank you to all of our volunteers who assisted in helping the first week of school.  Your help provided an outstanding start for our students and our staff. 
PTA would like you to mark your calendar for their first general meeting and Ice Cream Social on Thursday, September 4th at 6:00 p.m.  Everyone is invited to attend.

A hard copy of our first newsletter will be coming home this week.

Again, thank you Pioneer Families for a wonderful school opener. We are looking forward to another outstanding year!

This message will also be posted on Garrison-Jones’ web page and on our Facebook page. Thank you and have a great evening!
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Garrison-Jones School Tour Video

Principal: Karen Buckles email: bucklesk@pcsb.org
Assistant Principal: Daphne Miles email: milesd@pcsb.org
Phone: 727-469-5716
Fax: 727-469-5725
cat Dress Code
Please watch this brief video for more information:
During the first week of school, you reviewed the Student Code of Conduct, which included a detailed description of the dress code policy on page six. The dress code policy was reviewed with students during a Pioneer PRIDE assembly on August 23rd.

Dress Code Reminders: All shirts and blouses must cover midriff, back, sides, and all undergarments. All shirts, tops, and dresses shall have sleeves and cover the shoulders. Shorts, skirts, divided skirts, dresses and culottes are allowed. They must be mid-thigh length or longer. All trousers, pants, or shorts must totally cover undergarments, including boxer shorts. Safe and appropriate footwear must be worn. Bandanas or sweatbands are not allowed to be visible on school grounds during regular school hours. Hats or other head coverings may be worn during outside P.E. activities and may not be worn during any portion of the regular school day.

Possible Consequences: Students who do not meet the minimum requirements of the dress code will be sent to the clinic for a change of clothes and/or a phone call home to obtain clothing that meets the dress code requirements. The administration will be the final judge about whether a student’s clothing is appropriate for school. Failure to comply with the dress code will be handled similarly to other disciplinary infractions. Non-compliance may result in consequences including but not limited to detention, in-school suspension and loss of eligibility to participate in extracurricular activities.

calendar Calendar Dates and Tidbits

March 24 - March 28 Spring Holidays
April 7th - April 21st Open Enrollment Period
Thursday, April 10th New Student KG tour; 9:30
Friday, April 18th Pro Ed Day; No School
Tuesday, May 20th New Student KG tour; 1:00
Monday, May 26th Memorial Day
Wednesday, June 4th Last Day of School!
boxtops We Collect Box Tops!

There are two ways to help:

1. Clip box tops from your favorite products and turn them into the library for prizes!
2. Shop online at your favorite merchants on the Box Tops Marketplace.

Thanks for your support!
clock 2013/2014 School Hours
8:35-2:35 Monday - Friday (We will no longer have early release Wednesdays)

The gate at Vanech Park closes exactly at the first bell (8:30) as the teachers have to get to their classes, and the gate opens in the afternoon at the second bell (2:50).
Homework Helpline Homework Helpline
Homework Helpline- 727-547-7223
The Homework Helpline is available Monday through Thursday, 5:00 – 8:00, except when there is no school that day or the following day. The Helpline is staffed by Pinellas county teachers, certified in math, science, language arts, and social studies. These teachers can provide help with homework in grades 1-12, all subjects except foreign language.
button 5 Revamped district Newsroom will debut May 13
Click here to access the Newsroom!
On Monday, May 13, the district will launch a new and improved version of the district’s “Newsroom,” an online resource accessible from the district’s website that features information of interest to PCS families and employees. The Newsroom is updated daily and includes video news and feature stories about district events and initiatives as well as positive news about the accomplishments of students and staff. The revamped site has been redesigned to be more user friendly and aims to be a “go to” source for providing timely, accurate information. You can find the link for the Newsroom on the top navigation bar of the district’s website (www.pcsb.org), or you can go to the Newsroom directly at http://newsroom.pcsb.org/.
crutches Student Accident Insurance Plan
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Insync Get insync this school year
Click here to go to Insync
1200+ Activities & Resources available for all district parents, students, and teachers! Get started today!
1. From your district website (click link above), click on the insync logo.
2. Enter your District Code: PCSB then select START.
3. Create your username, password, and profile to begin!
4. For difficulties logging in, contact help@insyncedu.com

>> New InSync Features! InSync Education has added new features to its
>>website. New features include more quizzes and hands-on activities for
>>students in kindergarten through grade 8. The site has also added new
>>resources for families about Health and Safety, including articles
>>about bullying prevention and tips for talking to children about
>>traumatic events.
schoolday and apple (100x100) Take Charge of Education!
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Since 1997, Target has donated over $354 million to K-12 schools. Target will donate up to 1% of REDcard purchases at Target stores in the U.S. and at Target.com. The Take Charge of Education program requires the use of one of the REDcards which include the Target Credit Card, Target Debit Card, and the Target Visa Credit Card.

Enroll today! It's simple! Visit www.target.com and click on REDcard. Click on the Learn More button under the Take Charge of Education section. Choose Garrison-Jones Elementary. Thank you SO much for supporting our school!
button 1 SPAR Report
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doctordentist Dental Clinic & Primary Care
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FDLRS The Florida Diagnostic & Learning Resources System (FDLRS)
Visit the new website for the Florida Diagnostic & Learning Resources System (FDLRS)
Interested in learning more about a Florida Department of Education project that provides diagnostic, instructional and technology support services to district exceptional education programs and families of students with disabilities? FDLRS Gulfcoast is one of 19 service centers statewide that directly serves Pinellas, Pasco and Hernando counties, offering assistance with early childhood screening and planning, partnerships between families, schools and communities, professional learning and support for educational providers, and instructional support to aid in student achievement and academic success. The FDLRS Gulfcoast home office is located at the Bernice Johnson Center, 2929 County Road 193, Clearwater.
social media 2 SOCIAL MEDIA & YOUR KIDS!
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Land Remembered A Land Remembered
Bringing literature to life with their fourth grade students, Missy Springer, Melissa Barrs, and Ashley Scavino celebrate the book, A Land Remembered.
button 2 Elementary Assessment Schedule