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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, September 21st.
This is our weekly parent connect to keep our families informed.

Thank you for attending our Garrison-Jones Elementary Open House! We had a great turn out at both the primary Open House on Wednesday September 10th and the intermediate Open House this past Wednesday September 17th. It was so nice to meet our new families as well as our returning families. There is no better way to show your child the importance of their education than “Being There”.

It is always wonderful having the opportunity to share the learning that goes on in our classrooms. I hope that it was informative as well as fun for you. At Garrison-Jones, we believe all learning should be fun.

We would like to remind our families, to mark your calendar - October 14th, the Garrison-Jones SAC Committee & PTA will be hosting a Parent Night. We want to see all of you that night. You will receive more information in the very near future.

Save the date. Thursday September 25th is Garrison-Jones family night at Jets Pizza. Garrison-Jones receives 10% of all sales purchased by friends and family and the class with the largest sales will win a free pizza party.

Save the Date October 2 our school has been selected to attend Celebration Station school appreciation night from 4-8 pm  All Garrison-Jones students may attend that evening for unlimited Pizza and outdoor rides.  A flyer came home last week with info on ordering for family members.  Please call Barb Karcher if you have any questions. 

Parents...this week a sample letter went home to all bus riders describing our bus safety rules and expectations.  This is a document for you to keep and does not need to be sent back to school. Thank you so much for reviewing the rules with your child and supporting our continued commitment to providing safe transportation to and from school each day. 

PTA is excited to announce that their first fundraiser of the year is kicking off this week. Starting this  Thursday the 25th September your child will come home with a catalog and order form. All money raised from this fundraiser goes towards technology support for the school.  Please do not allow your child to go door to door to sell.  PTA will also be sending home volunteer flyers for Pioneer Day help. Please fill out if you are able to help  and send back in with  your child. We appreciate all your support.

Gentle reminder message from the Food Service Department. On Monday, September 29th any student without a current free and reduced application on file will change to paid status on Tuesday, September 30th.  A very convenient online application is available 24/7 at applyforlunch.com.

Parents please mark your calendars for, Wednesday October 8th as we join schools across the country to celebrate National Walk to School Day. More information to follow next week.

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!
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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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