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Important Information

Dr. Aldridge’s Shout Outs And Announcements

I always feel incredibly humbled during carnival season when our community rallies together to support JAE. I am especially grateful to see so many new faces volunteering. It’s beautiful to watch the spirit of the carnival unfold. It’s not about how much you have to give… it’s about the fellowship of parents coming together with one goal… to see JAE continue its legacy of excellence in our community. It is truly my privilege to serve as your principal.

Happy Valentine’s Day: Low-key Valentine Exchanges will take place this Friday in your child’s classroom. Please do not send flowers, balloons, cookie bouquets, stuffed animals, or any special “grams” to your child at school. Thank you for reiterating that we do not allow boyfriends & girlfriends at JAE, because it is a distraction to learning.

Jaguar Parent Prowl: This Friday, February 12th (10-11am), we are having a JAE parent tour and info session for parents of 2016-2017 JAE kindergarteners and NEW families moving into our zone. Please spread the word!

No School, & Parent Conferences: There will be no school on Monday (Presidents’ Day) or Tuesday (Parent Conferences). I want to encourage you to set up a face-to-face or phone conference with your child’s teacher. Parent and teacher partnerships are powerful for our students’ success.

Shout out to all our volunteers who made Spirit Day a success: Ayesha Rochester, Julie Watson, Jill Brewer, Christy Atwell, Janice Borchert, Jennifer Sloan, Felicia Stanhope and Mallory Brinkley.

Jaguar Spirit Day Winners: K – Sentell, 1 – Bullion, 2 – Goodall, 3 – Morrison, 4 – Stewart, 5 – Binkley/Riggins. Our overall winner was Mrs. Bowen’s 1st grade class! Thank you for making such a fun memory for our students!

Art Gallery: We have a beautiful Valentine inspired display in the Art Gallery this month! A HUGE thank you to Jeannine Hayhurst for her tireless support of our beautiful Art Gallery!

Lost & Found: Please remind your children to check our lost & found table outside the cafeteria. Since this table includes a few of our new JAE hoodies, please remember to mark your child’s name inside, if you own one!

Book Buddies: Would you like to listen to students read in K-2nd Grade? Contact Dr A if you can help. All K-5 parents and grandparents are welcome. Volunteer times are flexible.

Accepting Substitute Applications: Please consider signing up to substitute teach at JAE. This is a great way to serve JAE & earn a little money on your child’s schedule. If you are interested, please contact Mrs. Baker (264-5830), and she will walk you through the application process.


STEM Lab: This week our fifth graders act as structural engineers as they design and construct earthquake proof homes. In this activity students are challenged to implement cross bracing and tapered geometry techniques into their designs while choosing cost effective materials suited for a home that can withstand a 30 second earthquake simulation.

STEM-task-ic Friday: Thank you to Perkin’s Motor Plex for sponsoring last week’s 6 to 1 STEM-task-ic activity! Students were challenged to fit six Styrofoam coffee cups into one small Dixie cup. Their answer: A chemical reaction using Acetone! As an added benefit, students also learned valuable safety precautions needed when dealing with harsh chemicals. Check out slow motion video of this experiment on twitter @ThurstonSTEM.

News from JAE PTO: PLEASE visit & bookmark this website:
Buy Epic tickets, Carnival wristbands, and record your donations. Auction Items Go LIVE next Monday for Bidding. Carnival ticket/wristband order forms are coming home today. You can return your order with a check or buy these tickets on our website. ALL pre-orders will be waiting for you at will call when the doors open at 11am on Saturday, February 27! Ticket prices for our Epic Night of Giving & Live Auction event will go up $5 per ticket after this Friday. Get your orders in!!

We have an AWESOME collection of auction items coming in! Keep them coming! Please turn in all Carnival donations and sponsorships by this Friday, February 12. In addition to numerous beautiful & heartwarming collaborative class art projects featuring Jack Anderson artists, you may bid on:
A Singer Sewing Machine
A Marcus Mariota signed football
An official Mike Trout bat from Old Hickory Bats
A Chef’s Table Dinner for 4 (including eight course dinner with beverage pairing) hosted at Bluegrass
A 2 night stay at a Gatlinburg condo and tickets for several area attractions
A getaway to Muscle Shoals, AL (including a stay at the Marriott, Robert Trent Jones golf & spa certificates)
GORGEOUS furniture items (armoire, buffet, tables, etc)
Birthday party packages at CheerVille, Masters Gym, Cages Bend Swim, Hendersonville Martial Arts and more
$1,000 gift certificates for orthodontic treatments
31 Totes
Adorable Owl Bedding for a girl’s room
A HUGE Build-a-Bear Collection
Titans, Predators & Symphony Tickets
Disney Tickets
A Chattanooga Getaway
An Orca Cooler
A Flat Screen TV
Golf at Bluegrass, Foxland, & Fairvue
Nike & Adidas items
Toys, games, clothing, electronics, household & office items
WAY too much to tell you everything!



Upcoming Events

STEM in theGym
Feb 11 @ 8:00 AM – 8:30 AM
Tinkercad Lab
Feb 11 @ 8:00 AM – 8:30 AM
Robotics Sec. 2
Feb 11 @ 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Chocolate Fest
Feb 12 all-day
Jaguar Parent Prowl
Feb 12 @ 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
No School
Feb 15 all-day
Parent Conferences/No School
Feb 16 @ 1:00 PM – 7:00 PM
STEM in the Gym
Feb 18 @ 8:00 AM – 8:30 AM
Tinkercad Lab
Feb 18 @ 8:00 AM – 8:30 AM
Robotics Sec. 2
Feb 18 @ 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM