May 19, 2017

Remember that all updates and much more info is available on our website!

Mr. Ahner’s Updates

www.jpaultayloracademy.org

   

Here we are with one week of school remaining. It’s so hard to believe that it’s May and the year is coming to a close. It’s been a good year and I am very grateful to be a part of the J. Paul Taylor Community. Thanks for being a part of our community; we have a great school!

 

Library Books

Please send any library books back to school by Wednesday to help us retrieve as many books as possible in a timely fashion.  Check with your child to see if he or she currently hold any books to be returned. 

 

Yearbooks

We have about 20 yearbooks left. If you are interested, please purchase one from the front office for $20.

 

NMSU Summer Opportunity for Students

Students in grades 3-8 have an opportunity to apply for the NMSU Summer Think Tank. See brochure.

Link to Think Tank Brochure

 

Lunch payments

Please help us out by ensuring your lunch account is paid and current. We will send the final statements on Monday, May 29th.

 

JAAM Fest Update

Wow, what a great event. This year the JAAM Fest raised just shy of $12,000. A sincere thank you to everyone who helped to execute the event and to the many who participated. This will help us in supporting many of our special programs and activities, especially our arts program.

 

Link to Next Year’s Calendar

The 2017-18 school calendar is available online for those interested in downloading and posting on your frig. Do parents still do that?

PDF Calendar Link

Google Calendar Link

April 21, 2017

  

 

Survey

Each year, the school conducts a survey that’s designed by the school and reviewed by school personnel and the Governance Council.  Below is a link to the annual survey.  While it’s a little longer, each element is pertinent to the school and, thus, your child.  This survey will be available from now until Sunday, April 30 at midnight. Thank you!

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScyfbW6OCnvYfukPI3F9RrsHtoc_Keb4s8TM681H_DP26aMng/viewform

 

JAAM Fest – May 5th is just around the corner and we hope you will join us at the annual event from 4:30pm  7:00pm – Please see the poster

 

Concert

Save the Date: May 17 @ 6:00pm at the Atkinson Recital Hall, NMSU – Please see the poster

  

March 17th, 2017

Updates for March 17th, 2017

 

Test Schedule –  2017 Test Calendar Click Here 

Families, we are in the early throws of our yearly spring testing.  These include the state annual tests (PARCC and SBA Science), the third cycle of Discovery testing, language testing for our younger students, IPT for Spanish proficiency as part of our charter and a few others.  I’ve attached the testing schedule for reference.

While it’s easy to be discouraged by the amount of testing that we do, please remember that no one gets more discouraged than the teachers who lose valuable instructional time.  Further, many of these tests affect the school either through the school grade, teachers’ annual evaluation and the performance of the charter.  As a result, and to keep it all in perspective, we are having a test talk on April 5th.

 

Let’s Talk About Tests

As mentioned above, the school, in conjunction with Dr. Barbara Chamberlin, will hold a Test Talk on Wednesday, April 5th at 6:00pm in our cafeteria.

 

Safe Zone Training

As advertised, we have moved the safe zone training from earlier this month to April 20th in the Media Room from 6-7pm.  The staff participated in this training and the conversations were thought provoking and productive!  The presenting group was dynamic and fantastic.  We hope you will join us.

  

No School for 8th Graders - April 7th

To assist students and their families for next year, we will not have school for our 8th grade students on April 7th.  Please take advantage of this day to plan for next year and enroll at your child’s perspective school!

 

JAAM Fest

This spring’s annual JAAM Fest is just around the corner and we would love more help and tons of participation.  Save this Date: May 5th, 2017!

For those who may be able to help, follow this link to see the many ways YOU can help JPTA!

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090c4ba9ab22a64-2017

 

Picture Requests

Do you have any good pictures from this year’s concerts?  We are looking for some good pix for the yearbook.  Please send to info@jpaultayloracademy.org .

 

Return of the Lice

Tis the season; we had a report of lice from 3rd grade just after break.  Please take this opportunity to check your child; a little effort now may prevent an outbreak later.  And remember, lice are NOT an issue of uncleanliness, it can happen to anyone.  Treat it as an unfortunate occurrence with your child that sometimes happens, not the cooties!  Actually, they technically are!

  

Lunch Cost Increase

As previously mentioned, we plan to increase the costs of lunch by $.15 after spring break.  It will most likely go up a little next year as well.  If you are a family receiving federally subsidized free lunch or reduced fee lunch, this does not alter your cost. 

Because we are sensitive to implementing a mid-year changes that could negatively impact you, we are offering a meal credit to any families that feels they cannot afford this increase.  The credit will be applied to your account for each purchased lunch.  Please know that any families asking for this credit is on the premise of an honor system.  Please contact me or the front office to ask for this credit. 

February 24, 2017

Happy Friday Families;

 

We do have school Monday!  While LCPS is out for parent/teacher conferences, we are on a different schedule.

Upcoming Concerts

February 25 @ 6:00 PM – Solo and Ensemble Recital at Camino Real Middle School

March 7 @ 6:00 PM – kinder to 3rd music concert at JPTA

March 14 @ 6:00PM – Orchestra Concert at Alma d’ Arte

May 17 @ 6:00 PM – Spring Orchestra Concert at NMSU

 

JPTA Foundation Brick Fundraiser Update

Many thanks to those who have purchased bricks in support of JPTA's playground!

We now have about 25 bricks, enough to place an order and are sending out a final call before this order is placed. 

If you would like a brick, please order by Wednesday 3/1/17.

Purchasing a brick is a great way to honor a student, teacher or JPTA Family while helping us realize our playground dreams.

We are in the process of finalizing architectural plans for preparing the grounds so we can begin dirt work, grading, irrigation and beginning landscaping.

To place a brick order please follow the online link below or fill out the attached form and return it to the JPTA front desk by Wednesday 3/1/17.

J Paul Taylor Academy Foundation - Gift Bricks® & Tiles

 

PAC Meetings

PAC meetings are now being held the second Wednesday of each month at 6:00pm.  Please remember that all parents are welcome to attend!

 

Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Award!

A few weeks back, a handful of our wonderful students were honored by the Las Cruces Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.  I was unable to attend due to a conflict, but luckily, we had a parent who sent me the following picture.

Honorees:

Kaleb Alday

Yamilett Arredondo

Adasia Garcia

Linzey Lopez

Zephyr Simmons

Presley Sullivan

   

Lunch Increase Survey

A few weeks back, I sent a survey asking if families could support increasing costs of lunch.  Below are the results with the few comments that were offered.  Thanks to all who helped gauge this decision.  As a result of the survey and our need to minimize costs to the school, we plan to increase the by $.15 after spring break.  It will most likely go up a little next year as well.  If you are a family receiving federally subsidized free lunch, this does not alter the cost.  Similarly, we believe that families receiving reduced fee lunches are also not affected. 

 Because we are sensitive to implementing a mid-year changes that could negatively impact you, we are offering a meal credit to any families that feels they cannot afford this increase.  The credit would be applied to your account for each purchased lunch.  Please know that any families asking for this credit is on the premise of an honor system.  Please contact me or the front office to ask for this credit. 

  

Comments:

  • I see reasoning for increase, but our child does not necessarily enjoy the majority of the meals prepared. Maybe a survey among students of as to what meals would be to their liking. All within the boundaries of the state nutrition required foods of course. 
  • For families that do not qualify for free or reduced lunch this may be a challenge. There should be some other way of funding for extra meal charges. 
  • We'd be happy to pay up to and above the actual cost. 
  • I would even support a somewhat higher increase, maybe 25¢?
  • I would actually suggest a $.25 increase. The cost of groceries are continuing to go up due to the increase in minimum wage on top of the very high GRT.
  • I believe that one of the great things about JPTA is that I know my kids will have a healthy meal if we choose not to make it at home! Our "lunch ladies" are both a tremendous asset and a great benefit for our kids.

February 10th, 2017

One question Survey on Lunch Cost Increase

In reviewing the costs of our food program, it is estimated that each meal costs approximately $4.40 to prepare and serve.  This includes the food, dry goods and personnel.  There are other indirect costs not included in this estimate.

We would like to poll our families to see if you consider a mid-year increase of 15 cents per meal acceptable.  This would most likely go into effect in March.  For those families receiving “free lunch,” this would not affect you.  For those paying a reduced fee through the “Free and Reduced Lunch Program,” the additional fee would be pro-rated.

Please click this link to say, “yea or nay” to this proposal.”   There is an option to enter comments as well!

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2WXY6RB

 

Enrollment and Lottery Applications are being accepted – February 28th is the deadline for applications!

If you know of families who are interested in JPTA, spreading the word about our school is the best form of advertisement! Please let friends and family know.

If your child is already enrolled at JPTA, you don’t have to enter the lottery again for this individual. 

Click here for the enrollment/lotter forms and more info: http://www.jpaultayloracademy.org/enrollment

If you plan to enroll a sibling, please know that you MUST still submit an enrollment/lottery application.  While families with current students get priority, we do a separate lottery for siblings prior to the broader lottery.  Click above for the form and ensure that you indicate that there is currently a sibling at the school!

The deadline if February 28th, 2017 to be eligible for the lottery.  There is no priority for early submittals of the application, simply make sure all forms are turned in during the month of February.  The actual lottery is March 9th and you don’t need to be present for your child to be eligible for the lottery and enrollment.  Anyone submitting a form AFTER this date will fall behind those in the lottery and on a first-come and first-served basis.

February 1st, 2017

Happy February Families and JPTA Community Members!

 

Yes, the year is moving forward and things are going well.

Remember that today is a half day and student will be dismissed at noon!

 

Enrollment and Lottery Applications are now being accepted!

Click here for the enrollment/lotter forms and more info: http://www.jpaultayloracademy.org/enrollment

 If you plan to enroll a sibling, please know that you MUST still submit an enrollment/lottery application.  While families with current students get priority, we do a separate lottery for siblings prior to the broader lottery.  Click above for the form and ensure that you indicate that there is currently a sibling at the school!

And, if you know of families who are interested in JPTA, spreading the word about our school is the best form of advertisement! Please let friends and family know.

The deadline if February 28th, 2017 to be eligible for the lottery.  There is no priority for early submittals of the application, simply make sure all forms are turned in during the month of February.  The actual lottery is March 9th and you don’t need to be present for your child to be eligible for the lottery and enrollment.  Anyone submitting a form AFTER this date will fall behind those in the lottery and on a first-come and first-served basis.

 

Overall Finances

Earlier in the year, I shared the many hardships that we have faced this year about our financial status.  I’m confident in saying we have come very far.  I’m also confident that we will finish the year with a reserve.  This has been a moving target and VERY hard to predict as we have been so tight with our finances.  And, the state is facing fiscal challenges that have reduced our funding.  We believe and hope that we will not see any more decreases in this year’s allocations to our school.  Next year, I fear, we may see decreased education funding to all schools.

 

Legislation

Each year, charter schools are under attack with proposed legislation.  Many of the bills die before they are passed.  There are certainly some bills that are being entertained that could negatively impact charters and many of us, in the charter world, are working to push back these bills.  In addition, the New Mexico Coalition of Charter Schools works tirelessly with the help of a lobbyist to further our efforts.  In the event we are really desperate, I may send you an email asking you to call, text, write or talk to our local legislators to support charters.

 

Middle School Parents

JPTA’s staff email is hosted by Google (Gmail).  And, we have an education account which allows our school to access many great features that other entities would pay a premium.  We have created an account (technically, a sub account or subdomain) that will allow us to assign JPTA emails to the middle school students.  With this, they will be able to gain access to the student information system (StudentVUE) and email each other.  Here are aspects of this system:

Private Grouping – This system will only allow the students to email each other and any teachers who are added to the group (this is called “whitelisting”). 

Security – Any individual who is not whitelisted (or who is from the outside of this group) cannot email students in this group; teachers, parents and anyone else outside of the school cannot email the students in this group.  Equally, the students can’t email externally.  For added piece of mind, the school will provide the username and password to the parents to allow you to monitor the system as you choose.

 

This type of system has been utilized by Las Cruces Public Schools as their safety protocol which also allows them to still issue email accounts to their students.  This is essential for any student who is under the age of 13 per the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Rule (COPPA).  If you have any questions or concerns with us issuing an email to your child, please contact me at your earliest convenience.

Restocking!

Restocking for Staff

Please help JPTA PAC gather yummy snacks for staff on the go and replenish supplies for a great start to 2017.  
Full details are on the sign up genius page. We will collect items until January 17, and stock everything on the 18th.
 
Thanks!!!
 

January 13, 2017

JPTA Families,

 

Happy New Year!

I hope the new year has started off well.  It’s truly amazing to know that another year has passed and the school year is past the half-way point.  It was wonderful to see the many kiddos running this morning and it’s always such a bright beginning to my Fridays.

  • Please remember that Monday is a holiday and we don’t have school
  • Our pick-up and drop-off is going quite well on the north side of the property. We need to get our protocol to new families to help keep this process intact.
  • For families who have their child walk home: In the event that your child walks from school in the afternoon and you pick up nearby, please make sure that you don’t simply pick up across from the school! This has created a secondary pickup location toward the front of the building that diminishes our ability to have a well-staffed and streamlined process on the other side.  We also don’t have crosswalk or crossing guards, adding safety concerns.
  • The City of Las Cruces has approved crosswalks and school zones. I was told that they should be done in December.  As that obviously has not occurred, I’ll continue to push the City on these necessary safety features.
  • Middle School Report Cards: We failed to appropriately finalize the process to get report cards out over break.  Las Cruces Public Schools helps us with the hard copies to families and they have mailed them out. If you have not received a middle school report card by Wednesday of next week, please let me know.  We can print and resend if necessary.

Have a great weekend!

 

-Mr. Ahner 

Friday, December 3rd, 2016

Amazon Smile

Have some shopping to do? After 7 years in Silver City, my most frequently shopped store was Amazon.  Did you know that you can use Amazon Smile and have a percentage of your Amazon.com purchase go toward your favorite charity? That’s JPTA, of course!  No cost to you, just part of Amazon’s profit gets passed on to us.  If you don’t already have an Amazon Smile favorite charity, I hope you consider us.

 

Here’s how:

or https://smile.amazon.com/ if the first link does not take you directly to our school.

  • You should see “Pick your own charitable organization” where you enter “j paul taylor academy” and you should see J Paul Taylor Academy Foundation Inc.
  • Select our school and shop big!

 

Winter Concert

Please join us next Tuesday (December 6) for the Winter Concert!  The fall event was fabulous and you certainly don’t want to miss out on this festive and community building event at NMSU. See below!

Art Night

Next Thursday (December 8), we will begin our prep for the spring art auction.  See below and find out how we can launch this fundraiser with a bang.

 

Move-A-Thon

Go big or go home!  The Move-A-Thon was a hit and we have earned over $10,000 from this event.  Money is still coming in, so the amount is not final.  Special thanks to the PAC and especially Liz Hamm who was the master of ceremonies. Wow!

 

Drop off and Pick-up

Please be on time bringing your child to school.  While our tardies have been a little better, we still have many late students.  Transition time is important and the first few minutes of the day sets the tone for remainder of the day in the classrooms!  Aim for 5 minutes before 8 at the latest for drop-off. 

 

If you walk your child into the building, please consider parking along the back side of the playground fence to walk in.  If you parking near the school entrance, please avoid parking in the parking lot unless you have other school business and plan on staying for a while.  This 1) provides a safer parking lot and 2) reserves parking for staff.  If you are not entering the school building with your child, the safest drop-off location is in the drop-off zone where I can greet you and watch students entering the back of the building.  Please help us keep our students, staff and property safe!

 

    

 

Fall Carnival 2016!

October 21st, 2016

Fall Carnival

Come join us for a Fall Carnival on Saturday October 29 from 5:00-8:00 pm at JPTA. The Carnival will be a fun celebration of spooky things and not-so-spooky things for all JPTA students and families. PAC will sell tickets and run game booths and activities as a fundraiser for the teachers, classrooms and PAC. There will be pizza, snacks and drinks for purchase, so come prepared to make it a full night of fun!

PAC is in need of volunteers to help out the night of the carnival and for donations of candy/prizes. Candy/prizes can be left in the front office by the 26th. You can sign up online at the link below.

www.SignUpGenius.com/go/409084DADAA28A7F58-jpta

 

Tardy

We have experienced a higher level of illness this week.  In addition, the number of tardies has been extremely high.  On Thursday, over 10% of our student population was late to school.  While I believe the end of daylight savings time (2:00am on November 6th) will help, having so many students arrive late thwarts the efforts of our teachers in getting things rolling in the morning.  When we have this many student arriving late, there is a consequence to those who are on time.  Sometimes it’s simply unavoidable, but please do your best to help out.

 

Drop-off/Pick-up

Our drop-offs and pick-ups have become much smoother overall.  A few items to ask:

  • If you are meeting your child on foot, please wait in the line along the fence until your child is across the fence from you. Then proceed to the gate and try your best to wait for those in front.  While this can be extremely irritating to you, we MUST do our due diligence to make sure that we are connecting EVERY child with a parent.  With the number of students meeting their parent at the gate and those walking to get into their car, this area is overly congested.

  • Please don’t cross the drop-off zone. While it’s very convenient to park near the gate and walk across the drop-off zone, it creates a safety issue.  Further, please model for your child the importance of using crosswalks.  Parking adjacent to the fence on the East side of the dirt lot (aka playground) is safest.  I’ve attached the drop-off/pick-up procedures in the event that you have not seen these.

 

Head Lice

We had a parent report an episode of lice this week. This year, we have had about four reported incidents and, luckily, each one seems to be isolated and at separate times.  Don’t hesitate to spot check your child and this is a link to a website that’s fairly comprehensive for prevention and treatment. 

 

Monday, October 31th – Costumes

On this day, students may wear their costumes to school, granted the consume may need to be dialed back a notch!  Here are my guidelines:

Because we are a school with kindergartners to eighth graders, we want all ages to feel safe, comfortable, and included. 

Expectations:

  • Costumes should not depict gangs, horror characters, or be too scary.

  • No clowns 

  • No masks

  • Not more than 50% of face may be painted

  • Costumes may not demean any race, religion, nationality, handicapped condition or gender.

  • No weapons, even fake ones.

  • Shoes must be worn. (Health code) 

Please wear costumes and shoes that allow you to actively participate in our daily walks, PE, and other physical activities.

Don’t forget about the Fall Carnival on Saturday, October 29!

 

Have a wonderful weekend,

 

Mr. Ahner

 JPTA FALL FEST poster sm.jpg 

 Drop-Off Pick-up.pdf  

 

October 13, 2016

JPTA Community Members,

Second quarter is off to a good start and time continues to fly by.  Please see the attached two letters regarding our financial status.  If you have further questions, please let me know.

  1. I’d like to thank the many individuals who showed to help clean-up the rocks in our playground space. While there are many remaining rocks, nearly all of the larger rocks are gone.  Rodriquez has indicated a significant improvement.
  2. Picture day is scheduled for Tuesday morning, October 25th. See the attached flyer for more info.

 Important Docs:

 School Portrait Day Reminder.jpg  Letter from PAC e Foundation.pdf  Deficit Letter from Director.pdf 

Thanks,

 

Mr. Ahner

September 9, 2016

Parents, Students and Staff,

  • Kudos to the middle school for a great night presenting your projects! I received lots of positive feedback regarding your work and presentations.
  • Please remember to drop your child off AFTER 7:30 am as we don’t have sufficient supervision prior to that time.
  • A neighbor expressed concern that a car was, “within two inches away” of hitting him. We have yet to gain school zones and it’s extra important that we drive carefully in the area to protect both our own students and community members.
  • We have a few students who are part of A Children’s Theatre of the Mesilla Valley and are in the production The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. If you are interested in attending, please see  Legend of Sleepy Hollow.pdf .

Have a wonderful weekend,

Mr. Ahner

September 2nd, 2016

 

JPTA Community Members, 

The past two weeks have been packed with many events.  Last Tuesday, we had an Open House with a great showing, Saturday a very successful JPTA picnic where I suspect we had around 250 people.  Boris and Padma, thank you for hosting this wonderful event!  This week, we hosted some of our local legislators in hopes of lobbying support for our playground.  While capital outlay may be very sparse this year, we may be in a good position to gain potential support from our local legislators!

 

All of these events took significant planning and support; thank you all for helping and attending!  The PAC was instrumental with the picnic, the Foundation with the legislative event and the staff with all the events, in particular the Open House.  We had special presentations by student for our legislators: a play directed by a JPTA VIP, art with Ms. Preciado, music with Mr. Ray and science displays and experiments by Ms. Stevens’ students.  And, all the students with each group who placed the smiles on the faces of our legislators!

Next week events:

Monday – No School in recognition of Labor Day!

Tuesday – Parent Advisory Council @ 5:30 pm here at JPTA

Wednesday – Half day of school (out at noon)

Thursday – Parent Night for Middle School Projects (JPTA @ 5:30pm)

 

I continue to be proud of how well our school shows to the community.  We have amazing parents, staff and students.  Governance Council too!

In the event you wish to subscribe to the school calendar, this link should allow you access:

https://calendar.google.com/calendar/ical/jpaultayloracademy.org_odg35vri25s3baj3uc0vbe65ek%40group.calendar.google.com/public/basic.ics

 

Have a great three day weekend,

 

-Eric

August 19th, 2016

Happy Weekend JPTA Community,

 

I hope everyone is happy and healthy. We continue with another successful week

at school. As a reminder, we have two upcoming events for you to place on your

calendar and hopefully you are able to attend:

 

1. Open House on Tuesday, August 23 from 4:30 to 7pm. – Please see the flyer

in attachment (email) or in the link (if viewing on the web). Link to Open House Flier 

 

2. Welcome BBQ on August 27th from 4-7pm – Please see the flyer in

attachment (email) or in the link (if viewing on the web).   Link to BBQ Flier 

 

Gentle Reminders:

Drop-off! – Please remember to not drop off your child at school before 7:30am.

We don’t have supervision for student here at that time.

 

Item for Open House:

During the open house, I plan to give an opening and closing “state of the school

address” for lack of a better term. I plan to give the same info at both addresses,

so you have better options for your schedule. While the school has made

significant headway the past year, we are still facing financial challenges. I will

talk about these in brief, in my address, and take questions.

 

Have a great weekend!

August 14th, 2016

JPTA Community,

 

This update is largely the same as last week and I’m attempting to email.

 

We are off to a great start.  The Parent Advisory Committee, Governance Council and JPTA Foundation have been very generous in helping us launch the year on a positive note.  They have sponsored a new item nearly every day since school start.  Thank you! You have helped the staff feel appreciated and motivated.  I think that this goes a long way toward spreading the care in our community.  Also, many parents have generously donated items to the supply drive. Thank you too!

 

Special thanks to Mattie Kannard for her work on the new website.  eChalk changed over their platform about a week ago and this forced the school to change website designs.  Thanks to Mattie, it has gone very smoothly.  There are items that will go back onto the site that are currently missing.  After about another month, if you feel an area is missing and needed, please let us know.

 

I want to thank all the parents for their patience while we continue to work out the bugs with drop off and pickup.  We are able to get all students picked up or with their parents in about 10 minutes.  The greatest area of concern is cars parking against the curb on the roadside of the drop-off zone and across the street from that area.  The result is either crossing at the corner where there is considerable traffic or pedestrians walking into the drop-off lane.  Please park on the East side of the “playground” which avoids ANY crossings. 

 

A few upcoming items:

 

  1. There is a first annual JPTA Orchestra concern on September 14th at 7:00 pm an NMSU. See the flyer for more details.

 

  1. For middle school students: Consider the After School Sports Club on Wednesdays. See the flyer for more information.

August 9, 2016

JPTA Community,

 

We are off to a great start. The Parent Advisory Committee, Governance Council and JPTA Foundation have been very generous in helping us launch the year on a positive note. They have sponsored a new item nearly every day since school start. Thank you! You have helped the staff feel appreciated and motivated. I think that this goes a long way toward spreading the care in our community. Also, many parents have generously donated items to the supply drive. Thank you too!

 

Special thanks to Mattie Kannard for her work on the new website. eChalk changed over their platform about a week ago and this forced the school to change website designs. Thanks to Mattie, it has gone very smoothly. There are items that will go back onto the site that are currently missing. After about another month, if you feel an area is missing and needed, please let us know.

 

I want to thank all the parents for their patience while we continue to work out the bugs with drop off and pickup. Friday went very well and we had all students delivered in just over 5 minutes, a vast improvement from Thursday. The greatest area of concern is cars parking against the curb on the roadside of the drop-off zone and across the street from that area. The result is either crossing at the corner where there is considerable traffic or pedestrians walking into the drop-off lane. Please park on the East side of the “playground” which avoids ANY crossings.

 

A few upcoming items:

1. There is a first annual JPTA Orchestra concern on September 14th at 7:00 pm an NMSU. See the flyer for more details.

2. For middle school students: Consider the After School Sports Club on Wednesdays. See the flyer for more information.

July 25, 2016

JPTA Community,

 Our first full week was a success and I think we are well off to a good beginning for the 2016-17 school year.  I have few announcements, but important non-the less. Here they are:

 PAC Supply Drive

The JPTA PAC Supply Drive is underway!  The wonderful teachers and staff of JPTA could use our help to make this year great for our students!  Please show your support by ordering some supplies.  Use the Amazon wish-list link below.  Have items sent to your house and then deposit them in the collection box in the front office by ‪August 5.  Please share this post on class pages!

 

https://amzn.com/w/3SBTV399ZTJHF

 

Important: to earn easy and FREE cash back for JPTA through Amazon, be sure to first link through our Amazon School Rewards Associates program by following the instructions on the link below.

 

http://www.jpaultayloracademy.org/site_res_view_template.aspx?id=96035737-a14b-4aee-8f5a-a4eb99ce0657

 

If you prefer to buy locally, see the list of needed supplies on the flyer in your student's backpack or pick one up at the front office.  If buying locally, be sure to email Stephanie at haan_amato@yahoo.com and list the items purchased.  They will then be taken off of the Amazon wish-list to avoid duplication.

 

Thank you for your support!

 

 

Drop-off and Pickup – Please read the below to make sure that the drop-off and pickup go safely.  While I realize these are long, these procedures will assist us all in providing a safe environment.

 

Please know that school parking lots are not designed to handle the number of vehicles that come to campus at the beginning and end of each school day. Your patience, understanding, and support of “Operation Cooperation” is appreciated. The JPTA staff does everything they can to encourage parents to follow the parking lot rules and maximize the flow of traffic. The staff knows that your time is precious, but the safety of every student is our first priority.

 

Please follow the law; do not park illegally (red curbs, handicapped parking without a placard, etc.). 

 

Student Drop Off in the Mornings:

  • Students can be dropped off at the drop off lane beginning at 7:30 am.  No students are allowed on the campus until 7:30am when staff begins morning duty.
  •  Cars are to enter the drop off lane by way of driving North on Reymond St. and taking a right on Mountain Ave.
  •  Excess cars that cannot pull into the drop off lane must wrap around West on Mountain and onto Reymond St. directly against the curb.
  • Pull as far forward along the curb as possible before stopping your vehicle.  There should be very little room between your car and the car in front of you.
  • Say your goodbyes before your turn to unload – this will help keep cars moving in line.
  •  Please refrain from conversations with staff at the drop off lane.  If you need to speak with a staff member, please park in the JPTA parking lot located on Reymond St. and enter the building.
  •  Please follow the directions of staff members on duty.
  •  Only students in the front vehicle are allowed to exit the car, one car at a time.
  •  Students are to exit their vehicle only on the passenger side and they must be able to get themselves out of the car without any help from their parent.
  •  Parents are to remain inside their cars – do not leave car unattended.
  • Children are to always walk on the sidewalks.
  •  After your child exits the car, parents are to pull forward and turn right onto Mountain Ave.
  •  School starts promptly at 8:00am.  A student will be tardy if they are not in their classroom line by 8:00am.
  •  Breakfast will be available in the cafeteria from 7:30-7:55am.  Breakfast will not be served in classrooms.
  •  Parents are highly encouraged to participate in our Park N’ Walk program in which cars are invited to park at Lions Park tennis court parking lot at the corner of Melendres St. and Mountain Ave. and have parents walk their students the short 0.2 mile to the school.

 

Student Pick Up in the Afternoons:

 

  • Pick up begins at 3:15pm.
  •  Cars are to enter the drop off lane by way of driving North on Reymond St. and taking a right on Mountain Ave.
  •  Excess cars that cannot pull into the drop off lane must wrap around West on Mountain and onto N. Reymond St. directly against the curb.
  •  Pull as far forward in the drop off lane as possible before stopping your vehicle.  There should be very little room between your car and the car in front of you.
  •  Please refrain from conversations with staff at the drop off lane.  If you need to speak with a staff member, please park in the JPTA parking lot located on Reymond St. and enter the building.
  •  Please follow the directions of staff members on duty.
  •  Students are to enter their vehicle only on the passenger side and they must be able to get themselves inside the car without any help from their parent.
  •  Parents are to remain in their vehicles - do not leave vehicles unattended in the parking lot.
  •  Children are to always walk on the sidewalks.
  •  After your child enters the car, parents are to pull forward and turn right onto Mountain Ave.
  •  If you arrive before 3:15pm, please do not go directly to any of the classrooms, nor the playground area.  If you need to enter the school, you must enter through the main entrance and check-in at the front office.
  •  Students are only to walk to their car when directed by a staff member.
  •  Afterschool Care & Enrichment students must be picked up by parking in the JPTA parking lot on Reymond, entering through the main entrance and signing the student out with the providers.
  •  Parents are highly encouraged to participate in our Park N’ Walk program in which cars are invited to park at Lions Park tennis court parking lot at the corner of Melendres St. and Mountain Ave. and have parents walk and pick up their students after the short 0.2 mile walk to the school.

 

Have a great week!

 Mr. Ahner

 

July 17, 2016

JPTA Community Members,

We are off to a great start!  School opened with few snags and we are well on our way.  Morning drop-offs have gone well and parents have been kind enough to teach me how it’s done correctly.  Thank you!  In my career as an educator, I have never opened school with so little prep time.  Thanks to the professional staff at JPTA, it went very well.

My arrival and time at JPTA has been met with incredible kindness and significant support.  In my newness, I’ve also appreciated the extension of patience and understanding.  This is a truly wonderful community for which I’m very honored to be a part.

We are in the midst of changing over our email system.  While the account names will be the same (first.last@jpaultayloracedmy.org), it will be a different provider (Gmail) and we certainly hope that this will ease e-communication.  When it’s up and going, we will send out a school directory of staff.

In the future, if you have JPTA stories you wish to share or school related announcements you wish to convey, I’ll have an email account setup for you to send items.  And, I’ll do my best to push out Friday Updates a little closer to Friday.

Thank you all again for supporting us and entrusting your children with us,

Eric Ahner
Director