By Kristi Herd
The first semester of the 2018-2019 academic year is quickly coming to an end. It is hard for me to believe we have almost completed a semester of the school year. We began the school year at a fast pace and have not stopped.
We have several new faces at Jefferson Early Learning Center this year including myself.
Micaela Felan moved from second grade to teach Pre-K, Brett Knight is our PE teacher and Charla Forrester teaches music. Courtney Ledbetter and Julie Trejo are kindergarten teacher assistants. Brandi Leveridge is our secretary.
With JELC being the first school for students to begin their education, our aim is to provide a safe, positive learning environment that will foster a love for learning that will last a lifetime.
Parents and teachers must work together as a team. Parents/guardians are one of the most crucial aspects of their child’s education. Teachers are honored to be a small part of each child’s education.
Students have enjoyed many activities this semester.
We attended the school-wide pep assembly and parade in September. Pauls Valley firemen visited JELC in October to discuss fire safety. The students enjoyed watching a video and teachers dress in the firefighter gear.
The school-wide field trip to the pumpkin patch was rained out, but replaced with a trip to the Royal Theatre in November to see the movie “The Grinch.”
Santa and Mrs. Claus visited school this week. Each student had their picture taken with them and were given candy canes.
The high school art students, taught by Nancy McGee, painted T-shirts with the students. Pre-K students made turkey T-shirts that they wore to our Thanksgiving lunch. The kindergarten students painted reindeer T-shirts.
The art students also painted several of our windows for fall. We appreciated the older students spending time at JELC.
Besides all of the fun activities, teachers and students work hard in their classrooms.
Students were given a challenge by the principal at the beginning of the year.
Kindergarten students are challenged to learn their sight words. After completing each of the three challenges, students get their name, then picture on the red WOW wall and lastly will enjoy lunch with the principal.
Pre-K students are challenged to learn their letters and sounds. Pre-K students get their name and picture on the WOW wall and then will have a coke float with the principal.
A few Pre-K students have already accomplished the three challenges and have begun working on sight words.
The last couple of weeks before the semester ends will continue to be busy. The kindergarten Christmas program is Friday, December 14. Christmas parties will be Wednesday, Dec. 19.
The students and teachers will be on Christmas Break Dec. 20 through Jan. 2. School will resume on Wednesday, Jan. 3.
A special thank you to parents for trusting us with your greatest possession, your child. We enjoy these bright, eager, energetic, and loveable children every day. Thank you for your involvement and support of students and staff of JELC.