Principal Message - March 14th

Greetings Husky Community 
Almost nine months ago, I joined the Jahn family.  At that time, without any prior knowledge of our institution, I knew that I wanted to provide students with a voice beyond their classrooms.  Although I was sure that outlets would be available in their respective classrooms, it was just something that has been a part of me since I became an educator.  For years, I have reflected on how so many educators assisted me throughout my childhood by providing me a space to be heard.   
Fast forward to today.  I am extremely happy to say that after several months of wondering how to increase student voice, I was able to create a Student Advisory Council.  This council consists of young leaders from across the campus in grades 1st through 8th.  My aim was to select one representative from each of those homerooms with the purpose of providing direct feedback to me around topics associated with the school and things that are important to the student body.  From some classrooms, there was more than one student who applied for the council.  For this inaugural year, I decided to select each student who applied.  Next year, let the competition begin for slots.  In the meantime, I am happy to announce the council.  They are as follows:  1st grade:  Room 104 - Jael B., Nash G., and Jack W.; Room 109 - Mabry R.; 2nd grade:  Room 208 - Blake P.; 3rd grade:  Room 204 - Corinne L.; 4th grade:  Room 202 - Owen R., 5th grade: Room 301 - Malaki G., Graciela P., Delilah R., and Nathan S.; 6th grade: Room 309 - Mia G.; 7th grade: Room 305 - TBA; and 8th grade:  Room 302 - Jazaline R.  Please take a moment to congratulate these students.  I am excited about the work they are about to lead on our campus.  
On a similar note, I would like to share that last month, Jahn, along with 13 other schools, participated in a Spring Design program, sponsored by The Chicago Fund.  Teams were tasked to identify a challenge within their school and develop a plan to solve the challenge.  Jahn’s team consisted of Ms. Olm-Shipman, Ms. Stamos, Ms. Williams, and myself.  As a participant in the program, the team earned $1000 towards the implementation of our plan to increase student voice. 
For the month of March we continue to celebrate Women’s History month and bring to life our SEL theme, Creating Solutions/Problem Solving.  Please check in with your children on what’s happening on campus.  
Be mindful of the following events  
  • March 15 - School Tour - 8:30 am
  • March 16 - PAC meeting - 8:15 am (End of Quarter 3)
  • March 17 - Professional Development Day (no school for students)
  • March 23 - Spring Show - 4:30-6:00 pm (no after school programming)
  • March 23 - DLC meeting - 7:00 pm (virtual)
  • March 29 - Parent-Teacher Conferences (no school for students)
  • March 30 - BAC meeting - 9:15 am
  • March 30 - 8th grade picture retakes
  • March 30 - Spring Fling (dance for K-2)
  • March 31 - Spring Fling (dance for 3-5)
  • April 3-7 - Spring Break
  • April 11-13 - IAR testing (grades 3rd-8th) 
Please be mindful of the additional announcements below: 
OST (after-school programming):  This is the last week for most of the OST after-school programming, except for rock band, choir, drama, and all of the new tutoring programs.  Please reach out to the office if you have any questions. 
Spring Showcase:  Please join us on Thursday, March 23rd as our Fine Arts and Wellness (FAW) team presents the Spring Showcase.  This event will be held from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m.  On this day, after-school programming will be canceled so that we can prepare for the showcase.  If you are interested in volunteering, please use the following link:  Volunteer Sign Up For Artwork Hangup
3rd Quarter Report Card Pick-Up:  Report Card Pick-Up for Quarter for the 3rd Quarter is scheduled for Wednesday, March 29th.  This event will be hybrid, in which we will provide you the option of setting up your conference in person or virtually.  You will receive information for sign-up times from your child(ren) homeroom teachers in the coming days.  
Koffee With Kimbrough: We are still finalizing the March date for Koffee With KImbrough.  This event will happen before Spring Break.  Stay tuned for details.  
Kiss and Go:  In an effort to support student transitions during arrival, we are asking all  parents/guardians to drop off students and depart from the auditorium.  While we know that adults are concerned, I can assure you that we have a number of staff members who are supervising our students.  
Drop-offs and Traffic Route: For the safety of all, please do not drop students off in the crosswalk.  We have a number of curbside areas where students can be dropped off. 
Please assist us by following the traffic pattern shared with families earlier this year.  We will attempt to be out there before and after school.   In cases where we are not, there should only be one way traffic on Wolcott heading north.