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Happy Spring!

I hope you're all enjoying the beautiful weather outside this week as we kick off our Spring Break. It's been an incredibly busy year as we keep our Year of Happy going strong. It's been a long time since I've updated the Principal's Blog. As many of you know, our preferred way to get information and updates out to our community is through Twitter.

If you haven't had a chance to join, please do! You'll get almost daily updates and pictures about all of the great things that are happening at JJES each and every day. For those of you who may want to see updates but don't want to join Twitter, on our school homepage you'll see a news feed of all of our tweets.

Thank you!

Mr. Peltzman

Welcome Back!

Welcome Back!

It's the start of a new year! A fresh start, a clean slate... a new year filled with opportunity, excitement, and promise. I hope you're all feeling the same excitement that I am feeling.

Hopefully everyone had an opportunity to relax and enjoy the summer. There's nothing quite like the first few days of school. I am embarrassed to admit that I've experienced well over twenty first days of school, and I still cannot sleep the night before we open our doors. There is so much excitement and so many butterflies that sleeping is simply out of the question.

The first few days have been a lot of fun. We've spent a lot of time getting to know each other and working on our building expectations. Also, I am very happy to report that we are launching a yearly theme for this school year. This year's theme is the Year of Happy. Why happy? Because happiness is incredibly predictive of success in all areas of life. Happy teachers make happy students, happy students make happy parents, and happy parents make happy principals! In all seriousness, we want our school to be the school we all know it can be. The best way to do that is to focus on the positive and instill in our students a love of learning that they will hold with them for the rest of their lives.

As the year progresses there will undoubtedly be a number of obstacles and challenges that we'll face. We don't grow when things are easy though; we grow when we face challenges. The bigger the challenges, the bigger our opportunity for growth. At the end of our day, we want our students to feel challenged. We also want them to feel supported by the incredible staff and community at Johnson Elementary.

I'm honored, proud, and excited to start this new journey with all of you and I know it's going to be a great year.

To new beginnings,

Jared Peltzman, Principal

Thank You for a Great Year!

Happy Summer!

Incredible to think that the school year has ended. I hope that you all had a great year and are looking forward to a fun-filled summer.

Summer is a great time to work on the three "r's"... rest, relax, and reflect. As I end my first year as principal of Johnson, I am taking a lot of time to look back at both our successes and shortcomings this year. I'd be remiss if I didn't thank everyone for the continued support and for embracing many of the changes we've made at Johnson this year. There are many more to come next year as we try to make Johnson the best elementary school it can be. Your help is critical in making this happen.

You're going to see a lot of changes at school each year. The reality is that there are always going to be things that can be better than they are.

This year we launched our school wide positive behavioral program. The clip chart and the Clip Hall of Fame have been fantastic and we've retired well over a thousand clips this year. Manner Banner was a hit and our lunch reward program has been keeping our APR sparkling.

We also had a lot of really fun initiatives. We had Art for the Sky, our first annual Hootfest and 5k, and our countdown gave our students the opportunity to have a lot of fun as we winded down. I'll be meeting with various people over the summer to plan even more fun events and programs for our students.

Most importantly, our students learned a lot this year. Some of our kids learned how to read, some learned how to use Google Classroom, some learned how to multiply... It's amazing the amount of learning that takes place in one year. It's one of the beautiful parts about working in an elementary school. These years are incredibly impactful to who our students become and we take this privilege seriously.

As you all get ready for days on the beach, please remember to reinforce what your children learned this year. There is more to learn and we've only scratched the surface of our students' potential. Learning doesn't have to take place in a classroom. Learning is everywhere! It's in counting the number of apples at the supermarket, it's reading street signs to practice decoding, it's asking questions about why the sun rises in the east and sets in the west. Please encourage your children to ask questions every day and provide them the ability to find the answers. The best things our students can do is spend the summer asking questions and wondering about the world around them.

Finally, I hope you all have a great summer. It's been a pleasure to get to know all of you and your children this year. I can't wait to see those smiling faces in September.

Thank you!

Jared Peltzman, Principal

Springtime at JJES

It's springtime at Johnson! Incredible to think that it's already April...

I hope this update finds you all enjoying the spring weather and well rested from Spring Break. April is an exciting time at Johnson with all types of fun activities and learning opportunities.

April is also our first opportunity to try our best at the PARCC test. For those of you who don't know, the PARCC assessment is a standardized assessment that is given to every public school student in the state starting in third grade and going straight through high school. It's the rare opportunity to see how our students compare to other students around the state and around the country.

If you have a child in a testing grade, please make sure they get a good night's sleep before testing as well as eat a good breakfast before coming to school.

April is also Autism Awareness Month. The most recent research on autism is staggering. 1 in 45 children, ages 3 through 17, have been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), boys being four and a half times more likely to be identified as girls. The number of people impacted is exponentially higher (family members, coworkers, etc.). There's a great quote about autism that says, "If you've met one person with autism, you've met one person with autism." We use April to raise awareness about autism and teach our students about the disorder. We live in a world where everyone is different, but all are equal. We see this month as an opportunity to embrace this and remind our students of how great it is to be different. Please join us in raising awareness about autism.

In a couple days we will be raising money for another worthy cause, Juvenile Diabetes. Every year, our district participates in Volley for Support. This annual volleyball event is a tremendous fundraiser and is great fun for everyone who attends or participates. Last year we were the winners of the School Spirit Award and we're hoping to keep our crown. Please come out to Cherry Hill East at 6:50 to see us take on Clara Barton.

Thank you and have a great month!

Jared Peltzman, Principal

Cruising Along

Welcome to our new website!

As you may have noticed, we have launched our new website this month. This website will be a great place to learn about everything happening at Johnson and to find out important information. I want to thank Mrs. Royal for all the work she did on our former website. Mrs. Royal volunteered her time updating and keeping our former site up to date with important information.

During the month of February, we celebrated Black History Month, had our fourth grade science presentations, had our Valentine's Day parties, and celebrated the 100th day of school! February was a great month at Johnson. It's amazing to think we're moving into March in only a few short days.

March has the students cruising along and making incredible progress. One exciting initiative starting this month is that our teachers in our fourth and fifth grades are launching Google Classroom. This tool is an incredible way to differentiate instruction for our students and to provide immediate feedback to all of our students. Every student in fourth and fifth grade has been given a Google account (no email access) to help access the main Apps used by Google Apps for Education e.g. Docs, Sheets, Slides, and Forms. Please take some time to have your child log in and show you some of the great things that are happening in these classrooms.

Kindergarten registration for Johnson is designated for March 2, 2016. It's incredible to think that we'll be welcoming a new group of owls to Johnson in a few months. If you have any neighbors who have students who will be joining us in September, please let them know about registration. Registration on March 2nd is from 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. at our district administration office. For more information, please contact the main office at Johnson (856) 428-8848.

Finally, we'll be launching monthly assemblies starting in March. At these assemblies, we'll be recognizing students who have retired their clips and celebrating all of our student's hard work. We may even get a chance to watch a few skits put on by our Johnson teachers.

Thank you for your continued support!

Mr. Jared Peltzman, Principal