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The ABCs of JBE, Family Handbook - 2022-2023 

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9/26/2022 11:22 am

Weekly Newsletter

Please be sure to check out the latest JBE One Newsletter HERE!

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9/20/2022 10:28 am

Weekly Newsletter

Please be sure to check out the latest JBE One Newsletter HERE!

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i-Ready Information for Families

9/14/2022 11:59 am

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JBE One Update 8/5/22

8/9/2022 8:25 am

Important Note From The Nurse

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Weekly Newsletter

Please be sure to check out the latest JBE One Newsletter HERE! It has some very important back to school information including Fact & Fee times, school supply lists, uniforms, Open House, CD orientation, and more!

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Message from our new JBE One President

7/9/2022 11:46 am

Hello James B. Edwards Family!

My name is Katie Edwards and I am honored to serve as your new JBE ONE President alongside a rockstar Executive Board. As an alumni of JBE, I am very passionate about our little school, the staff, the students and look forward to all the fun we’re going to have together this year!

But let me back up – did you hear that PTO and the Tom Lee Endowment officially merged into JBE ONE?! If not, check out this quick video. We’re stronger and streamlined, working as one: JBE ONE.

But as everyone knows, teamwork really does make the dream work and we have an INCREDIBLE TEAM as your Executive Board this year:

Vice President – Anna Upbin

Secretary - Ryan Lemire

Treasurers - Beth Howard and Katie Catalana

Strategic Initiatives - Jodi Fuqua

Faculty Relations - Amelia Smith and Shannon Rice

Community Building - McRae Hogan and Rebecca Sailor

Throughout the year we will be highlighting each of these areas so stay tuned there!

Again, I am honored to serve and look forward to the year!

If you have thoughts, questions, or ideas, don’t hesitate to reach out (

Coming soon, details of our BIG plans for 2022-2023!

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Principal Fountain's Message To Families

6/27/2022 5:18 pm

Dear Families,

I hope you are having a wonderful summer. I am enjoying some extra time/energy to read (reading for pleasure is very hard for me during the regular school year). I read Nick Offerman's Where the Deer and the Antelope Play and now I am reading Let's Go (So We Can Get Back): A Memoir of Recording and Discording with Wilco, Etc. by Jeff Tweedy.

We all know that reading over the summer is one of the VERY best things our students can do. Not only does it prevent the "summer slide," it increases vocabulary and thinking skills. But did you know it is just as important for our kids to be read TO (even those big 5th graders!)? Children can comprehend much more complex and higher-level stories read to them than they are able to read independently. Take advantage of summer and bond with your family over a good book, maybe share your favorite childhood novel as a family! It's not too late to sign up for the CCSD/CCPL summer reading challenge to motivate and reward your family members for reading or listening to a read-aloud.

Then, wherever you are (near or far!), snap a photo of your kiddos/family reading and post them to Instagram with the hashtag #JBEGlobalReadership. And don’t forget to tag @jamesbedwardselementary so we can share how our global leaders are also global readers!

As you probably recall, last year we merged PTO and the Tom Lee Endowment into JBE One to be as efficient and as effective as possible. I am so looking forward to collaborating with JBE One to take JBE to the next level! Moving forward, there will no longer be a JBE Update from my office AND a JBE One newsletter, we are merging our communication into this JBE One Update -check out the message from the JBE One president, Katie Edwards soon.

Love,Principal Fountain

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Final Year End Letter

6/1/2022 7:41 am

Dear JBE One Families, 

What fun to watch our children perform this morning at the May Day festivities and to celebrate the 5th Grade graduates from JBE – congratulations! 

Just two half-days left of this school year and on behalf of the JBE One PTO and Endowment executive boards, we wanted to send a final newsletter to wrap up the year. 

We started back to school last Fall still in Covid protocols and despite these headwinds, the PTO Executive Board was hard at work this past year getting back to normalcy on many programming and activity fronts.   We had successful Capital Campaigns, Spirit Nights, and a Spring Auction with both Board working together to grow our bank accounts.  The Endowment Board ends its 2-year term, with one of the biggest structural changes in decades, legally combining both PTO and Endowment organizations into a single "JBE One" entity to streamline efforts with 7 Executive Board seats and a new set of approved by-laws.  


Other 2021-2022 JBE One highlights include:

·      Funded the overhaul of the JBE library, taking it from "At-Risk" to "Exemplary", with all new books installed ahead of this upcoming Fall school year 

·      Designed a new JBE school logo

·      Created the new JBE One website to centralize communication channels

·      Launched the JBE One school store and introduced a new uniform ordering process with new colors and fabrics

·      Expanded boat building to 5th grade in addition to 4th grade with plans for 3rd grade curriculum in coming years 

·      Funded and implemented Orton Gillingham reading method across 1st grade with expansion into kindergarten this coming year

·      Created multiple connection points between JBE One committees and Teacher committees

·      Streamlined teacher budgets by grade level to maximize spending

·      Hosted All-Hands in various JBE zoned neighborhoods

·      Introduced the Neighborhood Captains concept for stronger communication and inclusion 

·      Turned Uniforms and Greenhouse accounts into profi centers

·      Digitized the school emergency form and captured greater volunteer interest 

·      Increased the total number of parent / family volunteers – the highest in many years


Please take the opportunity to thank your friends and neighbors on the JBE One team and all the committee members that volunteered their time and energy to accomplishing the list above!! 

We leave the school year with a budget surplus in our accounts as we hand the baton over to the new executive board - the first under the JBE One entity - led by new JBE One President Katie Edwards.  

 It has been our honor to serve the school, its students, teachers, and administrators and represent the parents and guardians who make JBE such an amazing school.


Have a great summer!

 Anna Chalmers                               Alex Chalmers

JBE One PTO President                 Tom Lee Endowment President


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May Day postponed due to weather

5/27/2022 7:55 am

May Day will now take place on Tuesday, May 31st at 8:30am. An updated signup genius is here! 

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May Day UPDAte

5/26/2022 6:36 pm

Dear Families,

We are looking forward to having you join us for May Day tomorrow. This is the 40th year of this tradition and after missing it for two years, it feels good to pick it back up. We are doing some things differently than we have before and we ask for your patience, flexibility, and understanding.

What if it is raining? We will send out an eblast and phone call at 7:15 if May Day will be postponed. IF it is postponed, it will be held Tuesday morning.

Where is May Day? May Day will take place tomorrow Friday, May 27 at 8:00 am (to beat the rain!) on the grassy outfield of the softball field behind our school. Gates will open at 7:45 for parents to arrive. You are welcome to park across the street after dropping off your student, but we cannot allow entrance to the field until all students are safely in class.

*Important weather announcement: If there is rain tomorrow we will postpone May Day and have it on Tuesday, May 31. We will be making that decision by 7:15 am tomorrow and will send out another parent notification email.

Where do visitors park? Parents park across from JBE on the lawn of the Krispy Kreme house. Parking in the gravel lots of this house is prohibited and will result in a boot and $25 fine. Parents who live in Parish Place, Wakendaw, Point Pleasant are strongly encouraged to walk to JBE for May Day to help avoid added traffic. We will have the back gate unlocked for easy access.

Where do visitors sit? Below is a "map" of how the outfield will look for May Day. The VIP Tent is for the town council, retired teachers, and district officials. The VIP tent is NOT for parents. Parents need to bring their own chairs and sit BEHIND all the grade levels.

Teachers will sit with their classes. All classes/students will need to bring beach towels out on the grass to sit on. We are not bringing out chairs for students to sit on.

What do students wear? Each grade level will be wearing a different color for May Day. This means students do not have to wear a JBE shirt on May Day. Students will need sunglasses, hats, sunscreen, and water bottles with them. Just remember it will be hot!

Child Development: Students can dress up as cowboys/police/army/construction/etc. think village people Kindergarten: Students can wear yellow.

First Grade: Students can wear red.

Second Grade: Students can wear blue. Each student needs a hand towel for their performance/choreography. Hand towels can be any color/pattern.

Third Grade: Students can wear orange

Fourth Grade: Students can wear white. (think Kevin Bacon from Footloose)

Fifth Grade: Students will be dressed in their May Pole attire for the entire event. A letter about May Pole attire was sent home earlier this year. If you need another copy, please let me know.

Restrooms: Officer Ransom will have the restrooms at the press box on the softball unlocked for parent use.

Dismissal of MAY DAY

May Day will last approximately 2 hours. Once May Day is finished, students and teachers will be dismissed by grade level. Order of dismissal: CD, K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th. Fifth-grade parents can take pictures of their child next to the May Poles after grades CD-4 are safely in the building. Parents must remain seated while students are being dismissed.

Important safety information Every adult will have to sign in at the back of the school before walking into the gated area. We will also have an additional Mt. Pleasant police office on campus for added security.It will be HOT. Please remember appropriate attire for students and visitors. Hats, water, sunscreen, and sunglasses are highly encouraged.

Can I sign my child out after May Day? Many parents will want to sign their student out early on May Day. After all students are back inside the building, parents can leave the field, walk to their child's exterior door and sign their student out. Teachers will have a sign-out sheet for parents.


Principal Fountain

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Message from Principal Fountain

5/25/2022 7:35 am

Dear Families,

I am still shaken by the news of the Texas school shooting. I wish that this heinous violence didn't exist; it is heart-wrenching. However, I am reaching out to you to assure you that JBE has a robust safety and security plan, guided by CCSD's Safety and Security Management Team. The Safety and Security Management Team comes to JBE randomly and multiple times a year to assess our level of safety. They check gates, doors, and windows, and look for any weak spots. They are thorough and we always receive specific and informative feedback. Please watch this video on their website to learn about protocols we utilize to keep your children safe. 

Now go hug your children, while they lay peacefully in bed, and count your blessings as you relax knowing your JBE family will show up again in the morning and do every possible thing to keep your children safe.


Principal Fountain

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