Lost and Found!

Hey JBE parents- Has your child lost one (or a few) jackets? Sweatshirts? Hats? Water bottles? Lunchboxes? The lost and found at JBE is overflowing this time of year, so I know I’m not alone. Read on to see how the help of a new process can get these items back to their students with the help of a few great volunteers!

1st: EVERYONE CLICK THIS LINK - and review the photos we’ve taken of EVERYTHING in the main lost and found area. Even if you didn’t think you lost something… you might have without even knowing! JBE Lost Items Photo Album

2nd: IF YOU IDENTIFY AN ITEM IN THE PHOTOS - click this link and fill out a quick form to get the item back to your kiddo. JBE Found Item Claim Form

3rd: LABEL YOUR ITEMS - the following link is a fundraising link for incredible labels. (Right now they are having a big sale!) As someone who just went through all the lost items, I can attest these are way better than illegible sharpie marker on a tag. Fundraising Support | Mabel’s Labels | Raise Funds With Kids Labels

FROM NOW ON: STILL CAN’T FIND YOUR STUFF or LOST SOMETHING RECENTLY?? For the remainder of the year, if your student can’t find something, fill out this form and we will be on the hunt for you. JBE Lost Item Submission Form

If all else fails, you can also email lostandfound@jbeone.org.

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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 (president@jbeone.org)

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 https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090845afa82baa8-mayday! 

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