Thursday, December 6, 2018


Dear JES family and friends,

               for our Custodians and Cafeteria Ladies

All JES students are being challenged to “earn” a dollar to donate toward a gift for the cafeteria and custodial staffs. The fourth grade Ambassadors of Kindness are leading this dollar drive. We are collecting through December 14th. The gifts are to be presented during fourth grade lunch the week before we go on Winter Break. 

Thanks to all the children who have done an extra chore or had a bake sale to raise money to donate to this worthy cause. A big  thank you to the parents who reinforce how important it is to acknowledge the hard work that these staff members. They contribute a service that keeps our school healthy and safe.


Our Core Essential character value for December is COMPASSION  which is defined as caring enough to do something about someone else’s need. We will be talking about COMPASSION in counseling lessons. COMPASSION is an important character value that can easily be reinforce at home. Sharing your experiences with compassion and listening to what your child says about it is invaluable.  


We will be working on several service projects throughout the year to give our students opportunities to “give back”. Look for our next project coming in January! Research shows that when children (and adults) give they experience positive feelings that lead to a greater sense of self-worth. Giving promotes cooperation, social connections and gratitude. Research has found that gratitude is integral to happiness and health. Watch for opportunities for our students to get involved in the experience of giving.


The district wide mental health focus this month is Kindness and Compassion. You can view the Dragon’s Breath newsletter at to read about the district emphasis on kindness. 

As always, if I can assist you in any way, please call.

Kindest regards,

Ziba Johnston

817 949 4500

Sunday, November 11, 2018

    Grandparents and Special Person's Day 
                       Thursday, November 15th 
I hope you will join your child for a special lunch prepared by our wonderful Cafeteria Staff. It is a fun day for our students to join with other families to share a meal of thanks. So whether you buy your lunch or bring it, please join us!
        Our character trait for November  Cooperation defined as working together to do more than you can do alone. When thinking about what are the most important skills to teach a child, we think of reading and writing and of course math and then there is science and social studies. Perhaps one of the most valuable skills a child learns at school is cooperation with their peers and the classroom environment. We had a great time last month with the character trait of Contentment. We will be emphasizing  the value of cooperation all this month.

Current research endorsed by the American Psychological Association states that "today's children will forge careers that look nothing like those their parents and grandparents knew. Even the definition of 'career' and 'job' are changing as people create new businesses and services. Employers want to hire excellent communicators, critical thinkers, and innovators. So what can we do to help our children? At home and at school, we can teach the 6Cs - collaboration, communication, content, critical thinking, creative innovation and confidence. These skills will make up the straight A report card for success in the 21st century."

Visit the CISD Dragon's Breath at the link: District Mental Health Newsletter

I am so grateful for the opportunity to share in your children's lives. There is no place like JES!

Happy Thanksgiving!
Ziba Johnston
817 949 4500

Sunday, September 30, 2018

OCTOBER - Contentment

Dear JES Family and Friends,

October as always is shaping up to be a busy one! Our character value for this month is CONTENTMENT defined as: Deciding to be happy with what you have.  I hope you continue to use the Core Essentials Values to spark conversations at home. When we work together, school and home, we can do amazing things!


On October 1st we celebrate World Day of Bullying Prevention. All throughout Dragon Country, we ask that everyone wear blue to bring awareness to the issue of bullying. We will be participating in activities that raise awareness of being kind and standing up for others throughout the month. Around the district we are awakening Rachel's Challenge in an effort to address bullying and the power of one to create a chain reaction of kindness. For more information visit  At the K-4th grade level we discuss Rachel as a girl who was a role model for being kind, including and standing up for others. Ask your child about signing the banner pledging to be kind.

COGAT and ITBS for 4th Grade

On the 2nd of this month our fourth graders will be taking the CogAT test. The Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) measures students’ learned reasoning abilities in the three areas most linked to academic success in school: Verbal, Quantitative and Nonverbal. On October16th and 17th our fourth graders will be taking the Iowa Test of Basic Skills or ITBS. Although the primary goal of CogAT is to assess students’ reasoning abilities, it can also provide predicted achievement scores when administered with the Iowa tests.

There is no special preparation you need to do at home for these tests. What you can do to help your student is make sure they are rested, well fed, and present at school on time on testing days. Please check your calendar and make sure that you have not scheduled doctor appointments during these mornings.

A parent letter went home a few weeks ago about the upcoming tests that should address any questions you might have about the actual test and its purpose.   Of course, as always, if you have additional questions, please contact me at or

Red Ribbon Week October 22nd – 26th 
This is a district wide drug awareness celebration.  We will kick off the week with a fun theme for each day! Watch for information on the daily themes. Southlake Fire Department and Police will be dropping by for a safety lesson. The benefits of leading a healthy lifestyle will be our emphasis. Please take advantage of this opportunity to talk with your children about making good decisions. It’s never too soon to start that

Back to Back to Back Compassions Cup Champions!

Congratulations to the most generous school family!!!! You are amazing! A THREE PEAT! What an achievement for our campus. There is no higher honor that we could receive than to be recognized as the most compassionate school in CISD!

Way to go JES!    

Kind regards,

Ziba Johnston
JES Counselor                              

Monday, September 3, 2018

Character Trait for September ~ INITIATIVE

Dear JES Family and Friends,

What fun it has been welcoming the children back to school! We are excited to get to know our many newcomers! We are working on settling into classroom routines. I will be visiting each classroom to introduce myself and having a short lesson about kindness and taking INITIATIVE. During the month of September, we will be talking about the character trait INITIATIVE defined as "seeing what needs to be done and doing it".


On September 26th, we will have an assembly to introduce Rachel's Challenge to our students in a district wide initiative to promote a positive school culture. The program's anti bullying message encourages kindness and community service. Watch for more information coming from the district about Rachel's Challenge. 


Our district focus this month is Mental Health and Wellness with an emphasis on stress management and Suicide Awareness. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention,  suicides for children younger than 10 are rare. However, suicide is the second leading cause of death for individuals between 10-24 and is on the rise. Educate yourself on the risk factors and warning signs. A threat of self injury is a mental health crisis. The national suicide hotline is 1800-273-8255. The school district is here to partner with you to support your child. Let me know how we can help.

Are You A Lawnmower Parent?

An interesting article that recently came to my attention  began with the question : Are you a lawnmower parent? It is definitely a good read for any parent. I have to admit I have been a helicopter parent and maybe a lawnmower parent, until the realization that the message that I was sending to my child that they could not handle it(what ever "it" was) so I would have to step in. Our children need to take risks and fail so they can see that it is not the end of the world to fail or fall short. That there is life after a mistake and that it is ok...even for us parents.

What an exciting time to have the whole school year before us! If I can help in any way, you can reach me at 817 949 4500 or

Kindest regards,

Ziba Johnston
JES Counselor


Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Welcome Back!!!

Welcome back to school everyone! We are off to a great start! Thank you for your patience with our dismissal process. Safety is our priority. We will get more efficient once all the children are comfortable and know where they should go at the end of the day.

The 2018-2019 school year is bringing many changes with new staff, new and improved buildings (also known as construction!) and more RECESS as we innovate our schedules to reflect current research and recommendations.

Our character trait for August is WISDOM. We will be practicing wisdom as we work to make our schedules smooth and efficient.

As always thank you for your support. Together we will make it a great school year. There's no place like JES!

Ziba Johnston
817 949 4500

Sunday, June 10, 2018

HaPpY SuMmEr!!!

Have a great summer! Read lots of books and take a walk! Look at the stars and make a for yourself and one for someone you care about. 

Thank you to all those who donated shoes for our annual shoe drive. We delivered 402 pairs of shoes to the Buckner Foundation. Thank you to Josh Bowen, parent to Ethan, Trevor and Ella for delivering them!

I'll be back at school on August 13th! If you need to reach me before then you can email me at

Have a safe summer!

Saturday, April 7, 2018

Dear JES family and friends,

ONE Day Without Shoes at JES April 17th!!!

How perfect that our character trait for April is PEACE! With ONE Day Without Shoes, we are giving children hope that they might have a peaceful future. One pair of shoes for a child can gain them entry to school, keep them healthy, protect them from injury, and most of all give them the knowledge that someone cares about them. Not to mention the peace our children feel when they give to others, especially those in need.
 On April 17th, we will be going shoeless (wearing clean socks!)at school to bring attention to the needs of children around the world who miss opportunities in life because they do not have shoes. Send in a NEW pair of shoes to donate to Shoes for Orphan Souls on April 17th. For more information visit the Shoes for Orphan Souls website at:

STAAR testing for fourth grade writing is coming up on Tuesday, April 10th. Third and fourth grades will be testing on May 14th and 15th.  Our students are well prepared. The most important thing that parents can do is make sure your child is rested, well fed, and in attendance  and on time for testing days. Thank you for your help.

Fourth Grade Orientation
Student Orientation for our fourth graders going to Durham Intermediate next fall is on May 21st. All fourth graders will travel to DIS by bus for an informational talk by the DIS administrators and a tour of the campus. A Parent Orientation is May 9th at 6PM-8PM in the Durham Intermediate Cafeteria. Transition to fifth grade can be a challenge. Attending the orientation meetings can ease some of the anxiety by answering many of your questions about procedures, the schedules and the “always challenging” lockers!

Mental Health and Wellness News
April's focus topic is Resiliency and Child Abuse. Visit our newsletter for current information about what we are doing to promote resiliency in our growing Dragons.
Also, please check out the Let's Talk section  which provides anonymous phone lines to report concerns to help keep our Dragons safe. 
As always, if I can assist you in any way, please call.
Kindest regards,
Ziba Johnston 

JES Counselor