Sunday, January 31, 2021

February's Character Trait - KINDNESS

 Dear JES Family and Friends,

Our character trait for the month is KINDNESS which is defined as showing others they are valuable by how you treat them. Although there is a focus on kindness every month at JES, we will be talking about the difference that being kind can make to everyone around us. The good news is that it doesn't cost anything! We can show kindness with our words and our actions on a daily basis. It only takes a smile to make a difference in someone's day. We never know where our act of kindness will go in a chain reaction of goodwill.


Dragon Diamonds Kindness Incentives

Each day at JES acts of kindness are acknowledged by the teachers and staff. Students are given a Diamond Dragon slip of paper rewarding them for an act of kindness beyond the usual. An example is comforting a student who is upset or holding the door outside for all of the grade level to come into the building. 

Each Friday, there is a live drawing during morning announcements and one lucky student is selected from each grade to come to the Friendship Bench and choose a prize. The whole campus is bubbling with excited anticipation in hopes of being selected. We have thousands of slips on display representing many acts of kindness around our campus. This program is supported by the JES PTO who makes it possible. Thank you JES PTO and Audra Snead! We strive to acknowledge and reward acts of kindness - both big and small.

February's Outreach Act of Kindness

Our students will be making cards and table centerpieces for a local assisted living facility during art class. Thank you, Mrs. Katie Campbell, for helping with this opportunity for the students to do something kind for our Senior citizens.

If I can help in any way, please don't hesitate to reach out.

Happy Valentine's Day!

Ziba Johnston

Counselor 

817 949 4500

Elizabeth.Johnston@southlakecarroll.edu


Sunday, January 10, 2021

WELCOME BACK to School in the New Year 2021!

Dear JES family and friends,
We are happy to be back and see the children's smiling eyes whether at school or virtually. We also have many new students at JES! I want to share a special welcome to each of their families. 

Check out this calendar of simple ideas to nurture happiness this month.


RESPONSIBILITY is our character trait for January. Our definition is proving you can be trusted with what is expected of you. The students will be seeing videos and having discussions about responsibility with their classmates. We will share stories about developing responsibility and why it is an important character trait.

Project Gratitude - Thanks to the hard work of our students and the generosity of their families we were able to give our custodians and cafeteria ladies a gift and gift card before they left for winter break. Thank you for your kind generosity.



If I can help you in any way, please feel free to reach out to me at ZIBA.JOHNSTON@SOUTHLAKECARROLL.EDU OR 817 949 4500.



Sunday, December 13, 2020

December's Character Trait ~ Generosity

 Dear JES Family and friends,

PROJECT GRATITUDE: Mission accomplished!

The generosity of our JES students and their families never ceases to amaze! PROJECT GRATITUDE was a great success! Our students and staff contributed $956 toward a gift to give to our Custodians and Cafeteria Ladies to show our appreciation for all that they do in their vital roles at JES. 

The Fourth Grade DVA Ambassadors of Kindness will make thank you cards and the Face-to-Face Ambassadors will present the handmade cards, a holiday gift, and a Walmart gift card to each one. The gifts will be delivered during fourth-grade lunch before leaving for winter break.

Thank you Johnson family for your generosity and kindness! Thank you, also, to the JES PTO for contributing $500 to add to the gift cards for a grand total of $1,456.

GENEROSITY 

Our definition is making someone's day by giving something away. We are discussing in our counseling lessons together gratitude and generosity and how they go hand in hand when you consider the mental health value of these traits. As we consider how important it is to acknowledge the things for which we are grateful, we also discuss sharing what we have.  I hope you will talk with your child/children about the importance of generosity and ways that your family expresses their generosity.

ANGEL TREE Gifts Delivered!

Thank you for your contribution to our Angel Tree. It was a little challenging to get them fulfilled, but with the help of Anita Hubbard and her Angel Tree helpers, we got all of our wishes granted! Thanks to Anita and all of those who helped her, our wish list requests have been fulfilled. And thanks to each one of you who picked an angel. Thank you, again, JES Family for your generosity!


Have a wonderful holiday break. If I can help you in any way, you can reach me by phone or email.

Kindest regards,

Ziba Johnston

JES Counselor

817 949 4500

Ziba.Johnston@southlakecarroll.edu



Sunday, November 8, 2020

 November ~ A Time for Gratitude

Dear JES Family and Friends,

PROJECT: GRATITUDE  

To show our appreciation for our Custodians and Cafeteria staff we are asking each student to EARN $1 to help provide a gift! Our Custodians and Cafeteria staff work hard each day to keep our school clean and provide healthy meals for JES Dragons. The holidays are a perfect time to show them how grateful we are. Face to Face students can turn their money into their teacher. DVA students may place their dollar in a box marked Project: GRATITUDE in the atrium at JES during regular school hours. Our collection deadline is December 4th. Thank you for your GENEROSITY.


Emotional Health and Wellbeing of JES Students

My focus at JES each day is the emotional wellbeing of our students. Most of our students express great happiness at being back at school and appreciate being with their classmates and teachers whether in person or virtually. A few outwardly express worry about the virus especially when someone they know is sick. Then they express sadness. Children need to feel they know what is going on to a reasonable extent that is age-appropriate. I want to share this story with you as a resource. I think it is a good book to explain how viruses work. The Yucky Bug by Julia Cook






        




Below are some great ideas to help us look at things around us in a different way.  We see things differently when we practice gratitude in our lives. If there is any way that I can help you, please feel free to contact me.

Kindest regards,

Ziba Johnston
JES Counselor
ziba.johnston@southlakecarroll.edu
817 949 4500



Thursday, October 1, 2020

 Dear JES Family and friends,

OCTOBER's Character Trait ~ INTEGRITY

October as always is shaping up to be a busy month! Our Character value for the month is INTEGRITY defined as choosing to be truthful in whatever you say and do. Please check out the Family Ezine that was sent home by your child's classroom teacher to spark discussions reinforcing INTEGRITY.



CogAT and ITBS Testing Coming Up

On October 6th all 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 October 20th and 21st, the fourth graders will be taking the Iowa Test of Basic Skills or ITBS. Although the CogAT's primary goal is to assess students' reasoning ability, it can also provide predicted achievement scores when administered with the Iowa Tests. There are 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 and present at school on time on testing days. Check your calendar and make sure that you have not scheduled doctor appointments during these days. Testing will take place during the morning when the students are fresh.

A parent letter was sent home last week about the upcoming tests that should address any questions you might have about the actual test and its purpose. Of course, if you have any questions, please contact me.

RED RIBBON WEEK will be celebrated the last week of October. This is a district wide drug awareness celebration. We will kick off the week with a special message on our video announcements about Dragon Diamonds and Red Ribbon Week. Each day of the week we will emphasize the benefits of leading a drug free lifestyle by making good choices.

If I can assist you in any way, please contact me.

Kind regards,

Ziba Johnston

Ziba.johnston@southlakecarroll.edu

Thursday, August 27, 2020

WELCOME BACK TO SCHOOL!!!

Dear Johnson family and friends,

Whether you are returning to JES face to face or are attending through the Dragon Virtual Academy, welcome back to school. We are so excited to see you! This is definitely an unusual start, but we are going to make this a great year!!!

I want to give a special welcome to those who are new - whether a Kindergartener or have recently moved to the Southlake area.  If there is any way that I can help with your family's transition, please let me know. 
September's character trait is FRIENDSHIP. 
This month we will focus on the importance of friends and how to be a friend. Using your words and actions to show others you care. Did you know that research shows the number one characteristic that people value in a friend is listening. The ability to listen is an important life skill.

Please don't hesitate to reach out if I can assist you in any way!
Kindest regards,
Ziba
Elizabeth Johnston
Counselor
Jack D. Johnson Elementary
817 949 4500
ZIBA.JOHNSTON@SOUTHLAKECARROLL.EDU






 


Sunday, May 3, 2020

Hello From Home
Dear JES family,
After a month and a half of distance learning and quarantining at home, it feels as if we are in a time warp! I hope that you are being kind to yourself, as you fill the many roles of parent, teacher, breadwinner, spouse, etc. You are doing a great job keeping everything going. We should not expect perfection of ourselves or our children as we live our lives giving our attention to the basic needs of our families and their general safety. It is natural that we focus our attention on the basics of healthy food, exercise and getting plenty of sleep.

Remember what you learned in Psychology 101 about the human condition and the Hierarchy of Needs:

We are working from the bottom two levels.
However, I have to say when walking through the neighborhoods, it is nice to see siblings playing basketball, families biking together, and parents spending time with their children. It is as if the PAUSE button has been pushed. I see families cooking together, picnicing outside and enjoying the weather. Much gratitude for the lovely weather. Our pets are going to have a major adjustment when we all return to work and school!

Life will be back to normal (maybe a new normal) before too long. I hope we remember the positives of what we learned through this pause. Maybe the positive is that you find that family is of ultimate importance, that our health is vital, and/or that we don't need all of those outside activities to be content.
May's Character Trait - DETERMINATION
How appropriate that our character trait this month is DETERMINATION!?!  DETERMINATION is defined as deciding it's worth it to finish what you started. My hope is you have decided to help your child finish the school year strong. Look for the Core Essential Value with information about determination coming this week from your child's teacher.

There are lots of resources with stories, songs and information about the value of DETERMINATION. There is a great story about a 9 year old boy named Ezra French who has overcome obstacles of a birth defect at Ezra French . There is a great summer read aloud Jabari Jumps at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d1O-CE6czyE .

CISD Mental Health and Wellness

Newsletter ~ Resiliency and Determination

Check out the Dragon's Breath for K-6th grade 

at https://www.smore.com/9zu8n-dragon-s-breath-may-2020

Remember... I am here and would be glad to talk with you or your child about any concerns or questions you might have. You can reach me at: Elizabeth.Johnston@southlakecarroll.edu or call 817 949 4504. Hang in there. We will get through this together.

Kindest regards,
Ziba Johnston