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Dear Parents and Community,

School is up and in succession again and we hit the ground running. Teachers were already well into their instruction. Our entrance was smooth, with some children needing support to find their rooms while others were veteran Jeffersonians and went right to their classrooms. We thank all of the parents, staff, and CO supports that helped make this go so smoothly. 

There is much to discuss as we move into September.  There is no school Friday- Monday September 4- 7 for Labor Day Recess.  We will be in session on Tuesday, the 8th.  

To ensure that all students and staff understand the behavioral expectations at School 12 and what it takes to be a “Duffy Duck”, we will hold start of the year assemblies during the month and recognize children for making the best decisions possible throughout the year.

Each month we hold a pep rally to reinforce and launch the character trait of the month. Our theme for the month is .RESPECTYes, that is R-E-S-P-E-C-T! 

This means: To have high regard for, to hold in esteem, to treat with courtesy and consideration.

Teachers will look for children demonstrating this trait and post their actions on the RESPECT chart posted in each classroom and throughout the school. At the next Pep Rally we will SHOUT OUT the names of the children and recognize them for their great actions.  It is a fantastic way to continue to support and build our positive school climate and learning environment.


The Other Side
I have also videotaped the Book of the Month to support this character Trait.  It is The Other Side by Jacqueline Woodsen. This is a story about Clover, a young African-American girl. She lives beside a fence which segregates her town. Her mother instructs her never to climb over to the other side. Then one summer, she notices a white girl on the other side of the fence. The girl seems to be very lonely and is even outside when it is raining.


Clover decides to talk to the girl on the other side of the fence. Both girls are not allowed to cross the fence, so they simply decide to sit on the fence together. First, Clover's friends will not let Annie, the girl from the other side, play with them but then all of the girls realize that the fence (a symbol for segregation) should not be there.  

How can you help at home?  Please take some time to reinforce this monthly character trait. I have added a link  here to give you some ideas to get you started

We need our parents as partners.  Please feel free to get involved; come into the classrooms, volunteer as a reader or classroom helper.  If you cannot get into the school during the day, ask the teachers what you can do at home to help (I used to cut out and prepare centers for my sons’ classrooms when they were little). Please attend our school wide events, get involved in the SBPT governance or bring your ideas as we plan our K-8 Expansion upon our return to South Avenue.


Next Events:

PTA Meeting September 19th 2:00-3:30 p.m.   

Open House- September 24th from 5:00-7:00 at School 12 on Jefferson Campus- Edgerton Park.

K-* Expansion Meeting- September 29th- 5-7 pm at the Mission Church on Caroline Street

Have a Great Month,


Dr. Liguori-Alampi


School # 12 K-8 Grow Out Planning

Click below for more information about our K-8 Expansion planning: