Updates from Ms. Mahoney

July 21 Click for the JCS Re-entry Plan 

As you've reviewed the Jefferson County Schools Reentry Plan, you may have some questions. I wanted to take the opportunity to hopefully clear up some confusion and assist you in navigating this uncertain time.
PLEASE keep in mind that this plan is evolving, as the situation changes, and also as we receive more directives and recommendations from the West Virginia Department of Education and the Jefferson County Health Department, who are driving the reentry process.
At this time, the state's plan is to conduct face to face instruction in our classrooms, 5 days a week, with significant health and safety protocols in place for staff and students. However, Governor Justice could change this plan, based on COVID19 data and concerns about the safety and wellbeing of the students and staff of West Virginia Schools.
Some of you have inquired about the "virtual" learning option. The first thing that I'd like to clear up is the difference between "virtual" learning/instruction and "remote" learning/instruction. While what we had to do in the Spring was far from ideal, it was an attempt at "remote" instruction/learning because your child's teacher was teaching his/her class remotely and not in a traditional, face to face manner in the classroom. Some have even called our instruction in the spring "crisis teaching" because of the manner in which we quickly had to adapt, with limitations and no time to prepare.
Jefferson County's "virtual" learning/instruction option would be taught by WV certified teachers, following the West Virginia content standards and would be available for students in K-12 who opted for this style of instruction. However, your child's teacher would be teaching students in person in his/her classroom and wouldn't be delivering this virtual instruction to your child. There would be attendance requirements and assignment accountability that was not present during our remote instruction in the spring.
At this time, the TWO options to consider are face to face classroom instruction and virtual learning/instruction.
IF at any time, the governor determined that our state and/or county would need to move to "remote" instruction/learning, our school system would transition to "remote" instruction/learning within 48 hours. This would also be different from what you experienced in the spring because there would be attendance requirements, accountability with completing assignments and students would receive grades for the completed work.
I know that this explanation is slightly simplistic and cannot answer all of your questions, but I wanted to make sure that our community had an understanding of the options so that you would be able to make informed decisions for your children.
You will be receiving information about a survey to complete in the very near future. It is SO very important that you take the time to complete this survey so that we can plan at the school and county level. There will be questions about your choices with regards to virtual vs. face to face instruction, transportation, food options, etc. This survey will be available through our Jefferson County Schools websites, Facebook and other platforms.
The responses to these surveys will help us move forward with decision-making at our school. I thank you in advance for taking the time to complete this survey. After the surveys are received, informational ZOOM sessions will be available for our families so that you will have the opportunity to learn more about these options and to ask questions.
With all of this being said, and knowing that this situation is constantly changing, I want to thank you for your kindness, your flexibility and your overwhelming trust in our school and our staff. Our community's level of support has sustained us throughout this entire process and I am grateful.
Ms. Mahoney


July 21

June 30th Yearbook Update:
They’re heeeerrrrrreeeeee! #Yearbooks
(Am I just admitting my age when I say that the first thing I thought when I typed this was “Poltergeist”?)
So, anyway, OUR YEARBOOKS ARRIVED! Finally! ๐Ÿฅณ
If you would like to pick up your yearbook, we will be in the building from 8-11:30 today, tomorrow and Thursday. Along with the yearbook, if you’re a fifth grader, we also have a copy of the 5th grade DVD for you. You can also pick up your report cards (grades 3-5) or any belongings that you weren’t able to pick up the first go-around.
Please come and get your child’s belongings. We would be so grateful (and so would they!) ๐Ÿ˜‰ Just ring the bell and we’ll bring your items to you.
~Ms. Mahoney

June 5th Update:
Tonight, we said farewell to our 2019-2020 fifth graders. I have mixed emotions, but, by far, the most I feel is such pride for them, for the SJES staff and for the entirety of our community, working together to raise our future amazing citizens. The South Jefferson community exemplifies family, collaboration and love.

Thank you, fifth grade families, for sharing your children with us and for letting us be a part of their lives. ๐Ÿ’œ
Ms. Mahoney

No Goodbyes

Lifetouch picture update:
So, when I contacted Lifetouch in March, to inquire about our Spring pictures, I should have specified that I meant our INDIVIDUAL Spring pictures, NOT the class photos (Insert "lesson learned" here). Who knew?! They DID ship our Spring pictures to SJES. But it was only our class group photos, not the individual photos.
Please accept my sincere apologies for the mix-up---I'm thinking back to my 8th grade English teacher right about now, Mrs. Alvarez, who used to always say, "Specificity, my dear", but that's another topic for another day. 
IF you are interested in ordering spring INDIVIDUAL pictures, please contact Lifetouch at 866-511-3510, letting them know that you're from South Jefferson Elementary and they will help you through the rest of the process (there's a magical "code" involved). This works---other parents have already contacted them.
Thank you for your understanding----it's been INCREDIBLE and very much appreciated.
Plus, you get a funny Michael Scott meme from The Office.

(It was a toss up between Michael Scott or Britney Spears' "Oops, I Did it Again") 

Ms. Mahoney


Breaking News
Monday, May 25:


Dear South Jefferson Families,
On June 1, 2020, the staff will return to prepare your child/children’s belongings for pickup on June 1, 2020 and June 2, 2020. While you will see our cars in the parking lot, please know that we are following strict district social distancing guidelines provided to us by the Jefferson County Health Department and Jefferson County Schools. As much as we would love to see you, we are unable to accept any visitors at this time.

We would like to share our school plan for parent pickup of student belongings and return of school items/property.

The pickup days will be Monday, June 1, 2020 (for grades 5, 4 and 3) and Tuesday, June 2, 2020 (for grades 2, 1, and Kindergarten) from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. each day. Due to our large number of families, we need to stagger the pickup times based on grade levels, for your safety and ours.
These are the dates/times that we have planned:

Monday, June 1, 2020:
• 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. Students in Grade 5 and any younger siblings
• 5:00 – 6:00 p.m. Students in Grade 4 and any younger siblings
• 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. Students in Grade 3 and any younger siblings

Tuesday, June 2, 2020:
• 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. Students in Grade 2 and any younger siblings
• 5:00 – 6:00 p.m. Students in Grade 1 and any younger siblings
• 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. Students in Kindergarten

When arriving at South Jefferson Elementary during your selected time frame, please follow these guidelines:

1. Because our entrance is directly off of Summit Point Road, please consider “staggering” your arrival during the selected time, so that traffic does not back up onto Summit Point Road. Your safety during this time is our priority. We cannot block Summit Point Road.

2. Please enter the bus lane, in front of the school, and proceed forward, beyond the front door entrance, to the end of the sidewalk.

3. We ask that you remain inside your vehicle throughout the process, unless your trunk cannot be opened from inside the vehicle.

4. Please make a sign for your right, side windshield or window with:
• Your child’s First and Last Name in BIG, bold, dark lettering so that we can see it quickly upon your arrival.

5. When you arrive at the front of the line, please have your trunk open. If your trunk does not automatically open from the inside of your car, please use proper social distancing to step outside of your car to open your trunk. Then, please return to the driver’s seat and proceed with caution.

6. We will not be allowed to have physical contact during this process.

7. If you have any South Jefferson textbooks, library books or other materials to return to the school, please have those items in a bag or box, in your trunk, with your child’s name on the bag/box.

8. A South Jefferson staff member will put the bag/s of your child/children’s belongings in your trunk and collect any properly marked bags/boxes of South Jefferson textbooks, library books, or other belongings.

9. Once your trunk is closed, please proceed with caution, through the bus lane and safely onto Summit Point Road.

A few things to keep in mind:
• Please remain patient throughout this process---we will do our best to keep the car line moving smoothly.

• If, upon returning home, you find someone else’s belongings mixed in with your child’s, please let us know and we will correct the problem.

• If you are unable to come during your assigned time, please contact the school through your child’s teacher (via email or other established means of communication) or the school at 304-728-9216.

If you have any questions or concerns with this process, please let us know. We hope to make this as smooth as possible for our families and appreciate your support during this time.

Keri Mahoney,
Principal, South Jefferson Elementary

*If you have more than one child at SJES, please arrive during the OLDEST child’s scheduled time.

*School pictures will be handed out at this time, inside your child’s bag. If yearbooks arrive on time, they will also be placed in the bag. Important letters and information will also be inside the bag, so please check thoroughly. Thank you.


Wednesday, May 13
Hi, everyone!
It’s hard to believe that we’ve been doing this virtual learning/instructing/surviving mode for about 6 weeks now. I sometimes reflect back to the beginning of the year, (or even December, January and February, to be honest) and think that we had no idea what was about to happen, no real warning of the challenges that would lie ahead for our students, our staff, our families, our community, our world.

I know you still have lots of questions and I wish that I had many answers. We are still waiting for direction from the Jefferson County Health Department, in conjunction with the leadership of Jefferson County Schools, to determine when we are even allowed to be back in our school. Because our County is still considered a hotspot, there are more challenges for us in determining the safest process. What I can assure you is that when we are allowed to, we will make sure that your children will be given their belongings. It may be a “drive thru” system, with staggered times and grade levels, or something entirely different, but we will make it happen, with everyone’s safety as our primary focus. The situation is a fluid and ever-changing one and I thank you for your continued patience.

If you are still receiving emails from Lifetouch, in reference to spring pictures, please contact them at 866-511-3510 for ordering information. The spring class pictures are at the school already and will be distributed with your child’s other items. We are still waiting on the delivery of our yearbooks and the same will apply for the distribution of those.

We are working on wrapping up our 2019-2020 school year and creating a system for delivery of report cards. Grades 3-5 will be given through LiveGrades. Grades K-2 will most likely be given to you when your child’s other items are picked up.

This certainly has not been the way that we imagined our year coming to a close, but I am always looking for the silver linings in everything. What I am taking away from this time is the INCREDIBLE support that we have received from YOU, our community. I am focusing on the amazing collaboration between your homes and our classrooms. I am realizing the VALUE of human touch, face to face connections and the spirit of togetherness and will never take those for granted again.

Please remain safe and continue to take precautions when you are out of your homes. I just feel like we may not know enough yet to jump, full force, back into our normal lives. I know it’s hard to remain patient and—believe me—I know we all want to return to “normal”, if that’s even possible, but I also want us to remain vigilant and safe. Each of you is a part of our SJES extended family and your well-being and especially, the well-being of the 500 SJES Roadrunners that we share, is my #1 priority.

Hang in there, everyone.
We can do this.
Miss you!
Ms. Mahoney

May 13

Monday, May 4
Today begins Teacher/Staff Appreciation Week and I want to take a moment to thank each and every educator, staff member and administrator that is “making it work” in such incredible and unprecedented times. The level of commitment and effort that is happening, behind the scenes, would blow your minds. It’s not easy and, sometimes, it’s incredibly daunting. But it’s happening. And it’s happening with heart, passion, collaboration and an unwavering spirit. If there was EVER a time to show appreciation, it’s right now.
I am especially proud to work alongside the incredible staff at South Jefferson Elementary. Huge shout out to each of you! I miss you, I’m so amazed by you and I can’t wait to be able to see you in person again.
Ms. Mahoney

Sunday, April 26:

Good evening, everyone!
I have Kindergarten Registration flyers that I'd like to post in neighborhoods (at mailbox areas, common areas, etc.) to get the word out to our communities. If you are able to post a flyer, even at local businesses, could you please let me know (with your email address) so I could send you a copy of the flyer to post? (right now, we only have about 30 registered, WAY below our traditional number by this time!)

Thanks so much for your help!
Ms. Mahoney

We Need Help

Tuesday, April 21:
Thinking of everyone today!

Please know that you’re always “close at heart”.
Stay safe, South Jefferson! 
Ms. Mahoney

April 21

Update from Ms. Mahoney on April 18:
Good morning, South Jefferson! ๐ŸŒž

A few updates:
1. Lifetouch delivered our Spring pictures to the school this week. They are safe and sound in my office until we are able to get into the school. I’ll keep you posted.

2. Yearbooks can still be ordered—they’ve extended the deadline until April 20th. Website for ordering: http://ybpay.lifetouch.com/ (Code: 11890120).

3. SJES will remain a Food Distribution Center. Food will be packed by volunteers on Mondays and given out at SJES on TUESDAYS from 11-12. Thank you for sharing.

4. Kindergarten registration is online NOW (Jeff Co Schools Website) PLEASE share with community members so that we are able to keep all staff members at SJES (our Kindergarten team depends solely on enrollment numbers to maintain their team).

5. Thank you to everyone for your patience as we “streamline” our instructional delivery through Google Classroom and ZOOM. I am impressed with the staff and the community for getting through all of this—when I consider that just three weeks ago, we weren’t even familiar with the terms “ZOOM” and “Google Classroom”, I’d say we’re making excellent progress. If we could all give each other the “space” to learn and the patience and understanding that comes along with something new, it would go a long way. We’re all in this together!

6. I read something the other day that talked about potential learning “gaps” caused by this time away from physical, face-to-face instruction. The article focused on the importance of our children’s EMOTIONAL and SOCIAL well-being and how we, as educators, will work on the possible academic deficits when we return. I couldn’t agree more—-making sure that our “shared” kids are protected, safe and secure should be the #1 priority right now. We will get through this and we will, in my opinion, be stronger from the experience. I know I sure am learning what is really important and what truly matters right now. ♥๏ธ

As always, don’t hesitate to reach out if you need something—ANYTHING. We are all part of the SJES family and that’s not just lip service. I am humbled every day by all of the kindness that I’m seeing, the constant support from our community and the amazing work ethic from the most dedicated staff EVER.

I know it’s hard, but please continue to stay at home, if possible, and to take every precaution if you need to be out.

Stay safe, everyone!
Ms. Mahoney



Update from Ms. Mahoney on Monday, April 13
Hi, everyone!

I hope that you "enjoyed" your Spring Break, although I realize that this is definitely not the Spring Break we anticipated at the beginning of the year! Hopefully, you were able to make the best of it and enjoy time with loved ones.

Starting tomorrow, we transition to Google Classroom. I know that the teachers have been diligently working to make this platform accessible for everyone and have sent reminder emails or DOJO messages, with instructions, as well. I hope that you jump on board with us and utilize this time as an opportunity for growth for your children. While we'd all love to be teaching in person, we have to move forward in the best way we can. I'm sure that some of your children (maybe you, even) have asked, "why do we have to do this if it doesn't 'count'?" (First of all, ALL learning "counts", but that's a discussion for another day ๐Ÿ˜‰).

I suppose my philosophy is that ANYTHING we can do, in terms of teaching and learning, in the next 6 weeks will be what we CHOOSE to make of it----our attitude will determine our outcome. I can assure you that South Jefferson is ready to move ahead, giving you the best that we've got, for your children....for OUR children. We just ask that you make the attempt to join us so that your children can take advantage of this opportunity and not lose valuable time in the process. If nothing else, the social aspect of this opportunity is worth it---we LOVE seeing them on ZOOM and I feel pretty confident that they enjoy it, as well.

As many of you requested, we will post the work for the week at the beginning of each week. There will be opportunities to reach out to your child's teacher, as well as virtual ZOOM sessions.

Looking forward to learning along with you!

If you have any questions or need assistance, please don't hesitate to reach out to your child's teacher or to me at kmahoney@k12.wv.us. We want to help make this as smooth as possible for everyone.

See you soon...well, probably just virtually, for a while.
Stay well!
Ms. Mahoney


From Ms. Mahoney on Thursday, April 2:
Hello, everyone!
Judging by Facebook posts and emails that I'm receiving, the updates for instruction have been sent out. I want to personally update you, to alleviate your concerns and to hopefully offer you information specifically related to South Jefferson. Many of our families throughout the County were feeling overwhelmed with the different platforms, the expectations, etc. of virtual learning. To combat those pressures, the County decided to go with one consistent format so that families with children in multiple schools or grade levels could simplify their home lives while supporting their children.
Our teachers have been in training, to learn about this platform, and I think that once we become more familiar, we are going to see its benefits. Our goal is to make this as smooth as possible for our students and our families. You have enough to worry about right now and the instructional model and format should not be one of them.
Obviously, the first thing that most are concentrating on is the "no grades" and the philosophy that we cannot force our students to complete the work. This is true and has been true since the day we left our school building. The reality is that while some of you are having your children complete the work, log into ZOOM sessions for classes and sending work back to your child's teachers, some are not. There are some families that we are still trying to locate and communicate with at this time. That puts us into a situation that is almost unmanageable, to say the least. I applaud those of you who have worked alongside your teachers to provide the best instruction possible during this time. To you and to your children, I say "well done". The ultimate goal for ALL of us is for your children to continue to learn, to continue to grow academically and to gather as much from this experience as possible.
What we do at South Jefferson has not changed. We will continue to do what we are doing---ZOOM lessons, instructional materials provided weekly and check ins throughout the week, with either phone calls or emails. The only thing that is changing for us is that the materials will be delivered through Google Classroom (tutorials are available for parents on the JCS website and our SJES website as well).
I have instructed the teaching staff, including specialists, to give you the work for the week on Mondays of each week. This was a direct result from the comments made on the Facebook questions that I posted a week ago. You as parents will decide the structure of your child's day, in completing the work and assignments. When you submit the work back to the teacher through Google Classroom, your child will receive feedback from the teacher to guide the process further and to support your child. We will also be offering "extension" activities for the students who want to move further with their learning.
While we are not grading the work, the learning is not lost or unimportant. Our students will be learning for the sake of learning.
I ask that you're patient with this process and that you give it a chance. We are going to make the best of it ourselves and do all that we can to provide meaningful experiences for our students for the remainder of the school year. None of us wanted to be in this position. All of us would prefer to be at 4599 Summit Point Road every day, but we are faced with a situation that no one could possibly prepare for adequately.
As you have all along, I ask for your grace and support. If you have specific questions, or need to vent, please email me at kmahoney@k12.wv.us and I will do my best to provide answers and to listen. Each grade level will be sending out further information regarding our next steps. No new work will occur until Tuesday, April 14th, when we return from Spring Break.
Again, we are in this together. We plan on continuing our instruction and providing for your children, academically, socially and emotionally.
That's what we do.
Thank you,
Ms. Mahoney

From Ms. Mahoney on Friday, March 27:
IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT FOOD DISTRIBUTION. SJES will still be one of the 7 locations. Thank you to our Jefferson Leadership Team and Dr. Gibson, our staff volunteers and our local law enforcement who are working together to facilitate this important process. Please share! Thank you!

We’re going to get through this. Together. #SJESStrong #StaySafe

Food 3/30        SJESSTRONG   

A Video Message from Ms. Mahoney on Thursday, March 26, 3:00 p.m.

Ms. Mahoney

A Message from Ms. Mahoney on Tuesday, March 24, 11:00 a.m.
Good morning, South Jefferson students and families—-
Can we stop this crazy ride because I personally want to get off! ๐Ÿ˜ณ

I’ve had about 12 hours to process the news of our “new normal” and it feels like anything BUT normal. There are so many questions. So many concerns. So many “what ifs?” We can’t possibly come to terms with all the data that’s flying around our heads right now, pare
nts, students and staff alike.

What we CAN do, however, is work together to do the best we can for each other. With that being said, we need your help...we need to know how we can coordinate and collaborate with YOU to do the best for our number one priority and concern, your children.

Quite frankly, it will be nearly impossible to recreate a normal school day. We do not expect you to do that. We can’t provide that, either, in a virtual world, even on our best days.

I am thinking that if the teachers sent out the weekly work to you, whether through DoJo, Zoom, email, Class Tag, etc., ONCE A WEEK and had “office hours” for you to contact with questions, suggestions, concerns, etc., that it would be much simpler for everyone. Also, each teacher would have clear expectations for work timelines, due dates, if needed, etc.

There can be ZOOM lessons thrown in (which are virtual “face to face” interactions between students and their teachers). I personally feel that our students NEED to see their teachers and interact with them, if possible.

We need a routine as much as our students do. We also want to support them and you, without overwhelming or “stalking” you. ๐Ÿ˜‚

BUT we NEED to hear from you. At this point, we still have not heard from all of our families and, believe me, it’s keeping us awake at night. PLEASE answer. PLEASE let us know that our students are okay. We know some of you are still working (bless you!) and that you’re worried about childcare. We know it’s hard. But we can’t do our jobs without you helping us connect.

So, I’m opening the floor and asking for suggestions—-tell us what will help you. What will work best. How can we help facilitate the transition to homeschool/virtual learning for you and your child. This is a collaboration and we need your feedback. Post suggestions below and I will compile for the staff.
Thank you, thank you, thank you, and please stay safe!
Ms. Mahoney

P.S. As we know more, I will share.

(For example, you can still order yearbooks, I don’t know when you can get stuff out of the building, work expectations over spring break, when is kindergarten registration, etc).

March 24

A Message from Ms. Mahoney on Monday, March 23, 7:00 p.m. 
We are going to get through this because we are a strong and tight knit community. Right now, we are all processing this news, receiving it just as you did.
Please stay safe and know that I will be in touch.
Ms. Mahoney

Click for: March 23 Message from Dr. Gibson


A Message from Ms. Mahoney on Monday, March 23, 10:00 a.m.

Today starts a new chapter in public education. There is a huge learning curve that students and teachers will be navigating together!!

As we embark on this thing called “Distance Learning,” I am asking my Facebook friends to refrain from publicly scrutinizing their children’s teachers/schools/district for the way they are teaching or the lessons they are assigning.

Please offer grace to your child’s teacher and other school personnel. I promise, that educating your children is still their #1 priority. โค๏ธ

They are about to navigate unchartered waters with little, to no prep time. This is a crisis, not a time to be playing armchair quarterback. They love our kids and will be doing their absolute best!


Thank you for your continued support. If you have any concerns, suggestions or needs, please reach out by phone 304-728-9216 or via email at kmahoney@k12.wv.us or jpayne@k12.wv.us. We are here to support you and your family.
We got this!
Ms. Mahoney


A Message from Ms. Mahoney on Friday, March 20:
Good morning and Happy Friday! (Giving everyone a virtual group hug right now!)

I have to take this moment to tell you how proud I am of this amazing staff. It’s downright incredible what these teachers are doing right now. When I say they have taken less than 24 hours to completely revamp how they are delivering instruction to your children, I am not exaggerating. They are pushing themselves, taking risks, collaborating like crazy behind the scenes for our students. They know that they only have two days to get what they need from the classroom and I am watching their minds work, thinking ahead, trying to imagine what they can do and HOW they can do it...creative juices flowing and pulling up those boot straps to get it accomplished.

Watching them is like watching star athletes “getting into the zone” for a peak performance. They’ve been challenged to make this happen and they are doing it. Not just “getting by”, but KILLING IT. ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿผ

Without being able to sit down together and figure out a plan, I might add.

We are texting, using Messenger, utilizing ZOOM (teleconferencing app) and talking in the parking lot with ten feet between us, to figure this out. ๐Ÿ˜‚
They have made contact with every family and are creating lessons that can challenge, engage and support our students from a distance.

In 24 hours.

I’ve watched them load their cars to the gills with teaching materials and books. They’ve shared pictures of teaching spaces that they’ve created in their homes. They are driving food to kids who can’t get to the school. They are gathering school supplies because they don’t want our families to have to go outside their homes to buy more. They are educating themselves about this virus and trying to be prepared for their own families. It goes on and on and on...

They are worried. They want to see their students. They want to make sure that they’re doing okay. They want to be in the building working WITH your children. They miss them. They miss their coworkers. When we say that South Jefferson is our family, we really mean that. We really like each other. ♥๏ธ

While this is a challenge for us all, I want you to know that the team at SJES is inspiring me beyond what I thought was possible. They are cheering each other on, supporting one another and bringing their A+++ game (I always thought they were bringing their A game, to be honest ๐Ÿ˜‰)

If they have contacted you to join Class Dojo or to provide your email address, PLEASE help them. Please sign up. Please check in. Please answer the phone—-they’re going to be calling so prepare yourselves. They want to talk to your child, to hear for themselves those voices that they’re used to hearing every day. They want to help.

We have placed grade level bins in boxes at the main entrance. If a staff member has contacted you and let you know that your child’s materials are there, PLEASE come get them. They worked hard to get them ready for you. If you want to drop off completed work, there’s a box for that, too.

If you need ANYTHING, don’t hesitate to reach out. Our school phone number is forwarded to my home and we all are available by email.

We got this. ♥๏ธ
Ms. Mahoney

Born to Teach

A Message from Ms. Mahoney on Thursday, March 19:
Hey, South Jefferson! Remember our author visit with Brian Yanish in the Fall??? Join him for a Facebook live event tomorrow, March 20 at 11:00 a.m.! ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿผ๐ŸŽ‰๐Ÿ˜Ž

Brian Yanish     Nurse Karen

 A Message from Ms. Mahoney on Wednesday, March 18 at 7:30 p.m.
This was shared by a local counselor and I couldn't agree more, for both our families and our staff members. Let's be patient. Let's be kind. Let's not be so hard on ourselves; it's a rough world out there right now and we need to take care of one another. Ourselves included. Be safe, everyone.
Ms. Mahoney

DearParents    Brain Breaks 2

A Message from Ms. Mahoney on March 18, 2020 @ 6:00 p.m.
A mere 9 hours after my morning post and here we are in a completely different territory, with the announcement of a total shutdown of Jefferson County Schools. Please know that we are feverishly working behind the scenes to figure all of this out....I have no real answers to give right now, but I can assure you that we are trying our very best to be the very best we can for you and your children. You should have received a robocall or text from the County, giving you details on the closure.
Thank you for your continued support and prayers. I appreciate each and every one right now and I know the SJES staff does, as well.
We will get through this and we will be better for it. 
Ms. Mahoney

      Update Photo       Family

Message from Ms. Mahoney on March 18, 2020 @ 9:00 a.m.
Happy Wednesday, South Jefferson family! I hope that everyone is holding up and doing well. I wanted to update you this morning on some new developments. Of course, during this unknown situation, things change every day. I appreciate your patience and flexibility as we work through this together.

1. As I’m sure you’ve heard, WV has its first confirmed COVID-19 case and it’s from our very own Jefferson County. The person is from Shepherdstown, which hits very close to home for me personally. Thankfully, I’ve been social distancing and taking precautions for a while. I ask you to please, please, please take this seriously. If not for you, then for the compromised members of our community. I suspect that the number of cases will grow rapidly as people begin to have access to testing.

2. While no definite timeline has been given, I want you to prepare yourselves for a longer time away from school. It’s definitely not what we want, but it’s what needs to happen to ensure everyone’s safety. As I know more, I will share. Take a deep breath. 

3. Our staff will begin a modified working schedule next week, with rotating members working in the building. We will observe social distancing and will have small groups working at a time. During this time, staff members are going to reach out to you, answering instructional questions, checking on you and your children, grading work, entering grades, learning new ways to “reach you” technologically, etc. They will also be working from home during this time.

No one from the community will be allowed in the building.

SUPER IMPORTANT: If your child’s teacher reaches out to you, to ask you to join CLASS DOJO or other forms of communication, please do so. It will keep you informed as well as provide a form of delivery for content and instruction.

IF a student doesn’t have access to technology, our teachers will be inquiring about that when they call next week. Comcast is offering free support and we are attempting to get that capability for everyone.

Our staff is getting shoved out of our comfort zones right now, trying to stay as connected as we can with our students. We conducted a ZOOM teleconferencing meeting as a staff last night and it was awesome. I am so proud of them for embracing what they don’t know and doing the best they can under the circumstances.

I love hearing about your support of them and how pleased you are with what they are doing—-I already know that they are rock stars and they are now proving it to everyone else. Believe me, they are worried about your children. They are worried about you. They feel disconnected and they don’t like it. I know that they will move mountains to make this work...that’s just who they are.

(I’m sure you are realizing right about now that it’s not easy being a teacher. Put 24 other kids in your living room and don’t take a bathroom break until lunch and you’ll develop even more mad respect. ๐Ÿ˜‚)

4. The maintenance crew and our custodial staff are disinfecting and sanitizing our building from top to bottom while we are away. I cannot begin to thank them enough for the work that they’re doing to ensure our safety.

5. Food distribution sites—we are one of the designated food sites for breakfast and lunch. Please spread the word that we will be out front of SJES from 11 am to 1 pm for those who need it. There is also a distribution site in Happy Creek at Logan’s Run Drive. The Boys and Girls Club is offering free packaged dinners from 4 pm - 6 pm each day. Just drive up, get the food and get safely home. All 19 distribution sites are found on the web page, if needed.

6. Finally...thank you for our kindness and your support. It means the world to me and keeps me moving forward. ๐Ÿ’œ

Stay well,
Ms. Mahoney

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