Our concert fundraiser is all coming together. It will be held on Sunday, April 26 from 1:00 – 5:00 pm. The band Mo’Mungus will play at the Spice Island Grill with an island theme. We will serve Jamaican appetizers and will have a cash bar available. This will be an adult event and we hope to pull from the community at large, not just JMCA families. Ticket information will be available soon. We will need some more volunteers to help us with the event. We are looking for vendors of artsy items as well as donations for door prizes. We would love to have some businesses sponsor the event to help defray costs so if you are interested, or have any connections, please let us know!

By the way, money raised through this event is going toward the kindergarten playground equipment. We have limited space for vendors so we will only allow one type of any product or service on a first-come first-served basis. If you are interested in being a vendor or sponsor of the event, call the school today and let us know. We will be sending out a separate flyer as well.

Inclement Weather

In the event of inclement weather, JMCA will notify all employees, parents, and students of school delays or closings by radio and television. Listen to local stations for important weather information. JMCA Educational Activity Center will follow JMCA weather policies.

*If the school is delayed or closed, the EAC would be as well.

Out with the Old…In with the New!

As many of you know the former state assessment program – TCAP – has been replaced by the new CMAS – Colorado Measures of Academic Success. This spring students in grades 3-11 will take the new on-line assessments in the areas of English/language arts and mathematics. For the first round of testing the dates are March 3rd -March 27th. Students will complete three units for English/language arts and two units for mathematics. These new assessments are intended to measure the level of command a student has on the Common Core State Standards. Please be sure to look for a testing schedule to come home in February. As in the past we ask that you try and not schedule appointments or vacations during the testing window, it is so important that students complete each test in each content area.

If you are interested in seeing what the new assessments look like and what types of questions your student will be given to show their knowledge and application of skills simply go to – there you will have a choice of selecting the level for grades 3-5, 6-8 or high school. For each level there are sample items for English/language arts and mathematics.

New Food Policy

We may no longer allow families to bring food in to school for birthdays or holidays. Due to changes in the law and funding rules, we are not allowed to provide students with treats or snacks at school. Students may not receive any food that has trans-fats and there are many allergy issues that can be dangerous.

A parent may still purchase food and bring it in to have lunch with his/her child but the food may not be shared with any other students. Students will continue to bring their own snacks to eat during the school day. The rule for snacks is that they be healthy food, not candy or junk food.

*****We are allowed to continue to offer food that is part of our curriculum so our cultural feasts will not be affected.