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Miner Message 8/12

posted Aug 12, 2018, 4:59 PM by Jessica Saunders   [ updated Aug 12, 2018, 5:00 PM ]

Good evening Watkins community, this is your principal, Debbie Weatherford. I hope everyone is enjoying these last days of summer. As I’m sure you know, students are coming back in about 3 weeks! We are excited about the upcoming school year and look forward to seeing you soon.

Here is a list of the important dates that are coming up:

Friday, August 31st-Kindergarten Orientation-All KG students and parents are encouraged to come meet their teacher, visit the classroom, drop off supplies and learn about the Watkins experience. This event will begin promptly at 9:00am.

Friday, August 31st-Open House for grades 1-5-All Watkins families are invited to come drop off supplies, meet their teacher, and catch up with old friends. This event will run from 10:30-12:00. Don’t feel that you have to be here right at 10:30, as this is an ongoing event and parking will be a challenge. You might want to come a little later in this window to avoid the early rush and the KG students who will be here earlier.

Tuesday, September 4th-First Day of School-The doors open at 9:15, be at the bus stop a little early that day, as it will be the first time buses will run their routes with students on them and the time might fluctuate a bit. Additionally, the buses will probably be a little late that afternoon, as earlier routes might take some additional time. I advise letting students ride the bus on the first day, if that will be their normal routine. More details will follow as opening day approaches.

Teacher assignments will be sent by email, on August 29th. Please look for this information after 5:00 on that date.

If you have not purchased school supplies, you can find the list on our website, as well as, in many of the local stores. You are also welcome to stop by the main office.

Kindergarten families, please make sure you have dropped off your child’s physical and immunization records if you have not done so. It would be helpful, if you take care of this task prior to orientation on August 31st.

Back to School Nights are scheduled for the following dates: September 13th, grades 4&5; September 20th, grades 2&3; September 27th, grades K&1. The event will take place from 6-7:30pm each night.

The main office will continue to operate on our summer schedule of Monday-Thursday from 7am-5pm through August 23rd. Beginning on August 27th, we will return to our regular schedule of Monday-Friday from 8:30am-4:30pm.

Follow us on Twitter at : https://twitter.com/JBWatkinsES

Enjoy the rest of the summer!

YMCA Childcare

posted Aug 7, 2018, 3:40 PM by Jessica Saunders   [ updated Aug 7, 2018, 5:08 PM ]

The YMCA is offering before and after school care at Watkins this year. Please click on the following link for more information.


If you have any questions about the program, please contact the YMCA directly.

Program Description

At the YMCA, our program is fun as well as educational. The professionally trained staff helps children develop positive social skills through the YMCA’s Character Development Program. Every child is encouraged to practice the four core values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility. As with any YMCA program, the YMCA School Age Care Curriculum focuses on the YMCA mission of a healthy spirit, mind and body.

Program Focus Areas

Physical Fitness | Wellness/Nutrition | Homework Help | Literacy/Math | Arts | 21st Century Skills | Inclusions & Global Awareness | College & Career Readiness | Service Learning | Parent & Family Engagement | Leadership Development

2018/2019 School Year

Before School Care | After School Care | Before & After School Care

YMCA members can register April 1.  Non-YMCA members can register beginning April 16.

Ages: Kindergarten – 5th grade
Days: Monday – Friday
Time: Before School Care: 7 a.m. – school begins, After School Care: school ends – 6:30 p.m.
Location: JB Watkins Elementary – Students will be in the cafeteria for drop-off and pick-up.

Pricing Information

YMCA Member:
Before School Care: $68 per week
After School Care: $87 per week
Before & After School Care: $106 per week
Before School Care: $85 per week
After School Care: $109 per week
Before & After School Care: $127 per week

  • A non-refundable registration fee of $25 is required per child per school year.
  • For YMCA members, we offer a 10% multi-child discount for families with multiple children. (The first child pays full price with each additional child receiving a 10% discount.)
  • A 30 day notice will be given if transportation routes need to be changed or cancelled.

Contact Information

For billing, paperwork and administrative support:
Youth Development Call Center: 804.729.4825
Youth Development Email: ydadminteam@ymcarichmond.org

For program questions, contact the staff:
Regional Director: Daniel Jongleux jongleuxd@ymcarichmond.org  804.474.4317

Register Online

2018-2019 Parent Handbook

posted Aug 6, 2018, 4:41 PM by Jessica Saunders   [ updated Aug 6, 2018, 4:42 PM ]

Attached is the copy of the CCPS 2018-2019 Parent Handbook. A hard copy will come home with your child's "back to school" packet.

Summer Reminders

posted Jul 28, 2018, 9:02 AM by Jessica Saunders   [ updated Aug 7, 2018, 3:41 PM ]

Our summer office hours are Monday-Thursday from 7am-5pm. 

Mark your calendars for Kindergarten Orientation and Open House for grades 1-5. Both events will take place on Friday, August 31st. Kindergarten Orientation will be held from 9-10:00 and Open House will be held from 10:30-12:30. We look forward to seeing you at those events!

Finally, for our incoming kindergarten families, please be sure you have turned in your child's physical and immunization records. 

We hope you are having a wonderful summer making memories with your children and we look forward to seeing you soon!

New School Start Times

posted Jul 12, 2018, 9:00 AM by Jessica Saunders   [ updated Aug 2, 2018, 1:32 PM ]

Office Hours~ 8:30am - 4:30pm

School Day~ 9:25am - 3:55pm

Teacher Hours~ 8:55am - 4:10pm

9:15am Breakfast is served. Students may enter the classroom.
9:25am Tardy Bell

3:55pm School ends. Parent pickup begins in the Gym. 

On 3 hour early release days, school ends at 12:55pm

On 2 hour inclement weather delay days, students arrive at 11:15am.

Papa John's Contest

posted Jun 13, 2018, 2:22 PM by Jessica Saunders   [ updated Jun 13, 2018, 2:22 PM ]

Papa John's Pizza has an exciting opportunity to raise money for J.B. Watkins with a contest! We could possibly win $10,000!

Please visit www.pjcheese.com to find our school code! Please click on the flyer regarding this exciting opportunity!

18/19 School Supply List

posted Jun 13, 2018, 10:02 AM by Jessica Saunders   [ updated Jun 13, 2018, 12:21 PM ]

Click the attachment for next year's supply list. A copy will also be sent home Friday in your child's report card.

Celebration of Learning- PBL Night

posted May 2, 2018, 11:34 AM by Jessica Saunders   [ updated May 2, 2018, 11:35 AM ]

Mark your calendars Coal Miners! Thursday, May 24 will be our Celebration of Learning Night from 6 - 7:30. Join us in the cafeteria as we highlight our Project Based Learning experiences across the grade levels throughout the year. Students from each grade level will share their learning experiences through PBL this year. Projects will be displayed in the library and gym and you’ll have the opportunity to talk with the presenters to understand the PBL process. It promises to be a night full of amazing celebrations!

Staff Appreciation Week

posted Apr 28, 2018, 2:50 PM by Jessica Saunders   [ updated Apr 28, 2018, 2:57 PM ]

staff appreciation week
We’re excited to have the opportunity to recognize the outstanding faculty and staff that do so much for our kids every day. Each day of Staff Appreciation Week (May 7-11), we have something special planned. Here’s the rundown:

Monday: Bring your teacher a box of pencils or a dry erase marker.
Tuesday: Staff enjoys a whole hour for lunch! (Volunteers Needed)
Wednesday: Send a gift card or treat.
Thursday: Write a note thanking a staff member or teacher.
Friday: Dress like a teacher or staff member.

You can check out this flyer for all the information!

Don’t forget, we do need volunteers to supervise children during Tuesday’s extended lunch time. You will need to have a volunteer form already on file in the office.

Volunteer Here

Watkins Waiver Letter

posted Apr 24, 2018, 9:45 AM by Jessica Saunders   [ updated Apr 24, 2018, 9:45 AM ]

Please see the attached document, regarding the option of submitting a waiver request for your child to attend another school for the 2018-19 school year. This option is available due to the overcrowding at Watkins.

Ms. Weatherford

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