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Principal's Corner

Welcome to the 2018-2019 School Year

August 2018


Greetings Panther Parents!!!

I want to officially welcome you to the 2018-2019 school year for J.S. Abrams Elementary School!!! I hope you and your family had an enjoyable summer with the chance to refresh before the start of this year. I want to thank each of you for getting our students registered and ready to learn. I am looking forward to a great partnership with you and our students. For some of you, this is your first year as a Panther Parent while others are returning parents. Thank you in advance for your cooperation, participation and support.


We are excited about this new school year where teaching and learning will go forth daily. We will continue with our initiatives from the previous school year as well as implement new ones. One of the new initiatives we will implement is a school wide daily intervention time for all students; we are calling it W.I.N. (What I Need). This is an opportunity for students to receive small group instruction to master foundational skills in the area of reading. Our W.I.N. time is scheduled from 10:00-10:30.

I am eager about serving and supporting each of you as we embark upon another year of growing and learning together. The key to student success is daily attendance; therefore, it is imperative for students to be here daily, on time and ready to learn. Because attendance is such a vital component of academic success, those students who exemplify positive attendance habits, by being here on time and every day, will be recognized and celebrated throughout the year.

I look forward to meeting and working with each of you this school year. I want you to know that it takes ALL of us working together to make J.S. Abrams Elementary School better, stronger and smarter. Our overall goal is to meet our students where they are and give them what they need—academically, culturally, socially and emotionally. We have high expectations for our students and expect them to Be Respectful, Be Responsible and Be Resourceful.


As we prepare to move forward with our school year, there is some pertinent information I desire to share with you:


Ø  Breakfast is served from 7:15 a.m. to 7:55 a.m. so that students are in class and ready to learn by

8:00 a.m.

Ø  Our instructional day begins at 8:00 a.m. Before and after school care are not provided for students. We encourage you to pick up students by 3:15 p.m.

Ø  Students who arrive after 8:00 a.m. are considered tardy and must be checked in by an adult.

Ø  Daily check out for students is to be done by 2:00 p.m.

Ø  Afternoon dismissal begins at 2:45 p.m. with our bus riders followed by our car and van riders at

2:50 p.m. and walkers at 3:00 p.m.

Ø  Students are expected to be in uniform daily unless notification is sent from the school to say otherwise.

Ø  If you need to meet with your child’s homeroom teacher, please schedule a parent conference during the teacher’s planning time.

            Kindergarten               10:35-11:20

            First                             8:15-9:00

            Second                        9:05-9:50

            Third                           12:15-12:55

            Fourth                         1:00-1:45

            Fifth                            1:50-2:35

Ø  Please communicate with homeroom teachers and the main office regarding the mode of transportation to and/or from school for students.

Ø  Please do not go to individual teachers’ classrooms to pick up students before or during afternoon dismissal.

Ø  For the safety of all students, dismissal is supervised. All bus riders will be dismissed by 2:50 p.m. Car and Van riders will wait in their designated areas until their name is called. We are asking parents to please wait patiently in their cars until your child comes out. This will ease congestion in the foyer area. Parents will not be allowed to wait in the foyer for their child. Please respect our dismissal process. Bus and Vans will pick up in the front of the school.


If I can be of further assistance or provide you with additional information, please do not hesitate to contact me at (205) 432-3101 or Again, welcome and thank you for being a Panther Parent!!!




Dr. Armentress D. Robinson

AES Principal