James River Day School, Lynchburg Private Education
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James River Day School, Lynchburg Private Education
 

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Here you can find all the information of activities, events and general information for James River Day School.

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This is your source for the quizzes, long-term assignments/projects, and test for 5th grade.

These major due dates are provided as a convenience to students and parents. Students are expected to keep their agendas up-to-date as part of learning good study habits and should not rely solely on the hall calendar or web deadlines page to keep track of assignments.

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This is your source for the quizzes, long-term assignments/projects, and test for 6th grade. 

These major due dates are provided as a convenience to students and parents. Students are expected to keep their agendas up-to-date as part of learning good study habits and should not rely solely on the hall calendar or web deadlines page to keep track of assignments.

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This is your source for the quizzes, long-term assignments/projects, and test for 7th grade. 

These major due dates are provided as a convenience to students and parents. Students are expected to keep their agendas up-to-date as part of learning good study habits and should not rely solely on the hall calendar or web deadlines page to keep track of assignments.

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This is your source for the quizzes, long-term assignments/projects, and test for 8th grade. 

These major due dates are provided as a convenience to students and parents. Students are expected to keep their agendas up-to-date as part of learning good study habits and should not rely solely on the hall calendar or web deadlines page to keep track of assignments.

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James River Day School photos are available for JRDS parents on SmugMug.com.  We will be updating this frequently as new pictures are taken, so check in from time to time.  To see the photos go to http://jrds.smugmug.com/ and enter the password that was sent out to parents.  The password is case sensitive.  If you need the password, please call or email Ann Parker (434.384.7385 or parker_a@jamesriverdayschool.org).

To safeguard our children, James River commits that:
1) We do not and will not put a child's name with a photo of that child.
2) We will password protect the SmugMug site and only give the address/password of our SmugMug website to JRDS families and faculty/staff.

We ask that this login information be kept private.  Please don't forward the web address and password.  If you'd like to share a photo with friends or family members, you do have the option to purchase the photos.

We hope you will enjoy this service.

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Bedford Avenue Meat Shop provides our lunches and their website has our menu.

To check your child's lunch account balance, go to https://www.myschoolbucks.com/.

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If for some reason you have missed the weekly email, you can always find a link to it here.

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If you are not receiving our weekly email for parents and families, but would like to, please join our mailing list by giving us your email address below.  Click "read more" to get to it.

Directory Update available by emailing Ann Parker.

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Summer break is an ideal time to enrich your child’s education, and James River Day School offers programs that speak to children’s passions and dreams. Learning in the summer feels different from going to school during the academic year; it’s more informal and feels more like an adventure. We know that one of the most important skills children can develop for success is creativity. These camps appeal to children’s need to exercise their imaginations and their creative problem-solving skills. Give your child the gift of an enriched education this summer! They’ll enjoy it; they’ll learn; and they’ll think these camps make this the best summer ever!

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The Spring Book Fair
 is early this year!  See your children get even more excited about books.  We have all kinds of books: fiction, non-fiction, books about horses, dinosaurs, and much more.  There are even books for adults, too. So, come peruse, pore over, scan, skim, and scrutinize the selections at the Book Fair Fiesta. They make great gifts and the Easter bunny might need some help!

The Book Fair runs March  24 - April 1, with the online Book Fair running even longer, March 19 - April 8.
Family Night is Tuesday, March 25th, 5:30 - 8:00 PM. 
Our Grand Event is all day Grandparents' Day, Friday, March 28.
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Congratulations to all of our sixth and seventh grade Technology students who participated in One Hour of Code in honor of Computer Science Education Week.  Code.org sponsored the first ever One Hour of Code, a movement to spread awareness and advocate for the integration of computer science into the curriculum.  The staff of Code.org designed multiple interactive coding lessons, which are available on their site.  The students love it! 

During that week, more than 500,000,000 lines of code were written by students across the world.  Ask a James River Day School middle school Technology student how many lines of code he/she wrote.

Some interesting statistics from One Hour of Code. One in five U.S. students participated in One Hour of Code. More girls participated in computer science in U.S. schools during One Hour of Code than in the last 70 years. To give some perspective on what 500 million lines of code can amount to, consider that Microsoft Windows is only 50 million lines of code. (Source:  http://codeorg.tumblr.com/post/70175643054/stats)


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The recent concert by James River Day School music students created a lot of excitement among the faculty, staff, and other students. The students and faculty/staff were treated to a sneak preview on Wednesday afternoon, December 17, as the music students ran through their dress rehearsal.  The music was fabulous and a wonderful way to get into the holiday spirit.  Take a look at some the comments from the faculty.

A major shout out to Leigh, Paddy and Allison for an awesome concert last night! I love to see all those students participating in music. It will teach them collaboration, concentration, discipline, joy, and precision, and it nurtures their souls!
-Mary Riser, Head of School

Thank you all for being so supportive and flexible with our dress rehearsal.  The students definitely benefited from being able to perform in the space before the actual concert.  Thanks to all of the teachers that jumped in to help!

We are all very blessed to work in a school where people appreciate and support the arts.  Merry Christmas to everyone!  I can't wait until our next concert in the Spring!!!  GOOOOOOO MUSIC!!!
-Leigh Berkley, Music, Band, & Strings Instructor

It is a dream job to share music with children and to be so supported in such a caring, wonderful way. I love being here and working with all of you.
-Paddy Dougherty,

Incredible display of talent, teamwork, and total dedication. Santa hats off to you. -Jason Ruiz

What a wonderful performance today. I am very inpressed with our music department. Hats off to the teachers and students. -Margaret Daniel

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This Parent Toolkit was created by NWEA as a resource and guide for parents. It includes Frequently Asked Questions, The Lexile Framework® for Reading, Tips for Parents, Web Sites for Kids and Parents, and Commonly Used Terms. NWEA hopes you find this toolkit helpful and invites you to have conversations with your school district personnel  about  NWEA's assessment tools.

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by Mary Riser, Head of School

The 2014 Bird Bash was an unqualified success, for many reasons: extraordinary leadership from Natalie Langley and Maryanna Stands, co-chairs of the auction, and from their wonderful volunteers, including: Kasey Forehand, Crystal Irby, Kristen Cook, Margaret Keller, Kristin Dabney, Jennifer Plunkett, Catherine Varner, Anne Taylor, Tina and Skip Kughn, Candace Caprise, Anne Flippin, Gray Fontana, Allegra Helms, Wynn Herbers, Melanie Jaeger, Holly Perrow, Sarah Petty, Jane Sorenson, Jen Brestel, Betsy Brogan, Jill Cole, Sarah Davidson, Katie Diminick, Linda Duerson, Ellen Edmunds, Dana Garrard, Jenny Haga, Sarah Hellewell, Annmarie Hutchison, Nickie Lang, Page Langley, Arione Lawson, Ashley Mays, Lucy Mutch, Elaine Passman, Sarah Ploch, Jane Rennyson, Julie Schietinger, Mary Sloan, Chris Tharp, Natalie Trost, Alex Vaughan, Carla Workman, Noel Yeatts, Monica Prahinski, Joy Pratt, CJ Stands, Stewart Langley, Hellen Carrington, and Alex Wood -- it takes a village! (I'm sure there were others -- these are just the folks I know!) The silent and live auction items were varied, interesting, and desirable; the sponsors were most generous; the decorations were breathtaking; and the food and drink were fabulous! With more than 225 in attendance, the party was awesome, and the fund-raising results were stupendous! The Bird Bash raised more than $95,000 (net) for the school to use to improve our technology. Already, our technology team is engaged in planning acquisition of Chromebooks and implementation of this exciting new resource for our students. Half of the auction proceeds will be dedicated to acquisition of individual computing devices, and the other half will be used for infrastructure upgrades, to allow for smooth, hassle-free internet connections, and other implementation costs, including faculty training. The auction volunteers have used their super powers to fast forward James River Day School into the 21st century! Thank you from the bottom of my heart for the hard work and generosity all have shown towards our school!

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Recently, Mrs. Sydnor’s sixth grade Ancient History class culminated their unit on Egypt and the Great Pyramids with a unique project. Each team of students used one box of sugar cubes and icing to construct their very own pyramid.  The project helped the students understand the construction techniques used to build the ancient pyramids.  For a short time, James River had a display of one of the “Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.”

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Congratulations to the Boys' 7/8th Grade LacrosseTeam for their exciting come from behind win over Fuqua. The Cardinals opened their season at home on Friday, March 21, with an exciting introduction. Thomas Battle, Nathan Truitte, and Will Carrington were instrumental in the 10 - 6 victory. The team travels to The Field School on Tuesday, March 25. The Girls' 7/8th Grade Lacrosse Team will open at home on Thursday, March 27, against North Cross. GO CARDINALS!

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James River was fully reaccredited by the Virginia Association of Independent Schools last spring.  In conjunction with the reaccreditation visit, teacher Lisa Davenport made this short video presentation.  It gives a quick look at the wonderful, happy, teaching/learning place that James River is.  Take a look!

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James River Day School has arranged with MyLocker.Net to offer spirit wear year round. 

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 We have a very vigorous Parents' Association (PA) and encourage all parents (and even grandparents, aunts, and uncles) to participate.  If you'd like to volunteer, please contact Mary Stuart Battle, our Volunteer Coordinator.  Our Parents' Association meets the second Thursday of each month at 8:30 a.m. in the Bon Ton House.

Please feel free to contact any of the PA officers or committee chairs listed below with questions or suggestions.

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Art has jumped into community outreach this year.  Second grade Valentine artwork was on display at Market at Main in January and February.  Seventh graders made pottery bowls as an outreach project which were be donated to the Daily Bread “Empty Bowls” Fundraiser in March.

The music programs have many performances and activites planned in the coming months.  The orchestra is working hard on new pieces for performance later this spring.  Mrs. Barnes would like to enter qualified strings players in the Spring String Orchestra Camp at JMU in May.  Ms. Dougherty and the MS Musical cast are working hard toward their performance on February 28.  The band continues to practice new music and we had three students selected to attend the Virginia Tech Honors Band weekend during the winter.  One student made 13th chair clarinet in the Bronze band, another earned 1st chair alto saxophone in the Bronze band, and the third attained 6th chair in the Silver band.  Congratulations to these talented musicians!

Upcoming Fine Arts Events
*    Fourth Grade Play - Thursday, April 18, 2013
*    Biennial James River Alumni, Family, & Faculty/Staff Art Show opens on Grandparents' Day, April 19, with a reception in the Taylor Media Center beginning at 10 a.m.  The show continues through Friday, April 26.  If you would like to share your artistry with the James River community, an entry form is available for download.
*    Cardinal Arts Concert, Thursday, May 16, 2013 at 7 p.m.
*    Kindergarten Play - Thursday, May 23, 2013

Art and music are growing at James River and we appreciate the support of the Fine Arts Booster members!  We want to keep you posted on upcoming events and let you know it’s not too late to join!  If you have any questions about whether you are a member, questions about your membership or suggestions, please contact Susan Foster, Fine Arts Boosters Chair. And thanks to those of you who are already charter members.  Please help us grow by encouraging your friends to support the arts at James River!

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 At James River Day School, we value all of the friendships that have been made here throughout the years.  We welcome you back to campus for a visit or to support one of our many programs.

Stay in Touch

Whether you are updating your contact information or sharing news of a recent accomplishment or life event, we love hearing from our alumni!  Simply complete the online Alumni Update form below, click submit, and we’ll handle the rest.

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Please find the link below for the particular form you need.  These are in .pdf format.  You will need Adobe Reader to open them.  It can be downloaded free of charge at http://get.adobe.com/reader/.  Before clicking download, make sure you uncheck the box to download McAfee Security Scan Plus before downloading Adobe Reader.

Field Trip Permission Forms Other Forms

 

School Study Hall Permission Form

Athletic Physical Form

Medication Authorization

Middle School Behavior Contract Explanation

Middle School Behavior Contract Form

Parent Driver Form

School Entrance Physical Form (MCH 213 G revised 10/2010)

 


Career Shadowing Forms

Student Interest Survey
Parent Permission Form
Mentor Permission Form

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Take a look through our current publications...

JRDS Magazine

JRDS Literary Magazine

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Need help to properly cite your sources for that next paper?  Then go to Son of Citation Machine, http://citationmachine.net/, and choose the MLA format.

The following sites may be useful and fun for math practice, educational games, and research.

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Double your spending power! There are so many programs where you (and any grandparents, alumni, friends) can automatically help the school!  Take a look at what a difference we can make with just a little effort:
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The Career Shadowing Experience is an off-campus learning project designed to expose each eighth grade student to a vocation about which the student expresses a high degree of interest.

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