Incoming K Parents

WELCOME TO JBBP, CLASS OF 2022!

Welcome to Clarendon Japanese Bilingual Bicultural Program! We look forward to meeting you and your child at school.

The first day of school is Monday, August 15th, 2016, but there are several ways to get to know the school and community even before you set foot on campus.

Getting to Know the School & JBBP Community

Walk-through Meeting & Kinder Orientation

Join us for an informal Q&A session in April--date TBA. We will meet in the Lower Yard where the school staff who will introduce you to the campus and answer any questions you have. No need to RSVP.

Can’t make it then? No problem. There will also be a casual orientation hosted by your Kindergarten teacher(s) on Thursday, August 11th from 6-7pm. More details to come.

Welcome Picnics

Clarendon JBBP Parent Advisory Council (PAC) together with the Clarendon Second Community Parent Association will host a couple Incoming K Welcome Picnics--one in April and another in August. Make sure to leave your email address on file at the school office when you register so that we can contact you via Evite with the details. These picnics are an early opportunity to meet your fellow incoming families and for your child to meet his/her new friends. The Welcome Committee along with parents already familiar with the school will be there to answer questions and help you feel settled into your new school home.

Getting Connected: Directory & Listserve

Directory

The JBBP Directory includes contact information for all the families, teachers and staff involved with our program. We have already begun preparing next year's 2016-2017 directory, and your information is critical for completing it. We are specifically looking for the following information:

  • Child's Name (first & last)
  • Child's Birthday (month, date, year)
  • Child's Address (street, city, ZIP)
  • Parent 1 Information (name, e-mail, phone)
  • Parent 2 Information (name, e-mail, phone)

Please e-mail this information directly to the Parent Advisory Council at PAC@ClarendonJBBP.org.

The directory is for school-related communication only. Information contained within will be treated with the appropriate respect for privacy.

JBBP Listserve on Yahoo! Groups

While JBBP PAC will send out weekly online newsletters once the school year begins, you can join the Yahoo! JBBP listserve now by sending an e-mail to ClarendonJBBP-subscribe@yahoogroups.com. Please write "incoming K" and write your child's name in the message body. We will approve membership once all K registration is processed by the school and district. This may take some time, so we appreciate your patience. Thank you!

What to Expect on the First Day: Monday, August 15th

School starts at 9:25am daily. Please come to the Lower Yard with your Kindergartner--this is where your child and his/her classmates will meet their teacher every morning.

There is ample street parking around Clarendon but the first few days tend to be crowded. Please allow plenty of time and park legally.

Please have your child bring a standard size backpack large enough to accommodate communication envelope, book bag, homework folder, lunch, snack and jacket. Please also have them bring a packed lunch or money ($3) for school lunch, and snack to eat at recess. The school will provide all necessary supplies--pencils, crayons, paper and binders.

Parent Involvement & Support

It can't be denied that strong parent support is what makes Clarendon such an amazing school. We hope many of you are looking forward to getting involved--either a little or a lot! Even for families brand new to the school there are many ways to get involved.

More information will be made available at Back-to-School Night (typically held the 3rd week of the school year). In the meantime, here are several, simple ways you can help the school.

If you shop at Amazon.com please first click on the icon to your right. We get a percentage of every purchase and our percentage increases as our participation does--you shop, Clarendon wins!

Do more online shopping? Up to 16% of purchases at over 1,000 name brand merchants go directly to Clarendon if you shop via the eScrip Online Mall (http://shopping.escrip.com)

For example, Clarendon will receive:

  • 1.2% at eBay & Apple Store
  • 3-7% at Gap and Nordstrom
  • 1.8% at Expedia.com
  • 10.8% at Shutterfly

For the full list or to start shopping, please visit http://shopping.escrip.com/

Better yet, download the AutoEarn™ Web app from the top of the page--once you complete this easy installation, you can shop directly at participating merchants' sites and automatically make contributions for JBBP!

You can also sign up your rewards and credit cards with eScrip. Then every time you use your cards, a percentage will go straight to the school. Easy money for your kids' benefit! Enter program ID: 137317170 for "Japanese Bicultural Program at Clarendon."

Questions? Feel free to contact Mina Muraki, eScrip Chair, at mina_muraki@yahoo.com

More Questions in the Meantime?

Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with your PAC and incoming-Kindergarten liaisons. We are here to help: PAC@clarendonjbbp.org