Jordan/Jackson News You Can Use

April 2, 2020

Principal's Message

Dear Families,

I hope you and your students are safe and healthy. If we can help your child in any way, please let me know so that we connect you with the appropriate resources.

Jordan/Jackson faculty have been working to execute the Jordan/Jackson Remote Learning Plan based on the guidelines established by the Commissioner of Education. We are keeping in mind consistency for grade level while, at the same time, teachers engage their students, individually. Since the new guidelines were issued last Thursday, I have met with all staff to collectively review the information, ensure we have a common understanding, refine our plans where necessary and execute the current version of remote learning. You can expect that plan to begin Monday, April 6th.

To summarize, the Jordan/Jackson Remote Learning Site will house the grade level lesson activities that will be posted for each grade for the week. The updates to the site will "go live" Monday, April 6th. Each teacher will communicate with their students and direct them to the assignments. They will do so via email or Google Classroom. As students complete work and submit it, teachers will provide feedback rather than grades. The focus for now will be on previously learned skills and steadily going deeper with them. Moving forward, we will continue to help your child learn and grow.

Your child’s teacher(s) will be in routine communication with all of you. I plan to continue emailing your student(s), as well. It’s been a lot of fun to finally be at a point where I can engage with them more. I can’t say enough about how much we all have enjoyed Spirit Week this week! It is a small piece that seems to have gone a long way to helping address the priority that the Commissioner of Education established and all of us know: bolstering the emotional well-being of our students.

Take care and stay healthy.

John Nieratko

Google Password

If you're unsure about your Google password, please email Sharon Mullin. Mrs. Mullin will be periodically checking her emails, during office hours, for these requests. She will respond in as timely a manner as possible.

African Safari Anyone?

If you've ever had African safaris on your list of places to visit, then check out their live cams! Many of their reserves have cams near watering holes and, with most having sound, will have you feeling like you're really there (with a little imagination, of course). Africam is a group that was founded in 1999 with their key objective of connecting wildlife enthusiasts with live sightings in the African bush. Here is a link to several African reserve webcams; the Tembe reserve seems to be the most active, day or night.

African Safari Cams

Don't Look Now, You Might be Learning Science

For those of you not familiar with Bill Nye the Science Guy, he is an American science educator and mechanical engineer best known for hosting the television program Bill Nye the Science Guy, an educational program that taught science to preteens in the 1990's. If you're interested in trying a few of his experiments, here's a few of his easier ones along with explanations of what is happening and why.

Penny Droplets

Twistin' Tornado

Barometer in a Bottle

Float Your Boat

April is National Poetry Month

Maybe there's a budding poet in your home? National Poetry Month, a celebration of poetry which takes place each April, was introduced in 1996 and is organized by the Academy of American Poets as a way to increase awareness and appreciation of poetry in the United States.

Poem in Your Pocket Day takes place every year on a day during National Poetry Month. On this day, select a poem, carry it with you, and share it with others on social media using the hashtag #pocketpoem or maybe send a poem to a far-away friend or relative so they receive it on Poem in Your Pocket Day, which is Thursday, April 30. Look for more information on sharing your poems. Here's a few favorites:


Though school is closed, the BOKS team has been working hard to bring you the best at-home activities to keep your kids active and healthy. As such, they will be offering Facebook LIVE BOKS classes each week day at 12PM, and the best news is that anyone can join in the fun! Please join some of the wonderful BOKS Trainers at each weekday for a fun dose of physical activity for you and your kids. If you aren’t able to join the events at that time, don’t worry, the workouts will remain on the BOKS Facebook page and can be watched at your convenience. We hope you have fun with these workouts and can’t wait to continue with our BOKS classes in the future. In the meantime, you can also checkout BOKS' ABC Workout below.

Developing Schedules While We're Home

Kids need structure. Schedules achieve this. Your little learners may resist at first, but they will thrive with order, and so will you. For older kids (five and up), co-create the schedule. Think: orange post-its are required learning (maths, reading, science) and yellow posts-it are fun (TV, iPad). Parent picks two, kid picks two. Exercise, some mindfulness, art, drama, and music can all get time slots too. Where possible, make following a schedule fun—ideally, switching tasks shouldn’t feel like a drill but like an opportunity. Create your own template or feel free to edit this schedule: Daily Schedule Template

Jordan/Jackson Spirit Week

Each day next week we are inviting our students, families, and staff to participate in a virtual spirit week. This will be a fun way to stay connected and have some fun together! If you follow us on Instagram(@jordanjackson_ma) or Twitter(@JordanJacksonMA), please tag us in the photos! See Spirit Days below.

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Corny Joke Challenge

As a way to share some laughs, we are looking for you to channel your best inner comedian. Submit your favorite corny joke to and we will include some in upcoming newsletters! Here's this week's corny jokes ~
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Jordan/Jackson News You Can Use

If you would like to refer back to previous COVID-19 remote learning newsletters, please see the links below.

March 30, 2020

March 26, 2020

March 23, 2020

March 20, 2020

March 16, 2020

If you would prefer to access these newsletters through our website, please click on these links:

J/J Website

J/J COVID-19 Website

New Blog at Mansfield Public Schools!

Mansfield Public Schools has launched a brand-new news portal website to serve as a hub for the latest updates, information and news about the District’s schools, students, faculty, events and accomplishments.

Parents are encouraged to sign up for email alerts on the site in order to receive the latest news blog content. Link: Mansfield Public Schools News Blog

We're Now On Instagram!

Please follow us at JordanJackson_MA.

We're also on Twitter: JordanJacksonMA

Link to our website: Jordan/Jackson Elementary School