Jackson Jaguars ROAR

April 2021 Jackson Elementary School

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Jackson Parents/Guardians,

Spring is finally here! The weather has been absolutely beautiful and after the year we have all had, isn't it nice to feel the warm sunshine and know that summer is around the corner?

We have some events coming up over the next two months such as, Read Across the World (read below for information), CMAS (State testing), Field Day, our virtual Band and Orchestra concert, our virtual 3rd grade Recorder concert, Science Day, and graduation. Look for those dates to come up soon. This time of year goes by fast, so let's all enjoy every bit that we can!

Read Across the World-April 9th

Friday, April 9th is our Read Across the World Day at Jackson. This is a tradition that we have upheld for over 9 years now. This year, we will be adding a virtual component where readers will be joining us from all over the world. To add some more fun to the week, we will be having dress up days throughout the week. (See the schedule below in Upcoming Dates.) I encourage our students to participate. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call the office.

CMAS Testing for 3rd, 4th, & 5th grade-April 12-April 30

Students in 3rd and 5th grade will be taking English Language Arts, while 4th grader will be taking Mathematics. If you are interested in having your child take additional assessments (ie. 3rd and 5th grade-Math, 4th grade-English Language Arts), you will need to opt your child in for additional testing by filling out a form available in the school office.

Online 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students will NOT be required to take any of the required CMAS tests UNLESS a parent/guardian opts their child(ren) in. If a student opts in for testing, they will need to join their grade level class, in person, on the designated testing dates and times (listed below) BEFORE Friday, April 9.

May 1-COS I LOVE YOU Clean-Up Day

Jackson Jaguars and Springs Journey Church (our Community Partners) will be joining together, once again, to help clean up the outside of Jackson Elementary on the morning of May 1, 2021.

This year, we will be repainting the blacktop area in order to provide more activities for our students during recess time. In addition, we will be picking up trash, pulling weeds, painting the Kiss N Go Lane curb, among other tasks to bring beauty to Jackson and our community. We REALLY hope to see you there!

Please continue to communicate with the front office at: (719) 328-5800 or the attendance line: (719) 328-5813 if you have any questions.

Thank you,

Sara Miller

Principal, Jackson Elementary


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Upcoming Dates

Dress-Up Days for Read Across the World Week:

April 5-"Hooray for Hair!"
  • Crazy Hair Day

April 6-"Green Eggs and Ham and/or Fox in Socks"

  • Wear Green and/or Fun Socks

April 7- "The Lorax" and "The Cat in the Hat"

  • Mustache Day and wear your Favorite/Crazy Hat

April 8-"Sleep Book"

  • Pajama Day

April 9-Read Across the World Day!

  • Dress as your favorite book character

April 13-15

  • CMAS for 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade

April 20-23

  • CMAS Opt-In Testing for 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade

May 1

  • COS I LOVE YOU Clean Up Day

May 7

  • Field Day

Now Enrolling for Kindergarten for the 2021-2022 school year

We are now enrolling Kindergarten students for the 2021/22 school year. Your child must be 5 years old by October 1, 2021 to be eligible. Please call the Jackson Office 328-5800 for enrollment information.

Field Day-May 7

Field Day this year will be on Friday, May 7th. Like many other aspects of life since COVID19, field day will look different this year.

  • 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders will be having their Field Day from 8:15 to 10:35.
  • Kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd graders will be having their field day from 10:40 to 2:10.
  • There will be an ALL SCHOOL lunch just like any other day, but it will occur in the classrooms from 11:25 to 12:25.
  • This year students will only be participating at a station with their class only.
  • Unfortunately, due to our COVID-19 restrictions, parents/guardians will NOT be able to attend Field Day this year. (We hope this will change for next year.)

Students are encouraged to wear sunscreen, dress in layers, wear a hat, bring a water bottle, etc. Students have practiced very hard in Physical Education this year to develop their skills, and now it’s time to use those skills to play, compete, and have fun!

Many students look forward to this day all year! The purpose of Field Day is for students to play and compete, but mostly have fun!

Counseling Corner with Mrs. Ruiz

Jackson Parents/Guardians,

We have had a few calls from parents that students are not using kind words with one another. We are working diligently to teach our students ROAR behavior (Respectful, On task, Always Safe, and Responsible). I am going into classrooms to teach these skills, as well as meeting with students who are struggling. These are difficult times emotionally and financially for many families. Please encourage your children to be respectful and kind to each other by practicing modeling this behavior at home. We understand tensions are high, but if parents are yelling at each other or their children at home without a discussion about what happened later, then students will come to school and yell at peers. None of us are perfect, but we all need to create the type of world that we want to live in by treating each other respectfully. If tensions are high at home, sit down and talk to your children. Don't be afraid to apologize if you lose your cool. Kids need to understand that conflict is part of life, and that we can resolve things. Many students express fear and sadness when there are difficult conversations or situations at home. Help them understand that you still love them even when you are stressed out or they have made bad choices. We all need to work together as a team. Please feel free to contact me if you need support, resources or ideas for situations at home or at school. Also, let your child's teacher know if they are reporting students being unkind so we can address this in the classroom. Blessings to you and your family!

Leslie Clinite Ruiz, LCSW, MA

School Social Worker

(719) 328-5836 Desk

(719) 328-5800 Jackson Main office

Media Center Moments

Free Little Library at Jackson Elementary

Great news for the Jackson Elementary community - we have a free library in front of the school! District 11 has installed a free library for us all to enjoy. The library box is full of books for all reading levels. Please come browse the collection and leave a book for someone else to enjoy.

After School Classes

I am very excited to be working with two other teachers to offer clubs this last quarter.

  • Mrs Adams and I are offering "Scratch Coding Club" on Tuesdays starting March 30th from 2:30-3:30 for 4th and 5th graders. The Scratch Club is open to in person and online students. It is still open for registration.
  • Mrs Graff and I will be offering "Travel Club" on Thursdays starting April 1st from 2:30-3:30 for 3rd-5th grade students. (This club is currently full.)
Hopefully Jackson Elementary will be able to offer more after school classes next school year.

Let me know if you want to register your student for "Scratch Coding Club" or if you have any questions.


Rhonda Sobecki

Rhonda.sobecki@d11.org or 719-328-5824.

King Soopers Card

Jackson is a part of the King Soopers Community Rewards program. We ask families to link their loyalty card (King Soopers card) to the Jackson account. Then, swipe or enter the phone number associated with the card at checkout.

This month we made $106 by you connecting your King Soopers card to Jackson Elementary! Thank you!

Jackson Elementary PTO

To Use the King Soopers or City Market Community Rewards Program:
Simply encourage your participants to visit the appropriate link below..

· For King Soopers Stores - go to http://www.kingsoopers.com

· For City Market Stores - go to http://www.citymarket.com

Log into to King Soopers, scroll to bottom to the Community section and click on Kroger Community Rewards and then you can search for Jackson PTA.

*Customers must have a registered King Soopers or City Market loyalty card account to link to your organization.
*If a member does not yet have a King Soopers or City Market loyalty card, please let them know they are available at the customer service desk at any King Soopers or City Market

Contact Information

Jackson Office: 719.328.5800

Attendance Line: 719.328.5813

Sara Miller, Principal: sara.miller@d11.org

Sue Lesar, Staff Assistant: susan.lesar@d11.org

Tricia Shirola, Administrative Assistant: tricia.shirola@d11.org

Leslie Ruiz, Social Worker: leslie.ruiz@d11.org

Rhonda Sobecki, Library Technology Teacher: rhonda.sobecki@d11.org

Staff contact information can be found here: https://www.d11.org/domain/733