Jackson Jaguars ROAR 2021-2022

January 2022

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Jackson Families,

Happy New Year to each and everyone of you! I hope you and your family had a memorable, HEALTHY, and safe holiday season! I hope that 2022 brings prosperity and joy!


As you may know, the numbers of COVID-19 cases have risen drastically over the past few weeks. Given the number of vaccinations and boosters available for ages 5+, District 11 will be following the guidelines set by the CDC. Please refer to the District 11 Return to Learn website to answer any and all questions you may have, regarding COVID-19 guidelines. https://www.d11.org/domain/5173

It is more important now than ever to keep your child(ren) home if they have any cold-like symptoms. Please call the office each day your child(ren) is out sick at (719) 328-5800.

Cold Weather (Inclement Weather Policy)

The cold weather is coming! Please write your child's name in their coats/jackets. Every year we end up with many coats/jackets not claimed. We go out for recess at 18 degrees and above. On cold days, we ask all students to take their coats/jackets outside even if they don't want to wear them, just in case they need them. So, please remind your child(ren) to bring a coat/jacket to school during cold months.

As always, if you still have some questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to reach out to me.

Thank you,

Sara Miller

Principal, Jackson Elementary


Upcoming Events-January

January 5th 8:00am

  • First Day Back from Break

January 17, 2022

  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day-NO School

January 20, 2022 at 5:00pm

  • PTO on WebEx

January PTO

Join us for PTO on WebEx at 5:00pm on January 20, 2022


Thursday, Jan 20, 2022 5:00 pm | 30 minutes | (UTC-07:00) Mountain Time (US & Canada)

Meeting number: 2624 113 7109

Password: Jackson1

Join by video system

Dial 26241137109@cssd11.webex.com

You can also dial and enter your meeting number.

Join by phone

+1-415-655-0001 US Toll

Access code: 262 411 37109

Wish for Wheels

On 11/29/21 the Jackson Elementary School received a call from Mr. Brad Appel, Executive Director/Founder of Wish for Wheels, asking if we would like our 2nd Graders to receive free bicycles and helmets. Our response was, "Of course!" Wish for Wheels is a non-profit organization out of Denver, who work with only Title 1 schools to give 2nd Graders bikes and helmets (https://wishforwheels.org/). When the Jackson 2nd Graders were told that they would be getting bicycles, there were cheers and clapping and smiles all around!

On Tuesday, December 14th a truck with 53 bicycles pulled into the back lot at Jackson. A team of volunteers from SRAM came to help adjust bike seats and helmets for students. (SRAM’s Colorado facility is the home of RockShox. Their website indicates, "much of the brake and suspension development teams work in the (Colorado Springs) office where gravity is primary to product development and testing.") The students and staff were excited beyond belief, and the weather was impeccable! Watching the students receive their bikes against the backdrop of Pikes Peak was nothing short of miraculous! I think the pictures speak for themselves.

Counseling Corner with Mrs. Ruiz

We continue to work on emotional regulation strategies here at school. Many of you have asked, what can I do when my child is anxious or has a meltdown at home? Here are 2 great graphics with suggestions:

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Please do not hesitate to reach out if you have any questions or need anything.

Please feel free to send me a dojo message, call me, or email me at leslie.ruiz@d11.org with any questions.

Leslie Clinite Ruiz, LCSW, MA

District 11 School Social Worker Department Chair

School Social Worker

Jackson Elementary School

Colorado Springs School District 11

Se Habla Español

(719) 328-5836 Desk

(719) 328-5800 Jackson Main office

(719) 328-5813 Attendance

Media Center Moments

Winter Break Book Giveaway

We hope your children are enjoying the books they were able to select from the Book Giveaway in December. The students had a great time choosing two books to take home.

Having books available to read in the home is one of the indicators for reading success with all students – so keep on reading!

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact Mrs. Sobecki (rhonda.sobecki@d11.org) or 719-325-5824) in your Media Center.


Rhonda Sobecki

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

Box Tops for Education (BTFE)

Dear Jackson Families,

I just wanted to remind everyone of our efforts to use Box Tops for Education for extra money for our school.

BTFE has been phasing out the original way of clipping the logo off any

participating products and they now prefer everyone using the QR code (below) that you need to download onto your phone.

It is very simple to use. Simply download the App by using the QR Code provided here. You follow the directions to connect it to our school. After shopping all you do is scan your receipt from the store. It will immediately credit each item to our school!

Thanks for helping your school!

Mrs. Tuxhorn

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Jackson Contact Information

Jackson Office: 719.328.5800

Attendance Line: 719.328.5813

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

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

Mrs. Becky Hemphill, Staff Assistant: rebecca.hemphill@d11.org

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

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

Mrs. Jennifer Johns, Teaching & Learning Coach: jennifer.johns@d11.org

Mrs. Taryn Wynkoop, Teaching & Learning Coach: taryn.wynkoop@d11.org

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