Jackson's Weekly Staff Newsletter



9 Cycle 3

10 Cycle Day 4

Staff Meeting 7:30 (8:00 fundraiser meeting)

11 Cycle Day 5

12 Cycle Day 6

All School Picnic 5:30-7:30 (food truck and DJ)

13 Cycle Day 7

Celebrate Chris and Christine, 7:45-8:15 (Music Room)

4th Grade Assembly 8:35-9


16 PTO Meeting (Parent/Board) 6:30-8

17 BLT Meeting 7:30

18 PBIS Meeting 2:30

20 First Grade Apple Day

23 All School Assembly

24 Prof Dev/Gifford Cluster 7:30

25 Kindergarten Hearing Screening (details/time TBD)

9/23 -9/26 Kindness Week (invite new staff in fall)

25 5th Grade Outdoor Education Day (Aune)

Patrice from Costco/EP Staff Lounge 7:00 952-943-4848

26 Two Hour Early Release Day K-12

30 Kindergarten Breakfast or Ice Cream Social

4th Grade Assembly 8:35-9

Something to think about...

Whew!! What a first week!! I am reminded every year on our first week just how great this staff is; something that should never be taken for granted. Thank you for all the help with supervision(feel free to join in next week), we will need that same support next week as we work through some beginning of the year staffing changes. Of course everyday will get better and better with procedures, but the extra help makes all the difference.

Thanks again, Pete


*Thank you to everyone for their thoughts and prayers.

* Jen Rothstein--Thank you for the help cutting laminating and getting the bus signs done! It was SO SO APPRRECIATED!

* Gendlin-Thank you for the hug and encouraging words......it is what I needed at the right moment, Minty : )

*Thank you to Chris for being so patient with those of us who are not gifted in the realm of technology! He is always willing to help (and with a smile)!

*Thank you to our new paras, Kristi and Lori, for stepping into our crazy kindergarten rooms and helping us all survive the first couple days of kindergarten!

*Thank you Nicole for coming in early and staying later to do laminating for the teachers in the work room! You are awesome!

*THANK YOU to all the people who have helped Kindergarten out these first days!!! We appreciate it SO much!!!

*WELCOME JOHN!!! And THANK YOU to all of the custodians for having us ready to go!

*Paras - you are all amazing! You have made these first couple of days so great, because of all of the little things that you help out with!!

*Thanks to my new AMAZING fourth grade team for being so welcoming and helpful!!!

*Thank you Sandy and Jeff for helping with bringing in students from recess and teaching kids how to enter the building.

*Betsi Arvin- you already bring so much cheer to the media center! I’m excited to work with you this year and I know the kids are going to love you too!

*Thank you Nicole Lightfoot for volunteering your time before and after school to do laminating/cutting etc! You rock!

*Thank you, Jennifer Rothstein for dismissing my class Friday! I appreciate your help!

**Thank you, first grade team, for always being on top of the beginning of the school year! I appreciate you all!

*Thank you, Wendy and Kathy, for everything you do to get our school year going in a positive and effective way!

*Thank you, Deann, for helping figure out transportation for one of my students! I appreciate you!

*Thanks to Kaitlin for the Coke yesterday, that jolt of caffeine was needed for the last hour of K. Coke being a soda pop…obviously!

*Becca Kay-Lewis, even without being right around the corner from you anymore, you still made the trek down to my room to be our Pete the Cat!

*Luci, my class LOVED your, I mean Pete’s, note when we got back from lunch. Writing on the paper he left in our room and the paw print was super great, the 5-year-olds TOTALLY bought that Pete wrote the note – so great!

DLC Quick Tip - Seesaw

Please make sure that your classes are published and parent access is turned on so that parents are seeing the updates you and your students are posting. :-) You can check your class settings by clicking on the 🔧 wrench in the top right-hand corner of your Seesaw class.

Getting students into Seesaw as you start the year is a great way to build their knowledge of this powerful tool in your classroom to capture their learning AND communicate home with parents.

If you have not checked out the Seesaw Activity library, there are amazing pre-made activities for every grade level and subject area including

Here are a few links that you may find useful to learn about your students and get them familiar with the Seesaw tools.

I plan to host a few optional Seesaw refresher meetings in the first couple weeks of school to highlight Seesaw Activities, how to organize them for your curriculum, and give you ideas for using them to collect formative assessment data.



9/8 Candace Rotert

9/26 Theresa Felker

9/27 Stacy Brock

10/2 Char Konietzko

10/4 Amy Rutter

10/4 Keri Vold

10/5 Jane Rosholt

10/6 Deb Arterbury

10/7 Angela Gehlhoff

10/15 Pete Orchard

10/18 Trudy Gunderson

10/20 Kailey Otting

10/25 Nicole Lightfoot

10/28 Charlotte Leonard

10/31 Betsi Arvin