Jefferson Journal

February 11th Edition

Return to School Update

Due to our improving community health - and our hope that all staff will be vaccinated in coming weeks and months, the District will return to offering 100% in-person instruction in our schools starting on Monday, March 8. Families who prefer to remain in 100% distance learning at home may elect to do so, but the model is changing.

Safety protocols will remain in place at school. The district will continue to require students and staff to properly wear masks in school through the end of this school year, and all efforts will be made to ensure social distancing where possible in our buildings.

MPSD Communication Timeline

At 10:00 am on Friday, February 12th, Jefferson families will receive a communication from MPSD elementary principals explaining the two model choices: full-day in-person learning and full-day blended learning. We hope that this information will help your family make the best choice for your child(ren).

At 4:00 pm on Friday, February 12th, MPSD families will receive district communication that asks parents to select the learning model for their child(ren) for this switch in models. This Google Form must be completed by all families no later than 4:00 pm on Wednesday, February 17th.

If you have any questions as your family makes this choice, please feel free to email Mrs. DeArmond at

Office News

Important February Dates

Friday, February 12: Exploration and Practice for All Students--No LIVE Learning

Sunday, February 14: Happy Valentine's Day

Monday, February 15: Happy Presidents' Day

Monday, February 15: Jefferson PTO Meeting (Google Meet:

Friday, February 19: Exploration and Practice for All Students--No LIVE Learning

Tuesday, February 23: Picture Day

Friday, February 26: No School for Staff and Students

Drop-Off and Pick-Up Reminders

1) Students should be dropped off/picked up in ONLY the following locations.
  • Manila Street (preferred location)
  • North side of Division St.
  • East side of 14th St. -- Picking up on the West side of 14th St. is PROHIBITED
2) Drop off or pick up students in the Jefferson parking lot is PROHIBITED. This is for staff and school buses only.

3) Students should cross the street only where crossing guards are present.

4) Students waiting for parents to pick them up after school must wait in the back of the school on the playground.

Distance Learning Materials Pick-up

Distance learning materials pick-up is open from 8:00 am-2:30 pm on Friday each week. The following classes have distance learning materials pick-up this week:

Kindergarten-Handlos, Theel

1st grade-Wirkus

2nd grade-Thiers

3rd grade-Weaver

4th grade-Fogltanz, Lehman

5th grade-Durocher

Picture Day Update--February 23rd

Picture Day will take place on Tuesday, February 23rd for both blended and full virtual students.


  • Students will have their photo taken during their AM or PM cohort time.
  • Students will not have to wear a mask in their photo.
  • Each child will receive a print out of two poses that they will bring home.
  • All ordering will take place online. Information on pricing and how to order will be on your child's handout.
  • There will be no picture retake day this year.
  • There will be no yearbook this year.


  • Sign up for a time using our Sign-Up Genius link: Full Virtual Student Picture Day Sign-Up
  • Students will have a health screening at the main office before being allowed into the building.
  • Parents will be asked to remain in the vestibule or your vehicle while your child has their photo taken. You will not be permitted to accompany your child to the gym for their photo.
  • Students must wear a mask into the building, but may remove their mask for their photo.
  • Each child will receive a print out of two poses that they will bring home.
  • All ordering will take place online. Information on pricing and how to order will be on your child's handout.
  • There will be no picture retake day this year.
  • There will be no yearbook this year.
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Would you like to become more connected with other Jefferson families? Are you looking to share or get ideas from others? Do you want to help address needs in our community? #TogetherWeCan is a new parent group opportunity that is looking to build community among our Jefferson families. For more information, please contact the following:

Felicia Martin (Jefferson Parent)

Tara Foytik (Jefferson Student Support Leader)

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MPSD 4K Registration

The MPSD offers free 4K for children who will be age 4 by September 1, 2021. Registration will take place during the week of April 12th. More information regarding open house options and registration details are forthcoming. If you would like to ensure your child(ren) receives a postcard in the mail with this information, please email Sara Disch at with parent name, household address, student name, and student birthdate.

MPSD 4K Open House

4K Open Houses will be held on April 11th

Will your child be 4 years old by September 1, 2021? If you would like to learn about the Manitowoc Public School District’s 4K program for fall 2021 join us for our Open House event on Sunday, April 11th from 1:00-2:00 pm.

Visit any or all of these 4K locations:
* Head Start - 4400 Michigan Avenue & 1130 S 9th Street
* Lakeshore Child Care Center - 3400 Division Street
* Riverview School - 4400 Michigan Avenue
* YMCA - 205 Maritime Drive

During the open houses you can:

- Visit multiple sites
- Get your questions answered
- Pick up a registration form
- Learn about wraparound child care
- Get information about bussing

Registration will take place at Riverview School during the week of April 12 - 16, 2021. Hours are Monday 9am to 4pm / Tuesday 9am to 6pm / Wednesday 9am to 4pm / Thursday 9am to 6pm / Friday 9am to 4pm. Please bring your child’s immunization record and birth certificate to registration.

Visit to learn more about our 4K program

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Jefferson Staff Shout Outs!!

Every week on the announcements, Mrs. DeArmond gives shout outs to our amazing Griffins for all the great work they are doing in the classroom. Now it is your turn to nominate a Jefferson staff member to whom your family would like to give a shout out. If your family would like to nominate a staff member for a Staff Shout Out, please email Mrs. DeArmond at

Please do the following to nominate a staff member:

1. In the subject line of the email write "Staff Shout Out."

2. Give the name of the staff member.

3. Give a description of why you want to nominate the staff member for the Staff Shout Out.

We will share all Student & Staff Shout Outs on the morning announcements!

PTO Update

February PTO Meeting

The Jefferson PTO will be meeting at 5:00 pm on Monday, February 15th. We will meet via Google Meet at Mrs. DeArmond will provide the PTO with an update on returning to full face-to-tace, the upcoming school board primary election, the upcoming MPSD referendum, and more. Please bring your ideas to share or just come to listen. We welcome all Jefferson families to attend!

Math Coaching Corner with Mrs. Gehri

Kindergarten Math Game

Join us for our Coaching Corner weekly videos. Math coach Heather Gehri will be showcasing weekly videos that highlight great games, activities, and apps that you can play with your child to help build their mathematical skills and boost your family bonding time! Take a picture or video of your child or family playing these games and get entered to win a basket of goodies! A winner will be chosen weekly!!

This week the video showcases a Bridges Kindergarten game that would be great for kids ages 5-7. Watch the video to see how it is played, then simply click the link to access the game! Don't forget to send a picture or video of your family playing the game together to get your name entered for the basket giveaway!! Send your picture(s) or video to Mrs. DeArmond at

Each week a new video will be posted geared towards different age groups. Can't wait to see our mathematical scholars in action!

K5 NBT1 Video

Update From Your School Counselors

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Attention Kindergarten Parents--From Your School Counselors

On February 17, 2021, your Kindergartener will be starting a new unit
during Life Skills class. The unit is about protective behaviors. This
until consists of 3 main topics:

Personal Safety. Students will learn important safety rules, such as
safety with guns, sharp tools, and fire, and when riding on bikes or
in cars. They will also learn ways to help them decide if something is
safe or not.

Touching Safety. Students will learn about safe, unsafe, and unwanted
touches, and rules about touching private body parts. They will also
learn to say no to unsafe or unwanted touches, and to tell an adult if
someone breaks rules about touching private body parts.

Assertiveness. These lessons will also give students a chance to
practice asking an adult for help, telling an adult about an unsafe
situation, and being assertive to get out of unsafe situations.

The first two weeks will be spent on Personal Safety, followed by 2
weeks of Touching Safety and then ending with 2 weeks of practicing
and reviewing safety.

If you have any questions or concerns at all, please feel free to
reach out to your child's Lifeskills teacher and school counselor,
Tiffani Schley, at (920)663-9392 or Also, look
for a letter that came home with your child earlier this week on this

Jefferson School Community Resources

Chartwells Food Service

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Parent Support

Our Student Support Leader, Tara Foytik, will be available for YOU to text, email, or Google Meet to address any questions or issues you may be having during blended or virtual learning!

Options to contact Tara Foytik:

Text/Call: (920)323-5736


Free UW-Extension Positive Parenting Program

These Positive Parenting Program (Triple P) seminars will provide parents of children ages 0-12 with a toolbox of strategies to raise confident and healthy children, build strong family relationships, manage misbehavior, and prevent problems from happening in the first place.

Participate virtually from the comfort of your own home and walk away with more knowledge and confidence as a parent! Attend one, two, or all three of the seminars at no cost to you.

Raising Confident, Competent Children Tuesday, February 16 – 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.

Raising Resilient Children Tuesday, February 23 – 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.

Register at:

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Student Web Help Ticket

Click here if your child's Chromebook is not working properly and you need help.

Check Out Library Books

Learn how to log in, search, place books on holds for materials pick-up, and read ebooks on Destiny Discover.

Covid-19 Reporting Form

If you or someone in your family is having symptoms or has tested positive for COVID-19 please fill out the COVID-19 Reporting Form.


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Join our Facebook Page

We would love to have you 'like' our Jefferson Elementary School Facebook page and our Jefferson PTO Facebook page. We post photos of our students engaging in learning, important announcements, links to community events for families, and so much more. It is a great way to stay connected to all things happening at Jefferson!
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No School-Monday, January 25th

Monday is a Staff Development Day for all MPSD staff.

A Message From the Principal

We are so excited for many of our students to return to our building starting on Tuesday, January 26th for our blended learning model! All families should have received a letter in the mail this week with important information on the model chosen for your child(ren). If you have any questions, please feel free to call our Jefferson office from 7:45 am-3:00 pm.


Please save the date for Jefferson School Picture Day! Pictures will take place for both blended and virtual learners on Tuesday, February 23rd. Blended students will have their photo taken while at school in the AM or PM session. Virtual learners will need to sign up for a photo slot between 11:30 AM-1:00 PM on our virtual sign-up form: Jefferson Virtual Student Picture Day.

Picture Day Covid Changes:

On Picture Day, students and staff that have their picture taken will no longer receive an order form. They will receive a sheet of paper with their proof options printed on it providing instructions for them to order online. Again, this is strictly in an effort to eliminate paper exchanging hands between households, schools, and our lab. If parents are unable to order online, we will provide them information to call our studio for alternative ordering options.

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