Jackson Jottings

March 2019, Volume 6

March Calendar at a Glance

  • 1st - All School Movie Night (put on by PTO), the movie is Small Foot, 6:30-8:30
  • 7th & 8th - All School Dental Screenings, contact the nurse if you have any questions
  • 13th - 2 Hour Early Release Day
  • 24th - AirMaxx Fundrasier Day (put on by PTO), more information will be coming home
  • 28th - 3rd Quarter Ends
  • 29th-April 5th - NO SCHOOL, Spring Break


Have extra mittens, gloves, and snow pants laying around at home? We would love your donation to our school. We are in desperate need of larger sized gloves/mittens and smaller sized snow pants. We will take new or gently used donations.

Thank you in advance for your generosity!


Please drop off your kids by the lower area stop sign in the upper lot. For the safety of all of our students, please remain in the line of cars and let children out of the right side of the car onto the sidewalk. If you part in the lot, please walk your children across the driveway to the sidewalk. Students should not be walking from the parking lot through the crosswalk unaccompanied. Please do not drop off before 8:10 AM. Thank you!

Would you like to be a volunteer?

Jackson Volunteers are Amazing! I would like to say Thank You to all of our amazing Jackson volunteers. You are all so generous with your time and talents. Whenever a call goes out to help with a field trip, to come in and complete a project, take a project home, or help a teacher there is always someone willing to step up and be here for all of us. We truly do appreciate all of our wonderful volunteers no matter how big or small the task. Reminder if you plan to volunteer for a field trip or in the classroom at any time this year, please make sure have filled out your volunteer information in our HelpCounter link. You can find it on our Jackson home page under volunteer opportunities. Thanks!

Jennifer Klecker

Jackson Volunteer Site Coordinator



Nurse Notes by Nurse Andrea

Common Cold versus the Flu

It can be tricky to distinguish a cold from the flu, particularly in the beginning stages. Both illnesses are likely to begin with a sore throat, followed by nasal congestion, body aches, cough and a general feeling of unwellness. Though similar, these symptoms with the flu are often more serious than those that accompany a cold.

Cold symptoms tend to come on somewhat gradually, while flu sufferers often report being hit with multiple symptoms all at once:

· Body aches are more severe with the flu.

· Fever is a good clinical indicator of cold versus the flu; colds rarely cause a fever over 101 degrees, but the flu can result in a much higher, sustained fever.

· Colds run their course in about a week, but the flu symptoms can persist for two weeks or more.

Both the flu and a common cold can be prevented by practicing good handwashing and keeping surfaces disinfected to stop the spread of germs. Also avoid touching your face during flu season.

Over-the-counter decongestants, pain relievers and fever reducers treat uncomfortable symptoms in both a cold and the flu, though caution should be exercised in young children, and all dosage instructions should be followed completely. If you’re unsure how much you should give your child, talk to your doctor.

For most cases of a common cold or the flu, lots of rest and plenty of fluids are the most common remedies. In severe cases of the flu, antiviral medications may be prescribed.

(Please see the image below to help visualize the similarities and differences: Source: National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases; designed by RNtoBSN.org.)

Andrea Richards

School Nurse



Big picture

Art Lines from Mr. Olson

Greetings from the Art Department!

I am sure most of you can see the first signs of spring occurring. You can always tell because it’s a little bit lighter out on the way to school and all the clay projects are finished! The third graders have brought their clay faces home. The fourth graders have brought their animals and creatures home as well. They were learning free form clay construction. The fifth graders finished their clay containers as well. I was extremely pleased with the variety of vessels the fifth graders came up with. A lot of personal decisions went into their work. They are on display outside the art room and are coming home soon as well. The second graders have begun working on their 1 point perspective drawing and the first graders finished their form unit by creating a pyramid and a mask! Our Kindergartners have been working with texture and have finished their bear and texture quilt project.

Many grades will be starting their project for


Mark your calendar and all of us here at Jackson hope to see you then!

Mr. Olson


Big picture

Music Department "Notes"


We are excited to showcase our Kindergarten students in their upcoming music program ALL

about animals on Friday, March 22nd from 2:00-2:45p.m. Music program will be held in the

Jackson Gymnasium (if you plan on taking your child home after the program, please let your classroom teacher know ahead of time).

All students will be provided a simple costume from school to represent their animal in the

program. We are asking that each student provide their own color t-shirt to wear that

coordinates with their class animal. Jeans, pants or a skirt is fine as a bottom.

Please have your child wear the following color t-shirt on the day of the program.

(Rutter and Wermerskirchen’s class attends specials with one of the following classes, please ask classroom teacher if you do not know)

Drill’s Class= white (sheep)

Brock’s Class= brown (turkeys)

Gehlhoff’s Class= yellow or black (bees)

Masloski’s Class= brown, grey or black (dogs)

Thies’s Class= brown or black (bears)


We are very proud of the wonderful 1st grade music program, “The Day the Crayon’s Quit” that

was performed last month! Great job to everyone!

Now we have been honoring music from Africa during Black History month. We’ve sung a call

and response song called, “Che Che Koolay” and played some African drums as well as played a

fun game from Zimbabwe called, “Throw and Catch.”

We are also starting to be creative with many of the opposites in music such as: fast/slow,

high/low, and loud/quiet.


Students continue to work on performing rhythm patterns and recently learned how to compose

their own rhythm pattern on their Ipads in an app called Book Creator. They did a great job.

2nd graders are also learning about the important music word: TEMPO. We are moving and

experience four tempos: largo, moderato, allegro and presto!

We have also been honoring music from Africa during Black History month. We’ve sung a call

and response song called, “Che Che Koolay” and played some African drums as well as played a

fun game from Zimbabwe called, “Throw and Catch.”


Students have been busy learning about the Chinese New Year! We learned a song on the

xylophones to honor this holiday called, “Hang Red Lanterns”. In this song, students were able to

play rhythm patterns that included 16th notes.

Now students are preparing for an amazing field trip to Orchestra Hall in downtown

Minneapolis. On Wednesday, March 6th, we have the honor of hearing the professional

Minnesota Orchestra! This will be fabulous! They will be playing a variety of music including:

“The Carnival of the Animals”, “William Tell Overture”, “Dance of the Little Swans”, “Pictures at

an Exhibition” and “Promenade” by the famous George Gershwin.

3rd graders have been learning about this music, the composers, concert etiquette for this type of performance and reviewing instruments in the orchestra. It’s sure to be a great day!


Students have been experimenting with learning how to improvise on their recorder and doing a

great job!

Students are also continuing to learn more songs on their recorder, such as “Andante” by Mozart, a Chinese folk song, Wayfaring Stranger and Beethoven’s Ode to Joy.

Students will also soon be introduced to songs about Minnesota as we prepare for our upcoming music program called, “Minnesota Musicians.” Music will be focused around our great state!

4th grade MUSIC PROGRAM is Friday April 26th from 2:00-2:45p.m. We look forward to

sharing our music with you then!


Students have been honoring Black History month in February by learning about music from

Africa. We have listened and sang a spiritual called, “Wade in the Water” and learned about

how music gave the slaves hope and also sometimes sent secret messages to each other. We

learned about the song, “Follow the Drinking Gourd” as a code song for the slaves.

In March, we will honor Irish music honor of St. Patrick’s Day by dancing some jigs and learning

a wee bit about Irish music!

5th grade MUSIC PROGRAM will focus on music from around the world and is Monday, May 13th at 6:30p.m. here at Jackson. This music program is part of their 4th quarter grade and is required.

Please feel free to email us if you need anything from us in regards to Music Class here at Jackson!

Mrs. Flatness (sflatness@shakopee.k12.mn.us)

Ms. Lund (jlund@shakopee.k12.mn.us)


By: Mrs Beckler


Our All-District Band Concert will be on Saturday, March 23rd at 4:00pm. This is a great concert and will include all of our district's 5th grade band students as well as the 8th grade bands and Senior High Wind Ensemble. Looking forward to seeing you all there!

The 5th Grade Band Concert is Monday, May 13th at 6:30 here at Jackson! This programs is part of their 4th Quarter grade and is required

Big picture

Physical Education Fun with Mr. Casey, Mrs. Tanberg, and Mrs. Voigt

EXERCISE: Your Heart's Best Medicine

If you love your heart, take it for a walk or a bike ride, swim or hike. Physical activity helps keep the heart strong and healthy. What kind of physical activity best delivers these heart healthy benefits? Here are some insights.


What are heart healthy exercises?


Physical activities that get your heart beating faster than usual and are at intensity that you can sustain are called aerobic exercises - and it's these kinds of exercises that boost heart health. Examples of aerobic exercises include:

  • Brisk Walking
  • Jogging
  • Dancing
  • Rowing
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Using a Treadmill or Elliptical Trainer
  • Jumping Rope
  • Bicycling
  • Stair Climbing
  • Swimming
  • Playing a Fast-Paced Sport (such as soccer or basketball)


How intense does my workout need to be?


The intensity of an exercise is how hard it feels to you. Taking a leisurely stroll on the beach, for instance, would be at an easy intensity for most people. A brisk walk, on the other hand, is characterized as moderate intensity, while running or jogging is considered vigorous intensity. To benefit your heart, you should be working at a moderate or vigorous intensity level.


How do I know my heart is getting an optimal workout?


Experts recommend using the "talk test" to see how hard you are working. If you're exercising at a pace that allows you to talk, but not sing, you're probably exercising at the right intensity level.


How much aerobic exercise so I need each week?


That depends on the intensity of your workout. As a general rule, you should get at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity every week or 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity aerobic activity each week. You may need more physical activity if you're trying to lose weight.

Exercise Cautions:

Almost anyone can do aerobic exercises. However, if you have a chronic medical condition, ask your doctor about the kinds of physical activities that are best of you. You should also consult your doctor before starting a new exercise program. If you:

  • Haven't been physically active in the past, especially if you have risk factors for heart disease
  • Are planning a very vigorous exercise regimen
  • Are middle aged or older
  • Feel dizzy, breathless, or have pain or pressure in your chest, neck, shoulder or arm during or after physical activity.

Mr. Jeff Casy (jcasey@shakopee.k2.mn.us)

Mrs. Susan Tanberg (stanberg@shakopee.k12.mn.us)

Mrs. Kelly Voigt (kvoigt@shakopee.k12.mn.us)

If anyone has some old tennis shoes that they would like to donate to the Physical Education Department it be greatly appreciated. We have students who do not have tennis shoes to wear for physical education and we would like to give them a pair. Please make sure the tennis shoes are clean and free of rips and tears.

Greetings from the Learning Commons!

With such a wonderful group of teachers at Jackson there are always great things happening in the classrooms. Here are a few highlights:

  • In several classrooms, students continue on their coding journey using programs like Sphero EDU, Tynker, and a new web-based program (repl.it) to code in Python.

  • Young Scholar students have been immersed in the engineering and design process. Their final product is being designed in a free, web-based programmed called Tinkercad. Once designs are completed, we will print their designs in the 3D printer in our makerspace.

  • Students interested in completing 3D design at home can work with Mrs. Weatherman to get a Tinkercad account created. Our 3D printer is available for students who choose this at-home learning option. Tinkercad has wonderful building in projects with tutorials to get students started. We recommend this for students starting in Grade 3.


  • Students in 1st grade will experience Breakout EDU March 4th. During a Breakout, students are required to work as a team to solve problems, find clues, and think critically to unlock multiple locks in a specified amount of time. (It is like an escape room. But instead of breaking out of a room, students are trying to break INTO a locked box.) Some Breakouts focus on content skills (math, science, etc.) that students are learning. While others focus the concepts of teamwork, building community, and critical thinking.

Natalie Weatherman (Digital Learning Coach)


By: Dianne Kersteter (Media Specialist)


Big picture


Hello Jackson Families!

What great fun the Marco's Box Nights were. We loved seeing all the art from our Jackson students. Such great imaginations! Thank you to everyone who participated and volunteered. We are looking forward to movie night on March 1st, hopefully you are able to come and enjoy a movie and some popcorn.

Mark you calendars…

● PTO Meeting Monday, April 15th 6:30pm in the Gifford Cluster. We will vote for board positions. Please watch our Facebook page for more about candidates

● We are seeking anyone interested in helping us put together a fabulous staff appreciation week. Please reach out via the Jackson Parents Page in Facebook or at JacksonPTO28@gmail.com

We are excited for the remainder of the school year and hope to connect with you at our next meeting. Remember you can always stay connected through our Jackson Parents Page on Facebook or email me directly at JacksonPTO28@gmail.com.

As always, THANK YOU for your support of our Jackson Community!

Nicole Peters

Jackson Elementary PTO President

Big picture