Jackson eNews

May 31, 2021

Hello Jackson Families!

We want to thank all of our Jackson students and families for making the best of a very unusual school year! Things may never be exactly the same again, but I believe we will all come back even stronger for the 2021-2022 school year!

Last Wednesday, our Jackson 5th graders participated in a virtual graduation ceremony and an indoor photo booth. The Jackson PTA congratulated our new grads with a sign in front of the building--another amazing photo op! On the last day of school, we wished this year's 5th graders farewell and best wishes for the future with a clap-out as they walked the halls for the last time. It was bittersweet, but we know they have a bright future ahead!

If you have or know a student that is a graduating senior this year, and they attended 5th grade at Jackson during the 2013-2014 school year, please let them know about the Jackson Senior Reunion on Tuesday, June 1. For more details, see flyer below.

In this edition of the eNews, we have included information about purchasing prepackaged school supplies for next year through PTA, summer curbside meal services, and other summer activities.

We will begin the 2021-2022 school year on Wednesday, August 11, with some new COVID Safety Protocols (see below) and masks/face coverings will be optional. We will continue to update our families throughout the summer with information about our "Meet the Teacher" event and other back-to-school news.

We hope you all have a safe and relaxing summer!


Kamili Carthledge, Assistant Principal

Jackson Elementary

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Important Dates

June 2021
  • Tuesday, June 1: Senior Reunion, Class of 2021 (Jackson 5th grade class of 2013-14)

August 2021

  • Wednesday, August 11: First day of classes for the 2021-2022 school year!

Click HERE for 2021-22 PISD District Calendar

COVID Health & Safety Protocols Update

On Tuesday, May 18, Governor Greg Abbott issued Executive Order GA-36 prohibiting governmental entities in Texas — including counties, cities, school districts, public health authorities or government officials — from requiring or mandating mask wearing. According to this Executive Order, public schools may continue to follow current mask-wearing guidelines through June 4.

As such, existing COVID Health & Safety Protocols will remain in effect through the end of the 2020-21 school year. Effective June 1, 2021, Plano ISD will implement updated protocols.

Please note the following updates, effective June 1:

  • Masks/face coverings will be optional indoors and outdoors
  • Social distancing will be maintained when feasible
  • Handwashing or use of hand sanitizer will still be expected throughout the day

Individuals should consider their own vaccination status and COVID risk level when deciding whether or not to wear a mask.

COVID vaccines have had a profound effect on lowering our case counts over the past several months. In an effort to ensure that eligible Plano ISD students (ages 12 and up) have access and are given the opportunity to be vaccinated, we are in communication with local hospitals and healthcare providers regarding plans to hold vaccine events. As plans are finalized, additional information will be provided.

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End of the Year Message From Our Jackson PTA

Hello Jackson Jaguars

Wow what a year! Thank you all for the support you have given the PTA for 2020-2021 school year. Because of your support and a very generous donation from a Jackson family, we were able to do the following this year:

*donate planners to all 2nd-5th graders

*provide snacks for the Teachers for Valentines

*provide snacks for students during STAAR testing

*have a Teacher Appreciation Lunch and prizes

*support 5th Grade graduation celebration

and I'm sure I am leaving something out!

We are planning for next year already and can not wait to meet all of you that we missed this year. So look forward to new spirit wear, picnics, fundraisers, and book fair to name a few. It will nice to get back in the school and volunteer.

Speaking of which.....we need a few good volunteers to help us fill our 21-22 PTA board. Positions open...Secretary, VP Fundraising, VP Programs and Events, VP of Volunteers, Parliamentarian...and several chair positions. If you have any interest at all email jacksonpta@gmail.com and we will be happy to provide you with more details.

Visit our website www.jacksonpta.com and order your yearbook and school supplies too.

Have a great summer and see you soon.

Your Jackson PTA Executive Board

2021-2022 School Supplies

Prepackaged school supplies for the 2021-2022 school year can now be purchased online at www.jacksonpta.com. The packs are grade-level specific and filled with supplies that our Jackson teachers requested. Skip the store crowds and checkout lines--purchase your school supplies through the Jackson PTA! These supplies will be delivered to your student's classroom when school starts in August.

Join Jackson PTA!

We know this school year has been financially and emotionally difficult for many of our families, but that's why it's even more important to support our students by joining the Jackson PTA. The funds raised this year will go a long way to providing field trips and other educational programs for next year. We can't do this without your support!

Please visit our website to become a member of the Jackson PTA, order available school supply packs, or to purchase Jackson spirit wear.

Jackson Spirit Wear Now Available!

We now have spirit wear on the Jackson PTA website! There are adult and child size masks with our Jackson Jaguar logo. You can purchase one for your child and donate one to the school so every Jaguar can have one! Order online at https://www.jacksonpta.com/shop. Let’s show our school spirit Jaguars!!

World Wear Project

You can also support our PTA by bringing any household donations (clothes, shoes, etc.) to the donation bin in the back parking lot. You will be helping our PTA and the environment by recycling!
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Curbside Weekly Meal Bundles Distribution Changes to Summer Schedule

During the summer break, Plano ISD’s Food and Nutritional Services (FANS) Department will continue to offer free weekly meal bundles for children 18 years and younger. However, please note the summer distribution schedule.

Beginning June 1, distribution will be on Tuesdays from 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m. Parents/guardians may pick up meals for their children at any of the following locations:

Meal bundles will consist of seven breakfasts and seven lunches. Food items included in summer meal bundles will need to be stored in the refrigerator or freezer and heated for consumption. Food storage procedures and preparation instructions will be provided with meals. Parents/guardians must review and follow these procedures and instructions to ensure overall food safety and quality.

Anyone picking up meals for children, without the child present, must bring appropriate documentation in the form of a school issued ID, report card, parent portal attendance summary form or birth certificate.

Due to federal guidelines, meals must be picked up during the stated distribution hours.

For more information visit www.pisd.edu/grabandgo.

STAAR and TELPAS Assessment Results

Plano ISD students participated in STAAR and/or TELPAS assessments in April and May of this spring. Starting June 28, you may access STAAR state assessment results, as well as additional information relating to your student’s performance, at http://www.TexasAssessment.com/students. TELPAS results will be available on the State Assessment Portal on July 19, 2021.

To view your student’s results, enter your student’s date of birth and the unique Portal Access Code. You can look up the Unique Access Code from this website using the Social Security Number or from the Plano ISD Parent Portal.

STAAR and TELPAS results can also be accessed on the PISD Parent Portal under the Performance Management section. Click on the Student Name to view a PDF report that includes assessment results.

En español

Su estudiante participó en las evaluaciones STAAR y/o TELPAS en abril y mayo de esta primavera. Empezando el 28 de junio, puede acceder a los resultados de las evaluaciones estatales STAAR, así como a información adicional relacionada con los resultados de su estudiante, en http://www.TexasAssessment.com/students. Los resultados de TELPAS estarán disponibles en el portal de evaluación del estado el 19 de julio de 2021.

Para ver los resultados de su estudiante, ingrese la fecha de nacimiento de su estudiante y el código de acceso al portal único. Puede buscar el código de acceso único en este sitio web utilizando el número de seguro social o en el Portal para Padres de Plano ISD.

También se puede acceder a los resultados de STAAR y TELPAS en el portal de padres de PISD en la sección de gestión del "Performance Management". Haga clic en el nombre del estudiante para ver un informe en PDF que incluye los resultados de la evaluación.

Plano ISD 2021 Elementary Summer Reading Lists

This list, compiled by PISD's Learning Media Services, includes suggested authors and titles to assist parents in choosing books that reflect their child’s reading level, interests, and family values.

Many reading levels appear among students in the same grade. These suggestions include concept books, pre-primers and primers for developing readers, picture books enjoyed by a wide audience, series for developing readers, chapter books suitable for more advanced readers, and books to encourage a variety of nonfiction interests.

Book lists with current popular titles are also widely available on the Internet. Check these sites for titles that may interest your student:

2021 Elementary Summer Reading Lists

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PASAR Summer Care Program for Virtual Summer School Students

If your child is attending a virtual summer school program, you have the opportunity to enroll them in PASAR’s Summer Care program.

Students can attend virtual learning in a supervised classroom during the morning hours and then attend PASAR child care after lunch in the afternoon. Full weekly tuition for PASAR is required.

A minimum of 15 virtual students is required to offer the supervised virtual learning. Otherwise, families will be notified by May 23 if the minimum is not met and care cannot be provided.

Only 150 spots are available for PASAR’s Summer Care program, which runs from June 7 through July 30, and will be held at Thomas Elementary and Christie Elementary. The program is for students in preK-fifth grade. Enroll today. If you have questions regarding summer school, visit Plano ISD’s summer school webpage.

Each student who is enrolled in PASAR’s Summer Care should bring two snacks, a sack lunch that does not require heating or refrigeration, and a labeled disposable water bottle.

2021 Plano ISD Back-to-School Fair

Mark your calendars for the 2021 Plano ISD Back-to-School Fair! This year's fair is scheduled for the following date and location:

August 3, 2021

10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.(While supplies last)

Clark Stadium

These free community events provide Plano ISD students and their families with back-to-school resources and essentials necessary to be equipped for a successful school year such as school supplies and non-perishable food items.

Mobile Drive-Thru "No Contact" Distribution (while supplies last)

Families will receive:

  • Backpacks filled with schools supplies for each student present
  • Box of non-perishable food

*Must show proof of student enrollment


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Plano Public Library Summer Learning Kick-off - June 2-5, 2021

Learn about programs and pick up a Summer Learning kickoff bag full of fun things including bubbles to blow, a fan to keep cool, a reading log and activity sheet to get you started; available at all five libraries while supplies last.

Reading is an important part of Summer Learning! This year, our goal is your goal. Come up with the number of minutes you want to read this summer, and keep track using our reading log. Once you complete your reading logs, you can fill out our online form for a personalized certificate. Check our blog, PlanoLibraryLearns for great reading recommendations.

Discover something new with workshops and activities all summer long!

All ages:

· Discover Mars and join us for Solar Viewing with NASA Ambassador Les Murray

· Take It & Make It STEAM Connections held weekly

· STEAM Kits: hands-on activities explore science, music, art, engineering, money and more!

Tweens & Teens:

· Learn the basics of coding and circuits – a 5-session program for kids age 11-13

· Virtual Fan Fest, a Teen Street Team event

Teens & Adults:

· Coding Camp: Design a Video Game using Unity – 4 day program for teens and adults

· Safety programs from Plano Police officer Chris Bianez

· Gain perspective on financial choices

· Prepare to start a small business

Explore the library this summer with guided activities. Learn more about your local library and all the available resources for summer fun and learning. Complete activities focused on family or teen/adult learning (or both!). Then fill out our online form for a certificate of completion.

Learn more on our website or subscribe to our eNewsletter, Check it Out!

Hope to see you at the library!

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