Jackson Newsletter


Dear Jackson Families,

Happy New Year!

We are excited to welcome back our jaguars for second semester. We know 2022 will be a great year for learning and collaborating with families. With your partnership, students will continue to grow academically and make positive choices at school. We need your support to encourage your child to complete the weekly OPS digital resource assignments, learning math facts, and reading for enjoyment at home.

As we return to the building, health and safety is our focus. Do not send your child to school if they are sick. Please remind your student about safety, the importance of wearing their face covering correctly, and giving others space.

Thank you to Mr. Geraghty and the staff for a wonderful winter program. It was so wonderful to welcome our families to the building to enjoy and see our students perform for you! Check out the pictures on Facebook.

This month your students will take part in district growth assessments. K-6 MAP assessments will be administered in English Reading and English Math. 3-6 will also be assessed in Science. K-3 students will complete a reading benchmark assessment using Amira. Third grade will also finish the NSCAS Growth Pilot test in reading and math. Students set goals to increase their scores. Please visit with them about their goals and encourage them to do their best each day at school.

Mark your calendars for our Jackson Family Night on February 3 at 6 pm. Our committee is busy planning a great night for you to engage in activities with your child.

Kindergarten registration is this month. Jackson will host a registration session on January 27 for those who need help with online registration for a future kindergarten student for 2022-2023. See more information below.

As the cooler weather arrives, be sure your student dresses for the weather. We go outside for recess everyday unless it is raining, snowing, high winds, or feels like 20 degrees or colder.

Reach out to our counselor or social worker to help support your family with winter needs.

As more snow and colder weather arrives, please be patient with our arrival and dismissal procedures. Do not pull into the bus area if the cones are reserving the south part of the bus lane.

School Hours:

8:35 am Breakfast doors open - Grab-n-Go breakfast in the classroom

8:45 am Arrival for students not eating breakfast

8:50 am K-6 School Begins

8:50 am Early Childhood / Pre-K Arrival

3:55 pm Early Childhood / Pre-K Dismissal

4:00 pm Kindergarten Dismissal; Buses load

4:05 pm 1-6 Dismissal

Do not send your child to school before 8:35 am. There is not proper supervision.

Please call or email if you have any questions, 531-299-1620. Please let us know if we can connect you to resources to support your family. We are here to help.


Suzanne Hagen



Important Dates


  • 5 - School Resumes
  • 17 - No School - MLK Day
  • 20 - PTO Meeting, 5:30 pm, Jackson Library
  • 21 - No Early Childhood / PK Classes


  • 3 - Family Night, 6:00 pm
  • 3 - Progress Reports Sent Home
  • 4 - No School - Teacher Curriculum Day
  • 9 - Class Picture Day in am
  • 11 - No Early Childhood / PK Classes
  • 14 - Valentine's Day Parties
  • 21 - No School - President's Day


  • 2 or 3 - Conferences
  • 3 & 4 - No School
  • 11 - Report Cards Sent Home
  • 14 - 18 - No School - Spring Break

Items to Bring to School

  • Wear a clean face covering
  • Bring the iPad fully charged and charging cord
  • Refillable water bottle - Water Only
  • Backpack (check each evening)
  • Extra face covering in backpack

*Do NOT allow your child to bring toys, cards, junk food, or non-school related items

Cycle Day Calendar

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Jackson Kindergarten Registration and Parent Meeting

Please spread the word! It is time to register for the 2022 -2023 class of kindergarten.

Jackson will host an informational session for prospective kindergarten families on January 27 at 2 pm and assist with online registration. If you are currently a Jackson family, you do not need to attend unless you need help with online registration or uploading required documents. Be sure to select Jackson as your first choice on the school selection screen. There will be a class visit in April for registered families.

Please enter through the gym / alley door on the west side of the building to attend.

Click on the link to get started with online registration: https://www.ops.org/Page/563

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Health and Safety

Health and safety remain our priority. To assist us with our effort in keeping students, staff and families safe, we are asking you to conduct a daily health screening on your child(ren) every day prior to sending them to school. Please assess and/or ask your child(ren) the following screening questions before sending them to school.

Does your child have one of the following?

  • New cough
  • New onset of shortness of breath
  • New loss of taste or smell

Does your child have two or more of the following?
  • Fever of 100.4 or greater
  • Chills
  • Muscle aches
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • Nausea, vomiting or diarrhea

If you answer yes to the above questions, please do not send your child to school. Instead:
  • Notify the school of your child's absence
  • Contact your child's health care provider
  • Get your child tested for COVID-19
  • Do not send your child to school until they have a negative test result or have been cleared by their health care provider

For information on testing sites, contact the Douglas County Health Department at 402-444- 3400 or https://www.douglascountyhealth.com/109-covid-19/773-where-to-get-tested

Wellness Tip of the Month

Be Active and Eat a Variety of Fruits and Vegetables

Keep your children healthy. Kids need 60 minutes of physical activity everyday. Set limits on passive screen time and non-healthy foods. Designate a time of the day when there are no electronics - and stick to it. Did you know that children should have 4-5 servings of fruits and vegetables every day? Eat a variety of colors too! Each color of fruits and vegetables contains different vitamins and minerals that are good for growth and development. Help us; help you. Sending students ready for school helps us; help them to be ready for learning each day.

Message from the Counselor & Social Worker

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To help with strong feelings, don’t forget to encourage your child to use the three-step process.

1. Stop and Pause

2. Name Your Feeling

3. Calm Down (Belly Breath / Count / Positive Self-Talk)

During the month of January, the counselor will be teaching guidance lessons about bullying prevention and calming down strong emotions. Often times there is confusion among students about the difference between bullying and conflict. Conflict is a disagreement that happens when people want different things. The people involved in a conflict have equal power to solve the problem. They are not purposefully trying to hurt each other. This is a two-sided problem meaning that both people have said or done something that was not nice. On the other hand, bullying is unfair and one-sided. It happens when someone keeps hurting, frightening, threatening, or leaving someone out on purpose. We remind students that bullying can be hard for adults to see because it is typically done away from adult eyes. The person doing the bullying does not want to get caught. The only way we may know that bullying is occurring is for the student to report it. Please remind your children to report any bullying behavior to an adult as soon as possible.

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OPS Digital Resources - Jackson Homework - 20 minutes a night

OPS purchased the following programs for students to improve their reading and math skills. Your student is encouraged to complete their digital assignments using the iPad, accessed through Clever. Time is provided at school and also needs to be continued at home.

K: iRead and Zearn (Students who read, also use Amira)

1-2: Amira Reading Tutor (6 stories a week total), iRead, and Zearn Math (3 lessons total a week)

3: Amira Reading Tutor (5 stories a week total), iRead or Lexia, Zearn Math (3 lessons total a week) and MAP Accelerator

4-5: Lexia, Zearn Math (3 lessons total a week), MAP Math Accelerator

6: Lexia Power Up, Zearn Math (3 lessons total a week), MAP Math Accelerator

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Message from the PTO

Next Meeting: January 20, 5:30 pm in the Jackson Library

Interested in Volunteering?

Please use link to complete the volunteer application:


All adults who wish to volunteer on a school campus or chaperone day field trips, and district sponsored activity with students need to complete the application BEFORE volunteering with students or in the building. The required Volunteer Application allows the District and the schools to provide the appropriate level of clearance for school volunteers, protecting our students. Level 3 volunteering requires a background check. We ask that all volunteers are vaccinated and wear a mask in the building.

Omaha Public Schools does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex (including pregnancy), marital status, sexual orientation, disability, age, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, citizenship status, veteran status, political affiliation or economic status in its programs, activities and employment and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The following individual has been designated to accept allegations regarding non-discrimination policies: Superintendent of Schools, 3215 Cuming Street, Omaha, NE 68131 (531-299-9822). The following persons have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: Director for the Office of Equity and Diversity, 3215 Cuming St, Omaha, NE 68131 (531-299-0307).