Jackson Jottings

February 2019, Volume 5

February Calendar at a Glance

  • 4th - Report Cards Sent Home
  • 5th, 7th, and 11th - Conferences (3:15p-7:00p each night, please sign up for a time)
  • 8th - 1st Grade Music Program ("The Day the Crayons Quit"), 2:00p
  • 14th - Valentine's Day Parties in the Classrooms
  • 14th - End Date for Jump Rope for Heart
  • 15th - NO SCHOOL
  • 18th - NO SCHOOL
  • 19th - PTO Meeting (Grant Meeting, all are welcome), 6:30p
  • 25th-27th - Marco's Pizza Fundraiser Nights


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?

Our volunteers are Jackson have been working very hard all over our building and at home. Many projects are being completed in the workroom, in grade level clusters, teachers classrooms and also chaperoning many field trips to the nature center this winter. We want to say THANK YOU to all of our amazing Jackson volunteers. We could not do it with out all of your help. So far this year we have 377 approved volunteers who have put in countless hours. We greatly appreciate all of you!!!

Jennifer Klecker

Jackson Volunteer Site Coordinator



Nurse Notes by Nurse Andrea

Are Your Kids Getting Enough Sleep?

Parents are responsible for a list of things to ensure their kids stay healthy. And at times, that list can seem huge and overwhelming; eat healthy foods, get some exercise, limit screen time, get to bed on time while getting homework done, etc. So sometimes, the importance of sleep is at the bottom of the list. We all NEED sleep, but why? And how much do our kids need?

Why Do We Need Sleep?

Sleep provides an opportunity for the body to repair and rejuvenate itself. These hours of rest help us to revive energy, maintain chemical balances to create better moods, stabilize chemical imbalances, and even ensure that the body is working at its best capabilities to ward off disease. Not getting enough sleep weakens your immune system and increases our risk of getting sick. Kids that don't get enough sleep possibly won't grow as well, because sleep helps us regulate all of our hormones, including the growth hormone. Also when we are sleep deprived, we may feel MORE hungry and crave sugar.

What Happens If I Skip A Few Nights Of Sleep?

Skipping 1 night's sleep makes a person cranky and clumsy. After missing 2 nights of sleep, a person will have problems thinking and doing things; his or her brain ad body can't do their norma tasks nearly as well. After 5 nights without sleep, a person will hallucinate (this means seeing things that are not really there). Eventually, it becomes impossible for the brain to give its direction to the rest of the body without sleep.

How Would This Affect My Child At School?

A school assignment that is normally easy may feel impossible, or they may feel clumsy and easily frustrated while playing a sport or instrument. Researchers found that our ability to think quickly and clearly, solve math problems, remember details, and perform some physical tasks are diminished when we're sleep deprived. Poor or inadequate sleep can lead to mood swings, behavioral problems such as hyperactivity and cognitive problems that impact your child's ability to learn in school.

How Much Sleep Does My Child Need?

Most kids between the ages of 5 and 12 years old need 9.5 to 11 hours of uninterrupted sleep a night to leave their bodies and minds rejuvenated for the next day. If sleep is cut short, they wake up less prepared to concentrate, make decisions, or engage fully in school and social activities. Kids 13-18 years old need at least 8.5 hours of sleep and on average 9.5 hours of sleep.

What Can I Do To Help My Child Sleep?

Get organized for the next day before going to bed. If their lunch is packed and their backpack is ready to go, you can rest easy and you don't have to rush around in the morning. Don't have a TV in the bedroom. Research shows that kids who have one in their room sleep less and the light from the TV can stimulate the brain. In fact, turning of the TV, cell phones, and video games 60 minutes before bed will help quiet the brain and get it ready for bed. Create a relaxing routine. Follow the same bedtime routine each night, such as taking a warm shower, listening to music, or reading. Doing this can get their body and mind ready for a peaceful night's sleep. Limit foods and drinks that contain caffeine. These foods include chocolate and pop. And ask your doctor if your child would benefit from taking Melatonin. Melatonin is a hormone made in a small gland in the brain, the pineal gland. Melatonin helps control your sleep and wake cycles. It's a supplement that can be taken orally at night and may help someone feel sleepy. But always discuss this with your doctor first.

WANTED: Clothes for the Nurse's Office

We are currently in need of boys underwear (all sizes) and girls pants (smaller sizes). If you have new or clean and gently used of either of these we would love to take them off of your hands. Please bring them to the nurse's office, thank you in advance!

If you ever have any heath questions or need anything from the nurse please do not hesitate to call (952-496-5804) or email (arichard@shakopee.k12.mn.us).

Art Lines from Mr. Olson

Greetings from the Art Department!

Considering our latest weather, it is a great time to stay in and get creative with art! The kindergarteners have brought their clay pots home and are now focusing on how they can use patterns, of lines, shapes, and colors in their artwork. Our first graders have learned about the 8 great lines (vertical, horizontal, diagonal, wavy, zigzag, spiral, dotted, and dashed). They have been making some abstract art using these lines. They have also learned about the horizon line. The second graders have finished their clay coil pots and have taken them home. They have also finish working on their complimentary colors painting(Green-Red, Violet-Yellow, Blue-Orange). The third graders are working on their clay faces. The faces will be on display outside the art room during our upcoming conferences and will then be sent home.

We are kicking off 3rd quarter with the fourth graders finishing their clay creatures and animals. And, the fifth graders are beginning their clay projects now as well! They are creating a clay container using the techniques they have learned previously in grades K-4. The fourth and fifth grade projects will also be on display in the upper hallway when they are finished! This is a fun time of year but many students are forgetting to wear art shirts! Please help us remind your students to wear their art shirt!

P.S. Literacy and Beyond Night will be Thursday, May 2nd!!! Please mark your calendars. This is a great night to celebrate all of our students writing and art! I hope to see you there!

Mr. Olson


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Music Department "Notes"


  • Friday, February 1st - 4th grade field trip to Shakopee High school to hear the Jack Brass Band perform

  • Friday, February 1st at 7:00p.m. Optional - All 3rdgraders have the opportunity to sing the National Anthem at the Boys Basketball Game against the Prior Lake Lakers. Go Sabers!

  • Friday, February 8th - 1st grade Music Program, ”The Day the Crayon’s Quit” at 2:00 pm in the Jackson Gymnasium

  • Wednesday, March 6th - 3rd grade field trip to downtown Minneapolis Orchestra Hall to see world famous Minnesota Orchestra perform, "Carnival of the Animals"

  • Friday, March 22nd - Kindergarten Music program, “Going to the Zoo!” at 2:00p.m. in the Jackson Gymnasium'

  • Friday, April 26th - 4th grade Music program, “Minnesota Musicians” at 2:00p.m. in the Jackson Gymnasium

  • Monday, May 13th - 5th grade Band and Non-Band Music Program at 6:30p.m. in the Jackson Gymnasium

  • Wednesday, June 5th - Jackson Talent Show at 1:30 in the Jackson Gymnasium

A HUGE THANK YOU to SEEF (Shakopee Educational Endowment Fund) for the

money granted to purchase 40 ukulele’s for the Music Department at Jackson!

We are thrilled and excited to use them during 4th quarter with our 5th graders as we

learn about Jazz music!

By: Mrs. Flatness and Ms. Lund


By: Mrs Beckler


Hello! 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!

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

We finished an exciting unit of basketball a few weeks ago. Students at Jackson Elementary School learned various basketball skills such as: passing, shooting and dribbling the ball. We also learned how to play recreational games such as: Lightning, 21, Around the World, and H.O.R.S.E. Have your child take you outside and teach you one of these fun games. Anybody can do it.

We are just wrapping up our Floor Hockey unit. This is probably the most popular unit at Jackson Elementary. Students learned: passing, shooting, stick handling and rules of the game. Students were divided up into teams and played tournament games of hockey. It is a fun and exciting unit. The best is that they have lots of fun and everybody gets great exercise. They will sleep well on the days they come to gym and play hockey.

With February being National Heart Awareness Month it is also a great time to be active in KIDS HEART CHALLENGE (formerly known as jump rope for heart)!!We will be raising money for the American Heart Association. Please consider finding out if your business/ workplace has a matching program. Many companies do match funds raised. Creating your student an online account has proven to be the most streamlined approach to raising funds as well. A simple loading of a few family/friend emails and your student is off to the fundraising races. We enjoy taking this opportunity to teach students about the importance of taking care of their heart and how to do so. The American Heart Association provides us with many great resources and have done so much for so many people. We are always happy to partner with them. Jumping rope is a great way to improve cardiovascular fitness, help with weight loss, support developing muscle tone and it is fun!! We had so many HEART HEROES last year at Jackson. Let’s keep that tradition going this year too!!

Last but not least our team building and cup-stacking/jump rope unit will also take place in February. This sport is becoming increasingly more popular in physical education since it increases eye hand coordination, right and left-brain activation, as well as bilateral coordination. Try racing your child one time and you will see just how fast they are!

If you have any questions feel free to call or stop by and visit our physical education class. The door is always open and parents are always welcome.

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!

Overdue notices for library books will be given to teachers for conferences and you will receive one then if your child(ren) have any overdue books. If you think you are getting the notice in error just contact us and we will figure it out. Thank you !

There is no news from Media Class for this month but please feel free to email if you have any questions or concerns. Have a great month of February!

By: Dianne Kersteter (Media Specialist)


Natalie Weatherman (Digital Learning Coach)



Hello Jackson Families!

What a great start to 2018 we have had! The School Dance was a great success and such a fun event for our Jackson community! A big thank you to our dance committee they always do such a great job and it is always so much fun seeing the kids having a such great time together.

Our upcoming events

● Our PTO meeting will be held at Muddy Cow on February 19 at 6:00.

Marco’s Pizza Box Night's once again. Remember this is a multi-night event and will be held on Monday 2/25, Tuesday 2/28, Wednesday 2/29.

● Movie Night will be on March 1 from 6:30-8:30

Watch your students folder for more information. 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

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