Jackson's Weekly Staff Newsletter




PBIS Meeting 7:35

Field Trip for 5th Grade Young Scholars to The Works Museum 9:45-2:30


BLT Meeting 7:30

Field Trip for 4th Grade Young Scholars to The Works Museum 9:45-2:30

No Activities Scheduled 6:00-8:00



Field Trip for Scott and Reiersgord to MN Valley Wildlife Refuge 8:45-11:30


I-Team Meeting 7:30

All School Movie Night 6:00-8:00


9 PTO Meeting (Board Only) 6:30-8:00

10 Staff Meeting 7:30 (Gifford Cluster)

No Activities Scheduled 6:00-8:00

11 Field Trip for 3d Grade Young Scholars to Red Oak for Robotics Fun 9:45-11:00

12 Soccer players to assist in lunchroom 11-12:45

13 I-Team Meeting 7:30

Kindergarten Music Program 2:00

17 BLT Meeting 7:30

18 3rd Grade Field Trip to Orchestra Hall 10:30-12:30

PBIS Meeting 2:30

20 I-Team Meeting 7:30

Parent Input Forms Due

Young Author's Conference (preselected 4th & 5th Grade/Angell). 8:30-3:10

21 All District Band Concert/HS 4:00

22 PTO Fundraiser, Bingo at O'Brien's 2:30-4:30

24 Professional Development 7:30 (Gifford Cluster)

25 Doughnuts withe Principal 8:35

4th Grade Assembly 8:35-9:00

Staff Potluck

26 3rd Quarter Ends

Two Hour Early Release Day

27 NO SCHOOL - Teacher Planning Day

30-31 NO SCHOOL - Spring Break


1-3 NO SCHOOL - Spring Break

6 PBIS Meeting 7:35

All School Bingo 2:00-2:45

7 BLT Meeting 7:30

First Grade to Shakopee Celebrates Reading/HS 12:30-1:30

8 Spring Picture Day (only those who bring forms in)

10 I-Team Meeting 7:30

13 Send Report Cards Home

PTO Meeting (Parent/Board/Grants/Voting) 6:30-8

14 Staff Meeting 7:30 (Gifford Cluster)

15 PBIS Meeting 2:30

16 Severe Weather Drill 1:45

17 I-Team Meeting 7:30

4th Grade Music Program 2:00

21 BLT Meeting 7:30

23 Kindergarten Round-Up Night 5-6:30

24 I-Team Meeting 7:30

27 Youth Teaching Youth to 4th Grade 1:30-2:30

28 Professional Development 7:30 (Gifford Cluster)

Kindergarten Round-Up 5-6:30

30 Doughnuts with the Principal 8:35


1 NO SCHOOL (E-5 Off/6-12 Staff Dev Day)

4 PBIS Meeting 7:35

4-8 Staff Appreciation Week

Youth Teaching Youth to 4th Grade 1:30-2:30

5 Staff Dev Meeting 7:30 (was BLT, but changed to Staff Dev on 2/10/20)

6 National Bike/Walk to School 7:50-7:55 (if inclement weather it will NOT be rescheduled)

7 Literacy and Beyond Night 5-7:00

8 I-Team Meeting 7:30

4th Grade Assembly 8:35-9:00

10 Twins Game 1:10/PTO Event (Kansas City Royals)

11 Youth Teaching Youth to 4th Grade 1:30-2:30

PTO Meeting (Board ONLY) 6:30-8

5th Grade Music Program 6:30

12 BLT Meeting 7:30 (was Staff Dev, but changed to BLT 2/10/20)

Field Trip for 4th Grade to Faribault Energy Park, 10:00a-2:45p

15 I-Team Meeting 7:30

18 1st Grade Track and Field 9-1:15

K Track and Field 12-2:15

19 BLT Meeting 7:30

2nd Grade Track and Field

20 PBIS Meeting 2:30

3rd Grade Track and Field

21 4th Grade Track and Field

22 I-Team Meeting 7:30

5th Grade Track and Field

25 NO SCHOOL (Memorial Day)

26 Professional Development 7:30 (Gifford Cluster)

27 All School Assembly (tentative time 2:00)

29 I-Team Meeting 7:30

Doughnuts with the Principal 8:35

1st Grade Field Trip to the MN Zoo 8:35-2:40


1 PBIS Meeting 7:35

2 BLT Meeting 7:30

Yearbook Signing 2:15-2:45

3 4th Grade Assembly 8:35-9:00

All School Picnic

Talent Show 1:30

4 Last day of School

Staff End of Year Party

5 Teacher Work Day

6 Graduation

15 Send Report Cards Home


*Nurse Andrea - thank you for always helping out whenever needed and for your thoughtfulness in getting me a lunch. I really appreciate it!!

*Amanda L., Thank you for the surprise lunch.......it blessed me and was so appreciated!! THANK YOU, it was just what I needed that day!

*Thank you, Rhonda, for providing extra snacks in our classroom!

*Thank you Jenny for covering my class while I was gone earlier this week! It was much appreciated to not get behind ☺

*THANK YOU Hengel for thinking of me and grabbing me a pen #itsthesmallthings

*Angell thank you for supplying me with book copies!

*Schleper thank you for thinking about me and being a great realtor!

*4th grade, THANK YOU for buying me SUBWAY!

*Sari, thank you for the advice on healthy snacks……PISTACHIOS are now my favorite

*Thank you to Sandy, Kevin, Kaitlyn, Ben, and Amy, for volunteering at Marco’s this week! PTO appreciates you guys! Thanks to Jackson Staff for making this whole thing possible. Wendy, your communication between Marco’s, staff and parents was fantastic!

P.S. We are the most organized school according to Marco’s!

*Thank you to Ben and Amy—our Union Reps—for the yummy donuts and coffee. Much appreciated. A great way to end the week.

*Thank you to Specialists for the delicious breakfast and conversation. A great way to start the week!

*Thank you Dan for making a Thank You sign for Marco’s!

*Thank you to 1st grade for letting me use 2 tables from the Thole cluster in my room for the remainder of the year. The 2 table arrangement is much better for my group than the kidney table.

*Thank you Charlotte for the unexpected treat. It was so kind of you to think of me and much needed. THANK YOUThank you, SpEd team for baking items/bringing food to Stephanie’s mini baby shower! Very much appreciated! You are such a great/giving crew!!

*Thank you, EL/Specialists for bringing in tasty treats on Monday morning! Nice way to start the week!!

*Thank you, John Bauman for searching and finding the perfect table for our lunch buddies in the cafeteria! We will now have more eager students to eat at that table! You are the best!!

*Thank you everyone for helping with PEACEFUL BUS!!

*Pete, I am glad you are back and on the mend!!

*Charlotte Leonard, thank you for the kind ‘emotional support’ chocolate surprise, you are always so generous and thoughtful!!

*Kathy Clarke, thank you for your thorough communication regarding attendance!

**Thank you, Patty, for working with our grade level to make it a great day of learning for kids!

*Thank you, Heather, for helping me with a student!

*Thank you, Natalie, for helping us with our breakout box lesson!

*Thank you, Chris, for all you have done for Jackson. You’re amazing!

*Thank you, Kevin, for helping with one of my students to get her calmed down after peaceful bus!

*Thanks Amy R. & Kaitlin for your understanding with some afternoon challenges this week

*Thank you Rhonda for the cereal bars for the classroom

*Thank you Kaitlin for the kolaches

*Thanks Kira, Megan and Alex for working together to get the coffee cart started

*Thanks Pete for your support working through a few situations this week

*Thanks Wendy P. for making our ‘advertisement’ in the Jackson Journal happen

*THANK YOU to Steph Blad for bringing my things in on a cart while I parked my car!!!

*Thank you Kevin for listening to the results of our survey and modeling the PLC with the staff. That was very helpful.

*Thank you Steph Blad for coaching me these past few weeks. The story element piece was mind blowing! Also, thank you for some of your “super nanny” strategies! I appreciate the advice and assistance! You are welcome any day and all day in my room!

*Thank you SO MUCH Patty! You helped cover first grade AND second grade. I am not sure if you were able to eat a lunch or have any down time. Just wanted you to know we APPRECIATE you!

*Thank you Chris W for sharing all your expertise with us! We will truly missy you! You must come back now and then! Seriously though, congrats!

*Thank you PTO for approving so many grants for the teachers! We appreciate it!

*Thank you Erica Casey for being an amazing teacher rep on the PTO. It does not go unnoticed.

*Thank you Natalie for setting up our Human Body break out boxes again. Thank you for creating a QR Code to a dance video to promote being healthy (if our students can break out)

*Jenny Larsen, thank you for the escort – I could have stayed so much longer. EEK!

*Heather Balk, you are my hero!

*Boumeester, no words. #grateful #mh #hashtag ❤️

*Hengel, you are a super squirrel wrangler! Also, thank you for checking in. ❤️

*Anglin, thank you for organizing the State Project! Thank you for checking in.❤️you

*Drill, you are a wonderful master of ceremonies!

*Schleper, you could be a famous artist! AND it all began in my room! Thanks for the laugh!!

*Kelsey Angell, thank you! Your words/support was just what I needed. Thank you!❤️

*Pete Orchard, your humor is welcome! #jackets

*Rebecca Fobes, thank you for thinking of my children!! We love the puzzles!!!

*Ben Thies, YAY – now I can use symbols in my school e-mails! Thanks for the tip!!

*Thank you, Charlotte, for the treat!

*Thanks to Sandy Boyce for counting out the suckers for Peaceful Bus and distributing them.

*Patty, you’re the BEST!!! Thanks for covering an extra 45 minutes to help us out!!

*Thanks to Jaron Aune for teaching peaceful bus during his PREP!!

*Thanks to Rutter for being a great kinder teacher! Your kids are beaming when they are around you

*Big thanks to Ben and Amy for the delicious breakfast and serving Caribou hot chocolate! What a treat!

*Kevin, thank you for supporting me and following through on discipline for my “tough cookies.”

*Thanks Pete for checking in to see that I had everything covered.

*Char thanks for running a great PLC.

*Jenny, I appreciate you and for always understanding me

*Gendlin, thanks for sharing your VERY tasty chocolate covered almonds.

*Balk thanks for understanding my crazy!

*Wendy, thank you for the smile and the welcome every morning!

*Thanks to the lunch ladies for whispering “the health inspector is here today” when I wanted something from both sides!

*Thank you, Mrs. Masloski for coming to me with a student who was not behaving in the bathroom…taking that extra time is very much appreciated!

*Thanks to Jane for the bus driver thank you cards!

*Erica, thanks for sending reminders about PTO and being our rep

*Sari, thanks for making me a cup of joe and putting more than a splash of creamer in it #ilikeitmorelikecappuccino

*Thanks to Dan Olson for bringing in the best Keurig flavor of coffee…seasalt carmel!! YUMMY!!

*Thanks Ms. Jenny for helping kinders with their CVC words!

**Thank you, Evelin for your above and beyond support of our families here at Jackson and in the community ☺

*Thanks, DeAnn for orchestrating a beautiful baby shower for Stephanie St Peter

*Thank you, Kaitlin for your donation to ‘The Good Stuff’

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We are proud to introduce The Good Stuff fulfilling orders every Friday morning. Thank you for your interest and support.

Beverage Choices:

Medium Roast

Light Roast

Hot Chocolate

Earl Grey Tea

Green Tea

Add Ins: Please denote how many of each you need


Sweet n’ Low


Half & Half

French Vanilla creamer


Payment options:

Cash/Change upon delivery .75¢

Prepaid punch card for 10 beverages $7.50

[We will only be accepting Cash & Change to facilitate financial/life skills lessons]

Order forms will be in a basket on a cart in the staff lounge. If you prefer a disposable cup place your form in the green basket on the cart. If you are willing to use a personal mug please leave your mug w/ the completed order form in your cup and leave cup/order form on the cart.

We have a delivery route planned and patience will be appreciated.

If you have any questions or suggestions please reach out to Bristol. Kira, Megan or Alex.

Again, we appreciate your support while we work through the start up. Staff not located within a cluster would be encouraged to pick up their beverages from the case manager's classroom. Pick up March 6th will be in Evasco's room #110.


Thoughts About Using Seesaw in Your Class

Thought #1: Are your students creators or consumers?

Seesaw allows our students to be the creators, developers, and designers of work to share their learning. Instead of consuming content that was created for them, our students create the content. They are digging into higher-order thinking to share what they know.

  • In this video, you will find brief examples of how students can become creators to show learning.

Thought #2: Seesaw doesn't have to just be for students to create or organize their thinking. Have you ever thought to use Seesaw to create and track your reading groups? This Prior Lake teacher did and is sharing it with you.

  • Click here to see it in action.
  • Click here to bring it into your classroom.

Thought #3: Seesaw for Accountability

During Read-to-Self time, students who are reading longer books can track what they are reading by snapping a photo of an important pages in the text, draw a photo of that scene, then record a quick audio recording of why that scene is important to remember.

  • Click here to bring this activity into your classroom.


3/1 Mandy Knutson

3/4 Kaitlin Wermerskirchen

3/17 Mary Ellen Sandberg

3/22 Dena Gregor

3/25 Becky Keller

3/26 Amy Scott

3/26 Ben Thies

3/31 Krissy Luce

4/2 Sarah Reiersgord

4/4 Wendy Derhaag

4/5 Belle LaBarre

4/5 Jen Ulrich

4/6 Lori Proehl

4/8 Faye Hames

4/11 Jen Klecker

4/13 Barbi Studtmann

4/18 Heather Broden

4/18 Tammy Haugen

4/23 Tammy Youngvorst

4/25 Kristen Hengel

4/25 Kira Johanson

4/27 Heather Balk

4/27 Bill Folz

4/28 Joshua Miller

5/2 Amy Cole

5/2 Megan Henke

5/7 Emma Baer

5/8 Jen Rothstein

5/10 Jessica Hentges

5/12 Jodi Koci

5/25 Alex Fischer

5/29 Rhonda Yeiter

5/31 Kelly Voigt

4/6 Vatoua Yang

6/6 Jaron Aune

6/16 Jenny Larsen

6/19 Julia Perez

6/22 Kirk Rosholt

6/25 Andrea Richards

6/26 Martie Anglin

6/30 Jen Bieniek

7/4 Dan Koeniig

7/5 Nicole Barrett

7/12 Ann Van Brocklin

7/14 Julie Lund

7/19 DeAnn Gendlin

7/23 Bristol Evasco

7/30 Evelin Hernandez Morales

8/6 Erica Casey

8/8 Steph Blad

8/10 Becky Fisher

8/11 Kristi Schleper

8/17 Aimee Riley

8/20 John Bauman

8/21 Patty Moening

8/21 Becky Bernard

8/22 Rebecca Fobes

8/23 Stephanie St. Peter

7/23 Anne Braun