THE BOBCAT - December 2020


Be respectful

On task and focused

Body and objects are safe

Care for self and others

Always follow directions the first time given

Treat others the way you want to be treated

Speak positive words


Fargo Public Schools Change in Instructional Plan Levels

We will continue with Elementary In-Person Instruction (Level 4) which is four days per week of in-person instruction (Monday-Thursday) and one day of distance learning (Friday). This model allows:

  • Teachers to have preparation and planning time to work with students that are quarantined.
  • Teachers to receive preparation and planning time in a manner that does not increase mixing different classrooms of students during times such as recess and lunch.

Additionally, an hour will be added back to the in-person instruction days to the end of the school day. Drop off times for students will remain 15 minutes prior to the school’s start time. After an evaluation of COVID-19 impacts in Fargo Public Schools in Level 4, FPS will make determinations of when to return to in-person instruction five days per week.

Jefferson Elementary School day will be as follows:

8:05 a.m.-- Students are able to enter the building

8:20 a.m.-- School starts

2:42 p.m.-- School ends

Students will not be able to be in the building until 15 minutes before the bell and will go right to their classroom. Parents will not be allowed to walk their students in the building. We will continue to have staff guiding students in the building and to their classrooms.

Upcoming Events

December 24th - January 1st - No School - Winter Holiday Break

January 4th - Classes Resume

Progress Reports for the First Semester

Dear Parents/Guardians of Fargo Public Schools Elementary Students,

During fall conferences, parents and guardians were able to review and discuss the expectations for academic learning and personal development for your child’s grade level, student progress, and any concerns or questions from you or the teacher. Despite the impact COVID has had on the amount of time we are able to work with your child, we continue to strive for a year’s growth for all students.

Students receive three progress reports each year that are stored as electronic documents in PowerSchool along with other assessments and student records. There are numerous advantages to storing documents like these in PowerSchool over a traditional paper copy only. The electronic version is secure and confidential, easily accessed, environmentally friendly, and is permanently archived.

Click here to login to PowerSchool and view how-to documents or

Students’ progress reports will be posted in the PowerSchool parent portal by 4:30 p.m. Monday, November 30, 2020. If parents/guardians need assistance with accessing or creating a PowerSchool parent account, they should contact their school office.


Missy Eidsness, Associate Superintendent of Elementary

Fargo Public Schools

Notification of Free Meals During Distance Learning

Dear Parent/Guardian:

Due to the increasing need of meals in our district, Nutrition Services has decided to make meals available at your school to any student who chooses to take one. These meals will be available on the last day your child attends school for the week. The meals are intended to be consumed on their remote distance learning days. These meals were originally required to be pre-ordered online. However, to make this process easier on students, teachers, parents, and nutrition staff, we have opted to try this method. If your child has special allergies and accommodations for medical purposes, please continue to fill out the meal form online at this address:


FPS Nutrition Services

Boys and Girls Clubs of Red River Valley at McCormick Park Registration

A registration form for the Boys and Girls Club of the Red River Valley (formerly Charism) will go home the first week of December in the students' "take home folders". Also, a video sharing information about the program will be shared through the classroom teachers Seesaw messages. Please take a moment to fill out the registration if your child is interested.

North Dakota Insights State Accountability Report

Written Notification of School Accountability Report

Dear Parent/Guardian,

North Dakota’s Insights dashboard provides important information about K-12 districts and schools. Insights features easy-to-read reports on multiple measures of school success, including:

· Test Scores

· Graduation Rates

· English Learner Progress

· Student Engagement

· State Accountability

Transparency to the Public

North Dakota is committed to informing communities about how well our schools are doing. North Dakota’s future success depends on tapping into the potential of all students so that they graduate choice ready with the knowledge, skills, and disposition to be successful. State education departments are required to annually create an accountability report for every public school in the state. The school accountability reports outline how schools are performing on the accountability elements North Dakota selected within its ESSA plan.

How is our School Doing?

To find out more information about our School Accountability Report, visit the dashboard at, select “Find My School”, and search alphabetically for our school. The school accountability report is posted under the Dashboard heading. Please note, the data made available to the public masks or hides data for groups with 10 or fewer students to protect confidential information about individual students. Therefore, if data is not available to less than 10 students, it will say “no data available”.

Family Engagement

We have strong plans for working to improve the educational programs at our school. We would like you and your child(ren) to continue to be active participants in our educational system. Please help support our high expectations for student achievement by participating in the school educational initiatives, offering input and support in our endeavors to raise student achievement, or volunteering at the school. Meeting our school’s goals will take a united effort, and I look forward to working with our families to ensure success for each student.

Continuous Improvement

All schools engage in continuous improvement for general support; therefore, our school has completed a continuous improvement plan through Cognia (formerly AdvancED). As part of the overall school improvement plan, a strategy map is generated for each school. Our strategy map, outlining our key school improvement initiatives, is available on the Insights Dashboard.

Jefferson Elementary School is a participating Title I school, with a student membership count of 295. Our school operates a schoolwide Title I program. Under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, a Title I school may operate a schoolwide program if 40 percent or more of its students live in poverty, regardless of the grades it serves.

If you have any questions regarding the information in the memorandum, please contact the school at 701-446-4700.


Brad Franklin


Parents Right to Know

Our school receives federal funds for Title I programs that are part of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). Under ESSA, parents have the right to request information on the professional qualifications of the teachers and paraprofessionals at our school. If you are interested in learning this information, please contact the school administration office at (701) 446-4700. Upon this request, you will receive professional qualifications of teachers and paraprofessionals at the school. The information will include state level qualifications, licensing criteria for grade levels and subject areas, teaching under an emergency or other provisional status, and teaching in the field of discipline of the certification of the teacher. In addition, if at any time during the school year a teacher who is not highly qualified teaches your child for four or more consecutive weeks, you will receive timely notice from the school.

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This is for families in the Jefferson neighborhood that are in need of help with food.

Tuesdays 3:30-5:00 pm. Fridays 10-11 am.

GAP is located at the Family Center in McCormick Park- Near CHARISM . Adults must be present to pick up food, do not send your children to do this.

Please watch the video below for more details!

Nexus-Path Program flyer


McKinney-Vento Homeless Services


Thank you to all the drivers who take extra precautions when picking up or dropping off students in the parking lot. Please use the pickup and drop off area, so we do not block incoming and outgoing traffic. Last, please be sure the children are on the curb side of your vehicle, so they do not have to step into traffic. Thank you for your assistance.

Positive Behavior at Jefferson

Every year, Jefferson has a different schoolwide theme. This theme is incorporated into our monthly Character assemblies and celebrations. This year’s theme is Bobcats are all in this together. It is a theme stating that we will work together and support each other as we work through this difficult time.


Bobcats are in charge of their learning.


Golden Tickets are given to students when an adult notices them showing Bobcat expectations and following the school rules (being responsible, respectful and safe). At the end of each month 2 Golden Tickets are drawn from each class and those lucky winners get to sit at a special lunch table known as the Golden Table.


Many students at Jefferson have shown that they ALWAYS show Bobcat expectations. These students can apply to be Self Managers. A Self Manager gets a special badge which means they do not need to use hall passes. There are also weekly celebrations for the Self Managers and many other privileges. Any student can be a Self Manager if they work hard at it and make good choices for themselves!

Jefferson Elementary School Parent Compact

The Jefferson Elementary School and the parents of Jefferson Elementary students agree that this compact outlines how they will share the responsibility for improved student academic achievement and the means by which the school and parents will build and develop a partnership that will help children achieve the State’s high standards.

Please click the link below to view the Jefferson Elementary School Parent Compact.