Jackson's Weekly Staff Newsletter



17 NO SCHOOL (President's Day)


BLT Meeting, 7:30

Field Trip for 4th Grade to Mill City Museum 8:50-2:00

Dress Rehearsal 1st Grade 2:05-2:55

PTO Meeting (Parents/Board/GRANTS) at THE MUDDY COW 6:30-8:00


PBIS Meeting 2:30


Dress Rehearsal 1st Grade 2:05-2:55 (Potentially for the school can attend)

Pizza Boxes picked up by Marcos


I-Team Meeting 7:30

1st Grade Music Program 2:00



24 Specialists/ELL Breakfast/Music Room 7:35

Marcos Fundraiser Night

25 Prof Dev (Gifford Cluster) 7:30

No Activities Scheduled 6:00-8:00 (Ok for Marcos per Kevin)

Marcos Fundraiser Night

26 Peaceful Bus 9:15-10

Marcos Fundraiser Night

27 5th Grade Field Trip to The Ordway 11:00-1:30

28 I-Team Meeting 7:30

Doughnuts with the Principal 8:35

4th Grade Assembly 8:35-9

Field Trip for Studtmann and Gunderson to MN Valley Wildlife Refuge, 8:40-11:20


2 PBIS Meeting 7:35

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

3 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

5 Field Trip for Scott and Reiersgord to MN Valley Wildlife Refuge, 8:40-11:30

6 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

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

21 All District Band Concert/HS 4:00

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

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

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

28 Professional Development 7:30 (Gifford Cluster)

Kindergarten Round-Up 5-6:30

30 Doughnuts with the Principal 8:35


1 NO SCHOOL (Staff Development Day)

4 PBIS Meeting 7:35

4-8 Staff Appreciation Week

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 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)

15 I-Team Meeting 7:30

18 1st Grade Track and Field

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



*Thank you SANDY BOYCE for the ring Pops!

*Thank you to Kathy, Sari, Natalie, Kevin, and Wendy for being Mystery Readers in my classroom.

*Thank you Luci for being such a compassionate and caring teacher!

*Rutter, Ben, Luci, Keri, Rachael, Char, and Hengel, thanks for your understanding and encouragement!

*Thanks to Mel and Barbi for sending off grade-level copies for dental health, non-fiction writing, and I Am Healed poems!

*Thank you Amy Scott for getting Valentine treats for my class!

*Krissy Luce, thank you for your kindness and friendship!

*Thank you Trudy for the positivity that you bring to the team.

*Thank you Mandy for your hard behind-the-scenes work with scheduling and organizing!

*Thank you Kevin for your patience and understanding that teachers have lives outside of school!

*DeAnn, thank you for supporting students on the fly!

*Pete, thank you for considering a conference week before adding another meeting to my plate!

*Stephanie B. thanks for coaching me the last couple weeks…I learned so much through our time together!

*Thank you, John B., for always helping out willingly whenever I ask for something!

*Thank you, Sandy, for being such a rock star at our conference with our shared student!

*Thank you, Natalie, for putting together a mobile makerspace so my kids are able to use the materials to learn from while Access testing is going on! I appreciate it!

*Thank you, first grade team, for being on top of our schedule and always thinking ahead!

*Thank you to Kevin and Deann to help a child get more help. This includes spending lots time on the phone, offering me support when I am about ready to lose it, and reminders that things “Are Improving”

*Thank you Ms. Drill for being a fabulous teacher! You made it past your first year of teaching K and I do NOT know how you did it! Also, thanks for always checking on your special friends.

*Thank you to Jeanne, Sandy, Jeff and Keri for helping with school patrol on a very cold day!

*Thank you, Schleper and Boumeester, for telling me I look pretty when I wear mascara.

*Thank you to Drill, for troubleshooting a technology issue for me—with a smile!

*Thank you, Jody, for coming to the rescue with mechanical pencils. You saved Valentines Day!

*Charlotte, thank you for offering to teach me how to knit like my grandma. I know you mean it.

*Martie, thank you for all of the empathy resources and for organizing our guest reader!

*The 4th grade team gets a lot of shout outs but it’s really because they are so great to work with. Thank you for not letting me worry or feel guilty about staying home sick last week.

*Kaitlin, thank you for sharing your cupcakes and for helping me ignore the difference between “needs” and “wants”.

*Tammy, thank you for the email about the menu change and for getting my hopes up about a CoLD day—I appreciate your optimism!

*Thank you to all of the SpEd teachers and paras who navigate “fun” weeks like this with many classroom celebrations and schedule changes.

*Luci – your tech savviness is awe inspiring!

*Boumeester – if I could pick, instead of push…I’d be happier!

*Anglin – Your smile is worth a million bucks… 😉

*Hengel – Thank you for arranging the field trip!

*Schleper – You have masterd…a picture (or GIF) is worth a 1,000 words!

*Kevin, thank you for the quick chats…you know how to ‘keep it real’!

*John & Jessica – thank you for delivering and setting up our new cabinets!

*Chris, oh my – where would I be without your patience and IT know-how?! LOST! THANK YOU!



Book Creator

Book Creator can be a powerful, versatile app that can:

  • allow students a chance to demonstrate learning
  • provide scaffolding to students
  • provide various levels and types of support (audio, speech to text, text to speech).

Teachers can create templates for students that are empty shells; students add their knowledge, thoughts, and learning into the structures provided.

Classroom Application Ideas

Anchor Charts

We all know that we cannot fit every anchor chart for the year on our walls; the wall space is finite. As teachers, we also know that we shouldn't keep anchor charts up all year long simply because we made them. The walls of our classroom should reflect what students are currently working on. That being said, the anchor charts from previous lessons can be helpful to students when they need to go back to a previously taught skill/strategy. ENTER...Book Creator. Have you ever thought to add your Anchor Charts into Book Creator? Or have students add them to their own books? The book becomes a resource for them as they are moving through the year and spiraling back to concepts.

EL Support Ideas

I also found another Book Creator resource to be very helpful in framing my thinking about how to support EL students in the classroom. It reminded me of strategies presented in SIOP, which are meant to help EL students. But many SIOP strategies benefit all students in the classroom. I encourage you to flip through this book for ideas on supporting all learners in your classroom.


2/18 Becca Kay-Lewis

2/19 Amanda Lymangood

2/21 Kristi Boumeester

2/21 Barb Weierke

2/26 Mel Altonen

2/26 Sue Tanberg

2/28 Katie Beckrich

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