Jackson Jottings

April 2019, Volume 7

April Calendar at a Glance

  • March 29th-April 5th - NO SCHOOL, SPRING BREAK
  • 8th-12th - Severe Weather Week
  • 10th - Spring Picture Day (only those with orders will take pictures)
  • 15th - PTO Meeting, 6:30p (grants and voting, all are welcome)
  • 18th and 23rd - Kindergarten Round-Up Nights (A-L on the 18th, M-Z on the 23rd), 5:00-6:30p
  • 24th - 2 Hour Early Release, Please Plan Accordingly!


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 are dropping by upper entrance please stay in line of cars, have your child get out on the sidewalk side, and do no pull any further ahead than the last sign before the entrance (there needs to be enough room for our upper buses and school vehicles to pull in right by entrance). If you park 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?

Volunteer Appreciation week is April 22-26

THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! to all our amazing volunteers at Jackson Elementary. We truly appreciate all you do for us; at home, in the classroom, workroom, PTO, field trips, Jr. Achievement, Art Adventure, fall Book Fair and any other way you help and support our students and staff. So far this year we have had over 235 volunteers put in over 3,000 volunteer hours at Jackson for our students and staff. This is so AWESOME! We truly appreciate every volunteer and everything you do for us! THANK YOU!

Jennifer Klecker

Jackson Volunteer Site Coordinator



Nurse Notes by Nurse Andrea

The clothing supply in the Nurse’s office at Jackson is incredibly lucky to have such giving families! When a child has an accident or spills on their clothes at school, we always have clean clothing that they can change into. But, our supply is running low and the Nurse’s office is in need of some clothing!

If you have any of the following items, and they are clean, new or gently used – please donate them to Jackson!

Sweatpants (size 6-9, boys and girls) – we don’t take jeans because sweatpants fit more students.

Thank you for helping!!

Andrea Richards

School Nurse



Art Lines from Mr. Olson

Greetings from the Art Department!

Spring is here!!! That means that we have started our projects for Literacy and Beyond Night! LITERACY AND BEYOND NIGHT IS THURSDAY, MAY 2ND FROM 5-7PM! All of us here at Jackson hope you can join us for this special night celebrating your students work! Look for flyers coming home with the students during April that detail all of the fun activities at this event. The projects that will be on display that evening include:

  • Kindergarten—I Spread my Wings!
  • 1st grade—My Lovey!
  • 2nd grade—I Am Healed!
  • 3rd grade –Cities of Minnesota!(NEW)
  • 4th grade—United States!(NEW)
  • 5th grade— Time To Go!

We started these projects in March and every student will have their work on display May 2nd!

Also, I will be taking the third graders to the Minneapolis Institute of Arts on Friday, April 26th! I will be sending permission slips home early in April. The students will get to see work by many of the artists and styles they have studied. This is also in conjunction with the Art Adventure Program they participated in. This is an exciting time for all of our students in art and I hope to see you May 2nd!

Mr. Olson


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Music Department "Notes"

INFORMATION about AUDITIONS to perform at the

AUDITIONS: Students who want to perform at one of these End of Year Events need to sign-up for an audition time slot. These time slots and dates are posted in the windows across from the main office in the main lobby. Auditions are held in the Music Room the week of May 6th -10th before and after school.

PERFORMANCES: Wednesday, June 5th

K-2nd grade Awards Ceremony 8:45-9:30

3rd- 5th grade Awards Ceremony 9:45-10:30

Talent Show is 1:30-2:45

WHERE: Jackson Gymnasium- families of performers are welcome to attend!

CHOSEN: There will be about 20 groups chosen for the Talent Show and 4 groups chosen to perform at each of the Awards Ceremonies. These lists will be posted in the windows across from the main office on Friday, May 10th in the afternoon and also put on the school website.


1. You must audition with the accompaniment, props and costume you would use for the show.

2. Your piece/act/song must not exceed 2 minutes.

3. If you are using a Jumpdrive, CD, Iphone etc…… it must be an accompaniment or karaoke track and labeled with name and track number. No background vocals allowed.

**Performance Ideas include: piano playing, singing, dancing, joke telling, magic,
juggling or playing another instrument!

Please email Mrs. Flatness @ sflatnes@shakopee.12.mn.us with any questions.


By: Mrs Beckler


The 5th Grade Band Concert is Monday, May 13th at 6:30 here at Jackson! This programs is part of their 4th Quarter grade and is required. The band and general music students will be presenting some pieces that they have been working on this year, stay tuned for more details!

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

It is a busy time of year in Physical Education for Jackson Elementary students. With spring upon us, we are finishing our units, getting ready for fitness testing and preparing for our Track & Field Days.

Students have just completed their Tumbling unit where they have learned: how to do front rolls., back rolls, cartwheels, and other stunts, Along with that students were busy with their dance unit, cup stacking unit, and jump rope units. These are all fun and popular units and great exercise for all of our students.

With spring approaching, fitness test will be coming up. Help your child prepare by practicing one of the four tests: push-ups, curl-ups, sit & reach, and the mile run. Remember being active and working on each individual fitness component will help increase their strength and endurance.

Please check out our web site for additional information. We also are in need of parents to work the ribbon table. Please contact the Physical Education Teachers if you would like to volunteer some time.

Below are this year’s Track & Field event dates:

Monday, May 13th - 1st Grade

Tuesday, May 14th - 2nd Grade

Wednesday, May 15th - 3rd Grade

Thursday, May 16th - 4th Grade

Friday, May 17th - 5th Grade

Look for information being sent out on our “National Bike/Walk to School Day” taking place May 8th before school starts. We are always looking for volunteers to help with this event before (most need) and after school. If this is something you can help out with, let us know.

As always, you are always welcome in our classroom.

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!

Greetings from Media!

During the past few months students have been learning many different things in addition to finding good books to read in the Learning Commons. All of the classes have been learning about being good digital citizens through the Common Sense Media curriculum.

Fifth graders (with the exception of 5A) have completed the digital citizenship unit on cyberbullying and have begun a unit on how to create proper citations and bibliographies when conducting research. I introduced them to a website called Formatically. It is a free and easy way for students to cite online resources. If you’d like to read more about the curriculum we are using, you may do so by clicking here.

Fourth graders (with the exception of 4A) have completed the digital citizenship unit on cyberbullying and have begun a unit on maintaining privacy when going online. If you’d like to read more about the curriculum we are using, you can do so by going to clicking here.

Third graders have been learning about the differences between personal information and private information and protecting your identity when going online. They have begun a unit on how to show respect when we go online. You can learn more about what they are learning by clicking here.

Second graders have finished up a unit on staying safe when they go online. Here is a link to that curriculum if you’d like to learn more. We are just starting a compare/contrast activity in Book Creator around the book “One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish” in honor of Dr. Seuss’ birthday month.

First graders have completed the unit called Keep It Private after finishing up some coding projects. They are just beginning a Book Creator project called Build a Snowman. They are learning to copy, cut, and paste objects and create text boxes in the app.

Kindergarteners completed the unit Going Places Safely and have now begun a project in the Book Creator app called Build a Snowman. They are learning how to copy, cut, and paste objects as well as create text boxes.

By: Dianne Kersteter (Media Specialist)


Natalie Weatherman (Digital Learning Coach)



Hello Jackson Families!

Happy Spring! What a great turn out we had for our All School Movie Night. . Hopefully you were able to come and enjoy a movie and some popcorn.

Mark you calendars….

● PTO Meeting Monday, April 15th 6:30pm in the Gifford Cluster. We will be voting for 2019-2020 board positions and on teacher requested grants.

● Sunday April 28th for our Twins Outing 1:10 game time. Hopefully you were able to get tickets.

● Teacher and Staff Appreciation week is May 6th - 10th. We are actively seeking monatary, gift card or donations of any kind if you are able or would like yo please contact us via JacksonPTO28@gmail.com or through the parents page on Facebook.

We are excited for the remainder of the school year and hope to connect with you at our next meeting. 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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Palmer Bus Service

730 W. 3rd Avenue, Shakopee