Jackson Jaquars News

December 2019/January 2020

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Jackson Elementary's Mission and Vision

The Jackson staff, in partnership with the community, will prepare students for a better tomorrow by

  • Using AVID strategies that support individual perseverance and academic success
  • Engaging students in opportunities to collaborate and take ownership of their own learning
  • Participating in goal setting, data-driven discussions, and focused instruction
  • Creating an environment that fosters trust, encouragement, and positive relationships

Principally Speaking

Dear Parents/Guardians,

2019 has been a wonderful year and we hope that 2020 is even better for you and your family! Welcome to all of our new families and students. Jackson is a great place to be and we are thrilled you are here joining our community.

I would like to personally thank you for your support so far this school year. From our Open House to Trunk or Treat to Parent/Teacher Conferences, etc you have been here to support your child(ren)’s school. Thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for your contribution to Jackson Elementary. Your generous gift of time has given our students the opportunity to have valuable experiences here at school with you by their side. We look forward to even more events the rest of this school year and hope you will participate.

The holiday season is definitely upon us and so is the cold! Please remind your children to wear their coats every day to school and to bring them home at the end of the day. Our Lost and Found is overflowing, so if you think your child is missing an article of clothing, please have them check the Lost and Found! We will set out tables of Lost and Found articles before Winter Break. If your child(ren) is/are missing clothing items, please encourage them to search the tables before the weather gets any colder.

Now that we are halfway through the school year, I wanted to thank you for helping to ensure the success of your student, by bringing them to school, every day and on time. I am sure you have noticed that we have high expectations for our students behaviorally and academically. It is very important that your child(ren) be on time to school, every day. Jackson staff start instruction at 8:00am so even a few minutes late causes students to miss valuable learning experiences.

This year’s Winter Break will be from Monday, December 23, 2019-January 7, 2020. We hope everyone has a fantastic holiday season. We will see you back here on January 8, 2020.

I would like to thank you, again, for your continued support of the Jackson Elementary staff and community. If you ever have any questions, please call the front office at (719) 328-5800.

Thank you,

Sara G. Miller

Principal, Jackson Elementary

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To Parents/ Guardians:

This letter is to inform you what measures you can do to promote healthy habits with your children. The influenza (flu) season is upon our communities and we are susceptible to receiving and transmitting communicable illness. Good hand washing and covering coughs and sneezes with a tissue or into your sleeve can help off many communicable conditions. Do not send your child to school with illness and/or a fever, which is an abnormal temperature – any temperature over 100 degrees F. Your child needs to be fever free, without the use of any medicine for 24 hours, nausea and/or vomiting, or general complaints of flu-like symptoms before coming back to school. Flu-like symptoms are muscles aches, chills, headache, dry, persistent cough, fatigue, weakness, and nasal congestion.

Another communicable condition, head lice, is always present in our communities. Check your children’s hair periodically for nits and/or head lice. Encourage your child not to share any personal items to include hats, scarves, coats, combs, brushes and hair items. Always remember that head lice are always out in communities. Experiencing head lice is never a reflection on hygiene or cleanliness of a home.

Taking all these precautions can help ensure a healthy home and school environment for us all.

Gillian Graven RN

Jackson School Nurse

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Media Center Moments

Book Fair

We had a great time at the Arctic Adventure Book Fair! It is always fun to see the excitement that books create with our students. Thanks to our supportive Jackson community, we were able to raise money to purchase books for the Media Center. It was fun to see the students chilling out with books!

Free Book Giveaway at Winter Break

A big thanks to the Jackson Parent Boosters for supplying funds to purchase a new book for every student at Jackson. The kids will choose their new book before the Winter Break. READ ON!

Kids Collect

I want to thank Angeles A for sharing his collections in the Media Center. We still have openings for the display case in 2020, so please sign up with Mrs. Sobecki (rhonda.sobecki@d11.org or 719-328-5824.

Free Office 365 Online

Every student has an Office 365 account and included with this account is five free Office 365 Online downloads that can be used on any home computer. Office 365 includes Word Online, Excel Online, and PowerPoint Online. The only drawback is that Office 365 Online will not be available if your child leaves Colorado Springs School District 11. To access Office 365, go to the Jackson website and choose Office 365. Your child will log in with their firstname.lastname@d11.org and use their regular D11 password. The free download is in the upper right hand corner.

Rhonda Sobecki

Library Technology Educator, Jackson

Volunteers Needed in the Media Center

We need help with shelving in the library on a weekly basis. If you are able to commit to a couple hours a week – that would be a huge help. Please contact Mrs. Sobecki (328-5824 or rhonda.sobecki@d11.org ) if you are able to volunteer.

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Please visit the children's area in the Downtown Public Library during the month of January to enjoy Jackson students' art work! We will decorate the bulletin boards and showcases with about 75 pieces of art.


Please stop by and check our Lost and Found box! We have already collected many items!
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Box Tops

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Thank you to the following people for volunteering to help make our Health Screening successful:

Ashlee Munoz

Ashley Castleberry

David Smith

Mykia Smith

Dianne Walker

Chris Warfield

Tami Sansbury

We always need more volunteers, so please keep this event in mind for next year!

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Before and After School Care

*Led by reliable, caring, trained and competent staff

*Located on school grounds, easy for children to participate in after-school activities

*Science, Math and Art daily

*Homework Help

For More Information Conact:

Linda Wilson






  • Dec 4 - Skate city 3-5:00 p.m.
  • Dec 5 - PTO 2:45pm

  • Dec 6 -All School Pajama Day

  • Dec 6 -Polar Express Movie 6-8:00p.m. in GYM (must be accompanied by a parent/guardian)

  • Dec 18 -Awards Assembly 8:30 3rd-5th, 9:45 K-2nd

  • Dec 18 -Band and Orchestra 6:00 p.m.

  • Dec 19 - Pre School Gingerbread Houses AM 8-10, PM 10-12

  • Dec 23 - Jan 7 Christmas Break


  • Jan 8 -Students return to school

  • Jan 10 - Pre School has class

  • Jan 16 -PTO 2:45 p.m.

  • Jan 20 - NO SCHOOL Martin Luther King Day

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