Jackson Jaguars ROAR 2021-2022

October 2021

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Jackson Families,

Home to School Chats

The Jackson Staff would like to thank all of our parents/guardians and families who attended our first annual Home to School Chats!

Since we tried something new this year to help inform families of what their children do during the day, we would really like your feedback!

Please fill out the short survey that your child(ren) brought home on Friday, EVEN IF YOU DIDN'T ATTEND. We would like to know what your thoughts are and how we can improve our communication and connection between Home and School.

Parent/Teacher Conferences

Our annual fall Parent/Teacher Conferences are coming up! During the week of October 25-October 28, families will engage in one on one conferences with Jackson teachers virtual OR in person (parents'/guardians' choice).

During this meeting, parents/guardians will hear what your child is doing academically and ask any questions you may have.

Please sign up on Sign-Up Genius! Your child's teacher will send you the link on Dojo. If you are unable to receive Dojo messages, please let your teacher know so they can help you sign up in a different way.

You can participate in a virtual conference or in person! You choose, but you must sign up ahead of time for the type of conference you want to have.

Family Activities

Along with Parent/Teacher Conferences, families will be able to participate in 3 activities. We will hold these activities in the gym for in-person conferences OR we will send them home for virtual conferences.

After completing your conference AND the 3 activities, your child will receive a $5 gift certificate to spend in the Book Fair!

As always, if you still have some questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to reach out to me.

Thank you,

Sara Miller

Principal, Jackson Elementary


ARRGGG...Pirate Day!

Upcoming Dates

October 14 4:00pm

  • ESL Family Night

October 15

  • Professional Development Day-NO School

October 18

  • Professional Development Day-NO School

October 19-21

  • Hearing and Vision Testing PreK-5th grade

October 21 at 5:00pm

  • PTO on WebEx

October 22 5:00-6:30pm

  • Trunk or Treat

October 24-28

  • Book Fair

October 27 & 28

  • Parent/Teacher Conferences AND Family Activities

Jackson's Trunk or Treat

Friday, Oct. 22nd, 5-6:30pm

4340 Edwinstowe Avenue

Colorado Springs, CO

Trunk or Treat trunks and candy are needed!

Please join us for an evening of fun Trunk or Treating! There will be food trucks, candy, music, and more…

If you are interested in helping with the Trunk or Treat, please fill out the bottom portion of this flyer that will come home on Monday and return it to school as soon as possible.

Also, if you are interested in donating pumpkins and candy for our games and trunks, please drop them off at school BEFORE October 22nd!

Thank you to Mrs. Tuxhorn, Mrs. Ruiz, Pastor John, the Ribley family, and the entire community for helping to beautify Jackson Elementary

Scholastic Book Fair October 25-28, 2021

The Scholastic Book Fair is coming to Jackson Elementary starting on Monday, October 25th to Thursday, October 28th.

  • On Monday, October 25, each classroom will come to the Book Fair Preview and we will be open to the public from 2:00-3:00.
  • Tuesday, October 26, we will be open 7:30-8:30 and 2:00-3:00.
  • On Wednesday, October 27, we will be open from 7:30-8:30 AM and then for conferences from 2:00-7:30 PM.
  • On Thursday, October 28, we will be open during conferences from 7:30 AM -7:30 PM.

During conferences, parents/guardians will have the opportunity to participate in Title 1 Activities in the gym. After the parent/guardian attends and completes the activities in the gym and conferences, each Jackson student will receive a free $5.00 gift certificate to the book fair.

Parent/guardians who choose the online conferences can complete the Title 1 activities at home to receive the $5 gift certificate.

Volunteers are needed to help set up the book fair on:

  • Friday, October 19th at 8:00 AM
  • Monday, October 29th at 8:00 AM.

Please contact Mrs. Sobecki (328-5824 or rhonda.sobecki@d11.org ) if you are able to help.

Thank you, Mr. Thompson-Perrin for taking care of our Little Library!

Counseling Corner with Mrs. Ruiz

We are well into the school year and approaching the end of Quarter 1. We continue to teach students about their feelings--that all of their feeling are ok. We are encouraging our Jackson Jaguars to identify their feelings and then learn how to regulate their emotions. You can help at home as well.

Jackson Jaguars are also practicing Mindful Minutes in their classrooms. This is a time set aside each day for students to calm down and focus on school.

At home you can encourage your children to play outside while the weather is still nice. You can go on family walks, notice nature as it changes, have an evening meal together, and designate a technology-free time at least once per day.

Encourage your children to color, draw, listen to music, play with toys, walk the dog, build with legos, ride bikes, play sports and any other creative healthy activities. Have fun laughing and smiling with your children!

Times are hard but we can all continue to enjoy life! Reach out if you need anything.

There are still Care and Share food bags available. Just send me an email at leslie.ruiz@d11.org or call me at (719) 328-5836.

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Please do not hesitate to reach out if you have any questions or need anything.

Please feel free to send me a dojo message, call me, or email me at leslie.ruiz@d11.org with any questions.

Leslie Clinite Ruiz, LCSW, MA

District 11 School Social Worker Department Chair

School Social Worker

Jackson Elementary School

Colorado Springs School District 11

Se Habla Español

(719) 328-5836 Desk

(719) 328-5800 Jackson Main office

(719) 328-5813 Attendance

Media Center Moments

Battle of the Books

Jackson Elementary will participate this year in the Battle of the Books competition. Fifth graders are invited to join this program that combines reading a variety of good books with a “knowledge bowl’ format where the students respond to questions asked. Teams from all over the area will meet in April for the competition. Our students will start meeting on Fridays during recess/lunch in October.

Kids Collections on Display

We offer the students the opportunity to display their collections from home in the Media Center display case. The students really enjoy sharing their collections with their classmates and the display case is locked if security is a concern.

To sign up call Mrs. Sobecki (328-5824) or send an email to rhonda.sobecki@d11.org. Please help make this a special way to let your child share their interest or hobby at school.

I would like to thank Mrs. Struckel for sharing her collection.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact Mrs. Sobecki (rhonda.sobecki@d11.org) or 719-325-5824) in your Media Center.

We are working on getting information on helping families get Internet connections at home for our school devices. Please let the office know if this is information you are going to need.


Rhonda Sobecki

Rhonda.sobecki@d11.org or 719-328-5824.

Thank you to everyone who participated in the Coronado Homecoming Parade!

Blake Wright...Jackson alumni who wrote our school song when he was in 5th grade!

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Jackson Contact Information

Jackson Office: 719.328.5800

Attendance Line: 719.328.5813

Mrs. Sara Miller, Principal: sara.miller@d11.org

Mrs. Tricia Shirola, Administrative Assistant: tricia.shirola@d11.org

Mrs. Becky Hemphill, Staff Assistant: rebecca.hemphill@d11.org

Mrs. Leslie Clinite-Ruiz, Social Worker: leslie.ruiz@d11.org

Mrs. Rhonda Sobecki, Library Technology Teacher: rhonda.sobecki@d11.org

Mrs. Jennifer Johns, Teaching & Learning Coach: jennifer.johns@d11.org

Mrs. Taryn Wynkoop, Teaching & Learning Coach: taryn.wynkoop@d11.org

Staff contact information can be found here: https://www.d11.org/domain/733