Jefferson News

September 2021

Principal Corner

Mr. Totorica welcomes everyone back for a great school year. Please check out his latest information he would like to share with you. Click Below:

Principal News

Parents - please be aware

Annual Update - Have you done the annual update for this school year. - You must do the Annual Update in the Parent Poral to make sure all contact information is still correct for your students. If you need help with your log in information, please contact our office, 208-854-5260

Home - Virtual Learning: If a student can not be at school for any length of time due to illness or family business, you should have their assigned chrome book at home so they can do virtual learning as attendance will still be counted. The teachers have a Google classroom or at home learning site set up and the students have been taught how to access and work virtually. If you have any questions, please contact your teacher.

Internet Access at Home: The district will not be able to supply hot spots to families this year; however, they are included in the FCC program to help families with internet service. We have checked out the list of options and there are several options under or at the $50 per month. So free internet for this school year is at your fingertips so check it out. (Even if your student will not have to do virtual learning this year - you can get internet access).

Emergency Broadband Benefit: The Emergency Broadband Benefit is an FCC program to help families and households struggling to afford internet service during the COVID-19 pandemic. Eligible households can access the Emergency Broadband Benefit that provides a discount up to $50 per month toward broadband service. Learn more about the Emergency Broadband Benefit.

Lost and Found Items

This year, all lost and found items will be placed on the fence right next to the entrance to our new cafeteria.

All students will walk by them going into lunch each day, they will always be displayed while students are on the playground, and families will be able to come after hours and on the weekends to look for lost items.

We hope this will alleviate the amount of lost and found items we have each year.

Bikes - - skateboards - - scooters

Bikes: We have outside bike racks and are not responsible for any lost or stolen bikes. Please, please, send your child with a lock to lock up their bikes. The bike rack is to the north side of the playground, outside of the fence behind the new cafeteria building.

Scooters and Skateboards: We have lock up stations available for them outside. They are NOT allowed into the building, thank you. You may also bring a lock to lock up your skateboard or scooter.

NEW- Bus Tracker App Available

If your student rides a bus to and from school, you now have the ability to track the location incase it is running late or if you think you missed the bus.

Click HERE - to check it out and how to get started.

Parking and Dropping off Students

Thank you all for looking out for students crossing the street before and afterschool and keeping our students all safe.

Please remember these few items of safety:

  • Campus does not open until 8:30 - do NOT drop off or walk here before then.
  • We apologize that due to the small parking lot we do have - No parent cars are allowed in the parking lot- it is reserved for school buses.
  • Pick up and drop off on Latah- coordinate with your student, the perfect spot that works for you.
  • Use crosswalks- both on Latah and in the parking lot. Do NOT cross in-between parked cars.

Thanks again for helping to keep our students safe

Important Dates in September

Monday, September 6th - NO School - Labor Day

Thursday, September 23rd - Fall Picture Day (picture packets will be sent home the week of the 13th.) At this time, we do not have a re-take day but you may always go to the Dorian studios in Meridian for pictures if you miss today.

Make sure to checkout the Jefferson webpage (click on the word CALENDARS) and that will let you see all the upcoming events so you can plan accordingly.

Birthday Celebrations this year

Some parents like to send in treats for their child's birthday. This is NOT required but for those that still want to, please follow these guidelines.

  • All treats must be individually wrapped. For example, no containers of cupcakes
  • No homemade treats.
  • Try to stay away from sweet treats.
  • Look for healthier options (crackers, trinket toys, juice boxes) stuff like that.

We want to follow cleanliness guidelines and also start getting away from so much sugar during the school day. For specific questions and coordination, please contact your students teacher.

Make sure to have your big celebrations at home with friends and family because everyone should be able to celebrate their special day.

Social Worker Support Groups offered

Alicia Juarez, LCSW- your school social worker will be offering:

New Support Group

This year I will facilitate a group for students called SSET: Support for Students Exposed to Trauma. This group is for 5th and 6th graders only. The group is 45 minutes a week for eight- ten weeks and has a structured curriculum that helps students identify ways to decrease symptoms of post- traumatic stress, depression, or general anxiety and improve functioning at school, home, and with friends. If you have questions or would like me to screen your child to participate, please contact me. Groups will start the third week of September.

Alicia Juarez, LCSW (208) 854-6919 or

Community Assistance

Please remember.......

If you need help with any of the following:

  • Food
  • Clothing
  • Medical care
  • Early childhood resources
  • Parenting information and support

You may contact our Community School which is Whitney Elementary at 1609 Owyhee St, Boise ID 83705. Or you may email the coordinator: Susan Dennis Or call her at 208-900-7106.

Boise School District Emergency Response Procedures

Please click on the link below to read about our emergency procedures regarding your students.

District Emergency Response Procedures


  • Sign-Up for Emergency Text Messaging:

    • We will use our emergency text notification system to contact parents and guardians. Please make sure your emergency contact information is always up to date at your child's school.

    • Parent/guardians whose contact information is on file with your child’s school may sign-up for emergency text messaging.

  1. Simply text SUBSCRIBE to the number 67587. You'll know you were successful if you receive the following reply message in English:

    1. “You're now registered with School Messenger notification service. Reply STOP to cancel, HELP for help. Msg&data rates may apply.”

  2. Repeat the opt-in process for any wireless numbers that you wish to include.

In addition to performing the opt-in process above, please ensure that the District has your wireless number(s) in our student information database. If you haven't already provided that information to your school please contact them as soon as possible.

  • Non-parents may receive emergency text messages by downloading the Boise School District’s Mobile app. The app is available in the Apple App Store and Google Play Store.

Assistance League Helps Jefferson with Supplies

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Annual Notification Regarding Public Release of Student Directory Information

The Boise School District complies with federal law (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act) as it relates to the release of student directory information to the public. To learn more, log on to and navigate to Parents & Patrons > Parent Information > FERPA Form. Or, please call the Clerk of the Board at 208-854-4123 to obtain a copy of the FERPA form.