Jackson Jaquars News

October/November 2019

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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,

I want to thank our parents/guardians, families, and community members for their ongoing support of our students. This year, Jackson has begun our fourth year of being an AVID school. AVID, Advancement Via Individual Determination, helps students become more organized in their learning. We start with their desk, planner/notebook, and note taking and have begun the transition into more specific strategies for their learning. This year, we are focusing on supporting students in thinking deeper as learners with a focus on “Inquiry.” Students are now coming to school more organized and ready to learn. In most cases, they are teaching each other through collaboration and team building. We have constant conversation around our expectation for students to graduate from high school with a diploma. We begin every year with discussing what it means to be a Successful Student, so ask your child what that means, looks like, etc. Please continue to look over their homework, read with them nightly, and sign their planner or folder each day (Monday-Thursday). Together we can help our students be organized and successful.

Parent/Guardian/Teacher Conferences

Parents/Guardian/Teacher Conferences will be held on October 23rd and 24th. Please sign up for a 30 minute conference with your child’s teacher. We encourage every parent/guardian to meet with your child’s teacher either in person or on the phone. This is a great time to discuss your child’s needs, academics, and answer any questions you may still have. We encourage you to bring your child with you to the conference so that they too can hear about their progress. Look for the sign-up sheet in your child’s ROAR folder, soon!

This year we are presenting our fifth annual Jackson Family Activities that will be happening in conjunction with our Parent/Guardian/Teacher Conferences on October 23-24. Once you are finished with your parent/teacher conferences, you can come to our school gym and participate in a variety of activities that you will be able to do with your child here at school or at home to help them with their academics. After attending the activities and your parent/guardian/teacher conference, you will have an opportunity to redeem a $5 book voucher at our Book Fair for each of your children (Jackson students only). We hope you will attend our Jackson Family Days as well as your Parent/Guardian/Teacher Conferences this year on October 23rd and 24th.

Family Activities

Jackson is hosting a Trunk or Treat event on October 18th from 5:00pm-7:00pm. This is a free event to the community and we hope to see you all there. Students (and of course, the entire family) are encouraged to wear their Halloween costumes and bring a Trick or Treat bag. We will have music and food trucks. Bring the whole family. It will be an event you won’t want to miss.

We are in need of candy/small toy donations for this event. If you are interested in donating candy, please drop them by the front office. Also, if you are willing to provide a trunk, please send in the form that went home with your child and/or call the front office. We will need volunteers who are willing to decorate their car and wear their favorite costume. The more trunks we get, the better!

As always, I appreciate your open communication and support of Andrew Jackson Elementary. If you need anything, please let us know.

Thank you,

Sara G. Miller

Principal, Jackson Elementary

Media Center Moments

Welcome back to a new school year at Jackson Elementary Media Center! The Media Center will be open for check out every day from 8:00 AM to 2:45 PM. Kindergarten, First, and Second graders can check out one book for one week. Third, Fourth, and Fifth graders can check out two books for two weeks. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact Mrs. Sobecki (328-5824) in your Media Center.

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Arctic Adventure Book Fair

The Scholastic Book fair is coming to Jackson Elementary starting on Monday, October 21st to Thursday, October 24th.

On Monday, each classroom will come to the Book Fair Preview and we will be open to the public from 2:00-3:00. Tuesday, we will be open 7:30-8:30 and 2:00-3:00. On Wednesday, we will be open from 7:30-8:30 AM and then for conferences from 2:00-7:30 PM. On Thursday, 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 all three activities in the gym and conferences, each Jackson student will receive a free $5.00 gift certificate to the book fair. if you would like to purchase a book for their classroom, teachers will fill Wish Bags.

Volunteers are needed to help set up the book fair on Friday, October 18th at 8:00 AM and to pack it up on Monday, October 28th at 8:00 AM. Please contact Mrs. Sobecki (328-5824 or rhonda.sobecki@d11.org ) if you are able to help. Come to the book fair and chill out with books.

Kids Collections On Display

Ever month we offer the students the opportunity to display their collections from home in the Media Center display cases. The kids really enjoy sharing their collections with their classmates.

Display cases are 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 Kelsie M and Mrs. Blanco for sharing their collections in September.

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Staff Picks

Mrs. Sullivan has her special books on display in the Staff Picks display case. Stop by and take a look at the book cover she made for her favorite book in elementary school! Thank you, Mrs. Sullivan!

Volunteers Needed in the Media Center

We need help with shelving in the library on a weekly basis. If you are able to commit 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 help.

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Our 6th Annual "Take a Vet to School" Luncheon will be on Friday November 8, 2019. More information to come soon.


Please stop by and check our lost and found box! We have already collected many items!
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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 and

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 Tuesdays during lunch/recess starting October 29th.

Box Tops

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Musical Notes

Music Class is off to a great start this year. Each grade has learned several new songs and games already! Ask your child to sing some of those songs for you. In addition, each grade has learned a lot about what makes music. Ask your child to explain the different parts of music and how those parts make music more interesting.

Important Dates:

Friday, November 15th – 5th Grade Musical (Hodur, Ferguson, & Sanchez)

Friday, February 28th – 2nd Grade Musical (Amiot, Motzer, & Gardner) AND 3rd Grade Recorder Concert (Essick, Gardner, & Morton)


Instrumental news:

Both the Band and Orchestra are off to a great beginning. The Band/Orchestra winter concert will be Wednesday, December 18th. The spring concert will be Friday, May 8th.

Thank you all for the encouragement you give your students in appreciating music.

Musically yours,

Mr. Miller

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Trunk or Treat

Friday, October 19th


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

This is a free event and open to the


Food Trucks will be on site.

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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






    • Oct 3 PTO 2:45

    • Oct 4 JA in a Day

    • Oct 7 Preschool to North Pole 9-5 NO CLASSES

    • Oct 9 4th Grade to Garden Of Gods 11:20-2:15 / NEHS Induction 6:00

    • Oct 14 NO SCHOOL Teacher Collaboration Day

    • Oct 15 NO SCHOOL Teacher Work Day

    • Oct 16 1st Grade to Garden Of Gods 11-2:15

    • Oct 18 Trunk or Treat 5-7pm

    • Oct 21 Picture MakeUps

    • Oct 22 Gardner/Morton 9-12:30 to Garden of Gods

    • Oct 22 Essick 11-2:15 to Garden Of Gods

    • Oct 23 Special Event for Students 1:15

    • Oct 23 2:30-7 pm Parent Teacher Conference

    • Oct 24 NO SCHOOL 7:30am -7pm Parent Teacher Conference

    • Oct 25 NO SCHOOL


    • Nov 7 Health Screen

    • Nov 7 PTO Meeting 2:45

    • Nov 8 Health Screen

    • Nov 8 Veterans Day Lunch

    • Nov 15 5th Grade Musical 1:30/6:00

    • Nov 19 Health Rescreen

    • Nov 25-29 NO SCHOOL Thanksgiving Break

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