Jackson Newsletter

October / November

Dear Jackson Families,

Happy fall and 2nd Quarter!

Our jaguars did so well first quarter, they earned their Paw Pat reward already! We enjoyed a school-wide Bingo game to celebrate. Teachers recognize students with paw pats for following the school expectations: Be Safe, Be Respectful, Be Responsible. We collect all the paw pats at the end of the month in our school-wide container and see if we met our goal line of paw pats. We are excited to already work on the second goal line!

Student Council organized a Can Food Drive to benefit First Lutheran Church's Food Pantry. We are collecting non-perishable food items from now until October 29. On October 29, students will walk the cans their classroom collected across the street and deliver them to a trailer outside their facility. Students are welcome to wear a school appropriate costume during the walk. Families are welcome to watch along the sidewalks.

Red Ribbon Week is October 25 - 29. The theme is Drug Free Looks Like Me. Student Council is planning some spirit days for us during Red Ribbon Week. We will share when finalized.

Conferences are October 20 or 21. Our goal is 100% attendance for student-led conferences. Be sure you have signed up for a time. Call the office if you need assistance. You may choose to come in-person or meet with the teachers online on your child's iPad through Team. In grades 1-6 during the first 10 minutes fo the conference, your child will share their learning with you. This portion will be student-led in one classroom or in your home. Then you will be able to meet with the English and Spanish teacher for the last 10 minutes in the other classroom or online. You will also receive your child's MAP results and last year's grade 3-5 state tests results if your child participated. We look forward to partnering with you during conferences.

During conferences, be sure to visit the gym and the library. The gym will have some great give-aways. Find the Scholastic Book Fair in the Library. Proceeds from the book sales will benefit our Jackson library! You can also shop online at:


We hope you can join us on November 3rd for our in-person Community Conversations at 3:15 pm in the Jackson library. This event was formerly called Principal's Coffee. Our presenters will be Mrs. Houston and Ms. Sisavanh. They will share about their role at Jackson, supports they can provide to students and families, how to strike a media balance, and handling devices at home.

School Hours:

8:35 am Breakfast doors open - Grab-n-Go breakfast in the classroom

8:45 am Arrival for students not eating breakfast

8:50 am K-6 School Begins

8:50 am Early Childhood / Pre-K Arrival

3:55 pm Early Childhood / Pre-K Dismissal

4:00 pm Kindergarten Dismissal; Buses load

4:05 pm 1-6 Dismissal

Do not send your child to school before 8:35 am. There is not proper supervision.

Please call or email if you have any questions, 531-299-1620. Please let us know if we can connect you to resources to support your family. We are here to help.


Suzanne Hagen



Important Dates


  • 18 -22 - Scholastic Book Fair
  • 20 - No Early Childhood / PK Classes
  • 20 or 21 - Conferences
  • 21 & 22 - No School
  • 26 - Picture Day
  • 29 - Food Drive Delivery & Costume Walk, 3:15 pm


  • 1 - No School
  • 3 - Community Conversations, 3:15 pm in the library
  • 11 - Progress Reports sent home
  • 18 - Family Night, 6:00 - 7:30 pm (at Jackson)
  • 19 - No Early Childhood / PK Classes
  • 22-26 - No School - Thanksgiving Break


  • 2 - Author Visit
  • 17 - Winter Program 10 am & 2 pm; No Early Childhood / PK Classes
  • 20 - Jan 4 - No School - Winter Break

Items to Bring to School

  • Wear a clean face covering
  • Bring the iPad fully charged and charging cord
  • Refillable water bottle - Water Only
  • Backpack (check each evening)
  • Extra face covering in backpack

*Do NOT allow your child to bring toys, cards, junk food, or non-school related items

Cycle Day Calendar

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Scholastic Book Fair

Support the Library and purchase books through the Book Fair, in-person or online. In-Person Book Fair will be held in the Jackson Library during conferences. Online Ordering is available October 13 - 26 at https://www.scholastic.com/bf/jacksonelementaryschool85

We are looking for 2 volunteers per shift for the in-person fair (Wednesday evening; Thursday day; Thursday evening). Contact Dawn.Moynihan@ops.org to volunteer.

Health and Safety

Health and safety remain our priority. To assist us with our effort in keeping students, staff and families safe, we are asking you to conduct a daily health screening on your child(ren) every day prior to sending them to school. Please assess and/or ask your child(ren) the following screening questions before sending them to school.

Does your child have one of the following?

  • New cough
  • New onset of shortness of breath
  • New loss of taste or smell

Does your child have two or more of the following?
  • Fever of 100.4 or greater
  • Chills
  • Muscle aches
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • Nausea, vomiting or diarrhea

If you answer yes to the above questions, please do not send your child to school. Instead:
  • Notify the school of your child's absence
  • Contact your child's health care provider
  • Get your child tested for COVID-19
  • Do not send your child to school until they have a negative test result or have been cleared by their health care provider

For information on testing sites, contact the Douglas County Health Department at 402-444- 3400 or https://www.douglascountyhealth.com/109-covid-19/773-where-to-get-tested

Wellness Tip of the Month

Family Meals. Eating as a family isn’t always easy with busy schedules. But it’s worth the effort. Family meals improve nutrition and health. Model healthy choices during meals. Try to always offer a plate with at least half vegetables. Green leafy salads are great options. Plus, kids who eat with their family most nights have less trouble with drugs and drinking and perform better in school! Eating together as a family also helps boost social skills. Make the time, your family will benefit from finding the time to eat together.#FamilyTime. #HealthyBalance

Message from the Counselor & Social Worker

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Bully Prevention

OPS Digital Resources

OPS purchased the following programs for students to improve their reading and math skills. Your student is encouraged to complete their digital assignments using the iPad, accessed through Clever. Time is provided at school and can also be continued at home. Online books can also be checked through through the Sora app. The Duolingo app is also available to improve Spanish skills. Contact Mrs. Hagen for a school Duolingo account. If apps disappear, you can reload using the Manager app.

K-2: Amira, iRead, and Zearn

3: Amira, iRead, Lexia, Zearn and MAP Accelerator

4-5: Lexia, Zearn, MAP Accelerator

6: Lexia Power Up, Zearn, MAP Accelerator

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Join the PTO

Interested in Volunteering?

Please use link to complete the volunteer application:


All adults who wish to volunteer on a school campus or chaperone day field trips, and district sponsored activity with students need to complete the application BEFORE volunteering with students or in the building. The required Volunteer Application allows the District and the schools to provide the appropriate level of clearance for school volunteers, protecting our students. Level 3 volunteering requires a background check. We ask that all volunteers are vaccinated and wear a mask in the building.

Omaha Public Schools does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex (including pregnancy), marital status, sexual orientation, disability, age, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, citizenship status, veteran status, political affiliation or economic status in its programs, activities and employment and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The following individual has been designated to accept allegations regarding non-discrimination policies: Superintendent of Schools, 3215 Cuming Street, Omaha, NE 68131 (531-299-9822). The following persons have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: Director for the Office of Equity and Diversity, 3215 Cuming St, Omaha, NE 68131 (531-299-0307).